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What to Do in Paris: April 2019

The Exciting Events Happening This Month

Runners, classical music lovers, kids, and blossom hunters are sure to enjoy this April in Paris with these spring activities.

It’s officially spring in Paris and the city is once again buzzing with activity under blue skies. Cultural seasons have kicked into gear and with Easter activities too, there are tons of things to do in Paris this month.

Musical Fountains Show at the Château de Versailles

The spectacular Musical Fountains Show is back at the Château de Versailles starting April 6. Running through October 27, every Saturday and Sunday (as well as Tuesdays from May 21 – June 25) Les Grandes Eaux Musicales 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 rhythm of period music.

And if that doesn’t sound magical enough, you might want to wait until June 15 when the Night Fountains Show begins. For these nocturnes, the fountains are beautifully illuminated and fireworks cap off the soirée.

Details:
Tickets: 9,50€ online, 10,50€ on-site
April 6 – October 27 | 09:00 – 19:00 Saturdays & Sundays
May 21 – June 25 | 09:00 – 19:00 Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
RER C Gare de Versailles Château de Versailles

Chamber Music at the Louvre

This year, the Louvre Pyramid celebrates its 30th birthday and with it, the Auditorium du Louvre is marking 30 years of music. As part of their ’30 ans de musique !’ concert cycle, the exceptional venue is hosting 3 different quartets this month with performances of pieces by Brahms, Haydn, Schubert, and more.

Details:
April 10 | 20:00 – Une histoire du quatuor, Quatuor Arod
April 11 | 12:30 – Quatuor à la hongroise, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Musicians
April 12 | 20:00 – Quatuors avec piano, Lauma Skride, Baiba Skride, Lise Berthaud, & Harriet Krijgh

Tickets: 35€ for evening concerts, 15€ for midday performances.
Reserve at 01 40 20 55 00 or purchase on-site.
See the Louvre’s website for additional details.

Paris Marathon

On April 14, tens of thousands of people from all over the world will participate in the Marathon de Paris. Starting and ending on the Champs Elysées, 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!

Details:
April 14 | Start time 08:25
Start: Avenue des Champs Elysées | Finish: Avenue Foch
Metro Charles de Gaulle – Etoile

Easter Egg Hunts

Easter egg hunts take place in several different locations throughout Paris, including parks, museum gardens, and even some unexpected places.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont’s Great Easter Egg Hunt

The ‘Grande Chasse aux Oeufs’ is free, open to all, and starts at the park’s Pavillon Puebla.

Details:
April 17 | 15:30 – 17:30
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Metro Buttes Chaumont or Botzaris

Charity Easter Egg Hunt at the Parc André Citroën

The park’s annual ‘Chasse aux Oeufs Solidaire’ is open to children ages 3 -10 years old. A ‘hunting license’ costs 5€, with proceeds going to support the Secours populaire français, a charity helping to fight poverty and social injustice. In addition to the Easter egg hunt, several other kid-friendly activities are proposed for 3€, including face painting!

See the event’s website (French only) to get your ‘hunting license’ or purchase on-site the day of the event.

Details:
April 20 – 22 | 10:00 – 17:00
Parc André Citroën, 2 Rue Cauchy, 75015 Paris
Metro Lourmel or Javel

On Top of the Grande Arche of La Défense

For the second year, the modern, metallic archway on the west end of Paris invites families to enjoy an Easter weekend full of fun events and stunning views. On the rooftop, some 300 feet above Paris, you’ll find farm animals to feed and pet, creative kids workshops, and face painting as well as 3 Easter egg hunts each day! The Easter egg hunt costs 5€ in addition to the price of admission to the arch.

Those who wish to participate are encouraged to purchased tickets ahead of time as space is limited. Tickets can be purchased on the Grande Arche’s website (Ticketing available in French only).

Details:
Tickets: 7€ – 15€ depending on age and activities
April 20 – 22 | 10:00 – 19:00
Grande Arche de la Défense, 1 Parvis de la Défense, 92800 Puteaux
Metro Grande Arche Défense

Blossom Chasing

The month of April is a great time to walk all around Paris and admire the beautiful blossoms! Magnolias, daffodils, and cherry trees are blooming all around the city and there’s really nothing more magical than Paris in spring. Head to one of our favorite Places in Paris to See Cherry Blossoms to best enjoy the flowering trees.

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