What to do in October in Paris

what to do in October in Paris ?

Discover what to do in Paris in October. We've put together a selection of guided tours, cultural events and outings on offer in October.

Visit Paris in October

If you're coming to Paris in October, you can plan urban strolls around unusual Paris, as the weather is generally quite mild. But make sure you have a plan b indoors, because despite the mild autumn weather, it can turn to rain, and the cold heralds the oncoming winter.

Ideas for October outings in Paris

All October outings

Nocturnes in October

The days continue to grow shorter in October. So much the better! Several nocturnes brighten up your evenings.

The Fête des Puces takes place on the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2023, and lasts until the following Monday. Download your invitation to take part in this festive event, held in the various markets of the Puces de Paris-Saint-Ouen.

The Aubervilliers lantern parade, Lumières sur la ville, returns in October 2023. These lanterns are created in free workshops starting at the beginning of the month.

To coincide with the Paris + fair (formerly FIAC), the art galleries are having their nocturne on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 6 pm to 10 pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover the beautiful contemporary art exhibitions on offer in the 93 region, at the Fondation Fiminco in Romainville, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin and Gagosian in Le Bourget.
Grape harvest festival in Paris

Like every year, the grape harvest is in the spotlight. The Parc du Sausset organizes its fête de la vigne (workshops, children's activities, etc.) and the town of Gagny organizes its fête des vendanges (parade, market, etc.). Grape harvest festivals are held in October in Belleville and Montmartre, as well as in towns with vineyards such as Aulnay-sous-Bois and Gagny.

Shows and family outings

The Philharmonie des enfants is a space dedicated to children aged 0 to 10, where they can discover and familiarize themselves with music. Family visits by appointment only.

Zingaro's Cabaret de l'exil 3 is a musical tribute to Persian women. This second opus is called Femmes Persanes. From October 20, 2023.

The Monument Jeu d'enfant event organized by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux offers a guided family tour of archaeology at the Basilique Saint-Denis on October 21 and 22, 2023.

Family outings

Artists' studio open houses

A number of artists' studio open-houses are taking place in October in the north-east of Paris, a creative and artistic breeding ground:

Fête de la Science

The Fête de la Science celebrates all the sciences with fun and instructive events. In 2023, the theme is sport, and it runs from October 6 to 16.

Architecture Days

The National Architecture Days highlight the architectural heritage of the Paris region. From October 13 to 15, 2023, take part in free walks and tours around urban planning and architecture. Some of the sites visited are exceptionally open for the occasion.

The Rugby World Cup in October 2023

It's the big event of October 2023: the Rugby World Cup. Several matches take place at the Stade de France and a Rugby Village is set up in Saint-Denis.

Running races in October

In October, you can take part in several running events in Paris, including the Sine Qua Non along the Canal de l'Ourcq. You can also register for the following races

  • Les Foulées livryennes
  • La Spinassienne
  • Trail des 3 forêts in Clichy
  • La Villetaneusienne - October 7, 2023

Vacations in October 2023 Paris

The All Saints' Day school vacations start on October 21, 2023.

October 31 is Halloween. Several events are on offer this year, 2023.

In France, November 1 is a public holiday and this year falls on a Wednesday. If you're bridging the gap, make the most of this great weekend!

Exhibitions in October 2023

Discover some of the current exhibitions in Paris:

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November activities in Seine-Saint-Denis and Paris
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