6 October festivals in Sacramento, CA

There’s more to the scariest month of the year than Halloween.

A large outdoor stage is seen with large skull designs projected onto its back wall

Celebrate Día de los Muertos this month with the California Museum.

Photo Courtesy of the California Museum

While Halloween might be the biggest event in October, there’s a lot more to Sacramento’s proverbial bag of tricks than a day of handing out treats. In fact, there’s an entire smorgasbord of must-dos, with big-named music festivals, local film fests, and cultural celebrations.

So set aside your candy bag — here are six festivals in Sacramento worth planning for this October.

🎸 Aftershock Music Festival | Thurs., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 9 | Times vary | 1600 Garden Hwy. | $149.99+

The popular rock and heavy metal festival is positioned to shock by de-fault with big-named artists like Rob Zombie, Danzig, Kiss, and Sac’s very own Papa Roach.

🍻 Oktoberfest | Fri., Oct. 7 | 6-11:30p.m. | 3349 J St. | $5+

The Sacramento Turn Verein hosts this celebration of the Bavarian tradition, with authentic German beer, wine, and grub.

🇬🇷 Sacramento Greek Festival | Fri., Oct 7-Sun., Oct. 9 | 600 and 616 Alhambra Blvd. | Times vary | $5

Enjoy a taste of Mediterranean life at this block party in East Sacramento, featuring dancing lessons, cooking demonstrations, and a slate of dance and music performances spanning three days.

A large room full of people painting on canvases

Paint like a rock star at the inaugural Golden Sky Festival.

Photo courtesy of Golden Sky Festival

💀 Día de los Muertos Fiesta | Fri., Oct. 14 | 6-10 p.m. | 1020 O St. | $10

The California Museum presents its celebration of the Mexican tradition with the grand opening of its new exhibit “Mujeres Inspiradoras,” an Aztec dance performance, sugar skull workshops, and more.

📽️ A Place Called Sacramento | Fri., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | 1013 K St. | $18

Catch the screenings of 10 locally-produced short films and vote for your favorite in the Crest Theatre’s historic event hall.

🪕 Goldensky Music Festival | Sat., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 16 | Times vary | 1600 Garden Hwy. | $77.95+

The country music festival will throw its inaugural lariat with headlining acts such as Tim McGraw and Sam Hunt, as well as bespoke experiences like a rock star paint class.

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