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What's On in Paris in March

What's On in Paris in March

Discover the first hints of spring as you stroll through the parks of Paris. Tourist crowds are still light in March and visitors can also enjoy festivals celebrating the arts, cinema and literature.

The arrival of March means that those lovely first signs of spring are just around the corner in Paris. Soon the trees will be blossoming, spring flowers will be pushing through the ground in the Champ de Mars and Luxembourg Gardens and the colors of spring will be in the air. March is full of festivals – books, music, cinema and arts. Find out all there is to see and do in spring in Paris!


 

Carnaval des Femmes

6 March 2016

This colorful festival dates back to the 18th century, when the washer woman working on boats along the Seine would crown one of their own a Queen for the day and dance until dawn. Everyone is welcome to enter the parade (men, too!) so put on your most fabulous costume and join in the festivities. Those wishing to take part in the parade itself should assemble at Place du Châtelet at 1pm, while spectators can watch the vibrant procession from 3pm.

Website: http://carnaval-des-femmes.org/


 

La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel

17 March 2016

Following the successful launch of this race last year, the Eiffel Tower will hold its second annual Vertical Race, in which athletes will ascend the 1,665 steps of the iconic landmark. The open architecture of the Eiffel Tower provides an uncommonly excellent view of the event, unlike most vertical races that take place in enclosed stairwells. Participation in the amateur race is drawn by lottery. 40 professional athletes from around the world will then race against the clock and one another beginning at 9.15pm.

Website: http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/news/top-story/288.html


 

International Tourism Show

17-20 March 2016

If you work in the travel industry you’ll be familiar with the Salon Mondial du Tourisme, the International Tourism Show, which is the largest travel fair in France. With more than 100,000 visitors expected, the show is located at the grand Porte de Versailles Paris Expo.

Website: http://www.lemondeaparis.com/


 

Salon du Livre

17-20 March 2016

Book lovers, authors, illustrators, agents and publishers from around the world travel to Paris in March for the annual Salon du Livre, the most important book festival of the year in France. Events include book signings, author readings, conferences, talks and exhibitions of rare items. The Paris Book Fair takes place at the Porte de Versailles Paris Expo. If you love books, this is just the place for you in Paris this March!

Website: http://www.salondulivreparis.com/


 

Cinéma du Réel - International Documentary Film Festival

18-27 March 2016

The festival has been an annual event since 1984, showcasing the works of leading documentary filmmakers and providing a platform for new directors to establish themselves. The festival takes place in several locations throughout the heart of the city and tickets are no more then €6 per person.

Website: http://www.cinemadureel.org/en


 

Easter in Paris

27 March 2016

Celebrating Easter in Paris with your family and friends is a memorable and fun experience! Enjoy easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral or a concert at Sainte Chapelle surrounded by the magnificent stained glass and enjoy an unforgettable Easter dinner in your beautiful Paris Perfect apartment. Don't forget the delicious chocolate Easter eggs and desserts in Paris, too!


 

Drawing Now Paris Exhibition

30 March  – 3 April 2016

Now in its 10th edition, the Drawing Now Paris Exhibition will take this year's event as an opportunity to reflect not only on the progression of contemporary drawing during the last 50 years but also the event's own development and achievements over the course of a decade. The event will be held at the beautiful Carreau du Temple, a covered market in the 3rd arrondissement, where the works of 400 artists invited from around the world will be displayed.

Website: http://www.drawingnowparis.com/?lang=en


 

Art Paris Art Fair - South Korea Guest of Honour

31 March  – 3 April 2016

The much-anticipated Art Paris art fair takes place each year under the soaring glass dome of the Grand Palais. Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, this year Art Paris showcases the work of artists from galleries throughout South Korea. At Art Paris you’ll find work by well-established artists alongside pieces by up and coming or new talents from around the world.

Website: http://www.artparis.fr/


 

PAD Paris - Art + Design

31 March  – 3 April 2016

This annual exhibition of art and design showcases an eclectic sampling of the most internationally renowned collectors.  Step into the intimate worlds they have created with their passion and skill in the decorative arts. The event takes place at the Tuileries Garden from 11am to 6pm.

Website: http://www.pad-fairs.com/paris/


 

Festival of the Imagination

Dates to be announced for 2016

The whimsically titled Festival de Imaginaire, or the Festival of the Imagination, celebrates music and art from around the world. The concerts, shows and lectures aim to broaden the view of world music and bring it to a larger audience. Events take place at the Maison des Cultures du Monde off Boulevard Raspail in the 6th arrondissement and other locations throughout Paris.

Website:  http://www.festivaldelimaginaire.com/


 

Orchestres en Fete

Dates to be announced for 2016

Created in 2008, the Orchestres en Fête is an annual classical music festival that takes place throughout France. Paris is the heart of the festival, which presents concerts by national orchestras in beautiful venues across the city, including Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité del la Musique, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and more.

Website: http://www.orchestresenfete.com/2015/


 

Printemps du Cinéma

Dates to be announced for 2016

If you love foreign films you will want to add Printemps du Cinéma to your schedule. This is a fun and popular three-day film festival that takes place in various small cinemas around Paris. Organized by the National Federation of cinema, tickets are offered at the excellent price of only €3.50 per session.

Website: http://www.printempsducinema.com/


 

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