October is a busy month in Birmingham – with Black History Month, Diwali and Halloween, plus a lot of other festivities such as the Comedy Festival and Sustainability Festival. See below our top events that you can’t miss this month.
Black History Month
October is Black History Month, and there are a variety of events happening around Birmingham and the West Midlands to celebrate the culture and history of our Black communities.
Sustainability in the City
The Make a Difference network is partnering with Circular Economy Club to present Sustainability in the City as part of the Great Big Green Week 2022. The event showcases the three main projects that are embedding sustainability into the local area. You can also take to the stage and share your message and project too.
The Greatest Showman – Longbridge Edition
The 8th October brings the Greatest Showman to the Austin Sports And Social Club in Longbridge. A great day for the children or evening for adults only.
Buy The Greatest Showman tickets here.
Grand Designs Live
Based on Channel 4’s popular Grand Designs show, the live exhibition allows you to find ideas, get advice and find new products to make your home project a success. This year brings the addition of the new Green Living Live showcasing eco-friendly products and services from sustainable businesses.
Buy Grand Designs Live tickets here.
Birmingham Comedy Festival
From 7th – 16th October, Birmingham’s famous Comedy Festival returns, featuring a variety of local acts. In the past, the festival has hosted the likes of Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Joe Lycett and Joanna Lumley!
The UK’s most respected festival of Live Art & the leading organisation for Live Art in the West Midlands returns this October. The festival embraces theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties. Fierce fills the city with performances in theatres, galleries and other out-of-the-ordinary spaces.
We couldn’t write about what’s on and not include Encanto! We are big fans of Encanto here in the office (much to Anthony’s dismay!), and we jumped at the sight of an Encanto sing-along showing at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Great fun for the whole family!
Buy Encanto tickets here.
Diwali – Light, Shadows, and Neon too!
The annual community Diwali event will take place on Saturday 29th October, where you can take part in community lantern and rangoli pattern-making, Indian block printing, poetry, dance, and shadow puppet-making, also including an art competition for children.
See Diwali Celebrations info here.
Birmingham Brick Festival
If you’re a fan of LEGO, then you don’t want to miss out on this festival! There’s lots to do – from speed building competitions, to large scale displays, traders selling loose bricks and new & retired LEGO sets – there’s something for the whole family!
Halloween at Birmingham Museums
There’s a variety of events on at various Birmingham Museums locations over the October Half Term and Halloween, including Spooky Science Night, Pumpkin Flotilla, Magic Lessons and Halloween Discos – great to keep the whole family busy!