With the warmer weather creeping up on us and Easter just around the corner, Spring has officially sprung.

April’s a brilliant month to visit Paris, because this month the city has a whole host of events and festivals that are slightly off the main tourist trail – so if  you’ve done the Eiffel Tower and seen Mona Lisa’s smile before, these cultural highlights might be just what you’re after.

So book a last minute city break, get out of hibernation mode and start exploring the city au printemps.

theatre via flickr by markhillary

1. The Festival Artdanthé

When: 1st – 5th April 

If you’ve missed the first few months of this annual art festival, and are heading to Paris this weekend, it’s not too late to catch the tail end of the 16th edition at the Théâtre de Vanves. From film to dance and performance art, go here to see the full schedule and prices.

 Orchestra via flickr by twiga_269

2. Orchestre de Paris

When: 2nd – 3rd April 

Taking place at the historic, Salle Pleyel, when it comes to classical music, the Orchestre de Paris is the talk of the town. This month, the orchestra will be playing a variety of works from Beethoven, Webern and Satz and the performances will star musical director Radu Lupu, Katija Dragojevic and Paavo Jarvi.

paris marathon via flickr by Création CARAVEO

3. Paris Marathon

When: 6th April 

Whether or not you’re participating, most Parisians will know it’s running season. If you don’t feel up to doing the full 42 km, you can watch the annual sporting event throughout the city instead. For details of the full route, check out the official website.

sunset via flickr by markbrady

4. SuperBarquette

When: 11th – 13th April

Brought to you by Wanderlust Paris, SuperBarquette, is the city’s Street Food Festival. The weekend event will take place along the Seine at 32 quai d’Austerlitz. From Mexican to brunch dishes, each day has a different type of cuisine accompanied by music and cocktails to complement the foodie theme. For times, menus, performances and ticket prices, check out the website.

foire de paris via flickr by philippe clabots

5. Foire de Paris

When: 30th April – 11th May

This year marks the 110th anniversary of the city’s largest fair for home and design. But it’s not all interior accessories, food and musical performances are also prevalent as the festival also celebrates the varied cultures throughout Paris. The event takes place at the Porte de Versailles Expo center in the 15th arrondissement. For tickets, visit the website here.

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