Best April Events in Paris: What's On?

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A shop window in Paris displays Easter chocolate treats.
••• A shop window in Paris displays Easter chocolate treats. Jim Linwood/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

Main Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Seasonal Events

  • Banlieue Bleues Paris Jazz Festival: From March 3rd through mid-June  the northern suburbs of Paris are brought to life with exciting jazz and blues performances. It's well worth the short trek on the metro.
  • Easter in Paris: This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 17th, with the bank holiday of Easter Monday the following day, April 18th. Be aware that many places in the city will be closed for the occasion, including restaurants and some tourist attractions (though generally not the most popular ones). See our complete guide for ideas on how to celebrate. 
  • Passover in Paris: Passover is celebrated this year from Monday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 18th, so find ideas on how to celebrate here.
  • Foire du Trone (Annual Paris Fair)
    Parents and kids can look forward to the annual Paris fair (Foire du Trône), which runs through the beginning of June and delivers all the traditional fun of a county fair, with Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and cotton candy all in abundance.

Arts and Exhibits Highlights This April

Retrospective: Eli Lotar at the Jeu de Paume 

Not many North Americans/English-speakers are familiar with the remarkable oeuvre of Franco-Romanian photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar-- but they should be. This retrospective at the Jeu de Paume National Galleries gives visitors a fascinating look at Lotar's singular perspectives on the world during the interwar period and his tremendous influence on artistic movements such as modernism.

 

Vermeer at the Louvre Museum

Whether you're a dedicated fan of the Dutch golden-age painter responsible for such masterpieces as "The Girl With A Pearl Earring", or are curious to see his work in person for the first time, this massive, much-awaited exhibit dedicated both to Vermeer and fellow Dutch masters at the Musee du Louvre is highly recommended.

 

The French Spirit: Countercultures in France, 1969-1989

Recently, an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on the spirit of the 1960s drew huge audiences; now it's Paris' turn to stage an exciting retrospective on French countercultures from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. From painting and multimedia installations to rock music, posters and photography, the myriad countercultural movements that sprung out of the May 1968 student rebellion-- and that were fed and informed by similar movements in Berkeley, London, and New York-- are on display in several fascinating rooms. The show at the Maison Rouge exhibition space is all the more recommended because the coveted institution is soon set to close, sadly. Go enjoy it while you still can. 

For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in Paris this month, including listings at smaller galleries around town, you might want to visit Paris Art Selection.

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Foire de Paris
This annual event at the Porte de Versailles convention center features expositions on home design, innovations in technology, world culture, and hobbies all under one roof. Eclectic types curious to learn about trends of all kinds will enjoy this event.
When: March 25th through to May 23rd, 2016.
Location: PARIS EXPO Porte de Versailles
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
Metro: Porte de Versailles
More information on this event

For a complete list of April events, visit the Paris Tourist Office Events Page.

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