Looking for something to do in France this month? The start of autumn brings lovely hues of red, orange and yellow to France along with a crisp chill to the air. Here are some of the top events you might want to attend on your October trip to France. It may be nearly Halloween, but from wine harvests to light festivals, there are plenty of ways to have fun in France this month without the fear factor! This list has something for everyone.
Nuit Blanche. Held annually on the first Saturday night in October when museums, public buildings, monuments, swimming pools, cinemas, parks, universities and historic sites are open to the public all night – an art and culture party!
Semaine du Gout. In Paris and throughout France, this is a foodie event featuring original and varied cuisines. Taste Week is an opportunity to learn more about the art of gastronomy, taste and learn to appreciate the diversity of flavours, and it also aims to increase public awareness of a healthy lifestyle. As part of the event, workshops for the public include cooking classes, tastings and entertainment.
Honfleur, Normany – Fete de la Crevette. The shrimp festival held in this lovely port town is authentic, fun and charming, not to mention delicious! Sea shanties, pirate village, arts and crafts stalls, cookery demonstrations and of course seafood specialities, plus cheeses and other local produce.
Paris, Montmartre – Fetes des Vendanges. This is one you definitely should not miss if you’re in Paris at this time. A celebration of the wine made in the secret vineyard of Paris, with dance, food, fireworks and a lot of fun.
Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand – Chestnut Festival (Fieira de la Castanha). Every year tons of nuts and thousands of litres of cider are consumed at the tastings and exhibitions plus a chance to join in the harvest.
Chartres en Lumières. Every evening from April to October. Chartres is universally known for its cathedral listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. “Chartres en Lumières” reveals 29 cultural and architectural sites of a city that brightly shines every night from dusk until 1 am, thanks to original lighting and video scenographies.
Paris Salon du Chocolate. This fabulous Chocolate Fair in Paris is THE chocolate event of the year. Join master chocolatiers and world-renowned chefs, artisan producers and keen foodies for the ultimate chocolate experience. The Salon du Chocolat in Paris is the world’s largest chocolate-themed gathering, bringing together around 130,000 chocolate-lovers from all around the globe. This annual event in Paris is a chance for some 180 of the best chocolate makers from Europe (and further afield) to showcase their best products. Don’t miss the fashion show, clothes and accessories made from chocolate…
Picardy, Amiens: Grand Rederie Amiens – the second largest flea market in northern France after Lille’s Grand Braderie (the largest in Europe) held first Sunday every October.
Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur, Marseille: International Fair. Held at the Parc Chanot with around 40 countries taking part and hundreds of thousands of visitors to this exhibition of global food, gadgets, art, craft, culture and heritage, this one is a family event.