Top events in Paris

List of the most important popular, cultural and professional events in Paris for 2022.

To help you plan your visit to Paris and organize your event, you will find below a list of events that take place every year.

Only the top events of the Parisian calendar are presented. Find the list of major Parisian exhibitions, Parisian sporting events and the complete agenda of trade shows and fairs held in Pairs.

January

Vitrine, Soldes © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Winter Sales

Every year, the Winter Sales begin on the second Wednesday in January, except if that day falls after the 12th of the month. In which case the Sales begin on the first Wednesday in January. Duration: 5 months.

February

Défilé du Nouvel An Chinois, Paris © DR

Chinese New Year

End January - beginning February. 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.



Vitrine Paris romantique 2012 par Pierre Hermé © OTCP

Valentine's Day: 14 February

The day for lovers. Red hearts and roses fill the shop windows.




Carnaval des femmes

Paris Carnival

Festive air in the Paris streets with festival walk, performances, musical parade ... The Carnaval de Paris takes place every year between the beginning of February and mid-March. 




April

Merry-go-round in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Foire du Trône funfair

End March to end May. A huge and celebrated funfair, situated on the Reuilly field in 12th arrondissement, it offers big wheels, spectacular and thrilling rides, traditional roundabouts (wooden horses, dodgems, etc.), haunted houses, shooting ranges to win cuddly toys, sweet stalls, waffles…



May

Paris, Musée d'Orsay © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

European Museums Night

European Museums Night (Nuit Européenne des Musées) is a cultural event. The public can visit Parisian museums and cultural sites free of charge. Many establishments offer a programme of special events for the occasion.



June

Paris, Montmartre, concert jazz © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Fête de la Musique

This 'celebration of music' event takes place around the world on 21 June (date coincides most often with the first day of summer), mainly in the evening and all night until early morning.




Soldes © Amélie Dupont

Summer Sales

Every year, the summer sales begin on the last Wednesday in June, except if this falls after the 28th in which case the sales begin on the next to the last Wednesday of the month. Duration: 5 weeks.




Rainbow flag © DR

Gay Pride

Last weekend of June.

Lesbian, gay, bi and transgender parade. Protest, fun, themed floats and electronic music.



July and August

Feu d'artifice du 14 juillet, Tour Eiffel, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Bastille Day: 14 July

The French National holiday celebrates 14 July 1789 and the French Revolution.  In Paris and all over France, this popular celebration is witness to spectacular firework displays and fun-filled dances on the evening of 13 July.



Paris plages, quai de Seine © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Paris Plages

Dozing in the summer sun by the water, taking part in an exciting beach volleyball match, getting a tan together whilst the kids play … In summertime in Paris, this is all possible with the Paris Plages event




September

Fashion week podium © Kris Atomic via Unsplash

Paris Fashion Week 

Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Paris with Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation.




Le Petit Palais, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Days of Heritage

An opportunity to discover, free of charge, marvels that are inaccessible during the rest of the year, in Paris and throughout France. Major private or official buildings open their doors to the public. It only takes place 2 days a year, the 3rd weekend in September.



October

Nuit Blanche, Panthéon, Ile Saint-Louis, Paris  © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night)

Visits of artistic and cultural Paris… by night.




December

Haussmann illuminations 2.0 © DR

Christmas in Paris

This is when you’ll find Christmas markets, decorated window displays at the department stores, illuminations along the Champs-Elysées or the Boulevard Haussmann, nativity scenes and midnight mass.