Best October Events in Paris

2017 Guide

The Vendanges de Montmartre is a local wine harvest and festival beloved by Parisians.
••• The Vendanges de Montmartre is a local wine harvest and festival beloved by Parisians. A scene from the 2006 edition of the Vendanges de Montmartre. Photo Credit: 2006 Cyril Lg/Creative Commons License.

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 7th, 2017
    Where: Various locations around Paris
  • 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 11th-15th, 2017
    Where: Metro Abbesses (line 12).
    See more information on the Vendanges de Montmartre 
  • 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.​
  • When: October 19th-22nd, 201​7​


  • Salon du Chocolat (Chocolate Trade Fair)
    Each year the Porte de Versailles convention center at Paris's south edge hosts a trade event dedicated to all things cocoa, with visitors sampling everything from dark chocolate chunks to savory chocolate-based concoctions featuring foie gras or olive oil. A runway fashion show showing off zany chocolate couture creations is another highlight. Reserve ahead: This is a popular one, for obvious reasons!
    When: October 28th through November 1st, 2017
    Where: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
    Metro: Porte de Versailles
    Tel.: +33(0)1 43 95 37 00
    More Info: Visit the event 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 late December 2017.


    Arts and Exhibits Highlights This October: 


    The Art of Pastel, from Degas to Redon  

    Compared to oils and acrylics, pastels tend to be seen as a less "noble" material for painting, but this exhibit proves that all wrong. The Petit Palais' look at magnificent pastels from nineteenth century and early twentieth-century masters including Edgar Degas. Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt and Paul Gaugin will make you see the world in a softer-- and quietly sublime-- light. 

    • Dates: September 15th, 2016 through April 8th, 2018
    • Location: Petit Palais

    David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou  

    The Centre Pompidou's ambitious, and much-awaited, retrospective on the British artist David Hockney is a joint collaboration with the Tate Modern in London, and promises to be the most complete look at the artist's oeuvre. Over 60 paintings, photos, engravings, video installations, drawings and mixed-media works await, and the exhibit-- celebrating Hockney's 80th birthday-- includes his most celebrated works as well as newer ones. For modern art fans, this is a must-see this season. 

    Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship

    The Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris is hosting an arresting look at three major twentieth-century painters who shared important friendships as well as mutual artistic influence and inspiration: Derain, Balthus and Giacometti.

    Their bold, singular work has never before been placed in conversation so closely, so this exhibit promises to be an exciting one for those interested in how modern artists work together toward new styles and techniques. 

    For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in Paris this month, including listings at smaller galleries around town, you might want to visit Paris Art Selection

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