Live Like a Local: Five Great Reasons to Visit Paris in Fall 2017

Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea” and her words have never been truer this fall. Paris is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to culture and the arts. Here are our top five reasons to visit.

Irving Penn: Centennial

Celebrating the 100th birthday of photographer Irving Penn, Paris embraces his incredible talent with a well-deserved retrospective. Penn transformed still life and fashion photography for over seven decades with his prodigious talent. The exhibition includes 235 photos and also a collection of his drawings and paintings.

September 21, 2017 to January 29, 2018

Grand Palais

3, avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008

Paris Opera

The two opera houses of Paris, the legendary 19th century Opera Garnier and the modern Bastille Opera, have a dazzling lineup of opera, dance and recitals for the 2017-2018 season.

Ballets: Inspired by the female form, George Balanchine based his tour de force ballet Joyaux on emeralds, rubies and diamonds he saw in the windows of Fifth Avenue luxury jewelers. The added cherry on the cake is the costumes by Christian Lacroix.

September 19 - October 12

Opera: Director Krzysztof Warlikowski brings his pared down vision of Verdi’s Don Carlos. The current version presented by Warlikowski is the same version modified by Verdi himself.

October 10-28

Concert: In Hommage to Maurice Ravel, the sensual music of composer Maurice Ravel comes alive with a quartet of violin, viola, cello and piano.

September 24

FIAC International Art Fair

The big players of the fine art industry flock to Paris for FIAC, the premiere fall art fair in Europe. Modern and contemporary galleries from 28 countries from Columbia to Taiwan display their latest works. The fair also presents a series of outdoor art works and sculptures in public parks and squares including the Tuileries gardens and Place Vendome plus daily art lectures.

October 19 - 22

Grand Palais

Paris Photo 2017

One of the most important and largest photo fairs in the world, Paris Photo presents its 21st edition in November, and it's a must for anyone in the photo industry or even photo enthusiasts. Over 180 galleries are represented with an expansive portfolio of vintage, contemporary, rare and limited edition photographs. The fair also presents a series photography books available before the publishing date.

November 9-12

Grand Palais

Singin’ in the Rain

The beloved classic American film musical Singin’ in the Rain gets a slick stage rendition in Paris. After its smash premiere in 2015, a limited run of 47 performances is scheduled for holiday time. The all singing, all dancing spectacle directed by Robert Carsen transports the viewer to 1920s Hollywood silent film era.

Grand Palais

November 28, 2017 – January 11, 2018

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