Fall is synonymous with the beginning of the new school year, and in Paris, it is characterized by a real culture and festive buzz. The capital kicks off the new academic year at full speed and is full of surprises and energy! And the least we can say, is that Paris is not lacking of activities for the coming fall!
First of all, why not enjoy the very simple pleasure of walking around the parks of the city. They show off their most beautiful colors and the light that shines through Paris at this moment of year is absolutely dazzling.
CULTURAL KICK OFF
One of the most awaited events of the fall is, the Journées du patrimoine, the 19th and the 20th of September. The historical monuments open their doors to the public for free. No less than 16 000 sites will participate to the event. Why not take advantage of this and go to visit the presidential palace, l’Elysée (you won’t be the only ones however!), he hotel de ville, or less well-know and close to the hotel, the Château de Vincennes. www.journeesdupatrimoine.culturecommunication.gouv.fr
For the art lovers and collectors, fall is also hosting the FIAC : International fair of Contemporary Art, from the 22nd to the 25th of October 2015. During several days, the Grand Palais, the Cour Carrée (within the quarters of the Louvre) and the Tuileries parc, will be taken by this huge artistic and commercial fair, where Museum directors, collectors and major names from the sector, meet and make business. www.fiac.com
One other cultural landmark of the season is the intriguing: Nuit blanche which will be held on the 3rd of October. During one night , culture will take over the city’s squares, museums, schools and other public sites. They will be open for free, from nightfall till morning.
Finally, lets not forget to mention all the exhibitions of the fall in Paris. Fall is usually quite a busy period for temporary exhibitions and all the museums have their hit. It would be impossible to list them all but here are a few:
Picassomania at the Grand Palais : it shows the confrontation between contemporary artists since the 60s with Picasso’s work. www.grandpalais.fr
« Fragonard amoureux » (Fragonard in love) at the Musée du Luxembourg : more than 80 pieces of work : paintings, sketches, illustrations, from the XVIII century, the one of seduction, love and intrigue. www.museeduluxembourg.fr
Martin Scorcese at the Cinémathèque Française from 14th of October to 14th February 2016. Exhibition and retrospective. www.cinematheque.fr
Andy Warhol at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris : it presents more than 200 pieces of work from the Pop Art master showing the serial dimension of his work, such as Shadows. www.mam.paris.fr
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun at the Grand Palais : a very nice retrospective for this painter, great portraitist who managed to become Marie-Antoinettes’s offical painter and earn her seat among the biggests. www.grandpalais.fr
Photo exhibition from Jean-Pierre Laffont – « Tumultueuse Amérique » goes thourgh 30 years of American political, social and cultural history. At the Maison Européennes de Photographie. www.mep-fr.org
« Osiris, mystère engloutis d’Egypte » at the Institut du monde arabe : 250 objects found thanks to submarine searches overtaken by archeologist Franck Goddio near Alexandrie. Many pieces were identified as being related to the mystery of Osiris. www.imarabe.org
How can me even mention art and Paris and the fall without talking about music ! When summer and its festivals are over, there comes the great concerts’ season (and still a few late festivals hoping for an indian summer) !
Electronic Music will be all over Paris during the week from the 19th to the 26th of September, for the Paris Electronic Week. Very good programming indeed and events to be found all over town. Check it out here: www.pariselectronicweek.fr
The PITCHFORK FESTIVAL will be held from 29th to 31st of October 15 at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris 19th arrondissement. It’s the biggest festival Indie Rock / pop et electro ! Big names such as Laurent Garnier , Thom Yorke or Bjork ! www.pitchforkmusicfestival.fr
In the vicinity of the hotel, you have of course the Parc Omnisport de Paris Bercy which usually welcomes all the great international artists performing in Paris. U2 from 10 to 15th of November 15 ; The Scorpions on the 24th of November, Johnny Hallyday from the 27th to the 29th November or Madona the 9th and the 10th of December. http://www.bercyarena.paris
Distributed in all the other venues, you can spot Deep Purple at the zénith on the 11th of November, as well as Marilyn Manson or the Gipsy Kings. At Olympia, Dee Dee Bridgewater will perform on the 23rd of September.
Hey, let’s not forget the beautiful Cinematic Orchestra live at the trianon, on the 23rd of November !
For a more jazzy sound, you will have to head to the New Morning.
… AND ENTERTAINING
Wine amateurs can also head to the Porte de Versailles where will be held the Salon des Vignerons from the 26 to the 30th of November. More than thousand wines open to wine testing… Drink moderately… of course !
Let’s stay in the wine spirit and go to the famous Bal des Vendanges de la Butte Montmartre on the 11th of October from 3pm to 8pm. Yes, it’s not a myth, right in the heart of Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, you still have grapewines and they are being harvested and celebrated every year! 66 rue du Maréchal Leclerc, Paris 18.
The foire d’Automne will happen from the 23rd to the 1st of November at the parc des expositions of the Porte de Versailles. You can jump in the Tramway right next to the hotel and i twill take you directly there! Deco, gastronomy, craft and well-being products, it’s all there! For the whole family!
Last but not least, for sports lovers? The Paris-Bercy Tennis Masters will start on the second week of November at the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy.