Paris Events In September 2021 – Design, Music, Bike Races & More

September events in Paris really gather steam after the long summer holidays. Parisians are back in town and the cultural venues have re-opened. This year, due to the unusual circumstances like pandemic and lockdown, some events usually held earlier in the year have been rescheduled to September while others have been reconfigured to comply with health and sanitary regulation. Nonetheless, there's a lot going on and we'll keep this list updated as more schedules are confirmed.

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Full-Day Guided Visit to Versailles

Full-Day Guided Visit to Versailles – The Complete Royal Estate

One of the best things about summer in Paris is just outside of Paris — the chateau and gardens of Versailles. Once again available for booking, this health and safety conscious tour is conducted by our trusted partners at Paris City Vision.

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Le Grande Classique – Paris to Versailles Run & Walk

In normal years, 25,000 runners 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.

Unfortunately, the 2021 edition the race has been cancelled, to pick up again next September. Even sadder, the historic president of the Paris to Versailles association died in May 2021, a victim of Covid-19. ("Ce fichu coronavirus Covid-19," the website calls it — that damned Covid-19.)

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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. Throughout autumn and early winter, the festival features more than fifty events at venues throughout Paris. Organizers have announced that the festival will to ahead for 2021, with sanitary measures in place. This edition of Le Festival d'Automne will run well past autumn into February.

  • Venues throughout Paris
  • September 1, 2021 to February 18, 2021
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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 your chance to go inside the Senate or the Elysée Palace where the French president resides. The latest information is that the event will go ahead in 2021 with appropriate sanitary measures in place.

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The Top Day Trips from Paris

A Day in the Champagne Region, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
A small-group tour led by an expert guide to the Land of Champagne for a day-long tasting of the bubbly. Inclues lunch & pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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Loire Valley Chateaux, Day Trip from Paris
Visit the magical castles of the Loire Valley in a day that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Includes pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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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 the many nuances of jazz. It all takes place in the expansive Parc de la Villette. Our personal top pick for the 2021 event is an appearance by Angélique Kidjo.

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Maison & Objet

In the country that practically invented home decoration (you'll see what we mean when you visit 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.

After a one-year lapse due to lockdown, the show will go on in 2021 with sanitary measures in place and the French Covid health pass required for all participants.

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Paris Design Week

Paris Design Week

Discover the best in world design. This 10-day fringe event overlaps the Paris Maison & Objet show, attracting the international design community in a program of talks, cocktails, and exhibitions.

At venues in three districts of the city you'll find are themed itineraries. There are conference sessions, a celebration of design from Brazil, a look at breakthrough workspace design, and more. For 2021, more that a hundred participating venues have been announced — from design showrooms, galleries, and studios, to hotels and museums in the most vibrant design districts in Paris. Organizers are assuring the events will be structured for safety & sanitary measures.

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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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London To Paris Bike Ride

Cycle through English villages and rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower. The 2021 event has been cancelled for the second pandemic year in a row, but we look forward to the next ride in 2022.

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The Most Popular Ways to Visit Versailles

Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Transportation & 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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Skip-the-Line Guided Tour to Versailles, with Transportation
Half-day, small-group or private tours. The best of Versailles including the King's Apartment & the Hall of Mirrors. Plus, time to stroll in the gardens.
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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 usually are about fifty concerts on several stages with names like the Jazz Space and the Humacumba. For 2021 it looks like the event will be largely digital and broadcast on a dedicated channel available to subscribers.

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Silhouette Festival – Free!

The festival that celebrates short films has re-started in 2021. Opening night kicks off with a concert.

  • Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge
  • August 27 to September 4, 2021
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Livres Rares & Objets d'Art

At the Paris version of International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair, 150 booksellers from around the world, all members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, will share their treasure trove of exceptional, rare works. Rescheduled from April.

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