What's On in Paris - April 2018

April 1st is Easter, but many shops, restaurants and museums will remain open. Some smaller restaurants and shops may be closed on Monday the 2nd, as well museums which have usual weekly closure on Mondays. 

April 3-8

The Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art is a European-wide festival of artisans who open their workshops 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 wherever you are in France (use the "near me" function to find the open studios). Free entry.

April 5-8

Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais brings together 142 galleries from 23 countries to show modern art from the last few decades with a particular focus on emerging scenes and artists. The guest of honor this year is Switzerland. Entry €25.

April 5-29

The Elephant de Paname, the dance center near the Place VEndôme, is hosting a free new exhibition under the dome called Condizione, a whimsical pet project by Italian architecte Roberto Baciocchi "An antechamber, a place of relaxation, a space of socialization and an ideal garden form the fertile setting of a complete sensory journey dedicated to art and design where images, sounds and smells interact with the public. Surrounded by a corridor whose walls are saturated by the works of 40 independent international artists, the place moves, under the hand of Roberto Baciocchi, into a nomadic laboratory that stages the emotion." ANd afterwards you can pop upstairs to the new café for afternoon tea. Open daily 11am-7pm. 

April 6-7

Les Grands Voisins re-opens for the season today with an open-house for the public from 4pm-midnight on Saturday and 11am-midnight on Saturday, free entry. On the program, live music, art expositions, crafts market, workshops, yoga, gardening, games for kids, and other activities in this former hospital in transition to an inclusive "neighborhood" with solidarity at its heart. For the full program:

April 13-14

Blending culture with social in their excellent ‘Music by the Glass’ chamber series, Sinfonietta Paris  presents an emotionally charged series of concerts. For April, they bring back the the Trio Karénine, with two works by Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schönberg. Also on the program, a luminous work composed in 1917 by Germaine Tailleferre, who was part of the new generation of French composers «Les Six» along with Darius Milhaud and Francis Poulenc. Friday's concert takes place at a private residence just off the rue de la Tombe d'Issoire in the 14th, and Saturday at historic Reid Hall in the 6th arrondissement. Tickets €25 (wine and snacks included after the concert). REgister on the website, spaces limited.

April 13-May 1

Regress to your childhood...with a better view! The rooftop deck of the Tour de Montparnasse has a ball pit where anyone with a ticket to the Observation Deck can enjoy the views of Paris from a 40m² pool full of ten thousand plastic balls. For more info visit their website.

April 21

Attention vinyl fans, the fifth annual Disquaire Day (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 27-May 8

The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the biggest 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 and 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 5-6

The largest gardening festival in Versailles takes place this weekend at the 10th annual Esprit Jardin: L'Art du Jardin, with free entrance exceptionally to the Potager du Roi. With more than 80 exhibitors, the festival runs from 10am-7pm in the Quartier St-Louis: rue du Maréchal Joffre, rue d'Anjou, Carré à l'Avoine, Potager du Roi et Parc Balbi. Free entry.

Other Paris calendar links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism


Paris Events Calendar - March 2018

March 7
Tickets for the French Open at Roland Garros (May 21 to June 10) go on sale today. Book ASAP to get yours, they always go fast!

March 8-9 
The monthly «Music by the Glass» chamber series by Sinfonietta includes a wine tasting and buffet dînatoire following the concert, offering a unique experience for guests and artists to mingle and enjoy a wonderful evening.  The Thursday evening concert is at the Salle André Marchal (7th), and the Friday evening concert is presented in a private residence in the 14th.  The concept, program, and artists are the same for both evenings. This month features three musicians -- Perceval Gilles on violon, Sarah Sultan on violoncelle, and Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov on piano -- performing Claude Debussy's "Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano en sol majeur" (1880), and Maurice Ravel's "Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano en la mineur" (1914). Tickets are just €25. For more info and to book your place, click here.


March 9-18
The 96th 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 culinary history with the theme "Dinner is Served!"– 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.

March 16-19
Vivre Autrement is an ethical and organic trade show at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Stands cover food, wine, home, beauty, and travel. Entry €7, or you can subscribe for free entry on the website. 

March 16-19
As you’ll know if you’ve been to Paris, this is a city that loves books. The Paris book fair, Livre Paris, is a major cultural event; this year there’ll be almost 3000 authors signing their books and speaking, and over 800 events and activities. Buy books, watch debates and see behind-the-scenes of the world of publishing. Entry is €8, or €10 on the weekend, at Porte de Versailles.

March 24-25
Live in Paris? Learn basic first aid (and how to call emergency services en français) this weekend in the City of Paris's free annual workshops "Paris Qui Sauve". They take place all weekend 10am-7pm at the Hôtel de Ville, sign up for your free spot here:

March 25
Run for a good cause! Today in Paris there are no less than three races with proceeds going to charitable causes: 1) The Course de La Jonquille (Daffodil Race) is a 5k and 10k run or 3.5k walk in support of the Cancer Research at the Curie Institute. If you'd like to participate, the cost is €15 and you'll need a medical certificate (see more info here). They also need volunteers to help out, or "bénévols". If you're not sporty or in Paris that day, you can buy these cute daffodil accessories to support the cause. 2) The Soli'Run is a 6k or 10k run, 1-2km for kids) or 4k walk for Habitat for Humanity in France (housing for those in need) in the Bois de Boulogne, €7-€20, registration possible the day of the race if paces are available, medical certificate necessary for the runs. 3) Dog lovers can run with their pooch in the Wamiz Run in support of the Guide Dog Associaltion of Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes. There is a 6k run and a 4k walk. If registration is closed, you can still check out the "Village", free to all, with agility demonstrations, food stands and all sorts of services and products to spoil your dog.

Other Paris calendar links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris (including sporting events): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

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