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.

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Top photo:  Magnolia trees blooming in Paris in early April - Saint-Augustin Church dome in the background


Paris Marathon 2022

Paris Marathon - top April event - with Eiffel Tower in the background
Paris Marathon - top April event - with Eiffel Tower in the background

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.

Tips for how to make the most of your Marathon experience

Best places to watch the race

Recommended hotels for the Paris Marathon


April Concerts in Paris - 2022

Easter Concerts

Other April Concerts

More Paris classical concerts, opera, & dance performances during April  

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Interesting Paris Tours for April

Reims Cathedral, a destination included on the Champagne Region Small Group Day Trip from Paris
Reims Cathedral, a destination included on the Champagne Region Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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

Versailles Garden statue spraying water

You can be sure that 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.  Shows 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.  More about how to get from Paris to Versailles Palace
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):

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:


Find out more about tours to Versailles from Paris


April in Paris - Spring Arrives!

Square Marcel Pagnol near Saint Augustin Church (shown in top photo) in the 8th arrondissement of Paris
Square Marcel Pagnol near Saint Augustin Church (shown in top photo) in the 8th arrondissement of Paris

The beauty of April in Paris is legendary.  With 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

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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

Find out about more special exhibitions at Paris Museums in April


Paris Foire du Trone - Throne Fair

Fun things to do and see at the Paris Throne Fair
Fun things to do and see at the Paris Throne Fair

Visit Paris's huge Foire du Trone, and you'll become part of a tradition 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, carnival rides, stuffed animals, fries, and beer rule as the fair attracts an estimated 5 million visitors during its 2-month spring season.

When:  Through May 25, noon to midnight (1pm on Saturdays and the eves of public holidays)
Where: Bois de Vincennes, 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


Art Paris Art Fair

Statue on the front facade of the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris
Statue on the front facade of the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris

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 to immerse yourself in the works of over 1,000 artists from 142 galleries from over 70 countries exhibited under the huge glass dome. 

Special shows to seek out:  an in-depth look at women artists in France; established and emerging artists from Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Mexico City; solo exhibits for numerous artists.  Digital projections across the front of the Grand Palais add to the excitement.

When: April 1-4 (to be confirmed)
Tickets:  25€ per day
Where:  Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th arrondissement

European Craft Days in Paris 

Visit to the costume creation studio at the Opéra National de Paris
Visit to see tapestry weavers at Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris's 13th arrondissement - Photo credit: Sébastien Bertrand

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.  With over 200 open studios in Paris, you'll have a wealth of choices.

When: April 5-11 (to be confirmed)
Admission:  Free, but many venues are small and limit participants, so advance registration is usually required.
Where:  All over Paris (and France as well as the rest of Europe)

Easter in Paris - 2022

Easter chocolates displayed in Foucher chocolatier Foucher in Paris
Easter candy on display at famous Parisian chocolatier, Foucher

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.

Find out more about Easter events and activities in Paris

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Magnolias blooming near Saint Augustin Church in Paris in April
Magnolias blooming near Saint Augustin Church in Paris in April
Soaking up sun in the courtyard garden at Petit Palais in Paris in April
Soaking up sun in the courtyard garden at Petit Palais in Paris in April