Paris Festivals

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Festivals in Paris

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Art Paris Art Fair

Art Paris Art Fair

Join more than 50,000 artists, art patrons and devotees for four days each March, as they descend upon the city of light for the annual Art Paris Art Fair. Art Paris brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the celestial dome of the Grand Palais, presenting a wide-ranging panorama of modern and contemporary art that includes photography, design and art publishing.

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Europe France Paris Art Festivals Photography Festivals March
Bastille Day (Paris)

Bastille Day (Paris)

France's national day, Bastille day, celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, and with it the start of the French Revolution. Formal celebrations kick off with a military parade beginning at 10am along, and fly-past at 11am above, the Champs-Elysees. In the evening red, white and blue fireworks light up the sky over the Eiffel Tower and River Seine as hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists cram the streets and set up picnics on every available square foot of grass within the 7th Arrondissement. The party continues late into the night as Paris' fire stations hold their annual Bats des Pompiers or Firemen's Balls, giving revellers the opportunity to drink and dance with the locals until the early hours of the morning.

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Europe France Paris National Festivals Street Parties Fireworks Festivals July
Fete de Ganesh

Fete de Ganesh

Paris' 18th arrondissement takes on a touch of Mumbai for a day each August during the annual Hindu, Fête de Ganesh. Following a ceremony at the Sri Manicka Vinayakar Alayam Temple a colourful procession takes to the streets in a celebration of the elephant-headed and human-bodied Lord Ganesh — the Remover of Obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

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Europe France Paris Religious Events Street Parades August
Paris Air Show

Paris Air Show

Established way back in 1909 — a mere six years after Orville and Wilbur Wright briefly took to the skies over Kitty Hawk — the Paris Air Show is the oldest and largest air show in the world. Today, the biennial event (held every odd year) takes place over a week in June at Le Bourget Airport in north Paris. The first four days are devoted to trade but the final three are open to the public. Visitors come in their droves to take in more than 150 aircraft doing their thing in the air and being exhibited on the ground.

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Europe France Paris Air Shows Family Festivals June
Paris Autumn Festival

Paris Autumn Festival

The Festival d' Automne à Paris — Paris Autumn Festival — has been doing its part adding to the cultural landscape of the city of light for over 40 years. In 1972, les Semaines Musicales Internationales (The Weeks of International Music) and the International Dance Festival were combined to create the Festival d' Automne à Paris. Today the festival spans genres from theatre through dance, music and film. Their programme runs from early September to mid-January and attracts more than 100,000 visitors to more than 40 separate shows.

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Europe France Paris Performing Arts Festivals Dance Festivals September
Paris Beaches (Paris Plages)

Paris Beaches (Paris Plages)

There's no doubting that Paris is one of the world's most loved and iconic tourist destinations. The attractions are almost endless — there's the Louvre, the Left Bank, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, heck you can fill a book with things to do in the City of Light. And since 2002, you can add the beach to that list. The beach? In Paris? It's true, for a month during summer at least (mid-July through mid-August). The banks of the Seine look more like Brittany than Paris as sandy beaches, deck chairs and beach umbrellas transform the riverbank from the Louvre to Pont de Sully and from Rotonde de Ledoux to the former Magasins Généraux. There's plenty of entertainment and beach-based pastimes added to the mix, as well as a number of food vendors and the ubiquitous summertime ice-cream sellers. So apply a little factor 15, grab your towel and make a beeline to Paris' beaches.

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Europe France Paris Summer Festivals July
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

If you've a passion for fashion and a penchant to party, then Paris' biannual celebration of haute couture is the place to see and be seen. Paris Fashion Week has been setting trends in the industry since Armani was in designer nappies. What can an attendee expect? Catwalk shows from the major fashion houses, plenty of bubbly and for those in the know at least, parties where no expense has been spared. A little tip: leave the denim at home.

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Europe France Paris Fashion Festivals July
Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

Can you tell your camshaft from your catalytic converter? If all things vehicular get your motor running, then the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile) is definitely worth at least a day of your time. Held every even number year on and off since, get this, 1898, the Paris Motor Show is the Ferrari of European car shows. For a little over two weeks at Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, all the major manufacturers or on hand with their latest production models buffed to perfection, to discuss all things auto with visitors from Europe and beyond. Each year there's a themed historical exhibition and the launch of a bunch of concept cars.

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Europe France Paris Motor Shows October
Paris Photo

Paris Photo

Year on year Paris Photo adds to its reputation as one of the world's premier fine art photography fairs. The magnificent glass-roofed, Grand Palais, the setting of the Fair, certainly does nothing to harm that reputation. Last year more than 50,000 visitors, from Paris, France, Europe and beyond took in more than 130 photo galleries and the titles on display from some 28 photo-book specialists. Works on offer range from classic platinum archival prints to modern works by photography's up-and-comers. A wonderful day out for all photography lovers.

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Europe France Paris Photography Festivals Art Festivals November
Paris Techno Parade

Paris Techno Parade

If being part of an immense sweaty throng moving to a single electronic beat is your thing, head to the City of Lights this September for the Paris Techno Parade. On the second or third Saturday of September since 1998, up to a dozen lively floats cut a swathe through the capital blasting out tunes from some of the worlds most renowned disk spinners to crowds in excess of 3000,000. At night, the party turns it's attention to local clubs where the action continues until day break. So pack your toothbrush, your dance shoes and a bouncy disposition — forget the pyjamas — and head to the Paris Techno Parade.

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Europe France Paris Electronic Dance Music Festivals Street Parades September
Tour de France

Tour de France

No sporting event evokes the national interest like the Tour de France does in its homeland. Le Tour is a French institution, a massive event on any scale and a phenomenon as intriguing as any on the world sporting calendar. Over 23 days and 21 stages through the full gamut of terrain, weather and road conditions Le Tour is the ultimate endurance test for any cyclist and a great place to see the French and their captivating country at it's very best. Although the overall Tour placings are typically settled before the final stage into Paris, it's still great place to snatch of glimpse of the flying metal and lycra.

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