FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
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!
Tous à l’Opéra | May 4 – 6
The 12th 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.
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.
La Fête du Pain | May 14 – 20
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 17 – 20
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Porte d’Auteuil (10)
Price : From 15 – 68 euro (see website for full pricing)
For the weekend of May 17-20th, The Grand Palais will be transformed into a temple of great cuisine for the 4th 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!
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris | May 19 – 20
Route d’Auteuil aux Lacs, 75016
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : From 6 euros
The Great Paris Steeplechase is a major spring sporting event in Paris, which takes place at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil near the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement. This horse racing track is designed exclusively for steeplechase racing. Before the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris begins, there is an equally grand Défilé des Drags, a parade of beautiful horse-drawn carriages from Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe to the Hippodrome.
Roland Garros | May 21 – June 10
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!
Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés | May 24 – June 4
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 18th 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.
Le Printemps des Rues | May 25 – 27
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 25th to 27th, 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.
Open de Paris | May 25 – 27
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.
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.
Villette Sonique | May 25 – 30
Parc de la Villette , 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Prices vary depending on concert
The week-long 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.
ART | EXHIBITIONS
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.