Paris Main Annual Events In May
Everything is closed in Paris on May 1, except the Eiffel Tower, and the Bastille is the focus of an annual parade down the Champs Elysees, organized by the labor unions. Call (33) 323-6316 for more information.
Annual Jazz Festival
From the conclusion of the Foire de Paris in early May through the month of July, jazz musicians from all over the world come to play in the Parc Floral every weekend. Call (33) 55 94 20 20 for more information.
Printemps des Musees
For one day in May, you may be able to see a number of the important exhibits on your list, as many museums in the city will offer free admission. Call (33) 40 15 36 00 for more information.
Vintage Car Rally
During the month of May, vintage car owners compete in a race up the Montmartre hill, the steepest and tallest, with local café and bars providing a variety of food and other events. Call (33) 46 06 79 56 for more information.
Environment and Lifestyle Show
Exhibitions on the latest in recycling waste and renewable energy are featured at this annual exposition, a part of the Paris Expo, held at the Port of Versailles Convention Center during the month of May. Call (33) 43 95 10 10 for more information.
Users of Shockwave Flash on French-language Web sites attend a convention at the Centre Pompidou to see the latest in computerized animation techniques, during the month of May. Call (33) 48 24 96 45 for more information.
The Great Paris Steeplechase
The Hippodrome Auteuil hosts this famous annual horse race patterned after the British Grand National, at the end of May. Call (33) 40 71 47 47 for more information.
Foire du Trone
For the entire month of May, the Pelouse de Reuilly hosts this famous traditional fair which dates back to the 1100s, where traditional pig-shaped bread is sold, and there is an abundance of rides, live entertainment, freak shows circus performers. Call (33) 46 27 52 29 for more information.
La Quinzaine des Realisateurs features films shown at the preceding Cannes Film Festival, screened for Parisians at the Forum des Images. Held the last part of May through the beginning of June. Call (33) 44 76 62 00 for more information.
If you are shopping for reasonably priced, high-quality original art, your best bet is to attend this traveling art show held from late May to late August at La Samaritaine in the 1st arrondissement, which features a rooftop café from which you can also get a panoramic view of the city. Call (33) 42 21 88 43 for more information.
Hour-long theatrical programs are presented each Wednesday for children between 3 and 10 years of age at the Parc Floral. From mid-May until mid-September. Call (33) 55 94 20 20 for more information.