April Events in Paris: Foire de Paris, Paris Marathon, Rhum Fest, & More

by Emily Dilling
The events not to miss in Paris this April, including the monuments to see like the Eiffel Tower. Fabrizio Verrecchia

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.

Spring in Paris is almost here, so you'll see plenty of daffodils on sale at Paris florists.Fabrizio Verrecchia

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.

The view of Paris rooftops out of a rain-speckled window in April.Peter Secan

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).

The Foire de Paris home design fair in April in Paris provides great inspiration for your Paris apartment like this one with a blue couch and large artwork of a woman's legs.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.

Book talks in April in Paris, include one at the American Library with American foodie and author David Lebovitz. who loves chocolate, cherries and sorbet.David Lebovitz

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.

A round-up of events in Paris in April like food festivals and a rhum festival.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.

The music events to check out in Paris is April, like at the Philharmonie.Guilhem Vellut

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!

A happy female runner at Paris' annual marathon in April.
Paris in April is the best time to visit as it's sunny and the city's trees are in full bloom.Pilar Chiang/Valerie Hinojosa

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Emily Dilling

Emily Dilling is a France based writer and author of My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes. In 2005 Emily moved to Paris from her native California and began exploring the cities markets, restaurants, and cafés. In 2010 she founded the blog Paris Paysanne, where she writes about her favorite addresses and artisans in the city. Emily currently lives in the Loir-et-Cher region of France, where she writes and works in the grapevines. View Emily Dilling's Website

2 comments on “April Events in Paris: Foire de Paris, Paris Marathon, Rhum Fest, & More

We’ll be there on Friday, my husband is running the marathon!

Good luck to hubby! Mine is running Boston on the 16th! -Erica

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