FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
La Chandeleur | February 2
La Chandeleur, better know as “Pancake Day” (La Fête des Crêpes) is the Catholic holiday 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!
Carnaval de Paris | February 11
Place Gambetta, 75020
Metro : Gambetta (3)
The Carnival Paris is coming to town for its 21st edition. Starting at Place Gambetta around 2pm and ending at the famous Place de la République, the festival will make its way through the streets of Paris playing music, dancing, and celebrating the carnival! The party continues at the end location until 8pm.
Suresnes Cités Danse | Now – February 11
Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Vilar
16 place Stalingrad 92150 Suresnes
Metro : RER A to Rueil-Malmaison , Bus 241 to Stalingrad
Price : Full tickets – 23 euro; Reduced tickets – 19 euro
Suresnes Cité Dance Festival has made its return for the 26th time with a variety of shows performing throughout the month. From hip-hop dance to techno and ballet, there is something to satisfy everyones interest.
Salon Retromobile | February 7 – 11
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : Pre-sale – 18 euro; General admission – 20 euro; Under 12 – Free
The 4-day convention beginning on February 7th 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.
Salon Art & Décoration | February 8 – 11
Grande Halle de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : 10 euro
For the third time, the Art and Decoration festival is returning to Paris and will open its doors. 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!
Valentine’s Day | February 14
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 movies to enjoy all over the city of Paris. Check out our list of our favorite romantic restaurants in Paris.
Chinese New Year | February 16
This year is the year of the dog, and 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 16th at 2:00pm, starting from Place de la République. Music, fireworks, and traditional dragon dances will be taking place in the Chinese quarters of the city throughout the upcoming weeks. The celebrations will close with a fabulous lantern festival at Hôtel de Ville.
Les Soldes d’hiver 2016 | Now – February 20
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.
The Chainsmokers| February 20
Zénith de Paris- La Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : From 48 euro
Popular EDM group will be playing at the famous Zénith. Known for their hit songs Closer, Paris, 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.
Expats Theatre Night| February 21
14 rue de Trévise, 75009
Metro : Grands Boulevards (8, 9), Cadet (7)
Price : 34 euro
Theatre in Paris is teaming up with Expats Paris to host their first Expats Theatre Night with the bestselling show “I Love Piaf” (with English subtitles above the stage). “This is a moving, heart-warming, intimate ‘revue’ type show which spills the secrets of Edith Piaf in between her powerful ballads. Featuring the World’s Best Accordeonist (2016) Aurélien Noël and ‘The Voice France’ star Karoline Rose, you’re in for a truly Parisian night. This show embodies the charm of Paris autrefois and will both take you back in time, and make you want to sing along to Piaf for days to come.” Tickets include a pre-show drink at the nearby Folie’s Café. Limited space, sign up quick!
Salon International de l’Agriculture | February 24 – March 4
Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
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 its 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!
Franglais| February 1 – March 31
La Nouvelle Eve
25 rue Pierre Fontaine, 75009
Metro : Pigalle (2)
Price : From 69 euro
“Franglais” is a stand-up comedy in French and English by Paul Taylor. Paul is a hilarious bilingual Brit who is very confused about his identity. He speaks French but thinks like an English person which is why, in 2015, he quit his job at Apple to take to the stage and find some answers.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Before the Incas | Now – February 28
Musée du quai Branly
37 quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Alma-Marceau (9)
Price : Adult – 10 euro; Reduced – 7 euro
With its exhibition Before the Incas, the Musée du Quai Branly reveals the story of societies now forgotten which inhabited Peru and the Andes Mountains 1,500 years ago. Ceramic and wooden items, gold jewels, ornaments and emblems, over 300 objects are brought together to display the key influence Andean societies had on the following civilizations, including Incas.
Degas, Danse, Dessin: A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry| Now – March 5
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Solférino (12), Musée d’Orsay (RER C)
Price : Adult – 12 euro; Reduced – 9 euro; Under 18 – Free
In the exhibition, documents on display and archival documents show these men and their social interaction. Degas’ numerous drawings and Valéry’s famous notebooks reveal the importance of these works, which were, for both, the crucible of their art.
Jim Dine -Paris Reconnaissance | February 14 – April 23
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (11), Hôtel de Ville (1, 11), Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14)
Price : Adult – 14 euro; Youth – 11 euro; 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| February 6 – May 13
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : Adult – 13 euro; Reduced – 11 euro; 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 euro; Youth – 10 euro; 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 Committment: The Companions of the Liberation in the Great War| Now – May 20
Musée de l’Armée – Invalides
129 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Metro : Invalides (8, 13)
Price : 12 euro
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 euro; Reduced – 9
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| February 8 – July 8
2 rue Louis Boilly, 75116
Metro : La Muette (9)
Price : Adult – 11 euro; Reduced – 6,50 euro; 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.