Fête du Travail | May 1
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 |  May 5 – 13
Paris – various locations
Paris Beer Week is coming to Paris this May for its 4th 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!


Tous à l’Opéra | May 6 – 7
The 11th edition of Tous à l’Opéra will have 21 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 taking to the stage 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!


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!


Fête de la Victoire | May 8
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.


Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés | May 11 – 22
Saint-Germain-des-Prés – various locations
Metro : Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)
Price : Varies – see link above
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 17th 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 and download the full program on their website.


La Fête du Pain | May 15 – 21
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!


Taste of Paris| May 18 – 21
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : From 15 – 68 euro (see website for full pricing)
For the weekend of May 18-21st, The Grand Palais will be transformed into a temple of great cuisine for the 3rd edition of the Taste of Paris festival. These 4 delicious days include: the tasting of signature dishes and specialities from the best restaurants in the city, a peek at the latest trends in Parisian gastronomy, encounters with top chefs (cooking demonstrations) and the chance to snap up upscale products from the best French artisans and producers. Click the link above to purchase your ticket!


Nuit Européenne des Musées | May 20
An event established over ten years ago in 2005, on the third Saturday in May, 3000 museums across Europe open their doors to visitors for free, staying open late into the evening. On May 20th, 2017, as well as presenting their permanent collections, some Parisian museums will organise other activities, encounters, shows, readings and concerts. During this one special night, you can visit or revisit the top museums in Paris, such as the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, or Centre Pompidou, and many more!


Le Printemps des Rues | May 20 – 21
Canal Saint-Martin and surrounding areas
Metro : Gare de l’Est (4, 5, 7) Canal Saint-Martin
For almost 20 years, the 10th arrondissement, and particularly the banks of the Canal Saint Martin, have played host to Printemps des Rues, a street art festival. This year, taking place on May 20th and 21st, the festival programme will include theatre, clowns, puppet shows, singing, circus acts, dance, walks, and magic shows. All of these shows and performances are free and adapt for audiences of all ages. This is a must-see festival in Paris, where springtime vibes sprinkle the streets like the petals of the cherry blossoms.


Roland Garros | May 22 – June 11
Ticket sales to the public are now over, unless you can find some tickets for resale and last minute offers.  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! Check out the link above for a run down of the matches scheduled so that you can be sure to catch them on TV, or even at the Champ de Mars for the finals!


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

Price : Adult – 29,90 euro, Group – 25,90 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.


Villette Sonique | May 25 – 31
Parc de la Villette , 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Prices vary depending on concert
The 7 day festival taking place at the Parc de la Villette at the end of May promises to bring you the best of live music concerts starting earlier in the day and continuing on into the night. Check out the link above for details on each performance and the artists the festival showcasing through the week.


Open de Paris | May 26 – 28
Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin
82, avenue Georges-Lafont, 75016 Paris
Metro : Porte de St Cloud (9)
Price : 1 day – 15 euro, 2 days – 25 euro, 3 days – 35 euro
If you’re into dancing and want to watch some of the best dancers compete in the Paris Dance Open then get your tickets now and be ready to to be amazed by the talent! Find the full program and prices on the website above and purchase your tickets in advance.





The Cranberries | May 4-5
28 boulevard des Capucines
Metro : Opera (3, 7, 8); Madeleine (8, 12, 14)
Price : From 55 euros
Relive the 90s with one of the most popular bands of that decade. At a venue as wonderful as l’Olympia you’re sure to have a great time. Everybody else is doing it, why can’t you? Jean jacket and chokers required!


Paul Taylor- #Franglais| Now – May 18
Sentier des Halles
50 rue d’Aboukir, 75002
Metro : Sentier (3)
Price : 17 euros
You probably know him from his viral videos called “What the F*ck France”-his first video, ridiculing the tradition of ‘la bise’ in France, has had over two million views- but this Brit left his job at Apple after 7 years to become a professional comedian, and has become a huge hit in the international crowd in Paris. His level of French is good enough that he can do an hour-long set; half in English, half in French. And he’s really, really funny.


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.


Olivier Giraud “How to become a Parisian in one hour” | Now – December 2017
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 the month from Thursdays – Sundays.


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.






Daniel Buren at Fondation Louis Vuitton | Now – May 11
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi- Bois de Boulogne, 75116
Metro : Les Sablons (1); Fondation Louis Vuitton shuttle- 2 euros (Place Charles de Gaulle, corner of avenue de Friedland)
Price : From 4 euros
While the Fondation Louis Vuitton isn’t going anywhere, the stunning and colorful additions to the building will be gone mid-May. If you haven’t had a chance to see it in person, be sure to go this month. We recommend you book your ticket online to avoid hours-long lines.


L’Esprit Français- Contre-Cultures en France 1969-1989 | Now – May 21
La Maison Rouge- Fondation Antoine de Galbert
10 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012
Metro : Quai de la Rapée (5)
Price : 10 euros
What’s France’s speciality? The baguette? Smoking? Wine? No, the true star quality of the French is rebellion. Or rather chronic dissatisfaction, tinged with cynicism, which leads them to criticise, blame, and disapprove of everything, no matter how hypocritical. And La Maison Rouge’s L’Esprit français, Countercultures 1969-1989 looks at the formation of a critical, irreverent, dissenting ‘French spirit’ by proposing a multitude of crossovers and affinities. This selection, which took the curators Guillaume Désanges and François Piron four years to put together, sheds a non-nostalgic light on cultural mutations and reinvigorates the French identity.


Aéroports/Ville-Monde | Now – May 21
La Gaîté Lyrique
3bis rue Papin, 75003
Metro : Réamur-Sébastopol (3, 4)
Price : From 5.50 euros
The Gaîté Lyrique’s ‘Aéroports’ is a diversion from their typical topic choices; a theme universally known and rarely explored: air traffic and airports. Cross the boarding gate and pass the labyrinth of safety cords designed by Matthias Gommel, where you will start to feel distinctly as if you are in an airport. This is reality, with a heavy dose of quirk. Expect new technologies and interactive exhibits. ‘Aéroports’ is one of the Gaîté’s more inventive exhbitions and it is an unique opportunity to get a bird’s eye on something we are so blasé about. Don’t miss Yorgo Tloupas’ data-map of the airports around the world.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dalida: Une Garde-robe de la Ville à la Scène | Now – 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.


Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art | Now – 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.


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.


The Art of DC- The Dawn of Superheroes| Now – September 15
Art Ludique
34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5, 10)
Price : From 11 euros
A highly praised exhibit, popular among kids and adults, alike. Hardcore DC fans will be pleased to know that they are nearly all there, with particular focus on some favorites. Starting with Superman, from one of the original cartoon covers, we go in chronological order through to action and detective comics. Accompanied throughout by original soundtracks of the DC films and series, one strolls from room to room and therefore universe-to-universe. After Superman, comes Gotham City’s great protector, Batman. By adopting black as his signature colour, it shows that virtue and courage must be practised in the dark. These socio-political insights make this exhibition more than just a simple display of 250 original and beautiful pieces of artwork.


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