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March Events in Paris: Omnivore Festival, Half Marathon, Tutankhamun, Drake & More

by Emily Dilling

March sees Paris come back to life, with terraces slowly filling with sun-seeking Parisians and pedestrians lingering in the streets a little longer to enjoy a blue sky. The added energy that spring brings will come in handy if you’re trying to keep up with the busy event calendar this month, from food and drink events, cultural activities, and more.  

The half-marathon takes place in Paris every March, and people come to support the runners (left). Marathon runners pass the Paris Town Hall in the rain (right).

Top image: Omnivore Festival. Above images: Paris Half Marathon

Salon Gastronomique Mer et Vigne

Food lovers have their choice of foodie festivals to attend in March. Kick off the month with a wine tasting when culinary specialties from across France come together  during the Salon Gastronomique Mer et Vigne. The event runs March 1-4 and includes over 100 stands featuring French food and wine.

Omnivore Festival

The annual Omnivore festival will take place from March 10-12 and will feature world-renowned chefs and food professionals. HiP Paris’ pick for this year’s festival will be Jean-Martin Fortier’s debut Omnivore appearance during which he will talk about the future of farming and his bio-intensive farm in Quebec, La Ferme des Quatre Temps, along with his market garden technique that ensures farmers make a good living while working sustainably.

Paris events in March include Omnivore Food Festival where farmers attend like Jean-Martin Fortier from biointensive La Ferme des Quatre Temps in Quebec.

Jean-Martin Fortier – La Ferme des Quatre Temps

Additionally, this year, the Netherlands will be the featured country in the festival, so be sure to join if you want to learn more about the Dutch culinary touch!

Viva Agave Festival

Events in Paris in March include Viva Agave spirits festival, for which these agave hearts are being chopped.

Viva Agave

The Viva Agave festival will take place on March 24 and 25, bringing together over 30 brands of mezcal, tequila, and other agave-based alcohols for tastings and conferences. 

Tutankhamum and Black Models

Paris events in March include art exhibitions like Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh, at La Villette.

Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh

There are plenty of options for art and music in Paris this month. The much-anticipated Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh show opens on March 23 at the Grande Hall de La Villette. The exhibition features more than 150 original objects found in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s tomb, 50 of which are leaving Egypt for the first and last time. Starting March 26, the Musée d’Orsay will open Black Models: From Géricault to Matisse, which explores the representation of black models in visual arts throughout history. 

Drake

Paris in March hiphop music events, like a Drake concert. The artist on stage, waving to the crowds with his right hand (left). A poster for his tour (right).

Fans of hip-hop will be happy to hear that two major artists will be coming to Paris this month. Drake will be playing three dates (March 13-16) at AccorHotels Arena and Childish Gambino will play the same venue on March 27. 

Paris Half Marathon and Martial Arts Festival

Go to the Martial Arts Festival and the half-marathon in March in Paris.

Martial Arts Festival / Childish Gambino and HER

Be a good sport and cheer runners on as they race towards the finish line of the Paris Half Marathon on March 10, and enjoy even more sporty fun at the Martial Arts Festival at the Accor Arena on March 23. 

Printemps du Cinema, Légende du Perroquet & St. Patrick’s Festival

Posters for the Printemps du Cinéma film festival in Paris in March.

Printemps du Cinema

Catch a film during Printemps du Cinema, when movie tickets are only 4€ for a limited time (March 17-19). Smaller spectators will love La Véritable Légende du Perroquet, a live eco-minded musical for children that explores themes of nature and self. Count on fun for the whole family at the St. Patrick’s Festival at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (March 16-18); the three days of festivities include concerts, food, face painting, and a parade! 

Go to an eco-musical for the kids like La Véritable Légende du Perroquet (left) or the band HER's tour (right) in Paris in March.

La Véritable Légende du Perroquet / HER

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Written by Emily Dilling for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation, or long term, rental in Paris, Italy, France or elsewhere in Europe? Let us know. We can help!

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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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