Nuit Blanche in Paris is the number one event for art lovers in the city. The first Nuit Blanche started in 2002 and has been taking place every year during the first weekend of October since. Museums and art centers involved in the Nuit Blanche event are free all night! Another reason to step out and explore!
To learn all about the highlights of the 2019 edition read below, don’t miss our interactive map and our practical info to plan for this night of art and fun!
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Nuit Blanche in Paris 2019 edition: what to expect?
Theme for this year’s edition: Movement!
This year’s edition will be playing with the idea of “movement” with 4 key activities:
1- La Grande Traversée
To bring together sport and culture, two 10 km races will be taking place overnight from 10pm to 2am with several starting times based on different itineraries. The race itineraries will be around some of Paris’ nicest sights but also INSIDE!!!! Ready to run your way through the Louvre?
— More info about the night run races here. (registration required)
2- La Parade
A giant exhibition in movement will circulate in Paris from Concorde square to Bastille square, along the Seine river banks from 7pm to 10pm. There will be giant floats designed by famous french contemporary artists and 30 orchestras coming from all over the world—New Orleans Marching bands, Brasilian Batucada bands—all selected by the Paris Philarmonic Orchestra.
To find out the itinerary check our interactive map:
3- Le Vélodrome
The most exciting event of the Nuit Blanche will be the Paris beltway (high speed road surrounding Paris) that will be closed to cars and turned into a giant cycling lane all night long! Enter the cycling lane at Porte de Pantin and ride until Porte de la Villette and admire a special installation made of lights along the way.
If you want to find out how to rent a bike, check out our article about cycling in Paris.
4- Les artistes promeneurs
Last but not least, many amazing art installations will be displayed all over the city. French artist Annette Messager will be displaying an installation in Parc Montsouris in the 14th arrondissement. Daniel Buren, famous for his Buren columns in the Palais Royal, will be revealing a brand-new in-situ installation at Eiffel Tower.
If you’re looking for exciting art exhibitions and museums that are open all year, download our free Paris Museums Guide!
Nuit Blanche in Paris 2019 edition: how to navigate in Paris
1- Paris Metro on Nuit Blanche
All the lines will be operating as usual until 2:00 am, but Line 1 will be operating all night long and for free with stops at the following stations: Château de Vincennes, Porte de Vincennes, Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre-Rivoli, Tuileries, Champs Élysées Clemenceau, George V, Esplanade de la Défense.
2 – All other public transport on Nuit Blanche
All the other transportation means: Tram, RER will be operating as normal. The Noctilien night buses will be reinforced with more buses than usual. Download our Paris Night Bus map to learn how to get around using the Paris Night Buses.