May Events: Tous à l’Opéra, Taste of Paris, Villette Sonique & More

by Emily Dilling
Events in Paris in May, including a film festival at Frank Gehry-designed cinematheque (left) and food festivals (right).Ester Westerveld/Taste of Paris

May starts off with a nation wide invitation inciting music lovers to visit local opera houses across the country for Tous à l’Opéra. During the weekend of May 4-6 twenty five music venues in France, including the Opéra national de Paris, will open their doors to the public, hosting free visits, demonstrations, and even dance classes.

Food festivals in Paris in May include Taste of Paris where you can sample some of these chocolate pastries.Taste of Paris

Food lovers never tire of opportunities to discover new foods and techniques in Paris. From May 17-20, gourmands should head to Taste of Paris where they will meet up-and-coming as well as established Paris chefs and taste the best of what they have to offer.

Paris in May is about music festivals like the Villette Sonique electonic music festival in a park close to the 3D cinema, a huge silver ball.Ketchup Mayo

As summer approaches, outdoor music festivals begin to fill the Parisian calendar. Kick off the season with Villette Sonique, which takes place from May 25-30. This free festival in the Parc de la Villette brings together indie groups from several genres of music, inspiring barefoot dancing in the grass and inaugurating the beginning of picnic season in Paris.

May in Paris is also about visiting artist studios in Belleville, of which there are many.Federica Nadalutti

The annual Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville (May 25-28) is the occasion to visit the studios of over 250 artists, who welcome visitors and show their work for this annual event, which has been hosted by the association for almost thirty years.

One of Paris' boulevards at sunset in May (left) and a poster for a film exhibition event (right).Augustin de Montesquio/Cahiers du Cinéma

More opportunities for enjoying art are available at the city’s museums and galleries, with several expositions kicking off in May. Starting on May 2 the Cinémathèque Française will feature the work of photographer and film director Chris Marker.

Concerts and exhibitions in Paris in May often take place at La Villette Grande Halle in the north-east of the city.Fred Romero

Starting on May 15, the Grand Halle de la Villette welcomes Japanese installation artists Teamlab to show their immersive and technology driven art.

A guide to art events in May in Paris, like Teamlab's installation at La Villette cultural hub.Sese87

The Centre Pompidou will host a retrospective of the work of l’Union des Artistes Modernes from May 30-August 27. Musée du Quai Branly hosts The Little Explorer’s Box of Delights (May 23-October 7), an exploration of the travel writing, youth literature, and other Western works that have “guided inquisitive little minds as they explore the world.”

A guide to events in Paris in May, including art exhibitions at the Pompidou museum.Sean X Liu

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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

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