May brings with it the full arrival of spring as the parks and gardens of Paris burst out in vibrant shades of green. Spend time soaking up the sunshine while out sightseeing and visit Paris’ top sights before the summer crowds arrive. Antiques, contemporary arts, jazz and the excitement of the French Open are just some of the events on offer in Paris in May.
Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival
20-31 May 2016
Founded in 2001 and celebrating the great tradition of Paris’ famous Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood as the birthday of Jazz in France, the Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival celebrates its 16th edition in 2016. Check out the schedule for concerts and events taking place in historic spots, cafés and theatres throughout the Left Bank.
European Museums Night
21 May 2016
If your travels will take you to Paris on May 21st, rest up during the day to get ready for La Nuite Européenne des Musées, the European Museum Night, when museums stay open late and hundreds of special events are planned across Paris to celebrate. Discover the cultural heritage of Paris while enjoying concerts, fun events and free entrance to many museums.
27-30 May 2016
This trade fair focuses on natural and organic living, and gives you the opportunity to browse and purchase ethically produced products. The fair will take place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 10.30am until 7pm. Entrance is free and parking is available on site.
Antiquités Brocante at the Bastille
5-16 May 2016
Looking for something a little less contemporary? Then the Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille is the market for you! After the huge Marché d’Art Contemporain, the Bastille is transformed into a grand market with 480 stalls specializing in antiques and second hand items brought in from all over France. From antique mirrors to those charming French details to decorate your home, you’ll find a wonderful selection at the Antiquites Brocante!
Great Paris Steeplechase
21-22 May 2016
The Great Paris Steeplechase is a major spring sporting event in Paris, which takes place at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil near the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement. This horseracing track is designed exclusively for steeplechase racing. Before the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris begins, there is an equally grand Défilé des Drags, a parade of beautiful horse-drawn carriages from Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe to the Hippodrome.
Print Printemps des Rues - Street Art Festival
21-22 May 2016
This annual festival celebrates the art of street performance alongside the Canal Saint Martin and throughout the 10th arrondissement. The wonderful performances and festive atmosphere make this a fantastic way to spend the day. If you're in Paris this weekend be sure to pass through!
Roland Garros - French Open
22 May – 5 June 2016
The French Open, or the Roland Garros, is one of the most famous events in tennis that takes place each spring from May to June. This year’s French Open will run from May 22nd to June 5th when the clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros will be the center of attention for tennis fans in Paris and around the world. Experience a Grand Slam tennis tournament during your stay in Paris – just plan in advance to get your tickets booked in time!
Festival Saint Denis
26 May – 24 June 2016
This summer in Paris is an excellent time for classical music lovers to enjoy four weeks of world-class concerts at the Gothic Saint Denis Basilica and the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur.