The past few months may not have brought the sunshine of the previous year, but that didn’t stop the good people of Yorkshire from having a fine summer at the myriad of happenings in and around Leeds.

Festivals of food, drink and music were occasionally wet and often wonderful, from Deer Shed to Leeds Fest to Leeds Indie Food, and these and dozens more events of entertainment and culture, thousands of punters kept spirits high.

As we move into Autumn, the gatherings remain strong and many. September opened with Leeds International Beer Festival at the Town Hall and the boozing continues through the month, at Leeds Rum Festival in the Corn Exchange on 21st.

Other events, from the niche to the popular, frequent the month too. Picks include events at fab Leeds venue Left Bank, who celebrate turning 10 on the 25th, and host a closing party for their exhibition INF23 by Michael Shaw on the 28th.

October offers are equally inviting and varied. Oktoberfest hits various venues in Leeds. In more refined surroundings with performances twice nightly from the 24th to 31st, and more impressive displays of light dazzle at Leeds Light Night, who tell us more overleaf.

It is also Black History Month, and on the 5th at Parkinson Building the Leeds Black History Walk informatively marks the start of it. Then at the very end of the month, Halloween spooks us out at Temple Newsam’s Spooktacular and at uprisings all over the ghost-filled city of York. It is also then that the nation-spanning Museums at Night opens access to culture up late in selected spaces and into the first days of November.

Which is when the chill is likely to be kicking in. Of course, the usual array of bonfires will warm you up at Roundhay Park; remember remember the date. November also puts on intriguing and educational entertainment, notably in the form of Otley Science Festival from 11th to 16th respectively.

Throughout all of this, the usual high standard and all sizes of shows are playing regularly at theatres across the city. Amongst Leeds’ many choices are Northern Ballet’s Dracula at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Cher at First Direct Arena, Paul Foot at The Wardrobe, Loyle Carner at O2 Academy.

And if you really want to feel like Winter’s coming, there are the November early arrivals of Christmas Markets. Leeds’ begins in Millennium Square from the 8th.

It may be September, but already, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.