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Paris Events Calendar - November 2017

November 4-12
The 42nd annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine: produce, meats, cheeses, artisan oils, wines, essential oils, herbs, teas, cosmetics, beauty products, household cleaning products, clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, books, gardening supplies, as well as stands for environmental tourism, different green activist groups such as Greenpeace, etc. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

November 11 Armistice Day (Bank holiday)

November 14-20
The Blue Note Festival is one of the most prestigeous jazz festivals in Paris (and that's saying a lot in the city that loves jazz!) takes place this year in the Salle Pleyel (including Van Morrison), the New Morning jazz club, and the Flow péniche. Tickets starting at €25.

Through November 15
The famous street artist Thoma Vuille, aka Monsieur Chat, has an exposition of his smiling yellow cat artworks at the Hotel Molitor lobby (13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 16th). Free entry. 

November 16
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here)And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli. 

November 16-26
Looking for locally-brewed beer? The Brasseurs de France are selling their "Made in Paris" beer brewed from hops grown in the Bois de Vincennes. Find it for just 10 days at the Chai de Bercy (41 rue Paul Belmondo, 12th, Bercy Park). Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

November 18
The charity thrift stores Emmaüs are holding their annual Brocante Solidaire & StreetArt expo, noon-7pm at L'Aérosole (54 rue de l'Evangile, 18th). In addition to some great clothes, furniture and bric-à-brac, there are also food trucks, street art demos and DJ's for a festive atmosphere. 

November 18-19
La Cité de L'Architecture at Trocadéro is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Portes Ouvertes alll weekend (free entry). 

November 19 & 25
Twice a year the Paris municipal gardens sell their surplus seedling plants to the public for just €1 each. The next two are November 18th from 10am-2:15pm at the Arènes de Lutèce (5th), and November 25th from 10am-2:15pm at the Parc Monceau (8th). From experience, I recommend getting there at 9am and bringing a friend so you can tag-team bathroom breaks and coffee runs. And bring something sturdy to carry them home! Ten plants per person while supplies last.

November 23 - December 28
The Marché de Noël La Défense opens in late November for its 23rd year in a row with 250 chalets featuring gifts, food and Christmas decorations. Since the Champas-Elysées fair was cancelled (the contract for the company running it was not renewed by the City Council), this is the largest Christmas MArket in the Paris area (reachable on Line 1 of the metro). Free entry, open Mon-Thurs and Sunday 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. More markets will open around Paris in December. 

November 25
Tonight the city is hosting the Course des Lumières, an after-dark 10k run and 4k walk to benefit the Curie Institute (cancer research). If you'd like to participate (need to raise €200 minimum), it's not too late! Check out their website to sign up or support one of the runners/walkers by making a donation here.

November 26
Author, poet and presenter of the popular Canadian travel TV show, "Next Stop Paris", Lisa Pasold will be reading from her latest novel The Riparian tonight at Berkeley Books in Paris (8 rue Casimir Delavigne) from 7:30pm. All welcome, libations and musical entertainment included, free entry, buy a book (or five). 

December 2
The 41st annual AAWE Bazaar at the American Church of Paris (65 Quai d'Orsay, 7th), a giant second-hand sale of quality clothes, jewelry, handbags, accessories, English books, toys, children's and baby clothes, white elephants, and baked goods. The Bazaar also continues the long tradition of American women coming together once a week to create and craft hand-made items, for sale at the Handicrafts table. Open 9:30am-5pm. Entrance €2, free for kids, proceeds go to charities in France and abroad helping women and children. 

Other Official Paris Calendar Links

▪   For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪   For mainstream events visit the: Paris Office of Tourism


Paris Events Calendar - October 2017

NOTE: Clocks in France turn back one hour on October 29th at 3am for Daylight Savings.

October Brocantes
There are a number of neighborhood Vide-Grenier (attic sale) or brocantes (antique sales) throughout Paris this month. For info on these sales and others in Paris for any given date check the website Info-Brocante

September 1 - October 8
The 33rd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on September 2nd in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite). Many events including concerts and pyrotechnica shows (Sept 2), brocante/flea market (Oct 1), vintage car show (Sept 9-10), etc.

October 5-14
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Paris all week long in a huge Bavarian-themed tent at the Porte de la Villette (19th), tickets €34-€44, 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 6-8
The 18th annual Marché de l'Aveyron takes place for three days with over 100 food, wine and artisan stands from the Aveyron region of France. There will also be folk dancing and live music. Free entry, open 9am-10pm along the Rue de l'Aubrac, 12th, M° St-Emilion (behind Bercy Village).  

October 6-8
Over 100 Paris artists open their ateliers to the public for three days for the event ParisArtistes 2017. They are in different neighborhoods throughout the city, some in public buildings like the Couvent des Recollets in the 10th or la Villa Belleville. Free entry, check the website for the full schedule. 

October 7
Don't miss the last magical Candlelit Evening 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 €59) and a fireworks finale. Entry €19.50. 

October 7-8
The annual Nuit Blanche  "White Night" festival starts at sunset on Saturday and goes until sunrise on Sunday, with a diverse set of artistic events and shows scheduled predominantly on the Right Bank (with twoparcours, East and West), and a few "Off" events on the Left Bank, in parks, public spaces and sometimes cool venues like the Petit Ceinture (usually closed to the public). This year there are also a few bars and food trucks along the route, worth stopping in just for that! Free entry. Info in English on the city's website.

October 11-15
Head up to Montmartre for the 84th 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). 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). 

October 13-15
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. 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 €17 entry fee (€20 at the door) or the €30 3-day pass. 

October 15
The SOS Help English-language listening line is hosting its Autumn Book Sale today 12 pm to 4 pm. Orrick Law Offices, 31, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau. Paperbacks are only 1€ and hard covers are 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. To donate books in good condition, simply bring them to the sale on Sunday. 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!

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.

Other Official Paris Calendar Links

▪   For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪   For mainstream events visit the: Paris Office of Tourism

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