NOTE: Daylight Savings in the US/CAN is March 13th. In France/Europe it’s March 27th.
Parc André Citorën, Paris 15th
Calendar updated throughout the month, check back for updates!
Feb 25 – March 15
See Charlie Chaplin’s original silent films as “Charlot” from 1914-1916, including the Keystone Comedies and The Tramp (Le Vagabonde), on the big screen at the Fondation Jerôme Sydoux (near Jardin des Plantes) with live piano accompaniement from Paris Conservatoire students. Tckets are €6.50. The full schedule is here (French only).
Feb 27 – March 6
The 53rd annual Salon International de l’Agriculture is one of the most popular events of the season in Paris. It takes place at the immense Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (Paris 15th) with four main sectors: livestock (come pet the cows and baby sheep!), culinary products (free samples of cheese, ham, wine, and more until you burst!), crops and plants (for those of us who need a little more green in our urban lives), and ag industry and professionals (meet the farmers!). Open daily 9am-7pm, weekends will be most crowded, tickets €13 adults/€6 for kids. Get them online to avoid extra lines.
This year, the amazingly populuar Mondial du Tatouage returns to showcase the work of some of the best and most famous contemporary tattoo artists from around the world, with contests, seminars and of course tattoo stands. Live music events, phto exhibits, and other extras, check out the schedule and get your tickets online before trekking out to the Grande Halle at Parc de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.
The American Library of Paris is having their last big book sale before the Spring renovations, this weekend from 10am-7pm (regular library hours). Sales of used books helps the library purchase new books needed for the permanent collection, come and add to your own collection of mystery novels, children’s books or gardening how-to’s at bargain prices!
For a fun and inclusive alternative to the invitation-only Paris Fashion Week, don’t miss the SINGA Fashion Show at l’Archipel, a charitable community center in a former 19th-century convent. Anyone can participate or just watch, with hair and makeup by beauty school students. There is also a weekly book and clothing swap at their Troc Shop taking place at the same time. Lots to do, read more here.
March 8-September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women — including many Jewish women — who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial’s permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry.
The 92nd annual antique and flea market fair on an island northwest of Paris brings together 700 professionals from all over Europe for the Foire de Chatou. A variety of antiques, collectibles, books and records are up for grabs, along with regional French food specialties to eat at long wooden tables, accompanied by live musicians. Entry is only €6, and free for those under 15 – perfect for a weekend family outing. At the Ile des Impressionistes (RER station Rueil-Malmaison).
Vivre Autrement is the ethical and organic trade show taking place at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Stands cover food, wine, home, beauty, and travel. You can download free entry passes on the website. If going by metro, there’s a free shuttle bus going from Château de Vincennes to the Parc Floral.
The City of Paris’ municipal greenhouses have regular sales of potted plants and seedlings at rock-bottom prices. Warning, people line up well in advance, so up to you to decide if you’re time is worth less than a full-priced plant. There will be 1400 plants available. The morning will be at the Square de Serment de Koufra in the 14th and in the afternoon in the Square St-Lambert in the 15th.
Hotel Bohême isn’t a hotel, but a salon des créateurs sale featuring 40 artisan creations: home decor, clothing, accessories, jewelry, children’s toys, etc. There is also a gourmet lunch corner. Free entry. At 71 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 11th. Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm.
The 18th annual Salon Vintage is one of the biggest vintage fairs in Paris, this year at the Carreau du Temple with the theme “Space Age: Vision of the future by designers of the 60s and 70s”. €6 entry fee, you can pre-purchase online to avoid lines, 150 stands of clothing, records, accessories, decor, art exhibits, DJ entertainment.
Looking for a sexy show? Forget the Moulin Rouge. The striptease star Dita von Teese will be performing at the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris this month, book soon because the shows will likely sell out!
After A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, Châtelet Théâtre is now presenting one of Stephen Sondheim’s lesser-known works, Passion, directed by French actress Fanny Ardant (in English with French sur-titles). See the video interview with Ryan Silverman who plays Giorgio here. Tickets from €16.
The Fondation des Etats-Unis at the Cité Universitaire (14th) and the resident musicians are happy to welcome the Passe Partout duo, who will perform during the second part of the Rendez-Vous Musical from 5pm tonight, free entrance.
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, where we’ll be reading Best Women’s Erotica 2011, drinking cocktails, and talking about…well, sex. Limited to 8 women only, 8-10pm in a private home; sign up while there’s space!
Tickets for the French Open at Roland Garros go on sale today (premium packages available since Feb 17th). Book ASAP to get yours, they always go fast!
Other Paris Calendar Links
- For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?
- For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing
- For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris
- For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris
- For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism
- For naughty events, see the Naughty Paris Guide