October Holidays

Find a complete list of October holidays below, and happy celebrating! At National Today, we love celebrating 179 October holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Oct. 1

​International Day of Older PersonsCauseWorld

Oct. 1

International Coffee DayFood & BeverageWorld

Oct. 1

National Black Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 1

National Child Health DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 1

National Fire Pup DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 1

National Hair DayFunU.S.

Oct. 1

National Homemade Cookies DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 1

World Vegetarian DayFood & BeverageWorld

Oct. 2

International Day of Non-ViolenceCauseWorld

Oct. 2

National Custodian DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 2

National Name Your Car DayFunU.S.

Oct. 3

Mean Girls DayArts & EntertainmentWorld

Oct. 3

National Boyfriend DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 3

National Kevin DayFunOther

Oct. 3

National Walk and Bike to School DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 4

​National Cinnamon Roll DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

National Crunchy Taco DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 4

National Golf Lovers Day SportsU.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 Be Nice DayFunU.S.

Oct. 5

National Get Funky DayFunU.S.

Oct. 5

National Kiss a Wrestler Day SportsU.S.

Oct. 5

National Do Something Nice DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 5

World Teachers Day EducationWorld

Oct. 6

​National Transfer Money to Your Daughter DayFamilyU.S.

Oct. 6

National Mad Hatter DayFunU.S.

Oct. 6

National Noodle DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 6

National Plus Size Appreciation DayFashionU.S.

Oct. 6

World Cerebral Palsy DayCauseWorld

Oct. 7

​National Frappe DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 7

World Smile DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 8

Columbus DayGovernmentU.S.

Oct. 8

National Fluffernutter DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 8

National Kick Butt DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 8

National Pierogi DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 8

Pchum BenReligiousWorld

Oct. 9

Mysore DasaraReligiousWorld

Oct. 9

World Post DayGovernmentWorld

Oct. 10

National Cake Decorating DayU.S.

Oct. 10

National Hug a Drummer DayFunU.S.

Oct. 10

National Pet Obesity DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 10

NavratriReligiousWorld

Oct. 10

World Mental Health DayHealthWorld

Oct. 11

National Coming Out DayU.S.

Oct. 11

National Depression Screening DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 11

National Kimberly DayFunU.S.

Oct. 11

National Sausage Pizza DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 11

World Obesity DayHealthWorld

Oct. 12

National Coaches DayOther

Oct. 12

National Farmers DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 12

National Pulled Pork Day Food & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 12

National Savings DayFinancialU.S.

Oct. 13

​National Fossil DayEnvironmentalU.S.

Oct. 13

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 13

National M&M DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 13

National No Bra DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Oct. 13

Navy BirthdayFederalU.S.

Oct. 13

World Hospice and Palliative Care DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 14

National Dessert DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 15

​National I Love Lucy DayFunU.S.

Oct. 15

Global Handwashing DayHealthWorld

Oct. 15

National Cheese Curd DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 15

National Grouch DayFunU.S.

Oct. 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 15

National Mushroom DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 15

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance DayFamilyU.S.

Oct. 15

World Maths DayCauseWorld

Oct. 16

​National Liqueur DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 16

Global Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 16

National Boss's DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 16

National Feral Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 16

National Pharmacy Technician DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 16

World Food DayCauseU.S.

Oct. 17

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 17

National Edge DayCulturalU.S.

Oct. 17

National Medical Assistants DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 17

National Mulligan Day FunU.S.

Oct. 17

National Pasta DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 17

National Pay Back a Friend DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 18

International ShakeOut DayEnvironmentalWorld

Oct. 18

National Chocolate Cupcake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 18

National No Beard DayFashionU.S.

Oct. 18

VijayadashamiReligiousWorld

Oct. 19

National Mammography DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 19

National New Friends DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 19

World Pediatric Bone and Joint DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 20

International Sloth DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

International Sloth DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

National Day on WritingEducationU.S.

Oct. 20

National Fetch DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 20

Sweetest DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 20

World Osteoporosis DayHealthWorld

Oct. 21

​Back to the Future Day Arts & EntertainmentU.S.

Oct. 21

International Day of the NachoFood & BeverageWorld

Oct. 21

National Apple DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 21

National Check Your Meds DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 21

Pets for Vets DayAnimals, CauseU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 21

National Reptile Day AnimalsU.S.

Oct. 22

National Nut DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 23

National Boston Cream Pie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 23

National Croc DayFashionU.S.

Oct. 23

National Paralegal DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 23

Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day FunU.S.

Oct. 24

National Bologna DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 24

United Nations DayGovernmentWorld

Oct. 25

​National I Care About You DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 25

National Art DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Oct. 25

National Greasy Foods DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 25

World Pasta DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 26

National Breadstick Day Food & BeverageU.S., World

Oct. 26

National Chicken Fried Steak DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 26

National Pumpkin DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 27

​National Drug Take Back DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 27

​National Mentoring DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 27

National American Beer DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 27

National Black Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 27

National Pit Bull Awareness DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 28

​National First Responders DayCareerU.S.

Oct. 28

​National Immigrants DayCauseU.S.

Oct. 28

National Chocolate DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 29

National Cat DayAnimalsU.S.

Oct. 29

National Internet DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 29

National Oatmeal DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 29

World Psoriasis DayHealthU.S.

Oct. 30

National Checklist DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Oct. 30

National Text Your Ex DayRelationshipsU.S.

Oct. 31

​National Caramel Apple DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Oct. 31

HalloweenGovernmentU.S.

October

​Global Diversity Awareness MonthCauseWorld

October

​Italian-American Heritage MonthCauseU.S.

October

​National Bullying Prevention MonthCauseU.S.

October

​National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthCauseU.S.

October

AIDS Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

American Cheese MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

Blindness Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthHealthU.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

Fair Trade MonthFinancialU.S.

October

Fungal Disease Awareness WeekHealth

October

German-American Heritage MonthCauseU.S.

October

Health Literacy MonthHealthU.S.

October

Healthy Lung MonthHealthU.S.

October

National ADHD Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Book MonthEducation

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 Dental Hygiene MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Depression Education and 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 Physical Therapy MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Pickled Peppers MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Pizza MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Pretzel MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Protect Your Hearing MonthHealthU.S.

October

National Sausage MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

National Spina Bifida Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Polish American Heritage MonthCulturalU.S.

October

Rett Syndrome Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

October

Vegetarian MonthFood & BeverageU.S.

October

World Menopause MonthHealthWorld

October

​National Drug and Alcohol Facts WeekCauseU.S.

October

Bone and Joint Health National Action WeekHealthWorld

October

Durga PujaReligiousWorld

October

National Health Education WeekHealthU.S.

October

National Retirement Security WeekFinancialU.S.

October

Respiratory Care WeekHealthCanada, U.S., World

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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