What to do in Paris in October 2022

In October, Paris showcases art with numerous events

There’s plenty to do in Paris in October. Here are some ideas for interesting outings. As well as trade fairs (Salon du chocolat, Paris Games Week...) concerts and sporting events (Rolex Paris Masters...) Paris throws the spotlight on art with numerous events including Nuit Blanche… Art lovers will be spoilt for choice!

Nuit blanche in Paris

Affiche de la Nuit blanche 2022 © DR

October in Paris really is the month of contemporary art. For the Nuit Blanche event, contemporary artists take over the City of Light from dusk till dawn. The latest edition offers much to discover along a trail leading through various parts of the capital: monumental artworks, light installations, sensory experiences … an art-focused all-nighter to remember!

NB: from 2023, the Nuit Blanche event takes place at the beginning of June. Next edition: June 2023.

Art fairs and fairs in Paris in October 2022

Art fairs in Paris in 2022

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Every year, the art world meets in Paris during the fourth week of October for 'Contemporary Art Week'.

The Paris+ par Art Basel, an event on the international art world calendar attracting works by top artists, takes place in Paris in October. Those interested in Asian art will be pleased to see Asia Now, Paris Asian Art Fair returning to Paris in October 2022. It will be held in a venue in the 8th arrondissement. There is something for everyone!

Fairs in Paris in October 2022

KIDEXPO © DR

Back in October 2022: the Foire d’Automne (from 21 to 30 October 2022), the Salon du Chocolat (from 28 October to 1 November 2022) and the Salon de la photo which returns to the Grande Halle de la Villette from 6 to 9 October 2022.

Animal lovers are expected at the Parc Floral de Paris for Animal Expo, the pet show (1 and 2 October 2022), while the Carrousel du Louvre will cater to cultural heritage enthusiasts with the Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel (from 27 to 30 October 2022).

Kidexpo is another not-to-be-missed event for children and families, returning this year to the Parc des expositions at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (27 to 30 October 2022). The dates fall during the half-term (Toussaint) holidays (from 22 October to 7 November 2022 for zone C, which includes Paris).

Lastly, the Paris Motor Show returns to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 17 to 23 October 2022 and, for the first time, is taking place in conjunction with the Equip Auto professional vehicle parts and equipment trade fair, running from 18 to 22 October 2022. This first-time collaboration is being marketed as Paris Automotive Week, a world first bringing together professionals and the public for a unique exhibition week. Motorbike, scooter, quad and trike enthusiasts will have their own event, the Motorcycle Show (Salon de la Moto) from 17 to 23 October 2022, also at the Porte de Versailles.

Exhibitions in Paris in October 2022

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

This October, the major exhibitions of the autumn are on the agenda!

We start with the groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Rosa Bonheur at the Musée d’Orsay (from 18 October 2022), marking the centenary of the artist’s birth.

Other exhibitions opening this autumn include The Arts in Toulouse in the 14th century at the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages, Art Deco France-America at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Françoise Pétrovitch. Derrière les paupières at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (from 18 October 2022 to 29 January 2023), and an exhibition on Still Life paintings – Les choses: une histoire de la nature morte de la Préhistoire à nos jours – at the Louvre (from 13 October 2022 to 23 January 2023).

Exhibitions still on in Paris in October 2022

Other not-to-be-missed events in Paris in October 2022

Celebrations, festivals and concerts in Paris in October 2022

Mon premier festival © Nicolas Sich

In October, the traditional Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival brings the most famous district of Paris to life (from 22 October 2022). On the programme: parades, concerts, exhibitions and wine tasting.... Then, from 10 to 15 October 2022 (provisional dates), the autumnal event, Taste Week, which has been delighting the taste buds of young and old alike for almost 30 years, will be held in numerous Parisian venues with tastings, gastronomic workshops and much more.

The ‘Villes des Musiques du Monde’ music festival shines a spotlight on traditional music and dance from around the world at various venues in Paris and Greater Paris. Mon premier festival, the favourite cultural event for children, returns in October with numerous film-concerts, workshops and film-tastings to discover!

Finally, on 31 October 2022, it's Halloween! To celebrate the event, many places in Paris and the Ile-de-France region have put together a 100% spooky evening, such as Disneyland® Paris, the Parc Astérix or the Musée Grévin Paris.

Find out more about celebrating Halloween in Paris

Sporting events in Paris in October 2022

Qatar, prix de l'Arc de Triomphe © Scoopdyga

On the sport front,numerous international events take place in Paris in the autumn. There are several international events on the Paris autumn calendar. The Rolex Paris Masters, one of the leading tennis events, is to be held at the Accor Arena (from 29 October to 6 November 2022).

Badminton is another racket sport featured in October 2022. The international Yonex French Open badminton tournament takes place over one week at the end of the month.

If you’re a fan of equestrian sport, don’t miss the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (on 1 and 2 October 2022) at the Paris Longchamp racecourse.

Running à Paris

Joggeuse sur les quais de Seine © Studio TTG

The 20 km de Paris brings together more than 25,000 professional and amateur runners every year. Participants can run or walk the 20k metres on October 9th, 2022 either physically, in Paris, or remotely. Take part wherever you are!

Find out more about running in Paris