Unmissable Events Happening in October

Discover what’s on in Hawaii this October. From local food festivals to the challenging IRONMAN Championship, there’s plenty to see, do, and get involved with.


Ube Festival

We’re delighted to be hosting the very 1st annual Ube festival at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Expect live entertainment, special prizes, and an Ex-UBE-rant Cook Off as you learn about and taste this delicious vegetable. We’re committed to giving back to our communities so 10% of net proceeds will be donated to the Hawaii Food Basket and Child Hope Philippines.

When: 19 October
Where: Hilton Waikoloa Village
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Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

Food and wine

Involving more than 150 internationally acclaimed culinary experts, this celebrated food and wine festival showcases exceptional local talent and delectable Hawaiian produce. Back for its 9th year, the festival takes place on multiple islands and features dinners, tastings, and kid-friendly events. The event taking place on the island of Hawaii is sophisticated gala dinner ‘From Portugal to Spain: An Iberian Feast’ on October 5.

When: 5 – 27 October
Where: Island of Hawaii, Maui, and O’ahu
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Taste of Hilo

Plate of food

Back for its 21st year, this annual event celebrates great flavors unique to the island. Featuring chefs, restaurants, and patisseries, sample your way through culinary delights including savory bites, sweet desserts, and local craft beer. A portion of proceedings will be donated to the Hawaii Community College culinary program. Tickets are $55 in advance and $70 on the door.

When: 20 October
Where: Sangha Hall
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Hilo Bay Oktoberfest


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hilo Bay Oktoberfest is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club that features Bavarian festivities in the form of traditional food, live music, and steins of beer. Money raised will go towards eliminating polio and community service projects in East Hawaii. Ticket information can be found on the website.

When: 4 October
Where: Sangha Hall
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IRONMAN World Championship


Bringing together over 2,000 of the best athletes, this laborious competition is an endurance test like no other. Combining a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon run, the triathlon requires dedication and stamina in order to gain the prestigious title of IRONMAN. 

When: 12 October
Where: Kailua-Kona
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Traditional Tattoo Festival

To celebrate the traditional tattooing practice in Pacific and Arctic cultures, this four-day festival aims to look beyond tattoo trends and explore the origins practiced in cultures like Hawaiian, Filipino, and Inuit. Visit on Saturday where the festival is open to the public for free and will feature food, dance, music, and tattoo demonstrations.

When: 25 – 28 October
Where: Kohala Institute, Halaula
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Trash Art Show

Trash art

One of the longest running annual arts events, The Trash Show returns for its 31st year with a gala opening on Friday 4 October. Tickets can be purchased on the door and range from $12 – $15. The exhibit will be on view until October 25.

When: 4 – 25 October
Where: East Hawaii Cultural Center
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