Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for October 2018

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Welcome back to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of October 2018. We’ve left summer behind us and are now into fall and the month we’ve all been waiting for: Halloween Month . . . I mean October. This month’s list has quite a few great shows as well as some Halloween fun, but if you are looking for a comprehensive list of Halloween events for all ages, check out our dedicated Halloween event guide.

Special Events

Suicidal Tendencies with MADBALL and Hive

What: Concert
When: Monday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

If you are looking to start off October with some classic thrash punk, this is the event for you. Suicidal Tendencies have been a metal and punk mainstay since their self-titled debut album in 1983 and continue to be so with their latest release, Still Cyco Punk after All These Years. Joining them onstage are MADBALL and Hive, which will be sure to keep the mosh pits going for the night. This is an 18+ show, and tickets are $30.

Fractal Geometry

What: Concert
When: Monday, October 1st at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

Lies of the Wolf presents a night of music and performance art that also features Ian Lehman, Parkour Master Battle Den, Snoggybox, Crippling Self-Doubt, Dissociate, and MFAV. Local visual master Mach Fox of Zwaremachine will be keeping the screens going. This is a 21+ event and free!

DJRUM with Nola and ORM-D

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

DJRUM is a project by Londoner Felix Manuel, who offers up electronica encompassing many of the varying club styles but in multipart epics that are formed and go seamlessly from piece to piece. Nola is a recent Minneapolis transplant who DJs incredible vinyl sets of house and disco and has created the weekly “Freak of the Week” nights that offer up funk and disco. ORM-D follows the trail of acid house and dark techno to create amazing drum programs and ambient soundscapes. This event is 21+ and $8 in advance or $12 at the door.

Wax Poets

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, October 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis)

ACME Collective puts together a night of vinyl and visual art designed to delight. Music will be brought to you by Mike Gervais, Berndt, Jobot, and Nancy Cheng. Art exhibitions and live art by Hannah Jillane Sicora, Jamie Owens, Leore Wohl, and more. This is a 21+ event and has an $8 cover.

Death Cab for Cutie with Charly Bliss

What: Concert
When: Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre (Saint Paul)

Emo delight Death Cab for Cutie is touring in advance of the band’s upcoming album, and each ticket includes a download code for that album when it releases. The band has been one of the most popular and consistent in the emo genre, but despite that label they have amassed fans spanning all genres. Along with them on the tour is Charly Bliss, a powerpop band from Brooklyn, New York, that debuted in 2014 with a three-song EP, three-part music video, and three-part comic book and released its full-length album, Guppy, in 2017. This is an 18+ show. The October 5 performance is currently sold out, but keep an eye on the Facebook event page for people selling tickets ($47.50) if interested; the second date was recently added in response to demand.

Welcome to Night Vale with Musical Guest Mal Bloom

What: Performance Art
When: Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theatre (Minneapolis)

Welcome to Night Vale is the beloved podcast that brings you into the small fictional town of Night Vale and tells a story about the goings-on about town, including mysterious lights in the night and dark hooded figures with unknowable powers. This live show features a performance set in the Night Vale world but will not be part of the podcast, making this a rare opportunity to hear a story you won’t hear anywhere else. Tickets are $30 and all ages, but parental guidance is suggested. (We talked to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin before the show’s performance here last year—click here for the article!) 

Kinky Friday October: Kinky Cosplay

What: Club Night
When: Friday, October 5th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gay 90’s (Minneapolis)

Monthly kink night Kinky Friday offers up a night for cosplay and test-driving those grand Halloween costumes you have planned. Sexy costumes are encouraged. Dress to impress and you might get featured in the event’s Sinful Stride of Pride on the main stage. The organizers are also offering up a photo booth and lovely dommes Mistress Mara and Queen Pea. If you need to pick up items for your costume, event sponsor Venus Unveiled is offering up 10% off if you mention Kinky Friday and join the store’s email list (excludes sale items). In the words of the Sexy Village, “Respect is sexy, and consent is mandatory.” This is an 18+ event; admission is $15 for 18+ and $10 for 21+.

Hocus Pocus Bar Crawl

What: Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, October 6th starting at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Kickoff at the Pourhouse (Minneapolis)

This bar crawl will be amok amok amok! Starting at the Pourhouse, pick a Sanderson Sister or Thackery Binx team to join up with, dress up like your favorite character, watch Hocus Pocus–inspired drag, show off your mad trivia knowledge, dance on the rooftop, and sing along to Halloween classics. There will be surprises and entertainment as you walk the walk of the Sandersons from bar to bar. Tickets are $20 for the event if you also want a cool event shirt. This event is 21+, make sure you have your ID and your favorite rideshare app handy—even the Sanderson Sisters needed to ride the bus sometimes. 10% of all drink sales will benefit OutFront Minnesota. And remember: just because he looks like your lord and master Satan doesn’t mean he is. And tip your bartenders.

Gods and Monsters Art Show 2018

What: Art Show
When: Saturday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Artspace Jackson Flats (Minneapolis)

The United Artist Collaborative and the Otherworldly Arts Collective present the Gods and Monsters Art Show, featuring over 100 artists showing off art featuring chills, horrors, monsters, mythology, and terrors. The event is also offering drinks from Twin Spirits and Fulton Brewing, food from Butcher Salt food truck, Tarot readings, a booth of misfortune, and DJing from Gothess. Admission is a suggested $2 donation. This is an all-ages event, but because there will be alcohol and the artwork may be suggestive or subjectively scary, please exercise discretion when deciding whether this event is okay for your kids.

Dark Energy Presents: Justin Aulis Long

What: Concert
When: Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy’s October show brings in a special DJ this month: Justin Aulis Long from LIES and Contort Yourself out of Chicago. He is well known for his varied and wonderful DJ sets that seek to surprise. Supporting DJs this month are Angelica Ottavia and Apollolypstic. This event is 21+ and $5.

The Glitch Mob with Elohim and Megan Hamilton

What: Concert
When: Monday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

The Glitch Mob comes to town, bringing its own personal brand of electronica to delight the mind and move the body. This group has been a dominant force in electonica since their debut album, Drink the Sea, in 2010. Along with them are Elohim, who offers a bit of hip-hop and ambient to her mixes, and Megan Hamilton, who provides an electronic sound with hints of funk, disco, and dubstep. This is an 18+ show and tickets are $25, or $115 for the meet-and-greet VIP package that includes admission, a photo with the Glitch Mob, early entry, VIP merch, and a hospitality concierge.

The Gothsicles, CONFORMCO, and Absynthe of Faith

What: Concert
When: Friday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar (Minneapolis)

Absynthetic Productions brings the ultimate geeky synth band to town: the Gothsicles, who offer up amazing songs based on video games and pop culture with high-energy stage shows and are an absolute riot to see live. They are playing that evening with Chicago-based CONFORMCO, a side project of Cyanotic’s Sean Payne that describes itself as “an assembly line manufacturer of beats and noise.” Opening will be local favorites Absynthe of Faith, which provides a pulsing synth and guitar sound. Tickets are 21+ and $20.

The Forbidden Bazaar Presents: OctoberLust

What: Club Night
When: Friday, October 12th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gay 90’s (Minneapolis)

The Forbidden Bazaar’s monthly nights continue with an event designed to show off those costumes (sexy or otherwise). As always there will be fire, aerialists, burlesque, belly dancing, pole dancing, BDSM, a photo booth, and amazing music. This is an 18+ event with tickets at $15 for 18+ and $10 for 21+.

Tropic Goth Performing Arts Music Festival

What: Concert/Festival
When: Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Palmer’s Bar (Minneapolis)

Tropic Goth puts on a two-day festival with performing arts and 20 bands and DJs, including Duchess, Toupee, and NonesProj. There will be tons of music and performances to see inside and outside Palmer’s Bar as well as roaming photography by Dreamfirstborn, a video booth, and a music video. For more information, follow the Facebook event page.

Zombie Pub Crawl 2018

What: Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Around Bauhaus Brew Labs (Minneapolis)

The event holding the Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies” is back for its 14th year and taking over the brewery district in Northeast Minneapolis. With three outdoor stages, dozens of food trucks, great live music, live pro wrestling from F1RST Wrestling, a costume contest, carnival rides, and games, there is just so much for a zombie to decompose on! Costumes are highly encouraged—the gorier the better. This event is $28 for general admission or $80 for the VIZ (Very Important Zombie) package, which includes a private viewing area of the stages, private VIZ bathrooms, two free drinks, private access to the festival grounds, gifts, and snacks! Bring your ID and keep a sober hearse on standby just in case.

Youth Producer Showcase: Beats by Girlz

What: Performance
When: Sunday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Slam Academy (Minneapolis)

Beats by Girlz is a music tech and production curriculum that offers those who identify as female, nonbinary, or trans and are 18 and under the opportunity to learn how to create digital music. Slam Academy will be hosting the performances, which are open to all ages with a suggested donation of $5 or more that will go toward scholarships to She Rock She Rock. This is an awesome opportunity to see new artists in action and support up-and-coming musicians.

Machine Head

What: Concert
When: Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue (Minneapolis)

Metal powerhouse Machine Head is in town to provide the band’s hard-hitting tracks, which span over 20 years, as Phil Demmel (guitars) and Dave McClain (drums) retire from the band after this tour. Sure to be a night of undeniable sound and large mosh pits, it is surely a top choice for metalheads. It seems there will be no opening bands, just two straight hours of Machine Head. This is an 18+ show and tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door.

Dark Energy Presents: ADULT. with Plack Blague and DJ Grant Mayland

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Turf Club (Saint Paul)

Dark Energy brings in Detroit band ADULT., which provides a dark dance of late-’70s analog postmodernism. Meanwhile, Plack Blague brings an evocative tone with its oversexualized noise and dance cuts and stage presence. Spinning between sets is DJ Grant Mayland. This is a 21+ show, and tickets are $14.

Black Rain with Beau Wanzer, Soren Roi, and CGW

What: Concert
When: Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant (Minneapolis)

From New York City comes Black Rain, a dark techno and ambient group that will bring you to the dark places in your mind and move your body with the sound. There will be DJ sets by Beau Wanzer from Chicago as well as Black Rain member Soren Roi and local DJ Collin Gorman Weiland. This is an 18+ event, and tickets are $15.

Gothess Halloween Countdown

What: Club Night
When: Thursday, October 18th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

Gothess returns for its monthly goth night, getting us all revved up and ready for Halloween. This dance night features goth, industrial, dark synthpop, and more to get you ready for the season. DJs this month are Miss Q, Mercury, Hyperkarma, and visuals by VJ Wednesday. They are continuing to donate a portion of the proceeds to RAICES and cover is $5. For more Gothess, check out the Every Day Is Halloween Party on October 27, below.

Halloween Soundtrack Release Party

What: Album Release
When: Friday, October 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Down in the Valley (Golden Valley)

The Golden Valley location of Down in the Valley music shop is offering up a pretty amazing release party for the new orange vinyl pressing of the new Halloween soundtrack. The store will play the soundtrack and have some Halloween-themed fun with giveaways, goodies, contests, and more. This is an all-ages event and free to attend.

She Wants Revenge with Mykki Blanco

What: Concert
When: Friday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Varsity Theater (Minneapolis)

Goth rockers She Wants Revenge comes to Minneapolis this month with their dark sounds and biting lyrics. The band, which gained worldwide attention with its hit “Tear You Apart,” featured in the movie The Number 23 as well as in TV shows like Fringe and American Horror Story, is joined by Mykki Blanco, whose music is considered alternative hip-hop and who focuses greatly on performance art. This is an 18+ show, and tickets run $22-$49.75.

All ’80s Reunion

What: Club Night
When: Friday, October 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

DJ Overdrive takes over Ground Zero’s dance floor with an evening of nothing but ’80s music and videos. If you wear a costume steeped in the ’80s, you get free admission! The event is 21+ and has a $5 cover without costume.

INTO the VOID Promidal CD Release Show

What: Album Release
When: Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground (Minneapolis)

Local metal outfit Promidal releases its new album, Magnum Tenebrosum, at Spring Street’s Club Underground. Along with them are the VWolf Mask, Grave Society, and Stone Grove. Support local music and get into some perfectly timed horror metal. This is a 21+ event and $5.

Underworld Kink Halloween Fetish Party

What: Fetish Event
When: Saturday, October 20th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rouge at the Lounge (Minneapolis)

Bondesque and Domina USA are putting on their third-anniversary celebration of Underworld Kink, their annual Halloween party. There will be live entertainment, BDSM, DJs, a photo booth, and a costume contest with fun and kinky prizes. Costumes are encouraged, especially fetish costumes (however, nudity is not permitted, and nipples must be covered). This is a 21+ event, and tickets are $20. For VIP table information, call (612) 963-3930.

NOVO Presents: Profligate, Gel Set, Mar Habrine, and Lonefront

What: Concert
When: Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Bar and Restaurant Red Room (Minneapolis)

NOVO brings in Los Angeles noise musicians Profligate and Gel Set to get the Loring buzzing with their brands of knob twisting and sound grinding. Joining them are local bands Mar Habrine and Lonefront and DJs CGW and Jub of my Gub. This is an 18+ event and $10 cover.

Midwest Industrial Presents: Hell-O-Ween at Studio B

What: Concert
When: Thursday, October 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Skyway Theatre (Minneapolis) 

Midwest Industrial puts together an amazing night of industrial music to get you ready for the big night. Acts include Wither the Tide, a high-energy synth-rock group; Depotek, contributing a pop-industrial sound; Zwaremachine, which offers up industrial music and visual artistry; and DJs Illuminati Steele and Endif to keep the dance floor moving all night. The event is 18+, and tickets are $8 in advance.

Halloween Friday

What: Club Night
When: Friday, October 26th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Ground Zero starts off its Halloween dominance with a dance night hosted by DJ Dirty Duke, giving you one of many opportunities to wear that costume this Halloween season. Admission is 21+ with a $5 cover, and the bar is cash only.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Performance
When: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre (Minneapolis)

Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition. The group’s Halloween show is almost always the best-attended of the year, so be sure to catch it on the last Friday and Saturday of October! (Transvestite Soup normally performs on the last Saturday of every month.)

GWAR and Hatebreed: The Gore Core Metal and More Tour

What: Concert
When: Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Myth (Saint Paul)

The much-loved metal stage demons of GWAR come back to town just in time for Halloween with their insane stage shows, personas, and blood spectacle. Along with them is Hatebreed, which offers heavy metal with far less blood but just as much energy. Supporting them are Miss May I and Ringworm. GWAR is a spectacle you don’t want to miss—just be sure to wear something you don’t might getting covered in . . . all manner of things. This show is quite surprisingly all ages, but GWAR is not for the young’uns. Tickets are $26 unless you want in to one of the “luxury suites,” which range from $100 to $150.

Dark Arts Underground

What: Art and Music
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Creators Space (Saint Paul)

Part of the Dark Arts Festival, this evening offers up a dance night with DJ Lavi and friends, a vendor market, art, and mystics. Costumes are encouraged; experience the night with living art and audiovisual performances, and get your photo taken by professional photographers. This event is 21+, and tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, or $25 for VIP, which includes one free drink and some exclusive access.

The Halloween Masquerade Ball

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Ground Zero is the Twin Cities’ centerpiece goth club. There is no dance club spookier or better suited for Halloween. This is the night when everyone comes to play at GZ and dance the night away to the best dark beats, surrounded by gravestones, skeletons, and Lemmy from Motörhead (seriously). Break out your best costume and find out why Ground Zero is the place to dance for Halloween. Admission is 21+ and $20 at the door; the bar is cash only.

Strange Things Dance Party with Adore Delano and Amanda Lepore

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Muse Event Center (Minneapolis)

Flip Phone pulls out all the stops for this Halloween dance party with DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Flip Phone covering the music, performances by Adore Delano, Nocturna Lee Mission, Tygra, and Vincent the Destroyer, and a costume contest with a grand prize of $500! Tickets are $15 for general admission; VIP tickets are $55, which includes admission, a pro photo and meet and greet with Adore Delano and Amanda Lepore, and a glass of champagne (or Red Bull if you are under 21).

Transmission: Halloween 1985

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m.

Where: Hell’s Kitchen (Minneapolis)

Transmission’s annual Halloween dance night returns, and this year it’s inspired by Stranger Things. The night will be awash with music from many genres as if you were spending Halloween back watching MTV in the ’80s. Costumes, especially ’80s-inspired ones, are encouraged. Transmission is a very popular music night, and the Halloween events tend to sell out, so get your tickets early. Admission is 21+ and $10.

Gothess Presents the Every Day Is Halloween Party!

What: Club Night
When: Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 p.m.

Where: Ginger Hop (Minneapolis)

Gothess will delight you with their signature dark offerings at the Ginger Hop. Celebrate Halloween with your costumes and friends at this amazing dance night of goth, darkwave, new wave, coldwave, synthpop, industrial, EBM, and more brought to you by DJs Miss Q and Mercury and visuals by VJ Wednesday. This is a 21+ event with a $5 cover. Also see the Gothess Halloween Countdown on October 18, above.

The Church of the Desolate Tone—A Dark Ambient Event

What: Club Night
When: Sunday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Creators Space (Saint Paul)

Music for the End of the World puts on a show as part of the Dark Arts Festival. It will be full of dark ambient music with tons of bands, such as Janadark, Comets Ov Cupid, and Thunderbolt Pagoda. This event is free and open to the public.

Morticia and Dark Carnival with DJ Mercury

What: Concert
When: Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Turf Club (Saint Paul)

GoJohnnyGo presents horror rock band Morticia with Dark Carnival. DJ Mercury (from She’s in Control on KFAI, below) and Gothess will be DJing through the night, and a rough cut of the film GOTHICAPOLIS will be shown. This is a 21+ event with tickets for $12 in advance.

The Halloween Dance of the Undead

What: Club Night
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 10:00 p.m.

Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Did you survive Saturday’s Halloween onslaught? No? That’s okay—Ground Zero has you covered with its annual Dance of the Undead. Come out this All Hallows’ Eve and dance to even darker cuts at the club that’s the epitome of all things dark and spooky. This event is 21+ with a $5 cover and is a cash-only bar.

Dark Energy’s Halloween Night and c.Kostra EP Release Party

What: Album Release
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 10:30 p.m.

Where: Icehouse (Minneapolis)

Dark Energy is the host for this Halloween-night special. With an EP release by c.Kostra, who provides a dark guitar and minimal techno sound, it is a good opportunity to get out and dance and support new music. Also appearing are Nones Proj, Endif, and Devata Daun. An excellent live music event for Halloween. This is a 21+ event that is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Skyway Halloween Night Ball

What: Club Night
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Skyway Theatre (Minneapolis)

The Skyway Theatre has a Halloween night of techno, dubstep, and EDM, filled to the brim with artists Kill the Noise, 12th Planet, Figure with Terrorvision, 2FAC3D, and Phase One. Probably one of the most energetic offerings for this Halloween, it offers up four stages of music and over 20 DJs and artists, a haunted cinema, drink specials from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and a costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes. This is an 18+ event, and tickets are $25 in advance.

Weekly Events

Transmission with DJ Jake Rudh

What: Club Night
When: Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown VFW (Minneapolis)

For 17 years, DJ Jake Rudh has been bringing the best of ’80s new wave and synthpop to the clubs every Wednesday (and more recently to the airwaves on the Current every Thursday). Transmission is an amazing night of music, videos, dancing, and ’80s nostalgia for all fans, and there are people who have met and gotten married thanks to this unparalleled night of music. Come out and see what it’s all about, you won’t regret it. This event is 21+ and free!

She’s in Control

What: Radio Show
When: Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. (Deathrock Power Hour with Jordan Jeske on October 11th)
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ Mercury brings you the musical and pop-culture history of the goth and alternative scene in her two-hour show on KFAI. Blending interviews, history, and music to tie it all together makes her show one to catch.

Across the Board with DJ SLT

What: Radio Show
When: Fridays from 2:00 to 6:00 a.m. (Collectors Corner “Reigning Fire” on October 5th, and the 12th Annual Halloween special on October 26th)
Where: 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul or online at KFAI Community Radio

DJ SLT has been bringing his wide-ranging musical interests to KFAI for over 10 years. His show features anything and everything from ’70s glam rock to EBM, industrial, pop, and all the David Bowie you never knew existed. DJ SLT frequently has theme nights, guest hosts, collaborations, and collectors’ corners to make a varied and greatly interesting radio show worth staying awake for. He also plays his own original works under the name Kradis.

Bondage A-Go-Go

What: Club Night
When: Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub (Minneapolis)

Ground Zero has been the goth community’s mainstay for nearly 24 years. Today it is the best place to grab a drink and dance to the best music the goth world has to offer (and some it hasn’t). With three rotating DJs keeping the music fresh and interesting, it sets the scene for what’s going on in the back—where the in-house dominatrixes keep your blood pumping with safe and consensual scenes you can either watch or participate in (after signing up, staying sober until your time, and tipping the mistress). No photos, 21+, $7.00 cover, cash-only bar. Come casual or dress to impress.

So which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!


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