Sure, winter in Paris can be a bit dreary, but there’s still plenty to do! Especially this February with the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, the annual Chinese New Year celebrations, and an international tattoo expo all in town. Here are our picks for the events not to miss February 2019 in Paris.
The 2019 Six Nations Rugby Tournament kicks off February 1st in Paris. As the 15-man rugby teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales head off over the next five weeks, two different matches will be played in Paris at the Stade de France. There’s sure to be an electric atmosphere in the stadium as well as some funny songs and banter from fans on the metro before and after the game. It’s a great time to be in Paris if you’re a sports lover and you’ll get to see a completely different side of life in the City of Lights.
February 1, 2019 – 21:00, France vs Wales
February 23, 2019 – 15:15, France vs Scotland
Stade de France, 93200 Saint-Denis
Metro Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris, RER B La Plaine Stade de France
This year, the Lunar New Year falls on February 5, and all around Paris, festivities will welcome in the Year of the Pig. Lasting from February 4-17, two weeks of celebrations include art exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and several large parades organized in various neighborhoods. Head to the Marais on Sunday, February 10, 2019, to see dragons dancing down the cobblestone streets or make your way to the less touristy 13th arrondissement, known as the Quartier Chinois, on Sunday, February 17, 2019, to witness France’s biggest Chinese New Year parade.
This is also the perfect time to check out the Belleville neighborhood. Always decorated for the occasion, the quartier typically hosts many Chinese cultural activities for the holiday, however, the schedule for the 2019 celebration has not yet been announced.
Want to do something a little different while you’re in Paris and maybe even leave with a souvenir that will last a lifetime? The Mondial du tatouage or World Tattoo Expo is back at the Grande Halle de la Villette from February 15-17. Even if you’re not looking to get inked, art exhibitions, food trucks, concerts, and the convivial atmosphere make the event fun for all. And teens are allowed too, so the whole family can go and then enjoy a stroll in the surrounding Parc de la Villette afterward. Tickets start at 25 € for adults.
February 15-17, 2019
Grande Halle de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro Porte de Pantin
If you’d like to get in a little exercise, see one of Paris’s most beautiful parks, and maybe find your soulmate, well then this is for you! On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont hosts the 20th edition of the annual Course de la Saint-Valentin. Proposing a 5k couples’ competition (they’ll find you a partner if you’d like) and a solo 10k, the race takes participants around a 2.5-kilometer path, and up and down some hills on the way. Registration is required, along with a medical certificate, with proceeds supporting an association that fights against LGBT discrimination. Sign up here.
February 16, 2019
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Metro Buttes Chaumont
Each year, this international agriculture expo brings a bit of the country life into the city. A great place to go with kids for a day of petting farm animals and learning about the origins of the food we consume, the Salon de l’Agriculture is also France’s biggest market for regional products. From February 23 – March 3, come and sample some delicious French foods and wines while discovering local specialties. The Salon is also a popular photo op for many French politicians, so don’t be surprised if you see President Macron shaking hands, or who knows, maybe even milking cows! Tickets are 14 € for adults and 7 € for children ages 6-12.
February 23, 2019 – March 3, 2019
Paris Parc des Expositions – Porte de Versailles, 1, place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Metro Porte de Versailles or Balard
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