January’s Fun Things to Do in Paris List

Chic Shopping Paris

Chic Shopping Paris

Since Paris is the fashion capital of the world, why not experience it with a guided shopping tour from the professionals? Chic Shopping Paris has been featured in the NY Times, the Travel Channel, and more as a way to help maximize your shopping time in Paris. You can choose from themed tours such as “Made in France” or “Tres Tasty”, or build your own custom designed tour if you’re searching for something like a wedding dress.

Book your tour: http://www.chicshoppingparis.com/

 

On Rue Tatin Paris

On Rue Tatin Paris

Cooking enthusiasts will love this if they ever wanted to cook in Paris. Catch a class taught by Susan Herrmann Loomis that begins with an outdoor market tour shopping for fresh fruits, fish, meats, dairy, and breads. Then learn to cook with those ingredients.

Book your class: http://www.onruetatin.com/

 

Photo Tours in Paris

PHOTO TOURS IN PARIS

Photo Tours in Paris specializes in customized trips around Paris geared towards photographers. An award winning photographer, Randy Harris, leads the groups. You can either do a private tour, or a group tour with other photographers. The tour will help you see the sites in Paris, learn about photography, build your portfolio, and maximize your photo opportunities during your trip.

Book a tour: http://www.phototoursinparis.com/

 

Paris Authentic

PARIS AUTHENTIC

Travelers looking for the most authentic Parisian tour should check this out. You’ll travel in a 2CV car (shown above) and be taken to see the famous sights of the city. Hear anecdotes and ask questions on any Paris topic you may be interested in. You’ll also be given numerous photo opportunities and are sure to have the ride of your life!

Book today: http://www.parisauthentic.com/

 

Celebrating New Years in Paris

If you’re lucky enough to ring in the new year, or St.Sylvestre as the Parisians call it, while in Paris – you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do or events to attend. New Years celebration is taken to a whole new level in France, with St.Sylvestre celebrations beginning January 1st and lasting all the way through February 1st. During which time fireworks are set off, parties are held, greeting cards are mailed, and presents are gifted. There’s literally so much going on at this time of year, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here’s some key things to consider checking out on New Years Eve if you’re looking to make your celebration a memorable one:

Champs-Elysees – Champs-Elysees is basically party central in Paris on New Years Eve. Around 9pm people begin gathering here to celebrate until (and after) the countdown to midnight. The neat thing about this spot is you can also get a great view of the Eiffel Tower, which will burst into a colorful fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

The Sacre Coeur Cathedral plaza in Monmartre

The hill top views offered at this beautiful spot are perfect for New Years Eve because it offers a spectacular view of the Parisian skyline. You’re sure to catch any fireworks going on anywhere in Paris at this spot!

Dinner Cruises

Taking a cruise down the Seine River on New Years – that’s living! The Bateaux Parisiens or the Yachts de Paris boat companies both offer New Years Eve dinner cruises that include gorgeous night views of sights like the Notre Dame, Tuileries Gardens, and Concorde, gourmet dinners, musical entertainment, and champagne.

Lido

What better way to bring in the New Year while in Paris than at a cabaret? Lido offers classic Parisian cabaret and a special dinner and show on New Years Eve. Beware, it’s very expensive – $867 a head. But, the champagne, the show, the lobster, and the after party make it a worthwhile expense for some.

Clubs

Plenty of dancing in Paris on New Years! Check out some of these hotspots: Batofar, Nouveau Casino, La Fleche d’Or, The WAGG, REX Club, and Divan du Monde

~Be safe, and Happy New Years!~

 

 

 

Paris in March 2012

Paris in springtime – plenty to see, do, and eat. There’s also no small amount of local activities and unique Parisian events you can experience during March. Here’s our list of local happenings this month you should check out while in Paris.

Foire du Trone

If giant amusement parks are your thing, this is a must-visit. Held on the lawns of the Pelouse de Reuilly, this fair begins at the end of March and runs until the end of May. It actually dates all the way back to A.D. 957 from when farmers and merchants gathered to trade their goods. Acrobats, ferris wheels, fire eaters, carousels, and much more make this a pretty entertaining hotspot for a few months.

Banlieues Bleues

A jazz festival taking place between March 16th and April 13th that features an assortment of telented musicians from around the world. You won’t want to miss these smooth sounds!

Dancing Through Life

This is a wonderful exhibition that is being held at The Centre Georges Pompidou. It will feature influences shared between dancing and visual arts. Held through April 2nd, seeing the comparison of art and dance is a truly unique experience everyone can enjoy this spring!

Trompe l’oeil

Directly translated into “Tricking the Eye”, this is a show that opened in February of this year and runs until November of 2013. This exhibit has over 400 paintings, sculptures, and textiles that were crafted specifically to trick the eye. It’s being held at the Paris Arts Decoratifs museum.

Festival of the Imagination

Held on the boulevard Raspail and running from March 19th – June 17th, you can come explore cultural revolutions from the world over expressed in dance, music, and traditional displays. This is truly a unique festival for Paris, and anywhere for that matter. Something you won’t want to miss!

Salon Vivre aurement bio et nature 2012 trade show

Paris’s “go green” trade show! This is held at the Parc floral de Paris from March 16th thru March 19th.

La Bonheur Show

Presented by the Lido revue, this is a show that consists of 4 scenes: “La Femme” celebrating women and love, “Paris je t’aime” celebrating Parisian fashion and nightlife, “L’Inde Legendaire” celebrates Shiva and Indian culture, and “Reves d’etoiles” celebrating classic film and cabaret. Catch dinner while watching this unique Parisian show happening from January 1st through March 31st in the Chams-Elysees/Louvre district.

Tim Burton at the Cinematheque Francaise

Tim Burton lovers won’t want to miss this! Held March 7th through August 5th, this is an interesting look at this beloved filmmaker and director’s work through the years. Over 700 drawings, sculptures, models, film excerpts, and costumes featured!

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.

Visit Paris in 2011: Calendar of Events

Calendar Events Paris

Visit Paris in 2011

The Calendar Events Paris will give you all the information about festivals, parades, sporting occasions, funfairs, fireworks

Whenever you are visiting Paris, there is always something for you. There are events all year round

Always something is going on.

Spring is nice for shows, concerts and sporting occasions.

Summer is great for funfairs, open-air attractions

Autumn for exhibitions

Winter for shopping

January

Let’s look at the best Paris events

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

Fashion Shows -Haute Couture spring summer 2011 collections from Monday, January 23th to Thursday, January 26th, 2012-Men’s Fashion fall-winter 2011/2012 collections from Wednesday, January 18th to Sunday, January 22rd, 2012

Chinese New Year Parade Paris’Chinatown, in the Southeast of Paris celebrates Chinese New Yearwith paper lanters, dragon dance down the street. That’s a really colourful event, be here on January 23rd 2012. Metro: Porte d’Ivry, Porte de Choisy.

February

Holiday on ice – Festival Energia on Thursday February 10, 2011 to February 20, 2011. Where? At the Zenith 211 Avenue Jean Jaures Parc de Villette. Spectacular ice show with acrobats, the prettiest costumes. Reservation online www.ticketnet.fr or la Fnac Spectacles at www.fnacspectacles.com

Salon de l’Agriculture an agricultural fair held at the Porte de Versailles between February 19th to February 27th 2011.It includes a Parisian favorite contest of the French finest breeding animals. A must see!Metro: Porte de Versailles

March

Carnaval de Paris on March 6, 2011 the carnival Olympiades carnavalesques internationales, countries, cultures, music, dances and costumes, the route will start place Gambetta at 2:30pm (Metro Gambetta), north on rue Gambetta, right on boulevard Menilmontant, boulevard de Belleville, Belleville at 4pm, left at rue du Faubourg du Temple, Place de la Republique at 5pm, continue rue de Turbigo, rue Beaubourg, rue du Renard and end at the Hotel de Ville at 7pm (Metro Hotel de Ville)

Salon du Livre this fantastic international book fair will be held March 18th to 21st 2011 at the Porte de Versailles.Metro: Porte de Versailles

April

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

Foire du Trone is in April and May 2011, Pelouse de Reuilly Bois de Vincennes France biggest funfair, amusement rides, carousels…and fun! Metro: Porte Doree

Marathon of Paris on Sunday April 10th 2011 starts on the Champs-Elysees, end at Avenue Foch. Jog or walk approximely 42km (26 miles)

Foire of Paris is a huge exhibition with many booths home interiors, model of gardens April 28th to May 8th 2011 at the Porte de Versailles. 3 distinctive themes Home & Environment, Well-being & Leisure and World Cultures. Metro Porte de Versailles

Tennis at Roland Garros

May

May is 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 14, 2011

French Open Tennis Championship Roland Garros open from May 17 to June 5th 2011. Buy tickets online at www.billetterie.fft.fr Metro Porte d’Auteuil

Foire St-Germain antique and culture fair at St-Germain-des-Pres. May 21, 2011 to July 04, 2011. Metro: St-Sulpice.

June

June is also a best month not too hot not too busy!

Fete de la Musique is on Tuesday June 21th 2011. The Capital is full of music, in parks, streets…

Paris Jazz Festival from June 12, 2011 to August 01, 2011. Why not to enjoy free concerts at the Parc Floral… Metro: Chateau de Vincennes

July

World Dog Show at Paris Nord Villepinte on July 7 to 10, 2011. My favorite show of the Calendar events Paris 2011. I love to see dogs in Paris July gets busier with tourists in Paris.

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

Parade July 14

Festival du cinema: Mid July-end of August, big screen movie over La Villette Park.Metro: Porte de la Villette

Tour de France in July is the world greatest cycle race finish every year on the Champs-Elysees.

August

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 on August 26, 27, 28, 2011. Metro Boulogne – Pont de St-Cloud. Three days of rock concerts in Paris

September

Jazz de la Villette August 30 to September 11, 2011. Music soul, funk, rock at the Parc de la Villette 211, avenue Jean Jaures. Metro : Porte de Pantin

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

Autumn Festival Ballets, Drama…Theatre du Chatelet

Journee du Patrimoine 3rd wek-end of September. Open to public do not miss the Hotel de Ville, Palais de l’Elysee.

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

October

Sleepless Night, 1st Saturday of October incredible night! Performances…

Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre 2nd week-end of October.Celebration of the harvest from Montmartre’s vineyards.

Chocolat Festival Salon Europeen du chocolat. Metro: Porte de Versailles. Date: October 15, 2011

One of my favorite of the Calendar Events Paris!

November

Le Mois de la Photo is a photography festival during the month of November. Galleries and museums open their doors to this special event organized by the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (www.mep-fr.org). The Carrousel of the Louvre hosts an international photography show on November 1, 2011

Paris Photo at the Grand Palais between November 9 and 13, 2011 (www.paris-photo.fr)

Armistice Day a military parade from the Arch of Triumph down the Champs-Elysees on November 11, 2011

Beaujolais Nouveau new wine from a region of France called the Beaujolais is officially released on the third Thursday in November. The wine of Beaujolais will be served in restaurants and cafes

Calendar Events Paris

December

Salon Nautique de Paris You like nice boats! Go to this international boat show. December 11, 2011. Metro: Porte de Versailles

Horse Exhibition

Horse Exhibition You like horses! Don’t miss the Salon du Cheval de Paris located at Paris Nord Villepinte. Jumping Competition, World Arabian Horse Championships, breeding and driving presentations. Free shuttle from the metro Porte de Maillot.

Best tips of the Calendar Events Paris:

Be sure to check listings in Time Out and Pariscope at any newspapers stands in Paris.

The Passages, Bibliotheque Nationale and Bourse


Passages – MUST SEE NUMBER 19# Paris’s nineteenth-century arcades are gradually being restored to their former glory and are fertile hunting ground for curious and one-off buys.