Paris Culture and Events

Fete des Rois

1st Sunday in January (7 January 2018)

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 2018

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 - Tour de France

29 July 2018

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

Grape Harvest, Montmartre

October 2018 TBC

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.

Paris Jazz Festival

Mid June - Mid July 2018 TBC

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

Etes de la Danse

25 June - 7 July 2018

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/

Bastille Day

14 July 2018

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

12 - 19 June 2018

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

Salon du Chocolat

October - November 2018 TBC

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

6 October 2018

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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