When in Paris, do as the Parisians do. Parisians are known for many things, from making delicious food to producing some of the finest fashions in the world. They also like to party, and as is evident in the vast number of festivals and events the city sponsors each year. Here are the top seven most popular events in Paris to participate in during your upcoming trip around:
International Circus Festival of Tomorrow
The annual International Circus Festival of Tomorrow is one of the most popular events in Paris. The world’s young performers come to Paris to show off their skills and compete in a Cirque du Soleil-type setting for audiences and scouts. Though the competition is friendly, you can be sure the pressure is on and stakes are high for these performers who hope to make it big.
The public is encouraged to attend and it is perfect for the family. If you love the circus and seeing the acrobats fly through the air, the International Circus Festival of Tomorrow is a must. The event is held each year at the end of January or early February
Féte de la Musique
Every year in the heat of summer the Féte de la Musique takes place in Paris. The event is free, and thousands take to the Parisian streets to listen to some of the hottest acts in Paris and from around the world. This is a music festival featuring music of all kinds from opera and classical to rock, hip-hop, and choirs.
The goal of the festival is to not only welcome the summer to Paris, but to show how we can all communicate through music. This is a festival attended by young and old, rich and poor, and everyone in between. If you are planning a summer trip to Paris, make sure you are there for the Féte de la Musique. The event is held each year on the Summer Solstice, commonly landing on 21 June.
Salon International de l’Agriculture
Paris is certainly known for its cuisine, but so is the whole of France. Fortunately you can taste it all in one place when you attend the Salon International de l’Agriculture. This 10-day event has been put on in some form since 1870. In that time, the festival has expanded considerably, with thousands of visitors attending each year. In fact, in 2013, there were almost 700,000 people who participated.
At the event you can do things like taste foods from around France and around the world, shop for exotic foods, eat in one of the festival restaurants, or even try something new and unusual. There are also areas devoted to plants and flowers, livestock and information on careers in agriculture. If you have a taste for French cuisine or a love of flowers, try to come to Paris for the Salon International de l’Agriculture. The event is held each year in late February.
Paris Fashion Week
Do you love fashion? Do you want to rub shoulders with some of the fashion elite? If you said “yes” to either of those questions, plan your trip to Paris around Paris Fashion Week. Since 1973, this event has been held semi-annually in both spring and fall to preview some of the top fashion designs for the upcoming season.
Many of the major fashion houses participate in the event including Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Louis Vuitton. World famous models walk the runways and small events are held around the area. If you are a lover of fashion, check out the dates of the upcoming Paris Fashion Week and try to plan your visit at the same time. The event is held semi-annually in the spring and fall.
Le Festival des Meilleurs Vins
Considered one of the best wine festivals in the world, Le Festival des Meilleurs Vins is held each year in Paris and features some of the finest French wines ever produced. The wines featured at the event have been personally chosen by two of the most well-known wine experts in the world, Thierry Desseauve and Michel Bettane.
In addition to tastings, there are a variety of classes you can take at the event, including a master class on wine tasting, a master class prestige, and even a course on pairing food and wine. With over 350 different wines available for tasting, you are sure to find one that pleases your palate. The event is held each year in December.
The French national holiday is indeed one for celebration and the entire city joins in the festivities. Though many of the attractions will be closed on Bastille Day, there is still plenty to do around Paris. This includes parades, concerts, events, and even a firework show at dusk. There are also numerous firemen’s balls held around the city, and you can be sure many Parisians will be partying well into the night. The event is held July 14theach year.
Christmas in Paris is a magical time, and if you are visiting in mid to late December, you will certainly not forget it. One of the highlights of the holiday season is attending the Christmas markets that pop up throughout the city. Here you can sample mulled wine, taste traditional holiday food and pick up any last minute gifts. Some of the markets can’t be missed, including the largest market, Champs-Elysées and Trocadero, which features an ice skating rink.
These are only a minuscule sampling of the events and festivals held in Paris throughout the year. Because there are so many events, odds are good that there will be a festival when you are there. Do a bit of research online and see what’s going on during your stay. You never know what you might find among the partying Parisians.
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