Paris events in March welcome early signs of spring and longer days to the City of Lights as events move outside again.
On sunny March days, sidewalk tables fill up outside the city's many cafes and brasseries (such as La Turenne Brasserie near Place des Vosges in the Marais, show in top photo), and you'll begin to see hints of green in the trees.
Major outdoor events include a half-marathon around the city, several trade shows, and a huge "fun fair" (carnival) dating back to 857 (yes, almost 13 centuries ago) provide the perfect excuse for being outside.
Exciting exhibits open at Musée Picasso and Musée Jacquemart-André, and plenty of concerts give you the chance to hear your favorite type of music.
A huge book show brings together publishers, writers, and fans for four event-packed days.
Top photo: Sidewalk tables at a cafe in the Marais in March
March Concerts in Paris - 2021
- Harry Styles - AccorHotels Arena- March 8
- Celtic Legends - L'Olympia - March 20 - March 21
- St Matthew Passion with the Paris Choir - Saint Roch Church - March 21, 22
Paris Exhibits - Top Shows during March
Monet, Renoir, Chagall - Journeys Around the Mediterranean
@ Atelier des Lumières - February 28 through Dec 31 - Immersive video/digitized exhibition of Monet's, Renoir's, and Chagalls's masterpieces accompanied by original music. Tickets must be purchased online
Body and Soul: Italian Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo
@ Musée du Louvre, Through August 17 - Explores main themes and ideas developed in late 14th century Italy, with sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo, and more Quattrocento masters.
Closed: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
Tickets: 17€ (purchased online); includes special and permanent exhibits; free for under 26
Stay nearby: Hotels near the Louvre
Nearest Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, Pyramides
More info: https://www.louvre.fr
Our World is Burning
@ Palais de Tokyo, February 21-May 17 - Using fire as a sign of danger, this exhibition explores the connections among ecological catastrophes, wars, and explosive international relations in the early 21st century, and their impact on contemporary creation. Tickets 12€; open from noon to midnight every day except Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
Location: 13, Avenue du Président Wilson, 16 arr
Nearest Metro: Iéna and Alma Marceau
More info: https://palaisdetokyo.com
@ Picasso Museum, March 31-July 21 - An exploration of the links between Picasso's works and the world of comics.
Admission: Adults 14€. Exhibit included with museum admission. Get skip-the-line priority tickets online or with a Paris Museum Pass
Location: 5 rue de Thorigny, 3rd arrondissement; closed Mondays
Paris Museum and Attractions Passes
Paris Foire du Trone - Throne Fair
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.
French Open Tickets for Roland Garros Go on Sale
Coveted premier tickets go on sale on March 4 for the French Open Tennis Tournament, second Grand Slam of the season held this year from May 18 - June 7.
If you want to attend a match, you need to move fast once sales open as the tickets always sell out quickly.
Paris Visitor's Tip: Daylight Savings Time in France
Paris Half Marathon - (Semi Marathon de Paris)
As a warm up of sorts for the Paris Marathon in April, Paris also hosts an annual half-marathon known as Semi de Paris each year in March.
This year, the Paris Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, March 1, with about 40,000 runners expected to participate.
The Half Marathon course begins on the Left Bank of the Seine River by the Gare d'Austerlitz metro station near the Jardin des Plantes, crosses to the Right Bank and proceeds along the Seine to Hôtel de Ville before turning back along Rue de Rivoli up to Place de la Bastille, then heading down for another stretch along the Seine before making a large circle through Bois de Vincennes, the giant forest and parkland on the east side of the city. After emerging from the park, the route veers back down to the Right Bank of the Seine and finishes in front of the huge François Mitterrand Library (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand).
Start time for the Elite racers is 9am, with staggered start times for everyone else until 10:40am. Winners cross the Finish Line around 10am, and most runners will finish by early afternoon.
Paris Book Fair (LivreParis)
Paris is a city that takes books seriously, and no where is that more evident than at the massive 4-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. If that's not enough, check out the 1,200 or so exhibits put up by major and indie publishers, 10 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.
More Fun Things to Do & See in Paris in March
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