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
26 March 2017
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.
La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel
16 March 2017
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.
International Tourism Show
16-19 March 2017
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.
Salon du Livre
24-27 March 2017
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!
Cinéma du Réel - International Documentary Film Festival
24 March 2017 - 2 April 2017
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.
Drawing Now Paris Exhibition
23-26 March 2017
Now in its 11th 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.
Art Paris Art Fair - South Korea Guest of Honour
30 March – 2 April 2017
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.
PAD Paris - Art + Design
22-26 March 2017
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.
Printemps du Cinéma
Dates to be announced
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.