Paris Culture and Events

Fete des Rois

6 January 2017

If you’re in Paris on 6 January, you’ll find ‘Galettes des Rois’ king cakes - in the patisseries. These traditional Epiphany cakes celebrate the Kings visiting the newborn Christ. Made from puff pastry and almond flavoured paste, each galette contains a tiny charm (une feve).

With family and friends gathered, the youngest person hides beneath the table and decides who should have each slice. The person whose slice contains the ‘feve’ becomes King or Queen for the day and wears a paper golden crown.

Paris Plage

July - August 2017

Each summer, on the Right Bank near the Pont Neuf, you will find a stretch of man-made sandy beach, complete with palm trees and parasols for relaxing sunbathing. Petanque, volleyball and entertainment are available plus a swimming pool for cooling down in the summer heat.

Champs Elysees

23 July 2017

The final stretch of the Tour de France is along the Champs Elysees, together with the cyclists’ lap of honour.

Grape Harvest, Montmartre

October 2017

Once an important vine-growing area, just 1,500 bottles of Clos Montmartre wine are now produced each year. The festival celebrating its arrival includes a Bacchus parade, musicians, fireworks, regional produce stalls and of course wine-tastings. The festival is normally attended by the Mayor of Paris. As for the 1,500 bottles of wine, they are auctioned and the proceeds donated to local charities.

Night of the Horse, Porte de Versailles

End of November - early December 2017

As part of the annual horse show, the Nuit du Cheval is a colourful show with stunts, team riding and displays.

Paris Jazz Festival

6 June - 26 July 2017

Two months of free jazz weekends at the Parc Floral. This festival embraces jazz, blues, soul and funk. For more information visit the website www.parisjazzfestival.fr

Paris Cinema Festival

25 - 28 June 2017

Held in cinemas all over Paris with prices at 5 euros per screening. More than 450 films for the public to choose from, viewers are spoilt for choice. There's a variety of premieres, activities, outdoor screenings and concerts. Jackie Chan has been a previous past guest at this festival. This year will be the 13th anniversary of this festival.

Etes de la Danse

4 - 22 July 2017

A three-week festival featuring an impressive line-up of both contemporary and classical dance. Initiated in July 2005. the festival has become the great rendevous of the choreographic summer in Paris. If you would like more information then you can visit the website http://www.lesetesdeladanse.com/presentation/

Carnaval Tropical de Paris

4 June 2017

A colourful parade, with great costumes and plenty of music. For more information visit the website www.carnavaltropicaldeparis.fr

Bastille Day

14 July 2017

Paris is home to Bastille Day, a day of parades and firework displays to enjoy in memory of the 1789 French Revolution.

The Champs-Elysees Film Festival

Mid June 2017

The Champs-Elysees film festival held in Paris will give you an incredible film experience whilst also raising money for charity.

Salon du Chocolat

28 October - 1 November 2017

The world famous Salon du Chocolat exhibition is the world's largest event dedicated to chocolate, so is not to be missed by chocolate lovers!

The Nuit-Blanche Arts Festival

7 October 2017

The Nuit-Blanche arts festival, also known as 'white night' showcases art installations and performances- but with a twist, as the festival is held in the city at night. Many art pieces are held in shops and other public buildings who open to visitors with free entry.

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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