Parisian events

End January - beginning February
Chinese New Year
The Chinese community in Paris, for the most part resident in the 13th “arrondissement”, holds its New Year celebrations. There is a spectacular and colourful parade, with dragons, music and traditional costumes.

Early April
Paris Marathon
30,000 participants, representing over 70 countries, to cover the famous 42.195 km around the most prestigious points in the city (avenue des Champs-Elysées, avenue Foch, Bastille, Nation, Vincennes, the Tuileries gardens, etc)

End March to end May 
Foire du Trône funfair
The “Foire du Trône” used to be held, from 1957 to 1965, on the cours de Vincennes and took the name Foire du Trône from the nearby avenue du Trône.A huge funfair, situated on the Reuilly field in 12th arrondissement. Big wheels, spectacular rides, traditional roundabouts (wooden horses, dodgems, etc.), haunted houses, shooting ranges, waffles…

1 May
“Fête du Travail” (Labour Day). On this day, sprigs of lily of the valley, found on sale in the streets and in florists, are given or received as gifts for good luck.

Last weekend in June 
Gay Pride : Lesbian, gay, bi and transgender parade. Protest, fun, and electronic music.

Canal en fête
This “green alternative” celebration has as its setting the Canal Saint-Martin. A mix of musical events, street theatre, toy-swaps for kids, attic sales, a village of associations, big and small, who protect the planet. Early June to early July

Foire Saint-Germain
A rich programme for the 6th “arrondissement”: antiques, books, ceramics, poetry, exhibitions, and also theatre and world music and classical concerts and French “chansons”.

21 June 
“Fête de la Musique”: free concerts throughout the city. Music of all kinds, from classical to techno, rock to world music, can be heard at every street corner. Parisians who sing or play music go down into the streets… 

End June – early July La Goutte d’Or en fête
Art festival celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity in this neighbourhood in the 18th arrondissement, defined by boulevard Barbès, rue Ordener, boulevard de la Chapelle and rue Stephenson. Theatre, exhibitions, raï, reggae, rap, gospel or classical concerts. This district’s name dates back to the15th century, when its vineyards produced a white wine known as “Goutte d’Or” (“drop of gold”).

Early July
Lavagem do Sacré Cœur
Procession through Montmartre and ritual washing of the steps of Sacré Cœur, organized by the Brazilian community of Paris. This event is inspired by the festival of the patron saint of Salvador da Bahia. Participants in this joyful procession, with traditional music and costumes, are all dressed in white and carry flowers.

14 July
Bastille Day: the French National holiday celebrates 14 July 1789 and the French Revolution. A huge military parade on the Champs-Elysées, in the presence of the French President, draws crowds of spectators. In Paris and all over France, this major popular celebration is witness to spectacular firework displays and fun-filled dances on the evening of 13 July, especially those held in local fire stations.

September 

Fête de l’Humanité (Second weekend in September)
Popular festival organized by the Communist party and the newspaper “L’Humanité”, which takes place in La Courneuve, in the north of Paris. Cheap snacks and varied concerts (rock, rap, world music…). 

Journées du Patrimoine - Days of Heritage (3rd week end in september) 
An opportunity to discover, free of charge, in Paris and throughout France the major private or official buildings which open their doors to the public. An event to be made the most of, because it only takes place 2 days a year.

Techno Parade
Electronic music fills the streets of Paris for this big parade. The young and young-at-heart come here to dance around the numerous floats.

1st or 2nd weekend in October
Fête des Vendanges
Montmartre holds its harvest festival for its little square of vineyards and the arrival of the latest vintage. An opportunity for a cheerful celebration.

Early October
“Nuit Blanche” (Sleepless Night)
Visits of artistic and cultural Paris… by night.

3rd Thursday in November
Beaujolais Nouveau: the arrival of the first AOC wines of the year. The whole of France celebrates the Beaujolais Nouveau it's a great occasion to celebrate with friends in cafés.