September might be one of the best times to spend in Paris. With a tourist peak season coming to an end and everything from people to shops coming out of summer vacation, Paris in September invites you to experience real spirit of the city.
As during any other month in Paris, there is something to do in September for those in love with cinema. From August 31st to September 8th Buttes Chaumont Park is hosting Paris’ Silhouette Festival. It is a place to be if you want to see international as well as French short films on a giant inflatable screen. The festival is free. To get more information click here.
Art and design
Design Week in Paris this year is held between September 6th – 13th. Here furniture, decoration, fashion, gastronomy, art and art of living goes under the banner of design. Over 180 spaces with more than 250 participants this year invite visitors to discover new releases from international editors, celebrate design and share the emerging trends of the year. For more information click here.
Open days at the Ménilmontant artists’ studios
Ever wondered how does the daily life of real artists looks like? Here is a chance for you! From 26th to 29th of September discover the world of artists of the popular Ménilmontant district. You can find sculptors, painters, ceramicists, engravers, designers here and see their world right in the heart of their creation process. For more information click here.
Every year France celebrates the beginning of fall with a Festival Ile-de-France. It’s an annual event held in various historically important venues around the France from September 6th to October 12th. This year 6 of the concerts will be held in Paris. The program varies from world and popular music to ancient, baroque, classical and contemporary repertoires. Besides that, numerous workshops, lectures and master classes will be held for all type of audiences. For more information click here.
If you are a fan of classical music and Vivaldi is in your favourite’s list, you can’t miss Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at La Saint-Chapelle. Throughout the month of September a number of well-known classical musicians will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Season at Gothic masterpiece church La Sainte-Chappele. Don’t miss it! For more information click here.
One of the most anticipated events of the so-called back to-school-season is The Jazz à la Villette festival. All the concerts, hold between September 3rd – 14th of September, is unique meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues, etc. The program for this year features the usual blend of established masters and up-and-coming talent, swing bands and free jazz quartets, Western and Eastern traditions. For more information click here.
According to it’s organizers, Grand Feu d’Artifice de Saint-Cloud is the largest firework show in Europe. Be a witness of this huge event on September 13th, from 9 to 11 PM. All the fireworks viewing destinations are reachable by metro. For more information click here.
The last weekend of September is a perfect time for families and everybody interested in history of the presidential guard. The door of this institutions is to be open to the public with full range of activities and spectacular views such as brass bands and horses in full ceremonial dresses paraded by the French Presidential Guard at the Casernes des Celestins. Special attention is going to be paid at children with a range of fun and at the same time educative activities provided for them. Don’t miss a chance to learn and have fun at the same time. For more information click here.
Food and drinks
For those who love good food and French kitchen 26th – 28th of September are the days to remember because enitre country is celebrating the Fête de la Gastronomie. This event is all about learning and appreciating French food and wines. During these days enjoy wine tasting, food events and classes in Paris and the rest of France. For more information click here.
Another event to remember for good food lovers is Festival Tous au Restaurant held from 22th to 28th of September in several Paris’ restaurants. The 5th edition of Tous au Restaurant promotes the quality and the authenticity of food. The slogan of the event is simple: sharing. During this event everyone can discover the starred restaurants, breweries breaks or bistros run by young chefs. By the way, during this time, many restaurants are offering 2-for-1 meals. Book them here.
28th of September should be marked in your calendar as a sports day because annual Grande Classique walk/run from Paris to Versailles will take place here, in Paris. You start your way at the base of the Eiffel Tower and finish at the gates of Château de Versailles. Be quick to register cause there is a limit of participants. For more information click here.
As they say in movie Casablanca ”Paris is always a good idea”. Even when the summer has finished. So don’t hesitate and come to enjoy the real Parisian spirit!