What’s On in Birmingham and Longbridge – October 2022

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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.

See all Black History Month events here.

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.

View Sustainability in the City information here.

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!

See Comedy Festival info and buy tickets here.

Fierce Festival

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.

See Fierce Festival info here.

Sing-along Encanto

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!

See Birmingham Brick Festival info here.

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!

See Halloween at Birmingham Museum here.

If there are any events that we’ve missed or that you think we should include, drop us an email to [email protected] or chat to us on Instagram.

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