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What's on in Plymouth - October

Featuring exhibitions, markets, conventions and more, October is set to be a busy month indeed.

As the colder evenings and the darker mornings creep up on us, Plymouth’s thriving arts and culture scene continues on at full steam. We’re also celebrating Black History Month featuring exhibitions, workshops, markets and more, so we have a bumper list of events for you this October.

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Experience a traditional Oktoberfest as Plymouth is transformed for one weekend into a traditional Bavarian bash! With over 30,000 litres of beer available, top up your stein and prepare to be entertained from traditional folk to ‘Oompop’, expect foot stomping, table bashing and hearty singing galore. Grab some authentic German grub and raise your steins to Oktoberfest Plymouth!

1 October @ Central Park

Join in the fun at Ocean Studios where Native Makers will bring you a carefully curated bunch of makers to the historical Royal William Yard. Grab a coffee, some freshly baked treats, browse the local makers or chill out in the courtyard with the sound of the sea.

1 October 2022 @ Ocean Studios

Explore the work of Class of 2022 AUP graduates Suzi Humphries and Harry Chadwick at 45 Southside Gallery on The Barbican. Showcasing ceramic vessels and metal & glass sculptures, this is the perfect opportunity to see award-winning work by the freshest talent AUP has to offer.

1 October - 15 November 2022 @ 45 Southside Gallery

Calling all sci-fi, toy and comic fans, DEVCON returns to Plymouth Guildhall this October. Featuring special guest stars from TV, film and comics, Q&A panels, an interactive gaming section, a dedicated cosplay area and over 70 plus stalls, get ready to geek out.

2 October @ Plymouth Guildhall

EVENTBRITE POSTERS 2022

The popular cultural food demos from Diversity Business Incubator (DBI UK) are back! Teaching important cultural dishes to those wanting to learn, tickets for these events sell out fast, so get booking.

3, 17 & 24 October 2022 @ City College Plymouth

In collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth, DBI UK have organised 4 wellbeing sessions with local dance instructors who are passionate and vocal about mental health and wellbeing. Get your dancing shoes on!

5, 12, 19 & 26 October 2022 @ Diversity Business Incubator

As if wellbeing workshops and cultural food demos weren’t enough, DBI UK have also partnered with our neighbours the University of Plymouth to screen a series of movies and short films to celebrate Black History Month. Book your tickets now.

7, 14 & 23 October 2022 @ Jill Craigie Cinema

Perfect for young families, head to Jabulani for a series of cultural storytelling afternoons and the chance to take part in an arts & crafts workshop.

8, 15 & 22 October 2022 @ Jabulani

British Art Show is back in Plymouth! Don’t miss the largest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, showcasing at The Box, KARST, The Levinsky Gallery at the University of Plymouth and MIRROR at Arts University Plymouth. Delivered in partnership with Plymouth Culture.

8 October - 23 December 2022 @ various venues

Rhys Morgan

Rhys Morgan will be responding to British Art Show 9 with his LGBTQIA+ sea shanties

Rhys Morgan explores the queer nature of the sea and maritime history through the tradition of shanty singing. The commission intends to disrupt this tradition by bringing together members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the South West to construct contemporary shanties which reflect the queer experience as well as probing the queer and homoerotic subtexts of shanties which have been passed down and reinterpreted over generations.

8 October to 23 December @ MIRROR

Get ready to get LOST IN MUSIC! Head back to the 70’s for one night with the Lost In Music Show, with live bands covering some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic.

8 October 2022, 7:30pm @ Plymouth Pavilions

Explore exhibitions, collaborations, demos, talks, workshops and masterclasses from local and national printmakers to celebrate print in all its inspiring forms!

21 - 23 October 2022 @ Ocean Studios

Featuring drag legends Baga Chipz and Tanya Hyde, as seen on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, welcome to the world of drag queens meeting ABBA mania with a full 60 minutes of a live singing show with costume changes and more.

27 October - from 6.30pm @ THÊ DEPØ

Through a series of parallel storylines, Welsh National Opera’s new opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower over 400 years ago; from the story of an enslaved Afro-Caribbean man in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS.

29 October 2022 @ Theatre Royal Plymouth

Arts University Plymouth, BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate B.B Excell Design and Diversity Business Incubator invite you to our Cultural Day! Free and open to everyone, the day will be full of storytelling, games, workshops and a cultural fashion show to close the month-long Black History Month festivities.

29 October 2022, 10am - 2pm @ Arts University Plymouth

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Open Days are a great way to find out more about Arts University Plymouth

At our upcoming Open Days, we’ll have everything you need to know about our BA (Hons) Degrees, Masters Degrees, Extended Diplomas, and our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Come and explore our studios and workshops for yourself, and find out why we were voted top arts university in the UK for student satisfaction.

1 & 22 October 2022 @ Arts University Plymouth