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What To Do in Paris: October 2019

The Exciting Events Happening This Month

This month in Paris promises lots of fun, late-night activities. Families can celebrate Halloween all month long at Disneyland Paris, contemporary art lovers get not one, but two festivals, and gourmands have good reason to love Paris in the fall too!

As the leaves start to change and autumn gets underway, the City of Light will be lit up by a busy agenda of late-night events. From kid-friendly festivities at the local theme park to an all-night ambulatory art party, here are our picks for the best things to do in Paris this month!

Disney’s Halloween Festival

All month long Disneyland Paris theme parks are offering guests a little extra fright. With two rides taking a special halloween twist, Disney Villains on the loose, and late-night Disney Halloween Parties on October 26th and 31st from 8pm-2am, the celebrations are sure to be spooky but still fun for all ages.

Disneyland Paris Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray
RER A Marne la Vallée Chessy
Sept 28 – Nov 3, 2019
Tickets starting at 56€ for adults

HarshLight [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nuit Blanche

Literally translating to ‘White Night,’ ‘Nuit Blanche’ also means an ‘an all-nighter,’ and that’s just what this party is. Every year since 2002, this all-night-long contemporary art celebration lights up Paris on the first Saturday in October. Think parades and performances along with bright lights and big crowds. The metro runs all night during the event to let you explore the art installations and exhibitions around the city until the wee hours of the morning. Parisians look forward to it every year, and over the past 15 years, the hugely successful event has expanded to several other European capitals and North American cities too.

More about this all-night-long, city-wide contemporary art festival as well as our recommendations for what to see during this year’s edition here!

October 5, 2019, 19:00 – 07:00
Throughout Paris

Nouveau Monde © Plasticiens Volants

Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre

Wine lovers, this one’s for you! When it started 86 years ago, the Grape Harvest Festival of Montmartre was just a small block party celebrating the fruit of the local vineyard, Le Clos Montmartre. Nowadays, this 5-day fête has become a popular party for all in the 18th Arrondissement.

This free event includes concerts, a 5K, tours of the local vineyard, art exhibitions, food and wine tastings, and more, taking place all throughout the hillside neighborhood.

Find more details about the 150+ different activities taking place as part of the festival on the event’s official website.

October 9 – 13, 2019
Various locations in the 18th Arrondissement
Metro Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Le Clos-Montmartre, the only vineyard in Paris

FIAC, International Contemporary Art Fair

Each fall, contemporary art takes over both the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais during the Foire internationale d’art contemporain. La FIAC as it’s called, is both an artistic exhibition as well as a marketplace, bringing artists, gallery owners, and buyers together for the occasion. It all makes for one of the most hyped artistic events of the year.

The main event takes place in the Grand Palais, but free exhibitions are also on display in the Petit Palais and on the street between the two palaces. This year, artworks will also be placed all around Paris, with sculptures in the Jardin des Tuileries, at the Place de la Concorde, at the Place Vendôme, and also at the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

More information on this exciting annual art fair coming soon. In the meantime, see the event’s official website for the complete program.

October 17 – 20, 2019
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro Champs-Élysées Clemenceau
Thurs, Oct 17: 14:00 – 20:00
Fri, Oct 18: 12:00 – 20:00
Sat & Sun, Oct 19 – 20: 12:00 – 19:00
Tickets: Grand Palais Gallery – starting at 38€ for adults, Petit Palais – free

FIAC 2017 / Press Photo

Salon du Chocolat

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this event is a can’t miss! Master chocolatiers and pastry chefs set up shop at the Porte de Versailles convention center in the southwest of Paris for five days of cocoa bliss. While there are of course plenty of sweets and treats to taste, the salon also includes baking demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, and even a chocolate fashion show where models walk down the runway in – you guessed it – clothing made of chocolate!

The world-renowned event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, with special opening night festivities on October 29th.

October 30 – November 3, 2019
Porte de Versailles, Pavillon 4, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Metro Porte de Versailles or Balard
Tickets: Starting at 15€ for adults

Salon du Chocolat 2015, Tasaka SamaCC BY-SA 2.0

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