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What To Do in Paris in October

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris this Month
Halloween At Disneyland (34281796082)
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October 5, 2023
Read on to find out what’s on our cultural calendar this October, from temporary art exhibitions ending soon and the Rugby World Cup to one of wine lovers’ favorite fêtes and French film nights.

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Fall in Paris is always a busy time between back to school and the cultural season kicking off — not to mention all the leaf peeping to do — and this October is no exception.

We’ve sifted through the calendar of events and here are our suggestions for the events not to miss this October in Paris.

Here’s what’s happening in Paris this month:

Happening Every October in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, October 2023

Happening Every October in Paris

Disney’s Halloween Festival | October 1 – November 5, 2023

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, the celebrations are sure to be spooky but still fun for all ages.

Find all the details on the DisneyLand Paris website.

Details:
October 1 – November 5, 2023
Disneyland Paris Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray
RER A Marne la Vallée Chessy

Halloween decorations at Disneyland.
Photo by HarshLight CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Fête des Vendanges | October 11 – 15, 2023

Every year the famous Paris neighborhood of Montmartre hosts a Grape Harvest Festival that features wine tastings, tours of its hilltop vineyard, and more. This year, the event is taking place from Wednesday, October 11th through Sunday, October 15th, with activities and animations centered around the theme of equality. Nearly all the events are free of charge, but some do require reservations or tickets.

Discover the full program on the Fête des Vendanges’ Official Website.

Details:
October 11–15, 2023
Throughout Montmartre in Paris’s 18th Arrondissement
Most events are free, but some tickets and reservations are required.

Montmartre Harvest Festival 2022
Image from Facebook @FeteDesVendangesDe Montmartre
 

Salon du Chocolat | October 28 – November 1, 2023

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is an event you don’t want to 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!

Details:
October 28 – November 1, 2023
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
Reserve now on the Salon du Chocolat website

Chocolate Eiffel Tower at the Salon du Chocolat
Photo by Tasaka Sama CC BY-SA 2.0
 

FIAC, International Contemporary Art Fair | No 2023 edition

Usually, each fall in Paris, 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 usually takes place in the Grand Palais, with free exhibitions often on display in the Petit Palais (or the Petit Palais Éphémère more recently).

But for some reason, there’s no FIAC in 2023.

Fiac Paris art event in Grand Palais
FIAC 2017 / Press Photo

Things To Do in Paris, October 2023

Rugby World Cup | September 8 – October 28, 2023

Every weekend in October, the City of Light will be buzzing with excitement, waiting to see which team will scrum their way to victory. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a rugby expert to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere that comes with each match.

So, put on your most comfortable sneakers, prepare your most patriotic chants, and get ready to enjoy the game! 

Games taking place at the Stade de France in Paris

  • France vs New Zealand: September 8, 2023
  • Australia vs Europe 1: September 9, 2023
  • South Africa vs Ireland: September 23, 2023
  • Ireland vs Scotland: October 7, 2023
  • Quarter-final 2  (#1 Group B vs #2 Group A): October 14, 2023
  • Quarter-final 4 (#1 Group A vs #2 Group B): October 15, 2023
  • Semi-final 1 (Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2): October 20, 2023
  • Semi-final 2 (Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4): October 21, 2023
  • Third-place play-off: October, 27 2023
  • Final: October, 28 2023

Details:
September 8 – October 28, 2023
Stade de France in Paris region + 9 other cities around France
Tickets available on the official Rugby World Cup website

Ruby scrum

Eternal Mucha at the Grand Palais Immersif | Ends Nov 5, 2023

Les amoureux d’Art Nouveau, it’s your last chance to enjoy the beautiful Eternal Mucha exhibition at the Grand Palais Immersive! This exhibit will whisk you away with larger than life projections accompanied by a symphony for your ears, and — wait for it — an olfactory treat designed to tantalize your senses. Don’t miss out — it’s sure to be a ‘scent-sational’ journey!

Details:
Grand Palais Immersif
110 Rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris
Mon: 12:00-19:00, Wed-Sun: 10:00-19:00, Fri late night until 21:00. Closed Tues.
Tickets: 16€ for adults, 6€ for children, free for children under 6. Tickets available on the Grand Palais Immersif website.

Grand Palais Immersif Mucha exhibition 2023

The Treasury of Notre Dame Cathedral | October 18, 2023 – January 29, 2024

Starting this month, the Musée du Louvre hosts an unparalleled exhibition featuring Notre-Dame’s treasury, a jaw-dropping collection of artefacts, relics, and precious metalwork. The exhibition serves as a time capsule, retracing the remarkable journey of the treasury from the Merovingian era, through the Middle Ages, and up to the 19th century. 

Unique items like the Crown of Thorns and the Wood of the Cross, both legacies of Napoleon’s reign, are on full display.

Once the restoration of Notre Dame is complete, the relics will be returned to the cathedral’s sacristy. 

Details:
Louvre Museum 
Mon, Wed-Sun: 9:00am – 6:00pm, Fri late night until 9:45pm. Closed Tues.
Tickets: 17€ for adults, free EU visitors under 26 and all under 18.
Tickets available on the Louvre website.

Front façade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Notre Dame de Paris

French Movie Nights with Lost in Frenchlation | October 6 – 29, 2023

Each month, our amis at Lost in Frenchlation set up multiple showings of French films with English subtitles in cinémas throughout the city. These gatherings are an excellent chance to take part in current French culture without a language barrier. Here’s what’s playing this October:

  • Friday, October 6: Le Livre des Solutions + Q&A with the director at Club de l’Étoile
  • Friday, October 13: L’Été Dernier + Women of Paris Tour at L’Entrepôt
  • Thursday, October 19: Yannick + Standup Comedy Show at Luminor
  • Sunday, October 22: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort + Karaoke and giveaway at Luminor
  • Thursday, October 26: Le Procès Goldman + Q&A with the screenwriter at L’Arlequin
  • Sunday, October 29: Anatomy d’une Chute + Custom ice cream from Kev Glace at L’Arlequin

Details:
Every Thursday — Sunday
Various theatres around Paris
Reserve your tickets

October 2023 Paris movie nights by Lost in Frenchlation

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