Through October 13
The 30th annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe) with several special events: a Carnival party on the 31st August; a flea market Sept 7-8; fireworks show Sept 14th; Portugese folklore night Sept 15th; and a Brazilian Carnival party Oct 5-6. Open 2pm-midnight Mon-Fri, and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).
Through October 22
Petit Bateauis hosting a pop-up store for adults in the Marais at 11 rue Debelleyme, daily 11am-8pm. There will also be shoes by Spring Court, and crêpes on Saturday afternoons (because Petit Bateau’s stripey sailor shirts remind us of Brittany, of course).
Through October 31
La Tour du 13ème (5 rue Fulton, 13th, M° Quai de la Gare) is a unique graffiti event in the 13th arrondissement where 102 international street artists were invited by the Galerie Itinerrance to “decorate” the interior and exterior of a condemned building overlooking the Seine. Each artist (some known, some unknown) has their own room to decorate in their own personal style, making this an amazing place to see some of the latest talent in one spot without other graffiti tags messing it up. It’s open free to the public Tuesday through Sunday from noon-8pm. There are already huge crowds (only 49 people are allowed in at a time for safety reasons), so try and go on weekdays in the early afternoon. See the photos online here.
Horse racing fans won’t want to big one of the biggest events of the season, the 92nd annual Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at the Hippodrome de Longchamp (Bois de Boulogne, 16th).
The annual Nuit Blanche festival starts at sundown on Saturday and goes until sunrise on Sunday, with a diverse set of events scheduled throughout the city’s edgier eastern districts, the Canal St Martin and the new Berges de Seine.
The theme for the 80th annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête l’Amour. French singers Thomas Dutronc and Nolwenn Leroy will be the personalities sponsoring the event this year, which includes a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.
October 9-November 3
Get your tickets now for one of the sexiest shows of the season, Chantecler Tango. Stright from Buenos Aires, Mora Godoy’s excellent troupe combines theatre, dance and passion at the illustrious Théâtre du Châtelet. Tickets from €32-€88 available at FNAC.
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off October 12th or 13th noon-4pm.
October 19 – November 3
The Potager des Princes, the lovely gardens next to the Château de Chantilly, are selling the apples from their trees before closing for the winter. Varieties include Golden, Granny Smith, Cox Orange, Canada , and Belle Fleur, €2/kilo. The apples have not been chemically trated. Open every afternoon 2-5pm.
In partnership with the mixologists of Le Mary Celeste, Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra will be performing classical chamber concerts in two luxurious yet intimate Paris residences this month, accompanied by the innovative cocktail creators at Le Mary Celeste, hors d’oeuvres, and Parisian patrons of the arts of all ages and backgrounds. Our first two events of the Cocktails & Conversations series will take place on October 21 and 22, 2013 in the 18th and 8th arrondissements. Tickets 40€ on October 21 and 50€ on October 22.
October 25 – November 3
A bit like a smaller, cosier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d’Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €8 (or get two free tickets online with the discount code ANOUS, thanks to the A Nous metro magazine).
October 30 – November 3
If you don’t have enough Halloween candy to put your body into diabetic shock, head over to the annual Salon du Chocolat, the city’s largest fair dedicated to the delectible sweet in all of its formats, from bean to bar. It takes place at the Porte de Versailles – Paris Expo, tickets €13 (get the tickets in advance online to avoid lines). Open 10am-7pm. Note: eat a full meal before you go to stave off the munchies. There are enough free samples to make everyone blissfully ill by the end of the day. 🙂
October 31 – November 2
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). HEadliners include The Knife, Hot Chip, Yo La Tengo, Disclosure, Darkside, Panda Bear, etc. One-day passes €49, two-day passes €79, three-day passes €129.
October 31 – November 8
For Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities see How to Halloween in Paris.