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What’s On This Month In Paris | May 2016
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What’s On This Month In Paris | May 2016

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Updated: 25 May 2016
Want to know what’s getting us so excited about May in Paris? Read on, and tap in to the most exciting events, exhibits, and foods that are bringing life back to the City of Lights!

MONDAY 2nd – SUNDAY 8th MAY


CELEBRATE  |  La fête du Travail  

Sun 1st May

Le premier mai (The First of May), is a national holiday in France, meaning that nearly everyone in France has the day off. Although this means that museums, shops, and restaurants will most likely be closed, we have some ideas of que faire on this holiday!

FOOD  |  Gentle Gourmet Café

Wed 4th May

At this popular vegan restaurant, the food is prepared so beautifully that flowers bloom right on the plate!

MUSIC  |  The Great Bowie Party at La Trabendo

Fri 6th May

Let’s dance! Get down like the late and great spaceman, as La Trabendo hosts this wild David Bowie-themed fun-fest.

PHOTOGRAPHY   |  So long, China – Patrick Zackmann at MEP

Sat 7th May

Photographer Patrick Zachmann captures the metamorphosis of Chinese society as it goes through turbulent and triumphant years, from 1982 to 2015.

FESTIVAL   |   Paris Beer Week

Fri 29th April 29th – Sun 8th May

The minds behind the annual Paris Beer Week pride themselves on being the first festival in the Île-de-France region that is dedicated to craft beer. Discover their creations here.


MONDAY 9th – SUNDAY 15th MAY


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© Wade Davis/Ted | © momo/FLickr | Courtesy of Point Ephémère | © artonthefly/Flickr

INSPIRATION   |   Wade Davis Ted Talk on Disappearing Cultures

Mon 9th May

Broaden your horizons with Wade Davis, a pioneer in ethnobotany, as he discusses the precious and rapidly disappearing cultures of the world.

OUTDOORS  |  Irises and Wysteria at Monet’s Garden

Tues 10th May

Marvel at the most famous garden in the world – in full bloom – one hour north of Paris in Giverny.

DRINK  |   The Best Bars On The Canal, From Bastille to Villette

Thurs 12th May

Bask in the sunshine with the hipsters and cool kids at these unbeatable waterside bars.

FOOD  |   Marché Dejean

Sat 14th May

Get a taste of far-flung lands at this neighorhood market at the heart of Paris’ Little Africa.

ART  |  Palais de Tokyo

Sat 14th – Mon 16th May 

The Palais de Tokyo changes its temporary exhibitions every six weeks. Six of its exhibitions, including Jean-Michel Alberola and Simon Evans, will end on May 16th, so use this weekend to soak in all that you can from these exhibitions before it’s too late!


MONDAY 16th – SUNDAY 22nd MAY


ART   |   Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso at Grand Palais

Wed 18th May

This one-of-a-kind exhibition is a devoir for all those modern art-lovers out there! Discover one of Portugal’s modern art pioneers in the first grand retrospective of De Souza’s work, along with other major modernists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and the Delaunays.

FESTIVAL  |  Fête de la Nature

Thurs 19th May

The organizers of this festival have one goal in mind: to reconnect humanity with nature. With five days of free events, it’s hard to say no to that!

DANCE   |   Tanztheater Wuppertal-Pina Bausch

Fri 20th May

In a setting that reminds us of a battleground, 24 dancers run after one another in a choreographic frenzy that explores the complexity of human relations.

ART  |  Nuit des Musées

Sat 21st May

The Night of Museums is an event that is hosted throughout France. One night of the year, most of the museums in France will be open late with free entry. This is the perfect chance to check out any museum of your choosing in Paris!

MUSIC  |  Festival Jazz Saint-Germain

Sun 22nd May 

Every year, the Saint-Germain Jazz Festival gathers the most talented jazz musicians from all over the world in the historic centre of Paris’ Jazz Age, Saint Germain-des-Près.


MONDAY 23rd – TUESDAY 31st MAY


FOOD   |   Neva

Tues 24th May

If you’re a fervent foodie always in the search of your next favorite restaurant, Neva Cuisine is your next stop. With its exquisite menu of French contemporary dishes, you’re in for a gastronomic ride in Neva.

DRINKS   |   Clandestine Bar La Mezcalería

Thurs 26th May

What could be better than real Mexican food cooked by professional Mexican chefs and a great selection of 100% agave tequila and mezcal? Get ready to dance the night away in this authentic Mexican speakeasy.  

ART   |   Masterpieces of Budapest Exhibit

Fri 27th May

For the first time, the Musée du Luxembourg is hosting the masterpieces of the museums of Budapest.

MUSIC   |   Villette Sonique

Sat 28th May

Plunge into a flux of unconventional sounds and musical exploration of styles that you didn’t even know exist in this fun and eclectic music festival at La Villette.

OFFBEAT  |  Le Pavillon des Merveilles

Sun 29th May

In accordance with the release of the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland film in June, one of our favorite cafés Le Pavillon des Canaux will be transformed into the world of Alice and Tim Burton for an entire month.

FOOD   |    Le Ballon Rouge

Mon 30th May

Quaint and intimate, Le Ballon Rouge wine bar is one of the Marais’ best kept secrets. They have more than 250 hand-selected wines from local vineyards and a menu thoughtfully crafted to delight your palate in its own right!

VISIT   |   Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

Tues 31st May 

Visit the palace that ignited a fiery jealousy in King Louis XIV and that inspired the construction of the world-famous Château de Versailles.