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Jan282017

Paris Events Calendar - February 2017

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February 5
It's the Year of the Rooster! The Chinese New Year culminates with a grand parade in the 13th arrondissement (Place d'Italie), home to the city's largest Chinatown. The traditional parade with over 2000 participants starts at 1pm from 44 avenue d'Ivry, 13th. 

February 10-11
Sinfonietta presents a romantic classical music concert for Valentine's weekend, hosting two enchanting evenings of chamber music followed by excellent wine and conversation with the musicians, offering a unique experience to our guests. Three up-and-coming young musicians will be playing Sergueï Rachmaninov's Trio for Piano n°1 «Élégiaque» and Anton Stepanovich Arensky's Trio for piano nº  1, op 32. The concerts will be Friday, February 10 at 20h in the Salons Parisiens (14th); and Saturday, February 11 at 20h in the legendary Reid Hall (6th). Tickets €25, reserve your places online.

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

Until February 19
Quintessence -- another circus, at the the Alexis Gruss tents at the Porte de Passy (16e), from 20€ to 70€. Check out the teaser here.

Through February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

February 26
The 20th annual Carnaval de Paris "Boeuf Gras Parade"starts today at 1pm from the Place Gambetta in the 20th (near Père Lachaise Cemetery). This is one of the last true "traditional" carnivals run by locals who are more into traditiona and creativity than "glitz", so don't expect a Venice or New Orleans style show! The theme this year is " La Ronde des fruits et légumes autour du monde", or "Fruits and Vegetables from Around the World",  so it should be fun to watch. :-) The parade finishes at Place de la République at about 6pm, followed by a festival in the square until 9pm. For more info on the exact route or if you'd like to participate, check out the official site in French here.

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 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.

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, with 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 1st
At the Place de la Concorde is the Grande Roue Ferris Wheel. Each enclosed "car" holds six people. €10 for adult, €5 for kids under 10, open daily 11am-midnight. 

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. 

 

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Sunday
Jan012017

Paris Events Calendar - January 2017

Note: More events will be listed throughout the month, check back!

Holiday Events

Through January 2
The largest ice skating rink in Paris is opening once more under the glass dome of the Grand Palais des Glaces. Open 10am-2am (Christmas Eve and December 31st until 6pm); tickets €15-27 (depending on time of day) and €12 for kids. 

Through January 2
If you saw Midnight in Paris you'll recognize the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum of antique carnival and fair rides and decor in a stunning setting, open by reservation only for the holidays, La Festival du Merveilleux. Guided tours of 2 hours by an elf, where you'll get a chance to go on the rides and attend a magical music show. Tickets €16, tours daily (including Christmas), in French with an English handout. 10am -- 6pm 

Through January 3
The Jardin d'Acclimatation offers a great series of holiday activities, from 11 am to 6 pm, Monday-Friday (till 7 pm on Saturday). If you have kids too young for Disneyland, this is a perfect alternative.  

Through January 8
The annual Christmas Village on the Champs-Elysées includes over 180 chalets selling holiday gifts, local specialties, mulled wine, warm hats and gloves, toys, jewelry and every kind of sweet imaginable. There is also a fun Olympic-sized ice skating rink, amusement park rides for kids and Santa visits. There's a hand-made 11-meter tall Eiffel Tower and a "Village des Artisans" dedicated to handcrafted items made in France. A great place to wander with an appetite and a Christmas shopping list! I made a Christmas Village video three years ago, but this year's is much better in terms of quality and variety. Open daily noon-midnight (until 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday).

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

Through March 1st
At the Place de la Concorde is the Grande Roue Ferris Wheel. Each enclosed "car" holds six people. €10 for adult, €5 for kids under 10, open daily 11am-midnight. 

December 18-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. 

Shows & Concerts

Through January 8
Book your places now for the English production of 42nd Street at the Châtelet Théâtre, a musical based on the financial crash of 1929. Reviews have been excellent, so expect this to sell out quickly! Tickets starting at €25 up to €79. Note that the website is in French, but the show is in English with French surtitles (above the stage). 

Until February 19
Quintessence -- another circus, at the the Alexis Gruss tents at the Porte de Passy (16e), from 20€ to 70€. Check out the teaser here.

Through February
See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

Daytrips from Paris

Through January 3
The family-owned Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the 17th-century palace that inspired Versailles) becomes a Christmas wonderland in December, decorated from top to bottom, each room in a different holiday theme, fireplaces ablaze, and holiday music playing. And at night the château facade and the gardens are lit with festive lights. It's a magical experience, not to be missed! There are even carriage rides on the grounds. Open the weekends of December 3-4, December 10-11, and every day from December 17-December 31 (closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day) from 10:30am-6pm. Entry €17.50 for adults, reserve in advance online (where you'll also find the schedule for the shuttle from Melun train station to the chateau). 

Consumerism "Events"

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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