La rentrée has arrived! In English we say ‘Back to school’, but in France la rentrée is much more than just back to school, it applies to everything! It is a time of transition, when everything re-starts, people return from summer holidays, shops open back up, kids go back to school, and everyone pretty much gets back to their normal routine. It is kind of like a mid-year new year, a time when you can make new goals, begin new habits, and start new activities. In the spirit of la rentrée, I’ve put together a list of #lavielocale approved things to do this September in Paris. What are some things you’re most looking forward to this fall? What are some new goals you want to achieve?
La Fabuleuse Fête du Manger Local- 12-13 September
Is eating more healthy or knowing where your food comes from on your list of things to do? Along the Berges de Seine, you will find an outdoor market dedicated to produce from local producers in the îl de France region. Over the course of two days there will be food trucks, and cooking demonstrations from local chefs, and various other activities related to local food.
Carreau du Temple Street Food Festival #2- 25- 27 September
The second edition of the Street Food festival at Le Carreau de Temple will be dedicated to Korean gastronomy this time around the 25-27 of September. Check out the list of food vendors and activities that will taking place here.
Fête de la Gastronomie– 25-27 September
This an annual food festival that will be packed with culinary events, cooking classes, recipe competitions and special tastings in top restaurants in Paris .
The Jazz à la Villette is an annual Jazz festival that always take place at the beginning of September. This year the festival will welcome artist like Mos Def aka Yassin Bey ( 7 September) and his band this year. For more information on the festival schedule click here.
Paris Design Week is the mega design event of the year, incorporating furniture, design and the most waited Paris Fashion Week.
Le dressing de rêve des Parisians- 8 September – 31 October
This is an exposition at Hotel de Ville that show cases ‘ the closet of Parisians’ dreams’. It will be a chance to discover new designers, and there will also be a pop up store for your to purchase pieces that you liked in the expo.
Festival d’le de France- 6 September – 11 October
This year’s festival will be a series of 30 different concerts ranging from classical music, contemporary, and world music in 27 different locations throughout the Il de France region. To learn more about the schedule and concert locations click here.
VOGUE Fashion Night Out -15 September
Is such a fun event that aims to bring people closer to the fashion industry, in collaboration with participating businesses and it also helps support charity projects.
Paris Fashion Week – 29 September- October 4
The fall ‘ready to wear fashion show’ schedule is now available online. If your a fashionista or just looking to experience Fashion week in Paris try and see which activities you can try and participate in that are open to the public.
Paris sans Voiture – 27 September
For the first time, on Sunday 27 September the streets of Paris will be experimenting with a day without cars. The streets of Paris will blocked off from cars for the day ( actually from 11 18h) , and you will be able to experience a day free of traffic congestion, noise pollution and vehicle emissions. This day in conveniently aligned with United Nations climate conference and European Mobility week, and will serve as a display of the possibilities for car-free cities and promote awarnes on environmental issues.
New Activity/ Hobby
Take advatage of the opportunity to choose a new activity to take on for the upcoming academic year. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the piano, learn to develop your own pictures, ceramics, or take a dance classes? Many studios, recreation centers, ans schools are opening up registration for the 2015-2016 school year.
I would recommend checking out a Centre d’animation in your neighborhood. They offer over 400 activities to choose from, and the classes are really affordable. Last year I took African dance classes for the year and it was only 86 euros for the entire year.
The Mairie de Paris also offers interesting course options ranging from language classes,sports, arts, and cooking activities.
She is Morning before-work party- 11 September
If your interested in joining a group for a little extra motivation to practice yoga, go running, or to do boot camps, check out another post, on recommended fitness groups in Paris.
Lululemon Athletica – ShowroomOpening – 10 September
The famous sportswear, yoga brand Lululemon is opening their first showroom in the Marais on Sep 10th. I’m not so into brands but the thing I like about this one is their commitment to providing yoga in the community. They will be offering a free 90 min Yoga class on opening day with global ambassadors Chris Chavez and Gloria Latham and local teacher Anne Vandewalle.