Things to do in Paris in April
Welcome to Paris in April! Paris in the springtime is known to be one of the most magnificent times of the year. To those who have the chance to visit the city of light this month, you’re in luck! The warm April showers are followed by blue sunny skies and blossoming spring flowers. With such a sunny, gorgeous, and very warm end of March, the French are definitely getting ready for spring. You’ll find the terraces (outdoor patios) packed with people of all ages, taking in the wonderful weather they’ve waited for all winter long! Outdoor activities are coming back, Museum exhibitions are starting, and the many gardens all over the city are in full blossom for outdoor picnics. Things to do in Paris in April are quite easy to find.
“April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom
Holiday tables under the trees
April in Paris, this is the feeling
No one can ever reprise
I never knew the charm of spring
I never met if face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace
Till April in Paris
Whom can I run to?
What have you done to my heart?”
People that spend April in Paris are so lucky. No one has ever experienced a true feeling of joy and warmth until you spend April in Paris and sing along Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong “April in Paris”… The winter is finally gone from the city. The sun starts showing itself. Temperatures should rise. April is definitively a good month to come to Paris. And here are some arguments to convince you! Read on and find out some of the best things to do in Paris in April!
This Easter we hunt!
Paris celebrates Easter on Sunday the 12th of April. Easter in Paris is something pretty special. Satisfaction, fun, and delight are guaranteed!
If you’ve always wanted to have a very special egg hunt, just come to “the City of Light”. It’s one of the funniest things to do in Paris in April! Inside, outside, in a farm, in a zoo, in a castle, even in the monuments. The hunt of yummy chocolates begins! Just to give you an idea: at the Jardin du Palais Royal, there will be a gigantic hunting where plenty of colourful eggs will be dispersed and kids will have to search! But also at the Disney Village in Marne-la-Vallée where many eggs will be hidden all throughout the place!
Other activities such as make-up, gardening, painting, dancing will be available! Of course, the adults are welcome. One who spends easter in Paris is a kid again! And thanks to all those events… there is kind of a competition between the Parisians bakers. So in 2019, you will have the chance to determine which one of them will do the most beautiful and surprising egg?
Challenge yourself and have fun: The Paris Marathon
The Paris International Marathon happens on Sunday the 5th of April, the first weekend of the month! The runners have 42.195 kilometers to cover through the city! The brave women and men start from the Arc of Triumph, heading towards the Place de la Concorde, and then head to the Bastille Square. This amazing journey ends near the Foch Avenue.
Each year, more and more foreign athletes join the course, so if you’re interested you may register on their website! Of course if you think you’re not ready yet for this kind of challenge, you can support it! This Marathon is one of the toughest and most challenging things to do in Paris in April. Can you pull this off? :-)
By the way, The Color Run usually always happens during the month of April, but this year (2020) will take place on March 29th. What is The Color Run? What is the purpose? If you like to run and have fun at the same time, this is the perfect event for you!
Inspired by the Holi Festival in India, everyone starts at Hôtel de Ville and has to reach Trocadéro, not only as fast as they can, but also as colored as possible! At each kilometer you cross, 100% colored powder, made out of corn, will be thrown at you (it’s edible)! So, what is the purpose? Get to the Color Run Festival in Trocadéro the most colorful you can be, and with a big smile on your face! It is definitely one of the things to do in Paris in April!
Please your cultural appetites
Would you like to see some exhibitions in Paris in April? You won’t be disappointed! At the Grand Palais, an exhibition will be happening called “Art Paris Art Fair” from the 4th to the 7th of April. The purpose of this event is to able people to discover contemporary art from around the globe but also to provide the opportunity to young talent to exhibit their most recent works. This year, women artists are in the spotlight. There will be a greater emphasis on women artists and Latin American art.
In others words, during the month of April, your cultural appetite will be pleased!
Don’t forget that the month of April marks the beginning of spring. Flowers blooming. Everything is quiet and peaceful. This is the best time if you want to have a little picnic in the Luxembourg Garden, just near the Latin Quarter. If you just want to sit and relax like a Parisian, you can do it in the Tuileries Garden.
Jardins Tuileries/Jardins du Luxembourg/Champs de Mars
Lounging in the gardens during springtime in Paris is a must! Grab your picnic baskets, head to the local grocery store, and stock up on some wine, cheese, and baguettes. The soft, green grassy lawns will have you surrounded by the magical architecture of Paris’s buildings and landmarks, and the gardens offer the most exquisite form of outdoor lounging. Bring your lover, bring your friends, or go solo! The various lawns will be packed on sunny days so get to these parks in the morning to get a good spot!
Seine River Cruise
April is the perfect time for a cruise along the Seine river. Sightseeing along the river also gives visitors a visually stunning and unique way to view the city. Take a bateau mouche to see the history behind Paris and enjoy the relaxing vibe the boat tours have to offer. So many of the city’s best landmarks can be seen from the boat and when the weather is nice, there is nothing better than to be on the water!
Discover Versailles Palace and its village
If you have enough time during your stay in Paris, you should definitely go to Versailles. It is marvelous, not only because of the palace but also because of the village of Versailles. The Versailles Palace is especially nice to visit in April because it’s a lot less crowded compared to other times of the year. Shopping, food markets and nice spring walks in Versailles are the best way to relax and get a nice reprieve from the hustle & bustle of Paris! Taste the royal lifestyle and let us take care of everything! Check out our Get-Away options to Versailles!
We hope you enjoyed our selection of things to do in Paris in April! One never gets bored in Paris! There’s plenty of things to do, to see, to taste and places to visit. But if you want to live “the Parisian Experience” to the fullest, you really should let locals show you the way! Parisians, have the most unique lifestyle. We know when to be serious, and when to be silly!
We know when to go hunting for chocolates, when to acquire a little bit more of knowledge, and when to exercise! In Paris, we have time to do everything! It’s the lifestyle you surely would consider to adopt, once you try it! During your trip, you can count on us for everything! We can show you the greatest spots, the coolest activities, the most entertaining exhibitions, and much more! Contact us for further information, we will make sure you will have the best time of your life in Paris!
*Updated by Arielle in February 2020