Friday
Sep272019

What's On in Paris - October 2019

NOTE: Clocks in France turn back one hour on October 27th at 3am for Daylight Savings.

Through October 5
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €49), a luminous walking tour and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.90.  

October 5 Nuit Blanche
The annual Nuit Blanche  "White Night" festival starts at sunset on Saturday and goes all night, with a diverse set of artistic events, a parade of musicians circulating between Bastill and Concorde all evening, a free 10k run past the lit-up monuments, and shows dedicated to contemporary art. Check out the full program online or pick up a printed program in the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville from 5pm-2am. Free entry to al events. My favorite? The arts festival, kids activities and music concerts at Les Grands Voisins.

October 5
Feel like singing your heart out in front of a bunch of strangers with your very own live rock band singing back up? Don't miss tonight's legendary Ullmann Kararocké at the Bus Palladium (6 rue Pierre Fontaine, 9th arr) with pre-show by the Pink Floyd cover band "Echoes and More" at 8pm, karaoké starts at 11pm. Entry €10. Dress code: psychedellic! 

October 6
As we get close to harvest season, vineyards big and small all over Paris and Ile-de-France will be celebrating the 4th annual Fête de la Vigne et du Raisin (Vine and Grape Festival), including the Hôtel de Ville (reserve via email for the free tour); the Parc de Bercy (12th arr.), the Parc Georges Brassens (15th arr.), Parc de Belleville (20th arr.), and of course in Montmartre (free hourly tours, meet at the vineyard entrance, Rue des Sauls, 18th arr). 

October 6
Before closing up for the winter the bucolic GoodPlanet Foundation in the Domaine de Longchamp (Bois de Boulogne, 16th arr) is hosting a free meditation music concert today at 3:30pm: "Discover or rediscover meditation, and experience an original experience guided by Eloise Zeller with an original music by Armand Amar: that of meditating together for our planet, in the open air, on a music played live by the musicians. When thoughts and the heart vibrate in unison, a new world opens in you and beyond you, and allows access to a new state of being. And if this state of personal coherence could serve a greater coherence, that of our planet?"

Through October 6
Escape to a little island on the edge of Paris for the 99th edition of the Foire de Chatou antique market,with this year's theme on the 80s. Formerly known as the Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons (Ham and Flea Market), this popular twice-annual market has a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, with an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particularly pork in all its varieties. The Ile de Chatou, just north of Paris, also known as the Impressionists Island, is accessible via RER A from Charles-des-Gaulle-Etoile station in Paris, then either walk five minutes or take the free shuttle. Open 10am-7pm, entry €6. 

Through October 6
It's the final week for the 36th annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 3pm-midnight Mon-Fri; noon-midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite). Many events including concerts  and themed weekends like Super Heroes on the 6th.

October 9-13
Head up to Montmartre for the 86th annual Fête des Vendanges, the wine harvest festival (yes, there is an actual little vineyard in Montmartre, just behind the Musée Montmartre and across from the Lapin Agile Cabaret). This year's theme is "The 18th Celebrates Colors" "The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 2019: a colorful adventure which will offer 150 events. Whether small or big, they will propose a rich diversity. People from the 18th district, parisians, Ile-de-France inhabitants, and tourists from all around the world will participate in this happy “rendez-vous”. There is grape stomping, food and wine tastings, fireworks, a parade, live music, and all kinds of fun throughout the "Butte". Many events are free, some you have to reserve a spot, so get to the website or stop by the little Montmartre Tourism Office at 21 Place du Tertre (18th).

Through October 11
Entrance to the Musée du Quai Branly is free through October 11th in memory of the former President Jacques Chirac, who passed away on September 26th. 

October 11-19
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Paris all week long in a huge Bavarian-themed tent at the Porte de la Villette (19th), tickets €35-€45, including €15 of drink tickets.  There will be music, Bavarian Cancan dancers, and plenty to eat and drink. Dust off the lederhosen and be ready for fun! 

October 12-13
If you think the French would never go for vegan cheese and meats? Well if you've ever attended VeggieWorld Paris you'd know that's far from true. Come join the enthusiastic crowd checking out 100% vegan foods including burgers, cheeses, saussages, pastries, and even sushi. There's also cosmetics, home decor, clothing and shoes, and other products made without any animal products. At Centquatre, 19th, 10am-6pm. Entrance is €10 in advance online or €12 at the door, free for kids under 14. 

October 16
Come for a free theatrical reading of "Amazing Grace is Yellow", a play by Silver Wainhouse in three acts that shine light on the life of Beauford Delaney, an African American painter, born in 1901 in Knoxville, Tennessee. "The play follows Delaney from the time he left Knoxville in September 1923 to his death in Paris on March 26,1979. Tormented by voices, loved by all who made his acquaintance, and anointed by genius, Beauford's beauty pulls us in and infuses us with love and grace." At Reid Hall (Columbia Global Centers, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 6th arr.), 7-10pm; register for your free eTicket. 

October 16 - January 26
Calling all French Revolution history buffs and Marie-Antoinette fans: the Conciergerie is hosting a new exhibit this fall and winter, Marie-Antoinette: Metamorphosis of an Image: "Only a handful of historic figures have been the subject of such an abundance of representations: Marie-Antoinette is one of these, both during her lifetime and more notably after her death on 16 October 1793.  Even today, this queen-turned-icon is still a key emblem in popular culture. The exhibition will illustrate the many representations of Marie-Antoinette through almost 200 works, artefacts, heritage and contemporary archives, never-before-seen interviews, film extracts and fashion accessories, and shine a light on this worldwide phenomenon of media overkill through both a historic approach and a critical and comparative examination of forms." Get your tickets in advance on the official website here.

October 18-20
One of the biggest flower shows of the season, Les Journées des Plantes de Courson is taking place at the Château de Chantilly, just 30 minutes north of Paris by RER/TER. Over 200 exhibitors in a stunning setting with pretty flowers and plants, what's not to love? Buy your tickets in advance online to get the €16 entry fee (€18 at the door) or the €48 Family pass. 

October 18-24
The Atelier des Lumières, known for their immersive digital art shows (currently on Van Gogh) is hosting a special nights-only event this week from 7-11pm, the Immersive Art Festival, featuring 
11 competing artistic teams who each create a 4-minute-long immersive show on a theme of their choice. The jury composed of visitors who can vote at the Atelier des Lumières on a dedicated application and a professional jury. Tickets ONLY available online, not at the door (hurry before they sell out!): https://atelier-lumieres.tickeasy.com/en-GB/products

October 19
The first nationawide Nuit des Châteaux (Night of the Castles) takes place this evening in historic châteaux throughout France. Aside from the magic of being able to visit these castles all lit up at night, there are special tours, events, concerts and candlelit garden tours...check out the official website for the participating châteaux and their programs. The tickets vary depending on what is presented, but start as low as €1. You'll need a car, none of the castles are in Paris or accessible on public transport. 

October 23
Best-selling author Cara Black will be speaking tonight at the American Library at 7:30pm. She is best known for her murder-mystery novels featuring the female Paris-based private investigator, Aimée Leduc. Free entry. 

October 25
Kararoké like you've never seen before, Nicolas Ullmann's famous Kararocké (because it's 100% rock) Unplugged tonight at Les Trois Baudets (64 blvd de Clichy, 18th arr), with all singers accompanied on stage by Nicolas on guitar and Yann Destal on piano. Every singer gets a personal engraved vinyl to take home! Karaoké followed by a DJ set. Entry €10 in advance or €15 at the door. 

October 29 - November 3
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 €14.20 (€39 for families, €34 for opening night). 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.

October 31-Novermber 10
Celebrate Le Jour des Morts (aka Dia de los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead) in Paris at the annual art exposition and offering at the print-making gallery and artist atelier, the 
Association pour l'Estampe et l'Art Populaire (49bis, rue des Cascades, 20th arr.) Come see the traditional altar, and artworks celebrating the dead. The vernissage is October 31st from 6pm. The exposition is open daily 3-8pm. Free entry.

 

Through November 3
New in 2019, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the inspiration for Louis XIV's Versailles) presents The Styx: River of the Underworld: "An exceptional adventure on the underground river which was diverted by Le Nôtre in 1654 during the creation of the French gardens, this specially designed trip is fun and interactive, and draws on La Fontaine’s text «The love of Cupid and Psyche ». Guided along on the Styx the river of the classical underworld equipped with headlamps and wading boots, you will go through a series of tests of agility and logic… An unprecedented and intense adventure performed by professional actors!" The cost is €60 per group (with 2-6 people per group) in addition to the château fee (kids have to be at least 1.3m tall). Note: this activity is only in French for the moment. Check out the other château events here.

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For General Events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For Off the Beaten Track Tours (in French or English) #ExploreParis

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For French Cinema with English surtitles: Lost in Frenchlation

Friday
Aug232019

What's On in Paris - September 2019

 

September 2-8
To celebrate International Greeters Day, the Paris Greeters will be offering a series of special walks for the curious traveler who would like to meet the locals. 


September 6 Lost in Frenchlation -- bringing French films to an Englsh-speaking audience -- presents ‘L’Auberge Espagnole’ the cult French comedy (starring very young Roman Duris and Audrey Tautou) which follows the well-trodden journey of a young man embarking on the European "Erasmus" student exchange program, highlighting the trials, tribulations and unforgettable experiences of moving to a new city. The event, which includes an optional pre-film "Amélie " walking tour of Montmartre at 6pm, drinks at 8pm and screening at 9pm at the Cinéma Studio 28, 10 Rue Tholozé, 18th. Tickets at the door only, €9 (student discount €7.50). Walking tour tickets only available online here

September 6-8
Les Traversées du Marais is a frethree-day cultural festival with "26 voyages" in cultural centers of the Marais district.e  See the website for the full program.

September 7-22
The Fondation Good Planet in the Bois de Boulogne is hosting "Miam!" a food festival for sustainable agriculture over three weekends in September 11am-7pm. Workshops, cooking classes, film screenings, debates, and plenty of amazing food. Free entry. 

September 10
The hit indie, art-house film "Wrestling Jerusalem" has one screening in Paris tonight, in English with French subtitles, at Les 3 Luxembourg at 7pm. The movie is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and one man's quest to understand it. He does so by playing 17 characters on all sides of the conflict. It's a pretty epic performance and the star will be there for a post screening conversation. Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/174173720

August 31 (then every weekend through October 27)
Most of the former railway surrounding Paris remains closed to the public, but you can visit a section on the northern end for the Fête de la Petite Ceinture hosted by Le Hasard Ludique (128 avenue de St Ouen, 18th). From noon until 10pm, the 2000m² space will have a big BBQ lunch, DJ sets, pétanque games, activities for kids, international cuisine, and bar with organic wines and local beers. The rails close at 10pm but the party continues at Hasard Ludique (in the former station), see the full program here

Through September 8
The historic luxury jeweler Maison Chaumet (165 blvd St-Germain, 6th) is opening its 200 years of archives to the public for a free exposition on the inspiration nature has had on their collections through beautiful drawings, sketches, early photography, and the gems themselves. You need to reserve online for your free self-guided tour slot.   

Through September 10
Don't miss the unique street art collaboration La Forêt Escargot at the Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad (19th). You'll see the giant, strange snail sculpture on the square next to the canal, and if you pay the small €5 entrance fee you'll see the whimsical works by 26 street artists working with only found and recycled objects for their "snail forest". Watch the trailer here. Credit cards only from €15 or more; no reservations needed. Open daily 3-10pm. 

Through September 11
The open-air rooftop Bar à Bulles at the Machine de la Moulin Rouge (nightclub next to the famous cabaret) is holding weekly open-air cinema nights on Wednesdays from 9:30pm, free with reservation (includes headphones), wait-list from 8pm the night of the screening if you can't get a spot in advance. Films are in their original versions with French subtitles (the two September films are American). See the schedule hereReserve your spot here.

September 20
If you'd like to join the worldwide protest march for the climate in Paris, 350.org has organized it for 12:30pm at Place de la Nation (12th). You can sign up for info here: https://act.350.org/event/globalclimatestrike/17621?

September 20-21
Sinfonietta's "Music by the Glass" returns for another season: "We are delighted to welcome mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, selected as a «Révélation lyrique» in 2018, and the four baroque musicians Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Sophie de Bardonnèche, Louise Pierrard and Justin Taylor of the ensemble Le Consort in a program of rarely heard French cantatas from their new CD "Venez chère ombre". Our unique Music by the Glass chamber series creates a blend of culture and privileged conversations, chamber music and excellent wine, offering an intimate experience to our guests." On Friday night the concert will be at the Musée Gustave Moreau in the 9th's Nouvelle Athènes district, and on Saturday it will be in the elegant Reid Hall (Columbia University's Paris headquarters in the 6th). At 8pm, followed by wine reception. Tickets €25, €15 for students under 26. Register here.

September 20-22
Check out the best food trucks of the Paris region at the 3rd annual St-Maur Food Truck Festival. Yes, you have to cross the Paris ringroad to the suburbs to get there, but it's worth it! Bring a big appetite. 

September 21-22
This weekend is the 36th annual Journées du Patrimoine, or Heritage Days, with the theme "Look Up!".  Over 350 historic sites will be opened to the public in Paris, many which are only open for this occasion. See the full schedule at the website (an English version is available and clearly marked) Some of the obvious sites like the President's Elysée Palace will have long lines, but many other sites are happily free to visit or participate in a free tour. 

September 20-22
You'll find food specialities from Southwestern France at the 20th annual open-air food market on the Seine, Les Marchés Flottants du Sud-Ouest, for three days along the Quai Montebello and Tournelle (on the Left Bank, facing Notre Dame Cathedral, M° St Michel). Wine, armagnac, foie gras, saussages and sliced meats, cheese, olives, patés, tapenades, and -- each day from 10:30am-3pm -- fresh fruits distributed for FREE (the grapes and apples are amazing). There will also be live music, plenty of demonstrations and other activities. If the weather is nice, expect large crowds! Free entry. Open 10am-10pm (Sunday until 7pm).

September 21
Need an energy boost for the rentrée? Sign up for Wanderlust 108's Paris "triathlon" - consists of a 5k, yoga, and meditation -- in the Bois de Boulogne today from 8am-4pm (followed by optional extra workshops, open-air market and food options). Registration from €20-25.

September 22
The 5th annual Journée Sans Voiture (Car Free Day) bans almost all car traffic in Paris (busses, taxis, Ubers, and people returning to their residences can circulate) from 11am-6pm. Enjoy the chance to enjoy the city's streets on foot, skates, bike, skateboard, or however you'd like to get around without a car. 

September 24
WICE (Where Internationals Connect in English) are hosting an open house today to learn about their schedule of classes, outings and workshops, from 3-7pm at Forum 104 (104 rue de Vaugirard, 6th). Register on their website: www.wice-paris.org 

September 25-29
Attention urban art lovers! The District 13 International Art Fair takes place at the Hotel Drouot auction house all week long. "District 13 wishes to reflect the various subcultures evolving around Urban art. With a refined selection, District 13 will host about 30 international galleries, among the most important and representative of this scene." Entry €10 for one day or €15 for a 4-day pass. Open 11am-9pm (last day 10am-7pm).

September 26-29
One of the last artist open house for Parisian artist studios, don't miss this weekend's Portes Ouvertes des Artistes de Ménilmontant (20th arrondissement). The main gallery has maps and examples of different artsts' works, Ménils8, 8 rue Boyer, 20th, metro Gambetta. Free entry, lots of events around the neighborhood during the festival.

September 27 - October 6
Escape to a little island on the edge of Paris for the 99th edition of the Foire de Chatou antique market,with this year's theme on the 80s. Formerly known as the Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons (Ham and Flea Market), this popular twice-annual market has a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, with an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particularly pork in all its varieties. The Ile de Chatou, just north of Paris, also known as the Impressionists Island, is accessible via RER A from Charles-des-Gaulle-Etoile station in Paris, then either walk five minutes or take the free shuttle. Open 10am-7pm, entry €6. 

September 28
Get out your earplugs, it's time for the 20th annual Techno Parade de Paris! It starts at noon (so far location is a secret) and finishes at République for a huge party. Check out their FB page for better information on the practicalities.

Through September 29
Check out the free open-air exhibition of archival photos commemorating the August 25th 1944 Liberation of Paris on the facade of the Napoléon Caserne (4 rue de Lobau, 4th). The photos are organized in three parts: "Insurgent Paris", "Liberated Paris" and "Paris Returns". 

September 29
The SOS Help English-language listening line is hosting its Autumn Book & Bake Sale today 12 pm to 4 pm at the American Cathedral (23 Avenue George V, 8th). Donated books in English are only 2€. They have books in every category, with a ton of general fiction, young adult, and children's books. Be sure to tell your friends about this great way to get inexpensive books, meet other people in the English-speaking community, and support this organisation. They will also have a bake sale where you can get all kinds of fabulous homemade sweet and savory goodies as well as perk up with a little coffee!

Through November 3
New in 2019, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the inspiration for Louis XIV's Versailles) presents The Styx: River of the Underworld: "An exceptional adventure on the underground river which was diverted by Le Nôtre in 1654 during the creation of the French gardens, this specially designed trip is fun and interactive, and draws on La Fontaine’s text «The love of Cupid and Psyche ». Guided along on the Styx the river of the classical underworld equipped with headlamps and wading boots, you will go through a series of tests of agility and logic… An unprecedented and intense adventure performed by professional actors!" The cost is €60 per group (with 2-6 people per group) in addition to the château fee (kids have to be at least 1.3m tall). Note: this activity is only in French for the moment. Check out the other château events here.

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For French Cinema with English surtitles: Lost in Frenchlation

Through September 29
Check out the free open-air exhibition of archival photos commemorating the August 25th 1944 Liberation of Paris on the facade of the Napoléon Caserne (4 rue de Lobau, 4th). The photos are organized in three parts: "Insurgent Paris", "Liberated Paris" and "Paris Returns". 

Through November 3
New in 2019, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the inspiration for Louis XIV's Versailles) presents The Styx: River of the Underworld: "An exceptional adventure on the underground river which was diverted by Le Nôtre in 1654 during the creation of the French gardens, this specially designed trip is fun and interactive, and draws on La Fontaine’s text «The love of Cupid and Psyche ». Guided along on the Styx the river of the classical underworld equipped with headlamps and wading boots, you will go through a series of tests of agility and logic… An unprecedented and intense adventure performed by professional actors!" The cost is €60 per group (with 2-6 people per group) in addition to the château fee (kids have to be at least 1.3m tall). Note: this activity is only in French for the moment. Check out the other château events here.