FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

 

Fête du Travail | May 1
Paris
Next to Bastille Day, May Day (May 1st) is one of the most popular public holidays in France. As it falls on a Sunday this year, the closings of shops and museums won’t be as evident. Be sure to look out for Lilly of the Valley flowers which should be easy to find on street corners, as a symbol for good luck. This will also be the first day that the Champs-Elysées will close its streets for pedestrians only!

 

Paris Beer Week | Now – May 8
Paris – various locations
Paris Beer Week is coming to Paris this May for its 3rd edition. The event, which is the first dedicated to craft beer only, has attracted a horde of beer thirsty Parisians. Go and enjoy the best of French and international craft beers in Paris whilst learning about their origins and attending the 100 + events hosted by various bottle shops, breweries, bars and distributers. Pull up a seat and enjoy a pint of beer at beer week. Santé!

 

Foire de Paris | Now – May 8
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : Advanced tickets – 12,50 euro, On the door – 14 euro – see link for full pricing
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!

 

The Mud Day Paris | May 5 – 8
Camp militaire de Frileuse
Avenue du Général Leclerc, 78650 Beynes‎
Metro : Line N from Montparnasse to Gare de Beynes
Price : Between 45 – 78 euros
The Mud Day obstacle has become one of the greatest courses in the world. With over 25,000 mud guys competing in the event, fighting through the 13km mud trail and military-like obstacles, this could be quite a sight to see. If you don’t feel like competing, then go cheer on the brave people who do! For those of you competing, there’ll be a well deserved Mud Beer waiting for you at the end! Check the link above for more details.

 

Manoir de Paris + Clown City | May 5 – 29
Manoir de Paris
18 Rue de Paradis, 75010
Metro : Château d’Eau (4)
Price : 20 – 35 euro
Not recommended for children below the age of 10, especially those who are likely to scare! The Manoir de Paris hosts the Clown City show where you are thrown into the hell of your greatest fears of clowns. Who’s brave enough to go?

 

Tous à l’Opéra | May 7 – 8
Paris
The 10th edition of Tous à l’Opéra will have 25 different Opera houses open their doors to the public for free! Check out the program in the link above to see what operas will be happening in Paris. If you haven’t had the chance to see an Opera yet then we urge you to take advantage of the 2-day festival and go!


Fête de la Victoire
| May 8
Paris
The holiday to celebrate the end of WW2 and the French people’s freedom. It is the anniversary of when Charles de Gaulle announced the end of World War II in France on May 8, 1945. People will gather at various locations in Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe being the main point standing at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle.

 

Roland Garros | May 16 – June 5
Paris
Ticket sales to the public are now over, unless you can find some tickets for resale and last minute offers. We at Savoir Faire Paris have purchased several tickets, so if you’re interested to buy some tickets, please get in touch and we’ll let you know what we have on offer. Get in quick before they all sell out! If you’re lucky enough to already have your tickets sorted, then we hope you enjoy the tennis and everything that comes with the Roland Garros period of the year!

 

OuiShare Fest 2016 | May 18 – 21
Cabaret Sauvage
Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Pantin (RER E), Porte de Pantin (5)
Price:  Range from 50 – 950 euro
OuiShare Fest gathers creative leaders, entrepreneurs, movement builders, purpose-driven organizations and communities from across the globe to explore the edges of the economy, society, and ourselves. Join 2000 pioneers for the 4-day festival for collaboration, connection, and deep conversation to driving meaningful change.

 

Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés | May 19 – 31
Saint-Germain-des-Prés – various locations
Metro : Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)
Price : Varies – see link 
The festival is one of the greatest Jazz festivals in Paris, taking place in the heart of Jazz in Europe, Saint-Germain-des-Prés. For it’s 16th edition, this year has plenty in store for you. Expect to be introduced to new voices and talents, international artists performing in unique locations, and be surrounded by the culture of Jazz for the 10 days. Purchase your tickets now!

 

Nuit Européenne des Musées | May 21
Paris
All throughout Europe on Saturday, May 21st, museums will remain open for the duration for the night to celebrate the Night of Museums. Paris being the hub of some of the best museums in the world makes this an extra exciting event to look forward to. Check out the link above and start planning which museums you’ll be visiting!

 

Le Printemps des Rues | May 21 – 22
Marche de l’Olive, Canal Saint-Martin
Metro : La Chapelle (2) – Marche de l’Oliver
Metro : Gare de l’Est (4, 5, 7) Canal Saint-Martin
The Streets of Spring 2-day festival will be held at various different locations in Paris and will welcome the public to street art in Paris. Music, graffiti, art, dance, theatre. There is something for everyone and the best thing about it, is that it’s totally free of charge! Check out their full program in the link above.

 

Foire du Trône | Now – May 23
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012 Paris
Metro : Liberté (8)

Price : Adult – 25 euro, Child (under 12) – 15 euro
One of the oldest fun-fairs in France, the Foire du Trône, dates back to the year 957 when 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 fun-fair in France for visitors of all ages.

 

La Fête du Pain | May 23 – 29
France
The 7-day festival sets out to celebrate one of the most important foods in France, bread! The festival will allow you to meet bakers in all towns and cities in France, discover their breads and the art behind making them. All bread in France shall be celebrated during the festival including regional breads, historical breads, modern recipe breads, originals, and many many more!

 

Naturally Paris | May 27 – 30
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles – Pavillion 5.1
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : Free (print invite)
The success of the last 7 bio expositions have meant that Naturally Paris can return once again to share their “living naturally” knowledge, food products, cosmetics, live nature salons, and organic farming. In order to attend you must print out your invite and be sure to sign up to yoga classes, conferences, and ateliers in good time before places run out! 

 

SHOWS

 

Deepak Chopra | May 17
Le Grand Rex
1 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002
Metro : Grands Boulevard (8, 9)
Price : 35 – 150 euro
The inspiring pioneer of alternative medicine, master of meditation, and Doctor-Philosopher is coming to Paris for one night only on May 17th. He will be holding an exceptional conference called “How to Live Better Today and Tomorrow.” Deepak Chopra will unveil his vision of the future and his thoughts on the great existential questions of today. He will present new techniques to meet our deepest aspirations and help us live better. Order your tickets now and be a part of this wonderful conference.

 

Ballet Revolución | May 21 – 22
Palais des Congres
2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris
Metro : Porte Maillot (1) RER C
Price : Starting from 35 euro
The dancers of Ballet Revolución are back with a revamped version of their show after huge success around France. Enjoy a display of eclecticism, ranges from classical ballet to street dance, spectacular jumps and sensual movements, along with latin american music, RnB, and hip hop! It’s definitely a show not to be missed!

 

Rigoletto | Now – May 30
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : Starting from 15 euro (see link for full pricing)
The three act melodrama, composed by Giuseppe Verdi, is coming to the Opéra Bastille during April and May 2016. Find out the storyline of the music drama from the link above and reserve your seats before they are sold out.

 

Der Rosenkavalier | May 9 – 31
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Bastille (1, 5, 8)
Price : Ranges from 60 – 215 euro
The comical Opera divided into 3 acts was written by the famous Richard Strauss to an original German Libretto. A story of love which is comical yet with deeper levels of bittersweet emotions, has a become a very famous Opera which will be performed during the month of May at the Opera Bastille.

 

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 

 

Hubert Robert : Un Peintre Vissionaire | Now – May 30
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euros

Hubert Robert was one of the greatest poetic creators of the 18th century, a visionary artist and painter of scenery, ruins and landscapes. Taking place in Paris’ most famous museum, the Louvre, is the first exhibit since 1933 and on display will be a set of 140 pieces of his best work (drawings, paintings, prints, monumental paintings), from the greatest French and foreign property funds.

 

L’Art et L’Enfant | Now – July 3
Musée Marmottan Monet 
2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris
Metro : La Muette (9)
Price : 11 euro, Reduced – 6,50 euro
The exhibition of Art and child will present private collections from prestigious French and foreign museums such as work by Le Nain, Champaigne, Fragonard, Chardin, Greuze, Corot, Millet, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and the list goes on. Through a selection of rare paintings, the exhibit traces the evolution of the status of the child from 15th – 20th century and questions the role of childlike drawing of the vanguards of the early last century.

 

Founding Myths : From Hercules to Darth Vader | Now – July 4
Musée du Louvre
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris
Métro : Louvre – Rivoli (1)
Price : 15 euro
The exhibition “Founding Myths” tells how illustrators, sculptors, painters, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians around the world have drawn inspiration from myths, given them form, and brought them to life. The exhibition displays over 70 different art works, all grouped into 4 sections which take you on a journey through the mythologies. 

 

Seydou Keïta | Now – July 7
Grand Palais 
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 11 euro, Reduced – 8 euro
Seydou Keïta (1921-2001) is now considered one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Showing off his subjects to best advantage, his mastery of framing and light and the modernity and inventiveness of his compositions all earned him a huge success. He retired in 1977 after having been the official photographer of a Mali that had become independent. His work constitutes an exceptional testimony to the Malian society of his time. 

 

Entre Sculpture et Photographie | Now – July 17
Musée Rodin
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro : Varenne (13)
Price : 11,30 euro, Reduced – 8,30 euro
The Musée Rodin continues to explore the fruitful relationship between sculpture and photography. This exhibition is an invitation to look at eight artists from the second half of the 20th century who work directly with sculpture and photography.

 

Darwin l’Original | Now – August 1
Cite des Sciences et de l’industrie
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019
Metro: Porte de la Villette (7), Corentin Cariou (7)

Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 10 euro
The Science museum of Paris is dedicating an exhibition to the work of Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution. The colourful and poetic exhibition will follow the train of thought of the naturalist, via his work on living species.

 

Fashion Forward : 3 Siècles de Mode (1715 – 2016) | Now – August 14
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its fashion collection from April 7 to August 14, 2016. The exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18thcentury to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.

 

Picasso Sculptures | Now – August 28
Musée Picasso
5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
Metro : Saint-Sébastian – Froissart (8)
Price : 11 euro
The upcoming exhibition of Picasso’s sculptures aims to examine an understudied aspect of Picasso’s sculptural works. This aspect is the diversity of dimensions of the artist’s sculptural work constructed through his series and variations, cast iron creations, prints, and photographic enlargements, realised in a selection of his original sculptures. The exhibition will provide a new look at these cast iron creations by systematically presenting them with their “double” or “variants.” Buy your tickets now in advance from going to the link above.

 

James Bond 007 L’exposition | Now – September 4
Grande Halle de la Villette 
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : 21,99 euro, Under 12 – 16,99 euro
The Grande Halle de la Villette welcomes the James Bond exposition starting April 16th, featuring more than 500 original objects, including aston martin, gadgets, costumes, photo shoots, exclusive pieces and more! This is the exposition of the month and one not to be missed, we can’t ignore the Bond fans inside of us!

 

Barbie | Now – September 18
Musée des Arts Décoratifs 
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre

Price : 13 euro
This is the first time that Barbie has received an invitation by a French museum. Known for its design, fashion, toy and advertising collections, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the ideal venue to pay tribute to this iconic doll, whose story has many dimensions and has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st centuries. 700 Barbie dolls will be on display, next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the Barbie’s lives.

 

Artistes à Montmartre : 1870 -1910 | Now – September 30
Musée de Montmartre
12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018
Metro : Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)

Price : 9,50 euro, Reduced – 7,50 euro
The exhibition “Artists of Montmartre: 1870-1910” accompanies the new presentation of the permanent collections of the Museum of Montmartre. The exhibition will feature the works of over twenty artists who lived and developed their art in Montmartre in the late 19th century, revealing the transformation of Montmartre as a major centre of art in Paris.

 

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