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What to Do in Paris: May 2019


For the month of May, Paris is shaking things up with an agenda full of street art, fine arts, food, sports, and some surprises in store for shoppers.

While we understand the urge to want to do and see everything while visiting the City of Light, so much is happening here this month that there’s just no way to do it all! So that you don’t tire yourself out, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 can’t-miss events in Paris this month.

A Taste of Paris

Foodies in France, prepare for a feast! May 9 – 12, Le Grand Palais becomes the place for gourmands with the arrival of A Taste of Paris! During the four-day gastronomic gala, star chefs and renowned restaurants offer tastings, letting you try miniature servings of signature dishes and creative new cuisines.

Taste of Paris © Edouard Nguyen

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet local artisans and sample their products while learning about how they’re made. Once you’ve had your fill of fine food, sign up for a free cooking class to learn new recipes and improve your technique in the kitchen or enjoy a drink at the beer or champagne bar!

May 9, 2019 | 19:00 – 23:30
May 10 – 12, 2019 | 11:30 – 16:00 ; 19:00 – 23:30
Le Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Metro Franklin D. Roosevelt or Champs-Elysées – Clémenceau
Tickets: 20€ per session, VIP 70€ per session, Free for children under 10

Night of Museums

On May 18, museums throughout Europe stay open late and offer special workshops, conferences, concerts, and more. In Paris, dozens of museums – both the world-famous and the hidden gems – open their doors, letting visitors in free for an evening of exploring History and World Cultures, as well as the Arts and Sciences. Most events start between 18:00 and 20:00, and end between midnight and 01:00.

Not sure which museums to choose? If you don’t mind crowds, Le Petit Palais has planned an entire program dedicated to the Romantics, inviting visitors to discover the Paris of the early 19th century. Activities begin at 18:30 and include a drawing workshop, games for the kids, a piano concert, and access to the permanent collections.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

The Musée des Arts et Métiers is another great option for the late night event, with interesting demonstrations and exhibitions for those interested in science and technology. And the former chapel is beautifully illuminated at night.

May 18, 2019 | 18:00 – 00:00
Museums throughout Paris

FestiWall 2019

Street art lovers, this one’s for you! May 18 and 19, the canals of Paris’s 19th Arrondissement welcome the 4th edition of the FestiWall Street Art Festival, presented by The Wall 51 art gallery and Dam!. 20 different street artists from around the world will be creating one-of-a-kind works of art and offering free workshops for both young and old. DJ’s and foodtrucks await at the end of the mile-long pedestrian art crawl, so there’s sure to be a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

Paris street art
FestiWall 2018 © Ardif & Jo Di Bona

The festival kicks off with a vernissage on Friday, May 17, at the cool bar/ restaurant/multi-purpose space La Rotonde Stalingrad, where original artworks and prints will also be on exhibition all weekend long.

May 18 – 19, 2019
Berges du Canal de l’Ourcq & Canal Saint-Denis, 75019 Paris
Metro Jaurès or Corentin Cariou

Funarea at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann

The famous Parisian department store first dared shoppers with its Glasswalk, giving customers an up-close view of the art deco dome from a glass walkway suspended in mid-air. Now, the Galeries Lafayette is inviting you to have some high-flying fun with its new Funarea.

Funarea, Galeries Lafayette @abiteofvita

Suspended under the dome from now through May 26, this bright and bouncy installation is accessible from the 2nd floor of the store, and for free!

April 12 – May 26, 2019
Galeries Lafayette, 40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Metro Chaussée d’Antin – La Fayette or Opéra


Tennis fans know that the end of May means the beginning of the French Open. Since 1928, the annual international tennis tournament has taken place at the Roland-Garros stadium in Paris, with the stars of the sport battling it out on its clay courts. From May 26 – June 9, Paris once again hosts this world class sporting event, drawing thousands of tourists, celebrities, and athletes to the city.

© Yann Caradec [CC BY-SA 2.0]

There’s always an excitement in the air during the two-week tournament and many cafés show the matches. The Eiffel Tower even gets in on the action, with a giant yellow tennis ball suspended from the second floor.

A few tickets still remain, and last-minute tickets go on sale starting May 7. You can purchase tickets through the Official Roland-Garros Website.

May 26 – June 9, 2019
Roland-Garros, 2 Avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016 Paris
Metro Michel-Ange Auteuil, Porte d’Auteuil, or Boulogne Jean-Jaurès
Tickets: Starting at 10€ for outside courts

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