What to do in Paris in November

by Ali Postma

The days are getting shorter, colder, and believe it or not, advent calendars have been in the supermarkets since October 11! Winter, and the holiday season, are rapidly approaching. But don’t panic! There is still time. Before your days are occupied with gift shopping and end-of-year parties, make the most of November by attending some events in Paris: 

An image of a couple standing in the rain, holding an umbrella, in Montmartre, Paris during November.
Top: Daniel James/ Above: Jean Baptiste

ARTE Concert Festival 2021 – La Gaîté Lyrique – Nov 4-6

The 6th edition of the ARTE Concert Festival returns ready to welcome international artists and the public. This musical event will also be filmed and broadcast live online with the promise that you will experience live music differently. Featuring: Iggy Pop, Foals, Sebastien Teller, London Grammar, and Yelle.

Left: an image of a woman inside a transparent ball, fully clothed, on the Seine in Paris. Right: an image of women dancing in black clothing with the text 'Paris Photo' placed on top.
Paris Photo

Paris Photo – Grand Palais Éphémère – Nov 11

Paris Photo is the largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, bringing together up to 200 exhibitors from across the world. This year’s event will also have a new Online Viewing Room, which will launch in parallel to the Paris show.

Left: text in French that says 'Soutenons nos emplois et célébrons la fabrication francaise, sur le salon du Made In France du 11 au 14 novembre', on a blue background. Right: text in French that says '97% des consommateurs francais considèrent que la consommation locale est prioritaire ou importante.', on a white background.
Le Salon du Made in France

Le Salon du Made in France – Porte de Versailles – Nov 11-14

Le Salon du Made in France, or the MIFExpo, showcases French industry, innovation, and creativity. With more than 500 exhibitors, discover the savoir-faire and products of brands that choose to produce locally. Get your free invitation online. 

Left: an image of a Paris street around 6pm in November in Paris, with one car driving towards the camera. Right: a ad advertising the MIF expo in Paris on the 11 - 14 November, with a cartoon roster to the left of the text.
L: Adrian / Right: Le Salon du Made in France

Festival Kalypso 2021 – Grande Halle de la Villette – Nov 17-21

Festival Kalypso was first imagined by Mourad Merzouki in 2013. Since then, La Villette has hosted this fiery artistic and nomadic crossroads of hip hop and urban dance. On the program for its 9th edition are four companies that explore urban dance in their own way.

Left: an image of a woman dancing on the ground in all black, with her hand raised over her head. Right: an image of five men dressed in neutral colours dancing on a beach.
Festival Kalypso

Black Pumas – L’Olympia – Nov 18

The Black Pumas, an American psychedelic soul band based in Austin, Texas, return to France after a sold-out concert at the Trianon in June. The Black Pumas have received four Grammy nominations, were invited to perform for the Biden/Harris inaugural event, and are famous for their high-energy live performances.  

Left: an ad advertising the Black Pumas concert in Paris on the 18th November 2021 at Al'Olympia. Right: an ad advertising the Arte Concert Festival on the 4 - 6 of November 2021 in Paris.
The Black Pumas / Arte Concert

Thanksgiving – Sunday in SoHo – Nov 25-27

Popular Paris cafe Sunday in SoHo are hosting their fourth annual Thanksgiving dinner complete with roast turkey, oven-baked mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, cornbread puddings, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and more! Just make sure to reserve in advance. Or if you feel like staying in, you can have your dinner delivered for two, four, or six people—alcohol included. 

Jonathan Jones untitled (transcriptions of country) – Palais de Tokyo – Opens Nov 26

I’m particularly excited for this one. As part of Australia now France 2021-22, talented Australian artist Jonathan Jones has his first European exhibition at Palais de Tokyo. Jones’ new project looks into colonial transport, trade, and the acclimatization of Indigenous plants, animals, and objects, together with the colonization of local knowledge.

An image by Jonathan Jones of his exhibition in Paris, including yellow flowers and drawings of aborigine people.
Jonathan Jones

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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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