Things to do in Paris in May
Paris in May is one of the best times of the year to visit the City of Light. The sun is back, flowers are blooming, terraces are full of cheerful Parisians, and great activities take place during this month. Read on to find out more about all the things to do in Paris in May.
Saturday Night Fever at: Museums night
Each year, most European museums open during the night and propose many different activities, such as concerts, quizzes, light shows, fluorescent make up, and much more. Usually, everyone from all ages participate. It is so much fun! This year, the Museums Night happens on May, 19th. You will have to check each museum program, to see which one suits better your interests!
It is the opportunity to see a different aspect of museums from which we are used to. Also spending a saturday night at a museum is pretty unusual and cool. Visiting museums during the night is really interesting. It is nice to see how interested people are in culture: sometimes the queues are unbelievable! What I mean is that making friends during the queue is likely to happen! This creates a very friendly atmosphere. Paris in May is much livelier during such nights.
Treat yourself at: Foire de Paris
The Foire de Paris (Paris fair) goes on for two weeks, from the 27th of April until the 8th of May. There are more than 3000 exponents presenting and selling their products. Paris Fair exhibitors are divided into three main themes: gastronomy, housing, fashion and beauty. I can assure you will be amazed by the quantity of innovating and top-quality products that are to be launched. It is a unique chance because you will get to see and try the products before anyone else!
You can go to the housing area to take a look at the most incredible handmade decorations for your home, then you might want to go to the Fashion and Beauty area get a massage and try the best-smelling 100% natural soaps, and to finish, head to the Gastronomy area to discover and taste new flavours, unique cocktails but also traditional dishes, as well as exotic food you won’t be able to try anywhere else! Spoil yourself, treat yourself, and be ready to travel through senses and discover new stuff from stand to stand. Plus, if you enjoy coffee you can attend the French Coffee Contest and determine the winner!
Be ahead of your time and attend this fair because it is, for sure, one of the most eclectic things to do in Paris in May.
Relax at: Flowery parks
Paris in May is super colorful and all the trees are flowery again! The best places to enjoy Spring are ovbiously parks and gardens. To lay down on the grass and to take a nap is the best! It is one of my favorite things to do in Paris. If you want to relax, just prepare some lunch and do a picnic in one of our parks or gardens. My favorite parks to enjoy a sunbath and admire flowers are Buttes Chaumont, Montsouris and Vincennes’s floral park.
Little tip: If you want to feel as if you were in Japan, just go to the Paris suburbs, in Sceaux’s Park, and sit under the cherry blossoms.
Taste the finest wine at: Salon du Vin de la Revue de France
You know that French people are fond of wine. That’s why we have it in all colors: red, white, rosé, etc! (Joking). Wine is omnipresent and essential to accompany our meals. So to declare our love for wine, it seems logical to have a whole exhibition dedicated to it! The 4th and the 5th of May at the Salon du Vin de la Revue de France, you can enjoy free wine tastings here, but the most interesting are the winemakers themselves, who come from all over France with their different accents. They talk about their jobs, their experiences, and explain why local products are the best. This is one of my favorite things to do in Paris in May, especially because the price of the wine you get there is much cheaper! The producer sells it directly to the consumer.
Music to your ears at: Jazz Festival
From the 24th of May to the 4th of June, the Jazz Festival happens again for its eighteenth edition!
Saint Germain des Prés is well known for its intellectual and classy atmosphere, and also for its great jazz clubs. Every year, the neighborhood is the heart of this jazz festival that gathers young talents as well as experienced and famous musicians. Conferences, exhibitions and concerts (some of them are free) are organized, sometimes in unusual places. For example, in heritage Paris settings such as the Paris-Sorbonne University, the Church of Saint-Sulpice, the Musée de Cluny, and many more. This festival is a must for all jazz lovers!
Take two of our free walking tours that start the 1st of May: The Saint-Germain and the River tour and the Latin Quarter Left Bank tour
Since you’re in the neighborhood for the Jazz Festival, it would be a shame to miss two of our free walking tours! The Saint-Germain and the River tour starts the 28th of April and goes until the 15th of October. You will find out where Picasso painted his greatest work “Guernica” (it can now be seen in Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid), you will explore the Paris of Jazz, History, Arts and Fashion. Our guide will lead you through the neighborhood giving advices about the best restaurants, bars and clubs. You will feel like a local!
Another free walking tour I highly recommend is the Latin Quarter Left Bank tour. From the 28th of April also, an extra tour will be added everyday. The tour starts everyday at 11 am and a second one starts at 2.30 pm. You will feel like a student again in the Paris where students and masters have perfected the art of student lifestyle for centuries. You will discover how was the neighborhood a source of inspiration for Picasso, Hemingway, Jack Kerouac and Cyrano de Bergerac. This tour will increase your thirst for knowledge and give life to your intellectual projects.
Join tennis fans at Roland Garros
The end of the month marks the beginning of the famous French tennis contest: Roland Garros. If you’re interested, a ticket for the small tennis courts is not that expensive. Nonetheless, if you are a tennis fan and want to see your favorite players, the ticket prices for the contest in general and for the finale are obviously more expensive (it starts at 140€). But Roland Garros atmosphere is a really nice experience. The place is full of tennis lovers with their tennis balls waiting for their champions to sign it. You often hear cheers from Chatrier and Lenglen courts. It is a great opportunity to share a sporty and friendly moment amongst tennis fans.
I hope you enjoyed our selection of things to do in Paris in May. As you can see, those events are unusual but so much fun! May is one of my favorite months of the year, because it’s almost summer, and you can see people are already much more relaxed! But let me give you some advices about what type of clothes you should bring for your stay in Paris, because the weather in May is quite unstable. Do not forget a rain coat or an umbrella, as well as closed toed shoes, it might rain! During the night, it can get very cold, so a pullover might come in very handy! However, in May temperatures are getting warmer and the sun begins to shine. Do not hesitate to bring your sunglasses and some t-shirts, especially for the end of the month! À très bientôt!
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