Saturday
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Paris Events Calendar - May 2016

 

Official May Holidays 
May 1st: Fête du Travail (Most museums closed)
May 5th: Ascension (List of open museums)
May 8th: V-Day (WWII) (List of open museums)
May 15-16: Pentecost Sunday (and Monday) 

May 1
It's the annual Fête du Travail in France, one of the biggest national holidays when almost every museum and shop is closed (equivalent to Christmas Day). Aside from the annual parades by French workers' unions, you can see what's open May 1st on the website of the Mairie du Paris. 

May 3-7
Looking for a killer deal on used clothing? The charity thrift shop Emmaüs is holding a five-day Vente au Kilo (sale by the kilo) of men's, women's and children's clothing at their Davout Boutique (105 blvd Davout, 20th, metro Porte de Montreuil). 

May 7
Rock and Karaoké fans won't want to miss the latest edition of Ullmann's KaraRocké night at the Bus Palladium, featuring Master of Ceremonies (and Birthday Boy) Nicolas Ullmann and guest band Les Blondes opening the evening. It's like karaoké but with a live rock band backing you up! Free entry, from 9:30pm, get on the priority list by sending email to resa.cabarock@gmail.com with the subject "I love Rock N'Roll". 

May 8
This Sunday will be the first of the regular monthly "pedestrian-only" Sundays on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées from noon-8pm. There will also be some military processions commemorating 1945 V-Day (Armistice Day).

Through May 8
The third annual Paris Beer Week celebrates local craft beers from the Ile de France region (Paris and the surrounding areas). Events, tastings, tours and more, with the grand finale on Saturday the 7th at La Bellevilloise with 45 breweries in attendance. For the full program see the website or facebook page. 

Through May 8
The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the bigegst events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion & accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a "Makers Fair". It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

May 9 - June 9
The halls of the Carrousel du Louvre (the shopping center below the Louvre Museum) is hosting a free photo exhibit Les Merveilles du Kazakhstan (Marvels of Kazakhstan), 26 large format images showing the country's beauty (below).

May 11
Want to immortalize yourself in a classic Harcourt Studio photo like a vintage Hollywood star? You can get a free photo today (alone or with a friend) in five RATP metro stations where Harcourt photo booths and vintage hair and makeup stands will be set up from noon-5pm: Jaurès (under the viaduc of line 2), Denfert-Rochereau (Gare RER B), La Motte Picquet-Grenelle (under line 6 viaduc), Nanterre-Université (Gare RER A), and Quai de la gare (under line 6 viaduc). 

May 12
Are you a resident of France? Get free assistance filling out your tax forms today at your local mairie, from 9am-6pm. For any other French tax info, consult the main website here

May 12-14
The annual Paris Ukulele Festival takes place at Le Bellevilloise and the restaurant Aux Petits Joueurs (59 rue Mouzaïa, 19th) with concerts, open mic, a free fair with a new and used ukulele market, master classes, tombola drawings, and bands from all over Europe participating.  

May 13-15
One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 12).


May 13-16, 20-21
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. It has been extended an extra weekend this year for 70 ateliers, 2-8pm on May 20-21st.

May 16-June 5
The annual French Open at Roland Garros takes place for two weeks in the Bois de Boulogne (16th). Tickets go fast, get yours on their official website. 

May 18-22
The 10th annual Fête de la Nature is a five-day festival celebrating nature with a full program of free events to introduce (or re-introduce) the French to nature throughout the country in parks, gardens, nature preserves and forests (37 events in Paris alone, including a Village de l'Agriculture Urbane et de la Biodiversité at the Cité des Sciences).  

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21
TEDx comes to Paris (in English with French surtitles) today with nine speakers and a networking dinner. Tickets from €30, starts at 1pm.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

May 23-27
Join Heather and fellow travel journalists for our 5-day Travel Writing Workshop here in Paris. Open to residents or visitors, experienced travel writers or anyone interested in starting a travel blog or learning how to make a living from travel writing. There are a few spots left for the May workshop, and other dates available in August and October

May 26
Merde, a Brexit?! Looking for a bit of fictional comic relief for the scandal of a possible British exit from the European Union? Don't miss Merde in Europe, the latest novel in the "Merde" series by British author Stephen Clarke (also author of non-fiction history books including 1000 Years of Annoying the French). He'll be presenting the book and signing copies tonight at the Abbey Bookshop (29 rue de la Parchiminerie, 5th, metro Cluny-Sorbonne or St-Michel), from 7:30pm, free. 

May 26
Today is the Journée Nationale de Prévention  et le Dépistage des Cancers de Peau (National Cancer Prevention and Free Skin Cancer Testing Day) takes place in dermatology clinics throughout the country, check online for the one closest to you.  

May 27
Yo ho ho and a flask of your best rum! Join The Chamber on the Canal St Martin this evening from 7-9pm for Tiny Boat Apero: Sip, Snack & Sail on a tiny electric boat. Tickets €50 for non-members, €30 for members, use the "secretsofparis" code for a special discount. Only 6 spaces, sign up soon!

May 28-29
Les Frigos, one of the most famous (former) artists' squats in Paris, has its annual Portes Ouvertes this weekend, from 2pm-10pm Saturday, until 8pm Sunday. The studios of over 200 artist studios are open to the public. Free entry, expect crowds! At Rue de Neuve Tolbiac, 13th, Metro Bibliothèque. 

May 28-29
American Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place in and around Paris at the Escadrille Lafayette Memorial, American Legion Mausoleum, American Church of Paris, US Military Cemetery in Suresnes, and Arc de Triomphe.  

Through September 18
Fan of Ice Age, Horton, Robots and other animated films of Blue Sky Studios? Don't miss the exhibition of their work in 800 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tckets €11-€16.50.

Through September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

Through October 16
Looking for a strange and unique place to visit? Like trains and food trucks? Grand Train is the "event of the season", in a disaffected train depot on the northern edge of the city, (26 rue Ordener, 18th, metro Marcadet-Poissoniers) with real historic trains, seven food trucks, bars, a playground and garden terraces to enjoy the sunshine (assuming we ever get some!). Free entry, stuff to buy, hipsters and their kids to compete with for the best spots. 

Coming in June

June 5
Come bike on the Avenue des Champs Elysées for the annual Les 24h Vélib'. The street is closed to traffic from 8am-8pm for a bike festival with several events for adults and kids, food trucks, pétanque, live DJ entertainment, information stands, etc. If you'd like to participate in the charity fundraising Vélib' relay just show up and look for the Grand Boucle signs (every 2 laps pedalled = 1€ for charity). 

June 17-24
Paris, Lyon and Marseilles are hosting city-wide events for Summer Cocktail Week. Register online to get your free pass!  

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Wednesday
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Paris Events Calendar - April 2016

March 31-April 9
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nuba, on the rooftop of Les Docks en Seine! Their Casa Sunsets Festival is a program of nightly entertainment, from 5pm-6am (and Sunday brunch), featuring live music and DJs. Free entry (dress nicely and get there early). And hope it doesn't rain (again). 

April 1-3
The Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art is a European-wide festival of artisans who open their doors to the public. The website is all in French, but a little auto-translate help is all you need to find the artists, jewelry makers, designers, furniture makers, ironsmiths, and more. 

April 2
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Schumann piano trios exquisitely performed by the Trio Karénine -- violinist Fanny Robilliard, cellist Louis Rodde, and pianist Paloma Kouider -- at the Institut Finlandais (behind the Cluny Medieval Museum, Latin Quarter). Sit closely to the performing artists; afterwards, enjoy an excellent cocktail reception with wine and mingle with musicians and fellow culture lovers. Presentation of the evening is in English and French. From 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). Register on the website; places limited.  

April 2-3
Veggie World Paris is an event celebrating the vegan lifestyle, held for two days at the CentQuatre, a trade show of organic, ethical, and vegan foods. Advance tickets are €8. 

April 2-3
The largest gardening festival in Versailles takes place this weekend at the annual Eprit Jardin: L'Art de la Promenade, with free entrance exceptionally to the Potager du Roi.  Free entry, the festival takes place from 10am-7pm on the parvis Saint-Louis and rue Maréchal Joffre, rue d'Anjou and at the potager. 

April 3
Cheap books for a good cause! The Spring Used Book Sale benefitting the SOS English-Language Listening Line takes place today from noon-4pm at the Orrick Law Offices (31, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th). Paperbacks are €1, hard covers €2. They have books in every category, with a ton of general fiction, young adult, and children's books. There is also a bake sale with homemade sweets and savory goodies. 

April 5
The American Church in Paris is hosting an Evening of Oriental Jazz: A Dedication to Syrian Refugees, "incredible live performance from the internationally renowned Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance. This cosmopolitan ensemble was founded in 2011 by Franco-Syrian flutist and composer Naïssam Jalal and combines jazz, classical, European and Oriental musical influences." An authetic Syrian reception will be held after the performance. Starts at 7pm, tickets €10 (€5 for students). All proceeds go towards AUP's student-run club Baytna à Vous who have been fundraising to help Syrian refugees alongside the international associations CODYSSY and Souria Houria. 

April 5-12
The 33rd Festival International du Film d'Environnement presents about 100 films and documentaries from all over the world dealing with environmental issues, some in competition for awards, all open free to the general public, in 13 cinemas around Paris. 

April 6-30
Looking for a more interesting show than the Moulin Rouge to warm up the Parisian spring? George Bizet's famous opéra Carmen is adapted for the modern world in the first Cuban musical, Carmen La Cubana which takes place in 1950s Havana on the eve of the Revolution. Très sexy! At the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Spanish with French surtitles. Tickets from €12-€87. 

April 8-10
Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free or meat-free? The Salon des Allergies Alimentaires et des Produits Sans is a trade show of producers specializing in foods for those allergic to or avoiding certain ingredients. At Paris Porte de Versailles, entry €10. Open 10am-6:30pm.  

April 8-10
The 11th annual European Independent Film Festival is showcasing 77 of the best independent films from 31 countries all across the globe, a cultural experience not to be missed! 

April 12
Think the French and the English can't get along? Comedy brings everyone together! Comedic greats Eddie Izzard from the UK and Gad Emaleh from France are performing together for Franglish Night at L'Olympia. These are both amazing comediens, it's a once in a lifetime show! Tickets from €58. 

April 15
Lost in Frenchlation presents French films with English subtitles on the big screen. This month see the feelgood film Rosalie Blum, tonight at 8pm at Studio 28 (10 rue Tholozé, 18th, M° Abbesses). Tickets €7.50.

April 15
Fiber arts fans won't want to miss the book signing event for Stitching Up Paris: The Insider Guide to Paris's Knitting, Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft Stores at the knitting tearoom, Oisive'thé (10 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 13th) from 6-9pm. Jioning thz authors Keiry and Barbara will be the podcaster Helen of Curious Handmade with her shawl designs. Everyone welcome, lucky prize draw and light refreshments.  

April 16
Attention vinyl fans, the third annual Disquaire Day (or Record Shop Day) takes place at over 40 record shops in Paris as well as in shops around France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Check out the website for participating shops and events. 

April 19
Ladies! Cocktail lovers! Bookworms! Join me at The Chamber for the ladies-only Erotic Book Club, where a small group of very cool local ladies (English-speaking expats) sip cocktails and enjoy a gourmet cheese platter while discussing the latest erotic book of the month. For Aoril we're continuing the short stories from Best Women's Erotica 2011. Just 7 spots open, we meet from 8pm in a private Parisian residence in the 15th. 

April 22-24
For all fans of street art, the world's greatest urban artists will be showing their works at the first Urban Art Fair - the Foire Street Art à Paris - at the Carreau du Temple, represented by 30 galleries. Entry €12. 

April 29 -May 8
The third annual Paris Beer Week celebrates local craft beers from the Ile de France region (Paris and the surrounding areas). Events, tastings, tours and more, with the grand finale on Saturday the 7th at La Bellevilloise with 45 breweries in attendance. For the full program see the website or facebook page. 

April 29 - May 8
The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the bigegst events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion & accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a "Makers Fair". It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

Through September 18
Fan of Ice Age, Horton, Robots and other animated films of Blue Sky Studios? Don't miss the exhibition of their work in 800 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tckets €11-€16.50.

Through September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

Planning Ahead

May 23-27
Join Heather and fellow travel journalists for our 5-day Travel Writing Workshop here in Paris. Open to residents or visitors, experienced travel writers or anyone interested in starting a travel blog or learning how to make a living from travel writing. There are a few spots left for the May workshop, and other dates available in August and October. Sign up now for the early bird discount! 

Other Paris Calendar Links