Parisian Living

What to do in Paris in April 2019

by Emily Dilling

Following the momentum set by the Omnivore festival in March, Paris continues to host a variety of food festivals and events throughout the month of April.

A runner splashed in water at the end of the Paris Marathon in April (left). The Bordeaux Kitchen cookbook by Tania Teschke, out this April (right).
Top image: Autumn Mott Rodeheaver. Above image: Paris Marathon / The Bordeaux Kitchen by Tania Teschke

On April 3, spend an Evening with author Tania Teschke as she talks about her book The Bordeaux Kitchen at the American Library in Paris. The event will be moderated by Cynthia Coutu, founder of DelectaBulles, and will be followed by a Bordeaux wine and cheese tasting. 

Runners during the Paris Marathon in April on Place de la Concorde (left). The logo for Delectabulles, which will be doing champagne tastings this April in Paris (right).
Paris Marathon – A.Vialatte / DelectaBulles

From April 7-8 the Paris Event Center welcomes Planète Bière, a two-day festival dedicated to craft beer. Tastings, conferences, presentations, and opportunities to meet your favorite brewers are all on the agenda at this annual event.

Events in Paris in April include beer festival Planète Bière, where visitors can taste lots of different beers like these two ladies at a bar at the event (left). The flyer for the Planète Bière beer festival in Paris in April (right).
Planète Bière

The following weekend (April 13-15) is Rhum Fest at the Parc Floral de Paris. The three-day festival includes masterclasses, tastings, bars, and food stands. 

A poster for the Paris rum festival in April with a block painting of a boat out to see (left). Someone pouring rum into a glass at the Paris rum festival (right).
Rhum Fest

Round out the month with a natural wine tasting featuring members of the collective Les Vins S.A.I.N.S. Committed to low-interventionist wine making, a dozen vignerons will present their nothing-added-nothing-taken-away wines on a houseboat in the 15th arrondissement. 

A poster for wine-tasting collective Les Vins S.A.I.N.S. in Paris this April (left). A little girl painting Easter eggs in Paris this April at one of the city's events for kids (right).
Salon des Vins S.A.I.N.S. / Rawpixle

In addition to food festivals, April is full of notable art fairs. Start the month with the Paris Art and Design Fair (April 3-7), which brings together international art dealers and designers to share their collections. Overlapping with that event is the Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais (April 4-7), featuring 150 modern art galleries from over 20 countries. 

A poster for PAD Paris art and design fair at Tuileries metro station (left). An exhibition space showing a contemporary living room at PAD in Paris (right).
Paris Art and Design Fair

From April 9-August 11, DJ Laurent Garnier sets the tone for an electro exhibition celebrating greats from the genre, ranging from Kraftwerk to Daft Punk, at the Électro exposition hosted by Philharmonie de Paris. 

A poster for an electro music exhibition in Paris in April at the Philharmonie (left). An Easter egg hunt for kids in Paris in April (right).
Électro / Sophie Elvis

If photography is your art of choice, head to Le Centquatre. Starting on April 20 and running until the end of June, the venue hosts Circulation(s), a celebration of young European photographers. 

Colorful Easter eggs on a plate in Paris in April (left). A poster for the Circulation photography show in Paris this April (right).
Autumn Mott Rodeheaver / Circulation(s)

Runners will be kept busy in April, with a sporty calendar that includes a Runners Trade Show featuring 220 exhibitors at the Porte de Versailles (April 11-13). The 43rd Annual Paris Marathon takes place on April 14. And if you’re not up for the 42km trek, a much more friendly 5k Breakfast Run will take place the day before. Fans of football will want to tune into the French Cup Final, which will take place on Saturday April 27. 

Marathon runners on Place de la Concorde at Sunset in April in Paris (left). A reflection of Paris marathon runners in a puddle of water (right).
Paris Marathon – left: A.Vialatte

Easter falls on April 21 this year and if you happen to be in Paris with kids (or just have a sweet tooth for chocolate) you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Easter egg hunts are organized for little ones in parks across the city, including Square René Le Gall in the 13th arrondissement and Parc Mongenot in the 12th arrondissement.

A little girl in a stripy red and white top, looking for Easter eggs in Paris, through a pair of binoculars.
Rawpixel

Sophie de Bernardi, head pastry chef at Café de La Paix and Hôtel InterContinental Paris, will also unveil her Easter chocolate Teddy Bear. The teddy bear première will take place during a brunch and Easter egg hunt event on Easter Sunday at Café de la Paix. Another brunch-and-hunt event will also be held at L’Hôtel du Collectionneur on the same day. 

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Written by Emily Dilling for HiP Paris. Looking to travel? Check out Haven In for a fabulous vacation, or long term, rental in Paris, Italy, France or elsewhere in Europe.

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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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