By Megan Millisky
Paris, France is one of the most popular destinations in the entire world. October vacationers are especially in luck, because the city has thrilling events all month long - including Halloween. Don't miss out on these Paris events: winding through an art festival, tasting fine chocolates, enjoying a concert under the Eiffel Tower, and more!
1.Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival
October 9-13, join Parisian residents and wine-lovers in attending rare wine auctions, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and eating a tasty meal. Each year as many as 20,000 people attend this four day event. Spend a leisurely afternoon shopping your way through some of the festival’s 500 vendors.
Venue to be announced. Address: Paris, France
2. Paris White Night
Check out this super cool late-night art event happening October 5. The art festival features the works of Parisian artists and aims to bring art to the streets where it can be accessed by all from 7pm-7am. This years’ festival will light up the area from Porte de la Villette to the Porte de Pantin.
3. Salon du Chocolat
This festival is a must-go for all foodies with a sweet tooth. With over five hundred vendors selling everything from pastries, ice cream, chocolate, and much more, you’ll be bringing home sweet souvenirs for everyone! The event takes place October 30-November 3.
4. Concert at the Eiffel Tower
Create a truly unforgettable night with a concert at the Eiffel Tower! Enjoy solo and chamber music. On October 5, take in the beautiful acoustics on the first floor of this iconic structure.
5. Leonardo da Vinci Louvre Exhibit
Starting October 24, the incredible works of artist Leonardo da Vinci will be featured in one comprehensive exhibit. The Louvre will feature many of da Vinci’s drawings and a selection of his paintings and sculptures.
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
6. Outsider Art Festival
October 17-20 attend one of Paris’ most elegant art fairs. From primitive drawings to contemporary paintings, the festival aims to be all-inclusive. The event is held at Rue de Richelieu, a charming neighborhood full of restaurants and hotels.
7. Paris Animal Expo
This annual event from October 5-6 is one of Paris’ biggest expos. Join local Parisians as they admire some of the 800 cats, 400 dogs, or 3,000 fish to find their new pet! The festival is inexpensive and hugely popular.
**Address: Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris, France
8. Musical Waters at the Chateau de Versailles
Saturdays and Sundays in the month of October, roam the impeccable gardens at the Chateau de Versailles. Wander the pathways and be amused by the Musical Fountains Show, where the water of the fountains dances to the beat of classical music.
Address: Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
9. Paris Catacombs Tour
Add a spooky and fascinating stop to your Paris trip. The bones of roughly six million Parisians create the halls of this macabre site. There are 1.2 miles of corridors full of human bones and skulls to view. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is located in Paris’ 14th district.
10. Halloween at Manoir de Paris
If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris on Halloween, celebrate in style with spooky show! The show is brought to life by actors who create an interactive haunted house. Prepare to learn about the Phantom of the Opera, the Père Lacahise cemetary, and the Man in the Iron Mask - and you may get to participate in the show!