Things to do in Paris in September 2014

December 17th, 2013
Article written by DiscoverWalks

Things to do in Paris in september

Paris in September is the best: Parisians are back from their holidays and take their places in the cafés again, but most of the tourists have left the capital. As it is the end of summer, you can enjoy more or less high temperatures, and the activities of the theaters, museums and concert halls start again, there’s so much things to do in Paris in September!. A lot of exhibitions start in autumn and are not too crowded, because Parisians are usually occupied by their work and young people by their return to school.

The 14th and the 15th of September 2013 will be the European Heritage Days in Paris, and it will be exceptionally possible to the general public to visit official and usually closed historical buildings for free: watch out for the program.

Otherwise, September 2013 could be a good moment to visit the Jacquemart-André museum, one my favourite places in the 8th district of Paris. This museum is a private mansion built at the end of the nineteenth century, and you still can visit the different rooms filled by the collection of works of art that have gathered Mr André and Mrs Jacquemart, a family of bourgeois, from the 1860’s. I particularly like the stair of honor and the winter garden -very elegant. A new exhibition of paintings entitled “Desires and voluptuousness” will take place in this lovely mansion from the 13th of September 2013 to the 20th of January 2014: you will admire artistic works of the Victorian period in England, made by neo-classic painters such as Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton or John Strudwick.

If you take a walk in the Latin Quarter, which will be very lively in September because of the reopening of the universities, and you decide to visit the monumental Panthéon (5th district of Paris), from the 10th of September to the 24th of November, you will be able to have a look at an exhibition about Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the great architect that built the monument between 1758 and 1790 and after who the street that comes up to the Pantheon was named. While in the area, have a look at the probably huge line of students waiting to be registered in the prestigious Sainte Geneviève library – and enjoy your holidays! I would advise that you then go for a walk in the Garden of Luxembourg which starts to change its colours at the end of September, and becomes more picturesque in autumn, for sure one of the nicest things to do in Paris in September.

things to do in Paris in September
Garden of Luxembourg in autumn

In case you would be bored in the peaceful atmosphere of the exhibitions, you will not be disappointed by the noise generated by the Techno parade of the 14th September, on a Saturday afternoon. On the Bastille square, from 2 pm to 5 pm, electronica will be celebrated by 150 French DJs on chariots.

For the fashion-addicts who want to stay up to date with the trends, the Fashion Week for collections of spring-summer 2014 will take place in Paris from the 24th of September to the 2nd of October 2013. Models walks wearing pret-à-porter made by famous creators are expected (Dior, Balenciaga, Hermès, Chanel, Yamamoto… and a lot of others): they are usually established in Chaillot palace (on the Trocadéro square in the 16th district), Salomon de Rothschild hotel (8th district) or Tokyo palace (16th district). It is quite difficult to attend this model’s walks if you are not a journalist and if you are not very wealthy and very famous, but it is said that if you try to mix yourself in with all those people entreat the entrance of the palace, you might be lucky and be accepted to watch the shows.

Visiting Paris in September is definitely a good choice, for your visitor smile will contrast with the grumpy faces of Parisian children with schoolbags on their back!

LouiseArticle written by Louise, City Guide at Discover Walks Paris

Louise is a city guide for Discover Walks in Paris and she attends political science lessons at Sciences Po. She is an expert in French literature, an amateur of “macarons”, and she is fond of wandering in Parisian gardens at the end of the day. She lives on the left-bank of Paris but also enjoys herself during her tours on the right-bank.