September is a great time to visit the French capital and enjoy the pleasant autumn weather. After the summer holidays, Parisians gear up for a variety of cultural and festive outings. Autumn brings a host of vibrant events to match the spectacular array of colour on trees.
EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS
Boasting such iconic buildings as the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré Cœur Basilica and the Arc de Triomphe, Paris has a wealth of heritage. On the third weekend of September each year, numerous monuments in Paris region open up to the public for the European Heritage Days (17 and 18 September 2022).
On this occasion, many one-off activities and tours are organized to enable people to discover (or rediscover) well-known venues and visit places that are usually off-limits to the general public, such as the Élysée Palace. This is your chance to go behind the scenes at some of the most amazing places in the capital, such as the Cirque Bouglione (the world’s oldest circus), the striking Closerie and Villa Falbala by the artist Jean Dubuffet at the Foundation bearing his name, the restoration workshops at the Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace aerospace museum and the oldest basketball court in the world at the YMCA Union de Paris.
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MAJOR EXHIBITIONS IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER 2022
New exhibitions are a major feature of the back-to-school period in September.
The Musée Jacquemart-André is shining the spotlight on one of the most prominent late-18th century Romantic artists in Europe, Johann Heinrich Füssli, with a major retrospective comprising 60-odd works by the painter.
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is presenting a retrospective of Oskar Kokoschka, one of the greatest Austrian artists of the 20th century, starting on 23 September 2022.
The Musée National Picasso-Paris is also worth visiting to admire the masterpieces in the Maya Ruiz-Picasso collection. Maya Ruiz-Picasso, the Spanish master’s daughter, has donated six paintings, two sculptures and a sketchbook to the museum. (until January 1st, 2023).
Until 25 September 2022, the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is hosting a major exhibition titled Power and Prestige, which is devoted to the carved and decorated clubs used throughout the Pacific – not just weapons but unique works of art, and symbols of power and prestige. In all, 145 pieces are on display.
The Musée du Jeu de Paume is showing works by the filmmaker and contemporary artist Marine Hugonnier until 18 September 2022 for the first time in France.
Festivities and festivals in Paris in September 2022
The summer season continues,...
For fans of jazz and swing, Jazz à La Villette is a must-see – all the more so as it’s now a family outing, including a kids’ version of the festival : Jazz à la Villette for Kids.
Foodies take note: as in previous years, the Omnivore Food Festival will be held at the Parc Floral de Paris, and some of the best young chefs in the world will be there. Round table discussions, demonstrations, tasting sessions and masterclasses on 10, 11 and 12 September 2022 will give gourmets plenty of food for thought.
Unusual, to say the least! The world’s first film festival focusing on sharks, the Paris Shark Fest, returns for its 3rd edition at the Club de l’Etoile.
Fashion and design events
Watch out for your eyes, Fashion Week returns (September 26, 2022) with its ready-to-wear catwalk shows (until October 4, 2022) – an opportunity to find out the key trends for next season.
From 30 September 2022, the Première Classe show devoted to fashion accessories will be held in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Created in 2019, the Impact show is devoted to sustainable, ethical and socially conscious fashion (from 2 to 5 September 2022), with brands such as Le Slip Français, Emmaüs, Ekyog, etc.
Music events in Paris in September 2022
The Canadian superstar Céline Dion is finally returning to France, to Paris La Défense Arena, from 16 to 24 September 2022, in the course of her Courage World Tour.
After being postponed, the concert by the British musician Jon Hopkins has been rescheduled for the 16 September 2022 at the Salle Pleyel.
Electronic music culture is also celebrated by the Techno Parade which will bring together all those involved in the electronic music scene for a joyful parade through the streets of the capital in September 2022. The Dream Nation Festival and the Peacock Society Festival (held in the Parc de Choisy in Créteil) are the two other major electronic music events this autumn.
Each year, the Fête de l’Humanité features concerts by a number of established as well as emerging musicians. This must-see Paris musical event has played host in the past to big-name performers such as Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Jacques Dutronc.
Sports events in Paris in September 2022
La Parisienne, an all-female race through the heart of the capital, takes place on Sunday 11 September 2022. This 7km and 10km race winds up a three-day outdoor show devoted to running, yoga and wellbeing. More than 30,000 people are once again expected to take part this year.
After being cancelled twice in a row in 2020 and 2021, the 43rd edition of the Paris-Versailles race will be held on 25 September 2022. The Grande Classique, as the race is known, draws 25,000 runners each year. The 16-km route goes from the Eiffel Tower (Quai Jacques Chirac) to the Château de Versailles.
Outings with children in Paris in September 2022
To get some fresh air and make the most of the late summer days before the kids go back to school, head for La Fête au Bois de Boulogne (formerly known as the Fête à Neuneu) which takes up residence in the Bois de Boulogne in early September (dates to be confirmed). The fair has been delighting young and old for more than 30 years, with rides and attractions for all ages, including merry-go-rounds, mini-roller coasters, swing carousels and a Big Wheel.
Amusement parks and theme parks will of course stay open as autumn begins in September.
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