Paris in February

Paris in February

February 10, 2020 9:00 am

Luckily there’s February to break up the grey winter months in France’s capital. As one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is possibly the best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your beloved. However, if cupid, chocolates, and hearts doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, don’t worry! The City of Lights has got you covered!  Even though Paris doesn’t need any help in the romantic department, there are several events happening that might get you into the spirit. Paris in February is anything but dull! Join us as we take a look at what’s on…

Paris in February
photo by Yair Haklai

Soirée Love’ 

The Musée Rodin is keeping their doors open late this Valentine’s Day for an exceptional event. The soirée will feature music, dance, poetry, and a few pleasant surprises. Celebrate the love story of Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, set amidst the backdrop of his most sensual and romantic sculptures. An enchanting evening awaits! 

Address: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007, PARIS

Event times: 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Ticket price: 27€

Paris in February
image by Musée de la Vie Romantique

Hearts in Romanticism and Contemporary Art’ 

The Museum of the Romantic Life has assembled a lovely collection of contemporary art featuring visual representations of the heart. The exhibit is divided into 7 sections, representing 7 different themes relating to love. For example, the following states are explored: love at first sight, declaration of love, erotism, break ups, mourning, and eternal love. To celebrate Valentine’s Day as well as the exhibit opening, the temporary exhibit will be free of charge. In addition, the Museum will be offering workshops, guided tours, a photo booth, a love wall for guests to sign as well as children’s programming. 

Address: Hotel Scheffer-Renan, 16 rue Chaptal, 75009, PARIS

Exhibit opening:

February 14, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dates: February 14 – July 12, 2020

Ticket price for the temporary exhibit: 6€

*Access to the permanent collection is free of charge!

Paris in February
image by Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell

Jacques B. sings Brel

Jacques Barbaud is a veteran in the music industry. From the age of 25 (in 1979), he became entranced by the music of Belgian singer and legend, Jacques Brel. Somehow Barbaud channels the soul of the late musician with passionate renditions of his music. For those who appreciate Brel’s talent and poetry, you will be completely captivated!

Address: Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell, 38 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010, PARIS 

Performance dates: February 15, 22 and 29, 2020

Show time: 3:00 p.m.

Ticket price: 23€

La Place Hip Hop
image by La Place Hip Hop

BATTLE PRO

Did you know that Paris has a Hip Hop cultural centre in the heart of the city? Located in the Forum des Halles, La Place Hip Hop is a non-for-profit group that aims to showcase and celebrate all of the art forms of Hip Hop including: dance, rap, DJ’ing, beatbox, and graffiti. This year, La Place is hosting the 20th annual ‘Battle Pro’ breakdance competition. More than one hundred dancers from all corners of France will compete to see who will represent their country in the world championships! The heat is on, and rest assured, everyone will be bringing their A game to this event! 

Address: Forum des Halles, 10 Passage de la Canopée, 75001, PARIS

Competition date: February 18, 2020

Times: 3:00 p.m. onwards

Ticket price: The event is free of charge with a reservation in advance

Paris in February
image by Palais de la Porte Dorée

Christian Louboutin, Exhibition[niste]’ 

The Palais de la Porte Dorée will be rolling out the red carpet this month in honour of fashion icon and shoe designer, Christian Louboutin. The exhibit will showcase the artist’s influences as well as never before seen items from his personal collection. In addition, Louboutin’s collaborations with other famous artists and creatives will also be on display. This exhibit marks the beginning of the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s initiative to host new events that feature contemporary creation and art. We can’t wait to see what else is in store this year! 

Address: Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012, PARIS 

Exhibition dates: February 26 – July 26, 2020

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday- 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday- CLOSED

Ticket price: 12€

Monet, Renoir, Chagall, Journeys around the Mediterranean’ 

The Atelier des Lumières hosts a gallery experience unlike any other! Images are displayed on 10 meter (33 ft.) high ceilings, with 140 video projectors, and feature music with a spatialised sound system. Coming to Paris in February, the exhibit will bring to life art that was inspired by the Mediterranean. Covering the span between Impressionism and Modernism, including Fauvism and Pointillism, the exhibit traces the journey of the famous Impressionist painters who abandoned Paris in the 1880s for the sun kissed coasts. With over 500 works displayed, you won’t want to miss this multi-sensory and extraordinary exhibition!

Address: Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011, PARIS 

Exhibition dates: February 28, 2020 – January 23, 2021

Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Thursday- 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday- 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday- 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ticket price: 15€

Dark Valentine Night
image by Le Manoir de Paris

Dark Valentine Night

Paris in February doesn’t have to be saccharine! If you are looking for an anti-Valentine’s option, Le Manoir de Paris might just be the ticket. The Manor specializes in terror, and this Valentine’s Day will be no exception. Fitting into their ‘Dark Night’ show, visitors will be plunged into near total darkness with only a glow stick to light their way. Beware! Ghouls and grotesque monsters will be on hand to horrify and delight. This show will definitely get your heart beating faster! 

Address: Le Manoir de Paris, 18 Rue de Paradis, 75010, PARIS 

Show date: February 14, 2020

Show time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Ticket price: starting at 29€

image by Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Paris in February means Carnaval! Going on 23 years running, the Carnaval is back once again. This year’s decor and costume theme is, “a fabulous aerial world”. Participants and crowds can follow the parade route from Place Gambetta to Republique. Upon arrival, anywhere from 5:00 -6:00 p.m., the party will continue until 8:00 p.m. Traditionally, the parade takes place the Sunday before Mardi Gras and its roots can be traced back to antiquity. Dedicated to keeping the custom alive and well, the non-for-profit group’s goal is to, “share joy and smiles”. We can’t argue with that! 

Start point: Place Gambetta, 75020, PARIS 

Date: February 23, 2020

Start time: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket price: none, it’s a free public parade! 

image by Salon Rétromobile

Salon Rétromobile

Founded in 1976, Rétromobile is Paris’ premier vintage car event. Over the course of 5 days, visitors will experience: 1,000 plus vintage cars on display, 620 exhibitors, 120 car clubs, vehicle themed art, vendors who sell anything from miniatures to rare car parts, as well as auctions. Basically it is the ‘garden of earthly delights’ for anyone who is passionate about cars! But don’t forget to wear good walking shoes! With 72,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, you will most likely need to be chauffeured home. 

Address: Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, 1 place de la Porte de Versailles,75015, PARIS  

Dates: February 5 – 9, 2020

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday February 5- 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 6- 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 7- 10:00 a.m. – 10pm

Saturday, February 8- 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 9- 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ticket price: starting at 21€

Paris International Agricultural Show
image by Salon International de l’Agriculture

Paris International Agricultural Show 

As one of the world’s largest Agricultural salon and trade show, the International Agricultural Show is an institution. Founded in 1870, the show has been an important part in the fabric of French culture, food, and trade ever since. The event is divided into different sections including livestock, food products, and vegetable produce. In addition, the Agricultural Show offers workshops, lecture series and agricultural trade services as well. For all the foodies out there, now’s your chance! As if you needed an excuse to try handmade cheeses from various regions in France…Paris in February is heavenly!

Address: Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, 1 place de la Porte de Versailles,75015, PARIS  

Dates: February 22 – March 1, 2020

Hours of Operation: 

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ticket price: starting at 15€

In conclusion, contrary to the weather forecast, Paris in February is a lovely time to visit! Wishing all the lovers out there a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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