Things to do in Paris in March
Thinking about visiting Paris next March? Here is a list of things to do in Paris in March, according to a local!
March is a wonderful time of the year to visit Paris. Spring is slowly coming to France, the days are getting longer and the city is slowly coming out of its hibernation! Be careful though: be sure to pack a warm jacket and a few sweaters as the weather might still be a bit chilly (the average temperature is about 7°C/45°F). An umbrella might also be helpful if you ever are confronted with one of our adversaries, which are unexpected showers, that are very usual at this time of year!
Apart from these technical concerns, you’ll have a great time visiting Paris at this time. Here is a list of things to do in Paris in March, according to a local!
Celebrate with the Irish community in Paris for St Patrick’s day!
Another one of the best things to do in Paris in March if you feel like going out and having a nice time is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th. The celebrations are obviously not the same as the ones you will find in Dublin, but you’ll certainly have lots of fun watching places like the Moulin Rouge or the Arc De Triomphe be illuminated with green light for the evening!
For nice Irish pubs and bars, try wandering around the sixth arrondissement, where the main ones are situated!
Enjoy Paris’ museums and monuments without queuing!
At this time of year, Paris is not as filled with tourists as it is in the summer, so one of the best things to do in Paris in March is to take advantage of this and visit as many monuments and museums as you like! Going to the Louvre Museum in the summer can be an exhausting experience, as it is so crowded and the air conditioning doesn’t seem to be working that much!
You’ll be all the more able to enjoy the quieter alleys of the museum if you come in March!
Seek the spring sunshine by wandering around the Jardin d’Acclimatation
Another one of the nicest things to do in Paris in March is to spend some time outside. I know I have said that the temperatures might still be a bit low, but near the end of the month, spring is coming to Paris! So if at some point you see the sun peeking through the clouds, don’t hesitate to go out to one of Paris’ many parks!
My top recommendation would be the Jardin d’acclimatation, which includes a little zoo and a lot of activities for children, including puppet shows and carousels.
Vintage shopping in the Paris Flea market
Are you craving for a vintage Chanel purse? A Vuitton wallet or a Hermes scarf? Well, you have two options, you can pay the last model full price at the shop or find the vintage classic bag at a flea market for a much better price. We’re not talking about counterfeit here of course, but real authentical items sold by antic dealers. The Paris flea market is located in the North of Paris.
Be aware because it is the biggest permanent flea market in the world. There are more than 2500 shops, some of them are just clothes, some others are about the most amazing antics you can find in Europe. It’s a real maze so you might have a hard time finding the nice spot. We recommend then to ask us for more information or to go with one of our guides.
Go to the Picasso museum
For all the museums in Paris, skip-the-line tickets are important if you decide to go there. Located in the heart of the Marais, there are great walks around the museum, whether you care of shopping, nice french food or art galleries.
Attend the Picasso exhibitions
Two amazing exhibitions dedicated to Picasso start on March, 31st: Picasso Comics and Picasso Poète. These end on July, 26th. These two exhibitions will allow you to learn more about the artist and get to know two different sides of him, his passion for comics and his poetic writings. Go to the Picasso Museum in the lovely neighborhood of the Marais in Paris to attend these two exhibitions!
You can also visit his former studio! If you’re a fan of him and his works, it’s definitely a visit I recommend you.
Stay in shape
So many sports activities are happening in Paris during the month of March! If you love running and challenging yourself, you will love spending the month in the city!
First of all, on March, 1st, every runner gets together at Bois de Vincennes for the Harmonie Mutelle Semi de Paris. About forty thousand runners have to run a more than twenty kilometers distance. Then, on March, 11th, the most emblematic monument of Paris also competes during the Verticale de la Tour Eiffel! What’s the challenge? To climb the 1 665 steps of the Eiffel Tower as fast as possible! Are you up for it?
Lastly, on March, 29th, the Color Run takes place to liven the city up and colour the streets of Paris. During this race, you have to go through several colour areas travelling a distance of five kilometers and cross the finish line as coloured as possible to enjoy an amazing party at the end! If you plan on joining these activities, I advise you to register in advance to guarantee yours and your friends spot.
Horses lovers meet at Grand Palais
If you or one of your relatives love horses, you absolutely have to go to the Grand Palais between March, 20th and 22nd for the eleventh edition of the Saut Hermès event, which is the prestigious show-jumping competition that brings together all the best horses of the world.
Buy your tickets for one of the greatest tattoo conventions
If you love tattoos, body painting, or simply art in general, the Mondial du tatouage can be a great experience for you and your relatives! It starts on March, 13th and ends on the 15th, at Parc de la Villette which is located at 211, Avenue Jean Jaurès. All throughout the event, there will be tattoo contests and you will get to meet more than four hundred tattoo artists.
If you’re interested in getting tattooed by one of the artists, you need to book your appointment in advance to make sure you get a spot! If you only want to attend the event, it will cost you sixty euros for the three days. On site, the entrance costs sixty five euros. For just one day, you pay thirty euros.
If you don’t intend to go to this event but are interested in getting a tattoo while in Paris, check this article. A local guide will tell you some of the best tattoo salons in the city to get the illustration you wish on your skin! A tattoo while in Paris can definitely be an awesome souvenir of your stay in the city! Not everyone has the courage to do such a thing. But you obviously need to check the hygiene and conditions before making this decision. So, try to get several advises and make sure your tattoo artist follows all the best conditions.
You now know some of the best things to do in Paris in March! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you soon in Paris!