Held twice per year, Fashion Week in Paris celebrates and promotes the recent work of designers both from Paris and from all over the world. They show off their spring/summer and fall/winter collections during fashion shows, social events, gallery exhibitions, and parties at venues all over the city. While many of the shows can be quite exclusive in terms of attendance, it is sometimes possible to volunteer for one of the designers in order to be able to get access! But either way, the good news is that in Paris, having been one of the fashion capitals of the world for centuries, there are opportunities to attend fashion shows, exhibitions, and galleries all year round.
Nuit Blanche, or “White Night”, is one of the most unique events to be found in Paris. Also known as the “Sleepless Night”. This October event is an all-night celebration of art, culture, and a new way to discover and interact with the city. Various routes are planned around the city that show off the different art installations throughout the streets, plazas, and buildings. With different art directors every year, this event always has something new in store and is guaranteed to show you the City of Light in a whole new light.
This is the perfect way to get to know another side of Paris that you might not have seen before. On the famous Heritage day, many museums, monuments, buildings and palaces that are usually closed to the public open they doors to visitors and locals. You may discover the luxurious Luxembourg Palace, the Elysée Palace and many rare attractions such as private mansions, medieval cellars, the city’s ancient sewer system and freemason temple. This is a unique experience for those who aren’t quite satisfied with the traditional curated museum experience.
Nuit des Musées
If you can’t get enough of Paris’ museums, and you are tired of all the entrance fees, do not despair! On the citywide “Museum Night” in May, over 1 000 museums of all shapes, sizes, colors, and exhibitions throughout Paris open their doors to the public for free. You can take advantage of this special day to check out classic sights like the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay, with modern art marvels like the Picasso Museum and curious spots like the Hunting and Nature Museums. If you are very curious you may also checkout special spots like the Hunting Nature Museum or the Archaeological crypt at the Notre-Dame cathedral.
International Contemporary Art Fair
The FIAC, or Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain in French, is one of the most important international gatherings of contemporary art in the world. At the exhibitions in the famous Grand Palais, thousands of artists, collectors, and spectators gather to admire and purchase the work of emerging and established artists alike. This festival lasts several days in late October, and is a great opportunity to marvel at splendid art from all over the world.
Mondial de l'Automobile
The Paris Motor Show is one of the foremost automobile trade shows in the world. Originally begun by one of the first pioneers of the car industry in France, this festival has celebrated the advances of automobiles for over more than a century. It now welcomes over one million visitors per year from around the world each October. The exhibition is now on the forefront of cutting-edge technology in the car industry and offers a sneak peek at the newest eco-friendly, luxury, and other vehicles from top automotive design brands.
Fete de la musique
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice and the onset of warm weather than with an outdoor music festival that takes place all over the city? The Féte de la Musique encourages professional and amateur musicians to come out and offer free concerts open to the public in the streets, parks, and restaurants. This June festival is an absolute blast for spectators and musicians alike!
Despite Paris’ landlocked geography, there is good news for sunbathers: it actually does have a beach! Every summer, the city transforms the shores of the Seine River into artificial beaches, where Parisians and tourists alike flock to enjoy the sun, sand, and green spaces. Beach and water activities like volleyball and paddleboats are also popular, as well as various pop-up cultural events involving dance, literature, music. While swimming in the Seine is prohibited, there is plenty of sun and fun for all at the “Paris Beaches”!
Every year on the third Thursday of November, the entire country of France eagerly awaits the release of the year’s batch of Beaujolais Nouveau. A hand processed light and fruity red wine made in the Beaujolais region of France. While opinions vary regarding personal taste for this young wine (it’s bottled within 6-8 weeks after harvest), few can resist the exuberant excitement of this event! Pubs, cafes, restaurants, bistros, and wine bars all over the city hold special tastings events and parties. Whether or not you like the wine, it’s a great excuse to gather with friends and family!