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What To Do in Paris in April

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris this Month
Egyptian Pharaohs digital art exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris
Photo © Culturespaces / C. de la Motte Rouge
April 8, 2024
This April, our calendar is all about immersing yourself in art and culture. Whether you’re into ancient Egypt, contemporary French cinema or VR experiences, here’s how you can surround yourself with what you love this month in Paris.

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This April in Paris, the city is pulling out all the stops to get you to soak up more sunshine, art, and culture. Whether you’re eager to live la vie en rose under the cherry blossoms or want to experience an immersive art show, there’s something on the agenda for you this month.

Here’s what’s happening now in Paris:

Happening Every April in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, April 2024

Happening Every April in Paris

Blossom Watch | All Month Long

Pink flowers against blue sky

Spring has sprung and Paris is now in bloom! Pretty pink flowers are popping up all over town, with magnolias and cherry blossoms brightening up parks and city squares. Looking to snap some stunning pictures? Head to these top places in Paris to see cherry blossoms.

Picnic under a canopy of pink blossoms off the beaten path in Paris at the Clichy-Batignolles-Martin-Luther-King Park in the 17th Arrondissement.

Musical Fountains Show at Versailles | March 29 – Oct 31, 2024

Fountains of Versailles

The spectacular Musical Fountains Show is back at the Château de Versailles starting March 29, 2024, and will run every weekend this spring and summer.

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales (as it’s officially called) lets visitors feel like they are part of the royal court of Louis XIV. While wandering through hidden groves that are usually closed to the public, the castle’s extraordinary 17th-century fountains flow to the rhythm of period music.

And if that doesn’t sound magical enough, you might want to wait until June 8 when the Night Fountains Shows begin. For these nocturnes, the fountains are beautifully illuminated and fireworks cap off the soirée.

Details:
March 29 – October 31, 2024
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
RER C Gare de Versailles Château de Versailles
Tickets: 10.50€ on the official Château de Versailles website

Monthly Paris free museum day | April 7, 2024

Impressionist paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir at Musée d'Orsay
Photo © Renata Haidle

Paris’s fantastic monthly “Free First Sunday” museum day falls on April 7 this month, so don’t miss it!

It’s an excellent chance for both locals and tourists to explore some of the city’s world-renowned museums without an admission fee. Among the participating institutions, you’ll find the Centre Pompidou, the Musée de Cluny, and the iconic Musée d’Orsay, renowned for its Impressionist masterpieces.

Reservations are required for some places, however, so hurry to reserve your free ticket to the Musée d’Orsay and your free entry to the Centre Pompidou.

Details:
April 7, 2024
Museums throughout Paris

Paris Marathon

Man and woman running in Paris across a bridge over the river Seine.

On April 7, 2024, tens of thousands of people from all over the world will participate in the Marathon de Paris. Starting and ending on the Champs Élysées, runners will pass by the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opéra Garnier, Eiffel Tower, and many other Parisian landmarks on their 26.2-mile route.

If you won’t be running, cheer on participants at the finish line or pre-register now for the 2025 Paris marathon.

Details:
April 7, 2024 | Start time 8:25 am
Start: Avenue des Champs Élysées | Finish: Avenue Foch
Metro Charles de Gaulle – Étoile
Entry fee: From 125€

Things To Do in Paris, April 2024

Egyptian Pharaohs: From Kheops to Ramesses II at L’Atelier des Lumières | Feb 9, 2024 – Jan 5, 2025

Ancient Egypt immersive experience in Paris at the Atelier des Lumières
Photo © Culturespaces / C. de la Motte Rouge

Pharaohs of Egypt” at the Atelier des Lumières immerses visitors in the grandeur of Ancient Egypt. This digital exhibition showcases the civilization’s monumental achievements through vibrant video mapping and sound, highlighting gods, politics, and daily life.

Experience the mystique of Egypt’s golden era, exploring everything from majestic pyramids to the intricacies of ancient commerce and spirituality in a captivating audiovisual journey.

Details:
Atelier des Lumières
38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Tickets: 17€ for adults, 15€ under 25. Free for children under 3.
Purchase your tickets here.

Paris 1874 Inventing impressionism at Musée d’Orsay | March 26 – July 14, 2024

The “Paris 1874: Inventing Impressionism” exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay revisits the pivotal year when Impressionist artists, including Monet, Renoir, and Degas, first presented their works in defiance of traditional academic art.

This landmark exhibition delves into the origins of Impressionism, showcasing over 80 works that highlight the movement’s revolutionary approach to capturing light, color, and everyday life, fundamentally altering the course of art history.

Details:
March 26 – July 14, 2024
Musée d’Orsay
Tickets: 16€ for adults, free under 18.
Reserve your tickets here

French Movie Screenings in English in Paris | April 4 – 25, 2024

Every month, our friends over at Lost in Frenchlation host several screenings of current French movies with English subtitles at cinemas across town. Whether you’re just visiting Paris for a few days or are an anglophone expat who now calls the City of Light home, these movie nights are a great way to immerse yourself in French culture without needing to speak French fluently.

The six French film nights in Paris this April are:

  • Thursday, April 4: Boléro + Piano Concert
  • Monday, April 8: Les Rois de la Piste + Q&A with the director at Luminor
  • Friday, April 12: Quitter la Nuit + Women of Paris Tour at L’Entrepôt
  • Thursday, April 19: HLM Pussy + Q&A with the director at Club de l’Étoile
  • Monday, April 22: Bis Repetita + Q&A with the main actress at Cinéma du Panthéon
  • Thursday, April 25: Peau d’Âne + Ciné-Balade & ice cream at L’Arlequin

Visit the Lost in Frenchlation website to learn more about each movie and get your tickets here.

Late hours FLV LAB #8 at Fondation Louis Vuitton | April 5, 2024

FLV LAB event April 2024
Image via Facebook, @fondationlouisvuitton

Dive into the immersive FLV LAB #8 at Fondation Louis Vuitton, featuring an immersive experience designed by Applied Arts Master’s students from Lycée Jacques Prévert. While you explore Frank Gehry’s architectural marvel, you’ll encounter creative challenges, take off on a VR flight over the building, and discover artist Lu Yang’s virtual creation, DOKU, in Gallery 8.

The evening blends interactive art, education, and entertainment, complete with DJ sets and delectable cuisine, creating an electrifying atmosphere.

Get your ticket now!

Details:
Friday, April 5, 2024 | 7–10:30pm
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Tickets: 10€ for adults, 5€ for students and anyone under 26.

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