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

Be sure to look at the average weather in March as well.

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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 our top activities in Paris post for additional attractions available year-round.

1. See a Concert

March is bringing several great artists to Paris! 

Below are just a few musicians and bands performing in March: 

Find all of the Paris concerts here.

2. See the Art of Banksy

If you're a fan of street art, chances are you're very familiar with the work of Banksy.

His unique vision has taken the world by storm, and he has quickly become one of the most easily recognizable artists of our time.

At The World of Banksy Expo in Paris, they are currently displaying several Banksy pieces which aren't always available for the public to view.

The exhibit was due to close a number of times but has proved so popular it is now permanent.

Purchase tickets to The World of Banksy Expo.

3. 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.

Free Tours Paris

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.

If you're trying to save money, consider one of our pay-what-you-wish Paris walking tours!

4. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

No matter where you’re planning to go this March 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 already know which pass is best for your purposes, you can buy it here: All Inclusive - Paris Go City | Explorer - Paris Go City | Turbopass Paris | Paris Museum Pass

5. Experience Artistic Masterpieces

There are several limited exhibitions in Paris focusing on some of the incredible artists.

March will be your last chance to experience some of these exhibitions, so you might want to take advantage of the opportunity.

A few of the exhibits are:

6. Take the Kids to Thoiry Lumieres Sauvages

Zoo Safari de Thoiry is currently still holding their holiday zoo lights event which they call Thoiry Lumieres Sauvages.

There are over 1,500 animals, characters, and other lighting displays to see in the castle gardens this March.

The event will be ending on March 6th, which means that this is one of your last opportunities to enjoy the attraction.

Admission to this event is included with tickets to the Thoiry Zoo Safari.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

7. Cinéma du Réel Film Festival

This documentary film festival, now in its 45th year, has been screening films from across the globe since 1978.

Over 200 diverse films are viewed by over 20,000 audience members made up of professionals and the general public.

There are also seminars, workshops, and prizes given.

All of this takes place between March 24th and April 2nd at Centre Pompidou.

For tickets and additional information, visit the festival website.

8. Take the Family to Disneyland Paris

This is the first month of spring, so it should be a great time to visit Disneyland.

Not only is the weather likely to be pretty nice, but there probably won't be as many people visiting the park this early in the year.

Another great reason to visit this month is the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris on March 6th, 2022.

There will be a lot of festivities planned for this momentous occasion, which means there should be a lot more to see and do while you're here.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

9. Explore the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic landmark in the city and offers some of the best views from its top decks.

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. 

With the weather being nicer, this should be a good month to visit this historic landmark.

Find more information on how to get tickets here

10. Catch a Theatre or Cabaret Show

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

If you're more into classical performances, you can find an opera or ballet production at Opera Garnier

If you'd rather just admire the theatre architecture itself, use the Explorer Pass to get a guided tour of the opera house!

You may also want to visit the historic Paradis Latin to see their newest cabaret show.

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

11. DRAWING NOW Art Fair

Artists and art appreciators alike will enjoy the Drawing Now Art Fair from March 23-26th, 2023.

This 4-day event features art from artists across the globe. It includes 400 artists and almost 2,000 pieces of art.

You'll even get to enjoy a few live art demonstrations for drawing, painting, and more. 

Find more information here.

Paris Half Marathon

Thousands of runners from around the world join the Paris Half Marathon, otherwise known as the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris or just the Semi de Paris, each year in the spring.

In 2023 the marathon takes place on Sunday, March 5th. It attracts close to 250,000 spectators and 40,000 runners.

The race takes place on the east side of the city through the heart of Paris, with marathoners passing iconic attractions such as Chateau de Vincennes, Place La Bastille, and the Louvre.

Find more information here.

St. Patrick's Day

While Paris doesn't have any official St. Patrick's Day Celebrations (such as a parade) there are still places you can celebrate the green.

Speaking of green, Moulin Rouge, Sacre Couer, and Disneyland Paris have all lit up green some years on St. Patrick's Day.

A few Irish bars worth checking out are:

You could attend the St. Patrick's Day Festival at the Irish Cultural Center where activities take place from March 15th-17th.

If you're wanting some traditional Irish food and drink, Le Comptoir Irlandais will have what you're craving.

See some Irish Dance at L'Olympia when Celtic Legends comes to town March 17-19th.

At Dome de Paris, before Saint Patrick's Day on March 11th, you'll find a Breton Pipe Band and Irish dance at Fete de la St. Patrick et de la Bretagne.


About The Author


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: February 11th, 2023
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