April arrives in Paris with scattered showers and springtime colors. While the city isn’t known for its flora and fauna, Parisians take pleasure in the arrival of cheery yellow daffodils sold on street corners and the signs of the season- from fresh asparagus and shy strawberries- showing up at market stands. The city’s public gardens come back to life in the springtime, with delicate pink cherry blossoms and other buds bringing color to the lingering grey sky.
An old French saying advises that those struck with spring fever exercise restraint and cover up and stay warm until the month of May- an act of willpower made easier by the fact that this month is full of fun indoor activities.
April 10 kicks of two new exhibitions that make for a great afternoon outing on a rainy day. Musée Quai Branly presents Ghosts and Hells an exploration of representations of demons and the underworld in Asian Art (April 10-July 15) and Musée d’Orsay celebrates the 100 year anniversary of independence in the Baltic States with the show Wild Souls, which focuses on symbolism in Baltic art (April 10-July 15).
Foire de Paris
Since 1904 the Foire de Paris (April 27-May 8) has been held on a yearly basis, bringing together retailers as well as professionals and the general public to discover the newest in innovations and products ranging from fashion to housewares and textiles. For the 114th edition of the event culinary trends will be at the forefront, with a food truck village, featured world cuisines and beverages, new restaurant concepts and other gastronomic delights to discover.
Foodies won’t want to miss a chat with author and chef David Lebovitz at the American Library in Paris on April 4. The following weekend brings with it Rhum Fest Paris (April 7-9) where visitors can warm up with Tiki inspired tropical rhum drinks and learn more about their favorite brands and rhum based cocktails.
Stephanie Studer/Rhum Fest
Music lovers should head to La Gaîté Lyrique from April 19-21 for three days of live music and DJ sets during the ARTE Concert Festival 2018. French folk star Dominique A will perform two nights (April 14 & 15) at the Philharmonie de Paris and April 28th Canadian rock powerhouse Arcade Fire will bring crowds to the Bercy Arena.
While there’s quite a lot to do inside as we wait for the rays of sun to stabilize don’t forget to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city – April 8 is a great occasion to hit the streets and support of this years participants in the 42nd annual Paris Marathon!