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The start of autumn brings lovely hues of red, orange and yellow to Paris along with a crisp chill to the air. Here are some of the top events you might want to attend on your October trip to Paris.
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.
1 October 2017
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.
7 October 2017
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.
10 October 2017 - 11 February 2018
The Musée Picasso has collaborated with the Tate Modern in London to put together this exhibition which explores, day by day, the year of the famous Spanish modernist. His realisation in 1932 of his role as a pioneering leader in the art world came alongside the realisation of the necessity to document the processes and journeys of his own work, and it was at this point he began studiously dating and signing his prolific work. Thanks to this visitors to the exhibition can see the progression of one of the 20th century's most influential artists, day by day.
11 - 14 October 2017
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.
14 - 15 October, 2017
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.
14 October - 12 November 2017
What better place to spend Halloween than in a historic, three-storied, mansion? Le Manoir de Paris brings the grisly history of Paris to life with spine-chilling performances that are staged throughout the inter-active haunted house, and until the 12th of November they will be running a special Halloween show where over 100 dedicated actors will attempt to terrify guests. Queues can be long, especially on Hallow's Eve itself, so save yourself some time and book tickets on their website.
15 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
La Masion Rogue will have on display from the 15th of October the private collection of revolutionary film director turned businessman, Marin Karmitz. Spanning much of the 20th century, the works selected by Karmitz give us not only an insight into the man who established the MK2 cinema chain, but also a sense of the atmospheres of the tense events of the 20th century through which he lived.
18 - 22 October, 2017
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.
19 - 22 October, 2017
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.
27 October 2017
The Opera de Paris will hold three filming sessions on Friday evening which will be broadcast live on Studio Bastille where Flavien Berger and Lou Rotzinger will perform the movie's original soundtrack; La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Attendance is free but you must book in advance. The screenings will be held at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.
28 October, 2017 - 1 November, 2017
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.
31 March, 2017 - 31 October, 2017
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.
31 October 2017
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.