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What to do in Lyon in October?

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Last updated date : 19/09/2023

In October, in addition to lovely walks beneath the golden-leaved trees of Tête d’Or park, there is no shortage of ideas for days out in the Lyon metropolitan area, including cinema, music, shows for young audiences, sports and more… To your diaries!

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Cinema in Lyon in October

Each year since 2019, October has been an opportunity to celebrate cinema in Lyon at the Lumière Festival. Held in venues throughout the Lyon metropolitan area, it attracts a wide audience!

Our message to all film buffs: reserve the entire week to attend this film festival for all devoted to the history of cinema.

In a few words and highlights, here’s what you can expect:
Nearly 170 films in their original languages, new copies or restored versions, presented by key figures of the cinema.

Many events and meetings: a great opening night at La Halle Tony Garnier, plus retrospectives, thematic nights, exhibitions, master classes, meetings, debates, and autograph-signing sessions… Not forgetting a session devoted to younger members of the public, on Wednesday afternoon, also at La Halle Tony Garnier.

Every day, a Cinema Village, with a book store, DVD store and meeting point will be available for your enjoyment.
Another distinctive feature of this event is that you’ll get to see key figures every evening in the friendly atmosphere of the Village.

During the evening closing event, the Prix Lumière is awarded to a great actor or director for his/her entire work and contribution to the history of cinema. During former editions, the Prix Lumière has been awarded to such people as Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Ken loach, Gérard Depardieu, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Martin Scorcese, Catherine Deneuve, Wong Kar-wai, Jane fonda, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne and Jane Campion, in the presence of numerous key figures of the cinema. This year the prize goes to Tim Burton.

Lyon, the city of cinema, offers a dream week to all film buffs!

Practical information


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From Monday 14 to Sunday 20 October 2024. Dates to be confirmed.

Music and concerts in Lyon in October

What are the concerts not to be missed in Lyon and its metropolitan area in October? Here is a selection for music lovers in all genres…

Exhibitions in Lyon in October

One of the highlights of October for those seeking art has to be ‘Peinture Fraîche’, an international street art festival, which reflects the beautiful love story between the Lyon metropolitan area and street art!

Shows in Lyon in October

In October, you can see shows that offer a chance to think about the world around us, as part of the international theatre festival ‘Sens Interdits’, which, once every two years, presents plays from around the globe, performed in many venues and partner theatres in the Lyon metropolitan area.

What to do in Lyon in October with children?

What to do to keep your children busy during the October school holidays in the Lyon metropolitan area? An event not to be missed is ‘La Vogue des Marrons’, which is held in the Croix-Rousse district each autumn. At this traditional funfair, you’ll find bumper cars, a haunted house, toffee apples and more. 
There’s also the festival ‘Les Toiles des Mômes’, which offers an excellent programme of animated films for children.

A month of sports in Lyon

NordicWalkin'Lyon, RunInLyon… October is a sporty month in Lyon and you’ll find something for all tastes and levels! If you prefer being a spectator, the Groupama Stadium will be hosting 2023 Rugby World Cup matches!