Seasonal Guide 2018: Paris

The City of Light is offering up everything from five-star show jumping and landmark fashion exhibitions, to open-air musical spectaculars and food festivals. Navigate the season with this guide to the best events in Paris and don’t miss a minute of the fun.


Falcone art exhibition

Our intimate courtyard is aglow with colour and light this spring, as we welcome French artist Falcone to exhibit a spectacular display of colourful light sculptures. Created in partnership with the Mickaël Marciano gallery, this eye-opening showcase seeks to alter perceptions using LEDs, optical fibres and mirrors, creating an immersive experience that’s not to be missed.

Open every day at La Cour Jardin, 9am – 8pm

April 4 – 8, 2018

PAD Paris 2018

Found on the edge of the elegant Jardin des Tuileries, this year’s PAD Paris event has lined up a who’s who of local and international galleries to exhibit. In addition to the modern and contemporary decorative art and design, which is a particular draw every year, Primitive art will be given particular prominence at the 2018 edition.

Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

April 5– 8, 2018

Art Paris Art Fair 2018

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Art Paris Art Fair 2018 will host over 140 galleries from 20 countries worldwide this April. Its original mandate – showcasing the wealth of the French art scene – will be honoured with several French-inspired projects, including the VIP programme ‘Springtime in Paris’, which will also highlight the Swiss presence in Paris, in accordance with Switzerland’s role as this year’s ‘guest’ of honour at the fair.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

April 6 – May 4, 2018

Romeo and Juliet at the Opéra Bastille

Shakespeare’s “star-cross’d lovers” take to the stage once again to dance Hector Berlioz’s classic ballet at the Opéra Bastille this spring. A stylish, monochrome staging, the passion and poignancy of the performance shines through thanks to German choreographer Sasha Waltz’s beautiful take on one of ballet’s most famous productions.

Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

May 17 – 20, 2018

Taste of Paris 2018

Michelin-starred chefs and sparkling young talents alike will be showcasing their skills at Taste of Paris over the four-days of this French foodie festival. Cooking classes, tastings, a Champagne bar, and artisanal food producers are just some of the other highlights of this year’s event.

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

May 21 – June 10, 2018

Roland-Garros 2018

The French Open, known as Roland-Garros, is swinging onto the sporting scene over several weeks this spring. The Grand Slam begins in May with the qualifiers and the competition steadily heating up, before culminating in the much-anticipated Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Finals in June.

Stade Roland Garros, 51 Boulevard d’Auteuil, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

March 3 – July 15, 2018

Margiela / Galliera, 1989-2009

Encompassing the years 1989 to 2009, the Margiela retrospective at the fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, takes a close look at the elusive Belgian fashion designer’s approach to structure – both of garments and of the system he worked within – during that productive period. Over 100 objects, including special installations and silhouettes, will be on display, giving a rare glimpse into the career of a very private designer.

Palais Galliera, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris

March 28 – July 16, 2018

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch: The Russian Avant-Garde at Vitebsk (1918-1922)

Collections around the world have contributed pieces to the upcoming exhibition at the Centre Pompidou on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. Focussing primarily on the art of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, who were all involved in the Vitebsk School of Art, there will be over 200 works on display during the exhibition this spring.

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

March 29 – July 23, 2018

Delacroix (1798–1863)

Thanks to a collaboration between the Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, an expansive exhibition devoted to the works of French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix will be taking place this spring. Over 180 works from Delacroix’s long career will be on display, including many of his famous paintings.

Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

March 31 – October 28, 2018

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales at Versailles

A musical and visual extravaganza, the fountain show is set to period melodies, the water dancing to the music. The event takes place throughout the spring and summer in the remarkable gardens of the Château de Versailles, which, along with the gardens, are themselves listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

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