What to do in Paris in February

In February, Paris has any number of things for couples to do: exhibitions, concerts, shows, fairs and more

In the depths of winter, as the mercury drops sharply in the French capital, lovers’ hearts are ablaze on 14 February, Valentine’s Day.

Throughout the month, Paris  has any number of things for couples to do: exhibitions, concerts, shows, fairs and more. Take your pick!

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Music

Orchestre classique avec violonistes © Larisa Birta via Unsplash

Sample the enticing programme of classical concerts in Paris, starting with two works by Tchaikovsky at the Philharmonie de Paris on 1 February. These performances by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra of the great Russian composer’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 1’ and ‘Symphony No. 6’ will warm the hearts of classical music fans this winter.

For a romantic evening, an outing to the Palais Garnier is one of life’s must-dos. The setting is impressive with magnificent Napoleonic-style decor, crystal chandeliers, majestic stairs ... 

Showtime in Paris

Showtime in Paris © DR

This winter, Paris is thinking big and becomes the capital of showtime! For the second edition of Showtime in Paris, see the rich line-up that the City of Light has in store and take advantage of an exceptional offer: buy 1 ticket = get 1 free, for some forty or so shows.

The Moulin Rouge, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Caveau de la Huchette, the Cirque Alexis Gruss …Some 25 iconic Parisian show venues await you from 25 February to 10 March 2019. This is the time to attend fantastic performances: cabaret, dance, theatre, circus, musicals, concerts ... There is something for everyone, whether you are a couple, or with family or friends!

And for non-French-speaking audiences, all shows are surtitled in English, presented in foreign languages or accessible to all! So don’t wait …

Showtime in Paris is the opportunity to discover the ‘Paris of the Parisians' at night and step through the doors of iconic places with authentic charm, all in a festive atmosphere!

Hurry and take advantage of this great offer

Exhibitions

Le Talisman/L ’Aven au Bois d’Amour, musée d’Orsay

February is the perfect month to get a culture fix while staying nice and warm indoors. Several of the exhibitions in town are well worth a visit this month.

The Musée d’Orsay is putting on an exhibition with mystical overtones (from 29 January to 28 April 2019). It centres around a small canvas by the painter Paul Sérusier symbolizing purity in painting, which came to be known as ‘Le Talisman’ (The Talisman). This landscape, at first sight an abstract composition, is viewed as the work that led to the founding of the Nabis school, a group of post-Impressionist painters. A must-see.

The Pompidou Centre is starting the year with a bang with the first retrospective in France for over half a century of the father of op art, Victor Vasarely (from 6 February to 6 May 2019). There is an amazingly contemporary feel to the colourful, geometric works (which sometimes almost seem to be moving) that he created from the 1930s to the 1970s.

To continue your exploration of abstract art, head to the Musée National Picasso, where works of sculpture and painting by two of modern art’s greatest names, Calder and Picasso, will be on display from 19 February to 25 August. Their works are juxtaposed in a manner that reveals their separate approaches to dealing with the void. A highly instructive show.

Last chance to see

Joan Miro DR

In February there’s still time to catch up with some of the top 2018 exhibitions, after which it will be too late.

Paintings from Afar at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (until 3 February)
Miró. Retrospective at the Grand Palais (until 4 February)
Michael Jackson at the Grand Palais (until 21 February)
Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia at the Cartier Foundation (until 24 February)
Cubism at the Pompidou Centre (until 25 February)

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Fairs, festivities and festivals

On 5 February, get set to celebrate Chinese New Year: 2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig.  The programme will include the spectacular dragon parade as well as many shows and events.

As the new year unfolds, the Maison de la Radio will be filled with the music of our time at Présences, Radio France’s festival honouring young musical composers. The 29th edition of the festival will take place from 12 to 17 February.

Whether or not you sport a tattoo, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to admire the craft of the world’s finest tattoo artists at the Mondial du tatouage at the Grande Halle de La Villette from 15 to 17 February.

For something completely different, visit France’s biggest agricultural show. This year’s Salon international de l’agriculture will be held from 23 February to 3 March.

Meanwhile, vintage car enthusiasts will be flocking to Rétromobile, the international classic car show, from 6 to 10 February.

Shows

Fashion Freak Show

Parisians enjoy singing and listening to songs and, in February, there are three big musicals to look forward to: On 20 February, the musical Priscilla, folle du désert (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) will be back at the Casino de Paris, while Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show continues to entertain spectators at the Folies Bergère. Two colourful, extravagant and fast-paced shows!

Le Lac des cygnes (Swan Lake) will be performed at the Opéra Bastille (from 16 February to 19 March) while, over at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the famed choreographer Benjamin Millepied will present his new ballet with his troupe the Los Angeles Dance Project (from 29 January to 1 February).

Opera fans take note: a masterpiece is on the cards this month, i.e. Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans), from 22 January to 12 February at the Opéra Bastille.

Concerts

Music fans have a strong line-up of big-name concerts to choose from this month: Joan Baez at the Olympia (from 3 to 13 February), Roch Voisine at the Grand Rex on 15 February and Tears for Fears at AccorHotels Arena on 21 February.

Sports

Joueur de rugby © fotolia

Are you a rugby fan? February marks the kick-off of the legendary 6 Nations Tournament. Head to the Stade de France on 1 February for the France v. Wales game and on 23 February for the France v. Scotland game.

Tussles on tatami mats are also on the cards at this time, as judo fans flock to the AccorHotels Arena on 9 and 10 February for Judo Paris Grand Slam, featuring the top judokas.

But there’s also ice racing to look forward to in February. Head to the Stade de France for the annual Trophée Andros (on 9 February) to watch the top car racers competing on an ice track!

Children

Cirque Bouglione Extra © DR

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!

Introducing small children to classical music: that is the mission of the Orchestre Colonne. Several times a month, the musicians put on concerts specially designed for children at the Salle Wagram. On 17 February, there will be a kid-friendly performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Symphony No. 3’.

For circus fans, there is the new show Extra at the Cirque d’hiver Bouglione (until 17 March). Contemporary circus arts are on the programme at the CNAC 2019 event (until 7 February), with many shows for children as young as two years old.

International Agricultural Show

Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
March 2020
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

This unmissable event showcases livestock, terroir products and regional gastronomy.

Six Nations Tournament

Sport
february - march 2020
Stade de France - Porte H - Avenue Jules Rimet, Saint-Denis

The top rugby-playing nations in Europe will fight it out in the eagerly awaited Six Nations Tournament.

Cirque Bouglione

Show - circus
https://www.cirquedhiver.com/spectacles/extra/
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione - 110 rue Amelot, Paris

The new show from the Cirque Bouglione, packed with magic, laughter and surprises

Chinese New Year in Paris 2020

Celebration
February 2020
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Paris celebrates this traditional Chinese festival with parades, fireworks and spectacular dragon and lion dances in the city's Ch...

Rétromobile

Trade fair, trade show
February 2020
Paris expo Porte de Versailles - VIPARIS - 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris

Exceptional collections.

Judo : Paris Grand Slam

Sport
February 2020
AccorHotels Arena - 8 boulevard de Bercy, Paris

See the greatest judokas in tremendous combats

Vasarely – the Sharing of Shapes

Exhibition
from 06 February 2019 to 06 May 2019
Centre Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

The Pompidou Centre will stage a major retrospective of the work of the painter Victor Vasarely

Fashion Freak Show

Show - miscellaneous | Musical theatre, musical
from 18 September 2018 to 16 June 2019
Folies Bergère - 32 rue Richer, Paris
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Jean-Paul Gaultier will be launching his Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergère on 18 September 2018

Swan Lake

Show - opera
from 16 February 2019 to 19 March 2019
Opéra National de Paris - Opéra Bastille - Place de la Bastille, Paris

Tchaikovsky’s legendary ballet will be staged at the Opéra Bastille

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