From 1o-11 of october
Join hundreds of antiques lovers at Paris’s Parc des Princes, where some 250 exhibitors sell furniture, silverware, artwork, jewellery and quality bric-a-brac. The fair, held four times a year, gives shoppers the chance to snap up a few bargains.
2. Art and the Environment (Free)
From 9 of september to octuber 11
Paris’ annual modern art festival, @rt Outsiders, comes to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. The festival explores issues relating to nature, science and technology. This year, the theme is Extreme Environments, both inhabitable and uninhabitable.
3.Pariscience International Scientific Film Festival
From 7-11 of october
4.The Butterfly Garden At The Parc Floral (free)
From may 12 to october 12
Kids will love the butterfly garden at Paris’ Parc Floral. From spring until autumn each year, visitors can flutter down to the garden and watch the insects’ progress as they burst forth from their chrysalises to become colourful butterflies.
Some 40 different species live at the park’s Jardin des Papillons and children can discover them all before letting off steam in the surrounding park.
5.Tasting Week – La Semaine du Goût
From 10-18 of october
Fish is not always in batter, chips do not grow on trees and hamburgers can never replace the joys of a good steak. Real food is the subject of Tasting Week, celebrated in France’s key towns and gastronomic regions.
During this fabulous gastronomic event, top chefs and cooks, farmers, writers and restaurateurs unite to bring good taste – and the rich French gastronomic tradition – to the French public all over the country. The Semaine du Goût brings a mass of foodie events to the whole of France, from dégustations (tastings) to cooking workshops, demonstrations and gourmet exhibitions.
Pleasure is the central theme, while vegetables such as asparagus and fruits like pomegranate are lauded for their sensual offering of taste and form.
The gastronomic education of children and young people is a priority. A determined team of some 3500 chefs is sent to French schools to initiate children into delicious and healthy cooking. Meanwhile, some 400 restaurants offer reduced price menus for students and special childrens’ menus are served at selected restaurants in Paris and the French regions.
A village atmosphere is created in an initiative entitled des repas entre voisins - meals with neighbours. Each household cooks a meal and places a table outside in the street, for everyone to discover the joys of home cooking and local dishes.
Each region celebrates the joys of local produce and recipes with markets, cooking demonstrations, workshops and festivals.
Please visit the Tasting Week website for further details of events taking place all over France.
From 16-18 od october
Salon Baby sees over 150 exhibitors descend on Parc Floral de Paris every year, before moving on to Strasbourg, Lille and Nice. The touring fair presents the latest in baby products, healthcare, clothes and toys, furniture and decoration.
7.Salon du Chocolat
Salon du Chocolat, at Paris’ Porte de Versailles, is heaven for chocolate lovers. Devour delicacies and learn about the art behind this international ambrosia. Surprise, suprise, you won’t be alone at this fair, which draws thousands of visitors per day!
At this fabulous event, visitors can discover the latest in industry trends from a series of chocolate tastings, demonstrations and symposiums as well as witnessing douceurs and chocolatiers creating their fineries.
8.International Contemporary Art Fair
From 22-25 of october
Artists and collectors flock to Paris’ Grand Palais and Louvre for the International Contemporary Art Fair, one of the major dates on the global calendar. Buy an original painting, print or sculpture – what better memento of your visit?
Illustrious guests at recent fairs have included Micheline Szwajcer from Belgium, Waddington Galleries from the UK and Metro Pictures from the USA. The fair places an emphasis on the work of young, emerging artists, and stalls by newer galleries such as NW Projects London, Art & Public Geneva and Pepe Cobo Seville.
9.La Bastille Modern Art Fair
From october 27-01 of november
Over 500 exhibitors gather on Paris’ Place de La Bastille square for the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain. Thousands of visitors browse the canvases, ceramics and installations on display. The theme for autumn 2009 is “La Foule” (the crowd).
10.Disney Halloween Festival
From october 03 to november 01
You’ll have to be brave if you go looking for Minnie and Mickey during the Halloween season at Disneyland® Paris – you might find yourself coming face-to-face with Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook or that naughty imp Stitch instead!
Children can be transformed into goblins and wizards with free Halloween makeovers, dress up in their creepiest costumes and head to the daily Halloween Show, in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
On 31 October itself, a scarily good fireworks display takes place as part of the special festivities.