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.
Nuit Blanche (White Night)
1 October 2016
Plan to stay up late on the night of Saturday, October 5th for the 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.
Festival of the Imagination
2 October, 2016 - 16 December, 2016
The whimsically titled Festival de Imaginaire, or the Festival of the Imagination, celebrates music and art from around the world. The concerts, shows and lectures aim to broaden the view of world music and bring it to a larger audience. Events take place at the Maison des Cultures du Monde off Boulevard Raspail in the 6th arrondissement and other locations throughout Paris.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
1 - 2 October 2016
This is one of the biggest racing events in France each year and Parisians have been flocking to watch the excitement for almost 100 years. Be trackside to see some of the world's best horses competing at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Bois du Boulogne.
Montmartre Wine Harvest
5 - 9 October 2016
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.
Vintage Car Parade Through Paris
8 - 9 October 2016
As part of the 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 10th. 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.
International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC)
20 - 23 October 2016
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.
Musical Waters at the Chateau de Versailles
26 March, 2016 - 30 October, 2016
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.
Festival Paris Banlieues Tango
5 October to 30 November 2016
The biggest names in Latin dance converge in Paris this Fall for the 18th annual Banlieues Tango festival. The festival features a great line up of performances from dance and concerts to theatre and spoken word performances. Check their website for more information about their program.
Halloween Party at the Disney Village
31 October 2016
Disney Village hosts a wonderful party for Halloween that's perfect for the whole family. Scary (but not too scary!) performances, face painting and games make this event the funnest way to celebrate this American holiday in Paris this Fall! For information regarding times check the Disneyland Paris website closer to the event.
Paris Now - Paris Asian Art Fair
20 - 23 October 2016
This art show will present to Paris the best in contemporary Asian art in a four day fair that will take place in the appropriate setting of the Carrousel du Louvre, opposite I. M. Pei's famous glass pyramid. Installations will also be set up throughout the city in various museums and galleries. Check their website for the full program closer to the event.
Salon du Chocolat
28 October, 2016 - 1 November, 2016
What better event for a chocolate lover in Paris to attend than the world's largest show dedicated to this decadent delicacy? Sample the worlds most delicious and most innovative chocolates, attend demonstrations and browse the bookshop for ideas to try at home. Children from the ages of 4 to 10 can attend cooking workshops and chocolate tasting classes. Entrance is €14 for adults and €6.50 for children younger than 12. Those under 3 enter for free.