April Fools Day | April 1
Don’t be surprised if you see an odd number of people sporting a paper fish on the back of their shirts. Dating back to 1564, it is French tradition to place a Poisson d’Avril on a victim’s back as a celebration of the silly holiday, April fools. Keep an eye out for sneaky hoaxes and petty pranks on this first day of April or fall victim yourself.


Foire du Trône | Now – May 28
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris
Metro : Liberté (8)

Price : Adult – 25 euro, Child (under 12) – 15 euro
One of the oldest funfairs in France, the Foire du Trône dates back to the year 957 where it was primarily an open-air market. Today, the fair boasts over 350 attractions with over 1,400 workers and is considered the most popular funfair in France for visitors of all ages.


Salon Chiens Chats | April 1 – 2
Espace Champerret
6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017
Metro : Louis Michel (3), Porte de Champerret (3)

Price : 13 euro, 6-12 years old – 7 euro, Under 6 – free
Attracting over 25,000 visitors each year, the 5th edition of the Dogs and Cats salon is returning to Paris and bringing with it 500 dogs and 400 cats! If you’re looking for a new pet, or want to learn about the services available for your little pooch then this is the festival for you. Learn about the latest trends, products and services available to you and your pet!


Cinéma du Réel | Now – April 4
Various locations in Paris
Price : 6 euro, Under 18 – 4 euro
The cinematic annual festival has been around since 1984, showcasing the works of leading filmmakers as well as providing a platform for new directors to establish themselves and show their work to the film industry. This years festival has 43 movies in the competition, from 138 different countries, which will all be screened at various locations in Paris such as the Le Centre Pompidou & the Forum des Images, and for very affordable prices too! See the link above to find out more about which movies will be screened during the festival.


Marathon de Paris | April 9
Various locations in Paris
This race starts on the Avenue Champs-Elysees and ends up Avenue Foch. If you have not registered to run, join the thousands on the sidelines as they cheer on this elite group of athletics quite literally run the town. You can find the running route through the link provided. 

Easter Sunday
| April 16
Various parts of Paris
Paris joins many other parts of the world in the Christian celebration of Easter Sunday. Church bells will be ringing, and les enfants will be searching for decorated eggs. Given the country’s love of culinary excellence, Easter focuses on traditions involving long, multi-course lunches and dinners.

The Color Run
| April 16
Hotel de Ville
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004
Metro : Hôtel de Ville (1)
Price : See link for various pricing
The most colourful run in the world, the 5km Colour Run, has returned to Paris once again! Even if running isn’t your thing, this is a chance to let loose, enjoy the beautiful city of Paris and fill yourselves with colour! Surrounded by thousands of other athletes and non-athletes, this will be a day that you will never forget!


Salon Sugar Paris | April 20 – 22
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide, 75012
Price: 15 euros for one day entrance, free for children under 12
Learn new cake decorating technics in the professional workshops (limited places so book ahead of time), test new products on stands, or watch live demonstrations of pastry chefs and cake designers (available for viewing online.) In addition, you can shop for sweet treats and specialty accessories only made available at trade shows like these.


ÉCU Film Festival | April 21 – 23
Cinema les 7 Parnassiens
The European Independent Film Festival
108 rue Damremont, 75018
Metro : Jules Joffrin (12)

Price : see programming
The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The 3 day festival provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible. Check out the website to see a detailed list of all the films and events happening throughout the festival.


La Seine Musicale Opening | April 22
La Seine Musicale
1 Cours de l’Île Seguin, 92100

The inaugural concert at La Seine Musicale, a 6000-seat concert hall and arts complex on the Île Seguin just southwest of central Paris, will be one of the events of the spring. This exceptional new venue was designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines and boasts artist studios and a 7000-square meter garden. Bob Dylan will also be playing an advance show the night before the official opening.

Veggie World
| April 22 – 23
Le Centquatre
5 Rue Curial, 75019
Metro : Riquet (7)
Price : 10 euro
Veggie World, a consumer exhibition and trade fair for vegan lifestyle, is taking place in Paris at the beginning of April for the first time ever! Expect to learn about all things vegan, raw, organic, sustainable, and fair trade, whilst having the opportunity to talk and listen to over 80 different exhibitors who are experts in their domain.


Tour Auto Optic| April 24
Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs Élysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 10 euro
The Tour Auto Optic 2000 will be back in Paris at the prestigious Grand Palais for its 26th edition on Monday, April 24, 2017. This is an opportunity for you to discover some of the rarest vintage vehicles in the world. They leave the following day on a race spanning six days and ending at Biarritz.


Foire de Paris | April 27 – May 8
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price :10 euros
Discover the latest French decorating trends at the worlds largest home fair, Foire de Paris. Taking place at the large exhibition hall in Porte de Versailles, 3,500 European brands will be attending the fair, showing you the all the latest home and lifestyle trends. Get your tickets early for cheaper prices by clicking on the link above!


International Jazz Day | April 30
Various Locations in Paris
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Taking place all over the world, a day dedicated to jazz, and jazz only!





Hip Hop International | April 6
Palais des Congres
2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017
Metro: Argentine (1)
Get your groove on and attend one of the biggest Hip-hop competition’s in the world. France is home to some dancers who really know how to pop, lock, and drop it. (The competition is quite literally divided into these three parts among others.) Don’t miss out and cheer on your French representatives at the Palais des Congres. Click the link to reserve your tickets today.


Olivier Giraud “How to become a Parisian in one hour” | April
Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75009
Metro : Grands Boulevard (8, 9)

Price : 24-50 euro depending on ticket
The famous one man comedic show has been going for years now in Paris and has become hugely popular. All those typical “Parisianisms” and French ways of life are brought to the forefront on stage by Olivier Giraud in way that will have you laughing so hard that you’ll be falling off the edge of your seats! Allow Olivier Giraud to teach you about the French in just one hour and we promise it’ll be totally worth your time! Book tickets now online throughout March on from Thursdays – Sundays.


Saturday Night Fever | Now – April 30
Le Dôme de Paris – Palais des Sports
34 Boulevard Victor, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : Starting from 31 euro
On the 40th anniversary of the cult film “Saturday Night Fever”, Jean Yves Robin, Roberto Ciurleo, Nicole and Gilbert Coullier join forces to adapt an on stage version.  This new creation will tell the story of Tony Manero, young Italian-American Brooklyn who lives only to dance and falls in love with beautiful Stéphanie. Following the film closely, this show will highlight the music, dance and partying through strong and poignant characters.


Rock the Ballet | Now – April 8
Location varies according to date of show
16 Rue de Clichy, 75009
Metro : Trinité-d’Estienne d’Orves (12),  Liege (13)

Price : From 38 – 66 euro (see link for full pricing)
Rock the Ballet is returning to Paris for it’s new incredible show featuring the Bad Boys of Dance and the Pretty Girls of Dance. Watch the ballet dancers electrify the room with classical dance, jazz, hip hop, tap, and even martial arts dancing to the sounds of Coldplay, Kanye West, Aerosmith, Maroon 5 and many more! Check out the schedule and book your tickets now for the show of a life time!

Les Trois Mousquetaires | Now – July 2017
Dôme des Paris – Palais des Sports
34 Boulevard Victor, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : From 39 euros
Everyone knows the story of the Three Musketeers and we are so excited that it’s coming to Paris! Reserve your spaces now online and go and watch the fantastic performance of the three musketeers protecting the kingdom!


Carmen | Now – July 16
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : From €120 (limited tickets left)
Immediately considered a masterpiece all over Europe, Carmen took a long time to impose itself in Paris where its creation in 1875 enjoys a contrasting reception. Composed on a libretto by Meilhac and Halevy, opera abolishes the boundary between tragic and comic with a modernity that at the time caused scandal. The beauty of Bizet’s music, which unites the unforgettable tunes, will make it, from year to year, the lyrical work most played in the world. Tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to book yours now to guarantee a place.


The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Sebastian Marx in as American Expat living in Paris. He is a standup comedian and can perform in both English and French. He hosts weekly comedy nights featuring the best of English stand up comedy in Paris, with line ups of international and local comedians. Every so often, he has an international headliner who is passing through Paris. Be sure to have a night filled of unforgettable laughter and feel at home amongst the English speakers.





Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris | April
Various Locations in Paris
Are you an avid lover of all things photography related? This event may be just your cup of tea. Translating into Paris Photography Month, renowned artists are alongside other lesser-known artists. With over 96 new exhibitions in 32 different locations, you will get your photography fix through participating in le Mois de la Photo.


Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art April 5 – August 21
Musée de l’Orangerie 

Jardin de Tuileries (on the side of the river Seine), 75001
Metro: Concorde (1,8,12)

One of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Tokyo-Paris. Masterpieces from the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation, will open at the Musée de l’Orangerie during the first week of the month. Artists from Europe, America, and Asia will be showcased, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Shiraga.

Dalida: Une Garde-robe de la Ville à la Scène | April 27 – August 13

Palais Galleria
10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116
Metro: Jena Or Alma-Marceau (9), Boissière (6), RER C (Pont de l’Alma)
Prices: Full 12 € l Reduced 9 € l Free – 18 years
On the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of the singer Dalida, the Palais Galliera opens her incredible wardrobe to the public. Take a trip back in time with this lush collection of outfits from the 60s, 70s, and beyond.

Vermeer et Les Maîtres de la Peinture de Genre | Now – May 22
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 17 euros
One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of 2017 is opening on February 22nd and will continue for 3 months. The exhibition will showcase the excellent work of Vermeer in comparison to his contemporaries. Vermeer appeared to belong to a network of painters who specialised in the depiction of everyday life, but through the dynamic rivalry with other painters we see his individuality come through.


Corps en Mouvement. La Danse au Musée | Now – July 3
La Petite Galerie, Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1)
Price : 17 euros
The Petite Galerie at the Louvre is dedicating it’s space to the representation of the “Body in Movement”. This new exhibition looks at artworks ranging from antiquity to the early 20th century and the challenges facing artists in their representation of movement. The focus on movement in this particular exhibition is for dance and here you will have the opportunity to see the ways in which artists have been able to capture dance movements in their work.


L’Afrique des Routes | Now – November 17
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Gare du Pont de L’Alma (RER C), Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 7 euro
This exhibition evokes the routes by river, land and sea that contributed to the movement and contact of men, materials and artworks, from the fifth millennium BC to the present day. Ranging from the chariots engraved in caves in the Sahara to the Chinese porcelain of Madagascar, from the Candomblé cults and rituals of South America to the contemporary mixed art of the Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, it presents a portrait of a continent at the centre of world history. sculptures, gold and ivory pieces, paintings and other artworks will be on display for you to see and follow the story.


Studio Blumenfeld New York 1941-1960 | Now – June 4
Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5, 10, RER C)

Price : 5 euros, Reduced – 4 euros
The Cité de la Mode et du Design proposes to discover the artistic journey of the fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, his constant thirst for exploration and his search for an identity through colour photography which, in the 40’s and 50’s, influenced America.


Au-delà des Étoilers. Le Paysage Mystique de Monet à Kandinsky | Now – June 24
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Varenne (13)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro, Under 18 – Free
The Mystic Landscape exhibition aims to look at the mystical aspect of the Symbolist landscape and cosmos.  In the West, since the Renaissance, the landscape has been recognised as the pictorial genre that can give expression to inner feelings through form and conveys immediate spiritual experiences that cannot be put into words. The selection of art work on display for this exhibition aims to convey these experiences through art.


Balenciaga L’Oeuvre au Noir | Now – July 16
Palais Galliera
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 7 euro, Under 18 – Free
In tribute to Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972), the Palais Galliera presents : Balenciaga, the black work resonating with the black sounds of a sewing alchemist. From the large plaster hall to the contemporary extension of Portzamparc, through the workshops of Bourdelle, the couturier’s pieces establish a sharp, black-and-white dialogue with this great master of sculpture at the turn of the 20th century. If you’re into fashion, then this exhibition is expected to be one of the best in the fashion world this year. 


Jardins | Now – July 24
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 14 euro, Reduced – 10 euro
Jardins is a modest attempt to echo the words of Foucault, often quoted but no less important for that: «The garden is the smallest part of the world and the whole world at the same time.»
Presented at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, this multidisciplinary assembly of painting, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and more is neither a comprehensive history of garden art, nor a catalogue with any aspirations to being exhaustive. Related notions such as that of nature, are kept away from an exhibition whose focus remains solely on its subject, which also wants to demonstrate, in the manner of a giant collage, how the garden is a complete work of art, that stimulates all of the senses, asking the central question of representation.

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