Montmartre’s Fête des Vendanges is a harvest festival with a difference. Each October, this area of northern Paris holds a five-day celebration of the grape harvest at Montmartre’s one remaining vineyard, with eating, drinking, dancing and fireworks. At the heart of it all is the parade, with samba dancers, musicians and groups representing different confréries – brotherhoods or societies. These can be food producers, like the strawberry growers or garlic farmers, or other more unusual groups, like the order of bald men with their symbol of a comb. There are also stalls surrounding Sacré-Cœur where you can try produce from all over France – from oysters and champagne to Caribbean food from French overseas territories. And if that’s too conventional for you there’s always the non-marriage ceremony, where you can get not married to your partner by the mayor of Montmartre. The dates of 2017’s festival are 11–17 October.