La rentrée is in full swing this week with plenty of free activities and events to celebrate the return to work and school. Here are a few you should check out:
1. Urban Week 2016 at la Défense offers a new way to discover Paris La Défense with a wide range of free activities for all ages. Enjoy music and dance performances, street art as well as a variety of fitness workshops.
2. China Week at la Mairie du 16e: Celebrate Chinese culture with a week of free expositions, films and shows.
3. Fete de la Gastronomie: French cuisine has gained an international reputation. The Fete de la Gastronomie is an annual event organized to celebrate this French tradition by bringing the joys of cooking and delicious food to the public. The event includes many free and discounted events for foodies and amateur chefs alike.
4. Foreign Cultures Week: This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of Foreign Cultures Week, which is organized by the FICEP (Forum for Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris). The event features a variety of activities for kids including storytelling, calligraphy, dance, theater and traditional games, all with the goal of exposing them to different cultures through visits to Paris’ many cultural centers. For adults there is an evening language tandem event on September 26th, which is European Day of Languages.
5. Paris Garden Festival (La Fete des Jardins): Come celebrate the beauty of nature. Over 150 green spaces in Paris are open to the public during this annual event with activities ranging from gardening workshops to concerts.
6. Le Génie des jardins: For 10 days, two gardens in the 11th district of Paris will be the setting of performances and artistic expositions of 35 artists.
7. Meditation Week: Enjoy free guided meditation sessions in 7 unique spots in Paris, ranging from rooftops to the secret garden of a private mansion.
8. Techno Parade: Techno Parade is your typical experience in a dance club that plays techno music…except for the fact that it’s in the middle of the day in the streets of Paris and involves thousands of people. Even if you’re not a fan of electronic music, it’s definitely worth seeing the Techno Parade, if only for the surrealistic experience.
9. Giant Escape Game at the Forum des Halles: The Forum des Halles has a secret. That’s the idea behind the giant Escape Game organized at the shopping center from Sept. 22-25. For those who haven’t yet discovered the popular activity, escape games are physical adventure games that involve solving a series of puzzles within a set time limit. The Forum des Halles event is designed for teams of 3 to 5 players who will compete for one hour.Participants have the chance to win a variety of prizes.
10. Culture au Quai: Created in 2008, the annual Culture au Quai event includes everything cultural activity lovers could want: exhibits, cinema, performing arts and more. Each year, the free event is organized so that the general public can discover the year’s calendar of cultural activities. Different theaters, museums, and concert halls present their programs and there are a variety of free mini concerts and shows to give visitors a glimpse of what is to come.
11. Techno Parade: Techno Parade is your typical experience in a dance club that plays techno music…except for the fact that it’s in the middle of the day in the streets of Paris and involves thousands of people. Even if you’re not a fan of electronic music, it’s definitely worth seeing the Techno Parade, if only for the surrealistic experience.
12. Galeries LaFayette Fashion Party: In honor of Paris Fashion week, the magazine A Nous Paris is organizing a special fall Fashion Party event at the department store Galeries Lafayette. The event will feature:
- a fashion show with the latest fall fashions
- makeup and hair styling workshops
- free tote bags for the first 100 participants to arrive.
- a drawing for a chance to win a weekend for two in London