Autumn starts on September 21 but often, the Summer lasts a few more weeks and on the third week-end of September comes the
“Heritage Days” (called “Journées du Patrimoine”), when Paris opens its finest monuments, public and private buildings, when you can
visit the city hall, the senate or even the presidential palace.
The calm and the warmth of the summer has faded and Paris is full of amber light. The leaves begin to fall as the Spring/Summer
fashion for the next year arrives. The evening of the “Nuit Blanche” on the first week-end of October enables
you to visit contemporary art installations and musical events cover the capital. One of the most important contemporary art events, the FIAC presents some of
the most innovative and well-known creative talent in the world.
For the foodies, Autumn is one of the most important seasons, with mushrooms, games and other specialties, as well as the wine
harvest of Paris’ only vineyard in Montmartre. In the first weekend of October, the “Commanderie de la Clos Montmartre” puts up for
auction its previous years’ crops, and on the third Thursday of November , the Beaujolais Nouveau arrives, and is tasted in a number of
festive events in the capital.
In the first week of October is the “Mondial de l’Automobile” one of the most
important car shows of the year, as well as the “Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe”, the biggest horse race in the world ,which names the best throroughbred
of the year at the Longchamp racecourse.
Soon, one may stroll the streets of Paris, see Christmas lights and illuminations, and from mid-November, see the illuminations
of the avenue des Champs Elysees, which is lit for two months. And at the end of November, beginning of December is Paris’ most exciting gastronomic event, La Semaine du Fooding, where a number of events take place featuring some of the world’s most interesting chefs, offering their cuisine to the general public.