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What to Do in Paris in February

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This post lists several fun activities, tours, and events you can enjoy in Paris during the month of February, updated for 2023. 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

This list will include a variety of different family-friendly, nighttime and free activities for audiences of all ages. 

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check the following posts:

Don’t forget to check out our what to do in Paris post for additional attractions.


1. See a Concert

February is the perfect time to catch live music in Paris, especially since the evenings will be cold. 

You can find some major touring artists as well as some great regional singers below: 

If you like jazz, you can do a Jazz Walking Tour that takes you through the neighborhoods were Jazz Age artists spent their time. It also includes jazz performances and a drink.

For additional concerts search here.


2. Catch a Theatre or Cabaret Show

What would a trip to Paris be without seeing an iconic show at the Moulin Rouge?

February is the perfect time to catch one of the most famous cabarets in the world since tickets will be easier to come by during the winter season.

You can also see a cabaret at the Crazy Horse or at the Paradis Latin Theatre.

There's also the Lido de Paris Late Night Show.

You can also opera and ballet productions running at Opera Garnier throughout the month. 

Or, if you're more interested in comedy, you might try the Oh My God She's Parisian one-woman comedy show.

If you’re looking for more evening activities or family-friendly entertainment, we have full posts with more ideas!


3. Celebrate Valentine's Day

What city could possibly be more romantic than Paris on Valentine's Day?

You could have a beautiful evening on the River Seine with a romantic, Valentine's-themed dinner cruise. Admire the lights on the shore while enjoying your meal.

Or you could do a special valentines day Champagne and Chocolate Workshop where you create your own personalized box of chocolates.

We also suggest dinner with a wine selection or chocolate and pastry tour during the day.

Another romantic activity is to sip champagne on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Panoramic Tower.

There are many valentine choices in this city that inspires love!


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour

Take in the City of Lights with a tour guide and sightseeing tour.

There are several hop-on-hop-off bus tours available that feature recorded commentary in multiple languages and make stops at the most popular points of attraction in the city.

If you really want to see the lights, you can take a night bus tour. These tours do not allow you to hop off in the middle, but you'll get a great overview of Paris.

Learn about the Parisian food scene and local markets with a tasting and market tour. There aren't many ways to better get a glimpse at local life in a city than by exploring its markets.

Note that some discount passes include tours: All Inclusive - Paris Go City | Explorer - Paris Go City | Turbopass Paris


5. Catch a Limited Museum Exhibition

There are several museums in Paris offering limited exhibitions. Many of these events are ending in February, so this is your last chance to see them.

Here are a few of the exhibitions in Paris this month:

Musuee de Monmarte | until February 19th | "Fernande Olivier and Pablo Picasso

Versailles | until February 19th | "Louis XV Passions of a King"

Musee d'Orsay | until March 12th | "26 Drawings by Mathias Augustyniak"

Note that the Paris Museum Pass is useful if you're interested in seeing a number of museums during your visit.


6. Visit an Amusement Park

There are several popular amusement parks in and around Paris, and they tend to be less crowded during the winter months. If you want to avoid the crowds, February is a great time to visit!

Here are a few of the best options this month:

If you're looking for other family-friendly locations to visit, you might also want to consider the Paris Zoo or Aquarium de Paris.

NOTE: Some of these attractions are included with various Paris tourist passes.


7. Admire Vintage Cars

If you love old automobiles, head over to the Retromobile car show from February 1st - 5th, 2023.

The car show has been running for over 40 years and brings out the best exhibitors, collectors, and cars.

You can meet and hear from dealers, restoration specialists, artists, and constructors.

Advance general admission tickets are €20 if purchased ahead of time, and €22 on the week of the event.

Find more details on the website.


8. Paris Carnival

On Sunday, February 19th, you can watch the Paris Carnival parade make its way through the city.

The parade starts at 13:00 (1:00 pm) at Place Gambetta and finishes in Republic Square.

Organizers expect more than 50,000 spectators along the parade route and showing up to watch the live concerts and other entertainment shows going on.

The long-standing tradition goes back to the Middle Ages. Due to its popularity, you'll need to show up early in the morning if you want a good view of the parade route.

Find more information here.


9. Explore the Eiffel Tower

February is a great time to get tickets to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower since it is generally a quieter season, with the exception being Valentine's Day and that weekend.

Head up the tower for breathtaking views of Paris during the day, and a romantic atmosphere at night. 

Of course, if you'd rather admire the Eiffel Tower itself, you can always bring your own picnic to the park at the base of the tower. 

Find more information on how to get tickets here


10. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

No matter where you’re planning to go this February in Paris, you can save some euros using a tourist attraction discount pass.

They don’t just offer discounts - keep in mind that most of these passes offer skip-the-line access at several notable landmarks.

Here are a few of the more popular attractions included with various Paris tourist passes:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • River Seine Boat Cruise
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Wine Tastings
  • The Louvre

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save anywhere from 15% – 50% off general admission prices.

For more details, please read our post covering Paris tourist passes.

If you're already researched the discount passes and know which one best works for you, you can purchase one here:

All Inclusive - Paris Go City | Explorer - Paris Go City | Turbopass Paris | Paris Museum Pass


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About The Author

Christina

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.
Updated: November 26th, 2022
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