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30 Free Things to Do in Paris in November

By Allisonlounes @parisunraveled
  • 30 Free Things to Do in Paris in November

Photo Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Marilyn on Patio Outside Her Home, 1953, Exposition From Norma Jean to Marilyn

Looking for something free to do in Paris in November? Here’s our pick of the best free (or under €5) expositions and performances this month:

11/1 Variations autour des Crafts Norvège-Paris

An exposition of artisanal works by Norwegian and Parisian artists. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday through November 10. Gallery Collection, 4 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd. Metro Chemin Vert, line 8.

11/2 The Good & the Bad Life

Exposition of the works of Sylvestre Engbrox. Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM, Saturday, 2:30 – 7:30 PM. Through November 3. Galérie VivoEquidem, 113 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6th. Metro Faulgière, line 12, Duroc, lines 10 and 13, and Saint-Placide, line 4.

11/3 From Norma Jean to Marilyn

Photo exposition on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Sundays 2:30 – 6:30 PM. Through December 30. Galérie de l’Instant, 46 rue de Poitou, Paris 3rd. Metro République, lines 3, 5, 8. http://www.lagaleriedelinstant.com.

11/4 Paris Me Expo

Representations of the Eiffel Tower at the Ciné 13 Théâtre. Daily through January 9, 2013. Ciné 13 Théâtre, 1 avenue Junot, Paris 18th. Metro Pigalle, lines 2 and 12. http://parismeleblog.wordpress.com/

11/5 Discover Paris’s fountains with Eau de Paris – A boire, à voir

Learn about the fountains of Paris and their history and artists with guided tours led by the Eau de Paris initiative. Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. All around Paris, so check out the program on www.eaudeparis.fr.

11/6 Election Night at Palais des Congrès de Paris

Watch the election results come in and enjoy American food and drinks. Not free, but you won’t want to miss this. €10 plus one drink. 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, Paris 17th. Metro Porte Maillot, line 1.

11/7 Meet Jean des Cars, author of La Saga des Reines

Reading and book signing with champagne. 8:30 PM. Librarie de la Main, 155 rue Saint Honoré, Paris 1st. Metro Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre. Find the book on Amazon.

11/8 Québec Film Festival

See the best of Québecois cinema from November 6 – 11. See program online. Forum des Halles, porte Saint-Eustache, Paris 1st. Metro Châtelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14. http://www.forumdesimages.fr/.

11/9 Visites Spectacles de Paris

Take a guided tour to discover the hidden passageways of Paris with performing artists. See program online. http://www.visites-spectacles.com.

11/10 The Art of Love in the Middle Ages

Representations of love in the Middle Ages through art and literature. Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1 rue de Sully, Paris 4th. Metro Sully-Morland, line 7.

11/11 France Touch

Exposition on graphism, video, and animation. Free entry for -26. Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Nocturne Wednesdays until 9:00 PM. Les Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st. Metro Tuileries, line 1, or Pyramides, lines 7 and 14. http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr.

11/12 The Summer Olympic Games from Athens to London

Musée National du Sport. Entry €2,00. Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 PM. http://www.museedusport.fr.

11/13 H5: Hello Exposition at the Théâtre de la Gaîté

Analysis of the modern communication and consumption society. Tuesday 2:00 – 10:00 PM, Wednesday – Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 PM. Théâtre de la Gaîté, 3bis rue Papin, Paris 3rd. Metro Réaumur-Sébastopol, lines 3 and 4.

11/14 Paris vu par Hollywood

An exposition of representations of Paris in American cinema. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Hôtel de Ville, 5 rue Lobau, Paris 4th. Metro Châtelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14.

11/15 Live & Soul Afterwork Dance Party at Bizz’Art

With funk and soul music. Free entry. Thursdays starting at 7:00 PM. 167 Quai de Valmy, Paris 10th. Metro Louis Blanc, line 7. http://www.bizzartclub.com.

Exposition of the Slovak artist’s work. Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Closed November 11. Student entry €2,50. Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16th. Metro Alma-Marceau, line 9.

11/17 American Church in Paris Christmas Market

Find gifts for friends and family by Paris-based artisans. From 11:00 AM. American Church in Paris, 65 Quai d’Orsay, Paris 7th. Metro Invalides, lines 8 and 13 and RER C.

11/18 Arts de la Vallée de Bénoué, Nigeria at the Musée du Quai Branley

Exposition of objects and art from the Benoue Valley in Nigeria. Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Starts November 13. Free entry for -26. Musée du Quai Branley, 37 quai Branley, Paris 7th. Metro Bir-Hakeim, line 6, or RER C Pont de l’Alma. http://www.quaibranly.fr.

11/19 Exposition: De l’art d’être vertueux: l’enjeu du comportement sous l’Ancien Régime

Exposition reviewing etiquette and behavior books from the Ancien Régime in France. Tuesday-Saturday 2:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday 12:30 – 2:30 PM through December 6. Closed on holidays. Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, Paris 5th. Metro Cardinal Lemoine, line 10, or Place Monge, line 7. http://www.centreculturelirlandais.com.

11/20 The Museum of Everything

A new museum of contemporary art. Through December 16. Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 8:00 PM. Museum of Everything, 14 boulevard Raspail, Paris 7th. Metro Rue du Bac, line 12. http://musevery.fr.

11/21 Django Reinhardt, Swing de Paris

Exposition on the life and work of Django Reinhardt, swing musician and one of the biggest jazz musicians in France. Under 26 entry 5€, but it’s worth it for the concerts. Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Cité de la Musique, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

11/22 Salon des Vins for Independent Winemakers

Taste and purchase wines made by independent French manufacturers. November 22 – 26 from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Closes at 6:00 PM on Monday, the last day. Student entry €3,00. Porte de Versailles, line 12. www.viparis.com/

11/23 Escapades Festival, Des Corps et des Voix dans la Ville

Film and concert festival geared towards young Parisians. Check out program online for locations. Runs November 21 – December 21. http://www.festivalescapades.fr

11/24 Le Carnaval à Paris at the Maison de Balzac

Discover the biggest carnaval in Europe, in Paris during the 19th century. Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, from November 15, 2012. Maison de Balzac, 47 rue de Raynouard, Paris 16th. Metro Passy, line 6, or La Muette, line 9.

11/25 Sensuality and Spirituality at the Musée Jean-Jacques Henner

Naturalism and symbolism in the work of Jean-Jacques Henner. Wednesday – Monday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, from November 16. Entry €3,00 for under 26. Musée Jean-Jacques Henner, 43 avenue de Villiers, Paris 17th. Metro Wagram, line 3. http://www.musee-henner.fr

11/26 Johann Georg Pinsel, Ukranian Baroque Sculpteur at the Louvre

Daily from November 22, 2012 through February 25, 2013. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, with late nights on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45 PM. Free entry for -26. Musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st. Metro Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, lines 1 and 7.

11/27 Trompe-l’Oeil: Imitations and Optical Illusions

Exposition on optical illusions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Free entry for -26. Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Nocturne Wednesdays until 9:00 PM. Les Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st. Metro Tuileries, line 1, or Pyramides, lines 7 and 14. http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr.

11/28 Design in Africa at the Musée Dapper

Exposition of African furniture. Daily except Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Free -26. Musée Dapper, 35 bis rue Paul Valéry, Paris 16th. Metro Victor Hugo, line 2. http://www.dapper.com.fr

11/29 Art du Jeu, Jeu dans l’Art at the Cluny Museum

Exposition on gaming and representations of games from Babylon to the Middle Ages. Free entry for -26. From November 28, 2012 – March 2013. Musée Cluny du Moyen Age, 6 place Paul Painlevé, Paris 5th. Metro Cluny La Sorbonne, line 10, or Saint-Michel, line 4.

11/30 Africolor Music Festival

Various concerts by African musicians throughout the city from November 17 – December 24. Student tickets €5,00. See program online. www.africolor.com/


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