Paris in October
Here are five amazing things you can do in Paris in October
1.) Grape Picking Festival in Montmartre
Wine in Paris and in France is more than a tradition, it’s part of our identity. So, as strange as it may seem, there are still a few vineyards in Paris. Every year in October, Montmartre becomes a temple for wine lovers. Harvesting the grapes becomes an excuse to party and drink wine together. Even if the wine from Montmartre is not a “grand crue”, you shouldn’t miss this festival as it’s a great way to meet local people, drink wine and celebrate this event together!
After the grape picking in Montmartre you should continue your research into French cuisine and its secrets. One of those secrets is the “wedding” of wine and food. For that kind of “wedding” to be perfect, you’ll need to find the right wine to go with the meal of the season. In every French restaurant, the cook will give you advice on the perfect wine that goes with your meal. If you wish to learn more about seasonal French food you should definitely take a French Cooking Class. You will discover a local market, learn how to prepare traditional dishes and enjoy a full meal while drinking the perfect wine for it.
As it may rain in October in Paris, it is wise to have an indoor plan. For this purpose, we highly recommend the Orangerie museum which hosts some of Monet’s masterpieces, such as the “water-lilies”. L’Orangerie is the most peaceful and relaxing museum of Paris. You could spend hours admiring these massive paintings and analyzing every detail, every brush stroke. The benches around the museums allow you to sit and enjoy these awe-inspiring works of art by Monet.
4.) A walk in the Marais
In October the weather can be either very cold or quite warm, so you might realize that you don’t have all the clothes you need to deal with this. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t panic, Paris has everything you need, and you’ll be able to find clothes quite easily in Paris. The Marais is the perfect place to shop and also discover a bit of French history. This neighborhood is one of the oldest in Paris and at the same time the most fashionable and trendy one. If you want to discover the stories of this area and the best streets for shopping, you should go on a Walking Tour with a Local Guide to get the most of Le Marais.
5.) L’Opera Garnier
The opera of Paris is a jewel of architecture; it is beautiful from the outside but the inside will leave you breathless. You should really visit this wonderful building, or better yet, try to save an evening for a ballet or an opera. The National Ballet and the most amazing opera singers are regulars at this legendary opera house. An evening in such a place is a pleasure for the eyes, ears and the heart. Once your evening at the opera is over, you should walk to the “Louvre” at night these landmarks are illuminated in the most beautiful light.
Sightseeing in Paris in October
The Eiffel Tower is renowned all around the world, but only a few visitors know that during the night, every hour on the dot, the tower sparkles full of lights like a huge diamond. In October, as days are shorter, the city shows itself in a totally different from at night. This is why you should go the “Champs de Mars” when the sun begins to set. Having a picnic in this garden while watching the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower is a glorious sight. Once your dinner is over, you will get to enjoy the illuminated, sparkling Eiffel Tower. If you get too cold, walk under the Eiffel Tower towards the Trocadero. Here you will have the best view of the Eiffel Tower. In order to fully enjoy it, don’t forget to bring a sweater or a blanket.
Paris Walking Tours in October
We told you to see a show at the Opera Garnier, but if you have the time, you should really explore the whole neighborhood around it. The Opera House is not the only landmark of this district; you should also visit “Place Vendome”, “Concorde Plaza”, and the “Lafayette’s Galleries”. You will also find every store you’re looking for, trendy clothes, designers and international brands. However, if it’s your first time in Paris, we suggest you visit it the area with a guide in order to get the most of it. Landmark Tours are available in this area every day.
Events in Paris in October
Fashion Shows (Spring/Summer)
In October, French designers present their collections for the spring / summer season. This is a great opportunity to discover the new trends. If you’re interested in fashion you can find more information at Mode à Paris.
The Nuit Blanche in Paris is a special night organized by the City Hall, dedicated to the culture. In every cultural place around Paris, you will find music concerts, plays and other cultural activities. Some of them are for free.
October in Paris is dedicated to the 8th art, photography. You will find exhibitions and activities related to photography all around Paris. Some of these activities are for free, so make the most of it!
I used to believe that Paris in October was a bit depressing because the days are so short, but actually, I have come to realize that October is the only month when you can enjoy Paris by night without staying up all night. There are many things to do in Paris in October during the day as well: you can shop, ride a bike and enjoy outdoor activities and when the evening starts you can visit museums or have a nice dinner.Nicolas
Weather in Paris in October
Min 9° C / 48.2° F
Max 16° C / 60.8° F
Average no. of rainy days: 14
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Free Events in Paris in October:
- Grape Picking Festivities in Montmartre
After the grape picking in Montmartre big festivities are organized in the evening. These are a great way to learn more about French culture and traditions.
- The Paris Motor Show
If you’re interested in cars and motorcycles, this car show is for you. It is an exhibition which shows the latest news and innovations in the automobile industry.
- Science Days
From the 1st to the 14th of October, France celebrates science. All around Paris you’ll find free activities related to the sciences. It is always fun and you’ll learn more than you can imagine.