The biggest Paris event in April is the Paris Marathon, one of the biggest in the world due to its beautiful and mostly flat route past spectacular scenery and famous monuments.
Other top April events include major art and craft expositions, a huge "fun fair" dating back to early medieval times, the Easter holiday at the beginning of the month, and the arrival of spring in Paris as every tree in the city bursts into bloom, sidewalk tables fill up in front of brasseries and cafes, and sunshine makes everyone slightly giddy.
Lots of wonderful concerts pack the April calendar, with Easter concerts in historic churches, dinner concerts at Sainte-Chapelle, and wekk-known artists performing at iconic venues such as the Bataclan, Trianon, and AccorHotels Arena.
And don't miss new and recently opened Paris art exhibits at Grande Halle de la Villette, Atelier des Lumières, Centre Pompidou, and Musée de l'Orangerie.
Top photo: Magnolia trees blooming in early April, with Saint-Augustin Church dome in the background, (c) Paris Discovery Guide
Paris Marathon 2022
The Paris Marathon 2022 kicks off on Sunday, April 3 at the Arc de Triomphe as 65,000 runners from all over the world start the race course down Champs-Élysées and about a quarter of a million spectators line up along the 26.2 mile route to watch. The first group of Elite runners depart at 8:20am, with other groups following in waves until 9:50am.
Whether you're running or watching, the Marathon's mostly-flat 26.2 mile (42.2 km) route gives you spectacular close-up views of iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, plus interesting tours of Paris's two huge wooded parklands. Thanks to the relatively flat route, the winner typically crosses the finish line in just over two hours, although you can still see plenty of runners along the route until at least mid-afternoon.
Events before the race include the 3-day Paris Marathon Expo at Porte de Versailles, where you can also pick up your bib, and an untimed 5K Breakfast Run on Saturday before the race past many of the famous sites runners will see on the full Marathon route the next day.
April Concerts in Paris - 2022
- Nixon in China: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - April 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 16
- Hamlet: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - April 2, 5, 9
- Avril Lavigne - Zenith de Paris- April 12 (2 shows)
- Hommage to Castrati: Baroque Music in Paris - Sainte Elisabeth de Hongrie Church - April 11
- Paris Opera Dance School Recitals - Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) - April 15, 16, 18
- Maurice Bejart: Paris Opera Ballet - Opéra Bastille - April 21, 22, 25, 28, 30
- Handel's Ariodante: Paris Opera - Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) - April 23, 30
Palm Sunday & Easter Weekend Concerts
More Paris rock, pop, jazz, rap, indie, & other concerts during April - In the search box, enter: Paris April
Interesting Paris Tours for April
These highly-rated tours show you the best of Paris . . . and beyond!
Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line and Summit Access Tour - No need to wait in a long line at Paris's most famous attraction when you're with this guided small-group tour. With your guide, you get priority access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd level, and will learn about some of the famous monument's unique history. Head up to the tower's summit on your own and experience the amazing views (and perhaps a glass of Champagne). More
Moulin Rouge Show with 3-Course Dinner & Champagne - Pamper yourself with a fabulous 3-course dinner and Champagne and then watch Paris's famous Moulin Rouge cabaret show. More
Champagne Region Small Group Day Trip from Paris - A full-day guided visit through Champagne country, vineyard tours with free Champagne tasting, a traditional French lunch in Reims and a tour of its stunningly beautiful cathedral, a visit to the Moët and Chandon cellars, plus pickup/dropoff at your hotel . . . it's the perfect day trip from Paris! More
Musical Fountain Shows Begin at Versailles 2022
You will know spring has arrived in Paris when the Musical Gardens and Musical Fountains Shows start for the season in the Gardens at Palace of Versailles in early April. These special presentations continue through late October/early November.
Getting to Versailles from Paris: Take the RER C from Paris - about a 30-minute ride - and get off at the Versailles Château Rive Gauche station. The Palace is about a 10-minute walk along a well-marked route.
Hours: The Palace is open from 9am - 5:30pm, and the Gardens are open from 8am - 6pm. Both are open daily, except Mondays, Christmas, and New Year Day.
Tickets to Versailles & Musical Gardens or Fountain Show
Here are two highly-rated guided tours of Versailles that include Musical Gardens or Musical Fountains (on days when they take place):
- Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train
- From Paris: Versailles Sunset Bike Tour with Musical Fountains & Fireworks Show
Prefer to explore on your own? Get a Versailles Palace & Gardens "Passport" Ticket that includes the shows on days when they are available.
More Ways to See Versailles:
April in Paris - Spring Arrives!
The beauty of April in Paris is legendary. With Kwanzan cherry trees and other flowers blooming everywhere you look, plenty of sunny days (usually), and warm temperatures, April gives Paris visitors and residents the perfect excuse to stroll through the city's loveliest parks. Here are several familiar and less-known Parisian Edens you won't want to miss:
- Jardin du Luxembourg (Rue de Médicis/Rue de Vaugirard, 6th arr.) - In the heart of the Left Bank, the park's mix of formal French gardens, English-style winding paths, and over 100 statues provide the perfect setting to discover early spring flowers. Metro: Rennes
- Palais Royal Garden (8 Rue de Montpensier, 1st arr.) - Almost hidden behind Daniel Buren's columns in Palais Royal's courtyard, the garden is a tranquil haven from nearby Rue de Rivoli and the Louvre. Look for magnolias and daffodils in full bloom in early April, followed by foxgloves and roses as days grow warmer. Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre
- Square Georges Cain (7 Rue Payenne, 3rd arr.) - On a quiet side street in the heart of the Marais, this small oasis captures the afternoon sun. In April, look for small blooming bulbs amid the statues and historic artifacts. Metro: St Paul
Popular Seine River Cruises
Paris Museum Shows & Exhibitions - April 2022
Gaudí @ Orsay Museum
First major show of Antoni Gaudí's work in Paris in 50 years, including pieces of his furniture never seen before in France, and focusing on his creations of palaces, urban hotels, parks, and churches including the Sagrada Familia.
Dates: April 12, 2022 - July 17, 2022
Musée d'Orsay Tickets: 16€ adults. Book a reserved-access ticket for skip-the-line access, save with a combo ticket to Musée de l'Orangerie and the Orsay Museum, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7; Metro: Pont de l'Alma; Invalides
At the Source of the Water Lilies: The Impressionists and Decoration - The Orangerie Museum
Eighty paintings, ceramics, fans, and drawings by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir, and other late 19th century artists demonstrate the degree to which they forged a new path by creating art for its decorative qualities.
Dates: March 2, 2022 - July 11, 2022
Tickets: 12.50€. Book your Musée de l'Orangerie ticket online (includes permanent collections and special exhibitions), save with a combo ticket to Musée de l'Orangerie and the Orsay Museum, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location: Tuileries Garden (southwest corner), 75001; Metro: Concorde, Assemblée Nationale
Paris Foire du Trone - Throne Fair - 2022
Visit Paris's huge Foire du Trone, and you'll become part of a tradition and cultural event stretching back to 857 when 15-year old King Lothair established the first Fun Fair, once a festive market featuring gingerbread as a top seller and acrobats and gambling to entertain the crowds. Today, roughly 350 attractions including carnival rides, stuffed animals, fries, and beer rule as the fair attracts an estimated 5 million visitors for the shared goal of having fun during its 2-month spring season. Especially if you're staying in the Marais, getting to the fair takes less than 10 minutes on the Metro's Line 8.
This year, the Foire du Trone will sponsor a charity drive on April 1 to support Ukraine. To participate, you can purchase a bracelet for 10€, and get all your rides for half price. The event sponsors will donate the money from the bracelet purchases to the Voice of the Children Foundation (La Voix de l'Enfant), which will send the money to help children in Ukraine.
When: April 1-May 29, noon to midnight (1pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and the eves of public holidays)
Where: Bois de Vincennes on the Reuilly Lawn (Pelouse de Reuilly), 12th arrondissement (Look for the fair on your right after you pass through the entrance near the Porte Dorée metro station)
Metro: Porte Dorée
Admission: Free - plus reasonable prices for food, drinks, rides, etc
More information: Faire du Trone website
Paris Book Fair (Festival du Livre de Paris) - 2022
Paris is a city that takes books seriously, and no where is that more evident than at the massive 3-day Paris Book Fair held each spring with 150,000+ visitors from more than 50 countries.
You can buy books, chat with some of the almost 4,000 writers at the presentations and publishers' booths (they'll also sign their books for you), and attend your choice of 2,500 events including signing sessions, readings, concerts, workshops, interviews, and debates. If that's not enough, check out the 1,200 or so exhibits put up by major and indie publishers, themed stages, bookstores, specialty forums on genres such as detective fiction and young adult, news organizations, book sellers, digital and audio producers, and university presses. There are even four literary cafés.
This year's event includes a special pavilion focused on Indian literature and cultural heritage in honor of the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. Also, for the first time this year, events will also take place at other places in the capital, including a trip to a dozen embassies in Paris and guided literary strolls through Paris neighborhoods.
When: April 22-24
Where: Grand Palais Ephémère on Champ de Mars, 7th arrondissement
Metro: Ecole Militaire
Livre Paris website for more information: www.festivaldulivredeparis.fr
"Art Paris" Art Fair 2022
If modern or contemporary art fuels your passion, put the massive Art Paris Art Show at the top of your "must-see" list for April and head over to the Grand Palais Éphémère to immerse yourself in the works of over 900 artists from 130 galleries from over 23 countries exhibited under the huge temporary "Palais" (in case you're wondering, the actual Grand Palais is getting much-need renovations/updating and will reopen in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris).
Special shows to seek out: Natural Histories, a curated selection of 20 artists who focus on the natural world, plants, and animals; Art & Environment, a show of 17 artists who express their relationship to the world through ecology; Promises, a look at emerging galleries; plus solo exhibits for numerous artists as well as other special exhibitions.
When: April 7-10
Tickets: 25-30€ per day, 30-35€ for 2-day passes, cheaper rates for students; buy in advance on the event's website
Where: Grand Palais Éphémère, Champs de Mars, 7th arrondissement; enter on the Ave de la Motte-Picquet end on the side near the Ecole Militaire metro station
Metro: Ecole Militaire
La Folle Friperie Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Store 2022
If you're a fan of shopping for vintage/recycled/repurposed clothing, which is super-trendy in Paris right now, then you'll want to check out a huge vintage/thrift pop-up in the Bastille Design Center (74 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 11th arrondissement) on April 22, 23, and 24 featuring literally tons of vintage, thrift, and second hand clothes from the 1970s to the present day.
Best of all, everything is priced at 30€ per kilo, and if you bring in your own clothes (clean and in good condition), you'll get a 10% discount (up to 10€) on your purchase. You can find event and admission (free, but you do need to reserve a ticket) details on the organizer's Facebook page.
More places to shop for vintage clothing in Paris: Marais, especially along Rue de Rivoli; Rue de Martyrs neighborhood in 9th arrondissement - don't miss the shops on Rue Clauzel
Paris's biggest flea market at Saint Ouen: Let an expert guide show you the best vintage sellers
European Craft Days in Paris 2022
The European Days of Crafts (Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art) takes place all over Europe and showcases contemporary expressions of traditional crafts by opening the doors of professional artisans to the public for a week each spring.
This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at bookbinders, costume makers, jewelry designers, leather toolers, bicycle makers, stone carvers, tapestry weavers, furniture restorers, and much more, many of them at the city's top cultural institutions such as the Louvre and the Paris Opera. Go to the JAMA website to see what's on offer. Use the map to search; you'll have to click about 10 times to drill down to Paris events, but it's worth the effort. With over 200 open studios in Paris, you'll have a wealth of choices.
When: March 28 - April 4
Admission: Free, but many venues are small and limit participants, so advance registration is usually required and some fill up very quickly
Where: All over Paris (and France as well as the rest of Europe)
Easter in Paris - 2022
Displays of chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs in the windows of chocolate makers announce Easter in Paris a couple of weeks before the actual holiday.
In 2022, Easter takes place on Sunday, April 17, and the following Monday, April 18 is also a holiday for many Parisians - so be sure to buy your chocolate Easter treats a few days in advance, as many stores and restaurants will be closed on these days.
Popular Easter activities in Paris include attending religious services, strolling through the city's lovely parks to see spring flowers, enjoying a picnic (many restaurants will be closed), and attending an Easter concert. If you're visiting with children, don't miss city's largest Easter egg hunt in Parc André Citroen sponsored by Secours Populaire Français.
Concerts on Palm Sunday and Easter Weekends
- Les Violons de France: Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Madeleine Church - April 17
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