February is a month full of festivals and special events that annually delight Parisians. While the holidays may be over, the fun doesn’t need to come to an end—so say no to winter blues, put on a warm coat, and take advantage of what Paris has to offer this February. 

Happy girl smelling a bunch of red and white Valentines Day roses (left). Heart lights in Paris (right).
Andrii Podilnyk / Bruce Hong

Kick off the month with Chinese New Year festivities in Paris. On February 5, participating Paris neighborhoods will celebrate the Year of the Pig. Special events including a parade in the 13th arrondissement, concerts in the Marais, and dance and martial arts performances in Belleville. 

Mondial Tatouage tattoo fair takes places every February in Paris (left). Poster for French singer Benjamin Biolay Music Concert in Paris (right).
Mondial Tatouage and Benjamin Biolay Concert Paris

From February 15 to 17, La Villette hosts the International Tattoo Salon, which features expositions of tattoo art and artists, seminars, and on-site tattoos. The fun continues with concerts, food trucks, and other entertainment throughout the weekend. 

A huge handsome bull at the Paris annual International Agricultural Show (Salon International de l'Agriculture) which takes place every year.
International Agriculture Salon Paris

The beloved International Agriculture Salon starts on February 24 and runs until March 4. This annual event draws professionals and spectators of all types from France and beyond. Enjoy a week of tasting regional French and international cuisine and artisanal products. After having a few sips of wine and a healthy sampling of snacks, go say hi to some farm animals, many of which are competing for medals at this reputed show. 

One of the farmers at the International Agricultural Show (Salon International de l'Agriculture) on his saucisson stand (left). Artisanal saucisson from the French countryside (right).
International Agriculture Salon Paris

If you’re looking for your agriculture with an urban spin, you’ll want to check out Agricool’s ongoing exposition Agriculture urbaine : un rêve qui devient réalité, which features three artists’ interpretations of the theme of urban agriculture (until March 31).

The poster for the Agricool Urban Agriculture Exhibition in Paris from January through March.
Agricool – Urban Agriculture Exposition Paris

Other interesting expositions this month include Cleaving the air: Bamboo art in Japan at Musée du Quai Branly (until April 7) and Sérusier’s ‘Talisman’, a prophecy of colour at Musée d’Orsay (until April 28). 

Exhibits at the Japanese Bamboo Art show at Paris' Musée Quai de Branly
Japanese Bamboo Art Show at the Quai de Branly Museum

February is also a great month for live music with a range of options including Joan Baez’s ten-day run at L’Olympia. Francophile music lovers won’t want to miss Matthieu Chédid at Cirque d’Hiver and Benjamin Biolay at L’Olympia on February 19. 

Poster for Joan Baez concert (left) and the poster for a Paris Valentine's Day race (right).
Joan Baez Concert/ La Course de la Saint Valentin

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the city of love with a night out on the town. Who’s hosts a romantic dinner en amoureux featuring foie gras, scallops, and decadent desserts. Or book a fancy rendez-vous in the 1st arrondissement for Dîner de St. Valentin Chez Claude. Singles should mingle at the Afterwork Kiss Party, and sporty valentines can meet up in the morning for a run at the Course de la Saint-Valentin.

Chez Claude romantic restaurant in Paris sign (right) and a luscious red rose for Valentine's Day in Paris (right).
Chez Claude / Jamie Street

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A couple in love kissing on the streets of Paris (left) and beautiful pink tulips on a flower stand in Paris on Valentine's Day (right).
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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.

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