In the depths of winter, as the mercury drops sharply in the French capital, lovers’ hearts are ablaze on 14 February, Valentine’s Day.
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Throughout the month, there is a wide range of things to do in Paris as a couple, but also on your own or with the family, including exhibitions, concerts, shows, trade fairs. This year, due to the health situation, it has not been possible to take full advantage of all the planned events, however many activities are now on the agenda. The choice and pleasure are yours!
Exhibitions for february 2021 in Paris
On 24 February 2021, the Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurates a major exhibition the Morozov Collection, featuring works by the greatest artists such as Chagall, Malevich, Serov, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh… These masterpieces will be showing until 25 July 2021. From 9 February 2021 until January 2022, the Musée Picasso and the Musée Rodin are joining forces to highlight the links between these two great artists, who were passionate about Paris, in a double exhibition to see at their two sites.
In the Tuileries Gardens, there is another much anticipated exhibition coming up at the Musée de l’Orangerie from 10 February to 21 June 2021: Magritte / Renoir. Surrealism in full sunlight, 1940-1947.
Finally, at the Centre Pompidou, a retrospective of the all-round artist Hito Steyerl, from 3 February 2021 to 7 June 2021, combines installations, documentary films, visual images and extravagant works of art. Visitors can expect some surprises.
Trade fairs, festivals and major events in Paris in february 2021
Celebrations and festivals in Paris in February 2021
February is the month to indulge in sweet treats! And it all starts as early as 2 February with Candlemas. Don't forget to enjoy pancakes! And on 16 February, the Mardi Gras festival permits all sorts of madness when it comes to sweets, chocolates, and patisserie.
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The 12 February 2021 heralds the celebration of New Lunar Year and the beginning of the Year of the Ox. Unfortunately, this year, many performances, and events will not take place, but the decorations in several districts of Paris will still be well worth a stroll. The 14 February 2021 promises to be a day of celebration because in addition to Valentine's Day, the Paris Carnival is due to be held in the city, health conditions permitting. If so, do not miss the opportunity to dress up and follow the joyful procession through the streets of Paris.
Trade shows planned in Paris in February 2021
The Agricultural Show, initially due to take place from 27 February 2021 to 7 March 2021, will not now be going ahead. However, the agricultural sector will come together for a nationwide event, ‘French Agriculture Week’, featuring online talks and debates, farmers' markets and visits to maintain links between producers and consumers. Likewise, Rétromobile, the classic and vintage car show, will not be taking place this winter but has been postponed to June 2021, from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 June 2021.
Sporting events in Paris in February 2021
Rugby fan? In February, it is the launch of the mythical Tournament of the VI Nations. Meet at the Stade de France (February 28, 2021) for the France - Scotland match and (March 20, 2021) for France - Wales.
Outings for children in Paris in February 2021
Children in Ile-de-France look forward to February, because they have a two-week break from school. If you’re wondering how to keep them entertained, don’t worry: there’s no shortage of ideas for things to do in Paris and around!
The city’s museums have a variety of exhibitions suited to young visitors, ranging from contemporary art shows to more classic art displays. The Petite Galerie du Musée du Louvre is showing The Advent of the Artist (until 5th July 2021) whilst the Musée en Herbe devotes an artistic-scientific exhibition to spiders, fireflies and butterflies (until 28 February 2021). The Cité des Sciences is the ideal place to learn while having fun. Escape games are a good way to keep kids occupied during the February half-term holidays and although the opening of these places has not yet been announced, some of them offer online game versions, such as The Box, with ‘Le Casse du Siècle’ or escape game brands Prizoners and John Doe.
The Musée de L’Homme is showing the exhibition ‘Rire, la science aux éclats’, from 3 February to 12 July 2021. As well as reflecting on laughter in society, the show questions this social marker in animals. With a mix of scientific explanations and fun workshops, it promises to put people in a good mood early in the year!