C’est la rentrée! After almost entirely abandoning the city in August, Parisians are coming back and Paris is newly revived. A fresh school and business year starts with lots of energy, and this mindset is reflected in a busy September’s agenda.
Salon Maison & Objet
This world famous bi-annual event is a field mine of decoration and home items ideas for thousands of professionals (or enthusiastic amateurs). Over 130 000 m2, 3000 brands, 70 00 visitors – just the numbers are impressive. It is organized into three big sections: MAISON (Home), OBJET (Items), INFLUENCES. Unlike its January edition, more focused on internal decoration, September version of M&O focuses more on the architectural. The event also presents ‘Raising talents’, new promising designers/architects, and offers a ‘Project’ section offering crafted solutions to specific problems.
Where: Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte
When: from September 8th to 12th 2017, Friday to Monday from 9.30am to 7pm, Tuesday from 9.30am to 6pm
How: RER B train – Parc des Exposition station
How much: personal entrance badges sold online, 60€ until September 7th 2017, 70€ from September 8th
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Known as Europe’s most prestigious horse race, proudly promoted with slogan ‘It’s not a race, it’s a monument”. Its origin dates back to 1920, and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club became a main sponsor in 2008, causing a name modification. For its 96th edition, the race gathers over 200 pure-blood horses, which will take part in 15 races of 2400 meters, with about 500 000 visitors. The emotions are high since the main prize itself is 5 million euros! Due to renovations of Hippodrome de Longchamp, a usual race location, this year everyone will gather at Chantilly, 50 km out of Paris (tip for tourists: a castle worth visiting nearby!)
Where: Chantilly Racecours, Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles, 60500 Chantilly
When: September 30th – October 1st 2017
How: train from Gare du Nord to Gare de Chantilly, next free shuttle or 10 minutes’ walk
How much: from 12€ for adults / free under 18 yo. Tickets can be bought here.
Opéra en plain air
Since 2001, Parisians can enjoy the best operas outdoors. This year it will be ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ that will be presented at Cour d’Honneur of Hotel des Invalides, under the supervision of Julie Gayet. Based on previous spectacles, the opera show will be a spectacular display of lights, video effects, magnificent costumes and scenography, unforgettable music… Do not miss the chance to see it!
Where: la Cour d’honneur de l’Hôtel National des Invalides, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
When: September 7th – September 9th 2017, at 8.45 pm
How: metro line 13 to Varenne station / metro line 8 to La Tou-Maubourg station
How much: from 42€ to 95€, tickets can be bought online
Le Grand Feu d’Artifice à Saint-Cloud
Fireworks! Who doesn’t like them…? If you are a fan, head to Saint-Cloud, a beautiful area just out of Paris, and one of the most magnificent gardens in Europe. Once upon a time there was a beautiful castle, surrounded by a beautiful park. It was a witness to many historical events: Napoleon’s marriage, Henry II‘s assassination… After unfortunate explosion in 1870, during French-Prussian war, the castle was destroyed, but the park gained more space, which is used today to host many events: from Rock-en-Seine festival to firework show in September. With 23 000 viewers expected, a great show is being prepared!
Where: Domaine National de Saint Cloud, 1 Avenue de la Grille d’Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud
When: September 9th 2017, from 9pm to 11pm
How: Boulogne/Pont de St Cloud station (metro line 10) / Pont de Sèvres station (metro line 9) / T2 tramway – Musée de Sèvres station