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The propensity of Parisians to party is perhaps best shown in the Paris-Plages festival. What other major city would close off a main traffic artery for two months of the year (July-August) and turn it into a series of artificial beaches? There are, as you would expect, a host of other festivals for your diary but here is our pick of the bunch. 

January: Cirque de Demain

Towards the end of January every year all those people who ran away to join the circus run to Paris for the Cirque de Demain (Circus of Tomorrow). There, under the Cirque Phénix Big Top, you can check out all the fresh new talent in the circus world.

February: Taste of Paris

As if food wasn’t already ever-present in this most gastronomic of capitals along comes February and the Taste of Paris food festival at Le Grand Palais. Four days, 18 chefs, 18 pop-up restaurants, tasting plates, cooking demonstrations, you name it – and next year will be even bigger.

April/May: Paris Beer Week

Paris Beer Week in April/May is a celebration of all things craft beer related which culminates in a Grand Finale day/night evening showcasing the best local and international artisanal brews. In the week leading up to it bars, bottle shops and breweries around the city offer special events, tastings and workshops.

May: Paris Fringe Festival

The first ever Paris Fringe festival in English took place in Paris in May this year. More than 20 English-language shows – theatre, comedy, musicals, mime and more – from all over the world were performed in venues within walking distance of each other in the 9th arrondissement.

June: Rendez-vous aux Jardins

The three-day Rendez-vous aux Jardins event in June sees more than 2,300 gardens open to the public. It’s a chance to visit gardens normally closed to the public and talk to professional and amateur gardeners about all things green fingered. There are exhibitions, lectures, and concerts, too.

June: La Fête de la Musique

To be in Paris on June 21 and to experience La Fête de la Musique is something everyone should do once. The place goes OFF, the streets are alive with people and with hundreds if not thousands of musicians giving impromptu performances in bars, cafes and, especially cool, on random street corners.

July: Bastille Day

Vive La Republique! July 14 is Bastille Day and Paris is the place to be. This is the moment the people stormed the Bastille prison in 1789 and began the age of liberty, fraternity and equality. No guillotined heads these days – just parades, parties, and a festival atmosphere finished off with fireworks.

October: Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre

For five days in October since 1934 Paris has taken the streets to celebrate Clos Montmartre, a small vineyard that still grows grapes in the middle of the city. The Fete des Vendanges de Montmartre (Grape Harvest Festival) features live music, wine tastings, a flea market and fireworks. Increasingly popular with locals.

October/November: Le Salon du Chocolate

Four hundred chocolatier stands all in one place? What’s not to like? Le Salon du Chocolate is held at Porte de Versailles in October/November and showcases chocolate from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia and Japan among others. Sweet.

November/December: Paris Independent Film Festival

The Paris Independent Film Festival will be held at the Reflet Medicis, one of the city’s best independent cinemas. From November 30 – December 4 the cinema will showcase independent filmmakers worldwide, with special attention paid to very low-budget films by first and second-time directors.