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What to Do in Paris: March 2019

This Month, Participate in these Events in Paris

From art fairs to music festivals and from Carnaval and concerts with the kids to cabaret shows for couples, Paris is putting on an eclectic agenda this month.

With spring on its way, Parisians are perking up and the entire city seemingly has a bounce in its step. Soak up some of this energy and enjoy one of the many cultural events happening in Paris this month.

Carnaval de Paris

Although you won’t find many Mardi Gras festivities in France, in Paris, two costumed parades take place around the holiday.

Promenade du Bœuf Gras (Parade of the Fat Cow)

Held every year on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday (March 3, 2019), this event is a lighthearted family affair that’s open to all. The parade leaves from the Place Gambetta, passes the Père Lachaise cemetery, then goes through the Belleville neighborhood before ending at the Place de la République. Free and fun for the whole family, dress up and join the festive cortège for a walk around eastern Paris.

March 3, 2019
Departure at 14:00 from Place Gambetta, 75020 Paris
Metro Gambetta

Carnaval des Femmes (Women’s Carnaval)

This more traditional-style carnaval cortège is held 20 days after Mardi Gras, falling on Sunday, March 31 this year. Taking its cue from an 18th-century celebration where washerwomen would pick a fellow laundress to be queen for a day, this event encourages everyone to dress up as a queen (including any men who wish to participate). Throw on a dress, a wig and a mask, and head to the Place du Châtelet starting at 13:00. Or if you just want to watch, the parade will leave from Châtelet at 15:00 and make its way around the Marais before ending at the Hôtel de Ville.

March 31, 2019
Departure at 15:00 from Place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris
Metro Châtelet

Showtime in Paris

Over 15 venues are participating in the second edition of this entertainment initiative, inviting you to discover Paris’s cabarets, circuses, comedy shows and more. From February 25 – March 10, take advantage of a buy-one-get-one ticket offer to take your family to see a concert or acrobatic circus or take that special someone to see a sexy show at Crazy Horse or the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Oh, and don’t worry if you can’t speak French – the shows en français have English subtitles!

Event Site: www.showtimeinparis.com
February 25 – March 10, 2019
Various locations around Paris

Paris Music Festival

March 14 – 16, the Paris Music Festival lets you discover French music in stunning settings. From Thursday to Saturday, more than 30 different artists will perform in some of Paris’s Patrimonial gems, including concerts in churches, museums, libraries, and even an archeological crypt! For music lovers or for those who are curious to see an often unseen side of Paris, there’s no better way to do it!

Event Site: www.paris-music.com
March 14 – 16, 2019
Various locations around Paris
Tickets: 10€ for each concert

Drawing Events

This March, Paris is all about the art of drawing. Two big events are taking place simultaneously, so you’re sure to find plenty of fellow illustrators or art lovers wandering the city streets at the end of the month.

Salon du Dessin

Returning to the beautiful Palais Brongniart, better known as the Palais de la Bourse, the Drawing Fair features French and foreign artworks, with over 1000 pieces revealing the different schools of drawing as well as the talent of emerging illustrators.

In addition to the main event at the Palais Brongniart, fair attendees can also participate in three ‘Drawing’s Week’ events. During this week, special activities are proposed in various museums and institutions around the city, showcasing private collections and temporary exhibitions related to the art of drawing.

Event Site: www.salondudessin.com
March 27 – April 1, 2019
Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris
Metro Bourse
Tickets: 15€

Drawing Now Art Fair

Focused entirely on contemporary works, the Drawing Now Art Fair celebrates its 13th edition March 28 – 31 in Paris’s Carreau du Temple. Bringing together pieces from over 70 different galleries, the four-day fair offers art lovers and collectors an incredibly diverse selection of drawings.

Event Site: www.drawingnowartfair.com
March 28 – 31, 2019
Carreau du Temple, 2 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris
Metro Temple
Tickets: 16€

Photo credit: Salon du Dessin

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