These days, being a social media expert takes more than just knowing how to write eye-catching captions and building a brand. No, you also need to know how to connect with your audience on an almost daily basis. Looking good and/or professional isn’t enough. You also need to be socially aware of what is happening in different communities. One crucial step in this process is to know when and how to celebrate national social media holidays that raise awareness about a certain cause. Which is why I am sharing the most complete list with over 220+ national and international social media holidays in October with you! If you want, you can bookmark this page so that it is easy for you to find when needed. If you have any friends who you think could use this, feel free to share 🙂 Note: This article contains affiliate links, so if you end up buying a product through my link, I might earn a commission.

Some of these social media holidays in October are more popular than others, some are weird and others simply fun. But, most importantly, there is something here for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a social media influencer or a social media marketer and your niche could be health, food, lifestyle, wellness, mindfulness, fitness, beauty or education – there is something for you in this meticulously compiled, unique list.

So, here we go! There is much to celebrate in October. Which holidays will you celebrate in your social media posts?

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List of Social Media Holidays in October 2021

October 1

  • Fire Pup Day (US)
  • ​International Day of Older Persons
  • International Coffee Day
  • International Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • National Manufacturing Day a.k.a. MFG (US) – First Friday in October
  • PlaidurdayFirst Friday in October
  • Pumpkin Spice Day (US)
  • World Sake Day
  • World Smile DayFirst Friday in October
  • World Vegetarian Day #VegetarianDay

International Coffee Day is the first of three coffee holidays in October alone. If you like coffee, check out our complete list of all yearly coffee holidays!

October 2

  • Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day (US)
  • International Day of Non-Violence
  • National Fried Scallops Day (US)
  • National Name Your Car Day (US)
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • World No Alcohol Day
  • Wrongful Conviction Day

October 3

  • Coffee with a Cop Day (US)
  • Mean Girls Day #MeanGirlsDay
  • National Boyfriend Day (US) #NationalBoyfriendDay
  • National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day (US)
  • National Family TV Show Day (US)
  • National Techies Day (US)
  • Virus Appreciation Day
  • World Card Making Day – First Sunday in October

October 4

  • ​Cinnamon Roll Day a.k.a. Kanelbullens dag in Sweden, Korvapuustipäivä in Finland
  • National Child Health Day (US) – First Monday in October
  • National Golf Lovers Day (US)
  • National Taco Day (US) #NationalTacoDay
  • National Vodka Day (US)
  • World Animal Day
  • World Habitat Day – First Monday in October

October 5

  • Do Something Nice Day (US)
  • National Apple Betty Day (US)
  • National Get Funky Day (US)
  • National Kiss a Wrestler Day (US)
  • World Teachers Day

October 6

  • Balloons Around the World Day – First Wednesday in October
  • Energy Efficiency Day (US)
  • International Walk to School Day – First Wednesday in October
  • National Mad Hatter Day (US)
  • National Noodle Day (US)
  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day (US)
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day (US) – First Wednesday in October
  • Random Acts of Poetry Day – 1st Wednesday in October
  • Transfer Money to Your Daughter Day
  • Walk to School Day (US)
  • World Cerebral Palsy Day #CerebralPalsyDay

October 7

  • Inner Beauty Day
  • National Poetry Day (UK)
  • National Frappé Day (US)

Between October 8 and October 15 this year we have social media holidays such as the anti-bullying National Stop Bullying Day, the awareness-raising Global Handwashing Day and the National Coming Out Day, which is especially important for the LGBTQ community. On October 12, you can choose to celebrate two potentially divisive holidays: the Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day. If you choose to participate, make sure you choose sides – celebrating both probably won’t make much sense since the former holiday is a reaction to the latter.

October 8

  • National Fluffernutter Day (US)
  • National Pierogi Day (US)
  • World Egg Day – Second Friday in October
  • World Octopus Day

October 9

  • I Love Yarn Day (US) – Second Saturday in October
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day (US)
  • National Leif Erikson Day (US)
  • National Moldy Cheese Day (US)
  • World Migratory Bird Day – Second Saturday in May & October
  • World Post Day

October 10

  • National Angel Food Cake Day (US)
  • National Cake Decorating Day (US)
  • National Handbag Day (US)
  • National Hug a Drummer Day (US)
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Porridge Day

October 11

  • International Day of the Girl Child
  • It’s My Party Day
  • National Coming Out Day (US) #NationalComingOutDay
  • National Sausage Pizza Day
  • Native American Day (South Dakota and Wisconsin) – Second Monday in October

October 12

  • Columbus Day (US)
  • Indigenous Peoples Day #IndigenousPeoplesDay
  • National Farmer’s Day (US)
  • National Gumbo Day (US)
  • National Pulled Pork Day (US)
  • National Savings Day (US)

October 13

  • Fossil Day – Wednesday of the second full week in October
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • International Top Spinning Day – Second Wednesday in October
  • International Skeptics Day
  • National M&M Day (US)
  • National No Bra Day (US)
  • National Stop Bullying Day (US) – Second Wednesday in October
  • National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day – Wednesday of the second full week in October
  • National Train Your Brain Day (US)
  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day (US)
  • U.S. Navy Birthday

October 14

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day (US)World Standards Day
  • National Dessert Day (US)

October 15

  • Global Handwashing Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • National Cheese Curd Day (US)
  • National Grouch Day (US)
  • National I Love Lucy Day (US)
  • National Mushroom Day (US)

Not sure what to post between October 16 and October 23? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Back to the Future Day on October 21 is a must among movie buffs and National Color Day on October 22 gives you the perfect opportunity to bond with your audience around something we all can relate to: our favorite colors.

October 16

  • Global Cat Day
  • National Boss’s Day (US)
  • National Dictionary Day (US)
  • National Liqueur Day (US)
  • National Sweetest Day (US) – Third Saturday in October
  • World Food Day

October 17

  • Black Poetry Day (US)
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • National Edge Day (US)
  • National Mulligan Day (US)
  • National Pasta Day (US)

October 18

  • National No Beard Day (US)
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day (US)
  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day (US) – Third Monday in October
  • World Menopause Day

October 19

  • National LGBT Center Awareness Day (US)
  • National Seafood Bisque Day (US)

October 20

  • Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day a.k.a. BRA Day (US) – Third Wednesday in October
  • National Brandied Fruit Day (US)
  • National Day on Writing (US)
  • International Chefs Day
  • International Sloth Day
  • World Osteoporosis Day
  • World Statistics Day

October 21

  • Back to the Future Day
  • International Day of the Nacho
  • National Apple Day (UK) – October 21st or the weekend closest to October 30th each year 
  • National Get Smart About Credit Day (US) – Third Thursday in October
  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day (US)
  • National Reptile Awareness Day (US)

October 22

  • International Caps Lock Day – October 22 and June 28
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • National Color Day (US)
  • National Nut Day (US)

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October 23

  • Global Champagne Day
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day (US)
  • National iPod Day (US)
  • National Mole Day (US)
  • National TV Talk Show Host Day (US)
  • Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day

Are there any other big social media holidays than Halloween in October? Yes, yes and yes! Towards the end of October everyone in the States might be focused on Halloween. And perhaps, rightfully so. But, when others are focusing on Halloween and competing with each other, you can offer your readers a much-needed break by bringing their attention to, say, Make A Difference Day, the World Pasta Day or National Chocolate Day. So why don’t you focus on something lighter, while not forgetting about the carved pumpkins and sexy costumes? And if socializing isn’t you thing, why not observe #NationalHermitDay on October 29?

October 24

  • Drake’s Birthday
  • National Bologna Day (US)
  • National Mother-in-Law Day (US) – Fourth Sunday in October
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • World Tripe Day

October 25

October 26

  • Howl at the Moon Day and Night
  • National Mincemeat Day (US)
  • National Mule Day (US)
  • National Pumpkin Day (US) #NationalPumpkinDay

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October 27

  • American Beer Day (US)
  • National Black Cat Day (US)
  • National Mentoring Day (US)
  • Navy Day (US)
  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 28

  • National First Responders Day (US)
  • National Chocolate Day (US)

October 29

  • National Cat Day (US)
  • National Oatmeal Day (US)
  • National Hermit Day (US)
  • World Psoriasis Day
  • World Stroke Day

October 30

  • Buy a Donut Day
  • National Candy Corn Day (US)

October 31

  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day (US)
  • Halloween
  • National Caramel Apple Day (US)
  • National Doorbell Day (US)
  • National Magic Day US)
  • World Cities Day (United Nations)

Food & Drink Holidays in October 2021

This October there are 53 holidays to celebrate, including big ones such as International Coffee Day, World Vegetarian Day and National Dessert Day. Also pasta-lovers and taco-enthusiasts have something to look forward to in October: World Pasta Day and National Taco Day.

In October, the following drinks have their own national holiday: coffee, sake, frappé, liqueur, champagne, vodka and (American) beer. There is also a day for those who won’t drink alcohol: World No Alcohol Day.

Food holidays and drink holidays are some of the most popular ones online and it is easy to why. After all, if you love ice-cold coffee drinks, then National Frappé Day is the perfect excuse for enjoying this delicious drink. And if you have an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account, why not share your love there?

  • October 1: International Coffee Day
  • October 1: Pumpkin Spice Day
  • October 1: World Sake Day
  • October 1: World Vegetarian Day 
  • October 2: National Fried Scallops Da
  • October 2: World No Alcohol Day
  • October 3: Coffee with a Cop Day 
  • October 4: National Taco Day
  • October 4: National Vodka Day
  • October 5: National Apple Betty Day
  • October 6: National Noodle Day
  • October 6: National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • October 7: National Frappé Day
  • October 8: National Fluffernutter Day
  • October 8: National Pierogi Day
  • October 8: World Egg Day 
  • October 9: National Moldy Cheese Day
  • October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • October 10: National Cake Decorating Day
  • October 10: World Porridge Day
  • October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day
  • October 12: National Gumbo Day
  • October 12: National Pulled Pork Day 
  • October 12: National M&M Day
  • October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day 
  • October 14: National Dessert Day 
  • October 15: National Cheese Curd Day
  • October 15: National Mushroom Day
  • October 16: National Liqueur Day 
  • October 17: National Pasta Day
  • October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day
  • October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day 
  • October 21: International Day of the Nacho
  • October 21: National Apple Day (UK) 
  • October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • October 22: National Nut Day
  • October 23: Global Champagne Day
  • October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day 
  • October 24: National Bologna Day 
  • October 24: World Tripe Day
  • October 25: National Greasy Food Day 
  • October 25: National Sourest Day
  • October 25: World Pasta Day
  • October 26: National Mincemeat Day
  • October 26: National Pumpkin Day
  • October 27: American Beer Day 
  • October 28: National Chocolate Day (US)
  • October 29: National Oatmeal Day (US)
  • October 30: Buy a Donut Day
  • October 30: National Candy Corn Day (US)
  • October 31: National Caramel Apple Day (US)

That was our list of October holidays this year. Quite a bunch of holidays to observe, don’t you think? Which ones are your favorites? Leave a comment!