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March in Paris
If you are visiting Paris in March, you will see the start of spring in Paris. Soon the trees will be blossoming and spring flowers will be pushing through the ground in the parks of the city.
Early springtime is still shoulder season in Paris. The crowds are not quite here yet so it’s the last opportunity to enjoy a stroll around a museum and avoid lines at popular attractions before the high season quicks off. Even the free museums in Paris can be visited without the crowds!
March in Paris is also full of festivals – books, music, cinema, and arts. With so much to see and do around town, we guarantee you’ll never be bored.
Weather in Paris in March
So what is the average weather in Paris in March? Weather in March is hit and miss and you may get grey, rainy days. Actually, March is one of the two rainiest months in Paris, with about 14% of chances to have rainy days.
The weather in Paris in March easily oscillates between cold and warm, with average highs of 13 Cº and lows of 5 Cº. Days are getting sunnier as the month progresses.
What to Wear in Paris in March
What to pack for Paris in March? Given the mixed weather – cold and warm – you can expect during this month, your Paris packing list should include both winter and spring clothing.
Some essentials would include a light coat, warm sweaters, light cotton shirts, and a light scarf. We also recommend packing a travel umbrella for those (more than probable) rainy days in Paris.
What to Do in Paris in March 2020
This post is our list of the best things to do in Paris in March 2020 to get you started. The list includes some musts, free activities, family-friendly activities, and many outdoor activities.
Enjoy Paris’ Museums without the Lines
At this time of year, Paris is still not filled with tourists so take advantage of this and visit your favorite monuments and museums as you like.
Even if we are not in the high season, it is always good to know the busiest days and time slots for the main tourist sights and plan your visit accordingly. Head here to find the best time slots per tourist sight, as well as our best tips to beat the crowds.
Look for the Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms in Paris
Each year, around March to April, the pink and white flowers of cherry trees are the undisputed stars of early spring in Paris.
The blooming of cherry blossoms is a brief spectacle that lasts a few weeks plus it is subject to the vagaries of the weather, so it is better to know which direction to go so as not to miss them!
For early cherry blossoms, those happening in March, head to Champ de Mars (early March). If you are visiting Paris in late March, then your best bet is the Trocadéro Gardens. Head here for the full list of cherry blossoms in Paris.
March at Disneyland Paris: Meet Frozen!!
March is an excellent month to visit Disneyland Paris, especially because the beautiful princess from the Disney film Frozen will be visiting the City of Lights before it gets too warm for her.
The Frozen Celebration includes The Snow Queen 2: An Enchanting Journey, a brand-new parade featuring all the characters from the animated film, as well as an all-new show Frozen: A Musical Invitation.
Disneyland Paris is definitely much more fun without the lines! The park proposes some skip-the-line passes so you can make the most of every minute of your day, cutting down waiting times on some of our most popular attractions.
If you want to go to Disneyland Paris straight from the airport, you can check all the transportation options here.
L’Atelier des Lumières re-opens on 28 February 2020 with the inauguration of another incredible exhibition: Monet, Renoir, Chagall and their voyages around the Mediterranean.
After Klimt and Van Gogh, this exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall, amongst others. Expect another incredible show of light and music showcasing the best of these artists.
L’ Atelier des Lumières is the first center of Digital Art in Paris, proposing unique immersive art exhibitions for all. Check out this page for more details.
NB. Claude Monet is one of the most famous painters in the history of art and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement, whose works can be seen in museums around the world. Head here to follow Monet’s steps in Paris.
Join a Treasure Hunt in the Most Famous Parks of Paris
With the arrival of the spring, you want to get out in the fresh air and get the most out of the parks in Paris. Among all the beautiful parks and gardens of Paris, the Tuileries Garden and the Luxembourg Gardens outstand for their beauty and history.
Turn these two wonderful parks into an experience with our DIY Paris Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Tuileries Gardens Quest. Discover the park’s history and main sights on and off the beaten track whilst having fun!
Follow a trail of riddles, solve each clue and unlock Queen Marie’s most precious treasure or the name of the wandering soul in the Tuileries Gardens.
If you are blessed with a day of sunshine and blue sky in Paris, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors to get the most out of the city, that’s what Parisians do!
Seek the Spring Sunshine on a Day Trip from Paris
Now that winter is on the way out you should take the opportunity to embark on one or more day trips to explore the surroundings of Paris.
Also, there are many interesting castles near Paris: places like Château de Versailles, Château de Fontainebleau or Château de Chantilly are very easy to reach by public transportation. In the end, the hard part is to choose where to go!
Enjoy the Last Free Days of Versailles Gardens
March is the start of spring in Paris so you should enjoy mild days with some blue skies—perfect weather for being outdoors, especially as the flowers begin to bloom.
Take the chance to visit the first blooms in Versailles Gardens for free before they are closed for the Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens, starting this year on 4 April 2020.
After 4 April 2020, the French gardens will be open only for the shows whilst the forest and the spaces around the Grand Canal will remain free to access.
La Foire du Trône Quicks Off in March!
What to do in Paris in March with kids? The funfair season in Paris starts on 28 March 2020 when the Foire du Trône opens its doors. The Foire du Trône, on the Pelouse de Reuilly (Paris 12), is considered the biggest funfair in all of Europe. This paradise for young and old hosts more than 300 rides and stands of all kinds and sees 3 million visitors from March to May.
Main Fairs and Festivals in Paris in March
The Latest Trends at the Paris Fashion Week
In March, Paris is on the top of the podium with the Fashion Week. For the occasion, the biggest names in the field, people and journalists flock to the capital of fashion to discover the new trends for women Fall /Winter 2020-21. This Paris Fashion Week starts on 24 February 2020 and lasts until 3 March 2020.
Even if the catwalks and after-show parties are reserved for professionals and VIPs, the show also takes place in the street, particularly around major Parisian places such as the Grand Palais, the Palais Brongniart or the Palais de Tokyo. It is not uncommon to meet stars, models and fashion designers there so keep your eyes open!
Holi Time in the Bois de Boulogne
After the success of 2019, HOLI – the famous and colorful traditional Indian festival – is back this year on 29 March 2020 in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. This festival celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of the spring wit good humor, many events and a big dose of color.
Look for Some Good Reads at the Paris Book Fair
The Paris Book Fair is a major event in the publishing world, with exhibitors from all over the world, guest authors presenting their new books and many debates and workshops. This can be a great opportunity to feed your wanderlust (and your bookshelves) with some great books set in Paris. What do you think?
Other March Events in Paris
The list of March events in Paris goes on with the Paris Tattoo Convention, which will gather some of the world’s best tattoo artists in a cool atmosphere. This creative fair will take place at the Grande Halle de La Villette (Paris 19), from 13 to 15 March 2020.
The Printemps du Cinéma is THE movie festival in March. From Sunday 29 March to Tuesday 31 March 2020 all the movie theaters in Paris will propose an exceptional rate of 4 euros per film.
This can be a great opportunity to watch the latest French films. If your French is so-so, the movie theater of Paris Bercy (UGC Ciné Cité Bercy) in Paris 12 proposes the films in English with subtitles in French.
Food Festivals in Paris in March
In March there are many interesting food festivals in Paris. The month quicks off with the selection of the best baguette of Paris, on 5 March 2020. The winner of this most awaited contest in Paris will earn the status of baguettes official provider to the Elysée (the President’s official resident) for one year.
In March, Parisians also celebrate the Macaron Day (20 March 2020) and the National Cheese Day (27 March 2020), the perfect excuse to try two of the most famous foods in Paris.
Wine passionates will love the Wine and Independent Wine-Growers Fair, with more than 600 independent wine-growers from the best wine regions in France presenting their latest wines: reds, whites, and rosés.
TIP: Sunny day outside? This chocolate and pastries walking tour in Saint Germain has always great reviews!
Sports Events in March in Paris
The month of March is plenty of sports events in Paris. If you are looking to combine sightseeing with some cardio, March is a great month to do so, with mild weather and a large sports program.
Runners in Paris have their first meeting at the Half-marathon of Paris, on 1 March 2020. This popular running event starts and ends in Bois de Vincennes and it is the perfect training for the Marathon of Paris in April.
The most iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower, has its own marathon too! The Verticale de Paris, on 11 March 2020, is a vertical race to climb the Eiffel Tower’s 1,665 steps. The inscription to this particular race is very exclusive but it is always fun to see.
On 14 March 2020 rugby fans will head to Stade de France (or the pubs in Paris) to watch France against Ireland, the latest match of the 5-week Six Nations Tournament. The winner of the Six Nations tournament will become the European Champion!
Main Exhibitions in March 2020
Museums and art galleries are always a good idea in Paris, especially if it is chilly or it is raining outside. If you have already checked the permanent exhibitions of the main museums in Paris, have a look at the list of interesting temporary exhibitions happening in Paris in March 2020.
- Christian Louboutin, l’exhibition[niste] at Palais de la Porte Dorée (26 February to 26 July 2020)
- J.M.W. Turner, paintings and watercolors from the Tate Museum at Musée Jacquemart-André (13 March to 20 July 2020)
- Christo et Jeanne-Claude retrospective at Musée Georges Pompidou (18 March to 15 June 2020)
- James Tissot retrospective at Musée d’Orsay (24 March to 19 of July 2020)
- Pompei exhibition at Grand Palais (25 March to 8 June 2020)
- C215, the famous French street artist, at Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Bourget (until 25 March 2020)
We hope that you found some inspiration for your coming trip to Paris in March!
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