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Fall doesn’t mean Parisians can’t hang out outside at night! On October 4, 2014, for its 13th edition, Paris lightens up all night long for an artsy happening in its streets called “Nuit Blanche”, literally meaning “sleepless night”. From street art to free exhibitions and live music, discover what this night out is about.

From 7pm to 7am on October 5, pop-up fittings, art, street art and open air performances show up just about anywhere including along the facades of neoclassic centerpieces like City Hall and the Panthéon. Is it worth it? If you’re in the mood for discoverig the latest innovations and creations of local artists, from musicians to conceptual artists, while walking through an illuminated Paris. A great opportunity to take the best pictures of the city as well.

You can choose between six different thematic strolls as well as a high numbers of off projects. All on this Paris map. Most bars and restaurants will be open along the way.

We’d like to focus our attention on what’s happening in La Petite Ceinture. The former railway line, which once encircled Paris, is first of all a magical stroll to do during the day. For this special night, it becomes one of the most interesting spot to see, in the 15th arrondissement. The program, which will take you from Parc Georges Brassens to Parc André Citroën, features dancing. Mozza & co and Clasico Argentino foodtrucks will be providing food there all night long. Take a look at what’s waiting for you there in this short video.

Making of Nuit Blanche sur la Petite Ceinture par mairiedeparis

Partywise, legendary techno producer Jeff Mills will put on a show from 8pm to 2am at Parc André Citroën, in the 15th arrondissement as well, here.

We also highly recommend the free entrance between 8pm and 12am at the grand Palais to enjoy the exhibition of French artist Nikki de Saint Phalle, to whom we dedicated an article.

La “Nuit Blanche” is also a kid friendly event, with dedicated itineraries, like here or here or here.

If you don’t mind using your data roaming, there’s an app to guide you. To learn more about “Nuit Blanche”, visit the official Facebook page and website (in French but you’ll get the complete itineraries there). Don’t forget to twwet with #nuitblanche. Metro Lines 4 and 14 will be open until 5.30am.

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