From romantic snow in winter to sun-kissed spring, Paris is wonderful at any time of year. So when you’re planning your next trip, why not take into account the city’s packed year-round calendar? Its fab festivals, exhibitions, and events could prove a handy hook for a blissful break. Paris Perfect can help you work out what’s on or take your cue from these 2018 monthly highlights. We’ve selected some hot events through June below.
Need a stylish stay to match? Paris Perfect has gorgeous, central holiday apartments for rent, ideal for exploring the city on foot. Breakfast on your balcony at pretty studio stay Saumur, which sleeps two, on famous food market street Rue Cler. Also in the 7th, Left Bank lovely Viognier sleeps five with unbeatable views of the breathtaking Eiffel Tower. Bon voyage!
Malick Sidibé ‘Mali Twist’ at Fondation Cartier (until 25 February 2018)
A visit to dramatic contemporary art space Fondation Cartier in the 14th, by architect Jean Nouvel, is always a pleasure. Even more so when the exuberant photography of African talent Malick Sidibé, who died in 2016, is on show. Current exhibition ‘Mali Twist’ is a retrospective of his iconic black-and-white works and vintage shots from the Sixties and Seventies. Known as ‘the eye of Bamako’, Sidibé captured youth culture in Mali’s vibrant capital, from dance to music and fashion. On display are more than 250 photos including studio portraits, pool parties and picnics on the shores of the Niger. Inspired to snap up some fresh style looks yourself? The Paris Winter Sales are on until 20 February. Fondation Cartier, 261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014
Seal at La Seine Musicale (8pm, 28 February 2018)
For two thrills for the price of one, catch honey-voiced singer Seal at La Seine Musicale, Paris’s newest concert hall. The British soul and R&B talent is best known for the Nineties hits “Killer” and “Crazy”. Here, he’ll share tracks from recently released 10th album “Standards”, covering classics by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone. The striking contemporary venue occupies a former industrial island at the city’s western edge, redesigned by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Look out for the sail of solar panels rotating around the music and performing arts center’s glass dome. La Seine Musicale, Ile Seguin, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
“Delacroix (1798-1863)” at the Louvre (29 March-23 July 2018)
The Louvre’s big-hitter spring show is dedicated to one of France’s most influential artists. Inspired by Flemish and Venetian artists, painter Eugène Delacroix was the leader of the French Romantic school. “Delacroix (1798-1863)” will gather over 180 works by this passionate talent. Expressive brushstrokes, color and light were key to his dramatic art, which included iconic 1830 painting “Liberty Leading the People”. It shows Parisians taking up revolutionary arms, fighting under the tricolor banner in defense of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Religious and landscape works also feature. Musée du Louvre, off Rue de Rivoli, 75058
PAD Paris at Tuileries (4-8 April 2018)
Art and design devotees should make a beeline in April for PAD Paris, a must-see event for aficionados and collectors. Set in a pavilion in the elegant Tuileries Gardens, it’s an exclusive gathering of French, European and global galleries. The eclectic showcase spans modern art, tribal art, historical and contemporary design, decorative objects, ceramics, and jewelry. Snap up a ticket and shop for super-special souvenirs. The four-day event includes a VIP opening night, followed by a late-night opening, so get your glad rags on. PAD Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, facing 234 Rue de Rivoli, opposite Rue de Castiglione, 75001
The French Open at Roland-Garros (27 May-10 June 2018)
Spring in Paris may be for lovers, but it’s also for lovers of tennis. As the French Open hits town, the world’s best players descend on Roland-Garros for the year’s second Grand Slam. In 2018, King of Clay Rafael Nadal will look to defend his crown. Get up close and personal with courtside seats; tickets are cheaper for the qualifying and early part of the competition. You’ll also find sports bars and pop-ups across Paris sharing the games. Tickets go on sale online from March. Stade Roland-Garros, 2 Avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016
For more Paris inspiration see our new fully escorted ‘Secrets of Paris‘ tour, available to book for 5-12 May 2018. We have partnered with Mary Ann Grisham of Enchanted Traveler, to provide our guests with a fascinating small group experience. The tour offers VIP access and expert-led experiences beyond the well-worn tourist path including a visit to Monet’s glorious garden in Giverny, an intimate concert at St. Chappelle and a private French cheese master class – led by expert fromager Pierre Brisson.
We Love Green Festival at Bois de Vincennes (2-3 June 2018)
June is great for live music in Paris, with summery weather encouraging outdoor concerts. Expect plenty of free gigs, from jazz to classical and world music. Don’t miss We Love Green Festival, a fab two-day weekender in the 12th’s leafy Bois de Vincennes park. Held on Plaine de la Belle Étoile, 2018’s festival is headlined by Icelandic superstar Björk. Book quickly as tickets are on sale already. The line-up includes young and established names, including French hip-hop/rap artist OrelSan, and indie, electronica, and folk. Hidden mini-dancefloors, a banquet, talks, art paths and design installations add to the fun.
For more inspiration see our other blog post on fabulous Must-See Events in Paris in 2018. If you’re catching the February sales, we’ve also got a handy shopping guide to Designer Outlet Malls near Paris and read our list of other February events. Remember our Countdown Sale is also on now, with up to 25% off selected apartments for five-night stays from now until 28 February 2018. Definitely a bargain!