Discover this month’s best happenings around Dubai, from full-moon yoga to stage shows, music festivals, Halloween celebrations, and more.
October 1 to 2: Brace Yourself
If you like the idea of terrifying live theater, clear your calendar for the final two days of Woman in Black. Playing at Madinat Theatre, this chilling stage show is an adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel and follows the story of a lawyer named Arthur Kipps who is desperate to overcome a curse from his past. Book your tickets here, but watch at your own peril.
October 1 to November 20: Delve into Beauty
If you missed the launch of Lancôme’s whimsical new pop-up at City Walk 2, you’re in luck because it will run throughout the month and beyond. Here, beauty buffs can discover Lancôme’s newest mascara, play to win prizes, shop an Olympia Le-Tan makeup collection that is exclusive to the pop-up, and more.
October 1 Onwards: Hold Your Breath
The region’s first permanent show takes place at Al Habtoor City on a daily basis and is a truly spectacular one. Entitled La Perle, this collision of mesmerizing aquatics, aerial feats, state-of-the-art lighting, 65+ performers, and more has been inspired by Dubai’s culture and created by Franco Dragone of Le Rêve fame. Buy your tickets here.
October 2 to 16: Listen Up
Season 24 of Concert Series at The Fridge continues, with Ab Initio taking the stage for a night of alternative rock mixed with blues and jazz. Opening for Jamil Jabbour will be prog-metal duo The Losing Party, with the following sessions featuring cult favorite As Per Casper on October 9th and Chilean virtuoso Vicente Allende on October 16th. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.
October 5 to 7: Cram It In
If you have yet to read all of The Bard’s plays, but can’t fathom finding the time to do so, head to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] at The Junction. This hilarious, fast-paced romp will see three actresses portraying over 100 characters from Shakespearean tragedies and comedies with plenty of props – and even more humor – in just 95 minutes. Book your tickets here.
October 5 to 13: Feast for Less
Upscale dining experiences and accessible prices come together for the sixth edition of Jumeirah Restaurant Week, with set menus at 40 Jumeirah restaurants including Pierchic, Tortuga, and Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara. There are four price tiers – AED 95, 150, 200, and 350 – to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find something for every budget. To make a reservation, click here.
October 6: Catch Kid Ink
Open-air nightclub BASE sees the return of famed American rapper Kid Ink – best known for his single “Show Me” – to Dubai for a late night of live music, light shows, and pyrotechnics. Reminiscent of something straight out of Las Vegas, the d3-based venue has also confirmed platinum-selling artist Erick Morillo on October 12th and superstar DJ MOS on October 13th. Entry will be free of charge.
October 7: Bend, Stretch, Twist
Starting at 8 p.m., a full-moon yoga session at Fairmont The Palm will be held in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The theme is set as “Pinktober”, so participants are encouraged to wear their best pink attire and can look forward to prize giveaways and pink treats. The session is priced at AED 75 per person and advance booking is required, so secure your spot by calling (+971) 4 457 3545 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
October 11 to 14: Journey to Jersey
You instinctively know the hits by iconic 60s group Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now learn more about their less-than-perfect offstage story through the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys at Dubai Opera. If the band’s name doesn’t ring a bell, have a listen to “Sherry”, “Walk Like a Man”, or “Big Girls Don’t Cry” for a powerful waft of nostalgia. You can book your tickets here.
October 12 to 24: Peruse a Pop-Up
Bulgari’s latest creations take center stage alongside gold cereamic-coated popcorn aplenty in a 1960s cinema-themed pop-up at The Dubai Mall. Here, the Italian fashion house launches three ‘Divas’ Dream’ bag styles in restricted quantities that are available exclusively at this occasion. The pop-up also showcases a selection of limited-edition pieces from the ‘Divas’ Dream’ jewelry collection.
October 13 to 27: Return to Ripe Market
With the scorching summer now behind us, Ripe Market – the city’s favorite market – moves outdoors to the lush greenery of Zabeel Park. Spend your time browsing interesting craft stalls and picking up fresh, organic, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables provided by passionate business owners. It will run every Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 19: Celebrate Diwali
Book a spot on the Indian Festival of Lights trail by Frying Pan Adventures, a tour designed to introduce participants to the dazzling holiday of Diwali. The five-hour journey will entail an abra ride followed by a walk through the bustling alleys of Meena Bazaar, where you can enjoy the colors, costumes, and culinary treats associated with this celebration. To learn more, click here.
October 20: Defy the Desert
If you’re looking to test your limits, mark this day for a series of challenging obstacle courses at the Desert Warrior Challenge. Taking place at Dubailand District, the race will have you running, swinging, sliding, crawling, and climbing your way to the finish line. What’s best is that everyone from children to hardcore athletes can find a course suitable for their fitness level. Register for the adrenaline-fuelled event here.
October 20 to 21: Live Well
The nurturing of body, mind, and soul comes together during the Wellness Weekend at Life ‘n One as the health-based platform in Jumeirah celebrates its third birthday. The two-day experiential event will be packed with idea exchange, talks by experts, live music, holistic treatments, wholesome treats, yoga classes, and meditation sessions so that you can learn how to live your best life. For a look at Life ‘n One’s complete calendar, click here.
October 26 to 28: Mark a Milestone
Fashion Forward Dubai – the city’s ultimate fashion event – returns for its tenth season. This year, FFWD will relocate to d3, combining fashion, retail, and entertainment on a bigger scale than ever before. You can expect to take in runway shows and presentations by emerging and established designers alongside talks, parties, pop-ups, installations, music performances, and a specialized cinema. Learn more here.
October 27: Kickstart the Spooks
Great live performances continue in the form of Fiesta De Los Muertos, a Halloween-themed music festival taking place at Autism Rocks Arena. The gig will feature Nick Jonas, The Mariachis, and Carly Rae Jepsen amongst others. Award-winning British visual band Gorillaz is schedule to headline. Tickets start at AED 350 and can be purchased here.
October 28: Spread the Word
Don your pink workout wear and head to Define in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The studio will host an indoor cycling session accompanied by music from pop’s best female stars. It’s priced at AED 80 and all proceeds will be donated to Pink Caravan, an initiative that advocates for the early detection of breast cancer and spreads awareness about the importance of self-examination.
October 31: Celebrate Halloween
Head to Tribeca for a Chainsaw Massacre-themed bash in a makeshift dungeon, complete with prizes for the best costumes, complimentary drinks, and a guest DJ. Meanwhile, Ocean Blue at Jumeirah Beach Hotel will be hosting a relaxed Halloween-centric beach BBQ catering to all ages. With “shocks and surprises” lurking around every corner, the party at Cirque Le Soir also promises to be a big one. If you’re looking to start your celebrations a few days earlier, head to Desert Palm for a Halloween-themed weekend on the 26th and 27th. Expect two days of fun and a spooky take on food and drink.