Culture

What’s On in Paris – April 2022

March 28-April 3
The Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art is a European-wide festival of artisans who open their workshops to the public. The website is all in French, but a little auto-translate help is all you need to find the artists, jewelry makers, designers, furniture makers, ironsmiths, and more wherever you are in France (use the “near me” function to find the open studios). Free entry.

April 1-June 6
From noon to midnight every day is the Foire du Trone, an open air fair with rides, food and perfect for a family outing. Open from noon until 11pm, Fri-Sat until 1am. Free entry, rides work with tickets. On the Pelouse de Reuilly, 92 boulevard Poniatowski, 75012 Paris (near Bois de Vincennes).

April 2-3
The Paris Vegan Festival takes place this weekend, packed full of visitors looking to try the latest vegan foods (this is where you’ll find all of the good vegan cheese!), drinks, fashions, beauty, and healthcare products. There are over 100 stands, as well as animal welfare charities, and daily conferences and cooking demos. Open Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm, at the Paris Event Center, 20 Av. de la Porte de la Villette, 19th. Entry €14 (children under 15 free).

April 3
The Marathon de Paris takes place today in central Paris; be aware of closed roads and don’t forget to cheer on the runners!

April 28-May 9
The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the biggest events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion and accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a ‘Makers Fair’. It’s chaos, it’s fascinating, and there’s always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don’t go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! Buy your tickets in advance and avoid lines; entry €11 (€15 at the door).

Through 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.