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Chartres Events September 2014

Summer almost ends... if you look at the calendar! But this year, we feel it has already gone long time ago! It is chilly and windy... autumn has been greeting us since last month! Season change? So where's the sunny hot summer?

Lucky there's still a hot news for you... Chartres en Lumière won't be ended too soon! The light show will be extended until October 12!

More events and things to do ideas in September list are include harvest festival, autumn flea market and if you're a food lover, do not miss the food and wine tasting masterclass. Read along to unpack Chartres Events September list!

Chartres en Lumière

When: April 12 to October 12 
Where: Chartres city center

Chartres en Lumière - the city will be nothing without the light! That is why Chartres is also known as the Capital of Light!

What's NEW in 2014 ! : the light show will last longer from on April 12 through October 12, which means two week extra time! New animations onto 23 museums and historic sites, you should not miss this!

The show starts right after the dusk (around 10 pm) until 1 am. You can enjoy it in many ways; by riding the white little train (le petit chart'train) - depart from cathedral (no reservation needed for individual), by bicycle or walk! The last one is perfect for getting the best night photography.

Je Croqu'Eurélien

Je Croqu'Eurelie

When: September 12, from 4.30pm - 10pm
Where: Place du Cygne - see map
Organizer: Jeune Chambre Economique de Chartres

Night market that highlight local products of Eure et Loir, a perfect event to discover the various of specialty foods like fresh fruits and veggies, spices and tea, dried foods, various types of flour, jams, cheese and apple juice, not to mention the famous local honey and macarons.

Also presents authentic crafts creations such as crafts lamps, clay figurines, wooden decoration for kids, glass works, leather crafts, wicker crafts, carpets and furniture, silver jewellery, cardboard furniture and painting.

Salon Formes et Couleurs - 37th edition

When: Aug 30 - Sept 8, from 2pm - 7pm, weekends until 10pm
Where: Collegiale St. André 
Admission : Free entry

Salon Formes et Couleurs (Shapes and Colors Fair) is an art painting exhibition; the guest of honor of the 37th event this year is Patrick Bretagne.

Journées Européennes du Patrimone

- September 20 from 10.30 am to 12 pm, 2.30 pm to 4 pm
- September 21 from 2.30 pm to 4 pm

Where: Historic places in Chartres

Admission: Free

The 31st edition of Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (JEP) 2014 theme is Patrimoine Culturel - Patrimoine Naturel ; it is the best occasion to discover the "hidden" places which do not usually open for public, you can also enjoy the entertainments on each historic sites - free visits and guided visits to historic places and monuments.

Historic sites participants on JEP 2014: Archives Départementales, Chartres cathedral (including free visit to the tower and crypt), Médiathèque l'Apostrophe, Maison de l'Archéologie, Maison du Saumon (now Tourists Office), Muséum des Sciences Naturelles et de la Préhistoire, St. Martin-en-Val archeological site, Chartres Theater.

Read more about European Heritage Days (JEP) in Chartres.

Food and Wine Tasting Masterclass

When: September 18 - 21
Where: Chartres city center
Admission: 1050€ per persons (limited to 12 participants) including accommodation at 4 stars hotel or 690€ (excluding accommodation), all meals and wines are included, except breakfast.

Early booking is strongly recommended.

Celebrating La Fête de la Lumière with a four days of food and wine tasting masterclass given by Jonell Galloway (master food taster, studied at L'Ecole du Cordon Bleu and La Varenne, Paris) and James Flewellen (master wine taster of University of Oxford).

The tasting masterclass will be focused on foods and wines from surrounding Chartres.

Details programs and information on The Rambling Epicure website.

International Feline Exhibition

When: September 20 & 21, from 10am - 6.30pm
Chartrexpo - Chichester room, rue Jean Mermoz
Adult: 6€, children (5-12 years): 3€, free for under 5

For all cat lovers - International Feline exhibition includes selling, cat beauty contest and competition.

Fête de La Lumière

When: September 20 from 9 pm to 1 am
Where: different places in Chartres city center

Although I regret that there will be no show at the cathedral, but here are my top pick programs:

  • Jardins de l'Évêché: Les Elfes de Lumière
  • Place de la Poissonnerie: Water Light Graffiti, from 9 pm to 1 am.
  • Place d'Estienne-d'Orves: Cyclo Light
  • Place des Halles: Moving Shadow, 15 minutes shows at 9 pm and 9.30 pm, 10 pm, 10.30 pm, 11 pm, 11.30 pm
  • Boulevard Chasles: Les luminéoles (the flying light kites)
  • Place Marceau: Tunnel, from 9 pm to 1 am
  • Wandering entertainments depart from Place Evora at 9 pm and 10.15 pm

Chartres Events September at Mediatheque de Chartres

  • June 26 to September 6 - Exhibition: Le Chuchotement de Muses: Images-Poèmes par Leslie Xuereb
  • Sept 20: European Heritage Days (JEP), guided visit at 11.30 am, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm

Horse Racing

Horse Racin

- September 4 at 4 pm
- September 14 at 3 pm

Where: Hippodrome de Chartres, 12 rue Jean Monnet
Call: +33(0)237 34 93 73
Entry ticket: 5€ (free on Sept 4)

Les Puces d'Automne

When: September 27 & 28 from 9.30 am to 7 m
Chartrexpo - Chichester room, rue Jean Mermoz
Entry ticket: 3€

Fête de Vendanges

When: September 27& 28 from 10am - 7pm
Where: Promenade des Bords de L'Eure, Chartres Vineyard, Place des Epars

Grape harvest festival of Chartres - offers popular traditional entertainments for children and all family, also presents divers of local products like honey, breads, wines and many more.

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