Paris in May

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What’s on in Paris in May?

I love Paris in May – perfect to check out artist studios and meet them one-on-one.

Ongoing : Foire due Trone, Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain

01 May : Fete du Travail : May Day

Many of the top tourist attractions close on this day, as the unions march in eartern Paris towards the Bastille.

01 May : Jour de l’Ascension

Early May : Printemps des Musées

Celebrating Spring [Printemps] with free access to selected museums. For one Sunday only in May.

Early-mid May : Foire de paris

Paris Expo

This is a huge lifestyle salon, filled with craft and food stores, with lots of health exhibits.

Early May – June : La Fete des Enfants du Monde

Festival of Children of the World

This is a Franco-Japanese festival with fabulous shows, exhibitions and concerts at various venues across Paris.

8 May : Victoire 1945 : VE Day : Victory

12 May : Lundi de Pentecote

Whit Monday

Mid May : La Nuit des Musees

The Night of the Museums

For one night per year, the Parisian landmark museums stay open late and host special events.

Mid May : Festival Jazz a Saint-Germain-des-Pres

This is a wonderful 10 day celebration of jazz and blues across various venues in Paris.  One of my favourite festivals :-)

Mid May – early June : Quinzaine des Realisateurs

Quinzaine is the French word for ‘fortnight’ – a period of two weeks.  This is the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight programme right here in Paris.

End May to end June : Festival de St-Denis

Ahhhh, something to look forward to! Four weeks of concerts of top-notch classical music.

End May : Le Printemps des Rues

Spring in the Streets!

This is a great annual street-theatre festival.

End May – early June : French Tennis Open

For all those tennis buffs who come from all over the world, you can watch the French Open at the Roland Garros Stadium [Stade Roland Garros].

2007 : Paris in May

From 11-05-2007 to 14-05-2007
3pm to 9pm

Each year a group of 250 artists open their 100+ art studios – this year’s theme is ‘Recycling’. Guests this year will also be the group Chave Mestra and the Association des Beaux Arts du Viet-Nam Hoy My Thuât. Additional bonus: Friday 11 May, a Brazilian fiesta in place Ste Marthe (10th) to get everyone bopping, and on Saturday 12 May there will be a big dance at place Maurice Chevalier (20th). A fashion parade showcasing the “recycled” designs will be on the Ménilmontant church steps.

Join in!

32, rue de la Mare 75020 PARIS
Metro : Ménilmontant
Information : 01 46 36 44 09
Booking :

May 18 to 20 – Courson-Monteloup (Ile-de-France)
“Courson’s Flower Show” – Set in a beautifully landscaped park, this flower show features exhibitors from throughout Europe carrying a large range of unique plants (bulbs, perennials, climbers, trees and shrubs, house plants, etc.). (French language only).

May 26 and 27 – Paris
“Printemps des Rues: Circus Festival” – A free outdoor festival of concerts, circuses, film showings, visual art performances, installations, forums, and more. This festival will celebrate its 10th birthday in 2007. (French language only).

May 27 to June 10 – Paris
“French Tennis Open” – The Roland-Garros French Open is the world’s biggest clay-court tennis tournament and one of the major sporting highlights of the year in Paris. The world’s best players come out to compete – an absolute must-see for tennis fans.