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Can you believe it’s now May? Although it seems as if the cold January New Year was just last week, we’ve already entered the fifth month of 2017 [what?]. Things seem to have finally come alive again between the warm temperatures, gorgeous blue skies, and bright pink cherry blossom trees scattered along the Parisian streets. If you’re lucky enough to be within the city during this exquisite time of year, here are our top recommendations for things to do to make your May experience an exciting one:

Picnic at Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Known for it’s vibrant green, semi-mountainous terrain, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the perfect place to spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon. Pack a baguette or two, some local French cheese, some fresh market strawberries, and a bottle of your favorite wine and soak up the sun’s rays hovering over the park’s towering, rocky island. It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in nature whilst still remaining in the bustling city of Paris.

Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival 11-22 May 2017

Founded in 2001, the 17th edition of this incredible jazz festival is not to be missed. The energetic neighborhood of Saint Germain des Près is known as the birthplace of Jazz in France, so it will certainly be exciting to celebrate that immense history during this 10-day jazzy soirée. If you’re a jazz lover and you’re in Paris during the time of the festival, you should absolutely plan to attend a concert (or five)! Click here for more information about the festival programme.

Printemps des Rues – Street Art Festival

Held annually, this festival celebrates the magic of street performance. Don’t miss the enriching festivities held throughout the 10th arrondissement and along the Canal Saint Martin – the atmosphere will be jovial and exciting! The festival is going to be a perfect way to spend a weekend with your friends and loved ones.

The French Open – 28 May – 11 June

Whether you’re a sports lover or not, The French Open is a truly appealing, world-renown tennis event that is not to be missed. The clay courts of Stade Roland Garros will hold the tournament, attracting the attention of tennis lovers from around the world. If you’re interested in experiencing a historic, sensational moment within the tennis world, make sure to purchase your tickets in advance here.

The European Museum Night – 20 May

The European Museum Night will take place on the night of 20 May. Museums all across Paris will remain open until late into the night, hosting special events and exhibitions of all sorts. Embrace the artistic heritage of Paris all night long with free entrance to many museums and fun events to stay awake for! Click here for more information!

Classical Music Concert at La Sainte Chapelle

Purchase a ticket for a breathtaking classical performance at the stunning La Sainte Chapelle. What can get any better than sitting below the gorgeous stained glass of the chapel and listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons? After all, you’re in the city known for its taste and culture! You can purchase your tickets here!

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