10 Best Festivals in October

October is time for Halloween and fall festivals, but this month is also home to a variety of other appealing events. In fact, some of the best festivals in October don't have anything to do with autumn or the celebration of Halloween. Whether you're looking for hay rides and apple picking or food festivals, the month of October has tempting festivals across the country.

Tucson Culinary Festival

Once the summer temperatures have receded, Arizona is once again an appealing destination for travelers seeking a little sun. One of the best festivals in October for food lovers is the Tucson Culinary Festival. Expect a variety of tastings, cooking demonstrations, and events to celebrate local cuisine in Tucson.

sarasota blues festivalSarasota Blues Festival

One great excuse to go to Sarasota, Florida is the annual Blues Festival in October. This popular music festival draws both musicians and music fans from across the country to celebrate the blues genre of music. In addition to the music, travelers love the sunshine and warm weather of Sarasota in October.

Texas Book Festival

Every October, Austin holds its annual book festival. While this city might be better known for music than books, the Book Festival is a great excuse to check out a new city while listening to readings by your favorite authors and finding new titles to check out during the long winter months.

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

One event that many travelers wait eagerly for is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. This colorful event is often at the top of the list for best festivals in October, as it is both family friendly and appealing to adults.

Chicago Marathon

Fitness enthusiasts often plan their traveling around different events across the country. There's possibly no better way to see Chicago than during the annual Chicago Marathon in October. Many travelers who don't run in the event still attend for the festive atmosphere and to cheer on the athletes.

Fantasy Fest in Key West

Adults looking for costume parties and a party vibe should head south to Key West, Florida for its annual Fantasy Fest. This weekend attracts young people from across the country with wacky costumes and a thirst for frozen beverages. Be sure to make your arrangements for a vacation rental in advance as this popular event sees a massive influx of people into tiny Key West.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, New York City

One of the biggest Halloween parades in the country takes place every year in New York's Greenwich Village. To participate in the parade, all you need to do is wear some sort of costume. Feel free to get creative; every year this parade sees incredibly creative costumes, and it's fun to watch or participate in.

hawaii international flim festivalHawaii International Film Festival

Travelers that want to avoid costumes and pumpkin patches should plan a trip to Honolulu for the International Film Festival. This event combines the beautiful weather and beaches of Hawaii with the chance to check out film premieres and foreign films.

San Diego Oktoberfest

Every October the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. This German festival of beer and bratwurst brings together the music and traditions of Bavaria in sunny California. The festival is also an opportunity to explore San Diego's attractions (like the famous zoo), beaches, the Gaslamp Quarter, and more.

Boston Oktoberfest

The city of Boston is home to many microbreweries, and there's no better time to visit than during Oktoberfest. One especially popular event is the Oktoberfest celebrations at the Harpoon Brewery, but the city is full of more events offering German food, beer, music, and more.


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