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What To Do in Paris in September

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris This Month
The golden rooms inside the French Presidential residence, the Palais de l'Elysée
Photo by vostok 91 via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0
July 19, 2023
Summer may be over, but that means it’s time for la rentrée! As locals return to the capital and students head back to school, Parisian life resumes its normal rhythm. Here are our picks for what to do if you’re in Paris this September.

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September is always a busy time in Paris, with loads of annual events and activities on the agenda. In addition to nightly jazz concerts in and around the Parc de la Villette, the exciting European Heritage Days let you peek into places generally closed to the public, the Design and Fashion weeks offer thrills for the stylish crowd, and the Paris-Versailles Race has you running off all those vacation indulgences.

Here’s what’s happening now in Paris:

Happening Every September in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, September 2023

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Happening Every September in Paris

Paris Design Week | September 7 – 16, 2023

A mix of interior design, art, and culture, Paris Design week offers talks, walks, apéros, and pop-up shops and art galleries in Paris.

A unique event bringing together an interesting mix of people from around the world, plus temporary installations and happenings in venues around the city, this year’s event brings together more than 350 places in the capital city spanning four different neighborhoods. And all around the central theme of “Enjoy”.

Learn more about the event on the Paris Design Week website.

September 7 – 16, 2023 
Most events are free and open to the public

Paris Design Week poster on a shop window.
Photo by PDW17-Quartier-St-Germain-BACSAC

European Heritage Days | September 16 – 17, 2023

September 21st and 22nd, cultural and historic monuments all throughout Europe open their doors to the public to celebrate the European Heritage Days. Called Les Journées du patrimoine in France, the international event encourages the people to enjoy and appropriate the cultural heritage of their country.

During these two days, many private mansions (or hôtels particuliers) and government buildings invite visitors in to appreciate the architecture and history of the properties, including the Palais de l’Elysée (the residence the French President), the Hôtel de Ville, and hundreds of other sites around Paris (and the rest of France).

The event is hugely popular though, so prepare for long lines if you’re looking to go to the more famous places.

Learn more about the European Heritage Days and find our suggestions for the best spots to visit.

September 16 – 17, 2023
Throughout Paris

Inside the Paris Hôtel de Ville
Photo by Joël Galeran BY CC 2.0

Paris-Versailles Race | September 24, 2023

This year marks the 42nd edition of La Grande Classique, a race taking 25,000 runners from the foot of the Eiffel Tower to the Château de Versailles. Register for this course à pied through the capital on the official Paris-Versailles website!

Like to jog but don’t want to run a race? These are our favorite places to go running in Paris.

September 24, 2023 
Eiffel Tower to the Château de Versailles

Runners running in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Photo by Marc Caraveo CC BY 2.0

Paris Fashion Week | September 25 – October 3, 2023

Fashion Week is back for fall with Women’s fashions walking down the runways all over Paris. While most events aren’t open to the public, the whole city will be buzzing and you’re sure to spot fashionistas and celebrities around town. If you don’t want to leave it to chance to rub elbows with the stylish crowd, head to one of these Paris Fashion Week Favorites to get an eyeful of great style even if you can’t attend the main event.

Learn about the history of Paris Fashion Week.

September 25 – October 3, 2023
Throughout Paris

Models walking down the runway at a fashion show.

September Music Festivals in Paris

Jazz à la Villette | August 30 – September 10, 2023

To help Parisians get back into the groove after a summer off, the Parc de la Villette hosts a two-week-long jazz festival from August 30th – September 10th. This year’s edition boasts more than 40 concerts featuring over 250 artists. The massive Paris music festival is spread out over several different venues including the Grande Halle de la Villette, La Philharmonie de Paris, and La Cité de la Musique (all within the park), as well as up and coming artists in different salles around the 19th and 20th Arrondissements.

From August 31st to September 10th, La Villette also offers special shows and workshops for kids as young as 1 year old, so the whole family can enjoy jazz together.

Reserve your tickets on the Jazz à la Villette website.

August 30 – September 10, 2023 
Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris 75019
Metro Porte de Pantin
Tickets starting at 10€ for adults

Jazz concert trombonist on stage.

Fête de l’Humanité | September 15 – 17, 2023

A staple among the student crowd, the Fête de l’Humanité (most often called the ‘Fête de l’Huma’ by locals), is one of the most popular festivals in all of France, welcoming a record 800,000 people over just three days in 2018.

The festival features well-known international artists from a range of musical genres, with past headliners including the likes of Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry, Johnny Hallyday, Manu Chao, MC Solaar, Lauryn Hill, and Franz Ferdinand.

Put on by the far-left-leaning newspaper L’Humanité (founded by French socialist leader Jean Jaurès in 1904), the 50-year-old festival has its roots in the Communist Party. The politically engaged event also offers debates, conferences, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more, all with the aim of celebrating the spirit of exchange, solidarity, and freedom.

Stage of popular Paris music festival Fête de l'Humanité
Photo via Instagram @fetedelhumanite

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