Fall is authentically Parisian and one of the best seasons to visit. The city is vibrant, buzzing with popular festivals and all sorts of stellar events, some of them free! But what are the bests festivals and events in Paris this fall? Here is my selection!
First, from Sept 10 until Dec 31, the FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE (FALL FESTIVAL) offers dance, music, concerts, film screenings theater and visual art. It’s a hub for the creative vanguard and takes place in various locations in the city.
Sept 21+22 – LES JOURNÉES DU PATRIMOINE (HERITAGE DAYS) A weekend when monuments and cultural sites are open to the public. This is your chance to visit secret and behind the scenes venues that are normally off-limits. All for free.
Sept 22, JOURNÉE SANS VOITURES (CAR-FREE DAY) A Sunday when Paris will be closed to car traffic and turned over to pedestrians. Hop on a city bike or get on your walking shoes and set off to take in the sights of the French capital!
Sept 22-Oct 6 The FOIRE DE CHATOU (CHATOU ANTIQUES FAIR) settles on the famous Ile des Impressionnistes on the outskirts of Paris. It’s heaven for bargain hunters and antique lovers + the opportunity to get a taste of French gastronomy and wine!
Sept 23-Oct 1 – PARIS FASHION WEEK when hundreds of fashion editors, buyers, designers, stylists, models and the general cool crowd descend on the French capital. As the capital of the fashion world, Paris has no shortage of luxurious party venues and knows how to put on a spectacle!
Oct 5 – The NUIT BLANCHE (WHITE NIGHT) takes place from sunset until sunrise throughout the city for all to enjoy, all night long, all for free. Museums, art galleries, cafes, theaters join bars and clubs staying open all through the night.
Photos credit Festival d’Automne, Chanel, Foire de Chatou, Sandra Semburg & Personal Paris
Oct 10-13 – Don’t miss the popular FETE DES VENDANGES DE MONTMARTRE (MONTMARTRE GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL). The hill was once covered with vineyards, there is only one left. This is your chance to taste the wine made from its grapes.
Oct 17-20 – Paris turns into a contemporary art lover’s mecca, hosting the prestigious FIAC (PARIS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR) at the Grand Palais. This year carte blanche is given to the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama at the Place Vendôme.
Oct 30- Nov 3 If you are a chocolate lover, you will be in for a treat at the SALON DU CHOCOLAT The fair is exclusively dedicated to chocolate, with famous pastry chefs and even a chocolate fashion show!
This is only a tiny selection of the best festival and events in Paris this fall!
Until October 29, you can still catch the spectacular FOUNTAIN SHOWS AND MUSICAL GARDENS at Versailles. There is no better time to visit. The gardens resembles a vivid watercolor painting. If it gets too chilly to enjoy the outdoors, then there are more than enough things to see inside the breathtaking palace!