Paris comes into its own in Autumn! Get outside and experience some of the wonderful events the city of Lights has to offer.
Festivals & Seasonal Events
Fete des Jardins | Ongoing
Gardens all around the city of Paris
METRO: Bercy (Line 6, 14), Tuileries (Line 1,8)
For two great days a program of varied entertainment awaits you in Paris’ green spaces. Hundreds of free events take place throughout the French capital – from guided tours and walks to concerts and exhibitions. Particularly recommended are the Parc de Bercy, Parc de la Villette, Jardins du Luxembourg, Jardins des Tuileries and Jardin des Plantes. The full program is available from the Paris Tourist Office from September.
Le Festival D’Automne a Paris | Now – December 31
Venues Throughout Paris
Several venues all over Paris host a four-month-long festival encompassing opera, film, dance and performing arts, and is the largest festival of its kind in the world. These are the best productions Paris has to offer.
Paris – Deauville Rally | October 2 – 6
Place De Vendome, 75001
METRO: Concorde (1), Opera (8)
The Paris- Deauville Rally includes a gathering and exhibition of pre-1940’s vintage cars, coupes and cabriolets designed before 1960 on Pace Vendome. Enthusiasts also race their precious vehicles from the Place Vendome in Paris to Deauville in Normandy.
La Nuit Blanche | October 4
The Night when Art and culture reigns until dawn. First launched in 2002, Paris Nuit Blanche (White Night) sees countless Paris galleries, museums, city halls, and even swimming pools open their doors all night to visitors. Light installations, edgy performances, concerts, and unclassifiable happenings are all free.
Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre | October 8 – 12
35 Rue de Chevalier, 75018
METRO: Anvers (2)
The five-day Montmartre Harvest Festival celebrates the new Cuvee Montmartre vintage. Regional produce for sale, wine tasting are held in various places and the colorful parade in honour of Bacchus and many musical performances are the highlights of this festival.
Fete a Neu Neu | Now – October 12
Bois de Boulogne
METRO: Rue de la Pompe (9)
The 31st annual funfair carnival, the Fete a Neu Neu, opened on August 29th in the Bois de Boulogne. Open 2pm-Midnight Mon – Fri, noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Food tents
and plenty of amusement rides.
Les Puces Du Design | October 16 – 19
28 Rue Francois Truffaut
Bercy Village, 75012
METRO: Cours Saint Emillion (14)
Specialists in fashion and furniture from the ‘50s to ‘90s present and sell their wares to the public on this special fair held in Bercy Village.
Foire D’Automne a Paris | October 24 – November 2
1 Porte de Versailles, 75015
METRO: Porte De Versailles (12)
Fee: 9 euro
Fall exhibition of fall fashion, beauty products, artisanal produce, cheeses, wines and much more.
Grand Galerie | Now – November 3
Natural History Museum
36 rue Goeffrey Saint-Hilaire, 75005
METRO: Jussieu 7, 10
Entry: 9 euro
The Grand Galerie d’Evolution at the Jardin des Plantes (Natural History Museum) is hosting a fabulous new exhibition, Nuit, an exploration of the night in all aspects from scientific to imaginary, presented in four sections: the night sky, nocturnal life in the natural world, a night of sleep, and myths and monsters of the night.
Les Portes Ouvertes des Artistes | October 11 – 13
Cite Montmartre aux Artistes |
189 Rue Ordener, 75018
METRO: Lamarck (12)
An exceptional concentration of artistic activity, the Cité Montmartre aux Artistes houses 180 studios and accommodation which are the workplace and home of painters, sculptors, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, writers, designers, etc. Once each year, these artists from many different backgrounds, open their studios to the public: a great outing which enables anyone interested in contemporary art to admire their works, enter into their creative universe and talk to resident or guest artists.
Grand Marché d’Art Contemorian | October 30 – November 3
42 Rue du Pere Corentin, 75014
METRO: Alesia (4)
Over 500 exhibitors gather on Paris’ Place de La Bastille square for the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain. You will not find bargains but serious art dealings of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and installations.
Looking for Albert Kahn | Now – Dec 31
10-14 rue du Port |92100
Metro: Boulogne (Line 13)
At a time when it didn’t seem so naïve to claim that you wanted world peace, Albert Kahn was a tireless promoter of this philanthropic ideal. He believed in getting to know ‘the other’, seeing it as the cement of a harmonious and tolerant humanity. The rich patron, having travelled the world just before turning 30, decided to create a scholarship to allow groups of young people to go ‘around the world’, and to instigate an enormous documentary census, consisting of many thousands of colour photographs: the ‘Archives of the Planet’. ‘A la recherché d’Albert Kahn’, manages to portray his passionate quest for knowledge.
Mugler Follies | Now – December 31
Theatre de La Comedie
4 Blvd Strausbourg
METRO: Strausburg St. Denis (4,8,9)
Show: 29 euro + up
Looking for a super sexy Parisian cabaret show that isn’t full of tourists? Don’t miss the 2nd season of the Mugler Follies, at Le Comedie Theatre, a show written, designed and directed by famous fashion designer Thierry Mugler (currently the artistic director for Beyonce’s world tour). The show is something special: touching, shocking and beautiful.
The show alone starts at 29 euro but you can also opt for Champagne, dinner or Sunday Brunch (food by Fouquet).
Rain | October 21 – November 7
Rue Scribe & Rue Auber, 75009
METRO: Opera 3,7,8
15 – 85 euro
With Rain, Anne Teresa de Kersmaeker, a major figure on the choreographic scene,gives us a work of rare intensity and refined purity. The choreographer leads the dancers to transmit the rhythmic pulsations of Music for Eighteen Musicians, by Steve Reich, a quintessential work performed here by the Ensemble Ictus. On stage, music and dance sweep the performers along in a perpetual surge of movement, a dizzying and joyful race which seems to “overflow with life”.
Musical Fountains Show | Now – October 26
Chateau de Versailles
Set out to explore the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of music. Several circuits are available to enable you to enjoy the numerous masterpieces of the gardens or lead you to their most secret spots.
The musical debut of “An American in Paris” on November 22nd at Théatre Chatelet de Paris!