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Paris September 2011 Events: What to See & Do


Bestselling author Elaine Sciolino at the American Library in Paris [1]

7   Evening with an Author: Elaine  Sciolino, author of La Seduction [2]: How the French Play the Game of Life


Jazz à la Villette [3] [concerts]

Through the 11th A fantastic lineup continues featuring great artists from Macy Gray to Maceo Parker.


Le Grand FeuThe French Will Never Forget. ©JP Heim [4]

10 The largest fireworks display in all of Europe

The French Will Never Forget 9/11 Commemoration at Trocadéro [5]

11 the main Sept. 11 memorial in Paris


Sept. 11 Memorials & Commemorations in Paris & France [5]

10 & 11 story has list of events


Avril Lavigne in concert at the Zenith Concert Hall [6]

16, 17   Avril Lavigne


Journées Européennes du Patrimoine / Heritage Days

17, 18 14,000 buildings all over France open their usually closed doors to the public—everything from politicians’ homes to museums will be open and free to enter


Jerry Seinfeld one-man show

18 Jerry Seinfeld comes to Paris for a one-off performance at La Nouvelle Eve [8] cabaret in Montmartre


Author Tatiana de Rosnay at the American Library in Paris [1]

22 Evening with an Author: Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah’s Key [9] [current film release]


La Garde Républicaine Ouvre ses Portes [10]

24, 25 The Gendarmerie opens its doors to the public only 2 days annually; great family/children’s event.


Paris – Versailles [11][Walk-Run [11]]

25 A 16K walk-run race starts at the Eiffel Tower & ends at the Château de Versailles.

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2011. Model wearing Lefranc Ferrant

Jimmy Buffet in concert at the Olympia Concert Hall [12]

26 Jimmy Buffet concert, an annual “parrotheads” gathering in Paris

Paris Fashion Week–Ready-to-Wear Mode à Paris [13]

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


Paris-Deauville vintage car display [14] [Musée Ephémère]   

30 Beautiful vintage cars displayed at Place Vendôme the eve before the Paris-Deauville Rally departs from Paris


Château de Versailles [15]Grand Trianon

The 18th Century Back in Fashion, through October 9th — a must for Marie Antoinette fans!




Château de Versailles Grand Fountain Shows [16]

The Versailles Fountains

Saturday and Sundays through October 30th

Fountains are also on Tuesdays through June 28th.  11am – 12pm and 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Le XIIIe Siècle au Goût du Jour, through October 9th in the Grand Trianon

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes [16]

Saturdays from June 18th through September 3rd A wonderful evening at the Château de Versailles including everything from serenades in the Hall of Mirrors to the gardens and fountains being illuminated to fireworks at the end of the evening.


Pianissimo & American Jazz Festival [17]

Through Sept. 3rd This is a festival held at the famous jazz club, Sunset-Sunside, featuring the big guns on today’s jazz scene


Festival Silhouette [18]

Through Sept. 4th 10th year for this late-summer open-air cinema festival showcasing international & French films.


Festival Itinérant des Arènes de Montmartre [19]

Through the 5th For the 11th year, this travelling theatre festival hits Paris. Headlined by Mystère Buffa.


Jazz à la Villette [3]

Through the 11th A fantastic lineup continues featuring great artists from Macy Gray to Maceo Parker.


Festibacchus [20]

2-4 Join the 15,000 + people who will descend on Bercy for the 6th annual wine salon in the open air


High Tea & Fashion Show at Le Bristol (Thés à la Mode) [21]

3 A gourmet afternoon of tea combined with luxurious fashion to pass an afternoon in Paris


Opéra en Plein Air [22]

7-10 Madame Butterfly comes to life with the l’Hôtel National des Invalides as the dramatic backdrop to set the scene

Paris Furniture Fair/Maison et Objet [23] [professionals only]

9-13 The fair is held at the Paris Nord Villepinte and showcases the latest in home furnishing and design


Vaux le Vicomte au Temps des Mousquetaires [24]

9, 10, 11 & 16, 17 18 Open-air theatre in the courtyard of Vaux le Vicomte


Le Grand Feu [4]

10 The largest fireworks display in all of Europe


Château de Vincennes [25]

16-18 The restored Château revealed


Journées Européennes du Patrimoine / Heritage Days [7]

17, 18 14,000 buildings all over France open their usually closed doors to the public—everything from politicians’ homes to museums will be open and free to enter


17 Starting from 11am at Place de la République, this whacky parade is a sight to behold.



Jerry Seinfeld One-Man Show

18 Jerry Seinfeld comes to Paris for a one-off performance at La Nouvelle Eve [8] cabaret in Montmartre


La Garde Républicaine Ouvre ses Portes [10]

24, 25 The Gendarmerie opens its doors to the public only 2 days annually; great family/children’s event.


Norman Rockwell art exhibition Anagama Gallery in Versailles [27]

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


Paris – Versailles [11][Walk-Run [11]]

25 A 16K walk-run race starts at the Eiffel Tower & ends at the Château de Versailles.

Paris Fashion Week–Ready-to-Wear Mode à Paris [13]

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


Paris-Deauville Rally [14] [Musée Ephémère]  

30 Over 50 beautiful vintage cars will be put on display at Place Vendôme the eve before the rally takes off from Paris


Grand Crus Tea Tasting [28]

Monthly Tea-Tastings in English, the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:30 pm, and the last Thursday morning of every month from 10am-12 noon.  20€/person. Reservations: [email protected] [29] or call 01 5330 0524.




Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame – Crypte Archéologique du Parvis Notre Dame [30]

Et Lutèce devint Paris, through February 26, 2012


Arts & Crafts Museum – Musée des Arts et Métiers [31]

History of the Paris Métro, through January 1st 2012


Branly Museum on Quai Branly – Musée du Quai Branly [32]

Maya, through October 2nd

Photoquai 2011 opens September 13th through December 4th


Bourdelle Museum – Musée Bourdelle [33]

18th Century Back in Fashion

Permanent collection on view

Cartier Foundation Gallery – Fondation Cartier [34]

Les Trésors du Vaudou, through September 25th


Château de Versailles [15] – Grand Trianon

The 18th Century Back in Fashion, through October 9th — a must for Marie Antoinette fans!


Children’s Interactive Art Museum – Musée en Herbe [35]

Keith Haring Hieroglyphs, through Dec. 31


Cinema Museum – la Cinémathèque française [36]

Blake Edwards film retrospective starts Aug. 24


City of Science & Industry Museum & Children’s Museum – Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie [37]

Tous Connectés, through December 31th

Santé et Jeux, through October 2nd

Océan, Climat et Nous, through June 2012


Costume & Theater Set Design Museum – Centre National du Costume de Scène [38]

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


Decorative Arts Museum – Musée des Arts Décoratifs [39]

Verre à Venise – 3 Artists, 3 Visions, through September 4th

Hussein Chalayan, Récits en Mode, through November 13th

Animal, through December 11th


European House of Photography – La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (AKA “MEP”) [40]

L’Ombre de la Guerre, through September 25th

Jane Evelyn Atwood “Photographies 1976-2010”, through September 25th

Génération de l’Air, through September 25th

Xavier Fourtou “Portrait Brésilien”, through September 25th

Xavier Lamours “XL”, through September 25th


Giverny Impressionism Museum (near Monet’s gardens) – Giverny Impressionists Museum [41]

The Clark Institute Collection, Impressionist masterpieces by Renoir, etc., through October 31st

[reviewed in 24Aug issue of BonjourParis [42]here]


Grand Palace Museum, Palace of Discovery – Grand Palais / Palais de la Découverte [43]

23-25, La Fête de la danse par Blanca Li au Grand Palais [dance]

Vous Avez Dit Chimie?, through October 30th


Holocaust Memorial Museum – Mémorial de la Shoah [44]

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann [45], through Sept. 28


Jacquemart-André Museum – Musée Jacquemart-André [46]

Fra Angelico [47] et les Maîtres de la Lumière, opens September 23rd through January 16th 2012


Jewish Art & History Museum – Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme [48]

La Collection Contemporaine du MAHJ, July 3rd through September 11th


Legion of Honor Museum – Musée National de la Légion d’Honneur [49]

Permanent collection on view


Louvre Museum  – Musée du Louvre [50]

Contemporary Art: Michal Rovner, through September 5th

The Art of Paper, through September 5th

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminations, [51] through October 3rd

From Fininguerra to Botticelli, The Early Italian Workshop of the Renaissance, through October 3rd


Luxembourg Garden Museum – Musée du Luxembourg [52]

Upcoming exhibition: Cézanne et Paris, opening October 12th


Maillol Museum; Dina Vierny Foundation – Musée Maillol [53]

Pompéi, opens September 21st through February 12th 2012


Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris [54]

Huit Maîtres de l’Ukiyo-e [55], opens September 18th through December 17th


Maritime Museum at Palais de Tokyo – Musée National de la Marine [56]

Sciences Bleues, Couleurs Outre-mer, through September 12th


Modern Art Museum of Paris – Musée d’Art  Moderne de la Ville de Paris [57]

Marc Desgrandchamps, through September 4th

Cécile Paris Rythme, through September 11th

Baselitz Sculpteur, opens September 30th through January 29th


Mona Bismark Foundation & American Cultural Center/Gallery [58]

No current exhibition


Montparnasse Museum – Le Musée du Montparnasse [59]

Pierre Seghers. Poésie, la Vie Entière, through October 7th


Natural History Museum – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle [60]

Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st

Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton [61], through December 31st

Kayapó, through October 31st


Orsay Museum – Musée d’Orsay [62]

Beauty, pleasure and morality in the England of Oscar Wilde [63], opens September 13th


Palais Garnier [64]

Tragic Heroines of the Palais Garnier 1875-1939, through September 25th


Paris City Hall Gallery – Hôtel de Ville [65]

Paris Sur Seine: des anciens quais à Paris Plages, through September 17th


Petit Palais Fine Arts Museum of Paris –  Petit Palais Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris [66]

Charlotte Perriand 1903-1999, through September 18th

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


Pinacothèque Art Museum of Paris – Pinacothèque [67]

Romanov, Tsars Collectionneurs, through September 15th

Esterházy, Princes Collectionneurs, through September 15th

Giacometti et les Etrusques, opens September 16th through January 8th 2012


Pompidou Modern Art Museum – Centre Georges Pompidou [68]

Paris – Delhi – Bombay, through September 19th [review in 21Aug issue of BonjourParis here [69]]

Accrochage, Histoire de l’Atelier Brancusi, through November 7th

Des Années 1960 à Nos Jours, through February 13th 2012


Red House Foundation (Albert de Galbert Foundation) – La Maison Rouge [70]

My Winnipeg, through September 25th

Future Exhibition: Mémoires du Futur, opens October 22nd through January 2012


Romantic-Writers Museum – Musée de la Vie Romantique [71]

La Nouvelle Athènes, permanent exhibition


Versailles Palace – Château de Versailles [15]

Venet à Versailles, through November 1st

Le XVIIIe au Goût du Jour, through October 9th


Zadkine (sculpture) Museum & Garden – Musée Zadkine [72]

Frédérique Lucien – Introspectives, through September 4th

Closed Sept. 5-Dec. 2011 for maintenance




Bercy [73]

No concerts until October


Châtelet Theater Grand Foyer Concerts – Grand Foyer du Châtelet [74]

17   Soirée Classique: piano et harpe


Cigale Theater – La Cigale [75]

8   Mac Miller

15   Kevin Costner and Modern West

16   The Toxic Avenger, Anorak and Nasser

17   Viviane Émigré

28   Xzibit

30   Black Lips


Olympia Concert Hall – L’Olympia [12]

3-5  Eddy Mitchell

12   Beirut

19   Chris de Burgh

26   Jimmy Buffet

27   The Specials


Le Palais des Congrès de Paris [76]

16   Alain Barrière


Palais des Sports [77]

Dracula, opens September 30th


Salle Pleyel (Classical, Jazz & World Music) [78]

2   Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7   Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

8   Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

9   The Philadelphia Orchestra

14, 15, 17, 21, 22   Orchestre de Paris

16, 23, 30   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

17   London Symphony Orchestra

18   Israel Philiharmonic Orchestra

20   Boris Berezovsky, Brigitte Engerer

24   Karita Mattila, Martin Katz

25   Les Grandes Figures – Beethoven

27   Lucerne Festival Academy


Stade de France [79]

No concerts until October


Zenith Concert Hall – Le Zénith [6]

1   The Offspring

16, 17   Avril Lavigne

22, 23   Just for Love


Jazz Clubs


Sunset-Sunside [80]

Le Caveau de la Huchette [81]

Le Duc des Lombards [82]

Le Caveau des Oubliettes [83]

Le Baiser Salé [84]

New Morning [85]

Swan Bar [86]




Shakespeare and Company [87]

12   The official launch of Nikolai Grozni’s novel, Wunderkind


American Library in Paris [1]

7   Bestselling author Elaine  Sciolino, author of La Seduction [2]: How the French Play the Game of Life

22  Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah’s Key [9] [current film release]


Village Voice Bookshop [88]

15   Richard Zimmler reads from his novel, The Warsaw Anagrams


The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore [89]

No events scheduled




Opéra Garnier [90] Palais Garnier

La Clémence de Titus Conductor Adam Fischer Sept. 10th through Oct. 8th, Mozart’s famous last opera.

Lifar/Ratmansky –  September 21st through October 6th

Serge Lifar choreographs Phèdre

Alexi Ratmansky choreographs Psyché


Opéra Bastille [90]

Salomé Conductor Pinchas Steinberg – September 8th–30th

One single act performs an opera based on a play written by Oscar Wilde

Faust Conductor Alain Lombard – September 22nd through October 25th

An opera in five acts considered by many the most iconic French opera ever performed.


Royal Opera House of Versailles [91]

No performances in September

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