FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
Easter Sunday | April 1
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. And Monday is a public holiday which means a long weekend!
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.
Art Paris | April 5 – 8
3 avenue Général Eisenhower, 75008
Price: 25 euros for adults, 12 euros student
If modern or contemporary art fuels your passion, put the Art Paris show at the top of your “must see” list for April and head over to the Grand Palais to immerse yourself in the works of almost 1000 artists from 142 galleries from over 70 countries. Special shows to seek out: an in-depth look at Switzerland’s art scene; emerging artists from a dozen recently-opened galleries; and solo exhibits for 35 artists. Digital projections across from the front of the Grand Palais add to the magic!
Marathon de Paris | April 7
Various locations in Paris
This race starts on the Avenue Champs-Elysees and ends up Avenue Foch. It’s too late to register to run, but you can 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.
L’Atelier des Lumières | April 13
L’Atelier des Lumières
38 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Price: 14,50 euros for adults, 11,50 euros reduced price, 9,50 euros youth pass
L’Atelier des Lumières, set to open in the 11th arrondissement near Place de la Bastille on April 13th, is Paris’ first digital art center. From the moment you enter this former iron foundry still filled with original metal structures, you’ll be immersed in monumental floor-to-ceiling digital images of ever-changing art accompanied by original music. Look for three exciting exhibits: a digital immersion in the work of Gustav Klimt, a short program featuring digitized images of Viennese painter Friedenscreich Hundertwasser, and a contemporary creation by the Ouchhh Collective of digitized forms, light, and movement based on artificial intelligence algorithms.
Banlieue Bleues Paris Jazz Festival | Now – April 13
Price :Varies depending on concert
The 35th edition of the suburban jazz festival is returning to the northern banlieues of Paris in March. Over 40 different groups will bring Paris to life with their jazz n blues performances! Expect to see a variation of incredible talent from all over the world, including New Orleans style jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, Acid & experimental, and much more! Check out the link above to see the full program of events and get your tickets now!
Salon International du Livre Rare et de l’Objet d’Art | April 13 – 15
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Price: 10 euros for one day entrance, free for students, under 18,
Held in the Grand Palais, this annual book fair is an excellent event for all lovers of the written word. Rare and antique books are on sale alongside documents featuring the most elegant of Parisian handwriting. Amongst this literary treasure trove you may also come across rare prints, autographs and manuscripts.
Salon Chiens Chats | April 14 – 15
6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017
Metro : Louis Michel (3), Porte de Champerret (3)
Price : 13 euros, 6-12 years old – 7 euros, Under 6 – free
Attracting over 25,000 visitors each year, the 6th 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!
The Color Run | April 15
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 techniques 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.
Foire du Trône | Now – May 27
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris
Metro : Liberté (8)
Price : Adult – 25 euros, Child (under 12) – 15 euros
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.
ART | EXHIBITIONS
Jim Dine -Paris Reconnaissance | Now – April 23
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (11), Hôtel de Ville (1, 11), Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14)
Price : Adult – 14 euros; Youth – 11 euros; Under 18 – Free
The Centre Pompidou is now staging an exhibition of Jim Dine. In painting and sculpture of great diversity, Dine has developed over the last sixty years an intensely personal iconography, a highly distinctive voice.
The Dutch in Paris, 1789 – 1914: Van Gogh, Van Dongen, Mondrian| Now – May 13
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : Adult – 13 euros; Reduced – 11 euros; Under 18 – Free
From traditional flower paintings to the aesthetic ruptures of modernity, this exhibition highlights the extensive artistic, aesthetic, and amical exchanges between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the twentieth century. Starting in the First Empire, and especially from 1850 on, over a thousand Dutch painters left their country to renew their inspiration. Almost all of them settled in Paris, inexorably attracted by the dynamism of artistic life here.
Jean Fautrier | Now – May 20
Musée d’Art Moderne – Palais de Tokyo
11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116
Metro : Alma-Marceau (9)
Price : Adult – 12 euros; Youth – 10 euros; Under 18 – Free
Rarely exhibited, this solitary figure is now considered the most significant precursor of Informal Art in 1928, the inventor of thick impasto in 1940 and a cardinal contributor to the revitalisation of modern art after Cubism.
The exhibition is a reprise of last summer’s retrospective “Jean Fautrier” at the Kunstmuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland, with the addition of works from the Musée d’Art Moderne, other French museums, and private collections.
A Life of Commitment: Companions of Liberation in the Great War| Now – May 20
Musée de l’Armée – Invalides
129 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Metro : Invalides (8, 13)
Price : 12 euros
WWII under a new light… This is what is offered at the Musée de l’Armée with the exhibition “Une Vie d’engagement: les compagnons de la Libération dans la Grande Guerre“ [A Life of Commitment: The Companions of the Liberation during the Great War] that runs from January 30 to April 1, 2018. An exhibition put together by the Musée de l’Armée and the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération as part of the centenary of the Great War and, as it name suggests it, takes visitors alongside the Companions of the Liberation.
Meteorites- Gallery of Evolution| Now – June 10
Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle
36 rue Geoffroy Sainte-Hilaire, 75005
Metro : Jussieu (7, 10)
Price : Adult – 11 euros; Reduced – 9 euros
Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!
Corot: The Painter and His Models| Now – July 8
2 rue Louis Boilly, 75116
Metro : La Muette (9)
Price : Adult – 11 euros; Reduced – 6,50 euros; Under 18 – Free
From February 8 to July 8, 2018, the Musée Marmottan reveals a hidden facet of Corot’s art: his figures. Exceptionally brought together, over 60 paintings mostly depicting women, a production the painter kept secret comes to tell us more about the impressionist artist’s career.
Martin Margiela| Now – July 15
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116
Metro : Iéna (9)
Price : Adult – 10 euros; Reduced – 8 euros; Under 18 – Free
This exhibition, the first retrospective in Paris devoted to Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, traces the career, from spring-summer 1989 to spring-summer 2009, of a designer who not only questioned the structure of garments but also challenged the structure of the fashion system.