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What's On in Mallorca October 2017

A celebration of autumn and local produce

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Ana Hernández | Mallorca Editor | Published: 29th September 2017

The end of the summer season has finally arrived but that doesn't mean that Mallorca remains idle. On the contrary, the island is very much alive in October and, as beach clubs close, cultural activities, local fiestas and sports competitions steal the spotlight.

Harvest and food festivals, races, tennis, wine tastings and lots of dancing await you this month in Mallorca. Here is a list of some of the most popular events taking place in October on the island.

Autumn festivals

Early autumn is traditionally associated with the harvest all around Europe, and this is no different in Mallorca. Many of the island's rural towns celebrate traditional fairs in October with live folk music, markets, shows and parties. Some last longer than others, such is the case of Llucmajor's autumn festival which carries on for three weekends. But you can also commemorate fall in a festive fashion in AlcudiaAlaróAlgaidaConsell and Porreres.

Food fairs

And, after harvesting... we eat! Food and drink seem to be the main focus in October as Mallorca honours its local produce with dozens of festivals all around the island. Take your pick: llampuga or 'mahi-mahi' fish in Cala Ratjada on the weekend of the 13th or llonguets (traditional sandwiches) every Wednesday throughout the month. Local produce is also celebrated with fairs dedicated to the sobrassada in Campos on the 19thred peppers ('pebre bord', used to make paprika) in Felanitx on the 22nd, or sweets at the 'Fira Dolça' in Esporles on the 1st.

Vins amb Art Wine Festival

With the grape picking season just finished, Mallorca also celebrates its local wines in this unique event that pairs them with art. 12 vineyards from around the island will be in attendance to present their vintages accompanied by works from 6 local artists. The programme also includes live music (jazz, folk, swing and funk) and professional wine tastings over the 12th and 13th of October in the centre of Playa de Muro.

TaPalma Tapas Festival

One of the most popular food festivals takes place from the 16th to the 21st in PalmaTaPalma is a celebration of the humble Spanish tapa that takes the city by storm. Restaurants and bars around town offer their most creative small bites and there are curated routes you can follow so that you don't miss anything. Last year's winner was the 'Kataifi and purple potato coulant', a sweet tapa inspired by the traditional Greek pastry made by Ca Na Joana Restaurant.

Doggie Race at Port Adriano

Start the month surrounded by puppies and participate in Port Adriano's Doggie Race. The contemporary marina is hosting a 2km run for dogs and humans to promote adoptions, raise awareness about the responsibilities of having a pet and try and get Calvia more pet-friendly each year. There will also be a Doggie Zone with games, a veterinarian centre, a pet shop and, most importantly, an area to learn more about how to adopt a pet.

Palma de Mallorca Marathon

This year, the increasingly popular Palma de Mallorca Marathon takes place on Sunday 15th October. Thousands are expected to take part in events and races going on over the weekend. A half marathon, a 10km race, a breakfast run, a pasta party and the Palma kids run are just some of the other events taking place, which means there is something for every age and running ability. If running is not your thing, you can just watch them trot along some of Palma's most iconic monuments, including the cathedral.

Legends Cup

Definitely more of a sports watcher than a player? Then purchase tickets to the Legends Cup Tennis Tournament from the 5th to the 8th of October. You'll get the chance to see Carlos Moyá, Mats Wilander, Tim Henman, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Thomas Enqvist, Fernando González, Henri LeConte and Alex Corretja battle it out on the courts at Palma Sport & Tennis Club.

Mallorca Lindy Festival

Our final proposal is for the dance lovers out there. The town of Inca will host lindy hop fans from all around the continent from the 12th to the 15th of October for four days filled with swing and swagger. Dance workshops, live music, parties and dinners are all part of the programme.

More inspiration...

If you're planning to visit Mallorca in October, check our Events Calendar for a full rundown and find some accommodation for your stay on our Hotel Pages. If you fancy a short trip while you're there, check out what's going on in Ibiza.

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