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

Valentine's Day in Paris:  Celebrate Your Love in the City of Love

Valentine's Day in Paris

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? 

First, save by finding a cheap flight so that you can splurge once you get there by staying at a 5-star Palace hotel. 

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. 

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 in Paris - dates and 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

Find out more about Paris Chinese New Year Parades including routes, other activities and things to do, and nearby places to stay

Future Chinese New Year dates:  February 1, 2022; January 22, 2023; February 10, 2024; January 29, 2025

February Concerts in Paris - 2022

Notre Dame Cathedral - Popular classic concert venue in Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral - Popular classic concert venue in Paris

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People watching a previous show at Atelier des Lumières

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
Location: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16;  Metro: Pont de Neuilly

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
Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8;  Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule

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Mardi Gras (Carnaval) in Paris:  La Promenade du Boeuf Gras 

Paris Mardi Gras Parade
Costumed participants in Carnaval de Paris: La Promenade du Boeuf celebrating Mardi Gras
Photo courtesy of Maciej Zgadzaj

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.

When:  February 27, 2022
Starts:  1pm
Ends:   5pm
Future dates:   February 19, 2023; February 11, 2024

Car-Free Sundays in Paris 

Car-free day in Paris
Champs Elysées on a car-free Sunday

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

Winter sales in Paris - where to find them

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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Heat lamp ouside this Paris bistro keeps sidewalk diners warm in February
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