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The 8 Best Things to Do in October 2018

Learn about veganism, carboload on pasta and cut loose with a hard rock legend.



Festa Italiana Hawai‘i

Saturday, Oct. 6 


Festa Italiana Hawai‘i



Travel to the country that brings us pizza, pasta and prosecco through this street festival event. Purchase goods imported from Italy and dine on dishes from vendors including Matteo’s Osteria, Il Gelato Hawai‘i and Brick Fire Tavern. Not a food and wine enthusiast? The festival also showcases Italian music, art, fashion and cars. Bellissimo!

4–10 p.m., Cooke Street, Free, festaitalianahawaii.com


SEE ALSO: Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Festa Italiana in Honolulu



Aloun Farms Pumpkin Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 13–14, 20–21, 27–28


Pumpkin Festival

PHOTO: courtesy of Aloun Farms


Celebrate autumn with a family day in a pumpkin patch. Enjoy a hayride around the farm, stroll through a sunflower field and pick the greatest pumpkin you can find. Also, (trick or) treat yourself to ‘Ewa sweet corn and other farm-style food booths—just be sure to bring cash.

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Aloun Farms, $3, alounfarms.com


SEE ALSO: For more events in October, visit honolulumagazine.com’s online calendar here.



VegFest O‘ahu

Saturday, Oct. 13


Vegfest O‘ahu



Learn what it takes to mālama the ‘āina at VegFest, a festival aimed at educating others about sustainable living. Sample vegan dishes from local businesses, watch cooking demos by expert chefs and shop for earth-friendly products, all while listening to live music. In their mission to spread a plant-based lifestyle, speakers will talk about various environmental and health topics.

Noon–5:30 p.m., Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, Free, vegfestoahu.com



16th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Saturday, Oct. 13


Chocolate Buffet

PHOTO: COURTESY OF copperkettlechocolates.com


Chocoholics, rejoice! All of the desserts offered at this event, plus the all-you-can-eat buffet, will send chocolate lovers on a sugar high.

6:30–9 p.m., ​Emmanuel Episcopal Church, $25 presale ($35 at the door), emmanuelkailua.com



Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sunday, Oct. 14


Susan G. Komen



About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer. Show your support for those battling the disease by participating in either a 5K or 1-mile walk for the cure. Register as a team or individual to help the foundation reach its goal of $150,000. The walk ends with giveaways, an awards ceremony, entertainment and more.

7 a.m., Kapi‘olani Park, $25-$50, komenhawaii.org



Def Leppard

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1920


Def Leppard

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.com


The rock brigade added a second night on Friday, after selling out their Saturday show. See the group take the stage to play hits from the 1987 album, Hysteria, performed in its entirety.

8 p.m., Blaisdell Arena, $65–$157.50, ticketmaster.com



13th Annual Duke’s Ukes Contest

Saturday, Oct. 20


Duke's Uke

Photo: Courtesy of andrew macpherson


Now’s your chance to strum your way to stardom. All amateur ‘ukulele players are welcome to take the stage for a chance to win a Kamaka ‘ukulele and other prizes. Spectators just might discover the next Jake Shimabukuro.

10 a.m.–1 p.m., Duke’s Waikīkī, Free, dukeswaikiki.com



28th Annual Honolulu Pride Parade

Saturday, Oct. 20


Honolulu Pride Parade

Photo: Courtesy of hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com


Take strides with the LGBTQ+ community in this year’s march starting from Ala Moana Beach Park and ending at Kapi‘olani Park.

11 a.m., Kalākaua Avenue, Free, hawaiilgbtlegacyfoundation.com



Looking for fun new ways to experience the city? HONOLULU’s got you covered with HNLTix, your brand-new local resource for all things social—fundraisers, concerts, comedy shows, expos and everything in between. Discover your next can’t-miss event, share your favorites with friends, or promote your own event and sell tickets online. To see what’s coming up next in Honolulu, visit HNLTix.com.


Find more events at honolulufamily.com/calendar and honolulumagazine.com/calendar. 



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