Unmissable November events in Lyon
Wines & Food
Beaujolais Nouveau in Lyon, Midnight Free Wine Tasting
Though Beaujolais wines are not as popular in Lyon as Rhone wines, you may have heard a local saying labeling the northern vineyard as Lyon’s third river.
If there is one day in the year where this idiom is true, it’s probably on the third Thursday of November when people celebrate the release of Beaujolais first-year wines known as Beaujolais Nouveau.
Join locals for a free wine tasting in a very festive atmosphere on Terreaux Square on November 15 starting at 7pm with tastings and live music as the New Beaujolais goes down the Saone river. Then wine barrels are rolled out in the streets and pierced at midnight!
The celebration was initiated more than 60 years ago to promote a declining vineyard. The effort has been a success as half of the 30 million bottles produced every year are exported in over 100 countries including the US though Beaujolais “primeur” wines are still suffering from a poor image in France.
Beaujolais Nouveau Feast on Terreaux Square:
November 15 – From 7pm: live concert and tastings (10 euros), piercing ceremony at midnight followed by a free tasting.
November 16 – 4-10pm: Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais Crus Tasting event.
Sous les pavés la vigne, Organic Wines Fair in Lyon Palais de la Bourse
You don’t have the wait the New Beaujolais Feast to experience a friendly wine tasting. If you are a truly wine enthusiast, you certainly appreciate organic and biodynamic wines which have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Lyon’s fourth natural wines fair is happening the first weekend of November at the Palais de la Bourse (chamber of commerce). Visitors can taste wines from 60 wine-growers coming from every corner of France.
The public can also attend conferences or have in-depth conversations with wine writers during book signings.
Sous les Pavés la Vigne – November 4-5 from 10am to 7pm – 8 Euros Palais de la Bourse (Subway A Cordeliers)
Lyon Chocolate Show
Christmas may still be several weeks away, it’s never too early to taste fine chocolates. Put a tick on the second weekend of November in your calendar as Lyon’s convention center hosts the world largest chocolate show.
Walking from one crowded aisle to another, look at the latest gourmet creations from local bakeries, watch young and experienced chefs executing original chocolate pastries (and taste it). You can also admire fashion shows (4pm, 5pm) and chocolate sculptures.
If you already went there last year, you would be happy to learn about new features like the exhibition of christmas logs and Kings cakes made by prestigious pastry chefs from Lyon and Paris or Valrhona’s master classes.
November 10-12 –10am-7pm – Centre des Congrès / Cité Internationale – Lyon 6.
Bus C1 Cité Internationale – Centre de Congrès/ Convention Center (from/to Part Dieu shopping Mall)
Online Fares: 8 euros (Friday), 10 Euros (weekend), 5 euros (children under 12-year-old)
Picture OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2idq_NRrHEI ( Lyon Chocolate Show in 2016).
Sports & Shows
Lyon Urban Trail, Running by Night…
If you have already recovered from Run In Lyon’s 10-km or semi-marathon, get ready for the next running event coming up on November 4.
The good news is that you are not going to be bothered by hot temperatures or sunlight as Lyon Urban Trail two races (12-km and 26-km) happens at night with a headtorch.
The bad news is that both races can be quite a challenge for undertrained runners because of the altitude differences (respectively 550m and 850m) from Fourviere and Sainte-Foy hills to the Saone banks.
This year’s urban trail may even be tougher as the funicular towards Roman Theaters, where the starting line is located, is not going to work on this day.
The Montée du Gourguillon famous old paved street may look as a great off-track warm-up, you would regret it later. Take the F2 funicular to Fourviere, then going down a bit is a much safer bet.
Lyon Urban Trail By Night – November 4 – Register online.
Departure Time: 7pm (12km), 7.45pm (26km) from Fourvière Roman Theaters
Fares: 12km: 21 Euros (16 euros for early registrations),
26km: 31 Euros (26 euros for early registrations).
Equita, Lyon’s International Horse Fair
Shetland, purebred Arabian, Iberian, Frisian… The horse breeds’ parade is a popular attraction among young visitors of Lyon’s Riding Fair.
The Far West corner offers kids the opportunity to wear cowboy hats and boots and ride on a pony while adults enjoy watching American riding races like reining, barrel and cutting.
800 horse breeders and exhibitors come to Lyon bringing 3500 horses. One the largest riding gatherings in Europe has become a major sports event with many international contests including jumping, dressage and pony world championship stages.
These spectacular races are followed by horse shows inspired by equestrian arts and contemporary dances with acrobatics performances and music: a tribute to French traditional riding, which now part of UNESCO World Heritage list.
Equita, Lyon’s Horse Show – Eurexpo Park
November 1-5 – 9am-8.30pm (7pm on Sunday)
Epoqu’Auto, Old cars Exhibit at Lyon Eurexpo
If you watch vintage vehicles with the eyes wild open like an 8-year-old boy, you should go to Epoqu’Auto annual old cars (and motorcycles) show.
Ferrari presents 25 vehicles and some Formula one cars displayed as if they were in a starting grid as the legendary prancing horse’s italian brand celebrates its 70th birthday.
If you are addict to car racing, you can also see single-seater and concept cars from the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit honoring Berliet’s historic local car manufacturer, who made military vehicles during World War I, is worth seeing too.
The gathering of vintage vehicle enthusiasts includes hundreds of exhibitors representing auto and moto clubs, old cars sellers, venders of toy cars, spare parts or vintage dresses. Cherry on the cake, owners of 30+ year cars can park their vehicle for free.
If you plan to come on Sunday (November 12), don’t miss the auction sale starting at 2pm.
Epoqu’Auto Old Cars and Motorcycles Show –
November 10-12 – Eurexpo Park – 13 Euros.
Opening Hours: 9am-9pm (Friday), 9am-7pm (Saturday), 9am-6pm (Sunday).
Label Soie Festival & Silk Market, a Cultural Living Heritage
The silk industry has been vital to Lyon’s economic development while shaping the city’s history and character through the famous uprising among silk workers known as the Canut Rebellion.
The 4-day Label Soie Festival, starting on November 30, aimed to teach visitors about Lyon silk heritage while promoting today’s actions to revive it.
The public can buy silk items from local creators and designers in an indoor market, see an exhibition featuring former apartment-workshops, listen former silk workers’ testimonies, watch a play created telling the inside story of silk workers.
Visitors can also learn about the manufacturing process in an interactive tour presenting different know-hows: silkworm rearing, reeling, throwing, weaving, printing and ennoblement.
Label Soie Festival / Silk Market – November 30/December 3 – Palais de la Bourse
(Subway A Cordeliers) Fares: 5 euros (free under 18-year-old, 10 Euros for a 4-day pass)
A City on a couch, Lyon Sur le Divan Exhibit (Gadagne Museum)
Who are you Lyon? Where do you come from? What are your complexes and neurosis? Is there any healing process under way?
Lyon’s History museum investigated for months to answer those (unusual) psychoanalysis questions interviewing locals through poetry and humor about urban transformations with the help of the nothing but serious Urban Psychoanalysis National Agency…
Commissioners met historians, scientists and artists to complete the museum’s new temporary exhibition.
Starting on November 17, visitors are going to see a large collection of photos, models, films and testimonies outlining the city’s massive urban and housing projects, concrete buildings and transport facilities that have reshaped Lyon’s skyline.
Lyon sur le Divan (Lyon on a couch) – Temporary Exhibit at Lyon History Museum
(Gadagne Museums) – Starting on November 17 – Subway D (Vieux Lyon)
Music & Comedy
Riddim Collision Alternative Festival
Get ready for Riddim Collision’s urban and alternative music festival fostering young talents. The 4-night event kicks off on November 22 with a “black nights” (nuits noires) concert for which we do not know much about. A mysterious eclectic programming hold at Mikrokosm studio recording in Villeurbanne (Subway A Republique).
One of the festival’s unexpected cool venues such as L’Epicerie Moderne in Feyzin (shuttle transfert to subway station) or intimate settings like Les Valseuses (Subway C Croix-Paquet), one of the bars where artists perform on November 23.
Saturday’s night concert is held at Le Transbordeur, a more traditional music venue and features electro hip hop artist Spoek Mathambo from South Africa, Not Waving (electro-techno), Gonzaï DJ set…
Riddim Collision Festival – November 22-25 –
What’s up Lyon? Comedy Shows for English Speakers!
“French people aren’t so bad at English…” If this quote from Paul Taylor’s recent interview on Thisislyon.fr make you laugh, you would probably enjoy What’s Up Lyon: a new monthly night of comedy shows for English speakers with standup performances, sketches and improvs.
The next event is on November 28 at the Complexe du Rire cafe-theatre located between City Hall and Croix Rousse slopes.
What’s Up Lyon (comedy show) – November 28 – 8.30pm (and every month!)
at Le Complexe du Rire cafe-theater. 7 rue des Capucins – Lyon 1 (Subway A, C Hotel de Ville).
Fares: 10 euros (27.50 Euros with tapas & drinks starting at 7.30pm)
One Month Ahead
Concert: London Grammar Rock Band – December 6 – 8pm – Halle Tony Garnier
Dance Show: Acrobatic Rock’n’ Roll World Championship – December 2 – Palais des Sports.
Soccer Game: Lyon vs. Marseille – December 17 – Groupama Stadium
Food event: Lyon’s Gastronomic Fair – December 1-3 – Eurexpo
Lyon’s Festival of Lights – December 7-10
Christmas Market – December 1-30 – Carnot square (Perrache)