As the leaves change and the jackets come out, Paris’ event calendar brings a whole slew of exciting autumn events for both tourists and locals alike. It’s a particularly good year for culture with the likes of David Hockney, Mozart and more popping up and there’s lots to do if you happen to be in town – check out some highlights below.
If the weather outside is a little too chilly for your liking, head over to Les Caves du Louvre’s historical wine cellars and take your touristing indoors. The French are pretty serious about their booze and Les Caves offers wine tasting classes which lays down the groundwork for budding sommeliers. It only takes an hour and you’ll get to know a few wines well (maybe a little too well). Once you’re done, you can head straight to the next indoor adventure – The Louvre is just a short walk away. Of course, there’s also a number of art galleries in Paris worth seeing too.
Appreciate the splendor of Opera Garnier at its best by seeing something from their autumn line-up, which never disappoints. Even if you’re not the biggest opera buff, seeing shows such as the romantic opera La Veuve Joyeuse or Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte will win you over easily. Take the time to appreciate the splendor of its grand staircase, tiered balconies and breathtaking chandeliers; there’s a guided tour available if you really want to get into the nitty gritty of the space.
When: La Veuve Joyeuse/Cosi Fan Tutte run till October 21
© David Hockney, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire
Centre Pompidou is one of the most exciting artistic spaces in Paris and every rotating exhibition seems better than the last. This autumn, they’ll be playing host to British artist David Hockney’s surreal and colourful works to celebrate his eightieth birthday. Expect his existential swimming pools and vibrant landscapes to line the walls – we know he’s not Parisian, but this exhibit’s a must for art lovers.
When: Till October 23
Be one of the first to see the famed Cirque Bouglione’s newest show Exploit, which is back in town for another joyful extravaganza. They’ve got all the standard circus fare and more with jugglers, magicians, animals and death-defying acrobatics. With mischievous clowns, the queen of animal whispering Regina Bouglione and flying antics, you’ll be kept on the edge of your seat all performance long.
When: From October 14 to March 2018
Image via Disneyland Paris
Halloween is one of the biggest events on the Euro Disneyland calendar and they get the party started early, with festivities beginning October 1 and running all month long. The villains will all come out of the woodwork with Maleficent pulling the strings and your favourite characters running around dressed for the occasion. This year, they’re introducing Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party, a massive festive parade designed to delight.
When: October 1 – November 5
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The biggest event of the year for French comic geeks far and wide, Comic Con will be returning to Paris for a weekend of cartoon mischief. With the likes of Iron Man, Wonder Woman and more running around the Grande Halle de la Villette and big names like Marvel and DC setting up shop, movie and TV buffs will get their fill with the Iron Fist Finn Jones himself, Julie Benz from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Austin Nichols from The Walking Dead making special appearances.
When: October 27-29
While unfortunately you’ll have just missed out on Paris Fashion Week, there’s still time to see what one of France’s premier haute couturiers is getting up to at the extensive Christian Dior exhibition. Named Christian Dior, couturier du reve, the Musee de Arts Decoratifs will play host to a stylish exhibit exploring the lives and work of its key designers from Yves Saint Laurent all the way through to Maria Grazia Chiuri. Celebrating 70 beautiful years of Christian Dior, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with over 300 masterpieces that have previously stomped Parisian runways.
When: Until January 2018