Top 10 Things to do in Paris in September

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Top Things to do in Paris in September 2019

On a hunt for the best things to do in Paris in September? Between the Moulin Rouge, the Louvre, patisserie shops and Parisian festivals  there will always be exciting events happening in Paris. Find out what's on and add it to your Paris itinerary. We always keep this blog up-to-date with all the cool goings on in the City of Lights throughout the months of 2019...

September 2019

La Villette Jazz 

29th August - 10th September 

Jazz lovers, don’t miss the famous La Villette Jazz Festival. For more than 10 days, jazz will be in the spotlight, in different forms and with many guests unveiled very soon. Last year, the festival invited such talented artists as Janelle Monáe, Avishai Cohen, Salif Keita, Gogo Penguin and Selah Sue. This year, the Jazz à la Villette festival will once again showcase the full range of jazz and cross genres. On the menu for this 2019 edition? Marcus Miller, Lee Fields & The Expressions or Guillaume Perret amongst others.

European Heritage Day in Paris 

20th - 22th September  

What are Heritage Days? For 35 years, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication have invited visitors on certain days of the year to explore Paris’ most prestigious buildings and sites. This year's theme is "Art and Entertainment", so look around the Musee d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Elysee Palace and more for free between 20th and 22nd September.

Autumn Festival 2019

10th September until 31st December 

A smooth transition from summer to autumn - This festival, founded in 1972, highlights all types of arts from dance to music to theatre. Artists from all over the world come to participate in this great event, hosted by renowned venues such as the Pompidou Centre and many others, it is better not to tell you everything and discover it all for yourself…

Paris Design Week 

5th - 14th September 

For the 9th year, Paris Design Week will celebrate design and its artists for 10 days with a brand new theme. Professionals, designers and the general public are invited to this annual event, organized in synergy with the Maison&Objet exhibition. While the latter is reserved for professionals in the field (brands, designers, creators, decorators, architects, journalists, buyers, etc.), Paris Design Week is open to the public and design enthusiasts. Every year, nearly 100,000 visitors participate in this free event. New design guard, new collections, 200 must-see places… Don’t miss this event if you love all things design.

“La Parisienne” 

8th September 

This year's theme for La Parisienne women’s running race is the Wild West. As always, the race consists of a 6.7 km course around the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Since its creation in 1997, the success of La Parisienne has grown year after year with more and more women running in line at the start. Half of the participants are runners sponsored by their company and wearing its colours. The other half is made up of single women, groups of girlfriends, mother-daughter tandems that become trios when the grandmother gets involved!

Techno Parade 

21st September 

The Techno Parade is back in Paris on Saturday, September 28th to showcase culture and electronic music in their 21st edition. As every year, electronic music lovers gather in Paris to dance to the rhythms of the beats swung by the tanks of the techno parade.

Fête de l’Humanité 

13th - 15th September 

Every year in September, the Huma festival is an opportunity to meet people, attend debates, see and hear many artists during a long three-day weekend. More than 50 concerts are planned, you can also meet and talk with people from different countries by visiting the 450 stands and fairground attractions are also planned for thrill-seekers.

Paris-Versailles Race

29th September 

The 42nd edition of the Ile-de-France race is no small feat with about 25,000 participants running the 16 km from Paris to the Palace of Versailles. Departing from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the runners then pass through Issy Les Moulineaux, Meudon, Velizy and more checkpoints before reaching the Palace of Versailles. Join the locals in cheering them on on 29th September.

Fête à Neu-Neu 

Through September until 6th October 

All September, head to the Bois de Boulogne for the Fête à Neu-Neu! The huge fun fair is full of rides and attractions, as well as the usual fair food and games.

The Golden Age of English Painting 

11th September - 16th February

This exhibition, based on Tate Britain's masterpieces, highlights a key period in the history of painting in England, from the 1760s to around 1820. Head to the Musee du Luxembourg to see masterpieces by English artists such as Reynolds, Gainsborough and Turner - all icons in the art world back in the 18th century.

August 2019


23 - 25 August

Enjoy some of the world's biggest bands at the annual Festival Rock en Seine which takes place in the Domaine National of Saint-Cloud, just outside of Paris. This year there are some incredible headliners taking to stage including The Cure, Major Lazer and Jorja Smith.

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7th July - 2nd September

August is a relaxed month in Paris when many Parisians escape city life for a holiday at the beach or in the mountains. To enjoy the warm summer weather in Paris, head to the Paris Plages beaches along the Seine or pack a picnic and catch a film or concert outdoors.

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Running through August

Spend a beautiful summer evening in Paris outdoors at the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Enjoy amazing movie screenings and bring along a picnic.

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Until September

This classical music concert takes over 7 weekends between August – September in the magnificent Parc Floral in the 12th arrondissement in Paris.

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Summer festivities on the Canal de l’Ourcq

Until 25th August

Enjoy Paris’ beautiful canals this summer. Bassin de La Villette is the largest artificial lake in Paris linking the canal de l’Ourcq to the canal Saint-Martin; This august on the canals you can make the most of the summer festivities taking place on the wter, the best season for discovering the waterways of Paris.

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Until 25 August

La Défence is the business center of Paris that turns into a summer paradise throughout August. Offering 6 weeks of entertainment, see La Défense in a different way and enjoy the sun loungers, food trucks and concerts taking place under the sun.

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Fête à Neu Neu 

From 30th August

The Fête à Neu-Neu, also known as "La Fête au Bois de Boulogne", is a fantastic fairground in Paris offering plenty of attractions for the whole family running until October.

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Meeting à Paris 

August 24th

Are you an athletics lover? Once again, the spectators of the "Speed in Paris" will enjoy themselves at the Charléty stadium watching the runners take to the track to win. If you would like to get tickets, head to the website.

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12th August

What’s better than an open air festival in the summer? Parc de la Villette plays host to the Kizomba festival on the 12th August where you can see plenty of Kizomba dancing right by the Eiffel Tower. This dance event will have you moving your feet and getting into the summer spirit.

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July 2019

1 Bastille Day Fireworks

14th July

Bastille Day is one of the most prominent holidays on the French calendar, marking a turning point in the French Revolution. The day begins at 10am, with a military aircraft flyover at 10:45am and a huge military parade down the Champs-Elysees at 11am. The most awaited fireworks show in the city will burst the sky into colour over the Eiffel Tower, which starts at 11pm. Head down to the Champ de Mars with a picnic to check out the free concerts happening all afternoon.

2 Firemen’s Balls

13th/14th July

These famous parties take place in fire stations all over the city on 13th and 14th July for Bastille Day celebrations. If you’re gonna experience a local party when in Paris, this is one you won’t want to say no to. They go on all night long with plenty of champagne, wine and beer, and, let’s face it, the setting is so unique it pretty much sells itself!

3 Paris Plages 2019

7th July - 2nd September

It doesn’t matter that Paris is nowhere near the coast when fake beaches pop up all over the city during the summer. Palm trees, deck chairs and sand will line the banks of the Parc Rives de Seine and the Esplanade, plus you’ll be able to go for a dip in the huge swimming pools at La Villette Canal Basin. Perfect on a hot day a la Paris!

4 Tour De France

29th July

After 2,000 miles and 23 days of hardcore cycling, the Tour de France is coming to a close. The race will end probably between 3-7pm on the Champs-Elysees, with a huge crowd set to gear up for a crazy welcome. The final stretch will allow you plenty of time to catch sight of the cyclists, but if you can’t get a spot on the Champs-Elysees to watch, try the Tuileries Gardens which are usually not quite as busy so you should be able to get a space.

5 Parc de la Villette’s Free Open Air Cinema

18th July - 19th August

Cinema en Plein Air (meaning ‘open air cinema’) is returning to Paris’ Parc de la Villette for the summer. From Wednesday to Sunday evenings between 18th July and 19th August, this is the most chilled out summer’s evening you can ask for on a trip to the French capital.

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6 Paris l’Ete Festival

16th July - 4th August

Throughout this summer, the Paris l’Ete Festival will be celebrating the cultural diversity of Paris through music, circus, dance and performance in over 30 different locations around the city. All the events will be free (or cheap, at least), and there are plenty to keep you entertained on a free day this summer!

7 Free Concerts at Hotel de Ville 

5th - 7th July

Who doesn’t love a free concert? For three days this July, over 30 artists will take to a stage set up in front of the Hotel de Ville (Paris’ City Hall) to put on a show for free!

8 Paris Jazz Festival 2019

Until 22nd July 

The Paris Jazz Festival is one of the most renowned jazz events worldwide. This year, the Paris Botanical Garden will be hosting the jazz musicians with their enormous fanbase which last year attracted over 120,000. The festival will take place every saturday and sunday until 22nd July and the concerts are free however the park charges €2.50 per person. Just grab a blanket, buy a picnic and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

9 ‘Imagine Van Gogh’ Exhibition

23rd July - 10th September

This immersive experience at The Grand Hall at the Parc de la Villette takes visitors on a journey through the work of Van Gogh by combining the artists masterpieces with technology.

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10 Paris Fashion Week 2019

1st - 5th July 

Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week will be taking place during the first 5 days on July, showcasing designers’ Fall/Winter 2018-19 collections. If you wanna do some model-spotting, the Marais neighbourhood and Palais Royal are likely to be your best bet!

June 2019

We Love Green

1st - 2nd June

We Love Green is a massive music festival in Paris that plays host to some incredible musicians and different music genres. This year the line up includes Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens, Future, Bonobo and much more. Popular with the youth of France, don’t forget to buy your tickets if you like the sound of a weekend packed with music and good vibes.

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21st - 23rd June

An awesome music festival for a good cause. Solidays supports sufferers of aids. This is a very famous French festival and gathers a bunch of epic artists to play on stage. This year expect J Balvin, Groundation, Corine, Hocus Pocus and more...

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Fête de la musique

21st June

Also known as World Music Day, Fête de la Musique is a national celebration and it is also known to be the longest day of the year. This free festival is celebrated all over France to pay tribute to music and arts. You may see musicians playing in the streets as well as witness the free concerts/ All public transport is free all night long.

Villette Sonique Festival

6th - 9th June

Love music and want to hear some of the talent from upcoming musicians and artists? Then this is the festival for you. Villette Sonique is a free event in Paris that helps you discover new artists. Get tickets to see some of the shows. Tickets are from €26.

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Roland Garros

26th May until 9th June

Don’t miss the French Tennis Open from 26th May - 9th June. Buy tickets to the French tennis tournament and watch the world-class players including our favourites Nadal and Federer battle it out on court to win the trophy. Tickets from €35 - €250.

“Finale du Top 14 de rugby” at Stade de France

Sat 15th June

June sees the final of the French Domestic Rugby Team Union hosted at the prestigious sports arena Stade de France. If you’re a big fan of rugby and happen to be in the city on 18th June, why not get some tickets?

Expo Toutankhamon at La Villette

23rd March until 15th September

Has history always fascinated you? Do you want to learn about the Egyptians? The Toutankhamon is an acclaimed exhibition that has been going on in Paris for a while now. Here you can come face to face with 150 original objects from the tomb. A must see if you’re in the city.

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Salon de la Pâtisserie at Paris expo Porte de Versailles

14th until 17th June

France is known for its bakeries, so what better place than Porte de Versailles to learn more about the art of baking? This Trade Show is for baking enthusiasts where you can have access to 10 baking masterclasses and 50 patisserie workshops.

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Opéra Bastille - la Flûte Enchantée de Mozart

27th April until 15th June

The Magic Flute, K. 620, whose original German title is Die Zauberflöte, is an opera sung in German composed by Mozart on a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Going to an opera is an amazing experience so when in Paris, check it out.

May 2019

Baguette art for the Bread Festival!


13th - 19th May

Of course the home of the baguette has an annual bread festival! La Fete du Pain is an annual event held all over France to celebrate Saint-Honore (the patron saint of bread) and announce the best baguette in the country. Go along and taste the best baguettes in Paris on the Parvis de Notre Dame! Bon appetit.

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Printemps des Rues Street Art Festival

25 - 26 May 2019

Every year at the end of May in Canal Saint Martin the Printemps des Rues festival takes place, bringing some of Paris’ most renowned street artists together to put on amazing shows for the public. Theatre, puppet shows, singing, circus acts, dancing and magic shows are all on the cards for this year’s festivities. You won’t be able to miss it if you’re in this city for this couple of days!

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European Museums Night

18th May

For one night in May every year, Paris’ main museums and galleries keep their doors open to the public late into the night. Be sure to check on timings for the museums you’re interested in visiting on this evening of fun, but usually they will open up at around sunset and close at midnight, and they’re free to enter. Head to the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and way more. It’s a great budget-friendly evening activity that’s a true novelty and loads of fun.

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Jazz a Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Festival

16th - 27th May

Named after the Parisian district that’s known for its love of jazz culture, with jazz musicians playing in underground bars and on terraces all over, Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the festival of dreams for jazz lovers. Here the most prestigious jazz musicians showing off their music, and up-and-coming talents take to stage during this 10 day festival on the Left Bank. As well as watching and listening to the jazz masters in the element, you can take part in workshops and attend conferences and talks.

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French Open 2019

26th May - 9th June

If you’re a tennis fan and you’re in Paris for the French Open, why not head over to Roland-Garros (a 50-minute metro from Gare du Nord) and watch a few games live? To watch a main game inside one of the stadiums, it can be a bit pricey. However if you’re up for a day of wandering from court to court in the outdoor area, and grabbing a drink from one of the bars, ticket prices really aren’t too bad and it makes for a great day out!

Taste of Paris

9th - 12th May

Foodies… This one's for you. Taste of Paris is a 3 day event where you can sample some of the most delicious food in the city, cooked by young chefs, new chefs, Michelin-star chefs - it doesn’t matter as they all cook up amazing food! Buy your ticket online (prices start at £15) and head to the Grand Palais. Take part in a masterclass or a workshop, or just mooch around as there’ll be a market there, too. Our taste buds are tingling in anticipation!

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Grand Steeplechase de Paris

18 – 19 May 2019

The Grand Steeplechase of Paris is one of the most anticipated events on the horse racing calendar. If you fancy a fun day out on the outskirts of the city, entrance is only €5 in advance (or €10 at the racecourse)! People don’t just attend to watch the race, they make a day and night of it as DJs and live music take over until the middle of the night.

Paris Gallery Weekend

17th - 19th May

Take in the best of modern and contemporary art at the Paris Gallery Weekend this spring. Over the three days, more than 40 different galleries will host artists, collectors and professionals in the art world to bring back the city’s biggest art event of the season!

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Sample some classic French dishes

When in the French capital, don’t miss sampling some of the countries delicacies - moules frites, steak tartare, tarte tatin and way more. The only thing is, it’s not always the cheapest in Paris, so we’ve put together a list of the French must-tries and where to get them for affordable prices in Paris!

Check out the best places in Paris to get affordable French dishes

Fête du Travail (Labour Day)

1st May

There are a few public holidays in Paris during the month of May, but Labour Day is the one you want to watch out for as some museums and monuments are quite likely to close. Make sure to check the websites of the places on your to do list that Monday to avoid disappointment.

April 2019

Foire du Trône

5th April - 2nd June

Foire du Trône is the oldest traditional funfair in Paris. It’s essentially a local carnival with over 350 attractions including theme park rides. Held at Pelouse de Reuilly, there will be stalls upon stalls of delicious food and sweet treats such as crepes, toffee apples, candyfloss and churros.

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1st April

Easter Sunday falls on 1st April this year, meaning flowers, church bells, music and chocolate! It’s the perfect excuse to indulge a little extra in the divine Parisian patisseries and mouth-watering chocolatiers that the city is famous for. Head to the Notre Dame and join Parisians for the Easter services.

April Fool’s Day

1st April

The first day of April, known to many as April Fool’s Day but known to the French as Le Poisson d’Avril (April Fish). If you happen to be in Paris, or anywhere in France, for this day, you’ll probably see children running around and sticking paper fish to other children and adults’ backs before running away yelling ‘poisson d’Avril!’ Random, but cute.

Paris Art Fair

4th - 7th April

Every spring, Paris’ leading contemporary art fair comes to the city’s Grand Palais venue. This year is its 20th anniversary, so over 142 galleries comprising of 990 artists from 73 countries will be getting involved, each using all sorts of unusual ways to express themselves through art. Entry is €25 but it will be worth it to check out Paris’ most awaited annual art fair, especially if you’ve never been before.

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Colour Run

3rd April

Take part in the most colourful run of your life. The 5k route is dotted with volunteers to shower you with colour and create a fun, buzzing atmosphere. The point here is definitely not to win, it’s just about getting your new (specially bought) whites as colourful as possible. After you’ve ran your socks off, there’s a Finisher Festival with hours of music and throws of colour to really get the crowd going!

Banlieue Bleues Paris Jazz Festival

16th March -13th April 2018

The Banlieues Bleues Festival is the highlight of the music season for jazz lovers in France and Europe. Famous around the world, this wonderful Jazz festival continues to impress us hosting amazing talent in the jazz-osphere. Each edition of the festival features  concerts to lift the music-festival spirit with live jazz gigs on the stage of the Paris Ile de France venues.

Paris Marathon

14th April

The epic Paris Marathon is back again with a route that marathon-lovers would die to do.  Beginning on the Champs-Elysees and winding around the Place de la Concorde, past the Louvre, the Place de la Bastille and of course the Eiffel Tower. This massive run is also noted for its food and drinks stations that include beer, cider, wine and even oysters! If you’re not taking part (which if you haven’t signed up, sadly you won’t be) grab a spot somewhere along the scenic route to cheer on the runners.

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Watch Wrestlemania at Belushi’s Bar

Need a fun place to watch Wrestlemania in Paris? The highly anticipated event for wrestling fans takes place on the 7th April and there’s no better place to watch it than Belushi’s bars in the centre of the city, just a 5 minute walk from Alexanderplatz. See the legend Brock Lesnar get taken on by Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship win. Or women’s champ Ronda Rousey defend her Raw Women’s Championship belt against the fiery Charlotte Flair. Belushi’s will be serving up tasty grub for the event including juicy burgers, wraps and tasty bar snacks.

Get the Best Views in the city

When the skies are more clear and bright in April, it’s a great time to get high up in Paris and experience some incredible views of the City of Light. We’ve rounded up the best places in Paris to get the best views. Life is better higher up, right?

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March 2019

Paris Half Marathon

10th March

The Paris Half Marathon is back for another year. Attracting more than 40,000 runners, the route runs right through the heart of the city and past some of Paris’ most famous landmarks, making for the perfect backdrop both for those taking part and those cheering them on. It’s no wonder people from all over Europe have this one on their bucket list. The Parisian streets spring to life at this time of year, making it well worth checking out for the awesome atmosphere.

Paris Carnival

3rd March

The colourful parade of costumed dancers and talented musicians is back for its 21st year in 2018. This year’s theme will be ‘the Tales of Perrault and Elsewhere’, which pretty much means fairy tales by French author Charles Perrault. The carnival starts at Place Gambetta and finishes at the Place de la République and can’t be missed if you happen to be in Paris on 11th February!

Verticale de la Tour Eiffel

14th March

Watch the race up 1665 steps to the top of France’s most iconic building, the Eiffel Tower. 40 specially chosen elite athletes along with 89 lucky keen amateur runners will take on the challenge of winning the ‘vertical kilometre’ time-trial. There is no race in the world quite like this one, making it a totally unique experience not only for those taking part but for the crowds cheering them on as well. Don’t miss out if you’re in Paris for this one!

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St Patrick’s Day Weekend at Belushi’s

17th March

Whilst parades of dancing leprechauns may not quite have made their way over to Paris yet, this by no means takes away from the excitement of the occasion. Paris’ ever-growing Irish community means that more pints of Guinness than ever get served up at the Irish pubs in the centre of town. Get yourself down to Kitty O’Shea’s or Stolly’s for a proper authentic St Patrick’s Day or Belushi’s for Paddy’s Day celebrations with cheap drinks and a fun, party vibe.

Tutankhamun, The Treasure of the Pharaoh

From 23rd March

Paris’ Villette will be hosting an awesome exhibition all about the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun and the treasures that were uncovered in his tomb back in 1922. See over 150 original items from the pharaoh's tomb that have never been seen before!

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Carnaval des Femmes

3rd March

A day for women to dress up as queens and men to dress up as women! The tradition inspired by the Feast of the Laundress dates all the way back to the 18th century and has been celebrated by women (and men) every year since. Anyone willing to take part can be part of the annual Carnival of Women parade for free, to celebrate the fact that they are who they are and they’re over the moon about it! Check out the day’s itinerary by following the link below so you can parade the Parisian streets, too.

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Printemps du Cinema

17th - 19th March

Cinema-goers will appreciate this one. For just €4 you can grab a ticket to any film at any participating cinema around Paris for this annual film festival.

Back for its 20th year, Printemps du Cinema allows film lovers to come along and enjoy movies for a discounted price for a duration of three days in March.

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Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival

22nd March - 19th April

The Banlieues Bleues Festival is the highlight of the music season for jazz lovers in France and Europe. Famous around the world, this wonderful Jazz festival continues to impress us hosting amazing talent in the jazz-osphere. Each edition of the festival features concerts to lift the music-festival spirit with live jazz gigs on the stage of the Paris Ile de France venues.

Rugby Six Nations at Belushi’s

If you happen to be in Paris for the 10th or 16th March and you’re a rugby fan, do not miss out on catching a Six Nations game at the Stade de France. It’s just a 15 minute train ride from Gare du Nord (and our Gare du Nord hostel) making you a fool if you don’t go! Catch the France v Ireland game on the 10th or France v Italy game on 16th - both will be on in most pubs around the city and packed with locals cheering on their team. We recommend heading to Belushi's during the Six Nations, the best sports bar in the city!

February 2019

Chinese New Year in Paris (pictured)

5th February

Chinese New Year in Paris, as with most large cities in Europe, is a huge event. Watch the colourful dragons, drummers, dancers and more parade through the districts of Paris. The official date of Chinese New Year is 5th February, however the parades and celebrations will be happening on and after this date so keep checking online to see where to head and when.

Valentine’s Day

14th February

Planning on spoiling your other half by whisking them away for a Valentine’s Day to the most romantic city in the world? From champagne river cruises to the dreamiest spots for Valentine’s dinner, follow our guide to spending February 14th in the city of love...

Michael Jackson: On The Wall

Until 14th February

Marking the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, this exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais is all about how the legendary singer influenced the creative arts over the past 30 years. 40 artists will be displaying their work, each piece having been inspired by the King of Pop, his music and personality. Expect to see art by David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and many more.

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Salon International de l’Agriculture

23rd February - 3rd March

This may sound like a weird one to most people but hear us out... Paris’ International Agricultural Show is actually HUGE in the city and locals love it (the French President even attends!). Spend a day at the show petting the 300+ breeds of farm animals, learning about the production of wine grapes and more. The show will take place at Paris’ Porte de Versailles and costs €14 online. It’s definitely worth it for a unique day out. There’s even a food hall for you to indulge in the local produce while you’re there.

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Watch the Six Nations in Paris

The Six Nations is pretty huge in Paris (of course as France is one of the teams) meaning the atmosphere in the city’s sports bars will be insane! If you can’t get tickets to the Stade de France head to Belushi’s, the best sports bars in Paris for an epic sports vibe, juicy burgers and flowing drinks. France v Wales is on 1st February and France v Scotland is 23rd.

Rétromobile Vintage Car Show

6th - 10th February

This one’s for the real car lovers. Retromobile is a major international car event held in Paris’ largest exhibition park Porte de Versailles and is totally devoted to classic cars. Head to the 15th arrondissement to lust over the 500 vintage vehicles on show and dream about being one of those people who are attending to actually buy one! Get your ticket online for €18 (it will cost more to pay on the door) and get there between February 7th and 11th to spot your dream car.

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Cubism Exhibition

25th February

The Centre Georges Pompidou is showcasing an excellent display of 20th century artists at the Cubism exhibition until February 25th. Pieces by Picasso and Braque are displayed along with other influential artists of the era such as Duchamp and Picabia.

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Free Things to do in Paris

It’s February and most of our bank accounts might be looking a little worse for wear… Check out the incredible free things there are to do in Paris rather than spending money you don’t have on expensive activities.

January 2019

Ice Skating at the Grand Palais

Until 8th January

Make the most of the last of Paris’ Christmas ice rinks. The one at the Grand Palais is one you don’t want to miss, skating beneath the stunning domes which glow in the evening. Make sure you get there before it all gets packed up for another year on 8th January!

Paris Fashion Week

17 - 25 January

Keep an eye out for January’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. They’ve not yet released a schedule but it’s always a huge event with loads going on. If you’re into your fashion, you’d better make time for one of the biggest shows in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

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New Year’s Day

Most museums and shops will be shut on New Year’s Day, however this makes it the perfect day to go out for a stroll, have a coffee and croissant and explore Paris’ quaint cafes.

Magnificent Venice at the Grand Palais

Until 21st January

Head to Paris’ famous Grand Palais for a stunning art exhibition on Magnificent Venice back in the 18th century. Showcasing work by numerous different talented artists, each piece captures the city’s unique flair in beautiful ways so if you’re a lover of landscape art, this exhibition is definitely for you. Bear in mind that the show is closed on Tuesdays.

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Picasso Chefs-d’œuvre Exhibition

Until 13th January

The Musee National Picasso will be showcasing some of the world-famous artists’ work that has never before been displayed in Paris.

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Paris Winter Sales

Paris is renowned for its incredible shopping opportunities, so when it comes to January sales, don’t miss out!

Free Things to do in Paris

It’s January and most of our bank accounts might be looking a little worse for wear… Check out the incredible free things there are to do in Paris rather than spending money you don’t have on expensive activities.

December 2018

Tuileries Christmas Market - "The Magic of Christmas"

Christmas markets in Paris (known as Marchés de Noël) officially marks the start of the festive season. Last year the famous Champs Elysees Christmas Market was closed to everyone’s surprise, because nothing screams Christmas in Paris like the festive cheer on the world’s most famous avenue, and this year it is closed again. But not to worry, there is an alternative festival called ‘La Magie de Noël’ (The Magic of Christmas) which will be just as amazing held in the Jardin Tuileries next to the Louvre. Hot mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, twinkling lights and juicy sausages. What more could you ask for? There are other markets taking place in Paris too including the Montmartre Christmas Market behind Sacre Coeur and the Notre Dam Christmas market.

Ice Skating

As Christmas nears, everyone wants to have a go at ice skating in the City of Lights. In Paris there are several places you can rent a pair of skates out and glide around. One of the best places to ice skate is Hôtel de Ville, then you also have one right underneath Eiffel Tower. You get to ice skate while admiring the beauty of Paris greatest landmark! There’s also an ice rink in Champ de Mars.

See the Champs-Elysées Christmas Lights

You can’t come to Paris in December and not see the beautiful Christmas Lights on the Champs-Elysées. Here you will find the most spectacular and popular Christmas light display in Paris. The beautiful avenue will be light up every evening as well as the 400 trees, offering an incredible show every day from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m throughout December.

Africolor Music Festival

Until 22 December, 2018

The Africolor festival is an annual concert in Paris showcasing the very best music of artists coming from Africa and the Caribbean. It includes 35 concerts spread throughout different areas of Paris. There will even be a Christmas concert on the 19th December to give you a taste of Mali culture through music and much much more.

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Galeries Lafayette Christmas window display & Christmas tree

Every December Parisians wait to see the highly anticipated Christmas window display at the city’s most famous department store Galeries Lafayette. Expect extravagant, out-of-the-box displays to really get you into the Christmas spirit from magical themes to animated characters. Then, have a shop inside and admire the most elaborate Christmas tree in Paris (pictured above) and for some last minute Christmas gifts.

Christmas at Saint Germain des Pres

Another place to visit in Paris for a real festive atmosphere is the upmarket Saint Germain des Pres. Walk down Saint Germain and admire all of the window displays and Christmas lights, then near to the church of Saint Germain des Prés, you’ll find a quaint little Christmas market made up of thirty or so small chalets selling trinkets, Christmas gifts and food. A real magical atmosphere. While you’re here grab a coffee or hot chocolate from Cafe de Flore.

‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ at the Grand Palais

23rd November - 14th February

Paris’ Grand Palais will be hosting an entire exhibition dedicated to Michael Jackson and the 10th anniversary of his death. 40 artists will be displaying their work, each piece having been inspired by the King of Pop, his music and personality. Expect to see art by David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and many more.

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New Years’ Eve

Be at the heart of the NYE action at Paris’ Champs-Elysees famous street party. Grab a good spot to watch the Eiffel Tower from afar as it dances into 2018 with glistening lights. Alcohol is not permitted in the Champs-Elysees area so don’t make the mistake of bringing your own or you’ll get smacked with a fine. You can, however, find plenty of alcohol and hours of music in the bars and clubs that line the avenue. We recommend heading to Belushi’s bar where the party continues until early hours of the morning.

Where to watch the Premiere League

Want to watch the game while you’re in Paris? Well, at Belushi’s all of the football games will be screened live so you’re covered. There are two Belushi’s bars in Paris, one in Gare du Nord and one overlooking Canal Saint Martin.

Curl up in one of Paris’ cosiest spots

Autumn in Paris is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit. Wander the parks in all their autumn glory and get cosy in one of the city’s many cosy spots. Bookshops, cafes, libraries and bars all make our list of the Cosiest Spots in Paris For Autumn.

November 2018

Champs-Elysées Christmas Lights Turn On

21st November

Watch the Champs-Elysees transform as the twinkling lights get switched on and Christmas officially arrives in Paris from the most beautiful avenue in the world! On the evening of 21st November, festive spirit will flow throughout the city as the Christmas light display in Paris flickers to life for another year.

‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’ at the Grand Palais

23rd November - 14th February

Paris’ Grand Palais will be hosting an entire exhibition dedicated to Michael Jackson and the 10th anniversary of his death. 40 artists will be displaying their work, each piece having been inspired by the King of Pop, his music and personality. Expect to see art by David LaChapelle, Andy Warhol, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and many more.

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Armistice Day

11th November

Armistice Day is the French national holiday which honours and commemorated members of the armed forces who fought during the war. A ceremony will take place at the Arc de Triomphe where President Emmanuel Macron will present a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Be sure to check the websites of sites and attractions you plan on visiting on this day as some may be closed or have limited hours for this day.

Christmas Market at Tuileries Gardens

24th November - 6th January 2019

After a year off last year due to disputes with the council, Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees Christmas Market is back, just not on the Champs-Elysees but the Tuileries Gardens! French food products, wine and gifts will all be on sale in chalet-style stalls plus there will be fairground rides, an ice rink and loads more festive-themed fun.

Christmas Market at La Défense

From Mid November

Mouthwatering food, festive decorations, crafts, gifts and, of course, gluhwein. The annual Christmas Market at La Defense is the biggest in the Paris region. Over 250 chalets will be set up to bring you all the festive feels and give you the opportunity for a spot of Christmas shopping.

Salon de la Photo

8th - 12th November

Salon de la Photo at the Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles ihas grown in recent years to become one of the most popular photography trade shows in Europe.

Beaujolais Nouveau Festival

15th November

Do you love wine? Not as much as the French at Beaujolais Nouveau! Every third Thursday in November, parties are thrown all over France to celebrate the first wine of the season. French law prevents any wine being released before 12:01 am on this thursday, so up and down the country people celebrate with fireworks, music and a festival atmosphere!

All Saints Day

1st November

All Saints Day is a national public holiday in France, meaning all the shops, banks, schools and many offices are closed for the day. Be sure to check that the sites and attractions you’d planned on visiting will actually be open, or for any changes to opening hours.

Salon du Chocolat

Until 4th November

Chocolate lovers, you won’t be able to resist this one. Paris’ Salon du Chocolat is the world’s largest chocolate event, with chocolatiers, patissiers and confectioners from all over the world heading there to make this the chocolatiest event you’ll ever attend. Expect demonstrations, tastings, conferences and even a chocolate fashion show involving models wearing dresses made from chocolate! Over 500 participants from 60 different countries (that includes 200 renowned chefs and pastry chefs) helping bring the festival together at the Porte de Versailles.

Curl up in one of Paris’ cosiest spots

Autumn in Paris is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit. Wander the parks in all their autumn glory and get cosy in one of the city’s many cosy spots. Bookshops, cafes, libraries and bars all make our list of the Cosiest Spots in Paris For Autumn.

October 2018

Nuit Blanche

6th October

Nuit Blanche is an annual tradition that has been held every first Saturday of October since 2002. The nighttime event showcases Paris’ creative scene in unexpected ways and aims to promote the city’s more off-the-beaten-track monuments. Take one of the four suggested routes that’ll lead you to this year’s most unmissable pieces. This is one of Paris’ most popular events of the year, so don’t miss it!

Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre 2018

10th - 14th October

Head to Montmartre for the annual Wine Harvest Festival, known and loved nationwide for being such a joyful celebration of culinary art and gastronomy. Expect concerts, parades, exhibitions and local product tasting all as part of the 5-day festival. Don’t miss the ‘not getting married’ ceremony and the fantastic fireworks display in the evening.

Halloween at Disneyland Paris

1st October - 5th November

Halloween is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to visit Disneyland Paris. The characters are all on theme, as is the music and loads of the souvenirs on offer. If you love Disney and you love Halloween, make sure you take a day or two off from the traditional Parisian tour and explore Disneyland Paris!

Comic Con Paris

26th - 28th October

Comic Con Paris, the festival dedicated to pop culture, is the place to go if you’re into comics and cosplay. Dress up as your favourite character, meet some of the best artists in the business in Artist Alley and take part in some awesome free activities going on throughout the 3 days of Comic Con. Shannen Doherty, Jenna Coleman, Dean Cain, Ricky Whittle and Orlando Jones are all in the line-up and you could meet them! Buy your tickets online now.

Salon du Chocolat

31st October - 4th November

Chocolate lovers, you won’t be able to resist this one. Paris’ Salon du Chocolat is the world’s largest chocolate event, with over 500 participants from 60 different countries (that includes 200 renowned chefs and pastry chefs) helping bring the festival together at the Porte de Versailles. Chocolatiers, patissiers and confectioners from all over the world will be there to make this the chocolatiest event you’ll ever attend. Expect demonstrations, tastings, conferences and even a chocolate fashion show involving models wearing dresses made from chocolate!

Paris Oktoberfest

4th - 14th October

You don’t need to miss out on the Bavarian fun during Oktoberfest, as Paris is doing its own version! For 11 nights this October, the Paris Event Center at La Villette will have put up an enormous Bavarian tent filled with all things Oktoberfest - long tables and benches, giant steins of beer, awesome music, German food and a whole lot of lederhosen. Who needs Munich?!

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

6th - 7th October

Europe’s most prestigious horse races is back this October, bringing the continents best thoroughbreds to the Longchamps Racecourse. Tickets to see the races from the Arc Village start at just €15.

Yoga Festival Paris

12th - 15th October

For 4 days at the Porte de la Villette, experts in yoga, Ayurveda and more will be attending Paris’ Yoga Festival to offer visitors paid workshops and classes

For 4 days this October, Paris’ Yoga Festival will be welcoming visitors for free to the Porte de la Villette, to meet experts in yoga and take part in free workshops and classes. 120 exhibitors will be attending the festival, plus a huge amount of activities, conferences, classes and meeting will also be on offer to those keen to get to know more about yoga.

YIA (Young International Artists) Art Fair

18th - 21st October

The Young International Artists Art Fair, held in Le Carreau du Temple, will present more than 60 contemporary art galleries from incredibly high quality emerging talents. Art lovers will love wandering around and taking in all of the exquisite, contemporary pieces from sculptures and paintings to media art forms. Tickets cost €15 but this is only a 3-day fair, so if you’re in the city at the time you have to go and check it out.

Tous au Restaurant 2018

1st - 14th October

Tous au Restaurant (translated as Let’s Go to the Restaurant) is the perfect way to experience some of Paris’ best gourmet meals for an amazing discount. More than 1400 restaurants around the city will be welcoming visitors who have signed up to the deal online to indulge in their menus as a price of ‘one meal bought, one meal offered’. Try out one of Paris’ most famous gourmet bistros, or that up-and-coming place that everyone is talking about. Just make sure you sign up and book in advance or you’ll miss out!

September 2018

Techno Parade

22nd September

Record labels, radio stations, DJs and music lovers are all invited to electronic music as this year’s Techno Parade. Follow the floats, each equipped with sound systems and epic DJs, down the streets of Paris. This event is always HUGE - over 400,000 people attended last year. So get involved!

Le Grand Feu

8th September

Head to the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud on 8th September to see the sky burst into light with a fantastic fireworks display! It’s one of the best displays of fireworks that you’ll see at any time of year, so make sure to put this on your itinerary if you happen to be in Paris at the time.

European Heritage Days

15th - 16th September

Spend a day during Paris’ European Heritage Days festival discovering or rediscovering the city’s monuments for free. All over France, around 17,000 monuments will be opening their doors to the public that are usually closed. It tends to be a busy weekend but one that’s well worth looking into, especially if you’re in Paris at the time.

‘Masterpieces’ at Musee Picasso

From 4th September

Picasso fans, as of 4th September, make some time to visit the Musee Picasso for the ‘Masterpieces’ exhibition that will be taking over until January 2019. The museum will have some of Picasso’s masterpieces on loan from all over the world, allowing visitors an insight into some of the work that Paris has never yet seen.

Festival d’Automne

From 10th September

This celebration of autumn’s arrival is also a celebration of Paris’ cultural arts, allowing visitors to experience theatre, music, film, dance and visual arts in the city. Around 40 venues in Paris such as Theatre de l’Odeon or the Centre Pompidou will be hosting incredible shows and art events that you have to go and check out.

Paris Fashion Week

25th September - 3rd October

It’s a big week for fashion lovers on the last week in September. Check out the website linked below to see if you can grab a seat by the runway.

Paris Plages

2nd September

It’s your last chance to make the most of the sandy banks of Paris this year! The Paris Plages will be packing up for autumn on 2nd September, marking the end of another summer in the city.

Paris-Versailles Run

30th September

On 30th September, 20,000 people will be joining a race from the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris all the way to the Château de Versailles. This year will be the 41st edition of the 16 kilometre run, and the atmosphere along the way is gonna be buzzing! Sadly it’s too late to take part, but set up camp somewhere along the way to cheer on the runners as zoom past  you.

Paris Design Week

6th - 15th September

Join Paris in celebrating the city’s incredible world of design. Over 200 venues will be opening up to showcase the best of design in Paris. Art lovers, don’t miss this.

La Nuit aux Invalides

Ends 1st September

During the summer months, Les Invalides monument has been coming to life in the form of light and sound most evenings, but only until September 1st. The story of 1918 La Naissance D’un Monde Nouveau highlights the events of World War One through the eyes of a child. It’s a spectacular 45-minute story shown through light and sound, and you can watch it for free when you order tickets online.

August 2018

1 Rock en Seine

24th-26th August

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One of the highlights of the French festival calendar, the Rock en Seine festival, is returning for its 15th year at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud in the west of the city. This year’s headliners are Justice, PNL, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Die Antwoord and Macklemore but each and every act set up to take to the stages will be sure to blow your mind. Don’t miss this!

2 Festival Paris l’Ete

16th July-4th August

Dance, theatre, concerts, circus… This Paris festival is one you don’t wanna miss, especially because it’s totally free! Check out the website to find the show locations as there are about 30 different spots around the city.

3 Été du Canal

1st-26th August

Spend your Parisian summer days sailing, sunbathing and dancing by the canal on the Ourcq canal until August 26th this year. Head to the Canal de l’Ourcq where lots of fun anf festive activities will be happening.

4 Cinema en Plein Air

1st-19th August

There’s just a few weeks left of this summer event - a FREE open-air cinema at la Prairie du Triangle. Each Saturday until 19th August, a huge screen along with hundreds of film fans will take over the park to watch an old classic film. Still on the list to show are the likes of Spring Breakers, Mars Attacks and Promised Land. Don’t miss it!

5 Fete des Tuileries

Until 26th August

If you’re in Paris before 26th August, make sure you set aside an hour or so (at least) to enjoy La Fete Foraine des Tuileries. It’s the fun fair’s 30th anniversary this year, so it’s expected to be even better than ever. Over 80 attractions will be taking over the Jardin des Tuileries, from bumper cars to ghost trains and giant slides. Entry is free and although the rides are not, it’s a tradition you can’t not experience when in Paris.

6 Tréteaux Nomades

27th August - 9th September

Marking the end of another summer in Paris, Treteaux Nomades is a free performing arts festival that takes over some of the city’s quirkier spots. Expect to see burlesque theatre, music, poetry and some popular French shows dotted around Paris on various dates. Check out the website, but a few of the locations are The Arènes de Montmartre, Hôtel de Beauvais, Place Sainte-Marthe and La Bellevilloise and the Arènes de Lutèce.

7 Gay Games

4th-12th August

Paris’ Gay Games is the largest festive sporting event in the world that’s open to everyone without any prior selection. Come and cheer on the participants taking part in a whole range of events (from diving and swimming to martial arts and rowing) as entrance to most of the festival is free!

8 Paris Plages

Until 2nd September

One of the best parts about summer is Paris is the Paris Plages that come to the city year on year. August is your last chance to make the most of the sandy banks of the Parc Rives de Seine and the Esplanade, the swimming pools at La Villette Canal Basin, palm trees and deck chairs. Don’t miss out!

9 ‘Nymphéas: L’abstraction américaine et le dernier Monet’ Exhibition

Until 20th August

Visit the Musee de l’Orangerie to see an exhibition inspired by the time of which New York’s Museum of Modern Art bought Monet’s huge “Blue Water Lilies” piece. See some of the famous French artists later work as well as work by American expressionists.

10 ‘The Art Of The Brick: DC Super Heroes’ Exhibition

Until 19th August

Lego and superheroes? What’s not to love? The Espace Chapiteau at La Villette is hosting an exhibition that is just made for pop culture fans! Nathan Sawaya is an American artist (and a big fan of Lego) and is showcasing 120 plastic brick creations all based on comic book heros. Check out the Batmobile that’s over 5 metres long!

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Article by Darcy King

Posted on 26 Jan 2018

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