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What's On In Paris In September

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 12 October 2016
The month of September means one thing in Paris: La Rentrée. It’s not only the time when schools, universities, and businesses reopen after the summer, but it marks a new chapter for the city’s cultural venues as well. On our list of the best events out of hundreds taking place, we have food and design festivals, new artistic exhibitions, celebrations of diverse musical genres and, perhaps the defining sign of a shift in season in France, a proliferation of outdoor vintage markets. Read on, swot up, and then get out and enjoy it!

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4th

Jazz © Alan Eng/Flickr │ Haute cuisine © Jaume Escofet/Flickr │Orange fabrics © Peter Rivera/Flickr │ Dance and performance © Purpose N-Motion/Flickr
Jazz | © Alan Eng/Flickr │ Haute cuisine | Jaume Escofet/Flickr │Orange fabrics | Peter Rivera/Flickr │ Dance and performance | Purpose N-Motion/Flickr

MUSIC │ Get Hella Funky At Jazz À La Villette

📅 Tuesday, August 30th – Sunday, September 11th

The Jazz à la Villette festival is back again for 12 days of concerts, mixing the best of jazz with pop, funk, soul, and every groovy nuance imaginable. This is a coproduction between La Villette and the Philarmonie de Paris and their message to the world is clear and stinky: Jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny!

Prices vary depending on performances and venues but a ‘formule festival’ is available for 20-40€.

📍221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

FOOD │ Dine Like A Baller At Priceless Souper #6

📅 Thursday, September 1st

Priceless Souper is a dining experience like no other. Guests are treated to Michelin star quality meals in the most unlikely of places — and for unbelievably reasonable prices. This time around, the dinner will be held in a cinema in Saint-Germain and prepared by chef Christophe Saintagne who has worked at Meurice, the Plaza Athénée, and now Papillon.

Tickets are 30€.

📍Cinéma Le Saint Germain Des Près, 22 Rue Guillaume Apollinaire, 75006 Paris

DESIGN │ Let The Indian Summer Lifestyle Brighten Your Day (And Apartment)

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Saturday, September 3rd

A design fair dedicated to the colors and textures of a late-burning season, Indian Summer Lifestyle offers shoppers and browsers three days of shows from the boutiques along the rue du Mail. There will also be cocktails on hand, if you need to cool off from the hot weather or a mad spending spree.

Entry is free.

📍Rue du Mail, 75002 Paris

DESIGN │ Dig For Hidden Treasure At The Grande Vente Solidaire

📅 Saturday, September 3rd – Sunday, September 4th

On the other end of the price spectrum will be Emmaüs’s Grande Vente Solidaire, a pop-up flea market where you can find bargains and hidden gems from furniture, electrical goods, and dishware to decorations and toys.

Entry is free.

📍Recyclerie de Paris 20ème, Place de la Porte de Montreuil, 75020 Paris

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th

French antiques © Deldre Woollard/Flickr │ Chassol © Southbank Centre/Flickr │ Fête de l'Humanité in 2011 © Eddy BERTHIER/Flickr │ Vintage coats © ashton/Flickr
French antiques | © Deldre Woollard/Flickr │ Chassol | Southbank Centre/Flickr │ Fête de l'Humanité in 2011 | Eddy BERTHIER/Flickr │ Vintage coats | ashton/Flickr

FESTIVAL │ Celebrate All Things Brazilian At Le Lavage de la Madeleine

📅 Tuesday, September 6th – Sunday, September 11th

Welcoming over 30,000 people every year, Le Lavage de La Madeleine is among the largest street festivals in Paris and one of the greatest celebrations of Brazilian culture in Europe. The host of the 2016 Rio Olympics, this really is Brazil’s year to shine so the parade on Sunday, September 11th promises to be more vibrant than ever.

Entry is free.

📍Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris

DANCE & PERFORMANCE │ See Something Out Of The Ordinary At Festival Extra Ball

📅 Wednesday, September 7th – Saturday, September 10th

The Centre Culturel Suisse’s annual celebration of all things multidisciplinary, the Festival Extra Ball will this year focus primarily on solos and duets.

Tickets are 12€.

📍Centre Culturel Suisse, 32-38 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris

DESIGN │ Spend Big (Or Just Time) At The Biennale Des Antiquaires

📅 Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 18th

For over half a century, the Biennale des Antiquaires has drawn together the finest antiques demonstrating ‘the art of French living’ under one roof. This year, 121 exhibitors from 14 countries around the world will be showing their pieces under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais.

Tickets are 35€.

📍Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

MUSIC │ Immerse Yourself In Dark Beats At 25Y Loki Paris

📅 Friday, September 9th – Saturday, September 10th

The Loki Foundation, the pioneering German record label, is celebrating 25 years of life in Paris with two nights of Deep-Audio and Ambient tunes, featuring Inade, Bad Sector, S.E.T.I., Fjernlys, Circular and Helios.

Tickets are 39€ for both nights or 20€ for Saturday only.

📍L’Auguste Théâtre, 6 impasse Lamier, 75011 Paris and Le Petit Bain, 7 Port de la Gare, 75013 Paris

FESTIVAL │ Take In The Best Of Les Traversées du Marais

📅 Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th

Balls, concerts, dance shows, theater performances, films, conferences, and workshops will be going on across the Marais over the second weekend of the month. The Traversée du Marais festivities culminate with a special concert by Chassol in the gardens of the Musée Picasso.

Entry to most performances is free.

📍Le Marais, Paris

FESTIVAL │ Rejoice And Connect At The Fête de l’Humanité

📅 Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th

Fête de l’Humanité turns 81 this year. To celebrate, there will be more than 50 concerts over the weekend, including from The Chemical Brothers and Ms. Lauryn Hill, and upwards of 450 stands where you can meet and talk to people from around the world. There will also be fairground rides for adrenaline junkies!

A three-day pass is 35€.

📍Parc départemental Georges-Valbon, 55 Avenue Waldeck Rochet, 93120 La Courneuve

FASHION │ Pick Up Some Sick Threads At Violette Sauvage’s Massive Clothing Sale

📅 Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th

This is the place to head to get your fall wardrobe in check: thousands of undiscovered vintage treasures, tips from stylists, major bargains on top brands, and new lines by talented designers. There will also be a health bar and good music on the sound system to keep you going as you get a serious shop on.

Entry is 2€.

📍Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

SPORT │ Shift Your Booty Or Cheer On Those That Do At La Parisienne Run

📅 Sunday, September 11th

This is the 20th anniversary of La Parisienne, a women-only fun run around the most beautiful streets of the capital. The theme this year is ‘carnival’ and the 40,000 runners are invited to put on their best costumes before taking on the 6.7km route.

Entry is 50€.

📍Pont d’Iéna, Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18th

H.R. Giger © Simon Bonaventure/Flickr │ Vegetables © Moyan Brenn/Flickr │ La Salle des Fêtes © patrick janicek │ Street photography in Paris © kimdochac/Flickr
H.R. Giger | © Simon Bonaventure/Flickr │ Vegetables | Moyan Brenn/Flickr │ La Salle des Fêtes | patrick janicek │ Street photography in Paris | kimdochac/Flickr

ART │ Experience Mind-bending Work At The Figuration Critique Group’s Exhibition

📅 Wednesday, September 14th – Sunday, September 18th

One of the highlights of the new season for the arts, the Figuration Critique exhibition will showcase the work of 67 painters, drawers, photographers, and sculptors. Their work will be shown in the industrial setting of the Bastille Design Center. There will additionally be a tribute this year to the Swiss artist H.R. Giger who died in 2014.

Entry is free.

📍Bastille Design Center, 74 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris

FOOD │ Eat Well And Be Happy At The SMMMILE Vegan Pop Festival

📅 Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th

Hosted by the Parc de la Villette, this is the debut edition of the SMMMILE Vegan Pop Festival. It promises three days of good music, great smells, and all the vegan culture you could ever wish for. It’s open to everyone: music lovers, vegan-believers, veggie-curious, ecologists, lovers, and adherents of the slow life!

A three-day pass is 47€.

📍Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

ARCHITECTURE │ Get Behind The Scenes Through The Journées Européennes du Patrimoine

📅 Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th

Amongst the biggest days in the continent’s cultural calendar, the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (or Doors Open Days) give residents the chance to get inside buildings normally closed to the public as well as to see those they are more familiar with in a new light.

Entry is free.

📍All across Paris

PHOTOGRAPHY │ Head To The Festival de Street Photography For A New Perspective On Paris

📅 Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th

As part of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, the theme of which this year is Heritage and Citizenship, there will be a special street photography exhibit held in the old station of Reuilly. The Festivel de Street Photography will feature exhibitions, documentaries, conferences and competitions.

Entry is free.

📍Carrefour des Associations Parisiennes, 181 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

Souk © Tristan Schmurr/Flickr │ Street food © Ewan Munro/Flickr │ Technoparade © Rog01/Flickr │ Choir at Quai de Loire © Tonio Vega/Flickr
Souk | © Tristan Schmurr/Flickr │ Street food | Ewan Munro/Flickr │ Technoparade | Rog01/Flickr │ Choir at Quai de Loire | Tonio Vega/Flickr

📅 Monday, September 19th – Sunday, September 25th

The culture of Kabylia, which originates in the north of Algeria, will receive its first week-long celebration in Paris this year. On display will be films, literature, and poetry from this part of the world as well as a souk and a large outdoor concert.

Entry is free.

📍Mairie du 14e Arrondissement, 2 Place Ferdinand Brunot, 75014 Paris

FOOD │ Get A Taste Of New York In Paris At Street Food Temple #3

📅 Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th

This year, the Street Food Temple event is acting as the culinary portion of the Tandem Paris-New York project that has been going on throughout the city since June. From the bagel burger to the traditional cookie, all forms of New York street food will be on offer as well as sweet DJ sets and projection sessions.

📍Le Carreau du Temple, 4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris

MUSIC │ March For Your Right To Party Hard With Technoparade

📅 Saturday, September 24th

The second biggest free outdoor music event in France, Technoparade began in the 1990s as a revolutionary act against the French government’s suppression of electronic music as a distinct genre and culture. DJs from South Korea will be the guests of honor this year at this massive, six-hour-long moving street party.

Entry is free.

📍 All across Paris.

FESTIVAL │ Plan Your Next 52 Weekends At Culture Au Quai

📅 Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th

Culture au Quai is a massive cultural fair along the Quai de la Loire which will tell you everything you need to know about events happening across Paris, Île de France and beyond over the coming year. Five stages will play host to hundreds of acts in trailer version, so you can get a taste of what’s to come and pick up tickets accordingly.

Entry is free.

📍Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26th – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th

Tea selection © McKay Savage/Flickr │ Oscar Wilde © DPMS/Flickr │ Orchestra © Uatema/WikiCommons │ ESPCI Paris © couscouschocolat/Flickr
Tea selection | © McKay Savage/Flickr │ Oscar Wilde | DPMS/Flickr │ Orchestra | Uatema/WikiCommons │ ESPCI Paris | couscouschocolat/Flickr

FOOD │ O.D. On Tea At The Salon De T. Éphémère

📅 Tuesday, September 27th

This is the opening day of a three-month experiment for Special T. It’s a chance for tea experts and novices to experience new scents and flavors with experts on-hand to explain the subtleties of each variety on offer.

📍19 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris

LITERATURE │ Go Wild For Wilde At the Petit Palais

📅 Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 – Sunday, January 15th, 2017

L’impertinent absolu is the first major exhibition in France dedicated to the famous Irish wit Oscar Wilde, himself a fluent French speaker and passionate francophile. Wilde made frequent trips to Paris between 1883 and 1890, and died here in poverty in 1905.

Entry is 10€ for a full ticket and 7€ for a reduced ticket.

📍 Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

MUSIC │ Open Your Ears To A New Material At The Philarmonie De Paris

📅 Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th

After the success of Written on Skin, what some consider as the best opera of the last twenty years, George Benjamin has chosen to bring Hebrew poems and texts by Federico Garcia Lorca together in Dream of the Song.

Entry is between 10-50€.

📍 Philarmonie de Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

ACADEMIA │ Exchange Ideas At The Nuit Européenne Des Chercheurs

📅 Friday, September 30th

The European Night of Researchers gives those in permanent study positions the opportunity to meet, talk with, and be inspired by others in different fields. The event is open to the public and is sure to get the synapses going.

Entry is free.

📍 Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, 10 Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris