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What to do in Paris in September

by Ali Postma

With September comes la rentrée, the time when Parisians returns from their summer vacations, rested and ready to get back to work. And that means there’s plenty to do in Paris this month. 

The Place to Drink

Make the most of the mild weather by spending your evenings en terrasse. Every Saturday night this month, you can enjoy a glass of rosé or champagne at La Terrazza by Night Birds, complete with DJs and a dance floor, ping pong, and free entry. 

A garden with cobblestones and blue deck chairs.
Top: Fête de l’Humanité – Mathieu Cugnot. Above: Eden Garden x Bombay Sapphire

If gin is more your thing, check out the Eden Garden x Bombay Sapphire pop-up at Café A. From Wednesday to Sunday, grab a cocktail in an open-air art gallery, with original work by street artists such as Leona Rose, Caroline Derveaux, PBOY, and Laura Gonzalez Cabrera. And beer lovers can look forward to La Fête de la Bière from the 14th-15th.

The Art Exhibitions Not to Miss

On the art front, there are several great exhibitions closing this month. Head to Palais de Tokyo before Prince·sse·s des villes closes on the 9th. Fifty artists and creatives from Dacca, Lagos, Manille, Mexico et Téhéran are brought together to create an imaginary mega-city.

Black and white photos on a wall (left). Illustrations on large white sheets hanging at an exhibition space (right).
Prince·sse·s des villes

Don’t miss the exhibition of one of my favorite American photographers, Sally Mann, at Jeu de Paume, which closes on the 22nd. And check out Carte blanche à Mr. & Pharrell Williams: “A Call To Action” an exhibition by Japanese anime/manga artist Mr. and renowned American music producer Pharrell Williams, which closes on the 23rd at Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet.

Black and white photography by Sally Mann, including a man walking in an arid setting surrounded by fog (left) and what could be an image of the photographer adjusting a spotlight out in a garden (right).
Sally Mann

Discover (or re-discover) the 3rd and 4th arrondissements as part of Les Traversées du Marais from the 6th-8th. Enjoy music, dance, theater, readings, and screenings. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check out artist studios, hôtels particuliers, gardens, and other unusual places in the Marais.

An illustrated poster for an exhibition with Japanese anime/manga artist Mr. and renowned American music producer Pharrell Williams, at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.
Carte blanche à Mr. & Pharrell Williams: “A Call To Action”

And we can’t forget the Journées européennes du patrimoine or European Heritage Days on the 21st and the 22nd.

The Markets to Have on Your Radar

“Act Now for Positive Fashion” is the mandate of the Paris Night Market x Impact collaboration from the 6th-9th at Porte de Versailles. This hybrid event features pop-up shops, talks, workshops, and concerts all focusing on ethical, sustainable, and responsible fashion and design.

A poster for the event Paris Night Market x Impact at Porte de Versailles of a woman wearing an orange skirt in a field.
Paris Night Market x Impact

Or head to Les Grands Voisins on the 21st for Journée des Créateurs, a one-day market full of artisanal fashion, accessories, jewelry, art, decoration, plants, and food.

The Food Events To Go To

Foodies should check out the Korea Food Market on the 12th. As always, vegans will love the Smmmile Festival on the 13th at Parc de la Villette.

Illustrated posters for the Food Maret and Korea Food Market events.
Le Food Market / Korea Food Market

And from the 20th-26th, Bouillon de Minuit celebrates the famous “midnight ramen” enjoyed by late-night Tokyoïtes at a range of Paris’ best restaurants once they are closed. Think Le Grand Bain, Yard, Cafe du Coin, and more.

Illustrated posters for Paris Paradis and Smmmile music festivals.
Paris Paradis / Smmile Festival

The Festivals to Attend

If you feel like getting out of Paris, check out Fête de l’Humanité from the 13th-14th at Parc Georges-Valbon and see headline act Aya Nakamura. Or from the 27th – 29th, there’s Festival Paris Paradis at Jockey Disque Hippodrome d’Auteuil, a free event which aims to improve your life in Paris.

An illustrated poster for Fete de l'Humanité, showing people flying flags with the names of the musicians lined up to perform a the festival.
Fête de l’Humanité

The festival will show you how to find accommodation, navigate, work and unwind in Paris, how to eat healthier, and connect to nature. There will be stand-up comedy, live concerts, dj sets, conferences, outdoor activities, and workshops.

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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