Paris 2017 Calendar

Paris 2017 Calendar

Want to plan your trip around Paris’s leading concerts, sporting events, exhibitions, fairs, fashions shows and festivities? Here are some dates for your diary


Until July 31

Mark the 100-year-anniversary since the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin at the Centenary Exhibition at the Grand Palais until July 31. There are 200 works by the master himself along with sculptures and drawings by contemporaries including Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. (grandpalais.fr, entry AED 53)

 

June 1-August 31

From June 1 to August 31 the focus at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa (alaia.fr) is on Australian designer Marc Newson… yes, the very same designer who, in 2015, sold his iconic ‘Lockheed Lounge’, an aluminium daybed,for a cool €3m.

 

June 4

On the sporting front, the Prix du Jockey Club returns to the Chantilly racecourse on June 4.

 

June 10-11

Will Andy Murray hold onto his number one spot at the 2017 French Tennis Open (rolandgarros.com) or will Novak Djokovic, last year’s winner of the Roland Garros tournament outmanoeuvre him? Catch all the centre court action at Porte d’Auteuil – finals take place June 10 and 11.


June 17

Until June 17 at Bibliothèque Forney (equipement.paris.fr/bibliotheque-forney) the library at the medieval Hôtel de Sens in the Marais, you can examine the role of fashion during WW11. Time your visit for a free guided tour on Saturdays at 3pm si vous parlez français if not, the comprehensive information panels are in English as well as French. (Free entry)

 

June 18

The Prix de Diane Longines is France’s most highbrow horse-racing event held on June 18.

 

June 29-July 2

The 101st edition of the Open de France golf tournament will be back on the green at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines from June 29 to July 2.

 

August 16

In August most Parisians run for the hills – or the countryside, to be more precise – and yet there’s so much they’ll be missing out on, starting with Lil Wayne live on August 16 at L'Olympia (ticketmaster.fr) followed by Rock en Seine (rockenseine.com), a three-day rock festival at the end of the month in Pont de St-Cloud. This year’s trip the light fantastic line-up
includes The XX, PJ Harvey, Flume, Franz Ferdinand, Cypress Hill, At The Drive In and The Kills.

September 5-15

September sees the city rocking out to Interpol, September 5 and 6 at Le Trianon, Metallica on September 8 and 10 at AccorHotels Arena, Tory Amos at Le Grand Rex on September 11, Trustand Iggy Pop at Parc Départemental - Georges Valbon, La Courneuve on September 15 and, on the same night, Mike & The Mechanics at La Cigale, concluding the month’s entertainment with Phoenix at AccorHotels Arena.
Tickets for all of these concerts can be booked on songkick.com.

September 23-25

All that jumping around and air guitaring must certainly work up an appetite, so it’s just as well the fete de la gastronomie (ee.france.fr), a three-day banquet celebrating France’s famed culinary science, takes place at various locations from September 23 to 25.

September 26-October 3

Tickets for Paris’s fashion week
(fashionweekonline.com) running from September 26 to October 3 may be like gold dust, but there’s no need to sell a kidney to make it to the FROW. Galeries Lafayette has runway ‘trunk show’ collections that debut in store throughout the year and they’re free to attend. Hoorah.

October

You may not think that chocolate and couture go hand-in-hand, but at Salon Du Chocolat (salon-du-chocolat.com) the biggest celebration of chocolate in the world at the end of October, there’s a fashion show featuring stunning creations that are actually edible.

Christmas

‘Tis now the season to be jolly as the city is transformed by bustling Christmas markets. The festive windows at Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon
Marché, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Avenue Montaigne
and Forum des Halles, to name but a few, are not to be missed either.

 

Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East

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