Paris Events October 2011: What to See & Do

Paris Events October 2011: What to See & Do

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October 2011 Events in Paris

Photo: ©Francis Beddok


Paris Fashion Week

Through October 5th Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2012 Collections

Chateau de Versailles  Grand Fountain Shows

  • The Versailles Fountains, Saturday and Sundays through October 30th

  • Le XIIIe Siècle au Goût du Jour, through October 9th in the Grand Trianon
  • Venet à Versailles, through November 1st


Nuit Blanche

01 The museums and galleries stay open all night for those who enjoy seeing art in a different light

See our Nuit Blanche guide to free apps for iPhone & Droid, complete schedule

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

2 The 90th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is held at the Hippodrome de Longchamp with a winning purse of over 2 million Euros

Festival d’Ile de France

Through October 9th– Concerts will be held all over the Ile de France in celebration of the end of summer.

Fêtes de Vendages à Montmartre

5-9 The first festival was in 1934 and the tradition carries on.  Come and celebrate the vintage at the annual wine festival

Village de Cirque

5-16 The circus comes to town and sets up just outside of Paris for the show.  This is the 7th year of this circus passing through Paris.

Gourmet & Vins

6-9 All things gourmet come together at this salon fittingly held to fill out the Porte de Versailles

Akiko Ebi and Jay Gottleib, pianos

8 Playing at Le Centquartre Salle 400

Le Hotel Bristol

8 Thé à la Mode – tea and high fashion come together at Le Hôtel Bristol

Food Culture Europe

10-16 There are various food-based experiences to take part in all over the city of Paris from a tasting village on the Esplanade des Invalides to Les Tables dans la Rue on rue Cler – check the website for various offerings

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (a United Nations’ international observation)

17 Meet at Trocadéro for rally that started in Paris in 1987 with 100,000 gathered


Semaine du Goût

17-23 A celebration of all things fabulous about French food.  Top chefs, as well as producers, bring their best to the public at large.

Slick 11

20-23 Usually considered to be the lead-up to FIAC, this is the 6th edition of this contemporary art fair featuring emerging artists with talks and workshops.


20-23 A panoramic view of modern and contemporary art coming together under one roof

David Lebovitz Book Signing

22 Monsieur Lebovitz will be at the Sugarplum Cake Shop signing copies of his book, The Sweet Life

Norman Rockwell comes to the Anagama Gallery in Versailles

Through October 23rd There is little doubt Norman Rockwell’s work crossed your path at some point in your life…

Salon du Chocolat

20-24 Need we say more?  The Salon du Chocolat is not to be missed if you enjoy chocolate!

Chic Art Fair

21-24 Contemporary art as well as street art all come together for a fantastic showing.  This is the debut of this art fair with over 50 galleries exhibiting


Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame – Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre Dame

Et Lutèce devint Paris, through February 26, 2012

Branly Museum on Quai Branly — Musée du Quai Branly

  • Maya, through October 2nd
  • Photoquai 2011, through December 4th

Bourdelle Museum — Musée Bourdelle

Upcoming Exhibition: Antoine Bourdelle / Que du Dessin, opens November 9th through January 29th 2012

Cartier Foundation Gallery — Fondation Cartier

Mathematics – A Beautiful Elsewhere, opening October 21st through March 18th, 2012

Château de Versailles – Grand Trianon

The 18th Century Back in Fashion, through October 9th

Children’s Interactive Art Museum – Musée en Herbe

Keith Haring Hieroglyphs, through Dec. 31

Cinema Museum — Cinémathèque

Metropolis, opens October 19th through January 29th 2012

City of Science & Industry Museum & Children’s Museum — Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

  • Tous Connectés, through December 31th
  • Santé et Jeux, through October 2nd
  • Océan, Climat et Nous, through June 30th 2012

Costume & Theater Set Design Museum — Centre National du Costume de Scène

L’Art du Costume à la Comédie-Française, through December 31st

Decorative Arts Museum — Musée des Arts Décoratifs

  • Hussein Chalayan, Récits en Mode, through November 13th
  • Plastique Ludique: Libuse Niklová, through November 6th
  • Animal, through November 30th

European House of Photography — La Maison Européenne de la Photographie  (AKA “MEP”)

No current exhibition

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Lewis Hine, through December 18th

Giverny Impressionism Museum  (near Monet’s gardens) — Giverny Impressionists Museum

The Clark’s Collection, from Manet to Renoir, through October 31st

Grand Palace Museum, Palace of Discovery — Grand Palais  / Palais de la Découverte

Vouz Avez Dit Chimie?, through October 30th

Holocaust Memorial Museum — Mémorial de la Shoah

No current exhibit

Jacquemart-André Museum — Musée Jacquemart André

Fra Angelico et les Maîtres de la Lumière, through January 16th 2012

Jeu de Paume

  • Diane Arbus, opens October 18th through February 5th
  • Audrey Cottin: Charlie & Sabrina, opens October 18th through February 5th
  • Blow Up / Cycle “Side Effects”, through March 15th 2012

Jewish Art & History Museum — Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Walter Benjamin Archives, opens October 12th through February 5th 2012

Legion of Honor Museum — Musée National de la Légion d’Honneur

Permanent collection on view

Louvre Museum  — Musée du Louvre

  • Medieval and Renaissance Illuminations, through October 10th
  • From Fininguerra to Botticelli, The Early Italian Workshop of the Renaissance, through October 10

Luxembourg Garden Museum — Musée du Luxembourg

Cézanne et Paris, opening October 12th through February 26th 2012

Maillol Museum; Dina Vierny Foundation — Musée Maillol

Pompéi, through February 12th 2012

Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

Huit Maîtres de l’Ukiyo-e, through December 17th

Maritime Museum at Palais de Tokyo — Musée Nationale de la Marine

  • Paquebot France, through October 23rd
  • Georges Rohner et la Guadaloupe (1934-1936), opens October 19th through January 16th 2012

Modern Art Museum of Paris — Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Baselitz Sculpteur, through January 29th

Mona Bismark Foundation  & American Cultural Center/Gallery

The Wyeths, Three Generations of American Art, opening November 10th through February 12th

Montparnasse Museum — Le Musée du Montparnasse

  • Pierre Seghers. Poésie, la Vie Entière, through October 7th
  • Art Tunis-Paris, opens October 11th through the 30th

Museum of Armor –Musée de l’Armée

Napoléon III et l’Italie, opens October 19th through January 15th 2012

Musée de l’Orangerie

L’Espagne Entre Deux Siècles de Zuloaga à Picasso, opens October 7th through January 9th 2012

Natural History Museum — Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

  • Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st
  • Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through December 31st
  • Kayapó, through October 31st

Orsay Museum—Musée d’Orsay

Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde, through January 15th 2012

Palais Garnier

No current exhibition

Paris City Hall Gallery — Hôtel de Ville

No current exhibition

Petit Palais Fine Arts Museum of Paris —  Petit Palais — Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Cranache et Dürer  Graveurs: rivalité et émultation, through November 13th

Pinacothèque Art Museum of Paris — Pinacothèque

Giacometti et les Etrusques, through January 8th 2012

Pompidou Modern Art Museum — Centre Georges Pompidou

  • Accrochage, Histoire de l’Atelier Brancusi, through November 7th
  • Edvard Munch, l’oeil Moderne 1900-1944, through January 9th 2012
  • Des Années 1960 à Nos Jours, through February 13th 2012

Red House Foundation (Albert de Galbert Foundation) — La Maison Rouge

Mémoires du Futur, opens October 22nd through January 15th 2012

Romantic-Writers Museum — Musée de la Vie Romantique

  • La Nouvelle Athènes, permanent exhibition
  • Paris Proche et Lointain, Patrick Faigenbaum, indefinite duration

Skilled Arts & Crafts Museum — Les Arts et Métiers

History of the Paris Métro, through January 1st 2012

Versailles Palace — Château de Versailles

  • Venet à Versailles, through November 1st
  • Le XVIIIe au Goût du Jour, through October 9th

Zadkine (sculpture) Museum & Garden — Musée Zadkine

Closed Sept. 5-Dec. 2011 for maintenance



1   Booba

3, 4   George Michael

6   Brittney Spears

8    La Nuit d’Outre Mer

17   Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler

18, 19   Red Hot Chili Peppers

20, 21   Rhianna

22   Hubert Felix Thiefaine

Cigale Theater — La Cigale

1   Black Beautes Awards 2011

2   Rock n Roll Legend

3 – 5   Cabaret Burlesque

7   Cascadeur

8   Paul Comelade + Male Instrumenty

9   Steve Hackett

10   Jehro

12-15   Arthur

12   Staind

18   Steve-O

19   Imany

20   Asaf Avidan

21   The Bewitched Hands

22   Caravan Palace

23, 24   Groundation

25   Fink

26   Imelda May

27   Guillaume Grand

28   Tremplin Milonga 2011

29   Oldelaf

30   Battle Afro

Olympia Concert Hall — L’Olympia

3, 4   Pink Martini

7–9    Serge Lama

10   Status Quo

11   Staff Benda Bilili

13   Milow

14   Crosby & Nash

15   Zaza Fournier

19   Avisha Choen

20   Feist

21-23   Stephane Rousseau

24, 25   Julien Dore

26   Nikki Yanofsky

28-30   Pierre Perret

31   Brigitte

Le Palais des Congrès de Paris

8   Thomas Dutronc

13   Robin Gibb

16, 17   Les Flammes de Paris

21   Les Solistes du Ballet de l’Opéra Nationale de Paris

23   Oui Oui et le Cadeau Surprise

24-30   Une Femme Nommée Marie

Palais des Sports

Dracula, through October 30th

Salle Pleyel (Classical, Jazz & World Music)

1, 8   Orchestre Pasdeloup

1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22   Orchestre de Paris

2   Orchestre de Colonne

3   Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

4   Juan Diego Floréz

5   Aldo Ciccolini

7, 14, 21   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

8   Lucerne Festival Orchestra

9   Perspectives Pollini

11   Jorge Luis Prats

15, 16   Weekend Schubert/Korngold

17   Russian National Orchestra

18   Orchestre National d’Ile de France

22, 23   Beethoven: Intégrales des Symphonies

24   Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

25 26,29, 30, 31   The Cleveland Orchestra

27   David Krakauer

Stade de France

No concerts in October

Zenith Concert Hall — Le Zénith

1   Paris Kompa Fest Indies

8   Reggaeton Festival

12   Abba Mania

14, 15    Gregoire

20   Bruno Mars

21   Mademoiselle K

28   James Blunt

Châtelet Theater Grand Foyer Concerts — Grand Foyer du Châtelet

14   Soirée Classique: violin, Jean-Jacques Kantrow & piano, Pierre-Alain Volondant

Jazz Concert & Jazz Clubs


American Library in Paris

4   Evenings with an Author: Ann Mah and Lisa Pasold

12   Evenings with an Author: Anne Marsella

19   Evenings with an Author: Joan Nathan

Village Voice Bookshop

4   Martha Dow Fehsenfeld & Lois More Overbeck discuss their published work, The Letters of Samuel Beckett

13   Philip Weinstein on the question of race and art in the life of William Faulkner

18   Janine di Giovanni and Tahar Ben Jelloun discuss, Granta 116: 10 Years Later

W.H. Smith

6   Mark Tungate launches his 6th book, Branded Beauty

20   Susan Hochbaum presents and signs, Pastry Paris

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

No events scheduled


Opéra Garnier [Palais Garnier]

  • La Clémence de Titus Conductor Adam Fischeropens – through October 8th
  • Lifar/Ratmansky – through October 6th
  • Serge Lifar choreographs Phèdre  / Alexi Ratmansky choreographs Psyché
  • La Source – Choreographer Jean-Guillaume Bart, opens October 22nd through November 12th

Opéra Bastille

  • Faust – Conductor Alain Lombard – through October 25th
  • Tannhäuser – Conductor Sir Mark Elder, opens October 6th through October 29th
  • Lulu – Conductor Michael Schonwandt, opens October 18th through November 5th

Royal Opera House of Versailles

No performances in October

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