Tickets for the French Open at Roland Garros (May 21 to June 10) go on sale today. Book ASAP to get yours, they always go fast!
The 96th annual Foire de Chatou gathers nearly 500 antique and second-hand dealers at île des Impressionnistes, 10 minutes from Paris. This year they’re celebrating French culinary history with the theme “Dinner is Served!”– expect high quality goods from vintage jewellery to industrial furniture, mid-century lighting to 18th century antiquities. Plus regional French foods, oysters and both a cocktail and a champagne bar! Entry €6 (free for under-15s); there’s a free shuttle bus from RER station Rueil-Malmaison.
Vivre Autrement is an ethical and organic trade show at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Stands cover food, wine, home, beauty, and travel. Entry €7, or you can subscribe for free entry on the website.
As you’ll know if you’ve been to Paris, this is a city that loves books. The Paris book fair, Livre Paris, is a major cultural event; this year there’ll be almost 3000 authors signing their books and speaking, and over 800 events and activities. Buy books, watch debates and see behind-the-scenes of the world of publishing. Entry is €8, or €10 on the weekend, at Porte de Versailles.
Live in Paris? Learn basic first aid (and how to call emergency services en français) this weekend in the City of Paris’s free annual workshops “Paris Qui Sauve”. They take place all weekend 10am-7pm at the Hôtel de Ville, sign up for your free spot here: Paris.fr/parisquisauve
Run for a good cause! Today in Paris there are no less than three races with proceeds going to charitable causes: 1) The Course de La Jonquille (Daffodil Race) is a 5k and 10k run or 3.5k walk in support of the Cancer Research at the Curie Institute. If you’d like to participate, the cost is €15 and you’ll need a medical certificate (see more info here). They also need volunteers to help out, or “bénévols“. If you’re not sporty or in Paris that day, you can buy these cute daffodil accessories to support the cause. 2) The Soli’Run is a 6k or 10k run, 1-2km for kids) or 4k walk for Habitat for Humanity in France (housing for those in need) in the Bois de Boulogne, €7-€20, registration possible the day of the race if paces are available, medical certificate necessary for the runs. 3) Dog lovers can run with their pooch in the Wamiz Run in support of the Guide Dog Associaltion of Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes. There is a 6k run and a 4k walk. If registration is closed, you can still check out the “Village”, free to all, with agility demonstrations, food stands and all sorts of services and products to spoil your dog.