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What to do in Lyon in November?

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Last updated date : 25/10/2023

In November, days might get colder and shorter, but that’s not enough to keep the people of Lyon indoors. And it’s not surprising with such a rich offering, including cinema, horse riding, Japanese culture, chocolate, silk and more…  To your diaries!

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Music and concerts in Lyon in November

November is always a busy month for live music in Lyon and its metropolitan area. So much so, that it’s hard to choose where to go for music lovers, whatever the genre… Which concerts are not to be missed in November in the Lyon metropolitan area? Here is our pick for a musical November.

Cinema in Lyon in November

November is also a good month for cinema-goers, particularly with the ‘Festival du Film Court de Villeurbanne’, a short film festival held at Cinéma Le Zola. It is one of the oldest and biggest short film festivals in France!

Exhibitions in Lyon in November

What better way to escape the rainy November weather than to explore the metropolitan area’s museums and galleries. What exhibitions are on during the month?

Shows in Lyon in November

November is a busy time for the performing arts in Lyon! For instance, there is ‘La Nuit du Cirque’, a major celebration of circus arts in France and overseas, which comes to Les Subs each year during this autumn period.

November for gourmets

Christmas is around the corner and it’s time to start getting prepared. So, head to the ‘Salon du Chocolat’, the biggest global event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa, which delights the people of Lyon each November. Another event not to be missed in Lyon, on the third Thursday of each November: the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. Wine lovers will also enjoy the ‘Salon des Vignerons Indépendants’ (independent winegrowers show).

A month of sports in Lyon

It may be cold, but it’s not time to put away your running shoes yet. November is the month of the LyonUrbanTrailByNight® (A.K.A. ‘LUT by night’), a fun, nocturnal, urban trail with 6, 15 and 7 km routes. If trail running is not your thing, make your way to Eurexpo where, each year, the gathering of horse lovers ‘Equita Lyon’ is held.

Getting ready for Christmas

Christmas may seem a long way off, but it’ll be here before you know it! Now is the time to start shopping for gifts. There are many arts & crafts markets and opportunities to find original gifts made in Lyon.