What to do in Paris in September in 2021

Cultural events and festivals abound in Paris in the wake of summer.

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.


Panthéon, Vue parties hautes, Paris © OTCP

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 (dates to be announced).

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.

 More info about the European Heritage Days in Paris


Famille dans un musée, Paris

New exhibitions are a major feature of the back-to-school period in September.

The Musée Jacquemart-André is spotlighting one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli, and his workshop in the exceptional exhibition Botticelli, un laboratoire de la Renaissance (from 11 September 2021). Initially scheduled for 2020, this retrospective features about 40 of Botticelli’s works, together with those of other artists working in Florence during the same period.

Festivities and festivals in Paris in September 2021

The summer season continues,...

For fans of jazz and swingJazz 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.

Fairs, sporting events, and great moments in September 2021 in Paris

Fashion and design events

S2S Group - Défilé mode Fashion Week, Paris

During Paris Design Week, the City of Light turns into the world’s design capital (from Thursday 9 to Monday 13 September 2021). Each year the event draws more than a hundred designers from around the globe who come to Paris to show their latest creations. What’s more, if the situation allows, the prestigious Maison & Objet trade fair will hold the physical version of its 2021 edition in conjunction with Paris Design Week. 

Watch out for your eyes, Fashion Week is back (September 27, 2021) with women's ready-to-wear fashion shows (until October 5, 2021).

From 16 to 20 September, the ‘Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris’ antique fair, organized by the National Union of Antique Dealers, will take place at the Temporary Grand Palais. Designers, interior designers, contemporary artists and even jewellers will be taking part in this prestigious event.  

Sports events in Paris in September 2021 

Cancelled in 2020, the Harmonie Mutuelle Paris half-marathon is due to take place on Sunday 5 September 2021. Marathon runners arrive from the world over to sweat through the streets of Paris and experience this must-do sporting event.

Every year, fans of vintage and classic cars flock to the main hall of the Grand Palais to admire, before the start of the race, the vehicles selected to take part in the Tour Auto Optic 2000. Usually organized in April, the 2021 edition is scheduled to take place in September (date and venue to be announced, due to the temporary closure of the Grand Palais).

Music events in Paris in September 2021

Le Roi Lion show Janique Charles

Awaited with great anticipation, The Lion King musical – seen by more than 100 million people worldwide – returns to the Mogador Theatre to enchant audiences of all ages.

Postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions, Marie-Claude Pietragalla’s dance performance, La femme qui danse, is due to open at the Madeleine Theatre on 23 September and run until 6 November 2021.

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 on 26 September 2021.

Outings with children in Paris in September 2021

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.

In 2020, the Paris City Hall launched a call for projects to ‘Reinvent Paris’, and one of the submissions received proposed repurposing underground venues. The plan is to transform the former metro station Croix-Rouge, in the 6th arrondissement, into a commercial and social venue, including an underground market, restaurant and bar! An opening date has not yet been announced, but it is hoped that the project will be completed in the third or fourth quarter of 2021.

European Heritage Days

Exhibition | Celebration
September 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Discover or rediscover Parisian museums and monuments over one exclusive weekend

L’Arc de Triomphe empaqueté

from 18 September 2021 to 03 October 2021
Arc de Triomphe - Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris

Artist Christo is wrapping the Arc de Triomphe as a unique temporary work

Open Day in the Art Studios of Ménilmontant

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
September 2021
Quartier de Ménilmontant - Rue de Ménilmontant, Paris

This studio open day allows us to get a feel for what's happening on the contemporary art scene, with the artists

Autumn Festival in Paris

Festival | Show - dance | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
from 05 September 2020 to 07 February 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Every year, the public can discover almost 50 shows in various venues and institutions in Paris and around the Ile-de-France regio...

Jazz à La Villette

Festival | Jazz music
August - september 2021
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

A line-up featuring the most innovative artists in all styles of jazz

Les Solistes à Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
Exceptional concert on the 10th of March 2021 at Salle Cortot
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

This classical music festival has put a spotlight on young European virtuosos

Silhouette Festival

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
August 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

For a week at the end of summer, the Silhouette association puts on a free festival dedicated to short films.

Garden and urban agriculture festival

September 2021
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Over one weekend, the city's parks and gardens invite you to celebrate the beauty of nature during the Fête des Jardins (Garden Fe...


September 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The festival eco-citizen returns in 2020 for a 12th edition.

Paris Design Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
from 09 September 2021 to 18 September 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Paris: The world capital of design.

Paris Fashion Week

Festival | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
September 2021
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Paris, more than ever the fashion capital!

La Parisienne (Cancelled)

Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

La Parisienne, the 6.7 km women-only race, sees contestants run through the heart of the capital


from 26 September 2021 to 26 September 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Every year, 25,000 runners take part in the 16km race Paris-Versailles

Techno Parade

Celebration | Modern music
September 2021
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

This mega festive event attracts a large public who come to parade through the streets of Paris to promote electronic music cultur...


Sport | Celebration
September 2021
Parc du Champ-de-Mars - Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet, Paris

On the Champs de Mars, the big meeting point for families and athletes