What to do in Paris in February 2023

In February, there are plenty of things to see and do in Paris. Love is in the air but that is not all!

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, exhibitions, concerts, shows, trade fairs … offer plenty to see and do in Paris as a couple, solo, with friends or family. Pick out your favourites and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day: Paris the capital of love

Infinitely romantic, Paris is the city of lovers. For something special and to feel as though you are having a short getaway, book into one of the city’s hotels of charm and character with room service, enjoy a menu specially designed for two for the occasion, or opt for a click & collect menu from one of Paris’s top restaurants, or discover the capital from a new angle by treating yourself to a cruise on the Seine with Green River Cruises, or by strolling through the loveliest parks, embracing in front of the Medici fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens, by crossing the Pont des Arts (without fixing any locks to it!) or strolling through the Père-Lachaise cemetery in search of the mythical lovers Heloise and Abelard … Passion is tucked away everywhere in the streets of Paris!

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Exhibitions for February 2023 in Paris

On 17 February 2023, the Atelier des Lumières unveils two exhibitions devoted to Marc Chagall and Paul Klee. On this occasion, visitors experience an artistic and immersive digital journey (until 14 January 2024)

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The Centre Pompidou starts the year with an exhibition dedicated to the Indian painter Sayed Haider Raza. For this very first retrospective in Europe, the public is invited to discover almost a hundred works, from 15 February 2023. From 7 February 2023, and until November 2023, the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac pays tribute to the writer, poet, and Senegalese statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor. The Jeu de Paume welcomes the works of the German conceptual artist Thomas Demand, where photography and architecture converge, from 14 February 2023. Over at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), a first retrospective in France devoted to Zanele Muholi. The South African LGBT+ icon, photographer and activist has been exploring the question of identities for over 20 years. (from 1st February to 21 May 2023).

At the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the exhibition Metamorphoses, specially designed for young people aged 6 to 11, focuses on the fascinating transformations of the world and of living things. Kids and adults are invited to celebrate 60 years of street art with the exhibition Capitale(s): 60 years of urban art, at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Invader, JR, Miss Tic, Bansky, Swoon … more than 70 world renowned artists are featured. A unique tribute to popular art that celebrates freedom of expression (until 11 February 2023, free).

Less than an hour away from Paris, the Cabinet d’arts graphiques at the Château de Chantilly unveils a series of old photos of the famous chateau, at the time of the Duc d’Aumale (until 26 February 2023).

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Concerts and shows in Paris in February 2023

Forget about the cold weather and enjoy a concert or a show in the French capital!

Opera and ballet fans have plenty to choose from: Balanchine (from 6 February to 10 March 2023) or a Tribute to Patrick Dupond (from 21 to 23 February 2023) at the Palais Garnier, Carmen (until 25 February 2023) or Lucia di Lammermoor (from 18 February to 10 March 2023), at the Opéra Bastille. At the Opéra Comique, the public can discover one of the great operas of the 21st century, L’inondation, directed by Joël Pommerat and composed by Francesco Filidei (à partir du 27 février 2023).

Lovers of pop rock music will flock to the Accor Arena to dance to the sounds of the greatest hits of Lewis Capaldi (26 February 2023) or Eros Ramazzotti (14 February 2023). And, at the Palais des Congrès, The World of Queen pays a dazzling tribute to the legendary rock band on 3 February 2023.

Trade fairs, festivals and major events in Paris in February 2023

Celebrations and festivals in Paris in February 2023

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!

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On 19 February 2023, the month promises to be a festive one as, in addition to Valentine's Day, the Paris Carnival descends on the city. Don't miss the joyful processions that wind their way through the streets in costume.

Trade shows planned in Paris in February 2023

From 25 February to 5 March 2023, the The Agricultural Show 2023 welcomes professionals, and the general public to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. This new edition is magnificently epitomized by the cow Ovalie, a true muse of this highly anticipated event! 

Sporting events in Paris in February 2023

Rugby fan? In February, it is the launch of the mythical Tournament of the VI Nations. Meet at the Stade de France (February 26, 2023) for the France - Scotland match and (March 18, 2023) for France - Wales.

The sixth edition of the Meeting de Paris Indoor takes place at the Accor Arena on 11 February 2023. For one evening, French and international track and field stars (Kevin Mayer, Renaud Lavillenie, Christophe Lemaitre, Antoinette Nana Djimou, …) compete in 7 sporting events. A memorable show!

Outings for children in Paris in February 2023

February is also about children as they have a two-week half-term holiday. Looking for activities for them? Don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas for things to do in France!

The Musée en Herbe looks back on 150 years of recorded music with its ‘En avant la musique’ exhibition. From the phonograph to digital technology … visitors of all ages will enjoy being taken on a unique interactive and musical journey. The Cité des Sciences is the ideal place to learn while having fun. Escape games are a good way to keep children busy during the winter holidays, and some even offer online versions of games, like Team Break withthe Mission World Tour or the escape game brands Prizoners and John Doe.

As for the Musée de l’Homme, it is hosting an exhibition-event Arts and Prehistory until 22 May 2023. The programme includes more than 90 original prehistoric pieces and hundreds of digital images of paintings and engravings. Amazing! Dive into Space, journey to the centre of the Earth or defy gravity … For family adventures, go along to Science Expériences, at Bercy Village.

Lovers of fun outdoor activities opt for one of the accrobranches courses with AccroCamp, in Chaville, Saint-Germain-en-Laye or Rueil-Malmaison.

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During the winter holidays, family shows are also a must!

The Théâtre Mogador introduces young audiences to ballet with My First Swan Lake, an enchanting show directed by Fabrice Bourgeois. The most popular of ice shows, Holiday on Ice, returns to Paris - Le Dôme from 3 to 12 February 2023.

Throughout the month, exhibitions, concerts, shows, trade fairs … offer plenty to see and do in Paris as a couple, solo, with friends or family. Pick out your favourites and enjoy!

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