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October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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Entertainment & Arts > Classical Music

Salle Pleyel
252, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, 8th
M° Ternes
Tel 0
1 42 56 13 13

The Salle Pleyel is an Art Deco classical concert hall built in 1927 with the support of the historic Pleyel piano manufacturers. Its original décor and acoustic quality were improved during renovations completed in 2006. The resident Orchestre de Paris gives its fifty concerts per year, and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra gives around twenty concerts. The Salle Pleyel also hosts the London Symphony Orchestra several times a season.

Cité de la Musique
Parc de la Villette, 19th
M° Porte-de-Pantin
Tel 01 44 84 45 45

This music cultural center houses the Paris National Conservatory, several concert halls and the Musée de la Musique. All styles of music are on the annual program including classical string quartets and international jazz groups. Tickets from €5-€38.

Théâtre du Châtelet (Théatre Musical de Paris)
1 Place du Châtelet, 1st
M° Châtelet
Tel 01 40 28 28 40

The Théâtre du Châtelet, built in 1862, presents classical and contemporary music concerts, teaming up with the Maison Radio-France and the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as ballet, opera and vocal recitals (tickets €10-€120). Sunday matinées are €23.

Free Concerts in Parisian Churches

It’s always worth a peek into the lesser-known churches and cathedrals of Paris if passing by, since you may catch the organist or church choir in rehearsal. There are regularly scheduled free organ recitals at the Notre-Dame Cathedral every Sunday at 4:30pm and at the Eglise St-Sulpice (Place St-Sulpice, 6th) on Sundays at 10:30am mass. Bell-ringing concerts take place at the Eglise St-Germain-l’Auxerrois (Place du Louvre, 1st) on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. Up-and-coming young musicians give classical, baroque and gospel concerts at the Eglise St-Merri (78 Rue St-Martin, 4th M° Rambuteau) every Saturday at 9pm and Sunday at 4pm, September through July.

Classical Concerts in Religious Monuments

Spend an enchanting evening listening to classical music in some of the most beautiful churches, chapels and cathedrals in Paris such as Sainte-Chapelle, Eglise St-Julien-le-Pauvre, and Eglise de la Madeleine. Look for posters throughout town or check out the schedule at www.ampconcerts.com (you can reserve seats and pay for them on arrival). Ticket prices from €15-25. Tickets can also be purchased in advance through FNAC ticket offices.

Classical Music Festivals

There are so many musical festivals in Paris that they tend to overlap each other! Some are free and informal open-air concerts held in various garden kiosks or small churches, others are internationally renowned and feature top names, so tickets need to be purchased far in advance. Check the entertainment listings for the latest concerts. Here are just a few of the more popular festivals:

Fête de la Musique : The longest day of the year – June 21 -- is celebrated throughout France with an all-night musical festival in the streets, bars, concert halls, and parks. Schedules can be found at the tourism office, town halls and in most weekly entertainment guides and newspapers, or just be spontaneous and follow your ears around the city.

Festival Musique en l’Ile: This annual church music festival takes place each summer (June through September) in the churches of St-Louis-en-L'Ile (Ile-St-Louis, 4th) and St-Germain-des-Pres (6th). There are guest ensembles and choirs from around the world playing both early and baroque sacred masterpieces and music from different religious traditions such as Gospel or Gregorian chant. Tickets €22-€30.

Paris Quartier d’Eté: From July 15 - August 15, the gardens, squares and parks of Paris host a wide range of international music concerts, dance, and theatre productions. Tel 01 44 94 98 00.

Chamber Music at the Orangerie de Bagatelle : The Octuor de France performs classical and contemporary music concerts each August at the Orangerie de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne . Tel 01 42 29 07 83.

Festival Classique au Vert : Free classical music concerts at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) every weekend at 4pm in August and September. Check the City Hall website for information: www.paris.fr Tel 08 20 00 75 75. Entry to the park is €3 (€1.50 for students 7-26).

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