October may not be the most popular month for tourism in Paris. But, regarding the weather, it is a very pleasant time of year to visit the French capital. The autumnal greenery makes for a very romantic walk through streets of Paris at the beginning of the fall.Read our tips about weather in Paris in October and what to do in the city of light for the autumn.
It’s the back-to-school season and cultural life is abounding, with many fabulous fairs and exhibitions attracting the masses.
October Weather in Paris
Average weather and temperatures
Parisian weather in October is generally mild and quite sunny, but windy conditions can bring clouds and showers in the evenings as the colder weather begins to set in.
Parisian streets, avenues, and gardens are carpeted with the fiery tones of fallen dead leaves, making you feel like part of a painting. The days are getting shorter, but the wonderful explosion of colors brings a new brightness to the city.
- min temperature: 8°C / 46°F
- max temperature: 15°C / 59°F
- average rainfall: 50 mm
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What to wear, what to Pack
When you are packing to prepare your trip to France, keep in mind that in October the climate is changing. It’s getting colder, but is generally still quite mild . Here are some suggestions of what clothes to bring:
- A waterproof jacket.
- A warm jacket for cold temperatures that you could find at the beginning of Fall
- A wool sweater to keep you warm.
- A sturdy umbrella that can withstand the wind.
- Good walking shoes to explore the many beautiful quarters of Paris.
Festivals and Events in Paris in October
La Nuit Blanche – White Night – Saturday 3rd October
This is a cultural initiative which aims to give everybody the opportunity to visit museums by providing free exhibitions, art and cultural centers.
Certainly a good opportunity to discover Paris on a budget, la Nuit Blanche is always a huge success. So it is definitely worth going as long as you don’t mind the crowds.
Montmartre Grape Harvest – 10th to 14th October 2018
Every second weekend of October since 1934, Montmartre Festival has celebrated its wine tradition by welcoming the arrival of the new vintage of its vineyard. The celebrations include many activities:
- Artists exhibitions (Open air shows and theatres)
- Free live concert.
- Fireworks at Sacrée Coeur Basilica.
- Gourmet walks (wine, cheese and French food).
- Many free dances are organized.
The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) at Grand Palais, 18th – 21th October 2018
A major event on the international artistic scene, the FIAC allows visitors to contemplate an amazing panorama of modern art.
Boasting 191 art galleries from 29 countries, the event spans several venues including Grand Palais, Tuileries garden, the docks, and at Cité de la Mode et du Design.
Must-See Exhibitions in October in Paris
Jean Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele at Fondation Louis Vuitton – from 3rd Oct. 2018 until 14th Jan. 2019
Discover the work of Jean Michel Basquiat such as his famous “Heads”. At the first floor the Foundation will also expose Egon Schiele’s works.
Picasso Blue and Pink at Musée d’Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay houses a wonderful Exhibition about “Blue and Pink” period of Picasso (1900 – 1906).