Top Paris Events – The 2019 Calendar Of What's On In Paris

Any time of year, there's a lot going on in Paris — food to eat, fun activities to do, streets to stroll, 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.

So, let's take a look at the Paris events calendar for 2019. 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
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019
    French National Holiday
  • LES SOLDES – JANUARY SALES
    The official sales start at major department stores and boutique shops in Paris.
    January 9, 2019
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year.
    Paris Nord Villepinte
    January 18 to 22, 2019
    Information
  • PARIS FASHION WEEK
    Join the runway frenzy of top designers, models & beautiful people.
    January 15 to 24, 2019
    Information

February – Fevrier

  • ST-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S DAY
    Thursday, February 14
    Guide to Valentine's Day in Paris
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR
    Head to Paris' Chinatown in the 13th Arrondissement for a day of parades, paper lanterns and celebrations. 2019 is Year of the Dog.
    February 9, 2019
  • COURSE SAINT-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S DAY RUN
    Run for love & laughter in Paris, at Parc de la Villette.
    February 16, 2019
    Information
  • RETROMOBILE VINTAGE CAR SHOW
    Love cars and love visiting Paris? You won't want to miss this fabulous car show. The 2019 show features 100 years of Citroën automobile finesse.
    February 6 to 10, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • SIX NATIONS RUGBY
    This annual European rugby tournament starts with a game at the Stade de France with France versus Wales.
    February 1 to March 16, 2019
    Information
  • SALON AGRICULTURE – PARIS AGRICULTURAL SHOW
    It's one of the biggest farm shows in France, dedicated to animal husbandry and plant care.
    February 23 to March 3, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

March – Mars

  • CARNAVAL DE PARIS
    Join the parade at Place Gambetta at 2 PM and party your way towards Place de la Republic.
    March 3, 2019
    Information
  • 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
    March 10, 2019 → 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.
    March 17, 2019
    Information
  • CINEMA DU REEL FILM FESTIVAL
    See a fresh batch of French and international documentary and experimental films.
    March 15 to 24, 2019
    Centre Pompidou
    Information
  • LIVRE PARIS
    It's the biggest book fair in France with writers, authors, and publishers under one roof.
    March 15 to 18, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • SALON DU TOURISM
    Join 100,000 travel professionals under one roof in Paris to discover all the latest trends and forecasts in the travel trade.
    March 14 to 17, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • DRAWING ON PARIS ART FAIR
    Now in its thirteenth year, this art fair showcases 2,000 artworks.
    Carreau du Temple
    March 27 to 31, 2019
    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 an unsuspecting friend's shirts.
    April 1, 2019
  • EASTER IN PARIS
    Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – French National Holiday
    Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
    Easter Monday, April 22, 2019 – French National Holiday
    Our Guide to Easter in Paris
  • MOIS DE LA PHOTO-OFF
    THe exhibits part of Paris Photography Month, formerly held in November, has now been moved to April. The November photography month will be held on alternating years.
    Information
  • ART PARIS
    It's the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held every spring.
    April 4 to 7, 2019
    Grand Palais
    Information
  • THE ANNUAL PARIS MARATHON
    40,000 runners gather to run the marathon in the world's most beautiful city.
    April 14, 2019
    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, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • LIVRES RARES & OBJETS D'ART
    At the International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair, 150 booksellers from around the world, all members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, will share their treasure trove of exceptional, rare works.
    April 12 to 14, 2019
    Grand Palais
    Information

May – Mai

  • FETE DU TRAVAIL – LABOR DAY
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    French National Holiday
  • WWII VICTORY DAY CEREMONY
    The president of France will lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor the liberation of France.
    Arc de Triomphe
    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    French National Holiday
  • FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
    It's the only red clay court Grand Slam tournament.
    Roland-Garros
    May 26 to June 9, 2019
    Our 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 9 to 12, 2019
    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 16 to 27, 2019
    Information
  • NUIT DES MUSÉES
    Just another event that makes Paris great! Free museum entrance, plus they stay open until the wee hours.
    May 18, 2019
    Information
  • FÊTE DU PAIN
    A festival of bread where the best baguette of the year is announced.
    Outside the Notre Dame Cathedral
    May 14 to 20, 2019
    Information

June – Juin

  • VERSAILLE FOUNTAINS NIGHT SHOW
    See the marvelous fountain show & fireworks display held throughout the summer.
    Saturdays in the Summer
    Check Availability
  • WHIT SUNDAY & WHIT MONDAY – FRENCH NATIONAL HOLIDAY
    June 9 & 10
  • FUTUR EN SEINE
    Paris digital festival held at le Carreau du Temple, a historic covered market in the Marais.
    2019 Dates: TBA
    Information
  • MAKEUP IN PARIS
    It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup.
    Carrousel du Louvre
    June 20 & 21, 2019
    Information
  • PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL
    A magical international jazz event held during the summer in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral.
    Parc Floral de Vincennes
    2019 dates TBA
    Information
  • FETE DE LA MUSIQUE
    Free music concerts take to the streets and parks of Paris to celebrate the summer solstice.
    June 21, 2019
    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.
    Espace Champerret
    2019 dates TBA
    Information
  • FÊTE DES TUILERIES – PARIS FUNFAIR
    It's like the fairgrounds of your childhood – trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy.
    Late June to August, 2019
    Tuileries Gardens & Place de la Concorde
    Information
  • LES PESTACLES
    It's a summer full of shows, music, plays, workshops, lectures and get togethers at Parc Floral all summer long.
    June to September, 2019
    Information
  • FESTIVAL CHOPIN
    There's a special connection between Paris and Frederic Chopin. Although he wasn't born here, he is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery. Head to the Orangerie in Parc de Bagatelle for your fix of classical piano music.
    Late June to mid-July, 2019
    Information
  • LA MARCHE DES FIERTÉS DE PARIS – LGBT PRIDE Check the calendar for exact times and the parade route
    June 2019
    Rue des Archives, 4th Arrondissement
    Information
  • CHAMPS-ELYSÉES FILM FESTIVAL
    If you love film + Paris, combine the both by attending this annual film festival. The venues are found at theatres along Champs-Elysées with plenty of insider industry events.
    June, 2019
    Information

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Summer in Paris

July – Juillet

  • TOUR DE FRANCE
    Your chance to see the dramatic final day as the cyclists circle the Champs Elysées.
    June 29 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
    Information
  • PARIS JAPAN EXPO
    Lovers of Japanese culture will unite to celebrate, manga, martial arts, animation & J-music.
    Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center
    July 4 to 7, 2019
    Information
  • VERSAILLES FESTIVAL
    Concerts, dance, recitals and fireworks – you won't want to miss this spectacular event.
    July to September
    How to Visit Versailles
  • BASTILLE DAY
    Vive la liberte! In Paris, the military parade starts at 10 AM on the Champs-Elysées. 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 dances, music and theatre performances in neighborhoods across Paris.
    July & August, 2019
    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 to August, 2019
    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.
    Parc de la Villette
    2019 dates TBA
    Information

August – Août

  • VERSAILLE FOUNTAINS NIGHT SHOW
    The marvelous fountain show & fireworks show continues in August.
    Check Availability
  • ASSOMPTION – ASSUMPTION DAY
    HQ for this religious holidays is Notre Dame Cathedral. Taking place the evening before is a river procession along the Seine with a special Mass at Notre Dame on the 15th. NOTE: Most storess and services in Paris are closed this day. Wednesday, August 15, 2019
    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!
    Pont de St-Cloud
    Last weekend in August 2019
    Information
  • FESTIVAL PARIS L'ETE – ARTS, SCENES & SUN
    100 performances, 40 locations throughout Paris near monuments, in parks and public squares. What a way to celebrate summer in the city!
    2019 dates TBA
    Information
  • ÉTÉ DU CANAL – SUMMER ON THE CANAL
    The Canal de L'Ourcq celebrates the summer with a fun program of dance, concerts, water activities including boat cruises, films screenings, and street art. Canal de L'Ourcq is a trendy part of the Parisian canal network in the 19th Arrondissement.
    2019 dates TBA
    Information

September – Septembre

  • JAZZ DE LA VILLETTE
    A festival of soul, funk & eclectic sounds that attract 30,000 music lovers.
    Parc de la Villette
    First two weeks in September
    Information
  • PARIS DESIGN WEEK
    Discover the best in design from Nespresso, Ikea, Paris College of Art, and many others.
    September 9 to 16
    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
    Information
  • FÊTE DE L'HUMANITÉ
    Since 1930, the Festival of Humanity has been celebrated in Paris.
    Mid-September
    Parc Courneuve
    Information
  • CROQUE ANIME – THE FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM
    This free international film festival is dedicated to animation.
    September
    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
    Information
  • FÊTE DE LA GASTRONOMIE
    A three-day feast that celebrates the gastronomy of France.
    2019 dates TBA Throughout France
    Information
  • PRÊT-A-PORTÉ FASHION SHOW
    Join the beautiful people for the unveiling of the new ready-to-wear collection.
    September 24 to October 2, 2019
    Information
  • LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE
    Cycle through English villages, rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower!
    September 18 to 22, 2019
    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
    Information
  • NUIT BLANCHE – WHITE NIGHT
    Stay up till dawn exploring the museums of Paris for free!
    October 7 & 8, 2019
    Information
  • FIAC – ART CONTEMPORAIN
    A world of wonderful contemporary art displayed at the fabulous Grand Palais. Fascinating.
    October 19 to 22, 2019
    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, 2019
    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, 2019
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

November – Novembre

  • LA TOUSSAINT – ALL SAINT'S DAY
    A Christian day of remembrance of all saints and martyrs.
    November 1, 2019
    French National Holiday
  • ARMISTICE DAY
    France honors its war dead with a military parade from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Elysées.
    November 11, 2019
    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 15, 2019
  • PARIS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    Showcases the works of 60 independent filmmakers from around the world.
    November 21 to 24, 2019
    Cinema Le Reflet Medicis
    Information
  • SALON DU CHEVAL DE PARIS
    High-level jumping competitions, the World Arabian Horse championships, and lots more horsey things.
    November 24 to December 2, 2019
    Paris Nord Villepinte
    Information

December – Decembre

  • 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

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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.

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Good Friday, April 19, 2019 – French National Holiday
  • Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Easter Monday, April 22, 2019 – French National Holiday
  • Fête du Travail, May 1
  • Ascension Day, May 30, 2019
  • WWII Victory Day, May 8
  • Whit Monday, June 10, 2019
  • July 14, Bastille Day
  • August 15, Assumption Day
  • November 1, All Saints Day
  • November 11, Armistice Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day

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