Paris nights may be getting chilly, but you can keep warm at the tastiest event of the season, Salon du Chocolat, the biggest chocolate celebration in the world. Or join the fun at the Fêtes des Vendanges in Montmartre,the only wine harvest in Paris. So, grab your manteau d'automne (fall coat) and read all about the best events and activities in Paris for October 2023
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A world of wonderful contemporary art displayed at the Grand Palais — and it's free! Since 1973 there's been an annual art fair in Paris showcasing the collections of internationally-recognized galleries renowned for their contemporary art expertise.
The Hors Les Murs program features works of art displayed in other classic Parisian venues like the Jardin des Tuileries, the Eugene Delacroix National Museum, and Place Vendôme. There may also be sculptural works and installations in other venues as well. We'll post a link as soon as it's available.
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Where other than Paris would you find the biggest celebration of chocolate in the world? Chocolate makers from sixty countries, hundreds of chefs and pastry chefs make Salon du Chocolat a must-see (and must-eat) experience event for all chocolate lovers.
Come for the chocolate cooking and tasting demos, workshops, chocolate sculptures, a bookstore, performances, a dedicated chocolate area for children, conferences as well as the famous chocolate fashion show and the stellar opening night celebration.
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Since 1934, Montmartre has celebrated this wine festival, which last year attracted 500,000 participants — all thirsty to try wine produced in the only vineyard left in Paris.
Perhaps surprisingly, Montmartre was at one time a major wine growing region. After it was annexed by the City of Paris wine growing gradually declined and disappeared completely by 1928. However, in 1933, Francisque Poulbot of Montmartre asked the city of Paris to replant 2,000 vines. The next year the first grape harvest was celebrated. Since then the Marie de Montmartre (the town hall) has helped to keep the annual event thriving with daily tastings, art expos, dancing, films, and fun.
Also in November is the massive photography trade show now held at Parc de la Villette. Here's your chance to see all the latest in international photography. Everything to do with photography and photographers are represented — culinary photography, photography for sciences, a traditional processing area, discovery videos, and nude photography.
Also of interest is the Photographer's Corner where amateurs and professionals can exhibit their works in a shared gallery. We also like the Retail Village where photography specialists present their latest products and expert advice.
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The indie festival pays special attention to ultra low-budget films by first- and second-time directors. Awards are given in several categories — Best Micro-budget Feature (budget under €150k), Best No-Budget Feature (budget under €50k), Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best Short Short, Best Horror/Sci-Fi Short, Best Music Video, Best Short Documentary, Best Experimental Short, Feature Screenplay, Comedy Screenplay and No-Budget Screenplay.
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Founded in 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival celebrates contemporary arts and embraces all forms — visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and cinema. From September to December the festival features more than fifty events at venues throughout Paris.
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