Paris in the Fall is one of my favorite times to visit the city. My first trip to Paris in the Fall was in 2013 and I have been back every year since. Unlike Paris in the Spring, there isn’t a key week (cherry blossom season) that you absolutely have to visit. The Fall spans from September until November and the weather can be rainy or absolutely beautiful. You have to be prepared for all types of weather.
If you are headed to Paris this Fall, don’t miss my packing guide so you can be prepared. Last Fall, they had an Indian Summer that lasted close to the end of October. I was begging to wear sweaters and boots and it was t-shirt weather. I eventually got my wish at the end of the trip. I don’t think it rained the entire time of my visit which is pretty unusual since rain is a part of Paris just as much as the Eiffel Tower.
Don’t miss Heritage Days September 20 to 22. Take a look inside some of the buildings that are normally closed to the public throughout the year. This special weekend opens the doors to places like Luxembourg Palace and Hôtel de Ville. I went a few years ago and loved it. You really should plan ahead so you can maximize your time. It rained part of the weekend which made it a little difficult but all in all it was a really great experience. For a full list of what is open you can see this link. The Grand Rex would be at the top of my list.
If you love French Impressionist, Visit The Musée D’Orsay for Degas à “L’Opéra (Degas at the Opera) September 24 – January 19th.
Fashion Week is September 23 – October 1. If you want to catch a glimpse at some great people watching, head to Rue St Honoré. You can also spot some great fashion in The Tuileries closer to the Champs Élysée and Place de la Concorde.
Nuit Blanche. The 5th of October. Contemporary artists take over the city from dusk until dawn. You will find huge artworks and light installations all over the city. I have arrived on this day and always surrendered to jet lag. If anyone has an experience with this, please feel free to share with a comment below.
A new exhibition of Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec from October 9 – January 27. I was assigned Toulouse-Lautrec as a project in high school and I have had an interest in this artist ever since. I plan to see this exhibit later this year when I am back in Paris.
This event takes place from October 9 – 13. Expect parades, concerts, and wine tastings. You can find the majority of the celebrations under Sacre Couer. I went back in 2014. It was a lot of fun but the streets were crowded. You will get a glass with your ticket price and you can go to different vendors to taste wine. Food is similar to festival food (sausages and cheeses). I ended up grabbing dinner at a nearby Brasserie with friends in Montmartre.