Top events in Paris

List of the most important popular, cultural and professional events in Paris for 2017 and 2018.

Every year, numerous professional, cultural, artistic, and musical events take place in Paris. 

To help you plan your visit to Paris and organize your professional or private event in the best possible conditions, you will find below a list of events that take place every year.

January

Maison et Objet 

The Maison & Objet trade show, an important international event for interior design and decoration in the home. It brings together all the professions linked to home decoration and design. Held biannually, it has been described as "among the 3 most important European events for interior design ... a huge collection of innovation and talent all in one place. Venue: Paris Nord Villepinte.

http://www.maison-objet.com/en

Semaine du prêt-à-porter 

Detail of creation by fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris © OTCP - Stéphanie Rivoal

Haute Couture collections.

www.modeaparis.com/en




Winter Sales

Vitrine, Soldes © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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.





Grand Prix d’Amérique 

Course hippique © Thinkstock

The Grand Prix d’Amérique is the biggest harness racing event in the world. The pinnacle of the sport sees the top eighteen world cracks compete for the title over the classic distance of 2,700 metres.

http://www.prix-amerique.com/?lang=en

February

Chinese New Year

Défilé du Nouvel An Chinois, Paris © DR

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.

Valentine's Day: 14 February

Boite de chocolats © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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

Paris Carnival

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

www.carnaval-paris.org/

Salon international de l’agriculture 

Annual trade show dedicated to agricultural services and professions. It is the biggest agricultural fair in France. Venue: Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles 

www.salon-agriculture.com/

March

Paris Book Fair

Annual trade show dedicated to the book publishing industry.

www.salondulivreparis.com/

April

Paris Marathon

Marathon de Paris © Thinkstock

Bringing together as many as 30,000 participants, representing over 70 countries, to cover the famous 42.195 km around the most prestigious points in the capital.

www.parismarathon.com/ 

Foire du Trône funfair

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

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…

www.foiredutrone.com/

La Foire de Paris 

Commercial trade show for the public which takes place every year between the last week in April and the first week in May. It takes place at the Parc des expositions at the Porte de Versailles and brings together 20 or so trade shows around three themes: Home, Well-being and World Cultures.

www.foiredeparis.fr/

May

European Museums Night

Paris, Musée d'Orsay © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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

 www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr/

The French Open

Joueurs de tennis © Coka - Fotolia

International tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts at the famous Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The event is held every year in the last week of May and the first week of June.

www.rolandgarros.com/index.html

June

Fête de la Musique

Paris, Montmartre, concert jazz © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

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.

http://fetedelamusique.culture.com/

Paris Air Show le Bourget

More commonly known as the Salon du Bourget, Paris Air Show, or SIAE. This is one of the most important international events for showcasing aeronautical and spatial equipment and takes place at Le Bourget airport. It is organized every two years (years with even numbers).

www.salon-du-bourget.fr/

Summer Sales

Vitrine, Soldes © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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.

Gay Pride

Last weekend of June.

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

http://marche.inter-lgbt.org/

July and August

Bastille Day: 14 July

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

The French National holiday celebrates 14 July 1789 and the French Revolution.  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.

Arrivée du Tour de France 

Tour de France, avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris © OTCP - Stefan Kraus

The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. Since 1975 the finish line has been on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

www.letour.fr

Paris Plages

Paris plages, quai de Seine © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

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




September 

Maison et Objet

Maison et Objet is a major French trade fair for interior design. Held biannually, it has been described as 'among the 3 most important European events for interior design' ... a huge collection of innovation and talent all in one place. Venue: Paris Nord Villepinte.

http://www.maison-objet.com/en

Paris Motor Show

The world's leading motor exhibition, the Paris Motor Show takes place every two years (even numbers), in October in Paris, at the Parc des Expositions in the Porte de Versailles.

www.mondial-automobile.com

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. 

 www.modeaparis.com

Days of Heritage

Le Petit Palais, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

A unique 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.

 www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/

Techno Parade 

mid-September.

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.

www.technoparade.fr/

« Tous au restaurant »  

Assiette, couverts, verres © Thinkstock

‘Votre invité est notre invité [your guest is our guest]’. This is the invitation thrown out by hundreds of restaurateurs who take part in the annual event ‘Tous au restaurant’, in September.

www.tousaurestaurant.com/

October

FIAC Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain  

Major contemporary art event that takes place every year in October in Paris. Over several days, this art fair is a hub for international gallery owners, collectors, curators, museum directors and personalities from the international contemporary art world.

www.fiac.com

 

SIAL – Global food Market Place

The ‘Salon international de l’alimentation’ is a professional trade show for the food industry. It takes place every two years (on years with even numbers). SIAL, the world’s largest food exhibition.

www.sialparis.com/

Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night)

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

early October. Visits of artistic and cultural Paris… by night.

Fête des vendanges de Montmartre

Défilé des confréries vineuses lors de la Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, Paris © DR

1st or 2nd weekend in October.

Montmartre holds its harvest festival for its little square of vineyards and the arrival of the latest vintage. An opportunity for a cheerful celebration.

http://fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/

Qatar, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - Horse racing

Course hippique © Thinkstock

The most prestigious flat race in the world. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend is a global event that is watched by almost a billion people in over 30 countries. Over the weekend, 600 journalists and 60,000 spectators will flock to Longchamp racecourse

www.prixarcdetriomphe.com/

November

Batimat

BATIMAT provides a powerful boost for the spread of new products through the building market and a real springboard for manufacturers who are launching innovations.

www.batimat.com/

December

Christmas in Paris

Christmas lights, rue de la Paix, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

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