The best reasons to go to Paris this fall

Paris is beautiful no matter when you go. But there's something particularly thrilling about being there in the fall, including annual traditions involving red wine and chocolate, a street party where it's required to stay up all night, and special catch-them-now-or-you'll-miss-them events. Full list here:
  1. Festival d’Automne à Paris (September 7-December 31)
    The French take their devotion to arts and culture so seriously that four months out of the year are dedicated to the Festival d’Automne à Paris, or Paris Fall Festival. Whether you're interested in dance (a night dedicated to the work of Lucinda Childs, pictured), film (a roundup of American indie shorts), or performance (Charlotte Rampling and Tilda Swinton re-creating iconic photographs), there's definitely at least one event worth putting on your calendar.
  2. Magritte at Centre Pompidou (September 21-January 23)
    This fall and winter, the Centre Pompidou is paying homage to the Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte with a retrospective entitled "The Treachery of Images," which gets its name from Magritte's famous "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" painting. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and letters.
  3. Fête de la Gastronomie (September 23-25)
    Going to Paris to do nothing but eat is a totally acceptable vacation strategy, and the annual Fête de la Gastronomie makes it easy to justify a long weekend. This year's festival, which is themed around "Popular Cuisine," includes everything from different chefs discussing their favorite way to cook duck to a conversation about how Thai food became so popular in France. If you only attend one event, make sure it's the International Gastronomy Village, which is packed with tastings and accompani
  4. Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre (October 5-9)
    Montmartre is one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods—but it turns into an all-out street party during the four-day Fête des Vendanges in front of Sacre-Coeur that you will definitely want to Instagram.
  5. Wine Mondays at Le Bristol (Begins October 10)
    The iconic Hotel Le Bristol is trying to make the Monday back-to-work blues a little easier with their new Wine Mondays program. Each Monday, the hotel's 114 Faubourg restaurant hosts four course dinners with wine pairings, with a wine expert who will walk guests through the evening's vintages.