Paris Calendar

3 January 2012
Paris Calendar

The annual Paris calendar is chock full of fabulous things to see and do in the City of Love and Light, so I’ve gathered them together all on one page, month-by-month, to make it easy for you (and me) to plan our trips to Paris.

12 Months of Things to Do in Paris Calendar of Events

by Teena Hughes

Paris calendar - things to to do in ParisJanuary

  • New Year’s Day / Jour de l’An
  • Ice skating / Paris sur Glace
  • Epiphany / Fete de Rois (Festival of the Kings) buy Galettes des Rois, frangipani-filled cakes
  • read more about Paris in January >>


  • Ice skating continues / Paris sur Glace
  • Rugby / 6 Nations continues
  • Jazz / Bannlieueus Bleues 5 wks jazz, blues, R&B, soul, French & international
  • Spring Cinema / Printemps du Cinema, 3 day film fest, all tickets 3.50 Euros
  • read more about Paris in March >>

  • Biggest Fair / Foire du Trone, 9 wks, noon-midnight
  • Paris Marathon / Marathon de Paris, 35k runners, Champs-Elysees to Ave Foch
  • Easter Sunday / Paques
  • Annual Arts Festival / Grand Marche d’Art Contemporaine
  • Read more about Paris in April >>

  • Biggest Fair / Foire du Trone, continues
  • May Day / Fete du Travail, march via Bastille
  • Spring Museums / Printemps des Musees, one Sunday in May some museums have free entry
  • Museum Night / La Nuit des Musees, one night only, special events open late
  • Art-St-Germain-des-Pres, 50 galleries showcase artists, giant ‘block party’
  • Festival Jazz a St-Germain-des-Pres, 10 day celebration on the Left Bank
  • Cannes Directors’ Fortnight / Quinzaine des Realisateurs, 14 days
  • Spring in the Streets / Le Printemps des Rues, annual street theatre festival
  • Festival / Foire St-Germain, concerts, theatres
  • French Tennis Open, tennis tournament
  • Read more about Paris in May >>

  • Fete du Velo / Bicycle Festival
  • Paris Jazz Festival
  • Festival de St-Denis
  • Festival Chopin a Paris / music festival
  • Fete de la Musique
  • Gay Pride March, outrageous, fun parade
  • Read more about Paris in June >>



  • Summer Film Festival / Paris Cinema
  • Solidays, 3 day music fest for AIDS
  • Open Air / Cinema en Plein Air, free films under the stars
  • 14 July Bastille Day / Quatorze Juillet 1789,
  • Paris Beach / Paris Plage, palm trees, sand & pool on the River Seine
  • Tour de France, end of annual endurance cycling spectacular
  • Read more about Paris in July >>



  • Jazz a la Villette, one of the top jazz festivals, also for kids
  • Festival Classique au Vert
  • Festival Paris Ile de France
  • Techno Parade
  • Autumn / Festival d’Automne, major annual arts festival
  • Journee du Patrimoine, embassies, corporations etc open doors to public
  • Read more about Paris in September >>

  • White Night / Nuit Blanche, galleries, museums, bars, clubs open very late
  • Prize / Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, horse race
  • Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre, street parties celebrate the 1,000 wine bottles from local harvest
  • FIAC, contemporary art fair Louvre & Grand Palais
  • Read more about Paris in October >>

  • Festival des Inrockuptibles, rock, pop and trance festival
  • 11th – l’Armistice, Remembrance Day ceremony @l’Arc de Triomphe for WWII
  • Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau, the new Beaujolais Wine has arrived! Celebrate in a local bar!
  • Africolor, African music festival
  • Read more about Paris in November >>




 HAVE FUN with this Paris Calendar!

Let me know what you enjoyed the most,

I’d love to hear from you!


Links for the Paris Calendar Events


You might also like to read the What to do in Paris France page.

 Know of an event to add to the Paris Calendar? Let me know, thanks in advance!


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