What to do in Paris in April

by Ali Postma

Spring is here! Finally we’re getting some blue skies, sunshine, and warmer weather. The cherry blossom, magnolia, and wisteria trees are in bloom and Easter is on the horizon (check out some of our favorite French chocolates). Here’s what’s on this April in the city:

Left- The Palace of Versailles is shown with pink and purple flowers blooming. Right- An ad for the Festival Circulations in white.
Top- Paris at sunset by Dewang Gupta / Above – Versailles by @joe.abh, Festival Circulation(s) by @festival_circulations

Festival Circulation(s) – CENTQUATRE-PARIS – April 2 – May 29

Festival Circulation(s) is dedicated to emerging photography in Europe. 30 artists of 15 nationalities are exhibited at CENTQUATRE-PARIS. This year there is a focus on the Armenian artistic scene. You can also see works exhibited in various metro stations.

Left- Runners compete in the Paris Marathon in front of the Eiffel Tower. Right- Purple Wisteria trees are in bloom on a Parisian street.
Marathon runners by @parismarathon, Wisteria trees by @carolineslittleparis

Paris Marathon – April 3

The Paris Marathon is one of the most prestigious, and biggest marathons in the world. Over the 42.195 km distance, you will have the chance to discover some of Paris’ most famous sites. 

Left- The Eiffel Tower is shown from inside a window with a neon sign. Right- People enjoy the Art Paris Art Fair under the Eiffel Tower.
Inside and outside the Art Paris Art Fair by @artparisartfair

Paris Art Design – Jardin des Tuileries – April 5 – 10 

Paris Art Design brings together the best French and international galleries of historical, modern and contemporary design. Discover decorative arts and design from the 20th and 21st century.

Left- Art pieces in blues, black, and white are on display. Right- People are shown in a park in Paris with pink cherry blossoms in bloom.
Pieces showcased by @padesignart / Cherry blossoms in Palais Royal, Paris by @sofinparis

Art Paris – Grand Palais Éphémère – April 7 – 10

Art Paris is a contemporary art fair with a selection of 130 galleries from twenty countries. The 24th edition is committed to sustainability, with two themes: “Natural Histories” and “Art & Environment”.

Left- Old books are shown on floor to ceiling shelves with cafe tables in front of them. Right-An ad for the Festival du Livre de Paris.
Merci Concept Store by shabferdowsi / Festival du Livre de Paris by @festivaldulivredeparis

Festival du Livre de Paris – Grand Palais Éphémère – April 22 – 24

Discover authors, publishers, and booksellers at this celebration reading. The festival reflects the extraordinary diversity of French publishing, the creativity of authors, and the richness of Indian literary production.

Cherry blossom, magnolia, and wisteria spotting – various locations

Check out the cherry blossom, magnolia, and wisteria trees in bloom before they lose their flowers. For cherry blossoms, go to Jardin des Plantes, Champ de Mars, Square Gabriel-Pierné, outside Shakespeare and Company, and Square Paul-Langevin. For magnolias, go to: Jardin de Palais Royal, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Champ de Mars, and the side of Hôtel de Ville. For wisteria, head to the Grande Mosquée de Paris and Rue de l’Abreuvoir.

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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