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What to do in Paris in February 2024

In February, Paris offers a wide choice of outings for lovers: exhibitions, shows, fairs...

See the calendar of cultural and leisure events and outings taking place during the month of February

While winter is in full swing and temperatures are low in the capital, lovers' hearts are set on Valentine's Day, February 14.
Throughout the month, Paris offers a wide choice of outings to enjoy as a couple: exhibitions, concerts, shows, fairs... It's up to you to choose what pleases you!

A foretaste of the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games

The new Olympic sports (breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing and 3x3 basketball) are in the limelight in ‘SPOT24 – the Olympic Exhibition, sport and urban cultures’ at SPOT24, located a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower.

Blending sport and the arts, the Cultural Olympiad focuses in February on the programme of the Forum des Images (from 2 February to 22 March 2024), which explores the concept of ‘fair play’ and gives a voice to sportspeople through the prism of images. Meanwhile, the Villette esport festival takes over the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (from 23 to 25 February 2024) for 3 days of video game-related events: round table discussions, workshops, tournaments, etc. The photography exhibition ‘Le sport revisité par l’image’ (Images that shed new light on sport) will be held from 12 February onwards in 10 Paris metro stations (among them Châtelet-Les Halles, Pyramides, Madeleine, La Chapelle and George V).

Northern Paris boasts a sports arena specially created for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Adidas Arena opened its doors for the first time on Sunday, 11 February 2024, just a few steps from Porte de la Chapelle. A grandiose venue with a capacity of up to 9,000 spectators, it will be the venue of choice for sporting and cultural events, concerts, shows and esport events. The Paris Basketball professional club takes up residence here year-round.

Valentine's Day : Paris capitale de l’amour

Infinitely romantic, Paris is the city for lovers. For something a little out of the ordinary and the feeling of a little getaway, try out the city's most charming hotels with room service, enjoy specially designed duo menus on delivery or click & collect from the city's top restaurants. Discover the capital in a new light with a cruise on the Seine with Green River Cruises, walking hand in hand and looking around you in districts with a village feel in Montmartre and the Marais or in Paris’s loveliest parks, embracing in front of the Médicis fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens, crossing the Pont des Arts (without putting a padlock on it!) or strolling the Père-Lachaise alleys to discover the story of the mythical lovers Heloise and Abelard... Passion is everywhere in the streets of Paris!

February 2024 exhibitions in Paris

In February, Paris is hosting some brand-new exhibitions that we’re eager to visit!

The Atelier des Lumières offers visitors a journey into the past, delving into the remains of Ancient Egypt, with the immersive exhibition ‘Egyptian Pharaohs, from Cheops to Ramses II’ (from February 9, 2024 to January 5, 2025). Alongside this, an exhibition titled ‘The Orientalists. Ingres, Delacroix, Gérôme...’ (from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025) highlights the fascination of some 19th-century painters with distant and fantasized-about Eastern lands.

The ‘Vera Molnár. Talking to the Eye’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (from 28 February o 26 August 2024) brings together a significant selection of paintings, drawings, photographs and wall installations by the artist, a pioneer of computer art.

The Jeu de Paume places the spotlight on the work of two photographers known for their activism, Tina Modotti and Bertille Bak (from 13 February to 26 May 2024).

And also in February 2024

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Last days! Major exhibitions coming to an end in February 2024

February 2024 concerts and shows

For the duration of a concert or a show, you can forget about the cold weather that has the capital in its grip!

IAM, the iconic French rap band, will be at the Olympia giving an exceptional concert (3 March 2024). Oxmo Puccino will perform songs from previous albums at a one-off concert (18 February 2024). British singer James Blunt returns to the Zénith (28 February 2024) while Laura Pausini, the big-name Italian singer, will perform (12 February 2024) at the Accor Arena.
At the Seine Musicale, Arthur H will present (1 February 2024) his latest album ‘La Vie’, while ‘Céline Symphonique’ features the best songs by Céline Dion, revisited by the Live Symphonic Orchestra (from 29 February to 2 March 2024). Eddy de Pretto, Keren Ann, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and other singers will be performing at a concert to pay tribute to Jane Birkin at the Olympia (3 February 2024).

From 27 February 2024, the cult musical ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ will be performed at the Lido2Paris.

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Opera fans have plenty of choice! On the programme: ‘L'Autre Voyage’ (The Other Journey) at the Opéra Comique (from 1 to 11 February 2024), ‘Cosi fan tutte’ at the Théâtre du Châtelet (from 2 to 22 February 2024) and ‘The Exterminating Angel’ at the Opéra Bastille (from 29 February to 23 March 2024).
As for dance, the choreographer Ohad Naharin’s ballet ‘Sadeh21’ will be performed at the Palais Garnier (from 7 February to 2 March 2024). The Palais des Congrès de Paris is hosting the Shen Yun troupe, which revives traditional Chinese culture (from 27 February to 2 March 2024).

Also worth seeing: Tutankhamun, the immersive pharaonic experience (from 3 February to 28 April 2024) which sees the 3,000-m² area of the Galeries Montparnasse transformed into an adventure playground; ‘Aurore’, the latest Holiday on Ice show at the Dôme de Paris (from 29 February to 3 March 2024), and the film in concert ‘Titanic’ at the Zénith (8 February 2024).

Exhibitions, festivals and major events in February 2024 in Paris

Festivals in Paris in February 2024

February is gourmet month! And it all starts on February 2, with Chandeleur. For the occasion, don't forget to enjoy some crêpes!

Where to eat crêpes in Paris

Celebrating the Lunar New Year (10 February 2024) and the start of the Year of the Wood Dragon. A number of shows, parades, celebrations and live events will take place in various districts of Paris to get the year off to an auspicious start.

On 11 February 2024, Carnaval de Paris takes over the city. Don't miss the chance to follow the merry processions through the streets in disguise.

Shows in February 2024

Until 4 February 2024, the collectible car show Rétromobile features some outstanding vehicles at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The Carreau du Temple is hosting the Salon du Vintage (from 2 to 4 February 2024) devoted to fashion in previous decades, and the Grande Halle de la Villette will have a huge event focusing on tattooing, Tattoo Planetarium (from 2 to 4 February 2024).

From 24 February to 3 March 2024, the Salon de l'Agriculture will open its doors to farming professionals and the general public at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. This new edition is embodied by the Oreillette (earpiece) cow, the muse of this eagerly-awaited event!

People in the wine business will be at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles for the unmissable trade fair Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris (from 12 to 14 February 2024). This new edition features a fringe programme for the general public. A festive event featuring a selection of venues in Paris where you can sample quality spirits, innovative cocktails (with or without alcohol), original grape varieties and wines from passionate, environmentally friendly winegrowers, accompanied by fine food. Themed evenings, food and wine pairings, tastings, blind tests ... are all part of these 3 days of discovery.

Sports events in Paris in February 2024

The Accor Arena is hosting one of the top judo tournaments, the Paris Grand Slam (from 2 to 4 February 2024). The seventh edition of the Meeting de Paris Indoor takes place, likewise, at the Accor Arena on 11 February 2024. Over the course of an evening, French and international track and field stars will compete in a number of events.. The new venue Adidas Arena has invited the 2024 SLS Championship Tour, the premier professional street skateboarding competition (24 February 2024)!

In February, the French football championship is in full swing. The Parc des Princes, the home ground of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) club, will host two matches: 11 February 2024 (against LOSC Lille), 25 February 2024 (against Stade Rennais). The Parisian club will also face off against Real Sociedad (14 February 2024).

Children's outings in Paris in February 2024

February is also the month when children are on vacation for two weeks! Looking for ideas to keep them occupied? Don't worry, we've got several outings for you!

From contemporary art to more classic works, museums have exhibitions to suit the youngest visitors.

The Musée en Herbe is placing the spotlight on the imaginary worlds of the street artist Seth (until 12 May 2024 with an immersive exhibition open to all. The Cité des Sciences is the ideal place to learn while having fun. The programme features the new permanent exhibition ‘Space Mission’ and the temporary exhibitions ‘Crowds’ (until May 24, 2024) and ‘Waste Age’ (until September 1, 2024). The Philharmonie de Paris has a trail suitable for tiny tots to introduce them to music. And the Children’s Gallery at the Pompidou Centre regularly hosts free art installations suitable for children under 10.

At the Aquarium Tropical, the exhibition ‘Saving the joba mena: an investigation in Madagascar’ gets children involved in an investigation to find a fish that is becoming extinct in Madagascar (until September 1, 2024).

The Musée de L’Homme for its part is hosting a major exhibition, Préhistomania, which brings together a wide selection of cave art from around the world (until May 20, 2024).

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Dive into space, travel to the center of the earth or defy gravity... for incredible family adventures, come to Science Expériences, in Bercy Village.

Finally, from 10 February 2024, the Musée de l’Orangerie opens its first ‘Family Space’ dedicated to children aged 0 to 12 and their parents, with an atmosphere inspired by the world of Claude Monet's Water Lilies. On the programme: discovery of works in the museum's collection in a creative, sensory and fun way, through play, a trail featuring blocks of activities, and a reading corner.

The escape games organized by Team Break, Gamescape and Mystery Bag and Quiveutpister’s scavenger hunts are also good ways to keep kids busy during the winter break.

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

Family shows are also a sure bet!

Théâtre Mogador introduces the very young to the art of ballet with My First Nutcracker (until February 25, 2023), conceived by a lead dancer at the Opéra de Paris, Karl Paquette.

The Forum des Images is presenting the new edition of the Tout-Petits Cinéma festival (February 10 to 25, 2024) with a series of films in concert specially adapted for 18-month to 4-year-old children. Older children will enjoy the immersive show ‘Back in the Musketeers’ Day’ at the Cité de l’Histoire (until April 5, 2024). Finally, for a truly enchanting outing, go along to the ‘Dragons and Lanterns’ light show at the Jardin d'Acclimatation (until February 25, 2024).

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