The weather is cooling off and Abu Dhabi is exploding with events this October. This month we have a number of Bavarian themed events going on right here in the capital, a Korean Festival and performances from Mark Ronson through to an AC/DC tribute.

We’ve also got a Halloween fun run, a circus on ice, a mixology class, the Stills Bar reopening, a Shakespeare performance and my personal favourite thing about October in the UAE – the camping season finally begins.

This list doesn’t aim to be exhaustive, it just gathers a few of the things that caught my eye for the month ahead and as I don’t own these listings, it’s always a good idea to check with the venue as details may change. 

Try Something

October 2015 | End Small TalkEnd Small Talk; The Space, TwoFour54

Wednesday 28th October

Tired of the same old expat questions? Leave behind the ‘What do you do? Where are you from? How long have you been here?’. Practise fostering deeper and more meaningful conversations with the fifth event from End Small Talk and see what you can learn. Entry is free!

Find out more on the End Small Talk Facebook page


Oktoberfest; Beach RotanaOctober 2015 | Beach Rotana

Until Friday 9th October

Free entrance and live music. Great selection of dishes for non-Muslims, including roast suckling pig, but there are also a number of halal dishes on offer too that are prepared in a separate tent. The atmosphere is great, set in a themed area outside with the fantastic skyline to peer out at. Definitely worth a visit. Payment works on a voucher system, in booklets of AED 100 and are non-refundable so make sure you plan your spend ahead.

Booking a table is advised. Call 026979000.

October 2015 | OktobeerfestOktobeerfest; Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

Thurs 8th, Fri 9th October

Not tried this one yet but hoping to. Great venue and great value. Over 60 varieties of beverages will be on offer from 22 Different Countries. Only AED 60 for entrance including a drink.

Call 024459600 for more details

Oktoberfest Festival; Du Forum, Yas IslandOctober 2015 | Du Forum

Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd October

Not the value deal of the bunch. We headed out to Yas last year and found it a little pricey and the food left something to be desired. It does have the long traditional bierkeller style long tables and a good crowd, but the German band they had flown in for the occasion tended to play more covers of songs rather than the cultural tunes we were expecting.

Entrance AED 325 from

Give something

October 2015 | The Box AppealThe Box Appeal; Radisson Blu or Park Inn Hotel

Until Thurs 15th Oct

Collect a box from any participating Radisson Blu or Park Inn Hotel and fill  with essential goods from a provided list. This list includes items such as a t-shirt, cap, disposable razor, toothbrush, comb and other toiletries. Once returned, these boxes are then distributed to those most in need across the region.

More details available on The Box Appeal Facebook page

Be Entertained

October 2015 | Moscow State CircusMoscow State Circus on Ice; Zayed Sports City Ice Rink

Thurs 1st to Friday 9th October

Described as ‘a cheerful performance with deep dramatic and unforgettable story line’. A performance sure to enchant the young and not-so-young alike.

Tickets from AED 150 on PlatinumList

October 2015 | Green GroovesGreen Grooves Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Thurs 22nd October

10,000 people will be able to enjoy performances from Mark Ronson and Labrinth, who will be headlining the first Green Grooves concert. Tickets starting from AED 200.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster

October 2015 | ACDCAC/DC Tribute; Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

Thurs 22nd October

We’re promised a tribute act that features one of the most authentic looking Angus’ in the business. The band will entertain with classics from the entire AC/DC catalogue at the central location of City Golf Club – just be careful not to mix the two venues up!

Tickets available from 150 including a drink at PlatinumList


October 2015 | Halloween NEORUNHalloween NEORUN; Zayed Sports Stadium

29th October

The Halloween NEORUN  promises more glo, more paint, and more excitement! With the hashtag #ScariestPlaceToGlo, they invite you to grab your friends, your costume and dash through a spooky track before joining the Enigma after party. Tickets from AED 150.

Visit the NEORUN website for tickets and details

October 2015 | StridersAbu Dhabi Striders Half Marathon and 10k; Yas Island

Friday 11th November

Ok so this one isn’t until next month, but if you are in the same shape as me, you might want to start upping the training now. I took part in the 10k last year and found the Reem Island Runners Meetup group a great support. On your marks!

Entry available at PremierOnline. Adult entry fee AED 260.

October 2015 | RugbyWatch the Rugby World Cup; McGettigans

Match days

McGettigans is positioning itself as the home of rugby for this Rugby World Cup. Voted Abu Dhabi’s Best Sports Bar 2015 by Timeout magazine, seems the place to be if you are wanting your rugby fix. The rugby ‘Pie & Pint’ special is offers value at just AED 79, and includes a cool pint of Guinness and a tasty shepard’s pie topped with mash crust, available on game days.

Details of offers and match day fixtures available on McGettigans website


October 2015 | Camping OmanCamping and Dhow Cruise Adventure; Khassab, Oman

Fri 9th to 10th October

Finally, the camping season is upon us! Weather is cooling down and its time to make the most of the beautiful outdoors.

The Escape Abu Dhabi group will travelling to Oman’s most northerly port (less than 60 KM south of Iran). From mid-day they will board a private traditional Omani Dhow and enjoy a 4-5 hour cruise. Expect to enjoy some snorkelling/swimming stops, lunch on board and keep an eye out for dolphins!

The dhow will drop the group off at one of the many beaches that aren’t accessible by road where you will set up camp under the stars. Cost pp, AED 300.

All the information you will need about what to bring and meeting location etc. available on the Escape Abu Dhabi Meetup Group. You will need to sign up to the site to access details.

Get Cultural

October 2015 | ShakespeareA Comedy of Errors; The Club

Often still referred to as The British Club, The Club will be hosting the Bedouin Shakespeare Company, who are returning to the UAE with a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.  Tickets are available to non-members for AED 150, and there are also pre-theatre dinner options available too for ticket holders.

Find out more on The Club’s website

October 2015 | Korea FestivalKorea Festival 2015; National Theatre

Thurs 22nd – Sat 24th October

The festival, spread over three days, will include a Korean film screening, food tasting and folk games allowing you to experience Korea. It will feature Korea’s world-wide famous non-verbal show NANTA and fusion traditional Korean music band Coreyah. There will also be a Kimchi master from Korea who will be demonstrating how to make the traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. The festival is hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and entry is free.

Find out the full line up on Abu Dhabi Events

October 2015 | Toast AmericaToast Americas; Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Friday 30th Oct

An event to celebrate all aspects of American, Canadian and South American culture, food, drink and traditions out on the green pastures of Abu Dhabi Golf Club. I’ve been to their previous SANZA (South African, New Zealand and Australian) sister events before, and always found them to be a great day out and chance to catch up with friends in the sunshine. Fantastic family venue too, with plenty to entertain the kids. General entry AED 100.

Find out more on the Toast Events Facebook page or buy tickets at

Eat and Drink

October 2015 |MixologyMixo-Arts Mixology Class ; Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi

Throughout October, Sun-Thurs

Take the Mixo-Arts mixology class and learn the art of ice, drinks ingredients and how to execute the perfect pour. Sample your newfound skills with snacks. AED 170 pp, Sorso Bar & Lounge.

Listing taken from Time Out Abu Dhabi. Call Ritz Carlton for more info 028188888.

October 2015 | StillsStills Bar Reopening; Crowne Plaza Yas Island

Now open

Stills bar has been closed for refurbishment and has now reopened with a new, beautiful outside deck. They invite you to soak in the breathtaking sunset and striking coastal views at their bar and brasserie. Now open from noon to midnight.

For more information call 026563053.

VOctober 2015 | Vine Harvestine Harvest Festival; Beach Rotana

Thurs 29th to Sat 31st October

Vineyards from around the globe will be showcasing the fruit of their labour.  Enjoy an evening out with unlimited wine on offer for AED 275. Food will be on offer and activities too. Tickets available from Spinney’s stores across town.

For more information call 026979011 or email

With many events not advertised widely, word of mouth is often the only way to hear about things. So I’d be delighted to hear what your top picks are for October 2015 in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Get involved!