The 26 Best Events on O‘ahu in October 2019

Culture, comedy, charity and cuisine kick off the fall season on O‘ahu. So start planning now—the events listed here are just a sampling of what’s to come.


Improvaganza! Hawai‘i Festival of Improv

Thursday, October 3–Sunday, October 6  |  Various times

Kumu Kahua Theatre, $15/show

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Todd Barry

Thursday, October 3 | 8 p.m.


Blue Note Hawai‘i, $25–$35

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American Savings Bank Presents Curling With Aloha

Thursday, October 3 | 1:30–4 p.m.

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Ice Palace, $50–$175

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SEE ALSO: Learn How to Curl for a Cause with Olympic Athletes at Ice Palace Hawai‘i



45th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow

Saturday, October 5–Sunday, October 6 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.



Magic Island, free to attend

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Hispanic Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 5  |  10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Downtown Chinatown (Nu‘uanu Street from Chaplain Lane to King Street), free to attend

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Feast for Farms Benefit Dinner: Oktoberfest Wild Harvest

Saturday, October 5  |  5–9 p.m.

Kahumana Organic Farms & Cafe, $100

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Saturday, October 5–Sunday, October 13  |  10 a.m.–9 p.m.

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Photo: David Croxford


Kāhala Mall

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SEE ALSO: Canstruction Moves Giant Canned Sculptures into Kāhala Mall This October



Aloha Home Market: Fall Festival

Sunday, October 6  |  9 a.m.–2 p.m.

340 Uluniu St., Kailua

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Earl Sweatshirt

Friday, October 11  |  8–10 p.m.

The Republik, $30

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HONOLULU Magazine’s Rosé Soirée 2019

Saturday, October 12  |  6:30–8:30 p.m.

Photo: Gregory Yamamoto


The event may be a few weeks away, but this heat has us dreaming of sipping something cool at next month’s Rosé Soirée. Enjoy a selection of refreshing rosé wines and small bites from some of Hawai‘i’s top restaurants, including 12th Ave Grill, Feast, Pai Honolulu and La Vie. New this year, treat yourself to a pampering station by Heaven on Earth Salon & Day Spa. And if you’re looking to upgrade your evening, VIP ticket holders get in an hour early, plus access to the VIP lounge and exclusive dishes from Senia. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit Hoʻōla Nā Pua. Cheers!

$65 general, $95 VIP, IBM Building courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.



Komen Hawai‘i Race for the Cure

Sunday, October 13 | 7 a.m.

Kapi‘olani Park, $15–$50,



PetBlock Pā‘ina

Sunday, October 13 | 5–8 p.m.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hawaiian Humane Society


Victoria Ward Park, free,

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SEE ALSO: The Most Dog-Friendly Bars and Restaurants on O‘ahu



Back To The Future Hip Hop Dinner

Wednesday, October 16  |  7–9 p.m.

Square Barrels, $85

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The Music of Queen

Friday, October 18–Saturday, October 19 | 7:30 p.m.


Blaisdell Concert Hall, $36–$95

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Kiana Ledé with special guest Glenn Travis

Saturday, October 19 | 8–11:30 p.m.


The Republik / $30–$79

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Honolulu Pride

Saturday, October 19  |  Parade at 11 a.m., festival at 11:30 a.m.

Photo: Kelli Bullock


It’s time for the annual Pride Parade and Festival in Waikīkī. Celebrate the LGBTQ+ and allied communities by first cheering along the parade route (marchers set out from Magic Island at 11 a.m.) and then joining the fun at the Waikīkī Shell from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, a health and wellness zone and bar area, plus songwriter Allie X headlines the main stage.

Kalākaua Avenue & Waikīkī Shell, free,



Hawai‘i Woodshow

Saturday, October 19–Sunday, October 27  |  Various times

Moanalua Gardens’ Chinese Hall, free to attend

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Demo Dinner Series With Local I‘a

Monday, October 21 | 6:30–8 p.m.

Photo: Katie Kenny


Kaimukī Superette, $40 for Local I‘a and Slow Food members / $45 for general public

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SEE ALSO: What to Expect From an Environmentally-Friendly Cooking Class



Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival (O‘ahu)

Wednesday, October 23–Sunday, October 27 | Various times

hawaii food and wine fest
Photo: Courtesy hawai‘i food & wine festival / kris labang photography


Begin the O‘ahu leg of this nearly monthlong feast at the first backyard barbecue, Howard Hughes Brews & BBQ (Oct. 23). Other standout gatherings include Crazy Rich Cocktails (Oct. 24) and Life’s a Beach (Oct. 26). But if you can only attend one, see international top chefs, master chefs, iron chefs, Michelin-starred restaurateurs and Hale ‘Aina Award winners at the Halekūlani Culinary Masters Gala, the festival’s closing event (Oct. 27).

Various locations, starting from $65,



The Illusionists

Wednesday, October 23–Sunday, October 27  | Various times​



This family-friendly showcase is the second act in a three-part series of hit Broadway shows coming to Honolulu. Five mentalists, magicians and tricksters from around the world promise to conjure a theatrical two-hour spectacle.

Blaisdell Concert Hall, $50–$80

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Wahine Forum

Thursday, October 24 | 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.


Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom, $175–$215,



Hawai‘i Lacrosse Tournament

Friday, October 25–Sunday, October 27 | Various times

Kapi‘olani Park, free to watch,



Special Olympics Hawaiʻi: Over the Edge 2019 Fundraiser

Saturday, October 26 | 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Photo: David Croxford


Raise money for Special Olympics Hawai‘i as you rappel from 40 stories (that’s 400 feet!) above Kūhiō Beach. Join the 11th annual fundraising event either as an individual or part of a team. You’ll have a bucket list-worthy adventure and the best views of Waikīkī and Diamond Head.

Hyatt Regency Waikīkī Beach Resort, $25–$100



O‘ahu Detox Yoga Surf Retreat with Yoga4Ewa

Monday, October 28 @ 4 p.m.–Friday, November 1 @ 10 a.m.

Ewa Beach, $200–$1,050

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PechaKucha Honolulu Night: Supernatural

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–8 p.m.

Photo: Brandyn Liu


Twenty images, 20 seconds each—that’s the rule of presenting at any PechaKucha. Speakers come from different career backgrounds, have a range of life experiences and hold a variety of viewpoints. But this month they must all touch on the supernatural.

Hawai‘i State Art Museum, free

SEE ALSO: See Artists Present Supernatural Images at October’s PechaKucha Honolulu




Thursday, October 31

Just one day? Think again! Celebrate the holiday all monthlong with our extensive list of all things Halloween.

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