Paris Update 18.05.2022

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Through May 22

Go outdoors!

Guided walks, exhibitions, open gardens and more will take place across the country for Fête de la Nature. Above: Events in the capital include a guided tour of Paris’s canals.

Various locations, France

May 22

World’s best movie theater

Un Dimanche au Cinéma: For one night only, the 2018 version of A Star is Born will be projected onto the Arc de Triomphe for the pleasure of all

L’Arc du Triomphe, Paris

Through May 23

Drawing fair

The Salon du Dessin presents 33 top galleries specializing in Old Master, modern and contemporary drawings.

Palais Brongniart, Paris

May 19-22

Festival of drawing

Contemporary drawing on show at the 14th edition of the Drawing Now art fair.

Carreau du Temple, Paris

Through June 21

Drawing season

Le Mois du Dessin becomes Le Printemps du Dessin: exhibitions and workshops highlighting this simple and accessible art form will take place across the country.

Various venues, France

May 21-22

Hat festival

French models present fashionable headgear during the third annual Festival du Chapeau.

Château de Cheverny, Loire Valley

May 21-22

Get walking!

The Journées Alptis de la Marche Nordique encourages people to try out Nordic walking, an easy and healthy exercise anyone can do in their community.

Various locations, France

May 19-22

Printmaking on parade

Galleries from across Europe present fine etchings, engravings and lithographs to celebrate the art of printmaking at the first Paris Print Fair.

Réfectoire du Couvent des Cordeliers, Paris

Through May 26

Made in France

Intarsia: contemporary art by Eva Nielson, inspired by her time spent with renowned French manufacturers.

Espace Forma, Paris

May 19

Pop-up Italian food fest

Le Food Market presents its Italy special: trattoria fare, pizza and more at a one-night-only event.

Boulevard de Belleville, Paris

Through May 31

Celebrating cycling

Mai à Vélo celebrates and promotes all things cycling. Events in Paris include tours and cycling challenges.


May 20-22

Documentary photos

Photo Doc: an exhibition of documentary photos, plus round-table discussions. Free admission.

Halle des Blancs Manteaux, Paris

Through July 13

The urban future

Architecture and urban design take center stage at the second Biennale d’Architecture et de Paysage.

Various venues, Versailles

May 19-22

Gallery walks

Explore dozens of galleries during Paris Gallery Weekend. 

Various venues, Paris

Through May 21

Jazz festival

Concerts, conferences and master classes abound at Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Various locations in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Through May 22

Cello festival

Concerts, dance and more at the Beauvais International Cello Festival.

Beauvais, France

May 20-23


Some 115 artists open their studios to the public for Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville, an occasion to discover not only artworks but also hidden gardens and courtyards in Belleville.

Various locations, Paris

May 19-22

Music festival

Every genre of music is celebrated during one weekend at Paris Music Festival.


May 19-21

Climate change summit

Entrepreneurs, activists and policy-makers working for the future of the planet come together for Change Now 2022.

Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris

Through June 18

Plays from all over Europe

The Chantiers d’Europe festival presents theatrical performances from across Europe.

Théâtre de la Ville–Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris

Through July 1

Culture for all

Mouvement E. Leclerc presents the latest edition of Festival Culturissimo, a collection of over 50 cultural events, including theatre and cinema.

Various venues, France

Through June 1

Butterfly trees

The trees in the Bercy Village shopping area have been decorated with butterflies made of biodegradable materials.

Bercy Village, Paris

June 3-5

Street art festival

Over 40 street art companies, including circus performers, dancers and puppeteers gather in the centre of Nanterre for the three-day Parade(s) festival.

Nanterre Centre-Ville

Through June 5

Irish artists in Paris

The Irish Cultural Centre is featuring exhibitions of the work of Siobhán McDonald and George Bolster

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

June 1-8

Local literature festival

The libraries, bookshops, museums and universities of Paris’s literary fifth arrondissement open their doors for Quartier du Livre, a week-long celebration of the written word, this year on the theme of writing about Europe.

Various locations, fifth arrondissement, Paris

June 9-12

Cutting-edge creators

The biggest and best in contemporary creation gather for the international art festival Revelations.

Grand Palais, Paris

Through June 4

Ukrainian cooks

Three refugees from Ukraine serve up their country’s traditional dishes at Daniel Rose’s restaurant La Bourse et la Vie, renamed La Borscht et La Vie for the occasion, with a portion of proceeds going to charities supporting victims of the conflict.

La Bourse et la Vie, Paris


Notre Dame in AR

The history of the iconic Parisian landmark, from its construction in the Middle Ages to the 2019 fire, is chronicled in augmented reality. Reservation required.

Collège des Bernardins, Paris

Through May 19

Un-still life

The thinktank Forum Vie Mobile presents The Lives We Lead, a photography collection documenting the changing, in-motion lives of a diverse range of people living across France.

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Through August 21

Inflatable art

For Pop Air, the artworks of 15 international artists are blown up and made inflatable for visitors young and old to enjoy. In collaboration with the Balloon Museum in Rome.

La Villette, Paris

Through May 22

Contemporary art festival

The first Festival Jeu de Paume is a multidisciplinary exhibition with photography, video installations, sculpture and performances.

Jeu de Paume, Paris

Through May 29

Young European photographers

The Festival Circulation(s) features the work of emerging photographers.

Centquatre, Paris

Through June 16

All things Ulysses

To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the publication of James Joyce‘s novel, Shakespeare and Company is holding a series of online readings.

Shakespeare and Company, Paris

May 21

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Les Passagers de la Nuit, followed by a Q&A with direct Mikhaël Hers.

20 Rue du Temple, Paris


Save the Musée de l’Éventail

A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help save the Musée de l’Éventail, Paris’s museum of fans and fan-making.


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