Things to Do In Autumn
There are all sorts of interesting and exciting things to do in autumn in Paris. Whether you want art, culture, entertainment, or famous attractions, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Paris in October and November. Our top picks include:
Nuit Blanche - 1 October: See the city in a new way with installations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, trails, staged scene sets and creations that explore all facets of contemporary art throughout the night. Public transport stays open all night for this special annual event.
Fête des Vendanges - Every October: The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival sees Montmartre come to life with concerts, street entertainment, tastings of artisanal and regional products, a dance, walks, visits, and exhibitions. More than 40 bars and restaurants in the 18th arrondissement participate.
Paris Fashion Week – End of September / Early October: Be astounded by the latest designer fashions at Paris Fashion Week.
Foire d'Automne - 21-30 October: Choose from a plethora of events on the themes of innovation, travel, beauty, cooking and housing, and enjoy interactive workshops.
Salon du Chocolat – End of October: Chocolatiers, patissiers, confectioners, and cacao producers from around the world present an eclectic mix of events and activities. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most popular events in Paris in October every year.
Paris Photo - 10-13 November: Immerse yourself in incredible photography and all things photographic at the annual Paris Photo fair.
Paris Autumn Festival - Until 31 December: Celebrate the arts with dance shows, music concerts and film screenings, but also theatre and visual art exhibitions at venues around the city.
Outdoor Activities to Do In Autumn
Autumn in Paris is a pleasant time of year. Enjoyable to cool temperatures mean you can enjoy various outdoor activities without getting too hot and bothered (did we mention fewer crowds?). Check out these great ideas:
Go hiking near Paris: There are a few fantastic hiking trails near the city, and all of them are easily accessible with public transport. Check out the hikes from Le Perray-en-Yvelines to Gazeran, Bois-Le-Roi to Fontainebleau via the forest, Nemours to Souppes-sur-Loing via Les Rochers Verts, and Pocancy to Auvers-St-Georges.
Cycle along the Seine: Hire a bicycle and go cycling along the Seine. Pedal Parc Rives de Seine is a particularly good spot for this, as it offers stunning views of the river and the city.
20k Paris Race - 9 October: The city’s key running event is a treat, whether you participate or spectate. The 20km race begins at Pont d'Iena and then heads towards the Bois de Boulogne before reaching the finish line at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Rolex Paris Masters - 29 October – 6 November: If you’re a tennis fan, you won’t want to miss the last ATP Masters 1000 event of the season. See some of the world’s top players in action at the Accor Arena.
Watch football matches: The Parc des Princes stadium, the home ground of football club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) will host several matches that fans of the beautiful game will enjoy.