To start is wales very own South by South West - the homegrown festival that is SWN. I have been to SWN twice and thoroughly enjoyed watching the Cribs a few years back and they are back again this year! With some amazing talent such as Charlotte Church, Django Django, Errors, Gallows, Tall Ships, The Blackout and so many more across venues all over Cardiff there really is something for everyone. Swn festival 18th Oct- 21st Oct weekend tickets cost £65 and day tickets start from £17
Another really cool event to be hitting the streets of Cardiff is Cardiff Fashion Week - the first year it's running and the week is packed with some amazing events - my must-go-to events are the opening of Cardiff Fashion Quarter at an old converted cinema in Womanby street on the 20th Oct and its promising to be a day of vintage clothing, thrifting and celebrating local talent. On sunday 21st City Hall will be hosting Cardiff Vintage Fair which will include fashion, shabby chic and homewears. During the rest of the week Morgans Arcade are hosting a fashion show along with Mocka Lounge and the Kuku Club.
If your looking to get out of the city and fancy an adventure up the Valleys, Wonder Stuff is holding a vintage fair in the OakTree hall, Treorchy on Sat 20th from 11-4pm. I went to the last one and it's great to see so many local homemakers, crafters and vintage collectors, as well as some very yummy cupcakes. Treorchy is an hour on the train from Cardiff and the hall is about a 5 min walk from the train station.
If your a food lover Cowbridge Food and Drink festival is a must! Taking place on the 27/28th of October its a day full of demons, talks, street performances and workshops and the whole village gets involved. I have been a few times and I can high recommended it, the champagne marquee is always popular and there is something for the whole family and this year they are also offering a creche for under 5's which needs to be booked in advance. Some of the festival is ticketed, but it's not expensive coming in at £4 a day with under 12's free, although a lot of the events are free and there is a real buzzing atmosphere.