FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

 

Nuit Blanche | October 1
Paris
Nuit Blanche, the “White Night” festival is making it’s annual return to Paris again on Saturday October 1st. 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.

 

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe | October  1 – 2
Hippodrome de Chantilly
Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly
Metro : Chantilly (TER, RER B)
Price : From 19 euro +
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.

 

Mondial l’Automobile Paris | October 1 – 16
Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versaille
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price :  See website for various packages
The Mondial de l’Automobile show is a major international event held in Paris once a year. For car lovers, this is one of the most important auto shows in the world and presents many new production automobile and concept car debuts. Be sure to check out the website first to book tickets and see the full program.

 

Salon Zen | Now – October 3
Espace Champerret, 75017
Metro : Porte de Champerret, Louise Michel (3)
Price : Free entry
A festival centered around wellness, zen and healthy living is making its return to Paris this Autumn. 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.

 

Paris Fashion Week | Now – October 5
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!

 

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre | October 5 – 9
Montmartre, 75018
Make your way to Montmartre to celebrate the 83rd edition of the 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!

 

Festival Paris Banlieues Tango | October 5 – November 30
Paris
The Paris Banlieues Tango festival is back for it’s 19th edition with some of the biggest names in Latin dance. The festival has a great line up if performances including, dance, concerts, theatre and spoken word performances. We are currently waiting for the website to reveal it’s program for this year, so stay tuned!

 

Oktoberfest | October 6 – 16
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!

 

Wine Mondays | October 10 (monthly event)
Le 114 Faubourg 
114 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
Metro : Miromesnil (9, 13)
Price : 130 euro
Starting on October 10th, Le Bristol will be hosting Wine Mondays once a month for an evening of wine appreciation. A leading French wine grower will be present to present their favoured vintage wines, matched with a four-course tasting menu created specially by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. 

 

Salon Pari Fermier | October 14 – 16
Espace Champerret 
6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017
Metro : Porte de Champerret (3)
Price : Free (invitation available on their site)
The first farmers market of the season will take place at the Espace Champerret for 3 days only. You’ll have the opportunity to meet over 100 farmers from all over France, to learn about, and taste their farm grown quality produce.

 

FIAC | October 20 – 23
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau 
Price : 35 euro, Reduced – 20 euro
The International Contemporary Art Fair (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) brings together over 175 modern art galleries from all over the world. Art is displayed in the form of paintings, sculptures, photography, videos, performances and installations. Make sure you reserve your ticket in advance to guarantee your entry, by clicking on the link above.

 

Paris Comic Con | October 21 – 23
La Grande Halle de la Villette 
211 Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 15 euro +
Comic Con Paris is THE festival of 2016, dedicated to pop culture. The festival will be an opportunity for fans to participate in the entertainment program, to meet TV and movie stars, discover exclusive new contents, and to attend many Cosplay demonstrations.
Other will also get the chance to meet comic books artists, creators, cosplayers, actors and movie makers, and attend panels and discover new contents. Check out the full program on the link above and book your tickets in advance.

 

Yoga Festival Paris | October 21 – 24
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! 

 

Pitchfork Music Festival | October 27 – 29
Grande Halle de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : 1 day – 54 euro, 3 day – 120 euro
Pitchfork is returning to Paris once again for a three day music festival with an incredible line up. Check out the link above for the full program including the line up, the after parties and various shows which will be hosted in 7 different venues in the 11th arrondissement.

 

Salon du Chocolat | October 28 – 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 euro, Reduced – 6.50 euro
For all of the chocolate lovers out there, this is the place for you 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 chocolate dress fashion show. You can also walk away with a few chocolate recipes to try at home!

 

Halloween in Paris | October 31
Paris
We cannot forget about Halloween in Paris! There will be various events, activities and parties going on around the city to celebrate the holiday. Keep up to date with what’s going on for Halloween by following us on Instagram and Twitter, where we will be posting about the upcoming celebrations. 

 

Festival d’Automne à Paris | Now – 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 and will continue throughout the entire Autumn. See the link above to see what shows will be happening and how to buy tickets.

 

 

SHOWS

 

Samson et Dalila | October 1 – November 5
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : From 35 euro (see program for full pricing)
The new production of Samson et Dalila, which was once of the most performed French Operas, is coming back for the first time in 25 years to Paris. It is one of the finest romantic Operas and not to be missed. Book your tickets now!

 

Lucia di Lammermoor | October 14 – November 16
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : From 40 euros (see program for full pricing)
Lucia, a magnificent flower shattered by the violence of a society of men, is embodied by South Africa’s Pretty Yende, a rising star of the opera stage, in this production by Andrei Serban, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. The Opera embodies the magic of Italian music throughout the performance, supported by a libretto of rare clarity and dramatic power. Do not miss out!

 

Oliver Twist – Le Musical | Now – January 1
La Salle Gaveau 
45-47 Rue La Boétie, 75008
Metro : Miromesnil (9, 13)
Price : From 14 – 84 euro
A group of 15 dancers, actors, singers and an orchestra of 7 musicians have all come together to perform one of the most famous musicals of all time; Oliver Twist. Although the show is performed in French, there will be English subtitles available for any non French speakers wanting to go and watch the show! Get your tickets now before they all sell out.

 

Les Trois Mousquetaires | Now – 2017
Dôme des Paris – Palais des Sports
34 Boulevard Victor, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : From 39 euro
Everyone knows the story of the Three Musketeers and we are so excited that it’s coming to Paris! Reserve your spaces now online and go and watch the fantastic performance of the three musketeers protecting the kingdom!

 

Le Fantôme de l’Opéra | October 6 – January 31
Théâtre Mogador
25 Rue de Mogador, 75009
Metro : Trinité – d’Estinne d’Orves (12)
Price : From 25 – 250 euro
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famous Phantom of the Opera, the show will be performed for the first time in France AND in French. Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to book yours in advance to secure a date!

 

The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
SoGymnase
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

 

The Beat Generation | Now – October 3
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 
Metro : Rambuteau (11)
Price : 14 euros, Under 12 – 11 euros
The Beat Generation inspired a literary and artistic movement that remains iconic to this day. Starting out in the United States in the 1950s, writers and poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg took their crusade against the conventional life around the world but it was Paris that became their creative laboratory. From June 22 to October 3 the Centre Pompidou celebrates this particular period in literary history with a multidisciplinary exhibition that embraces the nomadic spirit of the Beat Generation, tracing their stories from New York to Paris, Mexico to Tangier. Through photographs, films and music, the event details the Beat Generation’s whirlwind lives and rich cultural legacy, making it a must-see for the summer.

 

Anatomie d’une Collection | Now – October 23
Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)

Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 6 euro
If you are into fashion then this a great exhibition for you to check out. Palais Galliera is exhibiting a collection of their own, to show the changing fashion trends from the 18th century to the present day. Over 100 different garments and accessories of the Galliera collection will be displayed, each, with an historical association.

 

Le Dressing de Réve des Parisiens | Now- October 31
Paris Rendez-Vous 
29 rue du Rivoli, 75004
Metro : Hôtel de Ville (1) Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14)
Price : Free
As part of the Paris Fashion Week, this free exhibition will reveal the origin of 50 new Parisian fashion houses. It will present the iconic pieces of this new generation of designers and the dynamic style of Paris ready-to-wear, sewing, jewellery, accessories and shoes.

 

PERSONA : Strangely Human | Now – November 13
Musée de Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Alma-Marceau (9), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Price : 11 euro, Reduced – 9 euro
Many objects have a status more similar to that of a person or a creature than that of a simple object. This exhibition focuses on the connection between the human and non human art works, the role of anthropomorphism in diverse artefacts, and what unfolds when a robot with a human appearance comes under our gaze, unsettling the beholder.

 

Edme Bouchardon | Now – December 5
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euro
Edme Bouchardon was considered an exceptional artist of his time and even became a sculptor for the King. His style was a balance between classical influence and nature which is conveyed through his drawings, terracotta models and marble sculptures. This exhibition will be the first large-scale monograph on Bouchardon’s oeuvre, and an opportunity to acknowledge him as one of the leading protagonists of Neoclassicism.

 

Roger Tallon, Le Design en Mouvement | Now – January 8
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 13 euro
The late Roger Tallon was one of the great pioneers of French industrial design. The exhibition sets out to explore every aspect of his personality and work, which is made possible by the fact he donated archives to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs before he died in 2011. The exhibition will display the objects, drawings, and models that he made up for each piece of work he did.

 

Oscar Wilde | Now – January 15
Petit Palais 
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 7 euro, Under 18 – Free
For the first time in France, the Petit Palais will present a major exhibition on the famous writer, Oscar Wilde. Petit Palais will retrace the life and work of the French speaking writer with some never shown before manuscripts, photographs, drawings, caricatures and personal effects.

 

Spectaculaire Second Empire | Now – January 16
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Solférino (12) Musée d’Orsay (RER C)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro, Under 18 – free
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different “stages” on which our modernity was invented. The lay-out of the paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings and jewellery from the Second Empire creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.

 

The Color Line | October 4 – January 15
Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 7 euro
The exhibition The Color Line looks back on the dark period of slavery in the United States through the cultural history of its black artists, the prime target of this discrimination. On display will be painting, sculpture, photography, cinema, music, literature from over 150 years. 

 

Mexique 1900 – 1950 | October 5 – January 23
Grand Palais 
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 14 euro, Reduced – 10 euro
This exhibition is the largest event dedicated to Mexican art since 1953. Offering a panorama of famous artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo, the exhibition tour is a testament to the vibrant artistic creativity of the country throughout the twentieth century. Develop an understanding of Mexico’s identity through the artwork displayed at this exhibition. 

 

Les Peintures Américaine des années 1930 | October 12 – January 30
Musée de l’Orangerie 
Jardin Tuileries, 75001
Metro : Concorde (1)
Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 6.50 euro
The 1930s were the years where modern art came onto the scene in the United States. Joining together with the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition will feature a set of fifty to sixty photos taken from prestigious American Public Collections as well as private collections. The diversity of the photos reflect the time of richness during the pre WWII period.

 

René Magritte | Now – January 23
Le Centre Pompidou 
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (11)
Price : 14 euro
René Magritte, a Belgian artist and one of the key figures of modern art, will have her well known, and less familiar, works of art displayed at the George Pompidou Centre. Offering a new approach to her work, the art work on show is drawn from leading public and private collections.  Check out the website for further details and to purchase tickets. 

 

Un Suédois à Paris au 18 Siècle – La Collection Tessin | October 20 – January 16
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euro
Count Carl Gustaf Tessin acted as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1741 and became a very passionate collector of paintings and drawings and acquired much of his art work at the Crozat sale in 1741. When he returned to Sweden he was obliged to sell his art due to being heavily in debt. The exhibition will showcase some of these classic pieces and will provide insight into the art market and Parisian taste in the mid-18th century.

 

L’Art des Studios d’Animation Walt Disney : Le Mouvement par Nature | October 14 – March 5
Art Ludique – Le Musée
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5,10, RER C)
Price : 16.50 euro, Reduced – 11 euro
The Art Ludique museum has collaborated with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library to write and create this exhibition. With a selection of 350 exceptional art pieces, the presentation will highlight the studio’s modernism and artistry for almost a century.

 

 

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