The Best March Events in Paris

2018 Guide

A traditional Irish pub in Paris France
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Main Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Seasonal Events and Festivals:

Saint Patrick's Day: Paris has a lively Irish community, making celebrating St. Patrick's day in Paris a memorable experience. From concerts and shows for where to party and nurse a good Guinness until the wee morning hours, our guide to celebrating the "green man" in the French capital is essential.

Dancing on tables near closing time is not uncommon, but isn't obligatory.  

Banlieue Bleues Paris Jazz Festival: From March 16th through 18th, the northern suburbs of Paris are brought to life with exciting jazz and blues performances, with appearances from both well-established artists and rising stars. One of the city's most vibrant international music events of the year, It's well worth the short trek on the metro, especially for the die-hard jazz fans among you. 

Arts and Exhibits Highlights in March 2018:

Being Modern: MOMA at the Fondation Louis Vuitton 

One of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year, the MOMA at the Fondation Vuitton features hundreds of remarkable works of art generally housed at the world's largest modern art museum in New York City. From Cezanne to Signac and Klimt, to Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson and Jackson Pollock, many of the 20th century's most important artists and their work are highlighted at this exceptional show.

Make sure to reserve tickets well ahead to avoid disappointment. 

The Art of Pastel, from Degas to Redon  

Compared to oils and acrylics, pastels tend to be seen as a less "noble" material for painting, but this exhibit proves that all wrong.

The Petit Palais' look at magnificent pastels from nineteenth century and early twentieth-century masters including Edgar Degas. Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt and Paul Gaugin will make you see the world in a softer-- and quietly sublime-- light. 

Mary Cassatt, an American Impressionist 

Also highlighted in the aforementioned show at the Petit Palais, the American painter Mary Cassatt is the subject of an exclusive retrospective at the wonderful Musee Jacquemart-Andre. One of the most under appreciated Impressionists, Cassatt contributed greatly to the experimental form of painting that once inspired repulsion in art critics but went on to gain global recognition and adoration. This retrospective is a chance to focus on her complex and stirring oeuvre. 

Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch

The Centre Georges Pompidou is dedicated one of its large wings to these three major artists from the Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century. The show offers a fascinating look at the emergence of the "Vitebsk" school starting in 1918, and marking a remarkable period of artistic innovation at the dawn of the USSR.

While Chagall has gained worldwide acclaim and recognition, the exhibit gives visitors an in-depth understanding of other important artists in the movement whose work has enjoyed less renown. For anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century avant-garde movements, this exhibit is a must-see.  

Retrospective: César 

The Centre Georges Pompidou's much-awaited retrospective on the sculptor and illustrator César Baldaccini promises to highlight the artist's work in new angles, and to new audiences. Widely considered one of the most innovative sculptors of the modern era, "César" began his career as an illustrator before moving into sculpted pieces; his design of the trophy for the French film festival that bears his name is but one example.

The show at the Pompidou collects under a single roof some 100 works from global collections, and is anticipated by many as the exhibit of the season.

Dates: Through March 26th, 2018 

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.


Trade Shows

  • Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre)
    When: March 17th-20th, 2016
    Paris' annual book fair reunites readers and authors in an exciting show featuring readings and book signings, conferences, and access to rare and collector's items. A must for bibliophiles. See more about the 2016 Salon du Livre here (updates soon)
  • Art Paris at le Grand Palais
    When: March 31st through April 3rd, 2016
    One of the most important spring events for the art market in Paris, and also open to the general public, Art Paris brings together over 120 international galleries focusing on design, modern and contemporary art at the Grand Palais.
    Location: Grand Palais

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