Exciting Paris events during February include final Winter Sales (look for the biggest bargains this month!), a trio of Chinese New Year parades, a lively roster of concerts and museum shows, and believe it or not, the first signs of spring toward the end of the month.
Valentine's Day means you'll see lovely displays in bakery windows, and special menus in the city's romantic bistros. If you're visiting, don't miss the romantic dinners, shows, and cruises on this day.
With warmer temperature, longer days, and the first flowers appearing on early-blooming cherry trees, February is a wonderful time to explore Paris, visit museums, and enjoy hints of romance in the air.
Celebrate being in the "City of Love" by posing for a photo in front of the famous blue and white Wall of Love in Rictus Square in Montmartre where you'll see I Love You written 311 times and in 250 different languages.
Top photo: Le mur des je t'aime (the Wall of Love) in Rictus Square in Montmartre, (c) Paris Discovery Guide
Valentine's Day in Paris: Celebrate Your Love in the City of Love
It's hard to imagine a more romantic city in the world than Paris - so what better destination with your love on Valentine's Day, especially if you might be planning to propose?
Spend the day enjoying some of these romantic and fun activities:
- Tour the city in a classic vintage Citroën 2CV and see all the famous sites: the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Seine River, and the picturesque Montmartre neighborhood.
- Explore Paris's most charming neighborhoods on a fun and leisurely small bike tour as your guide takes you through fashionable Saint Germain, medieval Marais, and the lively Latin Quarter.
- Go for a walk along the Seine River.
As night falls, head out to one of these romantic destinations - and the perfect place to propose:
- Valentine's Day Seine River Cruise with 5-Course Gourmet Dinner & Live Music - Champagne, wine, and live music round out this wonderful experience for February 14. Find out more
- "Soirée Love" at the Rodin Museum, where a "love tour" shows you Rodin's most sensuous scultures such as "The Kiss" and "The Age of Bronze," complete with a recounting of Rodin's own love store with Camille Claudel, romantic music, and poetry. February 14 from 6pm-11pm, with four time slots. Tickets & more information
- Romantic Dinner Cruise with Champagne - Available every evening, this gourmet 3-course dinner cruise down the Seine lets you enjoy beautiful illuminated top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum. Find out more
- Lido de Paris Valentine's Day Dinner & Show - Celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th at Paris's legendary Lido de Paris caberet while you savor a 4-course gourmet dinner, sip Champagne, and enjoy the Lido's fabulous "Paris Merveilles" show. Find out more - or catch the same show with dinner and Champagne on another night
February Concerts in Paris - 2023
- Tristan & Isolde: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - February 1, 4
- Peter Grimes: Paris Opera - Palais Garnier - Feb 1, 4, 11, 14, 19, 24
- Il Trovatore: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - Feb 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17
- Carmen: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - Jan 3, 9, 12, 15, 22, 25
- Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Famous Adagios - Saint Germain des Pres Church - Feb 4
- George Balanchine: Paris Opera Ballet - Palais Garnier - Feb 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 25, 26, 28
- Dropkick Murphys - Zenith de Paris - Feb 10, 11
- Hommage to Castrati: Baroque Music in Paris - Sainte Elisabeth de Hongrie Church - Feb 11
- Eros Ramazzotti - AccorHotels Arena - Feb 14
- Opera a Palazzo: La Traviata - Jacquemart-Andre Museum; includes Champagne & museum visit - Feb 16
- The Kooks - L'Olympia - Feb 18
- Lucia di Lammermoor: Paris Opera - Opéra Bastille - Feb 18, 21, 23, 26, 28
More Paris rock, pop, jazz, rap, indie, & other concerts during February - In the search box, enter Paris February
La Chandeleur in Paris: Crêpe Day!
In case you've never heard of La Chandeleur, it takes place on February 2nd and is the day in France when everyone eats crepes. (In English, it's called "Candlemas" - or just "pancake day.")
Why? The date is based on a rather obscure Roman Catholic holiday that celebrated the presentation of Baby Jesus at a temple 40 days after Christmas, which is the 2nd of February. It's also associated with superstitions about prosperity (you'll lose it if you drop a gold coin held in your left hand while holding the crepe pan in your right hand and flipping the crepe) and the weather (rain on February 2nd predictions 40 more days of rain - similar to Groundhog Day in the U.S. and Canada).
Bottom line: If you're in Paris on February 2nd, head to the nearest creperie to observe this tasty French tradition.
Chinese New Year Parades in Paris - Dates & Locations
Chinese New Year parades, festivities, and other events span about two weeks during late January / early February in Paris, home to Europe's largest Asian community. Don't miss the chance to experience the big parades with Lion Dancers, colorful dragons, drums, firecrackers, food, and activities!
Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, January 22 in 2023, which marks the Year of the Rabbit. According to traditional beliefs, people born in the Year of the Tiger are believed to be kind, virtuous, popular, peaceful, and artistic.
Most Chinese New Year events in Paris take place this year in February. Here are dates and locations of the biggest New Year parades and other celebrations that happened last year to give you an idea about what to expect in 2023:
- Faubourg Saint-Honoré - Tuesday, Feb 1- 3:00-5:30pm - Festive red lanterns and a colorful parade with lion dancers, dragons, and drummers. So far, with the CNY parade in the 13th now canceled and no announcements (at this point) about other events, this may be the only Lunar New Year parade in Paris for 2022.
- Guimet Museum - February 2-5 - Special activities, with a lion dance on Feb 5 at 4pm, free with museum admission. Check the museum's website for more details.
- 13th Arrondissement Spring Festival & Parade - Sunday, February 1 - 13 - The largest Chinese New Year Parade in Paris with lion and dragon dances, and many marchers, plus almost 2 weeks of other festivities - UPDATE: Paris 13 Mayor Coumet's office has just announced cancellation of the parade again this year due to the ongoing covid crisis. Other activities still seem to be "on," but check their website for any late-breaking announcements: Paris 13 Town Hall website
- Belleville Chinese New Year Parade - No announcements yet
- Marais Chinese New Year Parade - 3rd arrondissement - No announcements yet
Future Chinese New Year dates: February 10, 2024; January 29, 2025
Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows during February
The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art @ Louis Vuitton Foundation
The Morozov brothers' superb collection fills every gallery at LVF with French modern art (Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne) and Russian modern art (Malevich, Repin, Serof, Vrubel). This is a fantastic exhibit, so don't miss this chance to see it.
Dates: Extended through April 3, 2022
Tickets: 26€ adults; book in advance on website
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16; Metro: Pont de Neuilly
David Hockney: A Year in Normandy @ Orangerie Museum
Inspired by a tapestry showing William, Duke of Normandy's 11th century conquest of England, Hockney created these luminous new works by using Impressionist techniques for capturing the effects of light and a year of seasonal change on his iPad, and then printing them.
Dates: Now through Feb 14, 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
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Mardi Gras (Carnaval) in Paris: La Promenade du Boeuf Gras
Paris celebrates Mardi Gras with a huge parade based on ancient cultural traditions called La Promenade du Boeuf Gras (literally, March of the Fat Beef Cow) featuring masks and processions. Led by Pimprenelle, a lovely French beef Limousin cow wearing a bright red dress, and her escort Pat the Clown, about 5,000 flamboyantly costumed paraders fill the streets of Paris with music and dancing, attracting massive crowds of spectators.
The Paris Mardi Gras parade takes place in the 20th arrondissement, always on the Sunday before the Tuesday when Mardi Gras occurs. The event is free, free-form, and definitely one of the most fun things to do in Paris in February. Want to march? Just join in. Want to watch? That's fine too.
Carnaval de Paris (Mardi Gras) Parade Route: Starts at Place Gambetta and goes down Avenue Gambetta past Père Lachaise Cemetery, turns right at Boulevard Ménilmontant and continues along Boulevard de Belleville, turns left on to Rue du Faubourg du Temple and ends at Place de la République. Like every parade in Paris, unanticipated route changes can occur - so check the Carnaval website for any last-minute updates.
When: February 27, 2022
Future dates: February 19, 2023; February 11, 2024
Winter Sales on Designer Fashions - Final Days
The famous Paris winter sales end on February 8.
By early February, Soldes signs in store windows all over the city will be announcing final reductions - as high as 70-80%, and occasionally even more. Savvy shoppers know that these last few days are when you'll find the biggest bargains.
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