1. 4th Annual Volkstober in NOTO
When: noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Where: 800 block of N. Kansas Ave., Topeka
Sunday is Topeka’s only all-Volkswagen car show in historic Downtown North Topeka. Proceeds benefit The Topeka Rescue Mission and Creations of Hope Gallery. For information, visit Volkstober in NOTO’s Facebook event page, or call (785) 250-3345.
2. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
When: 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 14
Where: Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, Lawrence
Price: $20 plus tax
A fall classic, Rocky Horror tells the story of a sweet transvestite and his motley crew as they do the time warp. Complete with sass from the audience, this deliberately kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic will be tons of fun. For information, visit theatrelawrence.com
3. The Grand O’ Opry
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa
Price: $10, 12 and under free
Come out and enjoy classic tunes as talented musicians and singers perform old country, bluegrass, rockabillity and gospel music live on stage in historic downtown Ottawa. For information, contact Dale Reese at (785)214-0013 or email email@example.com.
4. Booze at the Zoo
When: 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13
Where: Topeka Zoo, 636 S.W. Zoo Parkway, Topeka
Price: $40 adult, $20 designated driver
This adults-only fundraising event will feature fall brews, spooktacular drinks, food trucks and entertainment. Come dressed in your best costume for this haunting evening, which will enter you to win a special treat. For information, store.topekazoo.org/#/SpecialEvents
5. Punt, Pass and Kick Competition
When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11
Where: Anneberg Park Turf Fields, Manhattan
A free event for kids to practice their football skills. Divisions are split between first and second grade, third and fourth, and fifth and sixth. Prizes are awarded to the top three in each division. For information, go to mhkprd.com/317/Punt-Pass-and-Kick
6. Last Minute Folk
When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Jayhawk State Theatre Gallery, 720 S.E. Jackson St., Topeka
Opening the show is local Topeka singer-songwriter Rachel Louise Taylor. Ben Bedford will follow as the main act. For information, visit lastminutefolk.org.
7. 5th annual Oktoberfest
When: 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Blue Rapids Square, Blue Rapids
As one of its biggest fundraisers for the Fourth of July fireworks, Blue Rapids is again hosting its annual Oktoberfest. With good music, great food and — most importantly — beer, this is a fun event to support a good cause. For information, call (785)562-1197 or (785)562-4024.
When: 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Where: CiCo Park, Manhattan
Bring out your pet for the annual dog costume contest, tricks contest, disc dog demo and visit with local pet-related vendors, top natural pet food manufacturing reps and enjoy free kids’ crafts. Also join the Riley County Humane Society’s dinner fundraiser in Pottorf Hall. For information, visit the dogtoberfest Manhattan page on Facebook.
9. An Evening with John O’Leary
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10
Where: Topeka Collegiate School, 2200 S.W. Eveningside Drive
The best-selling author and motivational speaker will present “Are You Ready to Live on Fire?” at Tuesday night’s event. Admission includes a hardcover copy of O’Leary’s 2016 book, “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Ignited Life,” and a wine and cheese reception with O’Leary at the school. For information, visit bidpal.net/johnoleary.
10. Community Apple Pressing
When: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Lawrence Community Orchard, 830 Garfield St., Lawrence
Come out and take a turn with an apple press. All are welcome to participate in this free, kid-friendly event where apples are transformed into juice. For information, visit the Community Apple Pressing! Facebook event page.