Hello and welcome to Can’t Miss October 2023 Events. In this latest travel destination guide I share Nashville Oktoberfest, Sugar Pine Music Festival, Scarefest Weekend and more. October is my favorite time of year. It starts with beer and brats and ends with tricks or treats. Get your calendars ready and read on to start planning your next October adventure!
Nashville Oktoberfest October 5 – October 8, 2023
Nashville Oktoberfest is held in, you guessed it, Nashville, Tennessee and there is something for everyone to explore and discover. Draft beer stations featuring German beer. Restaurants and vendors featuring German food. Arts and crafts vendors to buy that something you never knew you needed. Live German music. A Dachshund Derby and so much more. And the best part, General Admission Tickets are FREE! Photo courtesy of Nashville Oktoberfest.
There are also VIP Tickets available for purchase. Early Bird VIP tickets are $197.00 and include unlimited beer, wine, and buffet. Exclusive VIP Entertainment, Private Seating, Luxury Bathrooms with Air Conditioning, and more! I see VIP Tickets in my future. Visit their website to get yours.
Con on the Cob October 5 – October 8, 2023
Con on the Cob is a tabletop gaming con that takes place in Richfield, Ohio. What is a tabletop gaming con you might ask? It is an amazing weekend filled with board games, card games, RPGs (role playing games for those not in the know), and more. Con on the Cob showcases an art fair display featured artists’ work in fantasy, horror, sci-fi and all things geek. Looking to start your holiday shopping early? This Can’t Miss Event will have over 60 vendors that can help you check your list, maybe check your list twice! And did I mention Cosplay?! You all know how much I LOVE Cosplay!
To buy your tickets and start planning your getaway click here. 4 Day Tickets $60.00 VIP Tickets $75.00. Single Saturday Tickets $35.00. Photo courtesy of Con on the Cob.
Moonshiner’s Ball October 12 – October 15, 2023
Moonshiner’s Ball takes place within the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky. Yes, this part of Kentucky is a Dry County which means there will be no selling of alcohol, but attendees are able to bring their own adult beverages if desired. The Mooonshiner’s Ball website states “You’ll never meet a stranger at the Moonshiner’s Ball,” and I can see why. An amazing location filled with live music from performers near and far, art for the eyes and for the ears, food from local vendors, dancing like nobody’s watching, singing for those that don’t dance and more. A friendly atmosphere and great place to make new friends. Photo courtesy of Moonshiner’s Ball.
Full Weekend Passes $185.00. Saturday Single Day $70.00. Tent Camping included with Pass purchase. Car Camping $85.00. Deluxe RV Camping $275.00. Click here for camping updates, spots do tend to sell out.
VisionCon October 13 – October 15, 2023
VisionCon takes place in Springfield, Missouri. This Can’t Miss Event is a not-for-profit event run by volunteers, and ALL proceeds benefiting local charities! VisionCon is family friendly and showcases features comic books, Cosplay, LARPing (live action role playing; if you didn’t know, now you know) and so much more! Did you know Death will be a special celebrity guest at VisionCon? Well, the actor that portrayed Death on the TV series Supernatural, Julian Richings will be there. VisionCon has actors, voice over actors, Cosplayers, comic book creators and more. If that doesn’t make you Smile, maybe seeing Kevin Keppy in person will! Yes, I went there!
Weekend Early Bird Pass $45.00, $65.00 at Door. Single Day Tickets $45.00 at Door. Click here for celebrity panels and photo ops information. Photo courtesy of VisionCon.
Sugar Pine Music Festival October 19 – 22, 2023
Sugar Pine Music Festival (formerly Hangtown Festival) takes place at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California. They had me at permanent bathrooms and showers, yes I am more of a “glamper” than a camper. A couple of the shows artists – Lettuce, Joe Craven and the Honey Island Swamp Band may have had me camping! This Can’t Miss Event is listed as all ages but it does offers craft brews, speciality wine and a very large late night hall for adult late night activities. Photo courtesy of Sugar Pine Music Festival.
4 Day General Admission Tickets are $275.00. 4 Day VIP Tickets are $549.00. Vehicle Parking is $145.00 and not included with your Admission Ticket. RV VIP $1799.00 included Admission Ticket. Children 4 and under are FREE! Check their website here for line up schedules and camping spots still available.
ScareFest Weekend October 20 – October 22, 2023
ScareFest Weekend takes place in Lexington, Kentucky. October 20 -23, 2023 will be this Can’t Miss Event’s 15th year of scaring and entertaining! Their website states they are the sinister side of Comic Con and they are quickly becoming the largest event of its kind. I can definintely see why. Three days of horror, paranormal, panels, workshops, celebrity guests and Cosplay! You know I had to mention the Cosplay! ScareFest is also hosting a Thursday Night Launch Party. Friday Night VIP Party. A Saturday Night Costume Ball. And, a Sunday Rockin Kids Day. There is something for everyone and a great time will be had by all.
Weekend Passes are $75.00 plus fees. Single Day Saturday Passes are $40.00 plus fees. For a list of celebrity guests, dates and time for the extra special events and more click here. Photo courtesy of ScareFest Weekend.
Escape Halloween October 27 – October 28, 2023
Escape Halloween is an annual Can’t Miss Event that takes place for 2 Days in San Bernardino, California. And I am sure you guessed by its name, it takes place the end of October. What I love most about Escape Halloween are the realms. Each realm features its own unique theme and musical treat where you are encouraged and celebrated to dance the night away. Think Alice in Wonderland’s Rabbit Hole without the Evil Queen. Although I am sure you could find an Evil Queen if you look hard enough.
Their website states “The Psycho Circus is your world to haunt and explore. You are the reason we’re here, and that’s why YOU are the Headliner.” Photo courtesy of Escape Halloween.
General Admission Tickets are $219.55. General Admission+ Tickets are $279.95. VIP Tickets are $329.95. Photo courtesy of Escape Halloween. Every Adventure Requires a First Step. Begin yours by clicking here.
Monsterama October 27 – October 29, 2023
Monsterama takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Their website states “We are proud to be Atlanta’s only retro horror and sci-fi convention, and we focus on the fantastic in cinema, art, comics, literature, and media” and I am not complaining. 3 days filled with celebrity guests, movie screenings, panels, vendors and their very own Monster Prom. I can only imagine the costumes and Prom attire that will be attending! Photo courtesy of Monsterama.
3 Day all Weekend Passes are $50.00. Single Day Saturday Passes are $35.00. To learn more about Monsterama click here.
Can’t Miss October 2023 Events
Thank you for joining me as we explored Can’t MIss October 2023 Events. Together we discovered Nashville Oktoberfest, Sugar Pine Music Festival, Monsterama and more! October is my favorite time of year, it has beer, bratwurst and things that go bump in the night! How could ask for anything more! Did your favorite Can’t Miss October Event make my list? If not, please share in the comments. I love discovering new treasures.
Are you still looking to fill your September calendar? Read my Blog Post Can’t Miss September 2023 Events and discover Bumbershoot in Seattle, PhileFest in Minneapolis, Bourbon & Beyond in Louisvelle and many more. Make September a month to remember!
Ready to dive into Halloween already? Click to read My Top Halloween Themed Movies. I know Hocus Pocus and the Haunted Mansion movies now have a sequel and a remake to watch but I think the originals are fun to experience again and again.
Until Next Time,
Erin at WonderLesch
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