What to do in Paris in March

by Ali Postma

Spring is in the air! Soon the beautiful cherry blossom, magnolia, and wisteria trees will bloom around the city. It’s my favorite time of the year in Paris. Celebrate the end of winter, and take advantage of the warmer weather by getting out and about this month with these events:

Left: a cherry blossom tree in full bloom at the Trocadero gardens with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Right: people petting a dog at a table outside the Cafe Tabac in Montmartre.
Dwain Norsa / Jann And

Cinéma du Réel 44th International Documentary Film Festival – March 11-20

The Cinéma du Réel is an annual festival exploring documentary filmmaking in all its forms, evolutions, and practices. 40 French and foreign films were selected to compete, none of which have been released in France. The Festival’s program of feature and short-length films showcases the world’s most recent productions. 

Habibi Love – Oriental Vibes Party à La Villette – À La Folie – March 18

Habibi Love is a celebration of diversity. The Festival is inspired by popular music and culture from Arabic-speaking (from the Maghreb to the Middle East) or Islamic (from West Africa to Turkey, Iran or Pakistan) countries. It’s a convivial meeting around the popular and contemporary music of these rich and diverse regions. Discover Oriental Grooves, Turkish Disco, Oriental Electro, Arab Hip Hop, Oriental Reggae, Arabic Funk, Mediterranean Soul, Arab Beats, and more.

Left: peniches (boat houses) on the Seine with the Musee d'Orsay in the background. Right: the promotional image for Cinéma du Réel.
Alice Mindru / Cinéma du Réel

ERIC PRYDZ – T7 – March 19

Nightclubs reopened in Paris on February 16, which means you can see the Swedish DJ behind the 2004 hit single “Call on Me” play at T7. Eric Prydz is one of the most iconic producers in electronic music. He has been a pioneering force for over 20 years, repeatedly pushing the scene to its technical and musical limits. This is his first Parisian club show in over 10 years.

Le Printemps du Cinéma – March 20-22

After two years of absence, the Printemps du Cinéma returns this year. For three days, spectators can enjoy an exceptional rate of €4 per screening in all participating cinemas. This is a great opportunity to take full advantage of the richness of the program, which includes new releases and films still in theaters.

Left: a promotional image for Le Printemps du Cinéma. Right: a promotional image for the Salon du Vintage.
Le Printemps du Cinéma / Salon du Vintage

Salon du Vintage – Le Carreau du Temple – March 26

For its 25th edition in Paris, the Salon du Vintage pays tribute to the seventh art by presenting iconic pieces of fashion and furniture from classic films. See Pascal Mourgue’s seats from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: The Space Odyssey and Azzedine Alaïa’s dresses worn by 80’s icon Grace Jones in the James Bond film Dangerously Yours. As well as costumes and furniture from The Devil Wears Prada, Lalaland, The Wolf of Wall Street, and others. In addition, there will be 100 exhibitors of design furniture, fashion, vinyls, classic vehicles, and more.

Festival Banlieues Bleues – Seine-Saint-Denis – March 26-April 22

After the 37th edition was interrupted by lockdown and the 38th was online, the 39th edition of the Festival Banlieues Bleues finally returns to Seine-Saint-Denis. With an abundant array of musical styles, the annual festival brings together a selection of the most creative groups of the moment. Outside of the concerts, many of the programed musicians also take part in musical activities involving participants of all ages and levels.

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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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