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Paris Events Calendar - March 2017

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through April 2

Looking for an unusual, Frenchy souvenir? At Bon Marché in the 7th is the amusing ‘Heard at Bon Marché’ – funny snippets of conversation one might expect to hear in an upscale Paris department store. Our favorites: ‘Je suis allergique au beige sauf si c’est un beige hystérique’ (I’m allergic to beige, unless it’s hysterical beige) and ‘C’est joli ce que vous portez – Je sais’ (That’s lovely what you’re wearing – I know). Tote bags, clutches and other merchandise available online as well as in-store.


through April 29

Paris loves its firefighters, and a new free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville is a celebration of their courage and derring-do. Pompiers de Paris - Notre mission: Sauver (‘Our mission: to save’) shows the history of Paris’ fabled firefighters through photographs, objects, documents and other material from the archives.


through 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.


through July 10

One of the city’s most charming small museums, the Musée Jacquemart-André in the 8th arrondisement, presents a collection of 52 works from the outstanding collection of Alicia Koplowitz – from old masters like Zurbarán, Tiepolo and Goya to modern works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Rothko Giacometti and Bourgeois. Entry €13.50.


March 8 to July 16

Musée Bourdelle, a charming exhibition space in Montparnasse which was once the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, is housing an exhibition of haute couture from Balenciaga, with over a hundred pieces from the Palais Galliera collection and the archives of Maison Balenciaga. The exhibition is part of a Spanish season by Paris’ museum of fashion, Palais Galliera, with other exhibitions to follow through the year.


March 10-19

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.


March 14 to June 25

The Musée D’Orsay’s big spring show is Beyond the Stars: the Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky, focusing on the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century. In a reaction against science and naturalism, they evoked emotion and mystery through contemplative landscapes; this exhibition shows works by European artists like Gauguin, Denis and Van Gogh, and North American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr (the exhibition is organised with the Art Gallery of Toronto).


March 17-20

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 22

Tickets for the French Open at Roland Garros (May 22 to June 11) go on sale today. Book ASAP to get yours, they always go fast!


March 24-27

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.


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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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