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What's New? The Best Things to Do in Paris This Week

Updated: Oct 4, 2018



Need some downtime? Check out the very best things to do in Paris this week including fashion week, concerts, motor shows and more! Staff pick of the week is The Chemical Brothers show tonight @ AccorHotels Arena.


1. Paris Fashion Week (Sept. 25th - Oct. 4th)


Paris' series of events is generally considered to be the "grand dame" of fashion weeks. And it's no surprise, as the runways of the "Ville Lumière" play host to everyone from Saint Laurent to Chanel, Dior, and far beyond. Want to know when to go? Visit the site.


2. The Chemical Brothers (Oct. 3rd)


The multi-award winning electronic dance music duo, The Chemical Brothers, play the AccorHotels Arena tonight. Known and recognizable for their diversity and creativity, their tracks translate into a whole new world when they perform live. If you have the opportunity to attend, don't be late.


3. Beyonce and Jay-Z Visitor Trail @ The Louvre (see schedule)


Not even a month after Beyonce and Jay-Z released the video for their joint single "Apeshit," the Louvre created a guided tour based of the Everything Is Love visual, which was filmed at Paris' iconic art museum. The 90-minute tour, which the museum calls a "thematic trail," shows visitors the 17 pieces of art seen throughout "Apeshit." Currently, the tour is available to take Wednesday through Sunday. The power couple, who are currently co-headlining their On the Run II Tour, filmed the video for "Apeshit" in a deserted Louvre back in May. The Ricky Saiz-directed project was released on June 16. In addition to world-class art, the video also features heavy choreography from a large group of synchronized dancers.


This isn't the first time the Louvre has commemorated a celebrity visit to the museum with a guided tour. Not long after will.i.am released a 12-minute documentary, titled will.i.am at the Louvre, in May 2016, the museum created a guided tour based on the Black Eyed Peas rapper's affinity for its Department of Decorative Arts.


4. YSL: Dreams of the Orient (Oct. 4th - 7th)


As the first temporary thematic exhibition since the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris in October 2017, “Yves Saint Laurent: Dreams of the Orient” will bring together approximately fifty haute couture designs inspired by India, China and Japan. These pieces from the collection of the Museum will be displayed in dialogue with Asian artworks borrowed from the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet and private collectors.


5. Basquiat Exhibit @ Louis Voitton Foundation (see schedule)


The exhibition covers the painter’s whole career, from 1980 to 1988, focusing on 120 defining works. With the Heads from 1981-1982, gathered for the first time here, and the presentation of several collaborations between Basquiat and Warhol, the exhibition includes works previously unseen in Europe, essential works such as Obnoxious Liberals (1982), In Italian (1983), and Riding with Death (1988), as well as paintings which have rarely been seen since their first presentations during the artist’s lifetime, such as Offensive Orange (1982), Untitled (Boxer) (1982), and Untitled (Yellow Tar and Feathers) (1982).


6. Paris Motor Show (see schedule)


The 2018 edition of the Paris Motor Show is all about electric cars. Filled with exciting new concepts and upcoming road-going models, Paris is the stage where car manufacturers can demonstrate their latest thoughts and ideas about the future of mobility as it transitions to electrification. Mercedes has brought its first all-electric vehicle, the EQC SUV, Audi’s E-tron range is also on show, and Renault has fleshed out its EZ family of electric concepts with a new self-driving luxury limo and an audacious redesign of the humble delivery van. In other words, there’s something for everyone.


7. Gustav Klimt Immersion (see schedule)


To mark its opening, the Atelier des Lumières will present an immersive exhibition devoted to the main figures in the Viennese art scene, of which Gustav Klimt was a key figure. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the painter’s death, and that of Egon Schiele, their works will be brought to life to the sound of music on the former foundry’s immense projection surface.


8. Oktoberfest (Oct. 4th - 14th)


From Thursday October 4 to Saturday October 14, 2018, Munich famous beer festival, Oktoberfest, is to be held in Paris for the fourth time in a row at the Paris Event Center. Following the successful Oktoberfest Paris 2015 gathering 10,000 participants, flowing 3,962 US gal lqd beer, serving 1,000 ham hocks, the Bavarian beer festival is back.


On the menu? Many traditional beers tasting including the famous Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier exclusively brewed for Oktoberfest, as well as the Paulaner Müncher Hell or the Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier.


Because you also need to eat, make way for traditional dishes such as the famous crispy ham hock, the Tyrolean grilled spare rib, sausages from Bavaria and Nuremberg or the famous spätzle, without forgetting the sweet tooth among us: the lukewarm apple Strudel. To take you to Germany, Oktoberfest Paris welcomes a true brass band who will perform on the stage. Accordion, guitar, drums, trumpet and keys will offer you tracks from polka music to rock music without forgetting traditional German music.


9. White Night (Oct. 6th)


On October 6, Nuit Blanche (White, or Sleepless, Night) turns Paris into an all-night festival of lights celebrating the work emerging and established artists. Held annually starting at sundown on the first Saturday of October and continuing until sunrise on the following Sunday morning, this free event is one of Paris' largest and most popular cultural events as everyone stays up all night visiting the 100+ special art installations, concerts, dance and theatrical performances, elaborate light shows, and other artistic expressions. Although shows take place in museums, galleries, municipal buildings, and studios across the city, you'll find the highest concentrations in central Paris (3rd and 4th arrondissements) and northeast Paris (18th and 19th arrondissements).

Bonus: the Paris Métro runs all night for Nuit Blanche to enable everyone to get around easily.


10. Dave Heath Exhibition (see schedule)


From September 14 to December 23, 2018, LE BAL presents the first major exhibition dedicated to Dave Heath in France. photographers to radically express the feelings of alienation and isolation which are inherent to the Modern world. His series, produced between 1959 and 1961 in Washington Square, depict perfectly the tension between the individual who has lost himself, the tumultuous American streets and the tensions resulting from a time of doubt in American History. A Dialogue With Solitude, published in 1965, stands out as one of the most controversial books of the decade.


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