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10 things to see and do in Paris in March

With fewer tourists, many festivals, carnival evenings and celebration, March is a perfect month to visit the city of light.

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

9 min read

10 things to see and do in Paris in March

Aerial view of Paris | ©Lucas Gallone

March is a time of numerous festivities, celebrations and activities, from Parisian high fashion to colorful and picturesque street parades.

Discover all there is to do in Paris during these dates and create a travel itinerary where you can enjoy festivals, museums, attractions and, of course, fabulous food and enchanting scenery.

1. Experience Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week model| ©Simon Ackerma
Paris Fashion Week model| ©Simon Ackerma

Paris Fashion Week or Paris Fashion Week is the name given to the famous day of presentations that takes place in the French capital and closes the tour of "fashion weeks" in other capitals such as London, New York or Venice.

Paris is proclaimed worldwide as the capital of fashion and style, so this event is extremely important for Parisians in general, but especially for its designers and models who move a millionaire industry around the world. The main Parisian fashion houses such as Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Hérmes and Louis Vuitton join the event.

Although the truth is that it is a very closed event where only personalities linked to fashion and show business usually have access.

Shopping in Paris

Shopping in Paris is one of the top plans of the city, as it has boutiques of major brands precisely because it is considered the fashion capital. Therefore, there are many shopping tours organized in Paris for all tastes and budgets.

For example, you can book a shopping excursion to the La Vallée outlet in Paris if you are interested in exclusive brands but at good prices, with round-trip transportation included. Ready for glamour?

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

On the other hand, if you can't get tickets to see the Paris Fashion Week shows but you want to soak up Parisian fashion, don't hesitate to book tickets to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is an exhibition where you can see the atelier and fashion collections that the great French haute couture designer worked on.

Book tickets to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum

2. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Disneyland Paris or at the Moulin Rouge

St. Patrick's Day at the Moulin Rouge| ©RTV
St. Patrick's Day at the Moulin Rouge| ©RTV

With a growing Irish population and tourists traveling from all over the world for the festivities, Paris is one of the most popular European destinations to enjoy the famous St. Patrick's Day celebration. Every year on March 17, the French capital hosts several events that combine music, beer, dancing and parades.

Where it takes place

This celebration takes place all over Paris. However, here is a list of the most interesting activities and events:

Book tickets for Disneyland Paris

3. Catch up on French cinema

Cinema Function| ©Erik Witsoe
Cinema Function| ©Erik Witsoe

Cinema was born in France with the creation, by the Lumiére brothers, of the first film and the first reproduction device. So it's no surprise that the art of cinema and festivals are an important part of the French cultural landscape.

During the month of March, Paris hosts several annual film festivals, so if you visit the city around this time, you'll have a chance to admire the work of award-winning directors and, of course, emerging talent.

Where it takes place

To enjoy Parisian cinema in March, you have several alternatives:

Book tickets for the Pompidou Center

4. Enjoy the Mardi Gras Carnival or go cabaret

At the Mardi Gras| ©Cécile D
At the Mardi Gras| ©Cécile D

Carnival festivities in France are a series of celebrations that include all kinds of parades and activities and conclude on Mardi Gras. They usually take place between the months of February and March so if you are in Paris for the Carnival celebrations you can't miss it!

Two particular celebrations stand out. Choosing one or the other will depend on your travel itinerary and desire for adventure.

Cabaret in the purest Parisian style

If you do not arrive in time for Mardi Gras because your trip does not coincide with this celebration (you know that every year it changes), I leave you other proposals for those looking for a fun time between magic shows, acrobatics and cabaret, with direct link to get tickets online and in advance:

Book tickets for Cabaret Crazy Horse in Paris

5. Climb to the top at La Grande Roue

Big Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde| ©Quim Esteban Osta
Big Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde| ©Quim Esteban Osta

If you visit Paris with children you have to visit La Grande Roue in Paris. Built in 1900 for the millennium celebrations, for years it had the title of the "biggest Ferris wheel in the world". Today, it is considered the largest moving Ferris wheel as it is assembled and disassembled every year during the winter festivities in Paris.

La Grande Roue stands 70 meters high and from the highest point it is possible to see all of Paris. Want to experience it on another level? Ride the Ferris wheel during sunset.

Where it takes place

From the end of November in Paris until the beginning of April the traditional Parisian Ferris wheel is installed at the Place de la Concorde. You can get tickets there at the ticket booth s for about 10 €.

Other suggestions for the little ones

If you run out of ideas of things to do with the little ones in Paris and it's a rainy day, don't worry, there are many other plans to do with the family in the French capital beyond discovering the attractions of Disneyland Paris. Here are a few:

Book a guided tour of the Louvre

6. Join the Carnaval de Femmes

At the Carnaval de Femmes| ©Basili
At the Carnaval de Femmes| ©Basili

The Carnaval de Femmes is a colorful costume parade held every year during the month of March. This peculiar celebration is also known as Fête des blanchisseuses or Feast of the Washerwomen, in honor of the story that gave birth to the celebration.

According to Parisians, this tradition began in the XVIII century, when the washerwomen who worked along the Seine River select the Queen of the Day; and then dance under the stars until dawn.

Where it takes place

The Fête des blanchisseuses route starts at the Gambetta metro station in the 20th arrondissement and ends at Place de la République.

How to get tickets

There is no need to purchase tickets for this event. It is a free, non-profit parade open to the public. For more details on upcoming dates visit the event's official website.

7. Attend the Paris half-marathon

Paris Marathon| ©Caravanum
Paris Marathon| ©Caravanum

The Paris Half Marathon has been held in the French capital every March since 1993. The event that marks the starting point for the annual sports agenda of the city.

This event is also known as the warm-up phase of the Grand Marathon de Paris, which takes place every year in April.

Where it takes place

Although the route can be modified in certain aspects; the most important avenues of Paris and the most attractive tourist spots or monuments are always taken into account.

The result is a race route with beautiful views so that runners, who come from all corners of the world, are captivated by the attractiveness of the city.

How to get tickets

If you want to register as a runner for the Paris Semi-marathon, you can do so on the official website.

Please note that the Paris Marathon is one of the few events in this category that requires all competitors to have a full medical examination less than one year old. The registration fee for the event starts at 50 €; but to watch the race as a spectator you don't need to pay anything.

8. Experience jazz music at the Festival Banlieues Bleues

Parisian jazz festival| ©InfoParis
Parisian jazz festival| ©InfoParis

The French love jazz, so a trip to the Parisian suburbs to enjoy the Banlieues Bleues Festival is on the agenda year after year. It was founded by Jacques Pornon and artistic director Xavier Lemetre in 1984 with over 30 years of history. The festival is held over five weeks between the months of March and April.

This jazz festival takes place at various venues in Seine-St-Denis and includes a varied schedule of shows that we recommend you take a close look at on the official website.

As a general rule, you will be able to enjoy performances by very talented artists from genres such as jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and rhythms from various corners of the world.

Where it takes place

The festival takes place every year in Saint-Denis, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris located 9.4 km from the city. To get to Saint-Denis I recommend taking the H train from Gare du Nord to Saint-Denis station.

How to get tickets

Information about the event itinerary and ticket prices can be found on the official website. The historical average ticket price does not usually exceed 16 € for general admission tickets, while seniors over 60, students and children under 21 pay a lower price.

9. Enjoy a horse show

View from the Eiffel Tower of the Grand Palais| ©Roger W
View from the Eiffel Tower of the Grand Palais| ©Roger W

If you're a horse fan or have any curiosity about these fascinating creatures, consider attending the Saut Hermès Equestrian Show, an annual competition with an artistic and cultural tinge that celebrates all facets of the equestrian world. It is sponsored by Parisian fashion brand and company Maison Hérmes.

The event has received the highest classification from the International Equestrian Federation and draws an average of 4,000 spectators each year. In addition to watching the competitions, you can visit the stands, specialized bookstores and a photo booth.

Where it is held

Since its creation in 2011, this event takes place at Grand Palais, on Avenue du Général Eisenhower.

How to get tickets

Tickets for the event can be purchased directly on the Saut Hermes website. The price starts at 60 €.

10.Attend the European Crafts Days

Crafts| ©julian mora
Crafts| ©julian mora

Organized by the National Institute of Handicrafts, this event aims to increase the recognition of the handicraft sector. These days invite the general public to meet the artisans, approach their workshops and discover the knowledge of their craft.

The event was created in 2012 and has since gained a strong international dimension. 5,000 events are organized throughout France, including: workshop openings, exhibitions in heritage sites, meetings of professionals, educational routes, thematic circuits, fun activities and much more.

The event takes place every year in late March and early April. For more information on the program of activities both in Paris and in other cities consult the official website.

Paris temperatures in March

From the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe| ©Guilhem Vellut
From the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe| ©Guilhem Vellut

With temperatures ranging from 5 to 13 degrees Celsius, the weather in Paris during the month of March is usually defined as cool and pleasant.

While it is true that it is still necessary to wear warm clothes, snowfalls are practically non-existent and only in exceptionally cold years can they occur as an occasional event making it one of the best months to visit Paris and enjoy all there is to do in Paris and visit the best Parisian museums, its fabulous food and its enchanting landscapes.

Unlike the months of January in Paris and February in Paris, which stay cold almost all the time, March is a changeable and polarizing month; don't be surprised if you find yourself caught in a cold winter rain one afternoon only to, the next day, see a bright sun come out and hear the birds singing like it's springtime in Paris.

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