October in Birmingham

STUDENT LIFE LAST UPDATED : 29 SEPTEMBER
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Are you coming to Birmingham this October

We’re here to let you know everything you can be getting up to over the next four weeks.

We've got all the information you need to get the most out of the first days of autumn, as the academic year at Birmingham City University gets underway.

Festivals

Just when you thought the festival season was winding down, October throws up a few belters, starting with the star-studded Birmingham Comedy Festival, October 6 - 15. This year, the festival is highlighted by performances by Greg Davies, Joe Lycett, Matt Lucas, Zoe Lyons, and American comedy troupe Impractical Jokers. The festival takes in venues across the city, include our world famous Glee Club.

Starting just the day after on October 7, and running until October 15, the Birmingham Literature Festival is also in town. The festival is split 50/50 between showcasing the works of the best authors from around the world, and workshops aimed to help even the most fledgling of writers. 

This wave of culture carries on to October 16, when the Fierce arts festival returns. An arts festival with a social commentary twist, the Fierce festival differentiates itself from the norm by embracing social and political activism, incorporating it into dance, music and art performances. 

Rounding out October, we have the Black International Film Festival, running between October 25-31. The festival provides a platform for artists and filmmakers to display and discuss their work. The festival culminates in the Movie, Video and Screen Awards (MVISA) at the ICC.

Plus, we also have the first ever Birmingham Marathon taking place on October 15! Applications for the race are now closed, but make sure you go and cheer on everyone along the 26 mile course!

Halloween

Don't think we've forgot about All Hallows Eve! We're past the point now where Halloween is jsut for kids, running around in bed sheets to get as many sweets as possible - Birmingham knows that adults need to let off a little scream too. So below you'll find information and tickets to all of the scary events in and around Birmingham that you can check out, all taking place on the weeks running up toHalloween on October 31. 

LocationEventTickets
Alton Towers

Scarefest

Tickets
Aston Hall, Birmingham

Hall of the Damned

Tickets
Burton on Trent

Screamfest

Tickets
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Murder by Gaslight

Tickets
Praza, Birmingham

Haunter House Party at Praza

Tickets
Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Portal Halloween Party

Tickets
The Night Owl, Birmingham

Even Stranger Things Halloween Party

Tickets
Old Stock Joint, Birmingham

War of the Worlds

Tickets
Kidderminster

Zombie Boot Camp

Tickets

Gigs and Shows

Here is a handy guide to a tonne of music, comedy and exhibition shows that you could check out in October.

Arena Birmingham

Arena Birmingham

DateEventTickets
12 October

Impractical Jokers

Tickets
14 October

J. Cole

Tickets
18 - 29 October

Disney on Ice

Tickets
Genting Arena

Genting Arena

DateEventTickets
4 - 8 October

Horse of the Year

Tickets
13 October

Little Mix

Tickets
22 - 23 October

BPM (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff)

Tickets
25 October

Emeli Sandé

Tickets
28 - 29 October

Hello World (Vlogger convention) 

Tickets
30 October

Metallica

Tickets
National Exhibition Centre

NEC

DateEventTickets
4 - 8 October

Horse of the Year

Tickets
11 - 15 October

Grand Designs: Live

Tickets
26 - 29 October

Bricklive

Tickets
City Venues

City Venues

DateEventTickets
1 October

Lorde - O2 Academy

Tickets
5 October

Papa Roach - O2 Academy

Tickets
9 - 10 October

Greg Davies - Symphony Hall

Tickets
11 October

Dragonforce - O2 Academy

Tickets
14 October

Dua Lipa - O2 Academy

Tickets
14 October

Matt Lucas - Town Hall

Tickets
15 October

Simon Amstell - Town Hall

Tickets
20 October

Dizzee Rascal - O2 Academy

Tickets
27 October

Weezer - O2 Academy

Tickets
29 October

Blue: Our Story - Town Hall

Tickets
Sport

Sport

DateEventTickets
13 October

Birmingham City vs Cardiff

Tickets
15 October

Birmingham Marathon

Info
21 October

Aston Villa vs Fulham

Tickets
28 October

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Tickets
29 October

Birmingham City vs Aston Villa

Tickets

Birmingham City University

With term starting again, our campuses are packed with events once again after the quiet summer. You can find otu about all of our events here, and you can also find out about our upcoming Open Day on the 14 October.

Going to any of these events? Let us know!

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