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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
“People can either be over-the-top romantic about Paris, or they think life is ridiculous here,” saysDavid Lebovitz.“I try to strike a middle ground.” Lebovitz, an American, worked for 13 years in the pastry department at Chez Panisse in Berkeley,...
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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
Paris has played host to international jazz musicians since the roaring twenties and became a veritable movement in large part thanks to Josephine Baker who made the rounds singing in cabaret bars in Pigalle. From there, the genre's legends found...
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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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Avenue de la Grille d'Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud, France
Each year, Parisians and suburbanites are encouraged to ease slowly into la Rentrée (the period of back to school and back to reality after a protracted vacation) with the largest fireworks display in Europe at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud...
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Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris, France
When you've finished drinking in the wonders of Notre-Dame, cross the Seine via the Pont au Double and wander west along the quai de Montebello. This is where you'll find the bouquinistes, or booksellers, whose wares run the gamut from priceless...
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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
Within the 18th arrondissement in Paris France, high atop the city, resides the wonderfully beautiful, hilly neighborhood of Montmartre. This diverse and eclectic section of the city can be a bit busy with tourists, but the views of Paris and the...