With the crisp cool days and vibrantly changing colored leaves, the fall season is definitely an exciting time in the City of Light, mostly due to the sense of transition you feel throughout. “La rentrée”, literally translated as “the return” has come to signify the beginning of autumn as everyone returns from summer getaways and gets back to work while the children start school again. The new liveliness of the city and the first touches of fall create a flood of energy and reminders of the advancing winter that will soon follow.
If you are one of our regular followers, you might have noticed we recently started a blog series spotlighting major Parisian events and local cultural activities that attract jet-setters, entrepreneurs, as well as many local Parisians.
Are you dreaming of walks in the fresh autumn air with the possibility of stopping along the way for a hot wine break in between outdoor festivals, museum visits, or expos?
If so, keep reading and start planning your visit now…
September 8 – December 31, Festival d’Automne: This 3-month long festival is one of the driving forces that brings energy to the city during “La rentrée”. It features some of the most fascinating works of contemporary art, whether it be visual, performance, or theater, there is a diverse repertoire attracting audiences of more than 100,000. For more information and the schedule, go to their website here.
September 19 – 20, Journées du Patrimoine: Originally created by the Ministry of Culture in 1984 it has since inspired ‘Heritage Days’ throughout the European Union. This annual event is the opportunity to take a look inside many historical hotspots not usually open to the public, as well as take guided tours of permanent and temporary exhibits for free.
September 29 – October 7, Paris Fashion Week: Let’s be honest, when one thinks of Paris, one thinks of fashion. As one of the the fashion capitals of the world, this biannual Paris event attracts fashion industry celebrities, designers, buyers, photographers, models, the press, and, of course, spectators from all corners of the globe. They all converge in Paris, excited to participate and see impressive runway sets, collections from well-known designers, and the showrooms the from up-and-coming. Shows are held at various venues around the city, however, most are centered around Carrousel du Louvre. If you happen to be in Paris during this major event, make a point to catch the well-dressed fashionistas exiting the shows into the Tuileries Garden – truly is a sight to see!
September 22 – November 22, PHOTOQUAI World Photography Biennale in Paris: This biennale, which is in its fifth installment, takes place on the banks of the Seine, displaying hundreds of photographs from photographers from around the world. Many of whose work is not well known in Europe, this event is meant to expose these artists as well as create a dialogue from different world perspectives based on this year’s theme ‘We Are Family’. As it is an event in cooperation with the Musée de quai Branly, photos can also be found in the modern garden surrounding the museum.
A short 5 minute walk from the Musée de qaui Branly, is the trendy Left Bank Eiffel apartment. Boasting a great location, it is perfect for those who love the quiet neighborhood lifestyle of the left bank.
October 1 – 16, Mondial de l’automobile (Paris Auto Show): Held in the Paris expo center at Porte de Versailles, this auto show is one of the most important auto shows in the world and is an opportunity to show off new introductions and concepts in the car industry. As this is one of the most visited auto shows in the world, it attracts car enthusiasts and professionals alike from all corners of the globe. Many activities surround this 2-week event and this year a highly anticipated exhibition “Cars and Fashion” will feature a timeline of historical eras spotlighting how both industries have influenced each other over the decades.
October 3 until dawn October 4, Nuit Blanche 2015: If you haven’t heard the buzz about “Nuit Blanche” this “sleepless night” allows for one to discover artistic installations throughout the city from dusk-to-dawn. This completely free event has become one of the most popular occasions on the Paris cultural calendar, inspiring other cities around the world to do the same. This is a great opportunity for the general public to become acquainted with contemporary artists, outdoors or at famous places in Paris; so grab your ice cream, take a late night stroll, and discover what the night will offer. Currently there is no official website, however, you can follow more closely and get updates for the event by liking their page on facebook.
The ever popular Nuit Blanche is known to feature many of its installations in the center of Paris, making all of our Marais apartments easy walking distance from most of the action. Have you seen our Marais Collection apartment? It was fully renovated and designed by our in house invest and design team.
October 7 – 11, Vendanges de Montmartre (Montmartre Wine Harvest): As strange as it may sound there is a small private vineyard, which is located in a monastery in the 18th arrondissment of Paris, and it also happens to be the last vineyard in the city that produces its own wine. The harvest festival brings together artisans from all over France, neighborhood businesses, and schools to celebrate the years wine harvest with tastings, musicians, and even fireworks. It’s the best way to celebrate regional products, the camaraderie of the district, and the fall season.
October 22 – 25, FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair: Known as one of the most important and highly respected art fairs in the world in terms of contemporary art, it attracts up to 70,000 spectators, seasoned professionals, and collectors to discover the latest developments in the world of contemporary art. Held at the elegant Grand Palais and the Cite de la Mode et du Design.
October 28 – November 1, Salon du Chocolat: Those with a sweet tooth and in Paris at the end of October are lucky enough to experience the Salon du Chocolat, which is held each year in the expo center at Porte de Versailles. Hundreds of chocolatiers, patissiers, and artisans from all around the world are present to demonstrate and show off their tasty products. Here you can find everything from cooking workshops to a chocolate fashion show – something you definitely don’t want to miss!
The expo center at Porte de Versailles is a quick metro ride from the spacious 2-bedroom St. Germain Orsay apartment. Perfectly located in Paris, this elegant apartment is surround by art galleries and is steps from the famous Musee d’Orsay.
November 2 – 8, ATP World Tour Masters 1000: This one is for the tennis fans out there! The APT World Tour is held in cities throughout Europe, America, and Asia, however, this year Paris is lucky enough to host the final round at the Bercy Palais Omnisports complex. We’re sure this final round will attract fans from all around the world for this exciting world tour conclusion.
November 12 – 15, Paris Photo: November officially is the ‘Mois de la Photographie’ (Photography Month) in Paris and dozens of museums and galleries work together to feature ‘lens’ related exhibitions. Paris Photo, an influential and highly regarded event, brings galleries, publishers, collectors, and, of course, photographers together to the ever impressive back drop, the Grand Palais. By bringing together some of the worlds best photographers, as well as amateurs, and the general public, it allows the important discussion of all skill levels to reflect on the direction of photography and their love for the art. A truly inspiring event for photographers of any skill level and lovers of this art form.
November 23 – 29, Paris Courts Devant (Paris Short Film Festival): It is so interesting to see what events bring people to Paris – and this festival is most definitely one of them as it is the most well known short film festivals held internationally. Held at the Cinéma des Cinéastes on the hilltop of Paris, not far from the winding streets of Montmartre.November 28 – December 6, Salon du Cheval: This yearly event is most popular in the equestrian circles. With hundreds of expected exhibitors and more than 2,000 horses, it is definitely a site to see. Activities include Nuit du Cheval, World Arabian Horse Championship, and the International Gucci Paris Masters Jumping Competition. The event is located just outside of the Paris at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center.
December 4 – 5, Le Grand Tasting: This two-day event, which is held at the Carrousel du Louvre, showcases all types of French wine. Here you are able to educate yourself in the intricacies of wine tastings as well as have the opportunity to test your pallet with food and wine parings. Truly an event to experience in Paris!
December 4 – 7, Salon Saveurs and des Plaisiers Gourmands: As France is known for its exceptional gastronomy – no trip to Paris would be complete without enjoying the savory bites and sweet treats it has to offer! Bringing together and honoring the best gourmet products of France while exposing the popular food trends is surely a delight to the tongue.
Upcoming exhibitions that you won’t want to miss:
– Warhol Unlimited, Oct 2, 2015 – Feb 6, 2016, Musée d’Art Moderne
– Picasso.mania, Oct 7, 2015 – Feb 29, 2016 at the Grand Palais
– Marc Chagall: The Triumph of Music, Oct 13, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016, Philharmonie de Paris
– Martin Scorsese, Oct 14, 2015 – Feb 14, 2016, Cinémathèque Française
Do stay tuned to our next list of events highlighting the holiday season.
Using the comments box below, get the conversation started and let us know if you have been to any of these events in the past or if you have an event you would like to add to the list.