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October Events in Paris

2013 Guide


Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • Nuit Blanche (White Night): Don't miss this annual celebration of all things art and culture, in which hundreds of museums, galleries, and other spots around Paris keep their doors through most of the night with free exhibits, multimedia installations, and performances.
    When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
    Where: Various locations around Paris-- (read the Nuit Blanche 2013 guide)

  • Vendanges de Montmartre (Montmartre Wine Harvest: Witnessing the Vendanges de Montmartre is a fantastic way to experience the best of Paris in autumn. The village-like Montmartre neighborhood boasts vines that still produce decent wines-- how many major cities can claim that? Each year, the harvest is celebrated with much fanfare, bringing together musicians, performing artists, wine connoisseurs and lovers.
    When: October 9th-13th, 2013
    Where: Metro Abbesses (line 12).
    See more information on Vendanges de Montmartre in 2013

  • International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC): One of the most important annual events in Paris' contemporary art scene, the FIAC showcases work this year from over 180 international galleries and over 3,000 artists at three locations on the city's right bank. A "galleries' night out event" brings dozens of the city's smaller galleries into the heart of the event. See pictures from the 2009 edition of the FIAC here to get a sense of the spirit of this iconic event.
    When: October 24th-27th, 2013
    Where: Grand Palais, Tuileries Gardens, Jardin des Plantes, Esplanade des Invalides
    For more information: Visit the official website

  • "Musical Waters" at the Chateau de Versailles
    Experience the mingling of light, water, and classical music in the gardens of the world's most famous chateau. Perfect for a surreal mid-summer evening.
    When: Every weekend through the end of October
    Where: Chateau de Versailles
    Visit the event website for dates and times.

  • The Autumn Festival: Since 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival or "Festival de l'Automne" has brought in the post-summer season with a bang by highlighting some of the most compelling works in contemporary visual art, music, cinema, theater, and other forms. Consult the official website for program details (in English).
    When: Through early January 2014.

Arts and Exhibits

  • Roy Lichtenstein
    Along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein is perhaps the most-recognized of the pop artists, celebrated for his large-scale scenes that appear straight out of vintage comic art, and featuring noirish heroines spurned by lovers or hallucinatory jars of Marmite. The Centre Georges Pompidou celebrates the American artist with a much-anticipated retrospective featuring some 125 paintings, sculptures and prints.
    Through: November 4th, 2013
    Location: Centre Georges Pompidou

  • Trompe l'oeil (Tricking the Eye)
    A show which opened last month at Paris's Arts Décoratifs museum celebrates the "trompe l'oeil" technique and the complex art of deception. The exhibit features over 400 works, from paintings and sculpture to textiles, highlighting techniques of trickery originating in ancient Greece.
    Location: Musee des arts decoratifs
    107 rue de Rivoli,1st arrondissement
    Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Palais Royal
    Tel: +33 (0)144 55 57 50
    When: Through November 2013
    Visit the official website
    Read our full review here

  • Georges Braque
    Best known for his abstract paintings of guitars, Braque sometimes sits in the shadow of more well-known cubist artists, especially his collaborator Pablo Picasso. This fascinating retrospective at the Grand Palais promises to deepen popular understanding of-- and appreciation for-- his complex oeuvre of paintings, engravings and sculptures.
    Dates: September 18th through January 6th, 2014
    Location: Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais

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