New Cultural Events in Paris This Fall

Nuit Blanche
As the days shorten and autumn turns to winter, the Nuit Blanche event in Paris offers an opportunity to see the city in a new light. // Photo by Office du Tourisme et des Congres.

If travelers are looking to pick a time to head to Europe, the upcoming fall season might just be the best time to do it. Autumn 2016 is expected to be a major new cultural season in Paris thanks to a stellar line up of new cultural venues, major festive events, top shows and musicals as well as world class sporting events.

Nuit Blanche will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the theme of love this coming October 1. To celebrate, there will be a trail along the Seine with performance art and surprise art installations open to the public.

The 6th annual Fete de la Gastronomie offers visitors cooking classes, walks, new meals and more from September 23-25. The Grape Harvest in Montamarte hits the streets of Butte from October 5 through 9 for its 83rd year. September 25 marks the second annual Car Free Day of Paris, inspiring travelers to explore the neighborhood by foot. Other festivals in the area include the beloved Heritage Days on September 17 and 18 and the Technoparade, happening this year on September 24.


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From September 14 to February 12, Henri Fantin-Latour has top billing at the Musee du Luxembourg, an event much anticipated after its previous occurrence in 1982. Modern art lovers should schedule a visit to the Musee d’Art modern de la Ville to see the Bernard Buffet exhibit from October 14-February 26 and the Foundation of Louis Vuitton for its key exhibition Icons of Modern Art. Fans of Salvador Dali will want to visit Escape Dali as they present a dialogue between the great artist Salvador Dali and Joann Sfar, from September 9 through March 31.

After eight months of closure the Musee Maillol is reopening with Culturespaces to produce an exhibition by the famous artist Ben, available from September 14 to January 15. Early October will see the opening of Art 42, the first museum of street art, which will be free and permanent in the area, providing more than 150 works in the 17th arrondissement.

The MaMA Festival invites music fans to experience 130 concerts across nearly 15 concert venues in the 9th and 18th arrondissements between October 12 and 14, 2016. For theater-goers, 42nd Street will be playing at Theatre du Chatelet on November 17, The Phantom of the Opera at Theatre Mogador on October 4 and The Three Muskateers and Notre-Dame de Paris will be at the Palais des Congres.

From September 14-18, the Climbing World Championships will take place at the AccorHotels Arena, followed by the 25th Men’s Handball World Championship from January 11-29, 2017.

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