Paris Update Events 25.09.2019

Links to events happening this week in Paris

October 8


School of Looking artists Cleary & Connolly and neuroscientist Guillaume Dumas team up for a bilingual event: “Perception dans Tous ses Étata,” an evening designed to open your eyes to the extraordinary complexities of perception, complete with illusions and wearable sculptures to experience animal vision. Art and science clash to explore the myriad worlds of perception, including AI, how to teach machines to write poetry; strange interactions between color and motion perception; neurodiversity, hypersensibility, and different ways of perceiving the world. Reduced entry for Paris Update readers with the code PARISUPDATE (€15 instead of  €25). Book here.

Théâtre La Reine Blanche, Paris

September 26

Street food and society

Soirée Street Food et Pop Culture will examine the street food tradition.

Ground Control, Paris

September 27-29

Paradise in Paris

The newspaper Le Parisien sponsors the Paris Paradis festival with free concerts, performances, stand-up comedy, workshops, talks and more. Sign up on the website.

Hippodrome d’Auteuil, Paris

Through September 29

Foreign worlds in Paris

Thirty foreign cultural centers in Paris hold special events – exhibitions, performances and meetings with artists – for the Semaine des Cultures Étrangères. 

Various locations, Paris

October 2

Japanese theatre in Paris

Two historical Kyôgen plays, ‘Bonsan’ and Kobûri’ will be performed in Japanese with French translation.

Ennen-no-Kai MPAA Saint-Germain, Paris

October 4-6

Harvest festival

Head out to the streets of Paris’s lovely garden suburb Suresnes for a weekend of festivities featuring 22 performance companies for the Festival des Vendanges 2019. Above: circus performers entertain visiting families. © Ville de Suresnes.

Suresnes, Île-de-France

Through October 5

Chanson française

L’Estival features French-language singers.

Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye

Through October 5

Women’s Art exhibition

Art on the theme of the veil by 100 women artists is celebrated at Beyond the Veil.

Mémoire de l’Avenir, Paris

Through September 26

Film festival

Popular French actor Melvil Poupaud is celebrated in a festival of 24 of his films; the actor will appear at Forum des Images as part of Mille Melvil.

Forum des images, Paris

Through October 27

Irish visual art

Ursula Burke will present art focussing on identity and representation in the Northern Irish context, through embroidery, sculpture, and drawing.

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Through September 29

Free outdoor opera

Opéra Côté Cour puts on live performances on Sundays at 3:30 pm and 5 pm.

Bercy Village, Paris

September 29

English-language book sale

SOS Help marks the beginning of autumn with a book sale – books priced at just 2€ each.

American Cathedral, Paris

October 5

Visit the Louvre for free

Since January of this year, the iconic Louvre Museum has opened its doors for free at night, the first Saturday of each month.

Musée de Louvre, Paris

October 5

Midnight culture

Lots of other sites will stay open into the night hosting unique exhibitions and events for the annual Nuit Blanche festivities.

Various locations, Paris

Through December 31

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

September 27–October 6

Antique fair in a bucolic setting

A visit to the Foire de Chatou antique market and regional products fair makes a great weekend outing.


September 30-October 13

Two meals for the price of one

Restaurants participating in Tous au Restaurant offer a second fixed-price menu for free.

Various locations, Paris

October 5-27

Photography and charity

French photographer and sculptor Nicolas Henry’s works on major figures in the history of Emmaüs are presented in Emmaüs, le tour d’un monde, an exhibition celebrating the well-known charity’s 70th birthday.

Place du Palais Royal, Paris

October 3-6

Art outside the box

The work of 70 up-and-coming artists is presented over four days for Paris Artistes 2019 alongside lectures and meetings with artists, all in unusual locations where one would not usually expect to see art.

Various locations, Paris

October 5-7


Whisky tastings, food pairings, cocktails and more at the Festival Whisky Live Paris.

La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris

September 26-29

Surf and skate on screen

Films inspired by surfing and skateboarding are screened at the unique Paris Surf and Skateboard Film Festival.

Cinéma l’entrepôt, Paris

October 7-13

Learning with food

La Semaine du Goût returns for a week of events for young people on the value of food – from the heritage meals can carry to the importance of a balanced diet.

Various locations, Paris

Through October 15

More than a food market

Experience a new 5,000-square-meter food market with a focus on healthy eating, featuring art and performance, at Le Marché Pop.

77 avenue du Docteur Arnold Netter, Paris

September 27

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents L’Autre Continent (Territory of Love), directed by Romain Cogitore.

Club de L’Étoile, Paris

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