Visitors to Paris in 2016 will find plenty happening throughout the year, when the capital of France will be playing host to some very big festivals, popular shows and sporting events. With so much going on, it can be helpful to have a Paris calendar with dates showing when the events you are interested in are happening.
If you are visiting the French capital for any of the events mentioned below, you will need to find some suitable Paris accommodation, and fortunately there is a wonderful choice of hotels in the city. There are a lot more shows and celebrations in Paris and it is easy to see why the city is one of the most visited in Europe. Paris rocks!
Paris is famous for its contribution to the world of fashion and, not surprisingly, the city runs the Paris Fashion Week. There are Men’s Fashion and Haute Couture shows with the Men’s event taking place from 20 January until 24th of the month, and the Haute Couture shows running from 24th until 28th.
The Carnival of Rio and the Carnival of Venice may be famous but Paris has its own carnival too, which returns on 7 February and promises to be a colourful and spectacular event.
If you are a martial arts fan then Paris is the place to be in March, when the Paris Martial Arts Festival takes place. Suitable for all the family, it is the biggest martial arts show in France and attracts as many as 15,000 spectators.
Every year thousands of runners take to the streets of the French capital to take part in the Paris Marathon. This year the race takes place on 3 April, and as usual, will start on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
The Foire du Trône is a massive funfair that is held for eight weeks every year in Paris. This fair, located at the Bois de Vincennes, near the gates of Paris, has over 300 fairground attractions and as many as 5 million visitors annually. This year it runs from 25 March to 22 May.
As the Foire du Trône closes, an important event for tennis fans begins. A major tennis tournament, the French Open is held at the Stade Roland Garros between 22 May and 5 June.
Gay Pride Paris is a very large parade for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people to celebrate their sexuality and take to the streets. The event takes place on 25 June this year and ends with a concert.
Bastille Day on 14 July is a French national holiday on which there is a military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and a big firework display from the Eiffel Tower. The Fire Department stages big free parties with DJs and live music in most parts of the city.
Moving on to 24 July we come to another important sporting event for the year when the winner of the Tour De France cycling race is announced and celebrated in Paris.
The French answer to Glastonbury Festival takes place in Paris from 26-28 August when Rock En Seine will delight music fans with a mixture of famous rock bands from the UK, US and France.