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.
UPDATE: The blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Louvre Museum closes on February 34, and the museum has announced it will stay open overnight on February 21, 22, and 23 - and free access will be offered from 9pm to 8:30am on these nights. You must book in advance to get one of the 300,000 free admission tickets on the Louvre's website, starting at 12 noon on February 11: https://www.louvre.fr/ (see exhibit details below)
Top photo: Le mur des je t'aime (the Wall of Love) in Rictus Square in Montmartre
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?
In the afternoon, explore three of Paris's most charming neighborhoods on a fun and leisurely small bike tour as your guide takes you through fashionable Saint Germain des Prés, medieval Marais, and the lively Latin Quarter.
As night falls, head out to one of these romantic dinner destinations - and the perfect place to propose:
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Chinese New Year Parades in Paris - Dates & Locations
Chinese New Year parades, festivities, and other events span about two weeks during late January 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 Saturday, February 12 in 2021. The 2021 New Year marks the Year of the Ox. According to traditional beliefs, people born in the Year of the Ox are believed to be strong, determined, and conservative.
Most Chinese New Year events in Paris take place in February - so check our February events calendar for dates and locations of the biggest New Year parades and other celebrations.
- Eiffel Tower - Saturday, January 25, 11am - 12 noon; a small parade led by 16 dancers who will perform lion and dragon dances
- Guimet Museum - January 24 and 25 - Special activities - check the museum's Facebook page for details
- Faubourg Saint-Honoré - Saturday, January 25 - 2:30-4:30pm - Festive red lanterns and a show with lion dancers and drummers, and a giant red lighted Chinese-style gate over the street
February Concerts in Paris - 2021
- Suzanne Vega - L'Olympia - Feb 4
- St Matthew Passion with the Paris Choir - Saint Roch Church - February 6, 7, 21
- PNL - AccorHotels Arena - Feb 22 - Feb 23 - Feb 25 - Feb 26
Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows during February
The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art @ Louis Vuitton Foundation
The Morozov brothers' superb collection will fill 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).
Dates: September 22, 2021 - February 22, 2022
Tickets: 26€ adults; book in advance on website
Botticelli @ Musée Jacquemart-André
With about 40 works by the Italian renaissance master plus several by his contemporaries on display, this show explores Botticelli's workshop strategy for creation and artistic training.
Dates: September 10, 2021 - January 24, 2022
Tickets: 15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
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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 and free-form. 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 on the Carnaval website for any last-minute updates.
Car-Free Sundays in Paris 2021
Can you imagine Paris without cars or any of their accompanying pollution and noise?
You can experience this on Sunday, February 7 - as well as the first Sunday of every month throughout many Paris neighborhoods. Some extend this to include every Sunday - and a few areas go car-free on Saturdays as well.
So get ready to walk or ride your bike down the middle of the busiest Paris streets and avenues, and see the city in a new way!
You can find a list of these areas on the City of Paris's website.
Although most vehicles (including electric) are banned, you'll see a few exceptions: emergency and police vehicles operate as usual, and taxis, city buses, and regular tourist buses (Open Tour and Big Bus lines) also run, but at a slower-than-normal speed.
Paris has measured a significant drop in pollution and noise on car-free days. So grab your skate board, bike, or favorite walking shoes, and spend the day outdoors enjoying fresh air and tranquility.
Winter Sales on Designer Fashions - Final Days 2021
The famous Paris winter sales end on February 16.
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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