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What To Do in Paris: September 2019

The Exciting Events Happening This Month

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 month.

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 fashion lovers, and the Paris-Versailles Race has you running off all those vacation indulgences. 

Jazz à la Villette

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 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 8th, 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 Event’s Official Website.

August 30 – September 10, 2019
Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris 75019
Metro Porte de Pantin
Tickets starting at 10€ for adults

Paris Design Week 

A mix of interior design, art, and culture, Paris Design week offers talks, walks, apéros, and pop-up shops and galleries. A unique event bringing together an interesting mix of people from around the world, and temporary installations and happenings in venues around the city, this year’s event is centered around the theme Hybrid. Head to the Haut Marais, specifically the Rue du Vertbois, to discover more about this 10-day design event.

September 5 – 14, 2019
Most events are free and open to the public


European Heritage Days

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, however, so prepare for long lines if you’re looking to go to the more famous places.

For more information about the European Heritage Days, including suggestions for which spots to hit, click here.

September 21 – 22, 2019
Throughout Paris

Hôtel de Ville – Joël Galeran BY CC 2.0

Paris Fashion Week

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.

September 23 – October 1, 2019
Throughout Paris

Paris-Versailles Race

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. Registration is already closed for this year for the 16km course à pied, so you’ll just have to cheer on the participants, but the race will be back again next year if you’d like to run it!

September 29, 2019
Eiffel Tower to the Château de Versailles

Marc Caraveo CC BY 2.0

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