October 2021 Sporting Events Calendar

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October is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The WNBA and MLB will see their champions crowned while the NBA and NHL both begin their seasons.

The Dodgers will look to repeat as champions, but they will have a rough road ahead of them. As of this writing, they are likely to be a Wild Card team despite having the best run differential in all of baseball and over 100 wins. As good as they are, anything can happen in the Wild Card.

The Rays should be the favorite coming out of the American League, but it is a deep field of teams with the Astros, White Sox, and Yankees/Red Sox all having similar records.

The NBA season will kick off with a big game between the defending champion Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets. While the NHL season will begin with the champion Tampa Bay Lightning in action.

Other big events this month include a great boxing match-up with Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder on October 9th, the World Grand Prix of darts, the NASCAR Playoff Round of 8, four Formula One races, the Rugby World Cup, UEFA Nations League, and much more.

Let’s take a look at the complete October 2021 sporting events calendar.


October sees the start of the 2021 MLB Playoffs with the Wild Card games kicking off the action on October 5th and 6th. The World Series will begin on October 26th.

October 5: AL Wild Card Game
October 6: NL Wild Card Game

October 7: AL Division Series begin
October 8: NL Division Series begin

October 15: AL Championship Series begins
October 16: NL Championship Series begins

October 26: World Series begins

Basketball – NBA:

The NBA Season begins on October 19th.

The World Champion Milwaukee Bucks kick off the season with a game against the Brooklyn Nets.

October 19: Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
October 19: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
October 20: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
October 20: Denver Nuggets at Phoenix Suns
October 21: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks
October 21: Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
October 22: Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
October 22: Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Lakers
October 23: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers

October 25: Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets
October 25: Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers
October 26: Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks
October 26: Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz
October 27: Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans
October 27: Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers
October 29: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat
October 29: Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets
October 30: Atlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers
October 31: Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks

Basketball – WNBA:

The WNBA Champion will be decided before the month is through!

October 3: Connecticut at Chicago
October 3: Las Vegas at Phoenix
October 6: Connecticut at Chicago (if necessary)
October 6: Las Vegas at Phoenix (if necessary)
October 8: Chicago at Connecticut (if necessary)
October 8: Phoenix at Las Vegas (if necessary)

October 10: WNBA Finals begin


A big month of boxing is highlighted by Tyson Fury taking on Deontay Wilder on October 9th.

October 1: Devis Boschiero vs. Francesco Patera
October 4: Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr.
October 9: Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder
October 9: Liam Smith vs. Anthony Fowler
October 15: Joet Gonzalez vs. Emanuel Navarrete
October 16: Mikey Garcia vs. Sandor Martin
October 22: Bryant Jennings vs. Oscar Rivas
October 23: Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson
October 30: TBA vs. Joe Smith Jr
October 30: Dillian Whyte vs. Otto Wallin


October 1: Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s
October 18: Men’s T20 World Cup in India begins


October 3: Paris–Roubaix
October 9: Il Lombardia


October 3-9: World Grand Prix

Football – NFL:

A trick of the calendar sees five NFL weeks landing in October.

Some big match-ups include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots on the 3rd, the San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals on the 10th, the Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers on the 17th, Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans on the 24th, and a Halloween game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the New Orleans Saints.

October 3: Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons
October 3: Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
October 3: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
October 3: Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys
October 3: Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins
October 3: Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings
October 3: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
October 3: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets
October 3: Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles
October 3: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
October 3: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
October 3: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
October 3: Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers
October 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
October 4: Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

October 7: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
October 10: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London)
October 10: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
October 10: Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals
October 10: New England Patriots at Houston Texans
October 10: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
October 10: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
October 10: Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
October 10: Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
October 10: New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team
October 10: Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
October 10: Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders
October 10: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
October 10: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
October 10: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
October 11: Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens

October 14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles
October 17: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
October 17: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
October 17: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
October 17: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
October 17: Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
October 17: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
October 17: Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants
October 17: Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team
October 17: Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
October 17: Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos
October 17: Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
October 17: Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
October 18: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans

October 21: Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns
October 24: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
October 24: Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers
October 24: Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
October 24: New York Jets at New England Patriots
October 24: Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
October 24: Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans
October 24: Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams
October 24: Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders
October 24: Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
October 24: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
October 24: Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers
October 25: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

October 28: Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
October 31: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
October 31: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
October 31: San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
October 31: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
October 31: Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
October 31: Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans
October 31: Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
October 31: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
October 31: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers
October 31: Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks
October 31: Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos
October 31: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
October 31: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings

Football – NCAA:

We also have five weeks of college football action. There are some great match-ups across the top-25 including some huge Big Ten and SEC games.

October 1: Iowa at Maryland
October 1: BYU at Utah State
October 2: Arkansas at Georgia
October 2: Michigan at Wisconsin
October 2: Louisville at Wake Forest
October 2: Cincinnati at Notre Dame
October 2: Oregon at Stanford
October 2: Oklahoma at Kansas State
October 2: Ohio State at Rutgers
October 2: Ole Miss at Alabama
October 2: Florida at Kentucky
October 2: Louisiana Tech at NC State
October 2: Mississippi State at Texas A&M
October 2: Baylor at Oklahoma State
October 2: Boston College at Clemson
October 2: Indiana at Penn State
October 2: Auburn at LSU
October 2: Arizona State at UCLA

October 7: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
October 8: Temple at Cincinnati
October 9: Wake Forest at Syracuse
October 9: Arkansas at Ole Miss
October 9: Georgia at Auburn
October 9: West Virginia at Baylor
October 9: Maryland at Ohio State
October 9: Michigan State at Rutgers
October 9: Oklahoma vs. Texas
October 9: Penn State at Iowa
October 9: Michigan at Nebraska
October 9: Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
October 9: Alabama at Texas A&M
October 9: UCLA at Arizona

October 15: Clemson at Syracuse
October 15: California at Oregon
October 16: Michigan State at Indiana
October 16: Purdue at Iowa
October 16: Fresno State at Wyoming
October 16: UCF at Cincinnati
October 16: NC State at Boston College
October 16: Oklahoma State at Texas
October 16: TCU at Oklahoma
October 16: UCLA at Washington
October 16: Ole Miss at Tennessee
October 16: Kentucky at Georgia
October 16: Florida at LSU
October 16: Auburn at Arkansas
October 16: Alabama at Mississippi State
October 16: BYU at Baylor
October 16: Texas A&M at Missouri

October 20: Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State
October 22: Washington at Arizona
October 23: Cincinnati at Navy
October 23: Illinois at Penn State
October 23: Wake Forest at Army
October 23: USC at Notre Dame
October 23: Nevada at Fresno State
October 23: Northwestern at Michigan
October 23: Ohio State at Indiana
October 23: Wisconsin at Purdue
October 23: Oklahoma at Kansas
October 23: Oklahoma State at Iowa State
October 23: Oregon at UCLA
October 23: NC State at Miami (FL)
October 23: Clemson at Pitt
October 23: Tennessee at Alabama
October 23: South Carolina at Texas A&M
October 23: LSU at Ole Miss
October 23: BYU at Washington State

October 28: Troy at Coastal Carolina
October 29: UNLV at Nevada
October 30: Iowa at Wisconsin
October 30: Georgia vs. Florida
October 30: North Carolina at Notre Dame
October 30: Fresno State at San Diego State
October 30: Texas Tech at Oklahoma
October 30: Michigan at Michigan State
October 30: Penn State at Ohio State
October 30: Kansas at Oklahoma State
October 30: Texas at Baylor
October 30: Cincinnati at Tulane
October 30: Louisville at NC State
October 30: Colorado at Oregon
October 30: UCLA at Utah
October 30: Washington at Stanford
October 30: Florida State at Clemson
October 30: Ole Miss at Auburn
October 30: Virginia at BYU

Golf – PGA:

The 2021-2022 season is underway with five events this month.

September 30-October 3: Sanderson Farms Championship
October 7-10: Shriners Children’s Open
October 14-17: The CJ Cup @ The Summit
October 21-24: ZOZO Championship
October 28-31: Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Golf – LPGA:

October 1-3: ShopRite LPGA Classic
October 7-10: Cognizant Founders Cup
October 14-17: Buick LPGA Shanghai
October 21-24: BMW Ladies Championship
October 28-31: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Golf – European Tour:

October 7-10: ACCIONA Open de España
October 14-17: Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters
October 21-24: Mallorca Golf Open

Golf – Champions Tour:

October 9-11: SAS Championships
October 16-18: Dominion Energy Charity Classic
October 30-November 1: TimberTech Championship


The NHL season begins on October 12th.

October 12: Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning
October 12: Seattle Kraken at Las Vegas Golden Knights
October 13: New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
October 13: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche
October 15: Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks

October 19: Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
October 19: New York Islanders at Chicago Blackhawks
October 20: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers
October 20: St. Louis Blues at Las Vegas Golden Knights
October 22: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
October 22: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
October 23: Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken

October 26: Las Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche
October 26: San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators
October 27: Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers
October 29: Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings

Horse Racing:

October 3: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Mixed Martial Arts:

October 1: Bellator London: Lima vs. MVP 2
October 2: UFC Vegas 38: Santos vs. Walker
October 9: UFC Vegas 39: Dern vs> Rodriguez
October 23: Bellator 269: Fedor vs. Johnson
October 27: PFL World Championships

Motor Sports – Formula One:

Four big Formula One races this month, including the United States Grand Prix.

October 3: Turkish Grand Prix
October 10: Japanese Grand Prix
October 24: United States Grand Prix
October 31: Mexico City Grand Prix

Motor Sports – NASCAR:

We’re down to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. The final three playoff events before the final in November.

October 3: YellaWood 500
October 10: Bank of America ROVAL 400
October 17: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 (Playoffs – Round of 8)
October 24: Hollywood Casino 400 (Playoffs – Round of 8)
October 31: Xfinity 500 (Playoffs – Round of 8)


October 9: Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

Rugby World Cup 2021:

The 2021 Rugby World Cup will go down this month with the quarterfinals taking place over the last weekend of the month.

October 8: South Africa vs. France
October 8: Fiji vs. England
October 8: Australia vs. New Zealand
October 9: USA vs. Italy
October 9: Asia1 vs. Canada
October 9: Wales vs. Qualifier winner

October 15: Qualifier winner vs. Australia
October 15: USA vs. Asia 1
October 15: France vs. England
October 16: Italy vs. Canada
October 16: Wales vs. New Zealand
October 16: Fiji vs. South Africa

October 22: Australia vs. Wales
October 22: New Zealand vs. Qualifier winner
October 22: France vs. Fiji
October 23: Asia 1 vs. Italy
October 23: Canada vs. USA
October 23: England vs. South Africa

October 29: Quarter-final 1
October 29: Quarter-final 2
October 30: Quarter-final 3
October 30: Quarter-final 4

Soccer – Champions League:

Matchday 3 of the Champions League will take place over the 19th and 20th of this month.

October 19: Club Brugge vs. Manchester City
October 19: PSG vs. Leipzig
October 19: Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool
October 19: Porto vs. AC Milan
October 19: Besiktas vs. Sporting CP
October 19: Ajax vs. Dortmund
October 19: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid
October 19: Inter Milan vs. Sheriff

October 20: Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kyiv
October 20: Benfica vs. Bayern Munich
October 20: Young Boys vs. Villarreal
October 20: Manchester United vs. Atalanta
October 20: Salzburg vs. Wolfsburg
October 20: LOSC vs. Sevilla
October 20: Chelsea vs. Malmo
October 20: Zenit vs. Juventus

Soccer – English Premier League:

The EPL has some big matches going down in October. Man United and Liverpool on the 24th will be important for the end of the season standings.

October 2: Man Utd v Everton
October 2: Burnley v Norwich
October 2: Chelsea v Southampton
October 2: Leeds v Watford
October 2: Spurs v Aston Villa
October 2: Wolves v Newcastle
October 2: Brighton v Arsenal
October 3: Crystal Palace v Leicester
October 3: West Ham v Brentford
October 3: Liverpool v Man City

October 16: Watford v Liverpool
October 16: Aston Villa v Wolves
October 16: Leicester v Man Utd
October 16: Man City v Burnley
October 16: Norwich v Brighton
October 16: Southampton v Leeds
October 16: Brentford v Chelsea
October 17: Everton v West Ham
October 17: Newcastle v Spurs
October 18: Arsenal v Crystal Palace

October 22: Arsenal v Aston Villa
October 23: Chelsea v Norwich
October 23: Crystal Palace v Newcastle
October 23: Everton v Watford
October 23: Leeds v Wolves
October 23: Southampton v Burnley
October 23: Brighton v Man City
October 24: Brentford v Leicester
October 24: West Ham v Spurs
October 24: Man Utd v Liverpool

October 30: Leicester v Arsenal
October 30: Burnley v Brentford
October 30: Liverpool v Brighton
October 30: Man City v Crystal Palace
October 30: Newcastle v Chelsea
October 30: Watford v Southampton
October 30: Spurs v Man Utd
October 31: Norwich v Leeds
October 31: Aston Villa v West Ham

Soccer – UEFA Nations League:

October 6: Italy vs. Spain
October 7: Belgium vs. France
October 10: Third-place game
October 10: Finals

Soccer – MLS:

October 2: Austin FC at Real Salt Lake
October 3: Portland Timbers at Inter Miami CF
October 3: LA Galaxy at Los Angeles FC

October 16: LAFC at San Jose Earthquakes
October 17: New York Red BUlls at New York City FC

October 23: LA Galaxy at FC Dallas
October 24: Austin FC at Houston Dynamo
October 24: Orlando City SC at New England Revolution

October 26: Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders
October 30: Real Salt Lake at San Jose Earthquakes
October 31: Minnesota United at Sporting Kansas City


October 4-17: Indian Wells Masters


WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel, featuring Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns. This month also features the finals of the G-1 and Christian Cage defending his Impact title against Josh Alexander.

October 21: NJPW G-1 Finals
October 21: WWE Crown Jewel
October 23: Impact Bound for Glory