For the latest updates on what’s happening in Paris, follow us on Twitter @secretsofparis
February 22 to May 22
The big exhibition of the spring looks set to be Vermeer at the Louvre, which promises to bring his greatest masterpieces and set them alongside those of his contemporaries to show how he was part of a dynamic network of ‘Golden Age’ artists. Admission (including the permanent collections) €15, open daily (except Tuesdays) 9am to 6pm, until 9.45pm Wednesdays and Fridays.
February 25 to March 5
The country comes to Paris for the Salon International de l’Agriculture at the huge exposition centre at Porte de Versailles, now in its 17th year. The theme this year is socially responsible agriculture and food, so there’ll be an environmental twist to a show that always draws big crowds, especially children and families, to see thousands of farm animals and sample countless regional products. Want some tips on how to make the most of it? We visited back in 2009. And stay tuned for our update next week! Open daily 9am-7pm, €14/7 adult/child.
Catch a special screening of ‘Flâneurs – Street Rambles’ a new documentary film by Paris resident Matthew Lancit, an award-winning Canadian filmmaker. In a series of poetic strolls with his young daughter, Matthew goes in search of the remaining traces of flâneurs, the 19th century urban wanderers of Paris. In French/English with English/French sub-titles, at the Mac Mahon cinema, find all the details here.
Through March 5
It’s your last chance to see the big winter art blockbuster, the Chtchoukine collection, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This week is all but sold out; for the final week (Feb 27 to March 5) the exhibition will be open from 7am for early morning visits with breakfast provided the Fondation, and later nighttime opening hours too. Book ahead to avoid the worst of the queues, and avoid going in the middle of the day when crowds are at their peak. Tickets €16.
Through March 6
The ice rink at the Hôtel de Ville is unfortunately on hiatus this year. However, a similar rink is available at Montparnasse. Free entry, €6 skate rental, gloves or mittens obligatory. Tlll 10 pm daily.
The 94th annual Foire de Chatou gathers nearly 500 antique and second-hand dealers at île des Impressionnistes, 10 minutes from Paris. This year they’re celebrating French style – expect high quality goods from vintage jewellery to industrial furniture, mid-century lighting to 18th century antiquities. Plus regional French foods, oysters and both a cocktail and a champagne bar! Entry €6 (free for under-15s); there’s a free shuttle bus from RER station Rueil-Malmaison.
Other Paris Calendar Links
- For French Theatre with English Surtitles: Theatre in Paris
- For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?
- For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing
- For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris
- For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris
- For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism