Paris Events – The 2016-2017 Calendar Of What's On

There's always a lot to do in Paris — lots of fun activities, things to see, streets to stroll, food to eat, wine to taste, river boats to ride. There are also a lot of fantastic Paris events every single month. Things like festivals, fairs (called foire in French), parades, fireworks…

Attending these events and mixing with the Parisian crowd might make you feel just a little bit like a local, instead of a tourist. Finding yourself in a beach chair along the sandy banks of the Seine during summers' Paris Plage is only one example. Let's take a look at the Paris events calendar. We include exact dates for the events wherever they've been announced. We also give you links for more information. Oh, one more thing — you'll also need to know about French national holidays, when shops, offices, and most museums are closed. We include those, too.

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Winter in Paris

January – Janvier

  • JOUR DE L'AN – NEW YEAR'S DAY
    January 1
    French National Holiday
  • LA GRANDE PARADE DE PARIS
    Marching bands & floats and regalia along Champs Elysées.
    January 1, 2017
    Information
  • LES SOLDES – JANUARY SALES
    The regulated sales officially start at major department stores and boutique shops in Paris.
    Starts January 11, 2017
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year.
    January 20 to 24, 2017
    September 8 to 12, 2017
    Information
  • PARIS FASHION WEEK
    Join the runway frenzy of top designers, models & beautiful people.
    January 22 to 26th, 2017
    Information
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR
    Head to Paris' Chinatown in the 13th Arrondissement for a day of parades, paper lanterns and celebrations. 2017 is Year of the Rooster.
    January 28 to February 3, 2017

February – Fevrier

  • ST-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S DAY
    February 14
    Guide to Valentine's Day in Paris
  • CARNAVAL DE PARIS
    Join the parade at Place Gambetta at 2 pm and party your way towards Place de la Republic.
    February 26, 2017
    Information
  • COURSE SAINT-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S RUN
    Run for love & laughter in Paris.
    Information

March – Mars

  • SEMI DE PARIS – PARIS HALF-MARATHON
    The second most popular run (after the Paris Marathon), the Semi attracts 37K runners.
    Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes
    Information
  • LA FETE DE LA SAINT-PATRICK
    Head to one of the many Irish pubs in the city to celebrate the land of the Little People. Our fave is the oldest Irish pub in France, Kitty O'Shea's.
    Friday, March 17, 2017
    Information
  • CINEMA DU REEL FILM FESTIVAL
    See a fresh batch of French and international documentary and experimental films.
    March 24 to April 2, 2017
    Centre Pompidou
    Information
  • ART PARIS
    It's the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held every spring.
    March 31 to April 3, 2017
    Grand Palais
    Information

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Spring in Paris

April – Avril

  • POISSON D'AVRIL – APRIL FOOL'S DAY
    Poisson refers to the paper fish that French children tape to the backs of unsuspecting friend's shirts.
    Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • EASTER IN PARIS
    Good Friday, April 14, 2017 – French National Holiday
    Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
    Easter Monday, April 17, 2017
    Guide to Easter in Paris
  • THE ANNUAL PARIS MARATHON
    40,000 runners gather to run the marathon in the world's most beautiful city.
    April 9, 2017
    Guide to the Paris Marathon
  • SALONS ART CONTEMPORAIN ET MODERNE
    Contemporary & Modern Art Show. 500 artists gather at Bastille to show their new creations.
    April 27 to May 1, 2017
    Place de la Bastille
    Information
  • FOIRE DE PARIS – HOME SHOW
    Discover the latest European trends in home interiors, gardens, outdoor activities, wine & gastronomy. Tickets are 12.50€ online.
    April 27 to May 8, 2017
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

May – Mai

  • FETE DU TRAVAIL – LABOR DAY
    Monday, May 1, 2011
    French National Holiday
  • WWII VICTORY DAY CEREMONY
    President Hollande will lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor the liberation of France.
    Sunday, May 7, 2017
    Arc de Triomphe
    French National Holiday
  • FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
    It's the only red clay court Grand Slam tournament.
    May 22 to June 11, 2017
    Roland-Garros
    Guide to the French Open
  • TASTE OF PARIS
    This popular event brings together restaurants, food & wine producers with a line-up of cooking demonstrations by top chefs.
    May 18 to 21, 2017
    Grand Palais
    Information
  • JAZZ FESTIVAL À SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
    Top jazz performances in the heart of Paris. Doesn't get much better than this!
    May 11 to 22, 2017
    Information
  • NUIT DES MUSÉES
    Just another event that makes Paris great! Free museum entrance, plus they stay open until the wee hours.
    Information
  • FÊTE DU PAIN
    A festival of bread where the best baguette of the year is announced.
    Outside the Notre Dame Cathedral
    Information

June – Juin

  • VERSAILLE FOUNTAINS NIGHT SHOW
    See the marvelous fountain show & fireworks display held throughout the summer.
    Saturdays in the Summer
    Check Availability
  • FUTUR EN SEINE
    Paris digital festival held at le Carreau du Temple, a historic covered market in the Marais.
    Information
  • MAKEUP IN PARIS 2016
    It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup.
    June 22 & 23, 2017
    Carrousel du Louvre
    Information
  • PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL
    A magical international jazz event held in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral.
    June
    Parc Floral de Vincennes
    Information
  • FETE DE LA MUSIQUE
    Free music concerts take to the streets and parks of Paris to celebrate the summer solstice.
    June 21, 2017
    Information
  • SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA MAISON DE POUPÉE
    That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dolls house collectors from around the globe.
    June 25, 2017
    Espace Champerret
    Information
  • FÊTE DES TUILERIES – PARIS FUNFAIR
    It's like the fairgrounds of your childhood – trampolines, bumper cars & candy candy.
    June 27 to August 23, 2017
    Tuileries Gardens & Place de la Concorde
    Information

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Summer in Paris

July – Juillet

  • PARIS JAPAN EXPO
    Lovers of Japanese culture will unite to celebrate, manga, martial arts, animation & J-music.
    July 6 to 9, 2017
    Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center
    Information
  • VERSAILLES FESTIVAL
    Concerts, dance, recitals and fireworks – you won't want to miss this spectacular event.
    July, 2017
    Information
  • BASTILLE DAY
    Vive la liberte! In Paris, the military parade starts at 10 am on the Champs-Elysees. The Eiffel Tower fireworks show starts at 11 pm.
    July 14
    French National Holiday
    Guide to Bastille Day Celebrations
  • PARIS QUARTIER D'ETE FESTIVAL – NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL
    See 100 free dance, music and theatre performances in neighborhoods across Paris.
    July & August, 2017
    Information
  • PARIS PLAGE
    Can't make it to the beach? No worries, the beach will come to you. 30 days of summer, 1350 tons of sand, 2 miles of Seine banks, and 250 umbrellas.
    July & August, 2017
    Information
  • TOUR DE FRANCE
    Your chance to see the dramatic final day as the cyclists circle the Champs Elysées.
    July 1 to Sunday, July 23, 2017
    Information
  • CINEMA EN PLAIN AIR – OPEN-AIR CINEMA FESTIVAL
    It's one of the biggest open-air film festivals in Paris. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket.
    July 12 to August 20, 2017
    Information
  • LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE
    Cycle through English villages, rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower!
    July 19 to 23, 2017
    Information

August – Août

  • ASSOMPTION – ASSUMPTION DAY
    Monday, August 15, 2016
    French National Holiday
  • ROCK EN SEINE
    Although most Parisians have headed to the country for their August holidays, you can join those who have remained in the city… to rock out!
    Last weekend in August 2017
    Pont de St-Cloud
    Information
  • VERSAILLE FOUNTAINS NIGHT SHOW
    See the marvelous fountain show & fireworks display held throughout the summer.
    Saturdays in the Summer
    Check Availability

September – Septembre

  • JAZZ DE LA VILLETTE
    A festival of soul, funk & eclectic sounds that attract 30,000 music lovers.
    First two weeks in September, 2017
    Parc de la Villette
    Information
  • PARIS DESIGN WEEK
    Discover the best in design from Nespresso, Ikea, Paris College of Art, and many others.
    September 9 to 16, 2017
    Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design
    Information
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year.
    September 8 to 12, 2017
    Information
  • FÊTE DE L'HUMANITÉ
    Since 1930, the Festival of Humanity has been celebrated in Paris.
    Mid-September, 2017
    Parc Courneuve
    Information
  • CROQUE ANIME – THE FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM
    This free international film festival is dedicated to animation.
    Théâtre de Ménilmontant
    Information
  • EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS
    The public is invited to step inside monuments normally off limits — the Senate, Elysée Palace, private chateaux, and others.
    3rd Week in September, 2017
    Information
  • FÊTE DE LA GASTRONOMIE
    A three day feast that celebrates the gastronomy of France.
    September 23 to 25, 2017 Throughout France
    Information
  • PRÊT-A-PORTÉ FASHION SHOW
    Join the beautiful people for the unveiling of the new ready-to-wear collection.
    September 26 to October 4, 2017
    Information

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Autumn in Paris

October – Octobre

  • FÊTES DES VENDANGE À MONTMARTRE
    It's the only wine harvest & festival in Paris, held around the one remaining vineyard in Montmartre!
    First week in October, 2017
    Information
  • NUIT BLANCHE – WHITE NIGHT
    Stay up till dawn exploring the museums of Paris for free!
    October 7 & 8, 2017
    Information
  • FIAC – ART CONTEMPORAIN
    A world of wonderful contemporary art displayed at the fabulous Grand Palais. Fascinating.
    October 19 to 22, 2017
    Grand Palais
    Information
  • FOIRE D'AUTOMNE – AUTUMN FAIR
    Explore the how the French celebrate the good life — home decor, gastronomy, furniture & design.
    October 27 to November 5, 2017
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • SALON DU CHOCOLAT
    It's the biggest celebration of chocolate in the world. Don't miss the chocolate fashion show!
    End of October, 2017
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

November – Novembre

  • LA TOUSSAINT – ALL SAINT'S DAY
    A Christian day of remembrance of all saints and martyrs.
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    French National Holiday
  • LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO – PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH
    See international works of photography throughout November at MEP and other venues throughout Paris.
    Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP)
    Information
  • ARMISTICE DAY
    France honors its war dead with a military parade from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Elysées.
    November 11, 2017
    French National Holiday
  • BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU
    Fireworks, festivals, music start on the 3rd Thursday in November to mark the arrival of the new vintage of Beaujolais.
    November 17, 2017
  • PARIS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    Showcases the works of 60 independent filmmakers from around the world.
    Late November, 2017
    Cinema Le Reflet Medicis
    Information
  • SALON DU CHEVAL DE PARIS
    See high level jumping competitions and the World Arabian Horse championships.
    November 26 to December 4, 2016 at Paris Nord Villepinte
    Information
  • GRAND MARCHÉ D'ART CONTEMPORAIN – MODERN ART FAIR
    500 artists will gather to display their latest works.
    October 27 to November 1, 2016 at Place de la Bastille
    Information

December – Decembre

  • Christmas in Paris
    So much to see and do!
    Read Our Guide to Christmas in Paris
    December Activities in Paris
  • Christmas Markets
    Celebrate the season by visiting a few of the many annual markets throughout the city with items for Noel!
    Throughout December
    See the List of Christmas Markets in Paris
  • WHERE TO SEE THE BEST CHRISTMAS WINDOWS
    • Galeries Lafayette, 9e
    • Printemps, 9e
    • Le Bon Marché, 7e
    • BHV in the Marais
    • Faubourg Sainte-Honore, 2e
    • Avenue Montaigne, 8e
    • Forum des Halles, 2e
    • Place Vendome, 1er
  • LES SAPINS DE NOËL DES CRÉATEURS – DESIGNER CHRISTMAS TREES
    Admire Christmas trees designed by top designers that will be auctioned to raise money for cancer research.
    Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    Information
  • NOËL – CHRISTMAS DAY
    December 25
    French National Holiday

French National Holidays

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It's important for your planning to know when the national holidays fall since offices, many stores, and most museums are closed on many or all of these days. We know that's a bit vague, but it's difficult to create a definite listing of what will be open. It's best to check before simply showing up.

  • January 1, New Year's Day
  • Easter Monday (April 16, 2017. April 1, 2018.)
  • May 1, May Day
  • Ascension Day (May 5, 2016. May 25, 2017.)
  • May 8, WWII Victory Da
  • Whit Monday (May 16, 2016. June 5, 2017.)
  • July 14, Bastille Day
  • August 15, Assumption of Mary
  • November 1, All Saints Day
  • November 11, Armistice Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day

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