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Grape Harvest Festival
On the first weekend in October, the vineyards of Montmartre, the only wine-growing spot in Paris, has become popular in this annual celebration of the grapes with wine tasting, theatrical performances and other festivities. This romantic area was once thick with acres of vineyards and has been hosting his annual grape harvest festival since 1937. There are still thriving wines on a few of the streets. This Dionysian event features the obligatory wine tasting with a parade and a large gathering of wine growers, experts and lovers. In the evening, there is a variety show, feast and dancing ball. The event is free and takes place on the first Saturday of October. Call (33) 0) 1 46 06 00 32 for more information.
The Association Syndrome de Benjamin sponsors a march to benefit the trans-gendered community, commencing at place Denfert-Rochereau at square J Antoine, during the first week in October. Call (33) 43 57 21 25 for more information.
Since 2002, every year, for one night , Paris holds its "Nuit Blanche" in the begining of October (meaning literally "white night"). It refers to a sleepless night from 7 pm until 7 am the next day. All the museums, libraries, cafés, monuments and churches as well as swimming pools remain open. District governments provide breakfast in the morning for all the visitors who keep awake until dawn. At landmarks such as the Hôtel de Ville, you see art and lighting displays. Exhibitions, concerts and other events are held in various areas of the City of Lights. You do not need tickets for admission but to expect to wait in lines. Over a million of Parisians participate in that event which has become so popular that other European cities (Rome and Brussels) have also joined Paris with the same idea. Call (33) 4450 1998 for more information.
Lucien Barriere Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The most important annual horse race in France is hosted by the Hippodrome de Longchamp during the first week in October. Call (33) 44 30 75 00 for more information.
The Parc de la Villette, the largest unobstructed green area in Paris, hosts an exposition of Portuguese artists, photographers and sculptors to introduce Parisians to the culture of Lisbon. Held October through January. Call (33) 892 683 000 for more information.
Pre-1940 vintage car owners race from the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris to Deauville’s Place de la Mairie in Normandy. Held during the first week in October. Call (33) 43 34 97 78 for more information.
World of Games
The Espace Auteuil hosts Monde de Jeu, where state of the art computer games, multi-media and board games, as well as toys are exhibited in this hands-on annual festival during the first week in October. Call (33) 49 91 75 12 for more information.
International Contemporary Art Fair
Galleries and collectors of contemporary art come to the Port de Versailles Convention Center to participate with artists in the annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporaine held in mid-October. Call (33) 41 90 47 80 for more information.
Paris Fashion Week
Following the Pret a Porter at the Porte de Versailles Convention Center, the Carrousel de Louvre hosts an exhibition of women’s ready to wear designers from all over the world in mid-October. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more information.
La Semaine de Gout
Each region in France celebrates its particular gastronomy in this nation-wide festival of food and wine tastings and cultural celebrations for a week in mid-October. Call (33) 14 296 7000 for more information.
Lire en Fete
Literature is celebrated with a variety of festivities in mid-October at this annual event which also includes live readings of important works at the Bibliotheque Nationale. Call (33) 49 54 68 64 for more information.
Marche au Chocolats
The Bourse de Commerce de Paris hosts an annual exposition of French chocolatiers, douceurs and confectioners, with lots of free samples, in mid-October. Call (33) 42 85 18 20 for more information.
JVC Jazz Festival
Jazz musicians from around the world come to play in a variety of venues throughout Paris. Call (33) 46 21 08 37 for more information.
Paris Capitale du Cinema Art et Essai
Le Republique, Le Latina, l’Harlequin and Le Balzac invite movie fans to watch an unlimited number of screenings at half price, in mid-October. Call (33) 42 76 63 29 for more information.
Le Salon du Chocolat
The Carrousel de Louvre hosts tastings and demonstrations by renowned chocolatiers and douceurs, including participants from the Cordon Bleu cooking school, at this annual exhibition, which features a Chocoland for children who can experiment with chocolate makeup. Held from the end of November to the beginning of December. Call (33) 4316 4747 for more information.
Tennis Masters Series
The Paris Bercy Palais Omnisports hosts the final round of the Masters Series, from the end of November to the beginning of December. Call (33) 474 38000 for more information.