May Events in Paris: Villette Street Festival, Fairpride, Paris Beer Week & More

by Erin Dahl

May Events, Montage La Nuit Europeene Web, Grand Palais, Mathieu Thouvenin

Nuit des Musées; Grand Palais, Mathieu Thouvenin

The second edition of the Villette Street Festival kicked off yesterday and runs until the 17th. Focusing on a variety of expressions of street culture, the two-week event features performances in music, dance, sports, and more… and don’t miss the block parties and food trucks too. To get in the mood, check out the event’s website for a festival playlist – rocking the likes of Ghostface Killah and Rejjie Snow – and their hashtag, #VSF15.

Beer, Quinn Dombrowski

Quinn Dombrowski

Spring cleaning morphing into spring redecorating? Le grand salon d’art abordable at La Bellevilloise gives visitors a chance to view and purchase affordable pieces in a casual setting, the perfect excuse to give your walls a little makeover. Check out over 400 works from May 15 – 17; entry is just 5 euros.

Nuit des Musees, Kmeron


Head to the Place de la Republique on May 16th to partake in Fairpride, France’s largest festival dedicated to fair trade, ecological business practices, and social causes. The day kicks off at 11 and runs until 20h30, featuring food tastings, a slam poetry session, a participative mural painting with street artist Kashink, and more.

Nuit des Musees, Ludovic Tristan

Grand Palais, Ludovic Tristan

After wrapping up at Fairpride, continue the day’s activities into the evening at Nuit des Musées. This Museum Night offers visitors entry into a number of gallery spaces across the city for a fresh way to experience exhibitions on view, well into the evening.

La Villette, Martyn Davis

Fairpride, Mister_Jack 6

La Villette, Martyn Davis; Fairpride, Mister_Jack

May also promises two different editions of annual open studios series. First head to Père Lachaise this coming weekend then to Belleville from May 23 – 25 for spring weekends of strolling in and out of artists’ studio spaces, getting a glimpse into not only their work but their processes too.

Fairpride, Mister_Jack 5

Fairpride, Mister_Jack

Coming off April’s big foodie events, like Super Barquette and Le Fooding’s Priceless Souper, May brings Taste of Paris to the Grand Palais from May 21 – 24, under the patronage of Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. To buy tickets for the lunches and dinners over the three-day event, peek here.

Beer Week, Christopher Lehault

Christopher Lehault

The month wraps with a full week dedicated to craft beer. Paris Beer Week, launched just last year with great success, runs from May 22 – 31 and brings over 100 events to breweries, bars, and shops around the city. Peep the calendar of events here.

Fairpride, Mister_Jack 2

Fairpride, Mister_Jack

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Erin Dahl

Erin's had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. She finally made the big move and is former Editor for HiP Paris as well as Co-founder of Content Coopérative, Paris's first English-native content agency. View Website

2 comments on “May Events in Paris: Villette Street Festival, Fairpride, Paris Beer Week & More

If you’ve run out of May events to do then you should definitely hit the Jackie O expo in the Marais! Huuuuge selection of photos and they’ve got films and books about Jackie too. And a replication of her wedding dress!!! Definitely one of my highlights 🙂

Hi! We also have the Nuit des musées in Barcelona. I wanted to go to la pedrera but it’s full. Just my luck! I wish I could go and spend the night in Paris, what a beautiful city! Bisous from Spain,

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