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What to do in Paris in April 2024?

The fascinating and exciting programme of events for April 2024 has plenty of surprises in store. Here’s what to expect.

Springtime is back, bringing brighter colours and sunnier days to Paris in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games! The cultural programme of events features new exhibitions, not-to-miss concerts and outings for one and all!

The fascinating and exciting programme of events for April 2024 has plenty of surprises in store. Here’s what to expect.

A prelude to the 2024 Paris Games: the Cultural Olympiad

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The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are approaching fast. Various events grouped together under the Cultural Olympiad banner highlight the close ties between culture and sport.

Here is a selection of Cultural Olympiad events to check out in April 2024.

  • The Olympic Exhibition, sport and urban cultures at SPOT24 is one of the most keenly awaited events of the year 2024. Curated by François Gautret, who was also behind the ‘Hip-Hop 360’ exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris, it places the spotlight on the six recent and new sports on the Paris 2024 Games programme: BMX freestyle, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, 3x3 basketball and breaking. The exhibition shows how these sports are closely linked to urban cultures. On until 31 December 2024.
    Don’t leave SPOT24, a hybrid venue a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, without stopping off at the tourist information booth, the shop and the restaurant.

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  • The choreographer Josépha Madoki – to whom we owe ‘Romeo and Juliette’ at the Opéra national de Paris and ‘Starmania’ at the Seine Musicale – is taking over the majestic nave of the Musée d’Orsay avec D.I.S.C.O. Presented in a shorter version, this creation establishes a connection between waacking – an Afro-American dance style originating in gay clubs in the U.S. – and the sculptures on display in the nave of the museum. Two performances are scheduled: April 26 and 27, 2024.
  • At the Palais Garnier, April 13 to 17, 2024, there will be several Cultural Olympiad events, such as the annual show of the Opéra national de Paris ballet school and the gala of the dance schools.
  • At the Philharmonie de Paris, in the Pierre Boulez symphonic hall, Abd al Malik, Blanca Li et David Grimal will be putting on a revised version of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’. Combining dance, music and poetry, the show, titled ‘Notre Sacre’ (Our Rite), takes place on 12 and 13 April 2024.
  • The ‘Fashion and Sport’ exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is on until 7 April 2024. Hundreds of pieces – items of clothing, accessories, photographs, posters, sculptures etc. – show how sportswear has changed over time and how it has influenced contemporary fashion. The exhibition features some of the big names in French fashion: Chanel, Patou, Lanvin, Schiaparelli and Balenciaga.

Paris exhibitions in April 2024

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The programme of exhibitions in April 2024 makes us wish it was already spring!

Avatar, Terminator, Alien… these unforgettable Hollywood blockbusters have one thing in common: they were all directed by James Cameron. April 3, 2024 to January 5, 2025 at the Cinémathèque française, the Canadian director is the subject of the exhibition The Art of James Cameron, devoted to his creative process and his successful career.

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Pop culture is clearly in the limelight this spring, as heavy metal – the musical genre – also has a major event devoted to it from april 4 to september 29, 2024. The Philharmonie de Paris decodes this subculture and sheds new light on this movement, which most people do not know much about.

Are you a photography fan? Head to the Centquatre for the Circulation(s) festival. You will see - April 6 to June 2, 2024- the best of the young and vibrant European photography scene.

And to explore other genres, subjects and destinations, here are some more exhibitions:

Paris concerts in April 2024

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To get your fill of music as spring gets underway, here is a selection of concerts to note down in your diary.

The band Dionysos will set the Zénith aflame on 4 April 2024 with their riotous rock hits. The French singer Louane will perform on three evenings at the prestigious Olympia, from 10 to April 12, 2024. Another French singer, Eddy de Pretto, will perform tracks from his new album Crash Cœur on 15 and 16 April 2024, also at the Olympia.

Other French artistes are also in the limelight at various venues in the capital:

  • Hoshi at the Zénith de Paris, April 12, 2024.
  • Jeanne Added, The Joni Mitchell Songbook at the Philharmonie de Paris, April 21, 2024
  • Véronique Sanson at the Grand Rex, from 22 to April 24 avril, 2024
  • FFF at the Olympia, April 3, 2024
  • Johnny Symphonique at the Seine Musicale, April 25, 2024

International stars and current music are also on the cards. Simple Minds, the cult 1980s band, will be at the Zénith on 18 April 2024 to perform their greatest hits as well as new songs. The group Black Eyed Peas also have quite a few hits to their name. Catch up with will.i.am and the other band members at Paris La Défense Arena on 20 April 2024 for an evening of very danceable pop and hip-hop.

Electronic music fans also have something to look forward to with the French duo The Blaze who will be performing on 11 April 2024 at the Accor Arena. At the Folies Bergère, American singer Cat Power will revisit the repertoire of the great American songwriter Bob Dylan, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. April 28 and 29, 2024, she will sing his songs at two concerts. At the Trianon, April 2, 2024, fans of buzzing, distorted guitar and 1980s British rock will be in their element with the arrival of Echo and The Bunnymen.

Paris shows in April 2024

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In April, Paris has several shows lined up … all you have to do is choose!

A major show to start with, and a nostalgic one. Nearly 50 years since its creation, the series Goldorak (UFO Robot Grendizer) returns to the Grand Rex with an immersive event, Goldorak Experienz, on 18 April 2024 for fans of the famous Japanese robot. Anyone interested is welcome to come along.

Crazy dunks, amazing dribbles and a fast and furious orange ball … the Harlem Globetrotters are halfway between a show and a match. The troupe of pro basketball players will set the Accor Arena alight April 6 and 7, 2024.

For French speakers looking for reasons to laugh, two comedians have what it takes: Vincent Dedienne is at the Olympia from 23 to 25 April 2024 with Un soir de gala (A Gala Evening) and Doully at the Trianon on 19 April with Hier j'arrête (I’ll quit yesterday).

And for an entertaining session of comic team play, you can attend an evening of Catch Impro on 9 April at the Grand Point-Virgule.

Dance and theatre-focused outings:

Children's outings in Paris in April 2024

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The spring holidays are scheduled from 6 to 22 April 2024 in the Paris region. Over these two weeks, the capital will go all out to keep children happily occupied, whatever their interests.

The Pompidou Centre is organizing a range of activities suitable for children aged from 6 months to 10 years:

  • The ‘Magicians of the Earth’ exhibition at the Children’s Gallery (4 years and over), until April 22, 2024
  • Simili workshop (6 months to 2 years), March 2 to July 28, 2024
  • Me and Design workshop (2 to 5 years and 6 to 10 years), until April 21, 2024

Obviously, the contemporary art museum also offers guided tours, young people’s tours and family tours all year round (see the programme for details).

Are you keen to spend time outdoors as the weather warms up? The spring holidays are the perfect time to spend a day out in Paris’s zoos and amusement parks: the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Disneyland Paris, the Vincennes Zoo and the Ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes.

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  • Special Disneyland Paris spring holiday offer: 1-day dated adult ticket at the same price as child ticket! Offer valid until 6 May 2024

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If it is warm enough, children can put on their swimsuits and enjoy a dip in the Pontoise swimming pool, an art deco gem located in the 5th arrondissement of the capital. If, on the other hand, the weather is bad, they can take refuge in the capital’s arcade game and virtual reality game rooms, cinemas or libraries, which organize various free activities during the holidays.

Trade fairs and sporting events in Paris in April 2024

Trade fairs in Paris in April 2024

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April is trade fair time! The Grand Palais Éphémère is hosting the literary event of the year, the Paris Book Fair, from 12 to 14 April 2024. This year the fair places the spotlight on the vibrant *literary scene in Quebec, the country of honour.

Discover a variety of trades – gilder, bookbinder, wigmaker and many more – during the European Artistic Crafts Days from 2 to 7 April 2024. In Paris and throughout France, the event celebrates the creativity and skill of craftspeople devoted to their work with a very interesting programme.

Art is front and centre too, with fairs showcasing contemporary and urban art: Art Paris at the Grand Palais Éphémère from 4 to 7 April 2024, Art Shopping from 5 to 7 April 2024 at the Carrousel du Louvre and the Urban Art Fair from 25 au 28 April 2024 at the Carreau du Temple.

Sports events in Paris in April 2024

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With a mere three months to go for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris is gearing up and being transformed into one big sports arena.

Get on your running shoes and slip on your tabard, because after the half marathon on 3 March 2024, it’s time for the main race: the Paris marathon. This, the foremost race in the capital, will take place on 7 April 2024. Tens of thousands of runners will make their way through the streets of Paris attempting to improve their personal record and even beat the current records (2:19 in the women’s race and 2:04 in the men’s race).

After 26 and 27 April 2024, we will finally know who are the French basketball champions. The Accor Arena is hosting the finals of the French Cup, which will see the best team being awarded the title.

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