Paris Events In September 2018 – Festivals, Art, Music, Parades & More

September events in Paris really gather steam after the long summer holidays. There are still plenty of outdoor events like the Grand Classique Run & Walk from Paris to Versailles, but it's also the start of the season for art, design, and music — like the jazz festival in Villette.

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Versailles Fountains Night Show

Versailles Fountains Night Show

One of the best things about summer in Paris is just outside of Paris — the spectacular seasonal fountain show & fireworks display in the gardens of Versailles. Held on Saturdays starting in June and ending in September.

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Le Grande Classique – Paris to Versailles Run & Walk

25,000 runners will race the 16.2 kilometres between the two most iconic monument in Paris — from the Eiffel Tower out to Versailles. Louis XVI never would have imagined that one day thousands of citizens would dream of running from Paris to Versailles for fun and not for a revolution.

The run starts at Quai Branly, next to the Eiffel Tower, and follows Grenelle towards Parc André Citroën and towards the route Royale in the Meudon forest towards the finish line at the Chateau de Versailles.

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Le Festival d'Automne à Paris

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.

In 2018, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Canadian composer Claude Vivier will be featured. The full 2018 schedule will be announced in late May and tickets will go on sale in late June.

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Fête de la Gastronomie

What do French farmers, chefs and wine makers all have in common? La Fête de la Gastronomie brings together an ambitious farm-to-table event to promote French gastronomy.

Established in 2011, the Fête has become a major gastronomic event attracting food and wine professionals from all corners of France and a public hungry for more. Over the three-day event, there will be a full-line up of cooking demonstrations, champagne tastings, chocolate tastings, garden tours and round-table discussions between restaurateurs, farmers and artisan food producers.

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European Heritage Days in Paris

These are two very special days in Paris and a very popular event among Parisians. It's the one time in the year when the public is invited to explore inside historic buildings normally restricted or reserved for government offices. Here's you chance to go inside the Senate or the Elyée Palace where the French president resides.

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Jazz a la Villette

Jazz à la Villette

A festival of soul, funk & jazz and the coolest event in September! Since 2002 Jazz à la Villette has presented a brilliant musical festival with a celebration of Jazz's many nuances. It all takes place in the expansive Parc de la Villette.

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Maison & Objet

In the country that practically invented home decoration (you'll see what we mean at Chateau de Versailles) comes a home show that covers decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, and tableware.

As well as trade show, the Designer of the Year is chosen to represent an outstanding achievement in industrial and interior design. This year, Ramy Fischler has been voted the Designer of the Year. At the fall show, Ramy Fischler will showcase his studio's activities and projects, giving visitors a chance to explore his visionary approach.

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Paris Design Week

Discover the best in world design. This event overlaps the Paris Maison & Objet show by attracting the international design community, in a program of talks, cocktails, and exhibitions.

There are eight themed itineraries — Art & Design, Fashion, Food, Recycling, Japonisme (which explores the essence of Japanese culture and design), Projets, Savoir-Faire, and Iconic Design. In 2018 there are 200 participating venues from design showrooms, galleries, and studios, to hotels and museums in the most vibrant design districts in Paris — Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Marais, Bastille, Opéra, and Concorde-Étoile.

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The Best Louvre Museum Tours

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of the Louvre Museum
Skip the Louvre lines with an expert guide to get past the crowds and into the museum to visit the masterpieces.
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Evening Louvre Tour & Wine Tasting
Skip the line on an evening tour of the Louvre. Afterwards, attend a guided tasting of French wine at a classicParisian bar.
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Croque Anime – The Paris International Animation Film Festival

A free, international animation film festival.

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Prêt-A-Porté Fashion Show

Join the beautiful people for the release of the new ready-to-wear collection. It's the fashion event of the season.

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London To Paris Bike Ride

Cycle through English villages and rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower.

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Festival of Humanity

Fête de l'Humanité

The Festival of Humanity has been celebrated in Paris since 1930. The fête, created by the newspaper L'Humanité, now attracts 600,000 people, making it one of the biggest and most popular festivals in France. It's a celebration of music, culture, politics, sport and… humanity where solidarity, fraternity, freedom, equality, social justice, and peace have a place to shine.

There are about fifty concerts on several stages with names like the Jazz Space and the Humacumba. As their official website is very minimal, we recommend you follow their Facebook page for updates. Parc Courneuve is a 30-minute drive from central Paris, or about a 90-minute commute using public transportation.

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The Most Popular Ways to Visit Versailles

Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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VIP Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
Skip-the-Line entrance to the chateau through a VIP entrance, plus a private tour of the royal chambers and opera house not open to tourists.
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Summer Events Continuing into September

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Classique au Vert

Classical music concerts continue in Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes.

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Silhouette Festival – Free!

This festival celebrates short films. Opening night starts with a concert.

  • Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge
  • August 25 to September 3, 2018
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Tréteaux Nomades

A traveling theater festival based in Montmartre with burlesque, poetry and the performing arts.

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Les Pestacles
  • Parc Floral, 12th Arrondissement
  • June to September, 2018
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