Seven brilliant things to do in October

Including London Film Festival, Oktoberfest and opera at the V&A

1. London Film Festival

The Florida Project is part of the London Film Festival programme

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 4-15 at cinemas across the capital – the range of movies on offer caters for all type of cinematic taste, from the experimental to the mainstream. Highlights include Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the new film from Martin McDonagh. For more recommendations on what to book ahead for, go here.

2. Read a Man Booker Prize 2017 nominee

The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist (Getty)

The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize is announced on October 17, meaning there’s just time to catch up with a nominee or two before the big announcement. This year’s shortlist includes George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and Ali Smith’s Autumn. We’ve got a run-down of the biggest turkeys in Booker history – will this year’s winner join that list in the future?

3. Watch Blade Runner 2049

The initial reviews have been astonishingly good for the long-anticipated Blade Runner sequel. From October 6, cinema-goers can decide for themselves whether the wait has been worth it. Harrison Ford returns with Ryan Gosling co-starring and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve running the show.

4. Oktoberfest

Here for the biers

Oktoberfest celebrations have increasingly become part of the autumn schedule in Britain and this year’s chance to indulge in strong German lager and bratwurst has rolled around once more. A whole host of Oktoberfest bashes are taking place across the UK, including The London Bierfest (October 19 and 20) and major events in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

5. Stranger Things 2

One of the most hotly-anticipated returns of the year is the second season of Netflix’s smash hit science fiction/horror series, Stranger Things. Expect this second run, which will be released on October 27, to stick to the winning formula of the first. Supernatural forces will upset the formerly sleepy town of Hawkins once more, and a heap of Stephen King, John Carpenter and Steven Spielberg homages will keep proceedings ticking along nicely. For more TV to watch this autumn, go here.

6. V&A opera exhibition

A costume from a 1994 production of La Traviata (Getty)

The V&A’s new exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, tells the story of opera via seven historic premieres that took place in seven European cities. Exhibits include paintings and production photos, stage designs, props and costumes. For more information, go here.

7. London Cocktail Week

Cocktails on tap in London this month

From October 2-8, London will be awash with cocktails as London Cocktail Week takes over bars, pubs and other venues across the capital. Pay a visit to the Cocktail Village in Old Spitalfields Market, blend your own whisky and, if you’ve had a few, get a free tattoo courtesy of the good people at Sailor Jerry. For a full list of events, go here.

8. Turner Prize 2017 exhibition

A Fashionable Marriage by Lubaina Himid

The Turner Prize 2017 exhibition has opened at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, as part of the city’s year as UK City of Culture, with the shortlist of nominees displaying their work comprising Hurvin Anderson, Lubaina Himid, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi. To see our preview of the exhibition, go here.


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