This post lists our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris, including popular events, attractions, and festivals that are happening October 2021.
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
Our top 10 list includes some free things to do, family-friendly activities, and events happening in the evenings.
When planning your activities for the day or night, check out the weather in Paris in October.
1) Attend a Concert
October has a few big-name artists and events in Paris, which is definitely a great way to spend a night in the City of Lights.
- Therapie Taxi | Oct 6th
- Carimi | Oct 9th
- Passenger | Oct 10th
- Cristophe Mae | Oct 14th
- Yungblud | Oct 21st
- VITAA | Oct 22nd
- Simply Red | Oct 29th
Check out the full concert lineup to see all of October’s events in Paris.
For more things to do at night in Paris, check out our post on the best evening activities.
2) See the Musical Fountains at Versailles
A day trip to Versailles is something you should consider when in Paris. It's only 40 minutes from Paris by train.
If you are here in October, you might have the opportunity to enjoy an extra special event, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales.
On Saturdays and Sundays until October 31st, you can stroll through the famous Versailles Gardens while the many splendid fountains ‘dance’ in sync to Baroque music.
Tickets are 9.50 € per person (under 5 y.o. free). When you buy tickets for Versailles Palace as well, the price comes to 27 €. Purchase your tickets here.
See our post on the different types of tours of Versailles you can take.
3) Take a Ghost Tour
October is the month of Halloween so it is a perfect time to see some very spooky sites on a Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends tour of Paris.
On a 2-hour walk, you’ll hear stories of haunted hotels and medieval punishments that happened on the very streets you’re walking on!
Don't like ghosts? No problem. There are many different kinds of tours to take in Paris.
You can try a pay-what-you-wish walking tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide.
If you prefer to explore on your own, self-guided walking tours are always a good option.
To experience the best of Paris, take a popular food tour where you will see some of Paris and taste its delicious foods.
4) Enjoy the Theatre
Experience iconic Paris by seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge. The cabaret has exotic costumes, entertaining performers, and live music.
We recommend getting your tickets early, as performances tend to sell out a month or more in advance.
Check out more nighttime activities from our full post.
5) Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre
The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre is among the most popular annual events in Paris. From October 7th to 11th, you can enjoy 150 events -- mostly free!
There will be dance performances, live music, and special children’s activities. Of course, there will be food and wine!
In fact, you can visit a little known wine vineyard, Clos Montmartre, without leaving Paris!
Find more details about the Fête here.
Whether you attend the Fête des Vendanges or not, we recommend you explore the charming neighborhood of Montmartre.
There are many ways to visit: you can take a guided walking tour, a food tour, or a self-guided tour.
Find out the options from our post on Montmartre Walking Tours.
6) Nuit Blanche (White Night)
It’s going to be a long night on October 2nd, when Paris celebrates its annual Nuit Blanche (White Night).
On this night, loads of cultural institutions, monuments, and galleries stay open ‘til the wee hours of the morning - and the activities are all free!
There are special art installations throughout the city, a race that takes up to 4,000 runners through museums, and a dozen musical artists performing in the streets of Paris until 7 a.m.
Get more details and a schedule for this free event here.
For other activities in Paris that don't cost a euro, see our post on free things to do in Paris.
7) Festival d’Automne
This festival runs from September until December which means that all October, you can find many special events throughout the city.
There will be theatre, music, dance, film, and other art forms.
There is something for everybody during this Festival. See the schedule of events to see what is on while you are in Paris.
Many of these events occur in the evening. If you are looking for other things to do after dark, see our post on things to do at night in Paris.
8) Parisians International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC)
Every year on the 3rd weekend in October, under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, over 180 artists from around the world exhibit their work.
The Fair is on Oct 21st-24th and the focus is on modern art and contemporary design.
Tickets are 38 € per person (reduced fare 25 €) and children under 12 enter free. See the FIAC website for more details and to buy tickets.
NOTE: Suitcases, travel bags and backpacks larger than A3 size are not allowed within the Grand Palais. If you need to store your bags for a few hours, see our post where to store luggage in Paris.
9) See a Major Sporting Event
Though the football (soccer) season is over, don't fret! October in Paris has some very special sports events going on.
See the top tennis players in the world, the best golfers, and some very fast horses at a prestigious race. And the masters of badminton too!
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Horse Race | October 2nd, 3rd
- Yonex French Open for Badminton | October 26th - 31st
- Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris | October 17th
- Judo Paris Grand Slam | Oct 16th, 17th
If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities in Paris, check out our full post.
10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount - up to 55% for some popular attractions!
The passes give you bulk discounts since you're getting entry to multiple attractions upfront. You'll also get to skip box office lines at participating locations!
- Arc De Triomphe
- Paris Aquarium
- Paris Opera House
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
- And much more.
For more information on all the discount passes available, check out our full pass comparison post.
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