Paris Update Events 20.05.2024

Links to events happening this week in Paris

May 23

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Madame Hoffman, directed by Sébastien Lifshitz.

Luminor, Paris

May 25

Champagne à gogo

Meet producers, taste their bubbles and attend master classes at the Champagne Tasting fair.

Palais Brongniart, Paris

May 20-26

Brewer’s bash

Local bars will feature craft beers May 20-26, and 60 French microbrewers will be on hand for the Paris Beer Festival (May 25-26) at Ground Control.

Various locations & Ground Control, Paris

May 24-26

Gallery walks

Explore dozens of modern and contemporary art galleries during Paris Gallery Weekend. 

Various locations, Paris

May 26

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 26

Gigantic picnic on the avenue

The Champs-Élysées will turn into a picnic site for 4,000 people, complete with a red checkered tablecloth, for Le Grand Pique-nique des Champs. Picnic baskets prepared by Parisian chefs will be handed out to the lucky winners of the online drawing. Go to the website to participate.

Do thatChamps-Élysées, Paris

May 22-26

Go outdoors!

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

Various locations, France

May 23-26


Some 150 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

Through June 2

Young European photographers

The Festival Circulation(s) features the work of emerging photographers. Pictured: “Ilinx” by Jeremy Appert.

Centquatre, Paris

Through June 2

Indoor/outdoor street art

The Colors festival invites street artists to decorate an abandoned house, this one in a Paris suburb. Reserve online.

37, ave. Roger Salengro, Champigny-sur-Marne

May 31-June 2

Gardens galore

For the Rendez-vous aux Jardins, public and private gardens all over France open their gates and offer educational tours, concerts, tastings and more. The Château de Chantilly, for example, will offer guided tours, a concert and other activities in its stately gardens. This year’s theme is the five senses.  

Various locations, France

May 31-June 2

Street art festival

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

Nanterre Centre-Ville

May 31-June 2

Art & history in Fontainebleau

This year’s guest country is Mexico and the subject is sports at this year’s Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art, a weekend of free conferences, debates and guided tours celebrating art new and old.

Château de Fontainebleau

May 31-June 2

Charity fashion sale

Hundreds of fashion brands, including agnès b., Chloé and Christian Louboutin, have donated clothing to be sold at a 70 percent discount at the Grande Braderie de la Mode de AIDES. Admission: €2.

Château de Fontainebleau

May 29-June 5

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.

Various locations, Paris

June 2-7

Literary lessons

This year’s weeklong Paris Writers Workshop will feature small-group masterclasses, agent consultations, panel discussions, and more. The Fiction/Novel and Creative Nonfiction masterclasses are full, but there are still a few spaces in Screen and TV Writing (Diane Lake), Short Fiction (Kevin Brockmeier), Travel Writing (Don George), and Poetry (Heather Hartley). Open to writers of all levels.

Reid Hall, Paris

May 20-June 8


Mises en Capsules presents the best in short performance pieces.

Théâtre Lepic, Paris

May 31-June 9

Cello festival

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

Beauvais, France

June 7-16

Meet the trees

The festival Les Nuits des Forêts will draw visitors into French forests with exhibitions, shows and immersive events, by day and by night.

Domaine départemental, Sceaux

June 13-16

Jazz in the park

Food trucks and a bar will be onsite at the outdoor Sceaux Jazz Festival, 

Domaine départemental, Sceaux

Through June 21

Drawing season

Le Printemps du Dessin presents exhibitions and workshops highlighting this accessible art form across the country.

Various locations, France

Through June 22-July 6

Local Olympics

Paris offers ordinary citizens the chance to participate in its Olympiades des Arrondissements and win tickets to the real thing. Sign up online to participate or to reserve free tickets for the events.

Various locations, Paris

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