With October now officially underway, there are tons of buzz-worthy events taking place all month long. Check out our recommendations for the hottest-selling sporting and concert events quickly approaching as the autumn days go by.
- Perhaps the biggest sports news of October is post-season baseball. The playoff brackets are set, with wildcard spots up for grabs between the Yankees and Twins for the American League and Rockies and Diamondbacks in the National League. The Red Sox will face the Astros whereas the winner of the Yanks/Twins series goes on to meet top seed Cleveland. The Dodgers will face the NL wildcard winner with the Nationals and defending World Series champs the Cubs completing the second series of the bracket. Wildcard action kicks off tomorrow, October 3, and culminates in the World Series, with Game 1 scheduled for the 24th. Tickets available for all playoff games here.
- Football season remains in high gear for both college teams and the pros. This month’s most prolific match-ups include the NFL’s week 6 pairing of Kansas City and Pittsburgh, as the Chiefs head into October riding the momentum of a 3-0 start and the Steelers have fought their way to a 3-1 record at the hands of QB Ben Roethlisberger. They’ll go head to head October 15 in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium.
- For college squads, weeks 7 and 8 promise plenty of excitement. It will be a battle of the Tigers, as Auburn and LSU face off on Saturday, October 14 in Baton Rouge. Both teams rounded out September with strong 3-1 records, though visiting Auburn will likely be the favorite to snag the win. The following week sees no. 4 Penn State taking on no. 8 Michigan at home in a Big Ten battle. Tickets are going fast but can be found here.
- One of the year’s most anticipated tours, Jay-Z’s 4:44 Tour, kicks off on the 27th in Anaheim, CA. The rapper is slated to perform an additional 34 dates on the North American leg, which concludes in Los Angeles December 21.
- Prior to the tour’s launch, Jay-Z can also be seen as a headliner at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The two-weekend festival begins this Friday, October 6 and wraps up October 15. Dozens of musical artists across all genres are pegged to take the stage, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, Martin Garrix, Solange, Gorillaz, The Killers, and The xx.
- All eyes will be on Linkin Park on the 27th, when they perform their first show following lead singer Chester Bennington’s sudden death three months ago. The memorial concert, dubbed Linkin Park and Friends, will serve as a celebration of Bennington’s life and feature special guests to remember the late singer, whose July 20 suicide shocked the music world. Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiiara, Korn, Machine Gun Kelly, Yellowcard and System of a Down are confirmed to appear alongside Linkin Park’s five surviving members at the Hollywood Bowl in what promises to be an emotional evening. Tickets are still available here.