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Top Paris Events – The 2024 Calendar Of What's On In Paris

There's a lot going on in Paris… fantastic activities, special events, streets to stroll, wine to taste, a spectacular river to cruise. Paris is famous for its fantastic annual events, with plenty happening every single...

There's a lot going on in Paris… fantastic activities, special events, streets to stroll, wine to taste, a spectacular river to cruise. Paris is famous for its fantastic annual events, with plenty happening every single month. There are fêtes, foires, parades, fireworks, and all types of celebrations. We'll keep you posted on all these, as well as the best things to do, places to dine, and the greatest ways to explore and enjoy the glories of the City of Light.

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January - Janvier

JOUR DE L'AN - NEW YEAR'S DAY

January 1 French National Holiday

LES SOLDES - JANUARY SALES

The official sales start at major department stores and boutique shops in Paris. Second week in January

MAISON & OBJET

Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. It's held twice a year. Paris Nord Villepinte → Information…

PARIS FASHION WEEK

Join the runway frenzy of top designers, models & beautiful people. Also held twice a year. → Information…

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February - Fevrier

ST-VALENTIN - VALENTINE'S DAY

Did you know that Valentin, the saint, was French? Makes sense then that a day in his honor would become a time of love. This amorous holiday is becoming more popular in Paris. February 14 → Guide to Valentine's Day in Paris…

COURSE SAINT-VALENTIN - VALENTINE'S DAY RUN

Run for love & laughter in Paris. → Information…

RETROMOBILE VINTAGE CAR SHOW

Love cars and love visiting Paris? You won't want to miss this fabulous car show. For the past 40-plus years Retromobile has showcased the auto industry, featuring hundreds of vintage cars. Porte de Versailles → Information…

SIX NATIONS RUGBY

This annual European rugby tournament includes France versus Italy at the Stade de France. February to March → Information…

SALON AGRICULTURE - PARIS AGRICULTURAL SHOW

It's one of the biggest farm shows in France, dedicated to animal husbandry and plant care. And, of course, no one wants to miss the Milking Parlour! Porte de Versailles → Information…

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March - Mars

SEMI DE PARIS - PARIS HALF-MARATHON

The second most popular run (after the Paris Marathon), the Semi attracts 37K runners. Esplanade du Chateau de Vincennes → Information…

LA FETE DE LA SAINT-PATRICK

Head to one of the many Irish pubs in the city to celebrate the land of the Little People. Our fave is Galway's Pub at 13 Quai des Grands Augustins in the 6th. March 17

CINEMA DU REEL FILM FESTIVAL

See a fresh batch of French and international documentary and experimental films. Centre Pompidou → Information…

SALON DU TOURISME

Join 100,000 travel professionals under one roof in Paris to discover all the latest trends and forecasts in the travel trade. Porte de Versailles → Information…

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New Years Fireworks New Year's Eve fireworks on Champs-Elysées, photo Ville de Paris

April - Avril

ART PARIS - ART FAIR

It's the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held every spring. Grand Palais Éphémére, Champ de Mars, 7th Arrondissement → Information…

POISSON D'AVRIL - APRIL FOOL'S DAY

Poisson refers to the paper fish that French children tape to the backs of an unsuspecting friend's shirts. April 1, 2024

THE ANNUAL PARIS MARATHON

40,000 runners gather to run the marathon in the world's most beautiful city. → Information…

FESTIVAL DU LIVRE DE PARIS

It's the biggest book fair in France with writers, authors, and publishers under one roof. Porte de Versailles → Information…

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May - Mai

FETE DU TRAVAIL - LABOR DAY

May 1, 2024 French National Holiday

WWII VICTORY DAY CEREMONY

The president of France will lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor the liberation of France. Arc de Triomphe May 8, 2024 French National Holiday

FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

The only Grand Slam tournament played on red clay courts. Roland-Garros May to June 2024 → Information…

TASTE OF PARIS

This popular event brings together restaurants, food & wine producers with a line-up of cooking demonstrations by top chefs. May 2024 Grand Palais → Information…

JAZZ FESTIVAL À SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS

Top jazz performances in the heart of Paris. Doesn't get much better than this! → Information…

LA NUIT DES MUSÉES

Just another event that makes Paris great! Free museum entrance, plus they stay open until the wee hours. May 2024 → Information…

FOIRE DE PARIS - HOME SHOW

Discover the latest European trends in home interiors, gardens, outdoor activities, wine & gastronomy. Porte de Versailles → Information…

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June - Juin

MAKEUP IN PARIS

It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup. Carrousel du Louvre → Information…

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

Free music concerts take to the streets and parks of Paris to celebrate the summer solstice. June 21, 2024 → Information…

SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA MAISON DE POUPÉE

That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dolls house collectors from around the globe. Internationale Universitaire de Paris → Information…

FÊTE DES TUILERIES - PARIS FUNFAIR

It's like the fairgrounds of your childhood - trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy. Late June to August, 2024 Tuileries Gardens & Place de la Concorde → Information…

LA MARCHE DES FIERTÉS DE PARIS - LGBT PRIDE

Check the calendar for exact times and the parade route. Rue des Archives, 4th Arrondissement → Information…

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Summer in Paris

July - Juillet

TOUR DE FRANCE

Normally, on the dramatic final, the cyclists circle the Champs Elysées. For 2024, due to the Paris Olympic Games, the Tour will end in Nice in the south of France. Late June & July → Information…

PARIS OLYMPIC GAMES

Paris is hosting the massive sporting event. July 26 to August 11, 2024 → Information…

PARIS JAPAN EXPO

Lovers of Japanese culture will unite to celebrate manga, martial arts, animation & J-music. Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center → Information…

VERSAILLES FESTIVAL

Concerts, dance, recitals and fireworks - you won't want to miss this spectacular event. July to September → How to Visit Versailles…

BASTILLE DAY

Vive la liberté! In Paris, the military parade starts at 10 AM on the Champs-Elysées. The Eiffel Tower fireworks show starts at 11 PM. July 14 French National Holiday → Guide to Bastille Day Celebrations…

PARIS QUARTIER D'ETE FESTIVAL - NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL

See 100 free dances, music and theatre performances in neighborhoods across Paris. July & August, 2024 → Information…

PARIS PLAGES

The beach-combing annual event is cancelled for 2024, what with the Olympic Games and all! Back in 2025.

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August - Août

ASSOMPTION - ASSUMPTION DAY

A huge religious holiday in France. We usually forget the date and are surprised when most stores and services are closed. (We forget every year.) August 15, 2024 French National Holiday

ROCK EN SEINE

Although most Parisians have headed to the country for their August holidays, you can join those who have remained in the city… to rock out! Pont de St-Cloud → Information…

FESTIVAL PARIS L'ETE - ARTS, SCENES & SUN

100 performances, 40 locations throughout Paris near monuments, in parks and public squares. What a way to celebrate summer in the city! July & August → Information…

ÉTÉ DU CANAL - SUMMER ON THE CANAL

The Canal de L'Ourcq celebrates the summer with a fun program of dance, concerts, water activities including boat cruises, film screenings, and street art. Canal de L'Ourcq is a trendy part of the Parisian canal network in the 19th Arrondissement. July & August → Information…

PARIS PARALYMPIC GAMES

Paris is hosting a second massive sporting event! August 28 to September 8, 2024 → Information…

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September

JAZZ DE LA VILLETTE

A festival of soul, funk & eclectic sounds that attracts 30,000 music lovers. First days of September Parc de la Villette → Information…

PARIS DESIGN WEEK

Discover the best in design with the international design community in a program of talks, cocktails, and exhibitions 2nd week in September Various venues → Information…

MAISON & OBJET

Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances & tableware. 2nd week in September → Information…

EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS

The public is invited to step inside monuments normally off-limits — the Senate, Elysée Palace, private chateaux, and others. → Information…

LONDON TO PARIS BIKE RIDE

Cycle through English villages, rural France to the final destination, the Eiffel Tower! Mid-September → Information…

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October - Octobre

FÊTES DES VENDANGE À MONTMARTRE

It's the only wine harvest & festival in Paris, held near the one remaining vineyard in Montmartre! → Information…

ART CONTEMPORAIN

A world of wonderful contemporary art displayed at the fabulous Grand Palais. Fascinating. Grand Palais → Information…

LE SALON DU CHOCOLAT

It's the biggest celebration of chocolate in the world. And you don't want to miss the chocolate fashion show! Porte de Versailles → Information… → Our Guide to Salon du Chocolat…

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November - Novembre

LA TOUSSAINT - ALL SAINT'S DAY

A Christian day of remembrance of all saints and martyrs. November 1 French National Holiday

ARMISTICE DAY

France honors its war dead with a military parade from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Elysées. November 11 • Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle • November 11 • 11:00 AM: Wreath-Laying Ceremony • 9:00 PM: Vigil Ceremony French National Holiday

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU

Fireworks, festivals, music start on the 3rd Thursday in November to mark the arrival of the new vintage of Beaujolais.

PARIS PHOTO

More than 130 international photo galleries exhibit historical and contemporary works Grand Palais Éphémère → Information…

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December - Decembre

Christmas Markets

Celebrate the season by visiting a few of the many annual markets throughout the city with items for Noel! Throughout December → The Big List of Christmas Markets in Paris…

WHERE TO SEE THE BEST CHRISTMAS WINDOWS

• Galeries Lafayette, 9e • Printemps, 9e • Le Bon Marché, 7e • BHV in the Marais • Faubourg Sainte-Honore, 2e • Avenue Montaigne, 8e • Forum des Halles, 2e • Place Vendôme, 1er

NOËL - CHRISTMAS DAY

December 25 French National Holiday

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French National Holidays

French flag

It's important for your planning to know when the national holidays fall since offices, many stores, and most museums are closed on many or all of these days. We know that's a bit vague, but it's difficult to create a definite listing of what will be open. It's best to check before simply showing up.

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Good Friday - French National Holiday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday - French National Holiday
  • Fête du Travail, May 1
  • Ascension Day, in May
  • WWII Victory Day, May 8
  • Whit Monday, fifty days after Easter
  • July 14, Bastille Day
  • August 15, Assumption Day
  • November 1, All Saints Day
  • November 11, Armistice Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day
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