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What's On in Paris in October

As the colors of autumn arrive in Paris, the city’s beautiful parks are blanketed with falling leaves. The atmosphere of autumn in Paris is unforgettable! Enjoy the changing light and shades of autumn while out exploring Paris and relaxing in the Luxembourg Gardens or strolling under the trees in the Champ de Mars gardens under the Eiffel Tower. Here are some of the top events to add to your travel plans if you’ll be visiting Paris in October.

Paris Courts Devant (Short Film Festival)

Paris Courts Devant (Short Film Festival)

Dates to be confirmed

Film lovers will want to head to 17th arrondissement near Montmartre for the Paris Short Film Festival held at the Cinéma des Cinéastes. One of the most important short film festivals around the world.

Website:  http://www.courtsdevant.com/?lang=en

Nuit Blanche (White Night)

Nuit Blanche (White Night)

5 October 2013

Plan to stay up late on the night of Saturday, October 5th for the 12th annual Nuit Blanche, or White Night, in Paris! This popular event celebrates art and culture, and in Paris that means tons of museums, galleries and other popular spots across the city will be open most of the night. Take advantage of special exhibits, music events and enjoy an artistic evening out in Paris!  Visit the website below for all the information on what to see and do during this year’s Nuit Blanche in Paris.

Website:  http://nuitblanche.paris.fr/

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

5 - 6 October 2013

Be trackside to see some of the world's best horses competing at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Bois du Boulogne.

Website: www.prixarcdetriomphe.com/

Montmartre Wine Harvest

Montmartre Wine Harvest

9 - 13 October 2013

For a truly autumnal experience in Paris, head to Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement for the Vendages de Montmartre. Although the small vineyards on the hills around the brilliant white church of Sacré-Coeur only produce a small quantity of wine, the festival is a fun way to experience the harvest atmosphere. Festivities include wine tasting, local food specialties, music, street performances and a fireworks display on Saturday, October 12th at 9:45 pm.

Website:  http://fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/

Image © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer : Amélie Dupont

Vintage Car Parade Through Paris

Vintage Car Parade Through Paris

Dates to be confirmed

As part of the 12th annual vintage and collector car show organized by Automédon, a parade of hundreds of classic cars will make its way through Paris on Saturday, October 13th. The parade starts about 10am at Place Joffre near the Ecole Militaire, crosses the Seine to the Trocadéro and can also be spotted at Avenue Foch, the Arc de Triomphe, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Place Vendôme and Place de l’Opéra in the heart of Paris.

Website:  http://www.automedon.fr/

International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC)

International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC)

24 - 27 October 2013

The contemporary art scene in Paris comes to life during the annual International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) each autumn. Held in the gorgeous setting of the Grand Palais with its large glass dome, the art fair brings together the work of thousands of artists from around the world represented by about 180 galleries from 24 countries. Visit the FIAC website below for information on events and visiting this important contemporary art fair.

Website:  http://www.fiac.com/?lg=en

 

Musical Waters at the Chateau de Versailles

Musical Waters at the Chateau de Versailles

Dates to be confirmed

Discover the gardens at Versailles in a magical setting during Les Grandes Eaux Musicales, the Musical Fountains Show, where the water of the fountains dance in time with classical music and a spectacular light show. Follow different pathways through the gardend while enjoying the show, which would have knocked the socks off of Louis XIV if he could see his grand gardens today! The shows take place every Saturday and Sunday through end October 2013.

Image © Jean-Marie Hullot

Festival Paris Banlieues Tango

Festival Paris Banlieues Tango

Dates to be confirmed

The biggest names in Lation dance converge on Paris and surrounds for the annual Banlieues Tango festival. 

Website:  http://festival-paris-banlieues-tango.fr/