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Festivals and Events in Paris Worth Traveling For

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Given the Parisians’ well-documented penchant for art, culture and design in all its forms (and celebrating them, of course), you can count on a fully packed schedule of festivals and events year-round. From neighborhood street parades to larger scale happenings like Paris Plage during the summer or Nuit Blanche in the fall, it’s worth planning your vacation around the city’s celebratory timetable.
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11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
We arrived cold, tired, hungry on a rainy night. The walk from the train station to our friends apartment at 1 am woke us up with the clatter of our bags on the cobblestone streets. The buzz of excitement bounced off each body in the street as...
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Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Very patriotic display of French Air Force jets flying over the Champs Elysees on 14 juillet. (Luckily it did not start to rain until about 30 minutes after this!)
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39 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris, France
Most visitors venture to the Marais for two things: falafel and shopping. I go for the gelato. Unlike the majority of Italian ice cream shops who brandish their mountainous flavors in the windows to entice passersby, Pozzetto (Italian owned and...
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Avenue de la Grille d'Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud, France
It's nearly impossible to think of summer in Paris without conjuring the image of young, Parisians in cut-off shorts singing along to some of the world's greatest rock bands at Rock en Seine, the city's leading annual music festival. Since 2003,...
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211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
Even though Parc de la Vilette is home to the largest science museum in Europe, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, it's the perfect spot to capture the first signs of springtime in Paris. On a chilly March day, these beautiful magnolias in bloom...
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17 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris, France
After the success of its first two editions, the Wonder Vintage Market is back this September (20th-22nd) to the Espace Commines in the Marais. Sellers are hand-picked for the quality of their wares (vintage only with pieces from the 20s-80s) and...
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Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris, France
The Southwest regions of the Gers, the Lot-et-Garonne and the Tarn-et-Garonne descend upon Paris each September for a culinary and tourism festival that draws upwards of 200,000 visitors annually. 42 small producers and artisans will set up stands...
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Place de la République, Paris, France
The French may be known for their penchant for protesting but few realize how much good all that bandying about leads to. Case in point, TechnoParade, the city's annual electronic music parade (the 2nd largest outdoor music event in France after...
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7 Rue Drevet, 75018 Paris, France
There are so many little outdoors cafes in Paris, and it might be a bit overwhelming to choose your pick. I always prefer an outdoor one than an indoor, as long as weather permits. Because Coffee in Paris is not just about coffee. It is also about...