October Holidays

Find a complete list of October holidays below, and happy celebrating! At National Today, we love celebrating 87 October holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Oct. 1

International Coffee DayFood & Beverage, InternationalWorld

Oct. 1

National Homemade Cookies DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 1

World Vegetarian DayFood & BeverageWorld

Oct. 2

International Day of Non-ViolenceCause, InternationalWorld

Oct. 3

National Boyfriend DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 4

​National Cinnamon Roll DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

National Crunchy Taco DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

National Poetry DayArts & EntertainmentU.K.

Oct. 4

National Taco DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

National Vodka DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

World Animal DayAnimalsWorld

Oct. 5

National Do Something Nice DayFunU.S.

Oct. 5

World Teachers Day EducationWorld

Oct. 6

National Noodle DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 7

World Smile DayFunWorld

Oct. 8

Columbus DayFederalU.S.

Oct. 8

National Kick Butt DayCauseU.S.

Oct. 8

National Pierogi DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 9

World Post DayTechnologyWorld

Oct. 10

NavratriReligiousWorld

Oct. 10

World Mental Health DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 11

National Coming Out DayCauseU.S.

Oct. 11

National Depression Screening DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 11

National Pet Obesity DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 11

National Sausage Pizza DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 12

National Farmers DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 13

National No Bra DayCause, HealthU.S.

Oct. 13

Navy BirthdayFederalU.S.

Oct. 13

World Hospice and Palliative Care DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 14

National Dessert DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 15

Global Handwashing DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 15

World Maths DayEducationWorld

Oct. 16

National Boss's DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 16

National Feral Cat DayAnimals, CauseU.S.

Oct. 16

World Food DayCauseWorld

Oct. 17

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop DayTechnologyU.S.

Oct. 17

National Pasta DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 18

National Chocolate Cupcake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 19

National New Friends DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 20

Sweetest DayFunU.S.

Oct. 20

World Osteoporosis DayHealthWorld

Oct. 21

International Day of the NachoFood & Beverage, InternationalWorld

Oct. 21

National Check Your Meds DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 22

National Nut DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 23

National Boston Cream Pie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 24

National Bologna DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 24

United Nations DayCauseWorld

Oct. 25

National Greasy Foods DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 25

World Pasta DayFood & BeverageWorld

Oct. 26

National Pumpkin DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 27

National American Beer DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 27

National Black Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 28

National Chocolate DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 28

National Pit Bull Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 29

National Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 29

National Internet DayTechnologyU.S.

Oct. 29

World Psoriasis DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 30

National Checklist DayFunU.S.

Oct. 31

HalloweenFunU.S.

October

​Global Diversity Awareness MonthCauseWorld

October

​Italian-American Heritage MonthCauseU.S.

October

AIDS Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

American Cheese MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

Caffeine Addiction Recovery MonthHealthU.S.

October

Down Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Eat Better, Eat Together MonthHealthU.S.

October

Emotional Wellness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Fungal Disease Awareness WeekHealth

October

German-American Heritage MonthCauseU.S.

October

Health Literacy MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Caramel MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Chili MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Chiropractic MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Critical Illness Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Dessert MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Ergonomics MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Liver Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Pasta MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Pickled Peppers MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Pretzel MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Sausage MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Spina Bifida Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Polish American Heritage MonthFun, InternationalU.S.

October

Rett Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Vegetarian MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

What is the significance of October holidays?

It's October, the month of some of our favorite holidays — from Halloween to National Boyfriend Day. But for ancient Anglo-Saxons, October was also Winterfylleth — a time of year to celebrate the beginning of winter which begins after a "fylleth" or full moon. Regardless of what you call it, October is chock full of food, fun, and festivity. So gather your family and friends, snuggle in your winter blanket, and partake in some of our coziest national holidays.

What are some memorable October holiday moments?

As someone wise once told us, boyfriends are like lottery tickets. You don't know what you’ve got until you scratch a little bit beneath the surface! As you might have guessed, one of our most important October holidays is National Boyfriend Day (October 3).

There are national days in October to celebrate relationships just as important as your romantic one—namely, coffee (International Coffee Day is October 1). We also celebrate the alcoholic essentials with National Vodka Day (October 4) and National American Beer Day (October 27). Did you know Americans spend more on beer than the Ukraine spends on everything?

This is possibly the best month of the year for food holidays. Just listen to what holidays in October we're celebrating: National Dessert Day (October 14), National Chocolate Day (October 28), National Pasta Day (October 17), and National Taco Day (October 4). Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos last year—can we top it this year?

23% of Americans own cats—that's a lot of happy people with which to celebrate National Cat Day (October 29)! A prime celebration? Dressing your cat up for Halloween (October 31).

Are we missing your favorite October holiday?

If you don't see a holiday you love to celebrate here, head to our holiday submission page and let us know! Make sure you've compiled a bit of information about your holiday before you submit. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? Let us know about any October holidays we should add!

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