The season for sipping coffee on Parisian terraces late until the summer evening is coming to an end. But do not despair, there’s a whole host of fun and fascinating cultural events, art fairs, and activities kicking off this October; here is a round-up of some of the upcoming events.
HORSERACING | Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
📅 1 October
This annual horse-racing event might seem like a little-known cultural attraction, but it’s actually one of the biggest racing events in France and has been drumming up droves of adrenaline-fuelled spectators for almost 100 years. Marvel at some of the world’s most talented horses as they thunder across the tracks at the Hippodrome de Longchamp in Bois du Boulogne.
Tickets: General entrance from €12 ($14.35) (children under 18 free)
ARTS & CULTURE | Nuit Blanche
📅 7 October
Put any plans for an early night aside on October 7 because a whole host of galleries and museums will be flinging their doors open for one night only. The annual Nuit Blanche, or White Night, is one of the most exciting artistic celebrations to grace the city. Why waste time sleeping instead of winding through an unending maze of music events, cultural happenings, and special exhibitions?
📍 Various locations throughout Paris
RIDES | Festival at the Bois de Boulogne
📅 01 September-08 October
Don’t miss out on one last chance to let loose on the 100 rides and attractions that have been taking over the great wooded park in the West of Paris for the last 30 years. Previously known as the Fête à Neu-Neu, the Fête des Bois de Boulogne is bursting with fun for everyone. Rediscover sweet childhood pleasures of rides and attractions like duck fishing, bouncy castles, a ghost train, and a Big Wheel and take in the incredible view over the roofs of Paris. Make sure to stop at the heaps of food stalls wafting scents of their tastiest fairground delights like crepes, candy floss, toffee apples, or warm churros that taste great with sugar and Nutella.
WINE | Vendanges de Montmartre
📅 11-14 October
Montmartre has a new lease on life when the vineyards that run like hidden veins through its hills reach annual fruition. Each autumn, the harvest brings a new bustle to the 18th Arrondissement. While the vineyards that weave around the white church of Sacré-Coeur only produce a trickle of wine, the festival is a fabulous and fun way to discover a wine harvest atmosphere. Experience a wine tasting, try out local food specialties, listen to live music events, giggle at street performances, and gaze at a great fireworks display.
CARS| Vintage Car Parade
📅 14-15 October
A surprising sight to see in Paris includes the yearly vintage and collector car show organised by Automédon, where hundreds of classic cars will parade through Paris. The excitement starts at 10 am on Saturday, October 10 at Place Joffre—not far from the Ecole Militaire—before it will weave its way across the Seine to the Trocadéro. A decent car-spotting base could be anywhere from Avenue Foch, the Arc de Triomphe, Rue du Faubourg, and Saint Honoré right through to Place Vendôme or Place de l’Opéra.
ASIAN ART | Paris Asian Art Fair
For the third year in a row, this epic art show will present to Paris the best in contemporary Asian art in a packed four-day schedule. Representing 13 Asian countries territories including Cambodia, Taiwan, and Tibet, it will take place in the Carrousel du Louvre, opposite I. M. Pei’s famous glass pyramid. There will be installations set up throughout the city in various museums and galleries.
ART | International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC)
📅 19-22 October
Paris’s contemporary art scene is already bursting to the brim with inspiration, but even more so during the annual International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC). The event unites the work of thousands of artists who are represented by 180 galleries and from 24 countries around the world. And gazing up at the large glass dome in The Grand Palais makes for a breathtaking setting for an art fair. Created in Paris in 1974, it attracts around 70,000 visitors each year and is not to be missed.
Tickets: €37 ($44.25) full-fare, €20 ($23.92) reduced fare
ART | Outsider Art Fair
📅 19-22 October
The Outsider Art Fair is returning to Paris for its fifth edition, with 34 exhibitors bringing a host of exceptional work by outsider artists for visitors’ perusal. As well as the main exhibitors’ sector, expect to be inspired by the curated space dedicated to Daniel Cordier, the 97-year-old French collector who famously donated 500 Art Brut works to the Pompidou Centre between 1973 and 1989. This exhibition in the Hôtel du Duc spreads out over 1,000 square metres (10763.9 square feet) of historic space, with round-table talks and conversations in addition to the exhibition schedule.
Tickets: From €10 ($11.96)
FOOD | Salon Du Chocolat
📅 28 October-1 November
What better way to fall in love with Paris than by delighting in decadent sweet delicacies? This event is proudly one of the world’s largest shows dedicated to chocolate and invites sugar lovers to sample an innovative selection. There are not only tasting classes and 500 top chocolatiers from all corners of the globe sprawled across more than 250 stalls, there are also performances and parades, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and a decent bookshop for finding recipes.
Tickets: €14 ($16.74) for adults and €6.50 ($7.77) for children younger than 12. Children under 3 enter for free.
HALLOWEEN| Disney Village Party
📅 31 October 2017
Disney Village has always refused to stage Halloween celebrations in any way that’s short of breathtakingly magnificent, and this year is no exception. Disney Village’s awe-inspiring party for Halloween celebrations offer the perfect night out for the whole family—adults and children alike will be left in wonder. Expect surprising performances and scary peek-a-boos, fabulous face painting, and fun Halloween games.