A Look Ahead: October 2013

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 01, 2013

Photo: Voodoo Experience 2011 by Oliver Correa

Welcome to the first full month of fall! It is really no secret what we're most excited about this October - cough cough, CMJ - but it is a surprisingly packed month. Don't be tricked into thinking there's nothing left for you stateside in the world of music festivals until next spring. October's goldilocks weather ushers in a set of events that'll make you forget you're not on homework-less or weekending in Montauk.

Scroll down for the festivals, guides, and announcements you need to know this October.


October goes from zero to sixty faster than you can say what ACL stands for. Austin City Limits makes its two weekend debut this month, with the first installment taking place from the 4-6 and the second following the 11-13. Its second weekend will overlap with FILTER Magazine's CBGB.

Two days after these shut their gates the real mayhem begins. CMJ Music Marathon's 33rd edition begins on October 15 and will end five days later after 1,400+ bands play in 80+ venues. Notable overlappers include Amsterdam Dance Event and San Francisco's Treasure Island.

In October's second half, check out a Las Vegas festival debut - Life is Beautiful - then hop on over to Reykjavik, Paris, or New Orleans a little closer to home for Iceland Airwaves, Pitchfork Paris, and Voodoo Experience, respectively. The latter occur over Halloween weekend so you can expect ramped up costumes and a more adult, yet equally as enjoyable, form of trick-or-treat.


We're launching a few 2014 festival guides this month to help set your sights on what's to come. There's nothing better than festival planning to kill those cold weather blues. Check out revamped guides to SXSW, The BPM Festival, and Coachella's two weekends.


As mentioned above, October is all about CMJ for us. Fittingly, considering we made their official Travel Guide both in print and online. If you don't have badges yet to CMJ, don't click away from the page just yet - enter our contest! That's right, not only do we have the official guide, we have a ticket giveaway too.

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See Also:

Music Monday Playlist: CMJ Music Marathon 2013
Enter to Win Badges to CMJ
Get Your Free Copy of Cultivora's Guide to CMJ