Top Paris Events – The 2022 Calendar Of What's On In Paris

There's a lot going on in Paris… again ! There are restaurants to dine in, fun activities to sign up for, streets to stroll, wine to taste, a spectacular river to cruise. There are also lots of fantastic Paris events every single month. Things like festivals, fairs (called foire in French), parades, fireworks.

As activities and events are renewed and rescheduled, we will continue to update information on the most popular (and most fun) events in Paris. We'll keep you posted on the the best things to do, places to eat, and the greatest ways to explore and enjoy the glorious City of Light.

Month-by-Month Guides to Activities & Events in Paris

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New Years Fireworks

January – Janvier

  • JOUR DE L'AN – NEW YEAR'S DAY
    January 1, 2022
    French National Holiday
  • LES SOLDES – JANUARY SALES
    The official sales start at major department stores and boutique shops in Paris.
    Second week in January
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year.
    Paris Nord Villepinte
    Information
  • PARIS FASHION WEEK
    Join the runway frenzy of top designers, models & beautiful people. Also held twice a year.
    January 2022
    Information

February – Fevrier

  • ST-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S DAY
    Did you know that Valentin, the saint, was French? Makes sense then that a day in his honor would become a time of love. This amorous holiday is becoming more popular in Paris.
    February 14
    Guide to Valentine's Day in Paris
  • COURSE SAINT-VALENTIN – VALENTINE'S DAY RUN
    Run for love & laughter in Paris, at Parc de la Villette.
    February 2022
    Information
  • RETROMOBILE VINTAGE CAR SHOW
    Love cars and love visiting Paris? You won't want to miss this fabulous car show. For the past 40-plus years Retromobile has showcased the auto industry, featuring hundreds of vintage cars.
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • SIX NATIONS RUGBY
    This annual European rugby tournament includes France versus Italy at the Stade de France.
    February to March 2022
    Information
  • CARNAVAL DE PARIS
    Join the parade at Place Gambetta at 2 PM and party your way towards Place de la Republic.
    Information
  • SALON AGRICULTURE – PARIS AGRICULTURAL SHOW
    It's one of the biggest farm shows in France, dedicated to animal husbandry and plant care. And, of course, no one wants to miss the Milking Parlour!
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR
    Head to Paris' Chinatown in the 13th Arrondissement for a day of parades, paper lanterns and celebrations.

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
    March 6, 2022
    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 Galway's at 13 Quai des Grands Augustins in the 6th.
    March 17, 2022
    Galway's Information
  • CINEMA DU REEL FILM FESTIVAL
    See a fresh batch of French and international documentary and experimental films.
    March 11 to 20, 2022
    Centre Pompidou
    Information
  • LIVRE PARIS
    It's the biggest book fair in France with writers, authors, and publishers under one roof.
    2022 dates TBA
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • SALON DU TOURISME
    Join 100,000 travel professionals under one roof in Paris to discover all the latest trends and forecasts in the travel trade.
    March 17 to 20, 2022
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

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The Most Popular Food Tours in Paris

Discover the Food & Wine of the Marais
Visit the top food & wine shops in the historic Marais, tasting the best of French foods. There's plenty of sampling on this small-group tour.
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Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cellar
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie you discover 7 classic French cheeses and the wines that pair with them. Lots of sampling!
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Jazz in Paris

April – Avril

  • ART PARIS – ART FAIR
    It's the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held every spring. This year held at the temporary structure, Grand Palais Éphémér3.
    Champ de Mars, 7th Arrondissement
    Information
  • EASTER IN PARIS
    Good Friday – French National Holiday
    Easter Monday – French National Holiday
    Our Guide to Easter in Paris
  • 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, 2022
  • THE ANNUAL PARIS MARATHON
    40,000 runners gather to run the marathon in the world's most beautiful city.
    Information
  • FOIRE DE PARIS – HOME SHOW
    Discover the latest European trends in home interiors, gardens, outdoor activities, wine & gastronomy.
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • LIVRE PARIS
    It's the biggest book fair in France with 160,000 visitors, 3,000 authors, and 30,000 bookish professionals gathering to share their expertise in the world of writing and publishing. For 2022, the annual event returns after a year off.
    April 22 to 24, 2022
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

May – Mai

  • FETE DU TRAVAIL – LABOR DAY
    May 1, 2022
    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
    May 8, 2022
    French National Holiday
  • FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
    It's the only red clay court Grand Slam tournament.
    Roland-Garros
    May to June 2022
    Information
  • TASTE OF PARIS
    This popular event brings together restaurants, food & wine producers with a line-up of cooking demonstrations by top chefs.
    May 2022
    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!
    Rescheduled for July 2022
    Information
  • NUIT DES MUSÉES
    Just another event that makes Paris great! Free museum entrance, plus they stay open until the wee hours.
    May 2022
    Information

June – Juin

  • WHIT SUNDAY & WHIT MONDAY – FRENCH NATIONAL HOLIDAY
    Fifty days after Easter Sunday
  • MAKEUP IN PARIS
    It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup.
    Carrousel du Louvre
    Information
  • PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL
    A magical international jazz event in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Normally held during in early summer, this year moved to September.
    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, 2022
    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.
    Internationale Universitaire de Paris
    Information
  • FÊTE DES TUILERIES – PARIS FUNFAIR
    It's like the fairgrounds of your childhood – trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy.
    Late June to August, 2022
    Tuileries Gardens & Place de la Concorde
    Information
  • LA MARCHE DES FIERTÉS DE PARIS – LGBT PRIDE Check the calendar for exact times and the parade route
    Rue des Archives, 4th Arrondissement
    Information

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The Most Popular Louvre Skip-the-Line Tours

Skip-the-line Guided Tour of the Louvre
Bypass the long Louvre lines with an expert guide to get past the crowds and into the museum to visit the masterpieces.
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Skip-the-line Guided Tour
Skip the lineups and go directly to the Mona Lisa and other stunning works of art in the world-famous museum.
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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.
    Late June & July
    Information
  • JAZZ FESTIVAL À SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
    Top jazz performances in the heart of Paris. Doesn't get much better than this!
    Rescheduled from May
    Information
  • PARIS JAPAN EXPO
    Lovers of Japanese culture will unite to celebrate, manga, martial arts, animation & J-music.
    Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center
    Information
  • VERSAILLES FESTIVAL
    Concerts, dance, recitals and fireworks – you won't want to miss this spectacular event. Things may change for 2022, we'll keep you posted.
    July to September
    How to Visit Versailles
  • BASTILLE DAY
    Vive la liberté! 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, 2022
    Information
  • PARIS PLAGES
    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, 2022

August – Août

  • 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 stores and services in Paris are closed this day. August 15, 2022
    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
    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!
    July & August
    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.
    July & August
    Information
  • PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL
    A magical international jazz event in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Normally held during in early summer, this year moved to August.
    August & September
    Parc Floral de Vincennes
    Information

September 2022

  • JAZZ DE LA VILLETTE
    A festival of soul, funk & eclectic sounds that normally attracts 30,000 music lovers.Our personal top pick for the 2022 event is an appearance by Angélique Kidjo.
    September 1 to 12, 2022
    Parc de la Villette
    Information
  • PARIS DESIGN WEEK
    Discover the best in design with the international design community in a program of talks, cocktails, and exhibition
    September 9 to 18, 2022
    Various venues
    Information
  • PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL
    A magical international jazz event in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Normally held during in early summer, this year rescheduled from June.
    Parc Floral de Vincennes
    Information
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year and, for September 2022, there will be digital version.
    September 9 to 13, 2022
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  • EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS
    The public is invited to step inside monuments normally off limits — the Senate, Elysée Palace, private chateaux, and others.
    September 18 & 19, 2022
    Information
  • LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE
    Cycle through English villages, rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower! The 2022 event has been cancelled but we look forward to the next ride in 2022.
    September 14 to 18, 2022
    Information

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The Most Popular Ways to Visit Versailles

Best of Versailles. Skip the Line, with Transportation & Lunch
This day trip from Paris gets you inside the royal estate without waiting in the long lines. Included is a 3-course traditional lunch by the Grand Canal.
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Half-Day Guided Tour to Versailles, with Transportation
Half-day, small-group or private tours. See the best of Versailles including the King's Apartment & the Hall of Mirrors. Plus, time to stroll in the gardens.
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October – Octobre

  • FÊTES DES VENDANGE À MONTMARTRE
    It's the only wine harvest & festival in Paris, held near the one remaining vineyard in Montmartre!
    October 5 to 9, 2022
    Information
  • NUIT BLANCHE – WHITE NIGHT
    Stay up till dawn exploring the museums of Paris for free!
    Information
  • FIAC – ART CONTEMPORAIN
    A world of wonderful contemporary art displayed at the fabulous Grand Palais. Fascinating.
    Late October
    Grand Palais
    Information
  • LE SALON DU CHOCOLAT
    It's the biggest celebration of chocolate in the world. And you don't want to miss the chocolate fashion show!
    October 28 to November 1, 2022
    Porte de Versailles
  • FOIRE D'AUTOMNE À PARIS
    Explore the how the French celebrate the good life — home decor, gastronomy, furniture & design.
    October 21 to October 30, 2022
    Porte de Versailles
    Information

November – Novembre

  • LA TOUSSAINT – ALL SAINT'S DAY
    A Christian day of remembrance of all saints and martyrs.
    November 1
    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
    • Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle
    • November 11, 2022
    • 11:00 AM: Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    • 9:00 PM: Vigil Ceremony
    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.
  • PARIS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    Showcases the works of 60 independent filmmakers from around the world. For 2022 the festival was rescheduled for April.
    Cinema Le Reflet Medicis
    Website

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 Vendôme, 1er
  • SALON DU CHEVAL DE PARIS
    High-level jumping competitions, the World Arabian Horse championships, and lots more horsey things.
    Paris Nord Villepinte
    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 15, 2022 – French National Holiday
  • Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022
  • Easter Monday, April 18, 2022 – French National Holiday
  • Fête du Travail, May 1
  • Ascension Day, May 26, 2022
  • WWII Victory Day, May 8
  • Whit Monday, June 6, 2022
  • 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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