This Weekend in Paris, December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2016, there are many things to see and do in Paris and the Ile-de-France region. Why not check out the Hergé exhibition , grab a bite at the Perchoir, enjoy some quality with the family at the circus, or spend a day at the fleemarket ? And don’t forget about the many art exhibitions, brunches and bars, nightlife, concerts, festivals, races and sports games in the city and the region! Sound overwhelming? Don't worry, we've done the research so that you don't have to!
What are you up to this weekend in Paris on December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2016? Check out our guide to the best events and outings this weekend in the city and the region!
Shows and Concerts
Kiosques en Fête 2016, Musicians Take to the Bandstands in Paris: From April 15th to December 2016, numerous musical artists will be taking over the bandstands and outdoor pavilions of the city. You can enjoy any of the more than 800 free musical events!
The Smurfs. The famous Smurfs will be on the stage of the Folies Bergère of Paris until January 29th, 2017, for a musical show that’ll be a great experience for young and old.
Peppa Pig. After a very successful tour that has gone through the United States, England and Australia, Peppa Pig and its friends finally arrive in Paris to entertain your children with their amusing games : come meet them until December 21st 2016 on the stage of the Casino de Paris.
The Elephant in the Room. The Elephant in the Room is the THE burlesque circus not to be missed in this back-to-school season. Presented by the Cirque Le Roux at Bobino from September 27th to December 31st, 2016, this show will take you back in 1937, on Miss Betty’s wedding.
The Cirque Pinder presents its new show. The Cirque Pinder is back in Paris, on the turf of Reuilly, from November 4th to January 26th, 2017, with a brand new show. A great occasion to reconnect with Sophie Edelstein and her illusions, Frédéric Edelstein and his lions, not to mention the elephants !
The Winter Circus has a suprise for you. Until February 26th, 2017, the Cirque d’Hiver will be presenting its new show, called “Surprise”. Young and old will be entertained by the jugglers, acrobats, magicians and elephants, that will be back this year.
Snow White and the Wood of Spells. Snow White and the Wood of Spells is the new show inspired by the tale by Brothers Grimm, that will be presented by the Compagnie Mascarade from November 5th, 2016 to January 4th, 2017 at the Folie Théâtre.
The Franglaises are back ! Back at Bobino, the Franglaises will amaze you with a very surprising show. During 3 months, until January 14th, 2017, the troupe will perform a French version of some of the most iconic songs of artists such as the Beatles, Mickael Jackson or even Katy Perry. If you are not bilingual, the lyrics of these Frenglish tracks will make you laugh for sure !
Pierrots de la Nuit Performances in the Streets of Paris: The Pierrot de la Nuit performances bring together art and society through creative art forms and expressions in the streets of Paris at night. The goal is simple: make less noise, and you can party longer and without having the neighbors shut down your favorite nightlife spot! Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Art and Cultural Exhibitions:
Hergé.The Grand Palais looks back at Hergé’s wonderful artistic career with a great exhibition from September 28th 2016 to January 16th 2017. Hundreds of series of drawings of “the father of European comic books” will be exhibited during this event.
Olafur Eliasson in Versailles, Summer Contemporary Art Exhibition: Artist Olafur Elaisson’s annual contemporary art exhibition will be at the Versailles Palace this year, from June to November 2016. Eliasson is taking the reigns at the Versailles Estate and will be offering a brand-new way to look at this historic palace!
Ben. After 18 months of closing, the Musée Maillol finally re-opens its doors : for the very first exhibition in its restored rooms, the museum offers an innovative retrospective of Ben’s work from September 14th 2016 to January 15th 2017.
René Magritte. The Centre Pompidou spotlights René Magritte’s work in a wonderful exhibition from September 21th 2016 to January 23rd 2017. More than a hundred paintings will be displayed in the rooms of the Centre Pompidou, for an exhibition focused on the treachery of images.
Oscar Wilde. This year, the Petit Palais puts the stress on Oscar Wilde from September 28th 2016 to January 15th 2017. The great Irish writer, Parisian by heart, is also honoured at the Musée de l’Histoire de Paris in a huge exhibition. Don’t miss it !
“Un Art Pauvre,” (A Poor Art) Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou: One of the latest exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou explores what is called “poor” art, from the 1960’s until today. The exhibition, titled “Un Art Pauvre” (A Poor Art) features the art, music, architecture and theater that drew our attention to the smallest things, using recycled materials as a medium.
Bercy by Robert Doisneau at Bercy Village: This summer, Bercy Village is traveling through time, bringing us to to Bercy Village in the 1970s, immortalized by Robert Doisneau. 30 photographs in black and white reveal moving portraits of factory workers at Bercy, the wine storehouses and wine barrels of Parisian wines!
Rembrandt intime.The Musée Jacquemart-André launches a nice exhibition putting the stress on Rembrandt from September 16th to January 23rd 2017. Throughout 3 major oeuvres, the museum will retrace the creative process of one of the biggest painters in the history of art, by exploring his evolution and describing his career.
Noir Éclair. For the very first time, the Château de Vincennes will showcase an exhibition of contemporary art : ZEVS will be presenting his street art project, called Noir Éclair, from September 16th 2016 to January 29th 2017.
Daniel Buren Exhibition at the Fondation Vuitton: Starting May 11th, 2016, a monumental installation by artist Daniel Buren is at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. In dialogue with this iconic new museum by architect Frank Gehry, this installation, called the “Observatory of Light,” is an ambitious and extensive work that’s worth checking out!
Bars and Restaurants:
Patio at the Saint James Paris: This Summer, the beautiful garden patio at the Saint James Paris will become a chic open-air bar. Come bask in the sun and sip on cocktails or try their tasty menu items from June to the end of September, 2016.
New Perchoir Opening at Gare de l’Est: Yes, Parisians love their rooftop bars. The Perchoir rooftop bars at Menilmontant and BHV Marais were such a hit that now they’re getting ready for their third address in the capital, opening June 21st, 2016 on the roof of the Gare de l’Est train station!
Plaza Havana: This summer, Café A is celebrating Cuban style with Plaza Havana, from June 15th to September 30th, 2016.
La Démesure : There’s a new trendy spot in Paris, with a covered terrace, cocktail bar, karaoke, club and even food made to order! Come check out La Démesure!
Le Flow: “Le Flow” is a brand new floating venue in town on the Left Bank at the Berges de Seine (Invalides). An all-in-one restaurant, bar, and concert hall, this floating venue even has a summertime beach space!
Résistance : With cocktail bars popping up in Paris left and right today, it’s hard for new cocktail bar entrepreneurs to stand out and make a name for themselves. Now you have to come up with an attractive new concept, which is exactly what Pastry Chef David Varnier has done with the opening of his cocktail and food bar “Resistance” in the Marais; pair your cocktails with sweet and savory food creations for a whole new experience!
La Javelle, Open-Air Parties on the Banks of the Seine : La Javelle is the hottest hangout spot on the West Side of Paris. Between its relaxation spaces, food trucks, drinks and wellness workshops, these open-air space is the perfect place to spend an evening during this sunny season!
Most Beautiful Terraces in Paris : Sunny days are here again and summer will be here before you know it! So what could be more perfect than chilling out on one of the cities terrace and rooftop spaces? Whether you’re looking for nice little spot under the trees, an unobstructed view of the Paris skyline or one of the city’s hidden gems, we’ve included it all in this guide!
Paris’s Top Coffee Shops : Calling all coffee lovers! Since taking a break for coffee is one of the things the French do best, we’ve decided to share our list of the best coffee and tea shops in the capital.
Quirky bars in Paris : From ice bars to places to just sip on a nice beverage while petting a cat, or even bars where you can play board games, Paris is packed with bars that are as original as they are strange! Check out the capital’s quirkiest bars with the help of our guide.
Tea salons in Paris : Is one of your guilty pleasures getting together with friedns and indulging in a cupcake or cheesecake paired with a warm cup of tea? Take a few minutes to look at our city guide and discover our top picks for tea salons, it’s enough to make your mouth water!
Daytime Outings :
Paris Ferris Wheel : Head to Concord to ride the Paris Ferris Wheel!
The best amusement parks in Paris and its surroundings. New year, new rides. Check out what the amusement parks and fairgrounds of Paris have in store for you for this 2016 season. Everything has been done to help you spend some quality time with your family and friends.
Santa’s Factory. From November 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017, La Fine Equipe will be at Le Marais to make you discover a selection of fashion designers in a concept-store called “Santa’s Factory”
You can also take a look at our week-end fleemarkets’ guide
Family and Children Outing Ideas:
Halloween at Disneyland Paris. Halloween is back at Disneyland Paris from October 1st to November 2nd, 2016. During one month, the amusement park will turn into a giant playground for the evil characters of your favorite Disney animation films. But Mickey and its friends will fight back, and guarantee you a lot of fun times during this particular time.
Festivals for Kids in Paris, Summer 2016: Music, theater, cinema - festivals are popping up left and right like daisies this summer, including festivals for kids! Sortiraparis offers you its selection of children's festivals, to try out and approve. They come in all shapes and sizes and there’s something for all ages! So, what will it be, an outdoor film festival (Cinéma en plein air), or a children’s music festival (Pestacles) in the Parc Floral?
Summer Outings and Walks in Paris and the Region with Children: In Paris, summer is the perfect time to get out and go on a walk with the kids. Sortiraparis has some interesting ideas and recommendations for parents who want to get some fresh air with their little ones. Go discover the gardens, castles, zoos and other aquariums in the region where children can experience new things and have fun !
Little Villette : Starting May 21st, 2016, La Villette introduces “Little Villette:” a huge and brand new space for children and families. There will be a wide range of activities and workshops to enjoy in the Pavillon Paul-Delouvrier and the gardens at La Villette.
Discobelix at Parc Astérix : The famous theme park Parc Astérix opens another innovative new attraction this 2016 season, called Discobelix.
If it rains this weekend, then be sure to check out our guide to Things to Do When It’s Raining in Paris!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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