2012 Paris Calendar of Events

January

 

New Year’s Day Parade
January 1 in Montmartre. Huge procession with jugglers, clowns and lots of music.

Manon
January 22 to February 13, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

The Queen of Spades
January 23 to February 6, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

Rigoletto
January 30 to February 23, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

Fashion Shows
-Haute Couture collections from Monday, January 23 to Thursday, January 26, 2012
-Men’s Fashion collections from Wednesday, January 18th to Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Chinese New Year Parade
Paris’Chinatown, in the Southeast of Paris celebrates Chinese New Year with paper lanters, dragon dance down the street. That’s a really colourful event. Metro: Porte d’Ivry, Porte de Choisy.

Classical music concerts in Paris

February

Holiday on ice Festival
February 9 to 19, 2012. Spectacular ice show.

Orphée et Eurydice: Pina Bausch
February 11 to 16, 2012. Venue: Opera Garnier.

Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2012

Carnaval de Paris
February 19, 2012. Paris Carnival.

Opera and classical concerts

March

Salon de l’Agriculture
An agricultural fair held at the Porte de Versailles between February 25 to March 4, 2012. It includes a Parisian favorite contest of the French finest breeding animals. A must see! Metro: Porte de Versailles.

The Merry Widow
March 2 to April 2, 2012. Venue: Opera Garnier.

Pelléas et Mélisande
March 2 to 16, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

La Bayadère
March 17 to April 15, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

Don Giovanni
March 17 to April 15, 2012. Venue: Opera de la Bastille.

Salon du Livre
Fantastic international book fair will be held March 16 to 19, 2012 at the Porte de Versailles. Metro: Porte de Versailles.

April

April Fool’s day,
April 1, includes jokes, paper fish to someone’s back. We named it in French Poisson d’Avril.

Foire du Trone
April and May 2012, Pelouse de Reuilly Bois de Vincennes. France biggest funfair, amusement rides, carousels…and fun! Metro: Porte Doree.

Marathon of Paris
Sunday April 15, 2012 starts on the Champs-Elysees and end at the Avenue Foch. Jog or walk approximately 42km (26 miles).

Foire of Paris
Huge exhibition. Includes many booths: home interiors, model of gardens, camping and outdoor activities, wine and gastronomy… from April 27 until May 8, 2012 at the Porte de Versailles. Metro Porte de Versailles.

 

Tour de France

Tour de France

May

Mayis an excellent month to visit Paris.

Fete du Travail
May 1st Day Labor Day , no work, people sell the lily of the Valley (Muguet). The French tradition is to offer this delicate flower to give luck to the people we love.

Nuit des Musees
Some museums will be open during the night on the May 19, 2012.

French Open Tennis Championship
Roland Garros open from May 20 to June 3, 2012. Buy tickets online at www.billetterie.fft.fr – Metro Porte d’Auteuil.

June

Juneis also a best month not too hot not too busy!

Fete de la Musique
On Tuesday June 21, 2012. The Capital is full of music, in parks, streets…

Paris Jazz Festival
From June to August. Why not to enjoy free concerts at the Parc Floral… Metro: Chateau de Vincennes

Classical Concerts in June at the Sainte Chapelle
and the St Ephrem Church

July

The Calendar events paris offers many exciting open-air events.

Carnaval Tropical de Paris
On the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.

July gets busier with tourists in Paris.

Festival du cinema
Night of the cinema.

Bastille Day
On July 14, music, dance, fireworks…most important national holiday and also my favorite of the Calendar events Paris. Metro: Trocadero, Eiffel Tower.

Tour de France
World greatest cycle race finishes on the Champs-Elysees.

August

Calendar events Paris: the month of August can be very slow in Paris. Parisians take their holidays during this month. August calendar events Paris still have very good festivals Quartier d’ete, Cinema au Clair de Lune

Rock en Seine
Three days of rock in August. Metro Boulogne – Pont de St-Cloud.

September

Calendar events Paris: this month, kids are back to school and Parisian back to work September is an excellent month for visiting Paris. The weather is not so hot and humid. Let’s see what’s happening in Paris during this month. Calendar events Paris big events:

Jazz de la Villette
Music soul, funk, rock at the Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaures. Metro : Porte de Pantin.

European Heritage Days
Famous sites and monuments can be visited for free like the Senate, Elysee Palace…

Fete de l’Humanite
At the Parc de la Courneuve.

Autumn Festival
Ballets, Drama…Theatre du Chatelet.

Journee du Patrimoine
Every third week-end of September places like the Hotel de Ville, the Palais de l’Elysee are opened for the public.

Fete a Neu-Neu
Huge carnival around the two lakes of the Bois de Boulogne in September and October.

October

Sleepless Night
Every first Saturday of October, Paris doesn’t sleep. Incredible night: Performances and best music.

Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre
Second week-end of October is the Celebration of the harvest in Montmartre’s vineyards.

Chocolat Festival
Salon Europeen du chocolat
. Metro: Porte de Versailles. One of my favorite of the Calendar Events Paris!

Fete d’Art Sacre
Festival of Sacred Art. Concerts and exhibitions held in churches in Paris.

November

Le Mois de la Photo
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie.

Armistice Day
Military parade from the Arch of Triumph down the Champs-Elysees on November 11.

Beaujolais Nouveau
November. The new wine Beaujolais Nouveau will be served for the first time in restaurants and cafes.

Paris Illuminations
End of November to beginning of January, 100 streets in Paris will be decorated with lights: avenue Champs-Elysees, boulevard Saint-Germain, avenue Montaigne…

 

 

Christmas Eve at Notre-Dame

Christmas Eve at Notre-Dame

December

Ice Magic
Sculpture Festival. Admission is free. Amazing ice scuptures along the Champs-Elysees Avenue between mid-November to January.

Salon Nautique de Paris
Nice boats show! International show held on December. Metro: Porte de Versailles.

Funfair days Jours de fête
Modern funfair with amazing attractions (the new rollercoaster) and stalls between Mid-December to beginning of January at the Grand Palais.

Horse Exhibition

Horse Exhibition
Salon du Cheval de Paris Beginning of December at Paris Nord Villepinte. Jumping Competition, World Arabian Horse Championships, breeding and driving presentations. Free shuttle from the metro Porte de Maillot.

Classical concerts. Many classical concerts are held in churches during Christmas time and New Year.

Illuminations of Paris. One of the best time to visit Paris is during the Christmas season.