10 Cool Things to Do in October in Lyon

Few people pick October as their favorite month. Christmas is still several weeks away, summer vacations are an old souvenir and September weather was not very encouraging… Here’s 10 cool things you can do in Lyon in October to overcome early fall blues.


By Kevin Bonnaud


You are not going to be disappointed whether you like watching combat sports or speed car races on TV, stay up all night to watch movies or if running a marathon is always part of your new year’s resolutions.
It should not be a bad month either for wine lovers and music fans. Happy October!


Lumière, Grand Lyon Film Festival

It’s the night of the year movie-goers and science fiction fans are waiting for. Four blockbuster movies are to be broadcasted successively at the Halle Tony Garnier on October 21st the night before the end of the Grand Lyon Film Festival (October 14-22) known as the Lumière Festival:

– Gravity by Alfonso Cuaron (2013 – 1H30) starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
– Interstellar by Christopher Nolan (2014 – 2h50) with Matthew McConaughey.
– Star Trek by J.J Abrams (2009 – 2h10) with Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana.
The Martian by Ridley Scott (2015 – 2h25) starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain.

Martin Scorcese at Lumière Film Festival

If you fall asleep time to time, there is dorm right behind the screen. If you need to stay up all night, you can go to the temporary bar. If you make it through the early morning, you get a free breakfast.

Outer Space Movie Night – October 21, from 8.30pm, Halle Tony Garnier
(Tramway T1 Halle Tony Garnier or Subway B Stade de Gerland)
Fare: 15 euros (13 euros for students). 


Tribute to Fred Deux & Decorative Arts Treasures at Fine Arts Museum

Lyon’s museum of Fine Arts proposes a retrospective exhibition featuring the work of Fred Deux through 200 drawings. Discover the precision of the artist’s pen, patches and run-outs suggesting human organs that inspired him through his career.

The autodidact artist, died in 2015, was also an oral poet and writer known for an autobiographic cult book entitled La Gana published in 1958.

The museum gives also visitors an opportunity to take a new look to the collection of decorative arts following a vast restauration campaign including jewelry, glassware, ceramics and stained glasses.

Decorative arts item in Lyon’s museum

The public can see new items which have never been displayed yet: An Empire period -style pedestal table with painted plate (19th century), art pieces from China, Japan and Korea and contemporary ceramics.

October through January – Museum of Fine Arts – Subway A, C Hotel de Ville.
Extra: Don’t miss one-hour English guided tour of the museum every Saturday at 2.30pm.


Touaregs Exhibition in Lyon Confluences Museum

Learn more about Tuaregs’ history and aesthetic codes that have shaped the culture of the Saharan nomadic people for centuries.
The one-year exhibition starting on October 18 aimed to change some preconceived ideas western civilizations may have about a vibrant changing society.

Touaregs exhibition at lyon Confluences Museum

The exhibit features craft items, poems, pictures, TV footage not to mention music which has been the main way to spread Tuareg culture overseas.

From October 18 to November 4, 2018 – Confluences Museum (Tramway T1 Musée des Confluences) 


Lyon Tasting, Taste France’s greatest wines like a pro

Lyon’s chamber of commerce (Palais de la Bourse) is such a great setting to host “Lyon Tasting”: a large gathering of wine professionals and enthusiasts organized by Terre de Vin wine magazine.

Wine testing in Bordeaux

Visitors can taste great wines from 100 prestigious domains from the Rhone Valley, Burgundy and the rest of the country with the help of a tasting book.

The public can attend a series of workshops with Gérard Basset, owner of Hotel Terravina in the UK, famous for its multiple wine awards and the title of World’s Best Sommelier received in 2010.

Lyon Tasting – October 14-15 – Palais de la Bourse – Subway A Cordeliers –
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (6pm on Sunday). Fare: 25 Euros (day-pass)


Lyon’s most popular funfair

Fairground rides, bumper cars, duck fishing game, cotton candy, candy apples… Every little boy or girl growing up in Lyon knows what the Vogue des marrons is. Lyon’s most popular funfair is a 150-year-old tradition.

Lyon Croix Rouse funfair (c) F. CROUZET

Locals used to taste white wines and the first hot chestnuts of the season while dancing in the streets from one neighborhood to another.
In the late 19th century, the vogue marked the last of the 12 funfairs held throughout the city from Easter to All Saints’ Day.

It’s a must-go for kids and adults who want to bring out their inner child…

Vogue des Marrons (Croix Rousse Funfair) – Until November 12 – Subway C Croix Rousse


Ninkasi, 20 years of brewing

Beer, burger and music is a good recipe for having fun with friends. That’s also the winning concept of Ninkasi, Lyon’s most famous brewery, which turns 20 this month.

Ninkasi bar in Gerland (c) Brice Robert

A lot of festivities are planned during the birthday’s week (October 16-22) with concerts every night.

Don’t miss the open-air free concert earlier on October 7 on Place Antonin Jutard right in front of Ninkasi’s bar in Guillotiere (Subway D/Tramway T1 Guillotiere) starting at 3pm to enjoy reggae, dub and dancehall sounds.


Run In Lyon, Register for the marathon (or get ready for cheering)

Running along the Rhone river or around Tete d’Or Park is great to stay fit and get ready for the marathon which happens on October 1st.

Run In Lyon running festival is open to all with three different routes depending on your physical conditions and abilities: 10km (sold-out), Half-Marathon and Marathon.

Run In Lyon

The event is a way to rediscover the city from a different prospective (without traffic jam): Saone and Rhone banks, Ile Barbe, Croix Rousse car-free tunnel, Matmut Gerland stadium or Confluences museum.

Visitors are welcome to support runners along the path and go to the running fair on Bellecour square on Friday and Saturday where yoga and Nordic walking courses are given.


Lyon Auto Show, test the car of your dreams

If you are looking for a new car, wonder what tomorrow’s cars look like or admire the vehicle of your dreams, Lyon Auto Show is the place to go to on the first weekend of october.

Following Frankfurt auto show, a series of new models are unveiled for the first time:

Aston Martin DB11, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo not to mention SUVs, sports, city-runs, electric or hybrid cars.
Visitors can test up to 300 cars, see an exhibition of old American cars and watch many indoors and outdoors demonstrations of car races.

Salon de l’automobile (Auto Show) – September 28-October 2nd – Eurexpo – 10am-8pm
Tramway T5 Eurexpo or Bus 100 “Direct Eurexpo” from Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie Terminal.
Fare : 7 Euros (6 euros if purchased online).


Glory 47, the world largest kickboxing promotion is coming to Lyon

Some of the world best kickboxers meet in Lyon on October 28. French athlete Cédric Doumbé, who recently lost his Glory’s world champion title in Chicago in the prestigious welterweight class, is looking for a comeback against his fellow countryman Yohan Lidon.

“The Logger”, as the French champion is often called, is not a newcomer to the circuit. Born in a southeastern suburb of Lyon, Lidon won seventeen world titles.

Glory 47 in Lyon

More combats are scheduled featuring others French kickboxers like Fabio Pinca, also born in Lyon.

October 28 – 5.30pm (doors open at 5pm) – Palais des Sports– Lyon 7
Subway B Stade de Gerland / Fare: From 25 Euros to 125 Euros.

Inside look at Glory 44 fight week in Chicago last August:


Golf Square Tour

Early fall is the time of the year where people are eager to practice new sports. Why not trying golfing? A temporary 9-holes golf course is recreated in Gerland Park (Parc de Gerland) for three days.

The goal is to encourage the public to practice golf and learn about this sport as France is going to host the Ryder Cup, the world’s most prestigious golf tournament, in September 2018.

October 20-23 – Parc de Gerland – Allée Pierre de Coubertin, Lyon 7 – Subway B Stade de Gerland


Extras: One Month Ahead

Rugby Test match: France vs. All Blacks – November 14 – Groupama Stadium

Equita Lyon, Horse Show – November 1-5 – Eurexpo

Supercross 2017 – November 24-25 – Palais des Sports

Notre Dame de Paris – Comedy show – November 24-26 – Halle Tony Garnier