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Paris in September 2024

While August sees a peak in warm summer days, the end of the month starts to bring a pleasant chill that steadily develops through September. And even though the hot days of August are (mostly) long gone, the September sun keeps the city warm enough for terrace meals and fun activities outdoors. I personally love Paris in September (and October too) and have made many trips to the city of light during this month that straddles summer and fall.

September in Paris is a great time for tourists as the crowd starts to thin and prices tend to decline. The return of the locals brings back vibrant energy, and food and wine-tasting events make a comeback with festivities scattered across the city in trendy neighborhoods and cultural hotspots.

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As museums and heritage spaces open their doors to the grand public, September is the best time to dive headfirst into French culture with ‘la rentrée’ (a return to school/work) and get a glimpse of the modern Parisian lifestyle.

Aerial panoramic cityscape view of Paris, France

September also brings a collection of the year’s most anticipated cultural events, exhibits, and fairs. From fashion and interiors to music and agriculture, the month is packed with an amazing outdoor line-up to make the most of the last of the sunny days. All in all, it is a great time to take meandering strolls down quaint alleys, soak in some culture, and get inspired by contemporary, urban art.

On September 20th, the long-awaited opening of Serge Gainsbourg's home, Maison Gainsbourg is happening! This music icon left an indelible impression on French culture and his home has remained largely untouched. His daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actress, and daughter of Serge and Jane Birkin didn't have the heart to change it. And now it is open and you can visit. Tickets are available online between Sept 20 and Dec 31.

As summer lingers for another month, let’s discover some of the best experiences of Paris as the city makes way for an explosion of burnt reds and autumnal oranges.

What can you do in Paris in September?

There is an endless number of things to do during Paris's month of September. Among my favorite activities include walking through Paris’s large open parks, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Tuileries. Paris also has many shopping streets that are perfect for buying souvenirs or just picking up something to wear for everyday life that will remind you of Paris. (My purchase of choice is always a scarf!)

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The best way to see Paris in September is to get outside and explore the city. The weather is (usually) extremely good for walking around that, to be honest, I spend as little time as possible indoors. Paris has so much history to offer and it is absolutely true that one of the best ways to absorb it is by visiting one of Paris’s famous museums, but truth be told I rarely visit them when I am visiting Paris in September or October unless it rains!

girl walking on bridge in Paris

Instead, I wander the streets and soak up as much of Paris as I can just be simply breathing it in, people-watching on a terrace, or grazing through a market or food-focused street. And you definitely can not go to Paris in September without enjoying a glass or two of wine in one of the city’s many cafés.

I know that not everyone has the opportunity to just be a flâneur or flâneuse, so if you actually want to “do” things in Paris, here is a list of the seasonal highlights.

La Rentrée

This isn't really a thing to do, but rather a thing to experience!

La Rentrée is a French word for return. Parisians use it to describe the end of summer when Parisian culture comes back with new exhibits and events that are open to the public. The Parisians take advantage of this time to celebrate all they love about their city – including food, wine, art, fashion, and more!

La rentrée in Paris has its origins in France's historical school system; according to tradition children went back to school on September 1st following the Catholic calendar. It was originally used as an opportunity for parents and educators alike to get students prepared for another year at school by organizing clothes-buying trips (to replace outgrown items), preparing lesson plans, or just getting some fresh air.

Nowadays Parisians put an emphasis on Paris culture and Parisian values, and September is the perfect month to get out and enjoy it. Any given weekend of September you will find and endless amount of things to do.

people at cafe in paris

Music Events and Festivals

  • Techno Parade is a techno parade party on the streets of Paris bringing together the electronic music culture with floats, top artists, and amazing video installations.
  • Jazz à La Villette is a get-together of soul, funk, and jazz music festival at La Villette in the 19th Arrondissement. The festivities also cater to children by introducing the music genre with fun and relatable activities.
  • Silhouette Festival is an open-air event made up of nine evenings of concerts and film screenings at the Parc Buttes du Chapeau Rouge in the 19th Arrondissement.
  • Electro Night Fountain Show at Château de Versailles gives you a chance to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the musical gardens of the Versailles Palace, wrapped up with a grand firework display at the end of the night.
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Events, Festivals, and Experiences

  • Paris Design Week is the trendiest event to discover everything new in the world of interiors with workshops and trade shows all across the city. For 2024, it will run from the 7th through the 16th.
  • Maison et Objet is the source of inspiration for all things interior. Held twice a year at the Parc des Expositions, it introduces international players in the world of decoration, design, and the art of living. For 2024, it will run from the 5th through the 9th.
  • Paris Fashion Week is known to be a stylish event showcasing womenswear all across Paris with fashion shows and buyer presentations. Ready-to-wear fashion weeks featuring Chanel, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton are from September 23-October 1.
  • Traversées du Marais is a big cultural festival in the fashionable district of Marais in the 4th Arrondissement. Takes place this year on Sept 1-3rd.
  • Journées Européennes Du Patrimoine, also known as the Open Days of Historic Monuments, is an event when many private Parisian locations and museums have open access to the grand public. European Heritage Days will take place on September 7-15th. This is the opportunity (if you can handle the lines) to visit the Élysée Palace, the Assemblée Nationale, and other spots not typically open to the public.
  • Fête des Jardins et de l'Agriculture is dedicated to a weekend of workshops, meetings, and guided tours to get a glimpse of the urban agriculture in the 17th Arrondissement.
  • Festival D’Automne à Paris is a grand event dedicated to contemporary arts (theatre, music, dance, visual arts, and cinema) from September to February.
  • Urban Week is an art festival, designer market, and a musical program paired with food trucks and dancing at Parvis de Paris La Défense.
  • La Grande Classique – Paris to Versailles Run & Walk is an exciting racing event of 25,000 runners between the two most iconic monuments of Paris- the Eiffel Tower and the Château de Versailles. Takes place on September 29 this year.
  • Funfair at the Bois de Boulogne was originally called the Fête à Neuneu, and is the oldest funfair in Paris, held in the 16th Arrondissement.
  • Le Grand Feu de Saint-Cloud [TBD if it will take place] held in the Domaine National de Saint Cloud, is known to be the biggest firework display in Europe.
  • Formula Bula is a grand comic festival with workshops, exhibitions, meetings, and editorials in the 10th Arrondissement. For 2023, it takes place on the 20-22nd.

Culinary Delights of September in Paris

Paris has an excellent culinary scene ANY time of the year. There are plenty of Parisian restaurants that offer a special prix-fixe menu or indulge in all your favorite dishes at once – often paired with wines from France's famous vineyards. Another possibility is to find some of the many delicious street food options. September offers some great opportunities to enjoy seasonal delicacies.

Paris is a city that is as delicious as it is beautiful. The culinary scene in this city continually evolving with the constant introduction of new chefs mixed in with the old favorites. The result? There is something for every palate. All that with an underlying emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients and you have all the making for some good eating!

First and foremost, it is important to mention that the best way to enjoy a meal out in France is by taking your time. Meals are supposed to be slow experiences that allow you, as well as your company, to relax and catch up on one another's lives. That being said, feel free to relax! There is no need to rush your way through a three-course meal! (Here is more dining etiquette.)

What to eat in Paris in September

To help you make the most out of your time here are some delicious highlights to be looking forward to this month. The first one is a classic that should not be missed. This month marks the start of the oyster season! Be sure to get your hands on these briny delights while they're in season.

September 21st marks the first day of fall and also the beginning of the grape harvest. Celebrate this event by drinking some wine!

bag of endives

What you will find in season and in restaurants in September:

  • Fruits in season: grapes (raisins), starfruit (caramboles), mirabelle plums, Solliès AOP figs, quince are the stars along with: apples, raspberries, melons, greengages, damsons, pears, peaches, blueberries, blackberries (mûres), blueberries (myrtilles). 
  • Vegetables in season: cèpe mushrooms, endives, and artichokes are the big stars of the month, but also in season: turnips (nave), cauliflower, leeks including poireaux de Créances, Brussel sprouts (chou de Bruxelles), broccoli, romanesco, carrots, celery, beets (betterave), red peppers (poivron), chard (blette), cucumbers, oseille, frisée, onion, lettuce, potatoes, eggplant (aubergine), and chantrelle mushrooms.
  • Seafood is in season: carp (carpe), sole (sole), John Dory (Saint-Pierre), dogfish and skate. 
  • Did you know that there are seasonal cheeses (fromages)? It’s true! Try Reblochon AOP, cabécou (soft goat cheese), Fourme d'Ambert AOP (soft blue cheese), Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage AOP (cow's milk blue cheese), Chevrotin AOP (goat), and Livarot AOP (soft cow’s cheese).

Save on food costs by visiting the local markets and shops.

Paris restaurants can be expensive, and while it’s worth splurging on one good meal, you don’t want to blow your entire travel budget just on food. You can also ask the hotel staff or locals to recommend small cafes and bistros that they go to. This may save you from “tourist rates” and will definitely have good food.

In September Parisians celebrate the end of summer by indulging in one last picnic before fall sets in. In the spirit of this tradition, be sure to pick up some food from markets (here's the etiquette) and enjoy! Buy at the local market and head to one of the 9 ideal picnic spots in Paris.

illustration of a girl having a picnic
Illustration commissioned from Linden Eller.

Important tips to remember

A trip to Paris is wonderful but there are some tips to make it even better. Here are a few things to remember:

  • While the summer crowds have left, the first few weeks of September, and for sure the weekends can be crowded with Parisians who are getting together with friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. after being away for parts of the summer. Plus the Paris weather in September is so good, the Parisians are out enjoying it as well! For popular sites, you should still try to book in advance.
  • With the good weather, you will be doing a lot of walking in Paris. Make sure to pack comfortable travel shoes. Resist the urge to bring flip-flops, they are a no-no. Plus the streets are dirty and the sidewalks aren't any better, good luck with the dog poo and ugh dirty feet by the time you are done walking anywhere!
  • There are no public holidays in France in September so everything should be open!
eiffel tower at sunset in september

The Weather in Paris in September

September is the perfect time to visit Paris. It has surprisingly comfortable temperatures during the afternoon and early evening hours, perfect for walks along the Seine River. However, it can get chilly late at night so pack a jacket! The weather makes day trips from Paris an excellent idea as well.

Paris weather in September

Weather patterns these past few years are very unpredictable, so I want to share the averages and then what we have seen in the last few years. (I used World Weather Info as my source of information.)

Weather in September in Paris:

  • The temperatures in September in Paris: It can get low temperatures as low as 56 degrees F (13 C) and a high temperature as high as 76 degrees F (24 C).
  • Sunrise and Sunset: You can expect sunrise at around 7:15 AM- 7:30 AM and sunset at 8 PM.
  • Rain: A couple of light showers spread over the month.
  • Snow: September in Paris doesn't experience any snow.
Average Daytime Temperature7624
Average Nighttime Temperature5613
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature6820
Average Nighttime Temperature6015
Days of Rainfall
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Average Daytime Temperature7222
Average Nighttime Temperature6216
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)

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What to Pack

And speaking of packing, it is important to plan for layers that can be mixed and match over your trip and peeled off if it gets too hot and put back on if it gets chilly (it can get cold at night). I always take scarves, but then again I sometimes just buy them when I get to Paris too!

You will also want comfortable walking shoes (it can get quite hilly!)and an umbrella if rain threatens your days out exploring. Pack comfy clothes like jeans and sweaters (lightweight ones) as well as smart-casual clothes for going out to dinner. Paris is a very stylish, sophisticated city so you want to dress up if you go out at night but that's not required.

September in Paris is all about the transition from summer to autumn. The weather can be quite variable, with warm days gradually giving way to cooler evenings. This month offers a fresh start and a return to the vibrant city life after the August break. Here’s your packing guide for experiencing the best of Paris in September.

  • Transitional clothing: Items that can layer easily, such as light sweaters, scarves, and versatile tops.
  • A medium-weight jacket: Think a trench coat or a stylish bomber jacket for the changing weather.
  • Jeans and trousers: Perfect as the temperature starts to drop.
  • Dresses: Bring options that can be layered with tights or a cardigan.
  • A scarf: Adds warmth and a touch of Parisian chic.
  • Umbrella: September can bring showers, so it’s wise to be prepared.

Check out these posts for a full list of what to pack for Paris in the summer and fall.

As the cobblestone streets of Paris whisper of autumn, your footwear should be ready for any weather September throws your way.

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Durable sneakers or loafers that can handle long strolls.
  • Waterproof shoes: For those rainy days.
  • Dress shoes: Bring a pair that’s versatile for both day and evening.

September’s unpredictable weather and the blend of summer and autumn activities mean your bag choice should be versatile and stylish.

  • Tote: For carrying layers and purchases.
  • Cross-body bag: Keeps your belongings secure and hands-free for photos.
  • Evening clutch or small bag: Ideal for dinner or a show, fitting all your essentials.

Read more suggestions in my What to Wear in Paris: Tips for Packing for Paris in the Summer (+ Packing List!) post. And because sometimes September can feel more like autumn, here is my What to Wear in Paris: Tips for Packing for Paris in the Fall (+ Packing List!) post.

peniche on the seine river in the city of Paris in france

Is September the best time to visit Paris?

September is considered the shoulder season and in my opinion, really is one of the best times to visit because it's not too hot and it has all that Parisian charm. Perfect for sightseeing, shopping, eating, and drinking wine on a patio overlooking Paris' beautiful skyline! It is the Paris that Parisians know and love!

You should definitely consider planning a trip this month!

Have you ever visited Paris in September? What was your experience? Did you go to any events? Do share!

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
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  1. Wow! Paris looks amazing this time of year. I love the changing leaves next to the beautiful architecture of the city.

  2. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    I have never visited Paris in September but it looks like a wonderful time to plan a trip! Thanks for the tip about the flip-flops.


    It’s great the weather is good in September. It means you can make the most of it and go exploring. Plenty to see there.

  4. Tara Pittman says:

    I think Paris would be awesome anytime of the year. Thanks for the tips for traveling to Paris in the fall

  5. Sarah Bailey says:

    It is always so interesting to hear about the differences in Paris across the year and all the different things you can do I would love to check out the local markets around Paris!

  6. Richelle Escat says:

    I think Paris is great all year round. But thanks for this lovely article.

  7. September is one of my favorite months of the year, and it seems like a terrific time to visit Paris. My sister tries to go to Paris every few years, I’ll share this with her.

  8. I have experienced the calmness and beauty of Paris in September when I attended Paris Fashion week, it was a perfect blend of cool and warmth

  9. Ivan M. Jose says:

    I love how bustling Paris is with all the activities during this time of the year. It’s autumn and the leaves are changing colors.

  10. Being one of the most lovely places in the world, I’m pretty sure Paris is always a busy place