Paris Destination Guide

Fashion Week, Design Week and an abundance of international art fairs make Paris a supremely stylish place to be. Add to the mix an exciting programme of major exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists, as well as some of Europe’s most prestigious sporting occasions, and you’ll soon discover each season’s special appeal. Here are our favourite Parisian events to uncover.

MAY 21 – 26, 2019

Effets Matières

The annual international fine art and crafts fair, ‘Revelations’, returns to the Grand Palais this May, so to celebrate the event we’re hosting our own exciting exhibition in collaboration with the Maison Parisienne Galerie. Join us as we explore the craftsmanship of around ten talented artists, including Simone Pheulpin, whose stunning cotton sculptures will be on display throughout the lobby and first floor.

 

Tuesday, May 21 – Sunday, May 26, 2019
11am – 8pm

Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Complimentary admission

Until September 16, 2019

Préhistoire, une énigme moderne

Demonstrating the ties between prehistory and modern art, Préhistoire presents Palaeolithic sculptures, millennia-old engraved stones, polished flints, and Neolithic idols alongside modern works ranging from the 19th century to the 1960s. Discover how Picasso, Miró, Cézanne, and many more were inspired by their evolutionary roots.

 

Until September 16, 2019
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © iStock_GoodLifeStudio

 

Until May 27, 2019

Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés

One of the headliners of the 19th edition of Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Rymden, a trio of Scandinavian jazz virtuosos led by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, who’s won awards for his fresh style. Alongside great tunes, the festival commandeers some fantastic venues. From the grand Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe to an atmospheric old church, this is a rewarding acoustic exploration of Paris’ historic artistic centre.

 

Until May 27, 2019
Various locations around Paris
festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
Image © Geraldine Santin

Until May 27, 2019

Dimanches au Galop

Sundays are a good time to visit Paris in the springtime—specifically ParisLongchamp racecourse. Fun, family-friendly days out include entertainment from Longchamp’s very amenable resident unicorn Aralée Clair alongside the usual run of high-octane races starring the country’s leading jockeys and their steeds. Take a grandstand seat to toast the winner at the finish line.

 

Until May 27, 2019
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
parislongchamp.com
+33 (0)1 44 30 75 00
Image © istock_marlenka

Until June 2, 2019

Arte Opera Season

Occupying Paris’ most prestigious auditoriums—namely Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille—until summer, Arte Opera Season indulges those with an ear for classical music with a glorious repertoire. From Paris National Opera’s skilled sopranos to refined tenors and sweeping scores from across Europe, the season is a thrilling time for opera enthusiasts to visit the French capital.

 

Until June 2, 2019
Various locations around Paris
operadeparis.fr
+33 (0)1 71 25 24 23
Image © Monika Rittershaus

Until June 5, 2019

Evening Concerts at Musée d’Orsay

No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the grande dame of its galleries, the Musée d’Orsay. Step inside after dark to enjoy a spectacular programme of classical concerts and recitals by international performers in the Auditorium. This year’s Evening Concerts feature everything from opera to jazz, with performances usually starting at 8pm.

 

Until June 5, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © iStock_skynesher

May 20 – June 9, 2019

The French Open

The biggest international names in tennis go racket to ball in this year’s round of the Roland-Garros French Open. Last year saw Rafael Nadal claim the title for a record 11th time, while Romanian Simona Halep, who ranks first in the list of WTA players, won the women’s final after a tense match against Sloane Stephens. Secure a courtside seat to cheer this year’s winner.

 

 May 20 – June 9, 2019
Stade Roland-Garros, 51 Boulevard d’Auteuil, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
rolandgarros.com
Image © iStock_isitsharp

Until June 17, 2019

Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu

Spanning five years at the start of the 20th century, Franz Marc/August Macke. L’aventure du Cavalier bleu shows works by two major players in Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) Expressionist movement. Both producers of colourful, kaleidoscopic landscapes, it was their shared passion for French art—notably Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin — that inspired their friendship.

 

Until June 17, 2019
Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
musee-orangerie.fr
+33 (0)1 44 77 80 07
Image © Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Until June 17, 2019

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism

A varied body of 100 rare artworks that belonged to Samuel Courtauld showcases in Paris for the first time in 60 years as Fondation Louis Vuitton collaborates with London’s Courtauld Gallery. An affluent 20th-century English industrialist, Courtauld’s real passion was collecting art and he is thought to have ignited a taste for Impressionism in the United Kingdom.

 

Until June 17, 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
fondationlouisvuitton.fr
Image © The Samuel Courtauld Trust_The Courtauld Gallery, London

June 18 – 23, 2019

Men's Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2020

The elite of the gentlemen’s fashion world converges in Paris in June to showcase the sleek lines and trail-blazing styles that will keep the French capital cool next summer. Catwalk shows, star-studded parties and glittering events are rolled out across Paris’ most illustrious venues, from the gardens at the Palais Royale to theatres, pavilions and museums throughout the city.

 

June 18 – 23, 2019
Various locations
fhcm.paris
+33 (0)1 42 66 64 44
Image © iStock_Guasor

June 21 – 23, 2019

International Paris Air Show

The biennial air show touches down at the Aéroport Paris – Le Bourget with its usual daredevil stunts and skilled aerial formations. Over a century old, the International Paris Air Show is the world’s longest-running aerospace show, with impressive flying displays taking off every afternoon.

 

June 21 – 23, 2019
Parc des Expositions Paris Le Bourget, Aéroport Paris-le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget
siae.fr
+33 (0)1 53 23 33 33
Image © SIAE 2017_Anthony Guerra _ Alex Marc

June 30 – July 4, 2019

Haute Couture Fashion Week

The city’s pre-eminent celebration of high fashion, Fédération Française de la Couture’s Haute Couture Fashion Week makes its biannual return to Paris this summer. The most elite fashion houses and brands—including the likes of Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier—will send their anticipated autumn/winter 2019/2020 collections down the runway.

 

June 30 – July 4, 2019
Various locations around Paris
fhcm.paris
+33 (0)1 42 66 64 44
Image © iStock_DKart

July 14, 2019

Bastille Day

July 14 is the French National Day, celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789 that began the revolution. In Paris, the celebrations are lavish and wide-ranging, from a military parade along the Avenue des Champs Élysées followed by an aerial spectacular, to live concerts and a fantastic pyrotechnical display that lights up the sky around the Eiffel Tower.

July 14, 2019
Various locations
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Image © iStock_8213erika

Until July 14, 2019

Thomas Houseago – Almost Human

Trace the career of UK-born sculptor Thomas Houseago from his early 1990s sculptures to the mammoth installations he’s notorious for today. This strong and compelling collection explores his creative forays into wood, plaster, metal, concrete and bronze, with gargantuan figurative pieces dominating the Musee d’Art Moderne’s galleries.

 

Until July 14, 2019
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11, avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
mam.paris.fr
+33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Image
 © Fredrik Nilsen Studio _Adagp Paris 2018 

 

Until July 21, 2019

Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

Encompassing 1974’s abolition of slavery in France, the Harlem Renaissance, the avant-garde movement and more recent works, this exhibition focuses on how subjects of colour have been represented in art. It’s a provocative study of the political, social and racial undercurrents that propelled pieces by Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse among others.

 

Until July 21, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image
 © Musée d_Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais_Patrice Schmidt

 

July 20 – 21, 2019

Lollapalooza Paris

Lolla is global, but for two days in July the music festival is firmly French. Held at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Lollapalooza Paris’ crowd-pleasing line-up of artists and bands attracts around 120,000 spectators. Passes are available for one or both days, with exciting food and family experiences available for festival-goers to enjoy throughout.

 

July 20 – 21, 2019
Hippodrome de Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
lollaparis.com
Image © iStock_Slavica

 

June 30 – July 22, 2019

Paris Jazz Festival

The musically-inclined flock to Parc Floral every summer for a spectacular jazz extravaganza. Flanking the grand Château de Vincennes, the botanical gardens provide a stunning al-fresco backdrop to the Paris Jazz Festival’s thrilling line-up. Those in the know bring a picnic and a bottle of something special to enjoy alongside the excellent tunes.

 

June 30 – July 22, 2019
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
parisjazzfestival.fr
+33 (0)1 48 76 83 01
Image © iStock_Pornpak Khunatorn

Until July 28, 2019

Picasso and War

War and its devastation, peace and its symbols: the central thrust of Picasso and War is how major conflicts as well as periods of peace influenced Picasso’s works. The Spanish artist spent much of his life in France and lived through both World Wars, Cuba’s War of Independence and America’s war with Vietnam. Musée de l’Armée’s brings together paintings, press publications, photographs and private archive documents to navigate a dynamic that is rarely explored in this artist’s oeuvre.

 

Until July 28, 2019
Musée de l’Armée, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris
musee-armee.fr
+33 (0)1 44 42 38 77
Image © iStock_Elerium

July 6 – 28, 2019

Arrival of Le Tour de France at Avenue des Champs-Elysées

The world’s best-known cycling race, Le Tour de France starts in Brussels and traverses the Alps before finally racing into Paris, finishing at the top of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, underneath the Arc de Triomphe. The route is packed with spectators, giving the riders well-earned applause after three weeks of intense competition.

 

July 6 – 28, 2019
Various locations
letour.com
Image © iStock_saintho

July 12 – August 3, 2019

Festival Paris l'Été

 A summer highlight, the multi-disciplinary Festival Paris l’Été transforms the French capital into a thrumming playground of culture. From dance to opera, theatre to circus, the programme is wildly diverse, with performances held across the city, both indoors and in the open air.

 

July 12 – August 3, 2019
Various locations
parislete.fr
+33 (0)1 44 94 98 00
Image © Paris Summer Festival Rémy Legeay

Until August 11, 2019

Electronic Music from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk

The controversial electronic beats that skittered across dancefloors in Chicago and Detroit in the early 1980s changed the course of music history and marked the birth of electronic dance music. This aural retrospective honours the genre’s humble and boundary-pushing roots with a skilled curation by French sound artist Jean-Yves Leloup.

 

Until August 11, 2019
Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
philharmoniedeparis.fr
+33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Image © AFP_Charles Platieau

 

Until August 25, 2019

Calder – Picasso

Both Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) altered the way we perceive art. Now, with the beauty of hindsight, Musée Picasso brings 150 works and texts into focus to examine the dialogue between the two creative contemporaries: their meetings, their use of negative space, and their ability to produce obscure and often illusory viewpoints.

 

Until August 25, 2019
Musée Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
museepicassoparis.fr
+33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Image
 © Calder Foundation New York_ADAGP, Paris

 

August 23 – 25, 2019

Rock en Seine

The Rock en Seine music festival takes place on the edge of the city, within the leafy Parc de Saint-Cloud. The three-day event welcomes more than 100,000 music enthusiasts to enjoy dozens of big-name artists perform across five stages. Highlights this year include Aphex Twin, Foals and The Cure.

 

August 23 – 25, 2019
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, 92210 Saint-Cloudrockenseine.com
Image © iStock_Ilsegagne

August, 2019

Cinema by Moonlight Festival

Hosted at various scenic sites across Paris, including the Parc Montsouris and Place des Vosges, the Cinema by Moonlight Festival invites locals and visitors to enjoy the long summer nights with a series of twilight film screenings. Shows are complimentary, so arrive early to secure a seat.

 

August, 2019
Various locations
forumdesimages.fr
+33 (0)1 44 76 63 00
Image © Le parc de la Villette_Philippe Le…

August – September, 2019

Classique au Vert

Classical music concerts set a verdant floral expanse, Classique au Vert is the city’s al fresco celebration of the genre. For seven summery weekends while the Parc Floral is in full bloom, music enthusiasts are treated to exquisite recitals of popular symphonies as well as contemporary cutting-edge works.

 

August – September, 2019
Parc Floral, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
classiqueauvert.paris.fr
+33 (0)1 45 43 77 58
Image © iStock_GoodLifeStudio

September 5 – 14, 2019

Paris Design Week

A fresh instalment of Maison&Objet Paris Design Week slots into the vast sprawl of Parc des Expositions in September. Smart home accessories, cutting-edge designs and sleek soft furnishings fill the Objet wing, while chic interior styling ideas and décor trends make up the Maison section. Browse, buy and seek advice from the experts.

 

September 5 – 14, 2019
Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
maison-objet.com
+33 (0)6 29 84 16 29
Image ©  Boffi Parcours Showrooms_PDW

May 22 – September 15, 2019

Romantic Paris (1815-1848)

This opulent exhibition celebrates Paris during the three decades between the fall of Napoleon and the French Revolution. During that time, the French capital reigned over fashion, music and literature, encouraging artists and creatives from across the continent to cluster in the city and contribute to its thriving culture. The Petit Palais offers a glimpse of this glittering romantic heyday.

 

 May 22 – September 15, 2019
Petit Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris
petitpalais.paris.fr
+33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Image © iStock_Nastasic

June 18 – September 22, 2019

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

A key driver behind the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s, but less celebrated than her Impressionist peers Monet, Degas and Renoir, this exhibition honours Berthe Morisot’s prolific talent. Consistently endeavouring to ‘capture something that passes’, her work depicts the homes, private lives and holidays of the bourgeoisie with an intriguing focus on women’s fashion.

 

June 18 – September 22, 2019
Musée d’Orsay, 62 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris Cedex 07
musee-orsay.fr
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © Musée d Orsay

 

 

September 21 – 22, 2019

European Heritage Days

An extraordinary opportunity to view some of Paris, and France’s, most impressive buildings. Every year since 1984, on the third weekend of September, beautiful public and private palaces, chateaux, government buildings and embassies throw open their doors to the world for visitors to explore the art and architecture. Parisian favourites include the Élysée Palace, Senate and Hotel de Ville.

  

September 21 – 22, 2019
Various locations
journeesdupatrimoine.culturecommunication.gouv.fr
Image © iStock_Starcevic

September 23 – October 1, 2019

Paris Fashion Week

The biggest names in couture descend on the City of Lights to present their collections for Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020. Heavyweight French design houses such as Chanel, Givenchy and Christian Dior are joined by those from further afield, such as Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli, lending the style capital an extra splash of glamour.

 

September 23 – October 1, 2019
Various locations
fashionweekonline.com
Image © iStock_LightFieldSolutions

Until October 30, 2019

Musical Fountain Shows

The French gardens of Versailles date back to the reign of Louis XIV, and they certainly honour the monarch’s exacting tastes. The annual Musical Fountain Shows are a popular series of immaculately articulated water displays that bring the gardens to life. Lully and Rameau’s frothy scores are accompanied by choreographed sculpture fountains, with every Saturday night offering incredible displays of liquid and light.

 

Until October 30, 2019
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
chateauversailles.fr
+33 (0)1 30 83 78 00
Image © Thomas Garnier

July 5 – November 17, 2019

Dos à la Mode (Back to Fashion)

In collaboration with the currently under-renovation Palais Galliera, Dos à la Mode is all about how clothes look from the back. Trains, cut outs, clasps and patterns collide as the spotlight shines on a varied selection of garments. Haute couture gowns, military uniforms and straightjackets: the exhibition presents a collection of clothes from the 18th century to the present day.

July 5 – November 17, 2019
Musée Bourdelle, 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
bourdelle.paris.fr
+33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Image © iStock_CoffeeAndMilk

Until December 31, 2019

Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée (The Starry Night)

Van Gogh’s dreamy meadows and star-swirled skies are brought to vivid, colour-saturated life with L’Atelier des Lumières’ immersive digital display, projected onto 15,000m2/161,459ft2 walls. Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée is a 35-minute journey into the Dutch artist’s life and his most famous works, retracing his steps through Arles, Paris and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

 

Until December 31, 2019
L’Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
atelier-lumieres.com
+33 (0)1 80 98 46 00
Image © Bridgeman Images

Until January 5, 2020

Océan

Venture beneath the waves at this large-scale immersive exhibition designed to explore the broad biodiversity of the world’s oceans. Encounter giant whale skeletons, life-size models of great white sharks and schools of blue fin tuna alongside intriguing characters such as the deep-sea dragonfish, which produces its own illumination. Pop up above water to meet the polar bears and penguins.

 

Until January 5, 2020
Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
mnhn.fr
+33 (0)1 40 79 56 01

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Francis Bacon

Recognising one of the 20th century’s leading painters, this exhibition looks at Francis Bacon’s later works, created between 1971 and 1992, the year of his death. During this period, Bacon drew on prominent thinkers and writers such as George Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Friedrich Nietzsche, and polarised themes such as life and death, beauty and ugliness, civilisation and barbarism.

 

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
centrepompidou.fr
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Image © Centre Pompidou The Estate of Francis Bacon MNAM-CC

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Degas at the Opera

Grandiose auditoriums, extravagant attire, enthralled audiences, and impassioned performers—esteemed French painter Edgar Degas captured the essence of the Paris Opera in the 19th century. This major new exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay makes the Opera its core focus and examines the artist’s passionate relationship with the House.

 

September 11, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Musée d’Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
musee-orsay.fr
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Image © Victoria and Albert Museum London