By Nicole Hoey
The City of Love, the City of Light, the Fashion Capital of the World; whatever you call Paris, you’re in for a real treat this September. The city is alive with events and activities as summer fades. Check out nine exciting Parisian events happening this September!
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1. Fête à Neuneu
Started by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, this month-long festival is full of fun and games in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne Park. Come enjoy cotton candy and other sweet treats as you brave thrilling carnival rides, sneaking glimpses of Paris as you ascend to the top of the ferris wheel. Fête à Neuneu is also a great place for adults and children alike, with entertainment sure to amuse everyone in the family!
Address: Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France
2. La Parisienne
One of the biggest all-female races in Europe is hitting the streets of Paris September 6-8. With the actual run starting on Sunday, September 8, you'll have two days to enjoy yoga, musical guests, and other activities. Not into running? Recline in the shade world-famous Parisian monuments like the Eiffel Tower as you watch the racers pass by. The starting line and other events are located here:
Address: Champ de Mars, 2 Place Joffre, 75007 Paris, France
3. Jazz à la Villett
Jazz à la Villett hit the ground running in 2010. The goal is to create an engaging musical experience and teach audiences about jazz. The festival features a number of intimate concerts paying tribute to jazz icons of the past and embracing current artists. Running through September 10, this is not a jazz festival to be missed.
Address: Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
4. Festival d’Automne
Since 1972, the Festival d’Automne has dedicated itself to showcasing some of the best contemporary art in Paris. Artists and visitors (over 250,000) flock to this showcase each year. From theatre to visual art to cinema to dance, this festival will make you realize how many varieties of art are out there to enjoy, starting September 10.
5. Paris Design Week
Over 200 venues are collaborating in this year’s Paris Design Week. The event allows visitors to explore four Parisian neighborhoods and learn about their design. The event has walks with different themes such as #fooddesign or #iconicdesign. Tailor your walk to your own interests as you stroll through the French streets. From September 5-14, the week encapsulates the Parisian lifestyle and offers new ways to view the city’s features. You can also look forward to a special exhibit dedicated to millennial artwork.
Address: 46 rue du Vertbois, 75003 Paris, France
6. La Fête de l’Humanité
The French newspaper, L’Humanité, organizes this enormous festival every year and has become an essential part of French culture. The weekend of September 13-15 will be packed with events and activities such as concerts, trade shows, and amazing food to munch on while you take it all in.
Address: Georges Valbon County Park, 55 Avenue Waldeck Rochet, 93120 La Courneuve, France
7. Classique au Vert
Through mid-September, join a celebration of classical music at the Classique au Vert! The festival is open to all, and you can lounge freely in the open-air concert venue. Located in the middle of the Parc Floral surrounded by flowers and stunning sculptures, there isn’t a better way to enjoy some classical tunes.
Address: Parc Floral Esplanade, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris, France
8. European Heritage Days
The 21st and 22nd of September are dedicated to honoring the heritage and legacy of Paris. What does this mean for visitors? It means you can explore some of the most famous buildings in Paris like the Parliament building, private castles, and more. Entry is free to the public for this weekend only!
The Technoparade started in 1998 as a way to pay homage to electronic music. Since then, about 350,000 people have come tot he parade to hear the newest electronic music. Enjoy from the sidelines (or find a way to join in) as floats, musical guests, and fans roam the streets of Paris on September 21.