FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

 

La Chandeleur | February 2
Paris
La Chandeleur
, better know as “Pancake Day” (La Fête des Crêpes) is the Catholic holiday in France that takes place exactly 40 days after Christmas. Leading up to this day you have neighbourhood crêpe parties and crêpe-making demonstrations around the city. Be sure to participate and use the day as a good excuse to make your own home-made crêpes, or go out to one of Paris’ best crêperies and treat yourself. We highly recommend Breizh cafe or La Droguerie du Marais!

 

Suresnes Cités Danse | Now – February 8
Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Vilar
16, place Stalingrad 92150 Suresnes
Metro : RER A to Rueil-Malmaison , Bus 241 to Stalingrad
Price : Full tickets are 23 euros and reduced tickets are 19
Suresnes City Dance Festival has made it’s return for the 25th time with a variety of shows performing through out the month. From hip-hop dance to techno and ballet, there is something to satisfy everyones interest.

 

Chinese New Year | Now – February 11
Paris, Various Locations
This year, the Mayor of the 13th arrondissement of Paris hopes to welcome tens of thousands of people for its famous parade of the Chinese New Year, taking place on February 5th at 1pm, starting from 44 avenue d’Ivry. Music, fireworks and traditional dragon dances will be taking place in the Chinese quarters of the city through out the upcoming weeks. The celebrations will close with a fabulous lantern festival at Town Hall on February 11th.

 

Salon Retro Mobile | February 8 – 12
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : General admission is 18 euros; Under 12 – Free
The 4 day convention beginning on February 8th is back this year showcasing more of the worlds most renowned collections of vintage cars. If you find yourself a car lover, this prestigious collection of retro cars will be sure to catch your attention.

 

Les Soldes d’hiver 2016 | Now – February 14
Paris
It’s that time of year again when Paris stores get rid of their winter stock to begin prepping for spring and summer! Once the stores start announcing their “soldes” dates and specials, take advantage of the deep discounts, which increase over the six-week sale period.

 

Valentine’s Day | February 14
Paris
What better way to spend Valentine’s day with your significant other than in the city of love? As expected, there are plenty of romantic places to go, restaurants to eat at, activities to do and romantic movies to enjoy all over the city of Paris. Check out some of the selections of things to do this Valentines day here and a guide to the Paris romance scene here.

 

The Peacock Festival des cultures électroniques | February 17 – 18
Parc Floral de Paris
Route du champ de manoeuvre ­ 75012 ­ Paris
Metro : Château de Vincennes (1)
RER : Vincennes (RER A)

Price : Day tickets are 32,50 euros to 44 euros and a full weekend pass is 65 euros
This trendy electro festival will take place in a converted warehouse at Parc Floral. Be prepared for some amazing DJ sets, art exhibits, with food and drink also on location.

 

Eiffel Tower Skating Rink | Now – February 19
Eiffel Tower
Take this opportunity to do something very memorable: skate on the top of the Eiffel Tower! The ice skating rink is open every day from 10:30am-10:30pm and is free with your regular Eiffel Tower entry ticket. Rent your skates when you get to the top, and don’t forget your gloves!

 

The Graphic Design Festival | Now – February 22
Musée des Arts décoratifs
07 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (1,7)
Price : Free
This festival brings together graphic designers from all over Europe and gives the outside audience a glimpse of this diverse and trending art methodology. With 1,600 posters entered in surrounding the theme of sports, it will draw viewers and artists from all backgrounds.

 

Salon Art & Décoration | February 23 – 26
Grande Halle de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : 10 euros
For the second time, the Art and Decoration festival is returning to Paris and will open its doors in just a few weeks time. If you’re interested in interior design, art, decor and craftsmanship then this is the place for you to go and mingle with others alike. Check out the website above for more information and get your tickets in advance to secure your visit!

 

Salon International de l’agriculture | February 25 – March 5
Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Metro : Porte de Versaille (12)

Price : Adult – 14 euro, 6-12 years – 7 euro, Under 6 – Free
The biggest agricultural trade show in France is returning for it’s annual fair dedicated to agricultural services and professions. The 4 sectors which can be enjoyed at the trade show are livestock breeding, culinary products, crops and plant and agricultural services and professions. Pre-book your tickets online and take the family with you for a fun and educational day out!

 

Carnaval de Paris | February 26
Place Gambetta, 75020
Metro : Gambetta (3)
The Carnival Paris is coming to town for it’s 20th edition. Starting at Place de Gambetta around 14h and ending at the famous Place de la Republique, the festival will make it’s way through the streets of Paris playing music, dancing and celebrating the carnival! The party continues at the end location until 20h.

 

 

SHOWS

 

Paul Taylor #Franglais| February 4 & 14
Sentier des Halles 
50 rue d’Aboukir, 75002
Metro: Sentier (3)
Price : 17 euros
Surely you’ve seen Paul Taylor’s hit YouTube videos “What the F*ck France”. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some hilarious expat humour! His first video, ridiculing the tradition of “la bise” in France, has over two million views. Now with a solid following under his belt, the 29-year-old Taylor has an extended run at Sentier des Halles and performs in the ideal comedy cellar to an international crowd, half in French half in English.

 

Les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi | February 4 & 14
Eglise de la Madeleine 
Place de la Madeleine, 75008
Metro : Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Price : 34 euro , Reduced : 24 euro
Experience Vivaldi’s most famous and well loved work performed by the Orchestre Les Violons de France. This concert is taking place on various nights throughout the mont of February. Go and enjoy musical masterpiece by the greatest composers at one of the most beautiful churches in Paris.

 

The xx| February 15
Zénith de Paris
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
Paris, France

Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 80 euros
This popular EDM group that has taken music festivals by storm is set to perform in town. Hurry and get your tickets as soon as possible as they are almost sold out.

 

The Chainsmokers| February 20
Zénith de Paris
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
Paris, France

Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 42 euros
Another popular EDM group will be playing at the same location just 5 days later. Known for their hit songs Closer and Don’t Let Me Down, this group has been on the rise this past year and is now making a huge name for themselves.

 

Les Trois Mousquetaires | Now – 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!

 

The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
SoGymnase
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.

 

 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

 

Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection | Now – March 5
Foundation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Metro : Les Sablons (1)
Price: full fare 16 euros
This excellent collection by Russian art connoisseur was such a popular exhibition that the LV Foundation decided to extend it until March. Now that you have the chance, do not lose out on seeing some of the most renowned works of art by Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh and more!

 

Le Centre Pompidou: Fetes des 40 Ans | Now – March 5
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (ligne 11), Hôtel de Ville (lignes 1 et 11), Châtelet (lignes 1, 4, 7, 11 et 14) RER : Châtelet Les Halles (lignes A, B, D)
This extended birthday celebration will kick off with a weekend of concerts, parades, talks and promised surprises – all free! Following the weekend of February 4th and 5th, there are a variety of special exhibitions surrounding the theme of revival and celebration.

 

L’Art des Studios d’Animation Walt Disney : Le Mouvement par Nature | Now – March 5
Art Ludique – Le Musée
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5,10, RER C)
Price : 16.50 euro, Reduced – 11 euro
The Art Ludique museum has collaborated with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library to write and create this exhibition. With a selection of 350 exceptional art pieces, the presentation will highlight the studio’s modernism and artistry for almost a century.

 

Frédéric Bazille – La Jeunesse de L’impressionnisme| Now – March 5
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Solférino (12) Musée d’Orsay (RER C)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro, Under 18 – free
The exhibition invites us to take a look at an artist who, in spite of his early death, was a key figure in the birth of Impressionism. The most recent research and scientific studies in particular shed light on Bazille’s methods of working and his links with Monet and Renoir, and reveal evidence of works that were thought to have disappeared – the missing links in an unusual body of work.

 

Vermeer et Les Maîtres de la Peinture de Genre | February 22 – 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.

 

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