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Festivals in Paris

In January:

« On January first, La Grand Parade - celebrating New Year's Day.
« The first week of January, Fête des Rois (The Epiphany)

In February:

« Chinese New Year, which is celebrated in the 13th arrondissement.

In March:

« Festival Exit, comtemporary art and theatre.
« Printemps des Rues: At the end of March.
« Banlieues Bleus: International jazz festival, which takes place in the towns of Seine-Saint-Denis.
« Festival de Films des Femmes or Women's Film Festival.
« Festival du Film de Paris.
« Foire de Paris: A Food and Wine Fair.

In April:

« Marathon de Paris: A road race tournament.
« Foire du Trone: Fun-fair attractions.
« Poisson d'Avril or April Fools' Day

In May:

« May first, Fête du Travail: Festivities around la Bastille.
« Jazz festival, jazz concerts in the Parc Floral

In June:

« Festival Agora: A festival of contemporary dance, theatre and music organized by the Pompidou Centre.
« Festival de St-Denis: Classical music concerts at the St-Denis basilica.
« On June 21, Fête de la Musique, free music concerts.
« Feux de la Saint-Jean: There is a celebration for St-Jean's Day at the Parc de la Villette.
« On June 24: The Gay Pride Parade.
« Foire St-Germain: Poetry exhibitions and music concerts.
« Villette Jazz Festival: At the park and Grande Halle at la Villette.
« Festival du Chopin à Paris: Piano concerts in the Orangerie de Bagatelle.

In July:

« Tour de France Cyclistes: The most difficult tournament for cycling professionals, which ends three or four weeks later in the Avenue des champs-Élysées.
« In the first week of July, La Goutte d'Or en Fête a rap and reggae music festival.
« On July 14: Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille with bands and dance.
« Paris Quartier d'Été: Dance, cinema and theatre events.

In September:

« Fête de l'Humanité: Music, food and drink from different places and at a cheap price.
« Journées du Patrimoine: For two days people can visit important buildings like the Palais de l'Élysée, embassies and ministries that are not usually open to visitors.
« Techno Parade: A big parade from Place de la République to Pelouse de Reuilly
« Festival d'Automne: A theatre and musical festival with visitors and participants from America, Japan and Europe.

In October:

« Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris: Dance events at the Theatre du Châtelet.
« Nuit Blanche: A whole night of music, video and contemporary creations.
« Fête des Vendanges: is a wine festival that takes place in the Montmartre vineyard, on the first or second Saturday in October.
« Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC): A fair of contemporary art in the Porte de Versailles

In November:

« November first is All Saints’ Day, when the living honour their dead.
« Festival FNAC-Inrockuptibles: A rock festival featuring new names in venues across town.
« Lancement des Illuminations des Champs-Élysées: Turning on the Lights for Christmas on the Champs-Élysées.
« Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau: Celebrated on the third Thursday of the month. Time to drink the new wine.
« Mois de la Photo: A lot of photography exhibitions of different sizes all around the town, organized by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

In December:

«  Le Nouvel An or New Year's Eve: On December 31, with fireworks, drinking and kissing celebration, on the Champs-Élysées and Parc de la Villette





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