Paris Update Events 08.05.2023

Links to events happening this week in Paris

Through May 8

Retail heaven

You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store.

Porte de Versailles, Paris

May 11

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Apaches, directed by Romain Quirot.

Luminor Hotel de Ville, Paris

May 13

Late-night art

Museums stay open into the night for free and hold special events for the Nuit Européenne des Musées. 

Various locations, Paris & Europe

Through May 14

On tap

Local bars will feature craft beers May 8-12, and 50 French microbrewers will be on hand for the Paris Beer Festival (May 13-14) at Ground Control.

Various locations & Ground Control, Paris

Through May 14

Pop-up restaurants

Paris’s best chefs offer bite-sized samples of their fare for Taste of Paris.

Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris

Through May 14

African cinema

NollywoodWeek Paris promotes cinema from Nigeria and the wider African diaspora.

Cinéma l’Arlequin, Paris

Through May 14

Documentary photos

Love is difficult when you can’t touch. Two friends sit in a traditional restaurant waiting for their order in Tabriz, Iran, on December 1, 2014.

Photo Doc: an exhibition of documentary photos, plus round-table discussions. Free admission. Pictured above: “Free from Freedom,” by Farshid-Tighehsaz. “Love is difficult when you can’t touch. Two friends sit in a traditional restaurant waiting for their order in Tabriz, Iran, on December 1, 2014.”

Halle des Blancs Manteaux, Paris

May 14

Festival of Colors, Love and Spring

Celebration of the joyous Fête de Holi. Don’t wear your best clothes in case you are caught in a shower of color.

 Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris

May 13-15

Open Studios in the 20th arrondissement

Artists open their studios to the public for Les Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés.

Various locations, Paris

May 13-15

Specialty coffee festival

Paris’s bustling coffee scene is celebrated at Paris Café Festival.

Centquatre, Paris

Through May 15

Road trip through France

“Planète France” is an outdoor exhibition of photographer Loïc Lagarde‘s colorful travel shots of the regions of France, from Montmartre to Mont Saint-Michel. Pictured above: Notre Dame seen by Loïc Lagarde.

Bercy Village, Paris

May 10-17

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 18

Warner Bros: Fabrique de Stars

A retrospective of classic Warner Bros. films featuring such heavyweights as Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

May 12-19

Château concerts

Music in a magical setting as Musique de Fontainebleau welcomes Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann choir.

Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

May 13-21

Music festival

The Paris Music Festival presents every genre of music in a series of concerts.

Various locations, Paris

May 13-21

All things bread

Samples, stalls and more from Pantin’s bakers at La Fête du Pain.

Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris

Through May 21

Young European photographers

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

Centquatre, Paris

May 23-26

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

May 25-27

Climate change summit

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

Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris

May 23-28

More jazz

Internationally renowned jazz artists gather for the fourth edition of Festival de Jazz de Longjumeau.

Théâtre de Longjumeau, Longjumeau

May 26-28

Gallery walks

Explore dozens of galleries during Paris Gallery Weekend. 

Various locations, Paris

May 11-28

Experimenting with Sex

L’Image des Plaisirs: Sexpérimentaux is a retrospective of experimental films dealing with sex, an effort to disprove Godard’s statement, “No one knows how to film sexual relations.”

Cinémathèque Francaise, Paris

May 24-29

Go outdoors!

Guided walks, exhibitions, open gardens and more will take place across the country for Fête de la Nature. 

Various locations, France

Through May 31

Celebrating cycling

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


June 1-4


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 this lively quarter of Paris.

Various locations, Paris

June 2-4

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

May 31-June 7

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 travel.

Various locations, Paris

June 7-11

Cutting-edge creators

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

rand Palais Éphémère, Paris

June 9-18

Cello festival

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

Beauvais, France

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

Through June 30

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 locations, France

Through July 14

Arts on the move

The Moviment festival offers free, rotating art shows, performances, films and more Galerie 3 of the Centre Pompidou.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

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