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Paris in October: Weather, What to Wear, and Art Fairs

by stillinparis

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

October In Paris
Colorful trees in October in Paris

Average weather and temperatures in October in Paris

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: 10°C / 50°F
  • max temperature: 17°C / 63°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 – 2 October 2023

Nuit Blanche-White Night in October in Paris
Nuit Blanche-White Night celebrations in October in Paris

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.

Read also: Visit Paris in 4 or 5 days : tips, itinerary

Montmartre Grape Harvest – 11th to 15th October 2023

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, 19 – 22 October 2023

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

Van Gogh at Auvers sur Oise at Musée d’Orsay
from Oct. 03 2023.

Naples at Musée du Louvre

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Anonymous 30/05/2014 - 11:10 am

Does it snow in Paris in october?
is it necessary to bring gloves or a srcarf?

artiste 21/09/2014 - 7:06 pm

How are the hôtel prices in paris in October ?

stillinparis 21/09/2014 - 9:22 pm

October is the low season in Paris , Hotels are less expensive than during other months

Vick 29/09/2015 - 5:00 pm

Is the weather enough milder to wear a shirt in early October in Paris?
Even I am from Finland, i don’t support cold temperatures ;-).

stillinparis 29/09/2015 - 5:08 pm

Hi Vick,

Personnaly I can’t be outside wearing only a shirt in early October in Paris: Temperatures are about 10 and 15°C .
There are few tourist with only a shirt but the majority has a sweater or a light jacket

Helena 14/10/2015 - 10:27 am

How are the temperatures at late October? Does it rain frequently? I will attend the Paris art fair and I want to know how to dress !


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