Can’t Miss October Events


Can’t Miss October Events

By Visit Fairfield | September 30, 2022

October is a month of change, and that's reflected in the fun events that take place throughout the month. October wouldn't be complete without pumpkin spice lattes and haunted houses. And of course, Halloween brings out the kid in everyone, with costumes, candy, and parties.  But October isn't all about the spooky holiday. Here's a list of our season-worthy happenings to add to your calendar!

Running of the Wieners

Fri, Oct 7, 6:30 PM | Fairfield Central Park Square

The Oktoberfest Running of the Wieners event is a must-attend for any sausage lover. This unique race features wiener dogs of all shapes and sizes racing down a short track, with their owners and spectators cheering them on. The atmosphere is electric, and there's plenty of food and drink around the square to enjoy. Even if you don't have a dog in the race, it's a fun event to watch. Whether you're cheering on the runners or competing yourself, plan now to join in on the spectacle of the Running of the Wieners.

Art at the Market

Sat. Oct 8,  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Howard Park Grimes St.

The Art at the Market event is a fun and unique way to support local artists while also finding some beautiful artwork for your home. More than dozen talented individuals will be selling their work, so there’s plenty of options available! Whether you want something big or small something is sure catch your eye right away with all these amazing pieces on display together in one place! And since this takes place inside Fairfield Farmers' Market too--you can pick up fresh produce along side other goodies. So mark down Howard Park and “Art At The Market” on your Fall bucket list.


Danielle Nicole, Southeast Iowa Blues Society

Sat, Oct 8, 7:30 PM | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center 200 N. Main St.

Fans and critics alike love Danielle Nicole Schnebelen for her raw talent and unique sound. Born into a musical family, Danielle has been surrounded by music her entire life. This early exposure to music helped foster her own love of playing and songwriting. Danielle's signature style combines gutsy lyrics with controlled vocals, creating a sound that is both powerful and vulnerable. Her songs often act as a sucker punch to the male-dominated blues scene, highlighting the unique experiences of women in the world today. Danielle's skill as a musician is undeniable, and she has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for her work. Whether you're a fan of the blues or simply appreciate great music, make sure to catch one of Danielle Nicole's live shows. You won't be disappointed.


Carnegie Quiz Night

Fri, Oct 14, 7:00 PM | Fairfield Community Center

A trivia night is always a fun way to spend an evening with friends, but a trivia night with all local history questions is even better. There’s something special about being able to answer questions about the town you live in, and it’s a great way to learn more about the place you call home. Even if you don’t know all the answers, it’s still fun to try and guess, and you might be surprised at how much you actually do know. And of course, bragging rights are on the line. So if you’re looking for a fun and educational way to spend an evening with friends, be sure to check out the Carnegie Quiz night.


Phantom of the Opera; Silent Film Series

Fri, Oct 14, 7:30 PM | Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main St

Experience all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era! Lon Chaney's horror masterwork comes to life once more—just as audiences would have experienced it nearly 100 years ago! Jay Warren's live organ accompaniment provides all the chills and thrills in this special Prohibition-style Halloween extravaganza.

Come early and enter our ghoulishly Gatsby-glam speakeasy beginning at 6:30! Don your best 1920's attire and come ready to dance the Charleston while enjoying classic Prohibition-era cocktails and mocktails. Whether your alter ego is a spats-wearing tough or a bold flapper girl, you'll fit right in as we recreate your authentic 1925 filmgoing experience.


Creature Feature; Carn-Evil by (And)rogny

Sat, Oct 15, 8:30 PM | Golden Magnolia 200 S. Main St

Come one, come all to the spookiest, most LGBTQ friendly variety show of the year! This Halloween, we're putting on a show that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Our spine-tingling performers will tantalize and tease you with a diverse lineup of local performers. And the costume contest is sure to be a frightfully good time. So come on out, bring your costume, and get ready to party with the ghosts and ghouls of the night. This is one Halloween party you won't want to miss.

Fall Trail Drive Through

Sun, Oct 16th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Cedar View Trail 2164 South 32nd

The fall foliage is soon at its peak, and there’s no better time to take advantage of all that beauty than during the Trail Drive Through. The entire family is invited to come out and enjoy a fun-filled day on the trails during this one time event where vehicles are allowed on the trail. The drive will start at Cedar View Trail, where participants can follow either path across Highway 34 bypass bridge or continue driving the trail towards Maasdam Barns.


Halloween Spook Ride

Thu, Oct 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM  | Waterworks Park

Looking for a spooky yet family-friendly event this Halloween? Look no further than the Halloween Spook Ride! This fun-filled event is suitable for children aged pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and features just the right amount of scares. Plus, there's a free hot dog for every child at the end of the ride! So come on down and enjoy a Halloween Spook Ride today!


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