Top Paris Events – The 2023-23 Calendar Of What's On In Paris

There's a lot going on in Paris… again ! There are fantastic activities, special events, streets to stroll, wine to taste, a spectacular river to cruise. Paris is famous for its fantastic annuals events, with something happening every single month. Things like festivals, fairs (called foire in French), parades, fireworks. We'll also 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, 2023
    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 2023
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Romantic Seine River Dinner Cruises In Paris

VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic dinner cruise includes champagne, wine & a classic meal. Choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Dinner Cruise by Maxim's of Paris
The legendary Parisian restaurant takes you on a dinner cruise complete with champagne and wine. Choose the 2-hour cruise for a stellar evening in Paris.
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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 2023
    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
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  • SIX NATIONS RUGBY
    This annual European rugby tournament includes France versus Italy at the Stade de France.
    February to March 2023
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  • 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
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Skip-the-Line at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines make the most of your time in Paris with a whirlwind tour of the must-see works of art in the Louvre. and see a lot of art on this professionally-guided tour. The top choice.
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Louvre Private Tour with Priority Access
Head straight to the front of the line, then journey through art history on a 3-hour private Louvre visit. On this complete tour, an expert guide reveals subtle details about the artwork.
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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 5, 2023
    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 Pub at 13 Quai des Grands Augustins in the 6th.
    March 17, 2023
  • CINEMA DU REEL FILM FESTIVAL
    See a fresh batch of French and international documentary and experimental films.
    Centre Pompidou
    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.
    Porte de Versailles
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Delicious Food Tours Of 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
  • 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, 2023
  • THE ANNUAL PARIS MARATHON
    40,000 runners gather to run the marathon in the world's most beautiful city.
    Information
  • FESTIVAL DU LIVRE DE PARIS
    It's the biggest book fair in France with writers, authors, and publishers under one roof.
    Porte de Versailles
    Information
  • FOIRE DE PARIS – HOME SHOW
    Discover the latest European trends in home interiors, gardens, outdoor activities, wine & gastronomy.
    Porte de Versailles
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Delicious Activities in the Marais

Marais Food Tour with Wine & Cheese Tastings
Walk through the historic Marais neighborhood with a food-expert guide to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting iconic Parisian foods.
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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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May – Mai

  • FETE DU TRAVAIL – LABOR DAY
    May 1, 2023
    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, 2023
    French National Holiday
  • FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
    It's the only red clay court Grand Slam tournament.
    Roland-Garros
    May to June 2023
    Information
  • TASTE OF PARIS
    This popular event brings together restaurants, food & wine producers with a line-up of cooking demonstrations by top chefs.
    May 2023
    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!
    Information
  • NUIT DES MUSÉES
    Just another event that makes Paris great! Free museum entrance, plus they stay open until the wee hours.
    May 2023
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Skip-the-Lines at Paris Museums

The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines and see a lot of art on this professionally guided tour. Choose from a private tour or semi-private (max 6 people.) The top choice.
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Private Orsay and Louvre Museum Tour
Enjoy skip-the-line access and learn the stories behind some of the world's greatest art at the greatest museums.
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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.
    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, 2023
    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, 2023
    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
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Skip-the-Line at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines make the most of your time in Paris with a whirlwind tour of the must-see works of art in the Louvre. and see a lot of art on this professionally-guided tour. The top choice.
Check Availability…

Louvre Private Tour with Priority Access
Head straight to the front of the line, then journey through art history on a 3-hour private Louvre visit. On this complete tour, an expert guide reveals subtle details about the artwork.
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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
  • 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 2023, 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, 2023
    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, 2023

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See the Magnificent Castles of the Loire Valley

Small-Group Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine Tasting Trip from Paris
Journey to the magical castles of the Loire Valley in on a day trip that also features a guided tasting of the best regional wines. Your small group travels in a luxury Eurovan.
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Private Loire Valley Chateaux by Minivan with Hotel Pickup
Visit three of the most stunning castles in the Loire Valley with a knowledgeable guide who brings 700 years of history to life. A wine tasting is included as part of the day.
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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, 2023
    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
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September

  • JAZZ DE LA VILLETTE
    A festival of soul, funk & eclectic sounds that normally attracts 30,000 music lovers.Our personal top pick for the 2023 event is an appearance by Angélique Kidjo.
    August 31 to September 11, 2023
    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, 2023
    Various venues
    Information
  • MAISON & OBJET
    Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year and, for September 2023, there will be digital version.
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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.
    Information
  • LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE
    Cycle through English villages, rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower! The 2023 event has been cancelled but we look forward to the next ride in 2023.
    September 14 to 18, 2023
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Visit Versailles the Royal Way

Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access + Grand Canal Lunch
Skip the long lines to experience the grandeur of Versailles on a guided tour. Stroll through the stunning gardens then meet up for lunch on the Grand Canal. Hotel pick-up is included.
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Your Own Private Versailles – Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up
Experience Versailles on an exclusive private tour with access to areas seen only by dignitaries. See the Hall of Mirrors, the king and queen's private residences, as well as the magnificent 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!
    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 or early November
    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, 2023
    Porte de Versailles
  • FOIRE D'AUTOMNE À PARIS
    Explore the how the French celebrate the good life — home decor, gastronomy, furniture & design.
    Porte de Versailles
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The Highest-Rated Paris Activities

The Food & Wine of the Marais
Starting at the oldest food market in the city, follow your expert guide through the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French food.
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VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic, VIP dinner cruise is the #1 nighttime activity. Be sure to choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, the most champagne, the best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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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, 2023
    • 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.
    Cinema Le Reflet Medicis
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Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Priority-Access Tour
For the ultimate Eiffel Tower experience, this guided tour walks you past the long lines, into the elevator, and up to the very top of the tower for stunning birds-eye views of Paris
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Eiffel Tower Guided Tour to Level 2
Why waste your precious time in Paris standing in line? Take our Insiders advice and book this skip-the-line, guided tour of the Eiffel Tower. While others wait in line, you'll be enjoying the views.
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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
    The Big 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
  • 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 – French National Holiday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday – French National Holiday
  • Fête du Travail, May 1
  • Ascension Day,in May
  • WWII Victory Day, May 8
  • Whit Monday, June 6, 2023
  • 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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