Culture

What’s On in Paris – February 2022

Note that the Pass Sanitaire is still required in most monuments, concerts, and other entertainment venues, and masks are required everywhere indoors. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, it’s possible some events may be canceled at the last minute such as concerts or theatre productions, so be sure to confirm before making plans.

February 1-13
The Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger is celebrated over two weeks in several locations throughout Paris, notably in the 13th arrondissement, home to the largest Chinatown in France. While the famous ^parade has been cancelled once again because of Covid, read the article about other ways you can celebrate: Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement

February 2nd – June 16th
To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses by Sylvia Beach, owner of the original Shakespeare & Co Bookstore in Paris, an ensemble of international stars are recording the complete text to be released as a free podcast between February 2nd and Bloomsday on June 16th by Shakespeare & Co, listen here.

February 3
The Chinese New Year edition of Le Food Market, a street food market along Boulevard de Belleville between metro Couronnes and Ménilmontant, featuring 20 Chinese restaurants and tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal (all dishes €10 or less). Open 6-10:30pm. 

Through February 8
The twice-annual sales (soldes en français) kick off in shops all over France, with clothing and home goods up to 70% off. Even if “everything is cheaper online,” the sales are a great time to support small, independent shops, especially those which are usually a bit out of your price range.

February 13th
The annual Chinese New Year “Nouvel An Chinois” basketball match between French League teams Paris Basketball and Cholet Basket, tickets €15-25. There will be a dragon dance, an Asian market, and other entertainment to celebrate the holiday. From 5pm at the Halle Georges Carpentier, 81 boulevard Masséna, 13th. You can buy tickets online or at the stadium: https://tinyurl.com/nfswtp8s

Through February 26
The one-woman show “Oh my God, she’s Parisian” starring Julie Collas is back at the Théâtre Bo St Martin (19 blvd St Martin, 3rd) every Saturday through February 26th. For more info and tickets: https://www.julie-collas.com/

February 27
The 24th annual Carnaval de Paris, aka the Promenade du Boeuf Gras takes place today with the theme, “The World of Antiquity.” The parade starts at the Place Gambetta in the 20th at 2pm and weaves its way to the Place de la République for the grand finale through 8pm.

Every Weekend through March 6
The Cité Fertile, a “Third Space” in the Parisian suburb of Pantin, transforms into La Cité des Merveilles every weekend through March at their massive space dedicated to sustainable living. On the program of this fun fair are sweet and savory street-food stands, different eco-responsible Christmas markets every weekend in December (see the schedule here), live music, a labyrinth, games and attractions for young and old, and a magical atmosphere where tree-huggers have a good time! Free entry (tickets for the flying chairs ride sold separately), open Sat noon-1am and Sun until 8pm. Exceptionally open Friday Dec 10th 6pm-1am and open daily February 19th-March 6th.