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Things to do in Paris in September

August 21, 2021
With summer drawing to a close and autumn looming, keep busy with our list of things to do in Paris in September. From shopping events to cultural happenings, these are the most exciting things going on in the French capital.

European Heritage Days

When? From September 20 2019 to 22 September 2019

Across Europe, heritage days allow you to have a look inside some of the city’s most stunning buildings for free and experience some truly breath-taking architecture. In Paris over the weekend of the 20th of September you can explore stunning buildings like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. A unique chance to have a look beyond what the tourists can usually see. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Paris Tourist Office


Silhouette Short Film Festival

When? From 30 August 2019 to 7 September 2019

Taking place in Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge in Paris's 19th arrondissement, the Silhouette Short Film Festival is a must visit for movie buffs. The festival will showcase 100 different French and international short films in a variety of categories ranging from drama and documentary to animation and silent. Every evening the program will kick off at 6:30pm with films starting at 9pm.


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Paris Tourist Office


Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Pompidou

When? From 11 September 2019 to 20 January 2019

For this landmark retrospective, the Pompidou looks back at Francis Bacon’s most prolific works and celebrates the British artist. The exhibition insists on “the relationship between his paintings and his literary interests” and will hopefully shine new light on his genius. After the exhibition, take a stroll around the historic Marais district and sample some of the best coffees in Paris at one of the surrounding coffee shops. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Centre Pompidou


Jazz à La Villette

When? From 29 August 2019 to 10 September 2019

For two weeks at the beginning of September, the city of Paris comes alive with jazz music. Based around improvised music, the festival aims to highlight up and coming artists and innovative musicians. More than 30,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the various venues for a fortnight of music like no other. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: La Villette



When? Throughout September 2019

This arts festival aims to promote sustainable culture throughout the month of September and takes place in some of Paris’s most beautiful parks and gardens. All of the events are free and will showcase a mix of amateur and professional artists. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Arts In The City


Paris Fashion Week

When? From 23 September 2019 to 30 September 2019

Twice a year in February and September, the fashion world descends on Paris for the couture and ready-to-wear shows, showcasing the best in French and international fashion. The front row is reserved for A-listers and industry insiders but if you can blag your way into a show, its well worth the hustle. The Chanel show is always the highlight with dazzling set design and a glitzy audience. 


La Parisienne

When? From 06 September 2019 to 08 September 2019

A unique running event reserved exclusively for females has been taking place at the beginning of September for a few years. There are a couple of different distances but the main event is the 10k which begins underneath the Eiffel Tower. Running around all of Paris’s most iconic sights with a pack of inspiring women is an experience not to be missed. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Le Grand Macaron


Techno Parade

When? 28 September 2019

If techno music is your jam then you’ll love Techno Parade. This festival is an homage to techno music with some huge artists and DJs performing. Created in 1998 to bring some of the world’s best electronic acts to Paris, Techno Parade has been going from strength to strength every year. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Techno Parade 


Fête des Jardins

When? From 14 September 2019 to 15 September 2019

Nature lovers will revel in the beauty of this autumnal festival as the city’s parks and gardens come alive with golden hues and seasonal leaves. Free activities are organised in every arrondissement and there will beguiled tours, workshops and demonstrations taking place throughout the city. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Que Faire Paris


Madame Butterfly: Paris opera

When? 14 September 2019 and 19 September 2019

At the world-famous Opera Bastille in September you will have two opportunities to see the mesmerising Madame Butterfly on stage. Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera looks at Japan in the early 20th century and is guaranteed to provide a memorable evening. 


Things to do in Paris in September

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Car Free Day 

When? 22 September 2019

For one day in September, the streets of central Paris go quiet and cars are banned from driving. This is a unique way to experience the city. Take a look at our guide to how the locals get around Paris and choose your mode of transport. Hiring a bike is a fun way to see the sights and it’s never safer than on the car free day. 


Things to do in Paris in September

Source: Paris Tourist Office



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