When to Visit Paris

Catch the best events and festivals each month in the City of Light. Here is what's on in the French capital throughout the year so you can make the most of your time in Paris.

When to Visit Paris

Paris has so much to offer throughout the year. If you’re planning an upcoming holiday or trying to determine what time of year is right for you, we’ve put together a list of what’s on in Paris throughout the year to help with your travel planning. For more information on events, festivals and fun things to do in Paris, simply click through to the month of your stay for tips and ideas for enjoying an unforgettable Paris vacation!


January in Paris kicks off with a bang with the city's New Year's Day parade! Fashion takes center stage for the Haute Couture shows at Paris Fashion week. For shoppers, January is one of the best months to be in Paris to take advantage of the Soldes, the after holiday winter sales that Parisians adore. Enjoy peaceful moments at famous museums and few lines during this quiet time of year in Paris.

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February is the most romantic time to be in Paris as the city celebrates Valentine's Day. Whether you’re coming for the romance (and chocolate!) or simply to savor a quiet afternoon in a café with a vin chaud, Paris is yours to discover in February without the high season crowds.

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The first signs of spring in Paris arrive in March as the city comes to life with fairs, exhibition openings and fun events. The Paris Book Fair is one of the biggest annual book fairs and is just one of the many fairs that attract visitors from around the world. Enjoy the spring thaw in one of Paris’ beautiful parks or gardens on a sunny day.

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As spring blossoms, April brings exciting outdoor festivals and fun to Paris. Enjoy pretty blossoms around Notre Dame, stroll along the Seine, cheer on the runners in the Paris Marathon or have fun with the whole family at the Foire du Trone fair that brings the rides, carousels and fun of a country fair to Paris.

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May is a fabulous month to travel to Paris as the weather is beginning to warm up and it’s not as busy as the summer months. Pack a picnic and head to one of the parks or gardens in Paris for a leisurely picnic outdoors. Enjoy the Versailles Jazz Festival or take in all the excitement of the French Open, held the last week of May in Paris.

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June is one of the best times to visit Paris in the summer. The warmer weather brings travelers and Parisians out to enjoy the city’s great outdoor spots and beautiful parks and gardens. Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy a picnic or people watching at a Paris café. June is packed with musical events, festivals and fun ways to enjoy the summer in Paris.

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July is when summer kicks into high gear in Paris with festivals, the lively Carnaval Tropical and all the excitement of the Bastille Day celebrations on the 14th. Soak up the sun at the Paris Plages beaches built along the Seine, shop away at the summer Soldes or find a perfect spot to watch the grand finale of the Tour de France. There are so many choices for how to enjoy Paris in the summer!

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August is the warmest month of the year in Paris and the time when many Parisians leave the city for summer holidays. Enthusiastic travelers from around the world bring a cheery atmosphere, and August in Paris is a festive and fun month with plenty of open-air cinemas and free music events to enjoy.

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As Parisians start back to work and school, September is a great month to experience a more authentic Paris atmosphere while still enjoying warmer weather. Savor the last moments of summer in the city’s beautiful gardens and explore the top museums and monuments with fewer crowds.

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The brilliant hues of autumn color Paris in yellow, orange and red during the month of October. While the singers croon about April in Paris, we find autumn one of loveliest months of the year in the City of Light. Stroll through the falling leaves in the Champ de Mars gardens near the Eiffel Tower or enjoy the autumn colors at the Luxembourg Gardens as autumn puts on its yearly show in Paris.

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Ar lovers and travelers in search of a relaxed holiday without crowds will enjoy November in Paris.  Explore Paris' famous museums and small galleries to admire your favorite works during this peaceful time of year.  Experience a bit of pomp and grandeur during the annual Armistice Day parade down the Champs-Elysées on the 11th or try the new Beajolais Nouveau wines during November in Paris.

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With Christmas in the air, December is one of the most magical times to visit Paris. Stroll along the beautiful Champs-Elysées festooned with thousands of dainty Christmas lights, buy a quaint gift at one of the many Christmas markets or marvel at the wonderful Christmas windows at two of Paris' biggest department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Ring in the New Year in one of the most romantic cities in the world!

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