Top upcoming events for the new season 2016 / 2017 in Paris

Exhibitions, musicals, concerts, fairs and trade shows, sports competitions, annual events ... The new cultural season promises to be an exciting one. Take a look and note down the top events in your diary so as not to miss out and to be able to plan your trip well ahead! The capital has a great line-up of events for all tastes from September onwards.


Painting, sculpture, drawing ... the new 2016 Paris autumn cultural season has an impressive line-up of exhibitions. The works of major artists will be on show in Parisian museums: René Magritte at the Centre Pompidou with ‘La Trahison des images’ (‘The Treachery of Images’), four decades after the major retrospective of 1979. The five motifs fire, shadows, curtains, words and the fragmented body are omnipresent references in the work of the Belgian artist, and are present in both his well-known and less-well-known works. At the Musée Jacquemart-André, the exhibition ‘Rembrandt, les années décisives’ traces the three key stages of the artist’s work.

La décalcomanie, œuvre de René Magritte © Photothèque R. Magritte - Banque d’Images. Adagp, Paris, 2016

Henri Fantin-Latour. A Fleur de Peau - Musée du Luxembourg - from 14 September 2016 to 12 February 2017

Rembrandt, the Decisive Years - Musée Jacquemart André - from 16 September to 23 January 2017

Magritte - Centre Pompidou - from 21 September 2016 to 23 January 2017

Oscar Wilde - L’Impertinent Absolu - Petit Palais - from 28 September to 15 January 2017
Hergé - Grand Palais - 28 September 2016 to 15 January 2017  

Picasso-Giacometti - Musée Picasso Paris - from 4 October 2016 to 5 February 2017   
Ludwig Van Beethoven, The Myth - Philharmonie de Paris - from 14 October 2016 to 29 January 2017

Hell according to Rodin - Musée Rodin - from 17 October 2016 to 22 January 2017 
Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection - Fondation Louis Vuitton - from 22 October 2016 to 20 February 2017

Professional and mixed trade shows

Don't miss this season’s crop of Paris trade shows, whether they are at exhibition venues or Paris convention centres! This year, the Paris motor show Le Mondial de l’Automobile 2016 held at the Porte de Versailles, will, for example, reveal the most famous cars in the history of cinema in a special exhibition ‘Moteur! L'automobile fait son cinéma’. You can also attend the international food fair Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL), an opportunity to discover new culinary trends that will mark 2017, to attend high-class demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and engage in conversation with professionals from the catering world.

Salon du chocolat © Paris Tourist Office - Marc Bertrand
Mondial de l'Automobile

Paris International Motor Show - Paris Porte de Versailles - 1 to 16 October 2016        

52nd SIAL - Paris Nord Villepinte - from 16 to 20 October 2016
Euronaval -International naval defence & maritime exhibition & conference - Paris Le Bourget - from 17 to 21 October 2016

43rd International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) - Grand Palais - from 20 to 23 October 2016

The Chocolate Fair - Paris Porte de Versailles - from 28 October to 1 November 2016    

Paris Photo - Grand Palais - from 10 to 13 November

Musicals and shows

Great classics of French literature revisited and captivating ballets, the Musicals playing in Paris offer unforgettable moments. At the Théâtre Mogador, the blockbuster musical The Fantôme de l'Opéra (Phantom of the Opera), a romantic masterpiece, staged for the first time in France, and in French. A French musical, in a British spirit, will also be showing at the sumptuous Salle Gaveau! A troupe of 15 actors, singers and dancers and a 7-piece orchestra bring to life the classic tale of Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. In December, you will be touched by the magic of the Cirque du Soleil’s show Varekai.

Oliver Twist - le Musical
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra - Photo : Johan Persson © RUG

Oliver Twist - The Musical - Salle Gaveau - from 23 September 2016     

Volver - Théâtre national de Chaillot - from 6 to 21 October 2016


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with their new album ‘The Getaway’. The most iconic band in the history of rock will be on stage at the AccorHotels Arena for an explosive show! From classical, to jazz to pop rock, Parisian concert venues have a musical programme not to be missed.

Spectacle Varekai - Cirque du Soleil 2 © DR

Vladimir Cosma - Palais des Congrès de Paris - 9 October 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers - AccorHotels Arena - from 15 to 18 October 2016                           
Vivaldi – Venetian Splendors – Château de Versailles Spectacles - 26 November 2016             

Varekai - Cirque du soleil - AccorHotels Arena - from 7 to 11 December 2016

Sporting events

Well-known Parisian sporting events all have their place at major venues, in the streets of the capital and on the banks of the Seine. Head to the Hippodrome de Chantilly on 1 and 2 October to experience the unique and prestigious atmosphere of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 2017, come and cheer on your favourite teams at the World Men’s Handball Championship in January, followed by the Ice Hockey World Championship in May. Be ready for the exciting Verticale de la Tour Eiffel on 16 March. Save the dates!

Qatar prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Color Run © Morel

95th Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - Hippodrome de Chantilly - from 1 to 2 October 2016 
38th edition of the 20 km de Paris - Pont d'Iéna - 9 October 2016      

25th Men's IHF World Championship - AccorHotels Arena - from 11 to 29 january 2017

3rd Verticale de la Tour Eiffel - 16 March 2017

4th Color Run - Hôtel de Ville - 17 April 2017

Ice Hockey World Championship - AccorHotels Arena - from 5 to 21 May

Annual events    

Don’t forget the top annual events in Paris. Fashion Week starts off the year: numerous designers come to Paris to unveil their new collections. A unique opportunity to discover the trends for the next season! Then, Nuit Blanche marks the beginning of October with a huge all-night event of numerous contemporary installations and artworks at iconic and less-well-known places around the capital, by artists from all over the world. The theme for this 15th edition is love.

Fashion Week Paris
Illuminations de Noël Champs-Elysées, Paris © Fotolia

Fashion week - from 27 September to 5 October 2016            

Nuit Blanche - 1 October 2016  

Paris celebrates Christmas - from early November to early January