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What To Do in Paris in March

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris this Month
July 20, 2023
There’s loads happening in Paris this March, including a lot of incredible art exhibitions and some stellar live shows. If you’re not sure where to start when looking at this month’s crowded cultural calendar, scroll down to find our top suggestions.

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Winter’s wrapping up and with that comes an explosion of activities and events in Paris. Our agenda is chock-full this month including an opera, a one-woman comedy show, a music-themed exhibition at a little-known Paris children’s museum, and more. Read on for our highlights of what’s happening in Paris this March:

Happening Every March in Paris

Things To Do in Paris, March 2023

Happening Every March in Paris

Races to Run | March 5 – 25, 2023

March in Paris means it’s time to run. As the first days of spring arrive, so do the first big foot races in the French capital!

The 2023 running season starts off with France’s largest half marathon, the Semi de Paris, on March 5. This year’s Paris half-marathon is already full, but you can already pre-register for the 2024 edition.

The following week brings the 10k and half marathon of La Grande Course du Grand Paris (website in French), leading participants from central Paris through the neighboring suburbs of Saint-Denis and Vincennes.

For less serious runners, the fun Color Obstacle Rush comes to the Paris region on March 25 combining an enormous, inflatable obstacle course with a color powder party. Get your tickets for this year’s edition on the official the Color Obstacle Rush (website in French).

If you’re not up for a race but would still like to get in a workout while in the city, these are some of the best places to go for a run in Paris.

Semi de Paris: March 5, 2023
La Grande Course du Grand Paris: March 12, 2023
Color Obstacle Rush: March 25, 2023

Color Obstacle Rush event in Paris March 2023

Things To Do in Paris, March 2023

“Oh My God, She’s Parisian!” | Through April 1, 2023

Get out of that end-of-winter funk by taking in a comedy show in Paris, in English! Parisian comedian Julie Collas pokes fun at all things French in this one-hour, one-woman show that has been delighting audiences since 2019. “Oh My God, She’s Parisian!” is slated to end its run on April 1, so be sure to get there this month before it closes. Read our full review of this Paris comedy show.

Fridays and Saturdays through April 1, 2023
Théâtre Bo Saint-Martin
19 Boulevard Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
Tickets from 21€, reserve on the theater’s website

Oh My God She's Parisian English comedy show in Paris by Julie Collas.
© Julie Collas

En Avant la Musique at the Musée en Herbe | Through May 21, 2023

Parents in Paris who are also fans of music, take your kids to the children’s museum, le Musée en Herbe this month for an interactive exhibition all about the history of music listening. You’ll see rare gramophones, vintage record players, and even iPods on a journey through the different devices we’ve used to listen to music since the end of the 19th century.

November 17, 2022 – May 21, 2023
Musée en Herbe
23 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris
Tickets: 7.50€, available on the Musée en Herbe website

"En Avant La Musique" exhibition at the Paris children's museum, le Musée en Herbe

Before the Storm at the Bourse de Commerce | Through September 11, 2023

Last month, one of the most anticipated art exhibitions in Paris opened at the Bourse de Commerce and it did not disappoint! If you haven’t made it there yet, you still have plenty of time to enjoy Avant l’orage by Danh Vo. Bringing together works by more than 20 artists around the theme of climate change and stunning storms, this show (as well as the beautiful Bourse de Commerce itself) is a must-see.

February 8 – September 11, 2023
Bourse de Commerce – Collection Pinault
2 Rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris
Tickets: 14€ for adults, available on the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection website

Before the Storm, Avant l'orage exhibition at Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection

 Chagall, Paris – New York at the Atelier des Lumières | Through January 7, 2024

After exhibitions on Van Gogh, Monet, and Dalí, Paris’s immersive digital art space, the Atelier des Lumières is now putting the spotlight on Chagall. If you’re looking to experience art in a whole new way, the Atelier des Lumières should certainly be on your list, and this newest temporary exhibition is no exception.

February 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Atelier des Lumières
38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Tickets: From 11€, purchase on the official Atelier des Lumières website

Chagall exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris this March
Visual via Facebook Atelier des Lumières

Movies with Lost in Frenchlation | March 3 – 30, 2023

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 movie screenings this March are:

  • Friday, March 3: Youssef Salem a du Succès + Q&A at L’Entrepôt
  • Thursday, March 8: Sans Toit ni Loi + Angès Varda movie tour at Luminor
  • Sunday, March 12: Astérix & Obélix: L’Empire du Milieu at Luminor
  • Friday, March 17: Toi Non Plus Tu N’as Rien Vu+ Q&A at Club de l’Étoile
  • Friday, March 24: Petites + Women of Paris tour at Luminor
  • Thursday, March 30: Divertimento +Piano bar at L’Arlequin

Visit the Lost in Frenchlation website to learn more about each film and find ticketing information.

Lost In Frenchlation movie screenings in Paris March 2023

Hamlet at Opéra Bastille | March 11 – April 9, 2023

Based on Alexandre Dumas père’s 1847 adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play, this French opera composed by Ambroise Thomas and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski is the perfect opportunity for English speakers in Paris to enjoy a night at the opera.

Not only do you surely already know the story that will play out on stage, but you’ll also have real-time captions in both French and English projected above the actors, called surtitles.

March 11 – April 9, 2023
Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Tickets: from 63€, available on the Opéra National de Paris website

Hamlet Opera by Ambroise Thomas at the Opera National de Paris
© DR

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