Marathon de Paris
How many marathons provide a cheese and wine break in the last five miles? This playful event is loved by marathon runners for its, well, Frenchness. It takes in some of the finest cityscape of Paris and is a fun event to watch, if you have already hung up your sneakers. The marathon starts approximately at 0900 on avenue des Champs-Elysées and finishes on avenue Foch.Date: 14 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: Streets of Paris.
French Open Tennis (Roland Garros)
France’s first national men's competition was held in 1891 with the ladies' following in 1897 and international players in 1925. Since then, the French Open or Roland Garros Tournament (named after a French engineer and fighter pilot shot down during WWI) has developed into a major tennis event. It is one of the four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam championships (together with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.)Date: 26 May 2019 - 09 June 2019
Venue: Roland Garros Stadium.
Fête de la Musique (Musical Fair)
This fabulous event has free concerts throughout Paris (and the rest of France), in the streets and various venues, such as Sainte-Chapelle, the Musée d'Orsay and Palais de Justice. It is open to any performer, amateur or professional. All the events are free and can take place in museums, train stations or just on a street. Whether it’s an orchestra, choir, opera or rock band, there’s always something going on.Date: 21 June 2019 - 21 June 2019
Venue: Various venues.
France’s principal national holiday is held every 14 July with festivities and fireworks to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It is officially called the Fête Nationale (The National Celebration). The best places to catch the fireworks is the Eiffel Tower and there are parades up the Champs-Élysées.Date: 14 July 2019 - 14 July 2019
Venue: Various locations and Champs-Élysées.
Le Cinéma en Plein Air (Open Air Cinema)
An outdoor film festival held in Parc de la Villette offers a series of well-curated art house flicks and classics. Don’t expect Toy story 3, instead François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard or Woody Allen.Date: 22 July 2019 - 23 August 2019
Venue: Parc de la Villette.
National holiday on 11 November with laying of wreaths, military parade and review of troops by the French President of the Republic.Date: 11 November 2019 - 11 November 2019
Venue: Place Charles-de-Gaulle.
Réveillon (New Year's Eve)
Every city has a central place to celebrate the coming of the new year. In Paris it’s the Champs-Elysées. Its crowded, drunken and great fun. Fireworks on the Eiffel Tower.Date: 31 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: Along the Champs-Elysées.
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