Paris in September – Top things to do


Visiting Paris in September or returning to the city like many Parisianers? Whatever are your reasons to be there, this is the perfect time to experience and enjoy a mild “rentrée”: lovely weather, tourist mobs gone and lot of new things to do either over the weekend or on working days.Septemberinparis

La Parisienne (Sept 11) is a famous 7 km race for women, which takes place every year in Paris in September along the Seine, Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées. A dream journey for all woman runners who generally participate in teams (friends, colleagues…)

Festival America (Sept 8 to Sept 11): a festival about American literature in Vincennes with focus this year on the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America. Nice opportunity to meet US American writers and to discover Vincennes of course.

Journées du Patrimoine (Sept 17 and 18): a well-known weekend for all French heritage lovers who have the opportunity to visit famous French government buildings, city halls and national institutions… or the hidden part of public monuments.

Biennale des Antiquaires (Sept 10 to Sept 18) at the Grand Palais: High place for one of the world’s most important antique fairs.

Lot of new exhibitions should open during the second part of this month and will last till the beginning of next year. Plenty of time to visit them, but I would like to recommend two of them as there seem to be of new interest:

  • Fantin-Latour – « À fleur de peau » at Musée du Luxembourg (Sept 14 to Feb 12): this is the first exhibition since 1982 of the whole work of this emblematic painter of the 19th century. Certainly the first to visit on my list.
  • Ben “Tout est art?” at Musée Mayol (Sept 14 to Jan 15): Ben is a provocative French iconic artist. Maybe you already know him through his street art? Why not to view another part of his art and visit the new Musée Mayol after its renovation?

And don’t miss this temporary exhibition of Manola Valdés at Place Vendôme (from Sept 08 to Oct 05 ): The famous Spanish artist especially created 6 very big woman sculptures which should fit perfectly to this beautiful place.

“Bonne rentrée” !

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