September is an ideal month to visit Paris and enjoy the autumn weather in the city. There are also a lot of interesting events going on. Here are all the things you can do to have the time of your life in Paris in September.
1. Take a boat trip along the Seine River like a real tourist
They say Paris is the city of love and light, and there are few plans more romantic than booking a cruise on the Seine. What's more, autumn transforms Paris into an authentic colourful scene with a truly special atmosphere. Discovering the city and its monuments from this perspective becomes an exciting experience.
The Seine River is one of the best romantic things to do in Paris. Especially at this time of year. On board a cruise, the city looks different and you can enjoy new views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum or the Musée d'Orsay.
2. Look like you can tell the difference between a Bordeaux and a Burgundy
If you love wine, you can't visit the French capital and not book a wine and cheese tasting in a Paris wine cellar. Some of the best wines in the world are produced in France, specifically in the regions of Burgundy, Champagne, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and Alsace.
Therefore, I recommend that you set aside an afternoon of your trip to enjoy a wine tasting in Paris in Paris. In addition, you will surely learn to distinguish some varieties and discover interesting curiosities and things you didn't know before.
3. Enjoy a city with a soundtrack of its own
Paris is one of the international capitals of jazz music, and in September it hosts a unique and magical Jazz à la Villette festival. So if you happen to be in Paris during the first days of September, you can't miss one of the concerts at this festival. The programme includes world-famous artists, but also local artists and true innovators of jazz, representing all styles.
Every year, more than 30,000 enthusiasts flock to the various venues of La Villette to see their favourite artists and discover new talents (at the Cabaret Sauvage, the Philharmonie de Paris...)
The music festival is often accompanied by other interesting activities: exhibitions, master classes, film screenings, etc. And if you're interested in cultural events, don't forget to pay a visit to the Opéra Garnier. In short, you are in the perfect setting to enjoy the wide range of cultural events that a city like Paris has to offer.
4. Discover the most emblematic buildings in Paris during the European Heritage Days
The European Heritage Days take place every year on the third weekend of September in Paris. During these days, the most important buildings, museums and monuments open their doors to the public to reveal their most intimate secrets.
For two days, you can visit numerous sites and monuments, some of which are not usually open to the public. This is the case, for example, of the Elysée Palace, the French presidential residence. However, the list of monuments is quite extensive, so this Parisian weekend is the perfect time to visit the best museums in Paris. You can visit the Cirque Bouglione, the Institut de France or the famous Galeries Lafayette, among others.
You can also buy your tickets to climb the Eiffel Tower and take a photo from the top of the famous Place du Trocadéro. Other sights to see include the beautiful Sacré Coeur Basilica, the Ministry of Justice and yes, you can also book a skip-the-line guided tour of the Louvre Museum, no queues!
5. Don't miss one of the Autumn Festival shows!
November sees the start of one of the city's most important cultural festivals: the Autumn Festival. Since 1972, this festival has been bringing a huge programme of cultural events covering music, cinema, theatre and dance, among other disciplines. So, if you are passionate about culture, you are in the right place at the right time.
The Autumn Festival hosts a total of 50 shows and starts in September, but runs until December and maybe even longer. These shows take place in different Parisian venues, each one more emblematic than the last: at the Musée d'Orsay, at the Théâtre de la Bastille, at the Centre Pompidou, etc.
If you're in Paris in September, take a look at the festival's programme and choose one of the shows to have a great time. Another great idea for your trip would be to book tickets for the Moulin Rouge, the most famous cabaret in the world - you'll love it!
6. Go to the Techno Parade and get a taste of the atmosphere
If you like electronic music, you should definitely come and enjoy the Techno Parade which takes place in September. This celebration brings together more than 400,000 lovers of this genre of music. The streets and avenues of Paris are transformed into a spectacle of sound and sight with colourful floats, colourful costumes, music and a spectacular festive atmosphere.
The Paris Techno Parade begins with a parade of floats carrying large loudspeakers with electronic music and a multitude of variations. The people on the floats dance and enjoy the moment, as do the people strolling through the streets accompanying the parade. In addition, the festival organisers bring in a number of international DJs to keep people dancing. So when the parade is over, the party continues in the city's nightclubs.
If you want to discover Paris as if you were on one of the Techno Parade floats, you can choose some of the best tourist buses in the city and discover its most interesting places without getting tired.
7. Celebrate the beginning of autumn at the 'Fete des Jardins a Paris'!
Autumn kicks off in September with the 'Festival des Jardins de Paris'. During the two-day festival, the area around the imposing church of Notre Dame is transformed into a huge garden with exciting activities.
In fact, all the city's gardens and parks join in the celebration and prepare parties and events for young and old alike. For example, you can take part in gardening workshops, meet landscape gardeners, talk to the city's park managers, attend exhibitions and cultural events related to the theme, enjoy open-air concerts, etc.
It is therefore an activity for the whole family that is well worthwhile. If you are in Paris with children in September, it can be an excellent event to include in your plans. You can also book a private tour of Notre Dame, Île de la Cité and Saint-Séverin church for kids.
8. Move around the city freely on Car Free Day
In September, Paris celebrates Car Free Day. This means that all the streets of the city are closed to traffic for the use and enjoyment of pedestrians. For a whole day, Parisians and tourists alike take to the streets to explore the city freely and at their own pace.
So it's your chance to walk, book a bike tour of Paris, enjoy a guided tour of the Montmartre district or simply fall in love with the beautiful sights of the car-free city.
9. Attend Paris Design Week and learn about design and decoration
The famous Paris Design Week also takes place in September, so if you happen to be in the city around that time and want to learn about design and decoration, you just have to discover the festival's programme and take note of the activities that interest you most.
Paris Design Week presents the new fashion collections of the greatest designers known to man: Christian Dior, Iris Van Herpen, Stella McCartney and even Channel. However, it is not just the typical fashion shows that we see on television, but also other types of activities for ordinary people. For example, design and decoration workshops are held, there are free exhibitions, competitions are held and furniture houses, many of them, present their new products.
Moreover, if you know your way around Paris, the city itself is organised into themed tours: digital design, architecture and design, art and design, gastronomic design, design in France. Each person can choose the one that interests them most, take a look at the event's programme and go on the tour - it's a marvellous thing!
10. Participate (if you are a woman) in La Parisienne and feel better about yourself!
La Parisienne is a race exclusively for women. It has been held every year since 1997 in September and brings together thousands of women from all over Europe.
The event invites all women who want to take part to run and discover the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And you don't have to be a professional runner. If you want to take part, you can simply jog along, join in with the crowd and enjoy the atmosphere.
The route can change from year to year, but is generally around 7 kilometres and runs through the centre of Paris. It usually starts at the Pont de Jena and ends at the Champ de Mars. It is also possible to take part in teams of two: friends, mothers and daughters, family members, company teams, etc. La Parisienne is also a charity race that raises money for breast cancer research. So if you take part, you will be doing your bit to help fight this terrible disease.
The weather in Paris in September
The weather in the French capital in September is still very comfortable for planning all the things to do and see in Paris. Although there may be variations during the day, it remains stable and mostly sunny, making it one of the best months to visit the city.
During the first fortnight, the temperature can range from a high of 23°C to a low of 13°C. However, during the second fortnight, the temperature can be as low as 23°C. However, during the second half of the month, temperatures start to drop and range from a high of 18ºC to a low of 9ºC.
The number of tourists in Paris in September
At the beginning of September, the number of tourists is still high because many people are still on holiday. In fact, you can find long queues at most of the major monuments, especially at the Eiffel Tower.
However, from the second week of September, when the school holidays are over, the number of tourists decreases and the city becomes quieter and more peaceful. This is the perfect time to visit and discover the best tours and excursions you can do in the French capital.
What to pack for a visit to Paris in September
It's not easy to pack for a trip to Paris in September. Temperatures can be warm during the day, but at night they drop and you can get cold. So it's best to pack a bit of everything:
- Short-sleeved T-shirts in case it's sunny, as well as a hat or sunglasses - Sweatshirts and a jumper for cooler evenings - A thin jacket or light coat - A folding umbrella in case it rains - Comfortable shoes for walking around the city - If you're cold, a scarf and more warm clothes - A jacket or light jacket for the evenings - A light jacket or light coat - A folding umbrella in case it rains - Comfortable shoes for walking around the city - If you're cold, a scarf and more warm clothes.