FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS
Paris Fashion Week | September 29 – October 7
Various locations in Paris
Unless your a journalist, a buyer or a celebrity there’s not much chance that you’re getting into any of the main fashion shows. However, it is still a great time of the year to be in the streets of Paris observing the fashion in the city and feeling that real “fashion week” buzz everywhere you go. With fashion week comes other events, both night and day, which we may all have more of a chance getting into! Keep your eyes open for what’s happening in the city!
Salon Zen | October 1 – 5
Espace Champerret, 75017
Metro : Porte de Champerret, Louise Michel (3)
Price : Free entry
Coming to Paris at the beginning of October is a festival centered around wellness, zen and healthy living. At the Salon Zen, there will be lectures, workshops and practical courses to discover and adopt new methods of wellness. Meditation, rebirth, conferences and practical workshops will be open to the public for 5 days only. Check out their website to see the program of events so you don’t miss out.
Nuit Blanche | October 3
Nuit Blanche, the “White Night” festival is making it’s annual return to Paris again on October 3rd. Since it’s first event in 2002, this night has become an unmissable cultural event, copied in many towns around France and throughout the world. Many museums, cultural monuments and public and private galleries will be open all night long free of charge, giving us the chance to rediscover the city and the different works of art.
Soirée Silence Station Night | October 3
Gare du Nord, 75010
18 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010
Metro : Gare du Nord (4)
Price : 26 euros
Looking for a chance to let loose and dance the night away. Gare du Nord is hosting it’s second party in the station and this time around it’s going to be a silent disco. Teaming up with Uber, leave your car at home, enter the silent station disco code when downloading the Uber app and receive a free 20 euros on your account. Go to digitick to get your tickets now and prepare for a night of fun!
Tous au Restaurant | Now – October 4
If you’re looking to test out new menus at various restaurants, paired with a glass of bordeaux then this is the event for you. The concept is simple – pick the restaurant, pay for one menu and get the second free! Check out the link above to see which restaurants are participating in Paris.
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe | October 3 – 4
Hippodrome de Longchamp
2 Route des Tribunes, 75016
Metro : Porte Maillot (1), Porte d’Auteuil (10), Pont de Sèvres (9)
Price : 8 euros for open area. 25 euros + for stadium seats
One of the biggest horse riding events of the year is taking place on the first weekend in October for its 94th annual event. Take the opportunity to watch 17 different horse races, dress to impress (especially you ladies!) and enjoy the ambience of this once a year event. Shuttles will be leaving the 3 stations listed above every 10 minutes to take you into the Hippodrome so you don’t have to ruin your shoes on route! Get your tickets now before they all sell out.
Les Puces du Design | October 8 – 11
Place des Vins de France in Bercy village, 75012
Metro : Cour Saint-Émilion (14)
Price : Free entry
Wander and explore the vintage market behind the back of Bercy Village for its 33rd edition. The market is dedicated to vintage furniture and decor from the 1950’s, just after the war, up until the year 2000. Hundreds of antique dealers and galleries are coming from all over the world making this a very international affair.
Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre | October 7 – 11
Montmartre, 75018 – Various locations
Price : Varies depending on event
Make your way to Montmartre to celebrate the 82nd annual Fête des Vendanges to celebrate the crop of the grapes wine harvest festival. There will be various events planned throughout the 5 days of celebration including grape stomping, wine tasting, parades and live music. Most of the events are free but be sure to check out the programme to reserve places for those which aren’t!
Fête à Neu-Neu | October 1 – 18
Bois de Boulogne, Pelouse de la Muette, 75016
Metro : La Muette (9), Ranelagh (9)
Price : Free entry
The annual funfair carnival is making its 32nd return to Paris throughout October. They invite you to discover the festive activities for both children and adults including rides, candy floss and various sport activities.
Oktoberfest | October 8 – 18
20 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019
Metro : Porte de la Villette (7, 3bis)
Price : 34,90 euros – 44,90 euros (depending on the package you choose)
For those who missed out on the Oktoberfest in Germany, fear not, because this year it’s coming to Paris! In a huge Bavarian-themed tent set up in along the Porte de la Villette, you will be entertained with Bavarian Cancan dancing, food, drink (beer mainly) and music all week long. Get your traditional outfits ready and go enjoy Oktoberfest in Paris!
Yoga Festival 2015 | October 23 – 26
Paris Event Center
20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019
Metro : Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Free entry. Some classes paid for on the day.
The annual yoga festival is making it’s return to Paris at the end of October. Be sure to clear your schedules that weekend and go and practice yoga amongst experts, beginners and yogi’s alike. There will be workshops, classes, stands and home cooked organic food on offer all weekend! Look at the programme before you attend to see if there are any classes you want to sign your name up for!
Salon du Chocolat | October 29 – November 1
Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versaille
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : 14 euros
For all of the chocolate lovers out there, this is the place for you all to unite! Be sure to go with an empty stomach to enjoy all of the tasty chocolate delights that the salon has on offer. Meet the growers of cocoa, watch demonstrations on chocolate making, taste and savour hundreds of different chocolates on offer and don’t miss out on the all chocolate dress fashion show!
Le Festival d’Automne à Paris | September 9 – December 31
Various Theatres around Paris
Festival d’Automne à Paris office – 156 rue de Rivoli, 75001
Price : varies depending on show
The Paris Autumn festival incorporates all of the arts from dance, music, cinema, visual arts and theatre – something for everyone to enjoy! Performances and shows will take place in 40 different theatres around Paris starting September 9 and going on throughout the entire Autumn. See the link above to see what shows will be happening and how to buy tickets.
Force Majeure by Eddie Izzard | October 4
Casino de Paris
16 Rue de Clichy, 75009
Metro : Liege (13) , Saint Lazare (3, 12, 13 & 14)
Price : Start from 25 euros
Famous british comedian, Eddie Izzard, is coming to Paris for his first ever French tour and is starting his week in Paris on October 4th. He will be performing his new show Force Majeure completely in French! Even if your French is no good, you’ll still be able to follow along with some of his Franglais jokes! Order tickets now before they sell out by clicking on the link above.
Concerts at La Sainte-Chapelle | Now – December
La Sainte Chapelle
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001
Metro : Cité (4)
Price : Ranges from 29 euros – 54 euros, Children below 10 – 2 euros
During the month of August, well-known classical musicians will be performing at the gorgeous La Sainte Chapelle church. Expect to hear timeless pieces during each concert in the ambience of tall stained glass windows and soaring high ceilings which allow for excellent acoustics. The perfect way to spend a summers evening in Paris!
Olivier Giraud, How to Become a Parisian in One Hour | Now – December 31
Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 Boulevard Poissonière, 75009
Metro: Grands Boulevards (8,9)
Price: 24-37 euro
Olivier Giraud, who has worked in both America and France, highlights the differences between French and American culture in this hour-long comedy show. Performed in English, spectators from all backgrounds are able to gain cultural insight into the Parisian way of life.
The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Sebastian Marx in as American Expat living in Paris. He is a standup comedian and can perform in both English and French. He hosts weekly comedy nights featuring the best of English stand up comedy in Paris, with line ups of international and local comedians. Every so often he has an international headliner who is passing through Paris. Be sure to have a night filled of unforgettable laughter and feel at home amongst the English speakers.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Henry Darger | Now – October 11
Musée d’Art Moderne (MAM)
11 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 5 euros, Reduced: 3,50 euros
Henry Darger, the remarkable American painter from the 20th century will have his work showcased for the first time at the Paris Modern Art Museum. Up to nearly 50 works of art will be part of the exhibition including large-scale water colours and collages which highlight the imagination of an artist who inspired many others in the 20th century and who was the founder of the “Outsider” art movement.
Anish Kapoor at Versailles | Now – October 2015
Chateau de Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Transportation: RER C, Versailles-Rive Gauche
Price: Versaille’s general Passport ticket is 18 euros.
Anish Kapoor is a British-Indian sculptor. His most notable sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Sky Mirror, which has been exhibited in Rockefeller Center and is currently on display at Versailles. His works are often displayed in famous museums and international institutions. In France, his most recent great exhibition was in 2011, when he moved his piece Leviathan into the Grand Palais for Monumenta. His works on display include C-Curve, Sky Mirror, Dirty Corner, and more.
Tattooists, Tattooed | Now – October 18
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Metro: A short walk from Bir-Hakeim (6) or Invalides (8, 13). Or take Pont de l’Alma (RER C).
Price: 19 euros
This exhibitions examines the sources of tattooing and what tattoos mean within different cultures. It is divided into five parts: “From Global to Marginal” shows the vast extent of tattooing, “An Art in Movement” examines the roots of tattooing in various countries, “New Skin: The Renewal of Traditional Tattooing” displays the changes in tattooing, “New Territories of The World” studies the emergence of new schools within tattooing, and finally “New Inking Styles” shows photographs representing a new generation of tattooists.
International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) | October 22 – 25
Various locations in Paris
If contemporary art is your thing, then this is one of the most important events in Paris to showcase contemporary art work from over 180 international galleries with over 3000 artists. Taking place in various locations around Paris including, Grand Palais, Jardin Tuileries and Esplanade des Invalides, take the opportunity to attend different events such as the galleries night out event, or the young curators program event and have an insight into some of the smaller galleries in the city.
Beauté Congo 1926-2015 | Now – November 15
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014
Metro : Raspail (4 and 6)
Price : Free
This extraordinary exhibition will bring to life the creative spirit and cultural vitality of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The main focus will be on paintings but will also include sculptures, music, photography and comics. The Fondation Cartier presents to you the opportunity to discover to diverse and vibrant art scene of the Congo.
Robert Doisneau: Sculptors and Sculptures | Now – November 19
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro : Varenne (13)
Price : 5 euros, reduced : 3 euros
This exhibition looks back on the reportage that Robert Doisneau captured during the casting of Rodin’s Penseur (The Thinker). It illustrates the social and cultural development of Rodin’s home and studio and his interest in sculptures displayed in such spaces.
INSIDE | Now – November 2015
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue President Wilson, 75116
Metro: Iena (9) Alma-Marceau (9)
Adult: 10 euros, Reduced: 8 euros, Under 18: Free
Countless artists and the group NUMEN \ FOR USE have worked on this interactive work of art suspending within the walls of Palais de Toyko. This “space metaphor” allows visitors to crawl above two levels of the inner building in saran-wrap like tubes. The artists of his one of a kind exhibition hopes to “lead us to the skin of our most secret thoughts”. For children and adults alike, this work of arts adds for an one-of-a-kind experience.
The Laboratory of Creation | Now – November 27
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro: Varenne, Invalides (13)
Adult: 11 euros, Concessions: 8.50 euros, 18-25 and below 18: Free.
The exhibition Rodin: the Laboratory of Creation showcases a unique selection of some 150 plaster and terracotta works, many of which have never been seen before. These pieces of art will illustrate the progress of the sculptor’s extraordinary career. Visitors will be shown the creative process and gain insight into Rodin’s way of thinking, the paths he followed, the troubles he encountered and his journey towards success.
Prostitution en France | Now – January 20
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale, Solférino (12)
Price : Adult – 11 euros, Reduced – 8,50 euros, Child – Free
This is the first major exhibition dedicated to the theme of prostitution in Paris. The exhibition attempts to reveal the way French and foreign artists, who were fascinated in the subject of prostitution, have sought new pictorial sources to represent reality and fantasies of this underworld.
Picasso Mania : Grand Palais | October 7 – February 29 2016
Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 15 euros
A major new exhibit is coming to the Grand Palais at the beginning of October celebrating the work of Pablo Picasso. The exhibit will take a chronological yet thematic approach to his master pieces, teaming work of those influenced by the artist such as Hockney, Kippenberger etc, side by side with his. You will be taken on a whirlwind tour of all of Picasso’s major pieces of art work through different periods and times, from cubism to his large scale portraits. It is most certainly a highly anticipated event so reservations are recommended!
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