Even though February 2023 is bound to be one of the coldest months in Paris, this won't stop the city from getting as lively as ever. Just as you'd expect, there's a lot in store in the French capital next month. Of course, you already know about Valentine's Day, right? It's the most famous holiday in February and since Paris is the “City of Love,” there's bound to be a boatload of events for lovey-dovey couples all month long. There's also the One Thousand and One Orchids Show too! Held at Jardin des Plantes, it will make you feel more excited about spring!
International Artists Live in Paris
As always, February 2023 is chock-full of International artists performing live in Paris. Firstly, there's the American Celtic punk band, Dropkick Murphys, who will perform live at Zenith de Paris on February 10 and 11, 2023. Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti will then go on stage at the AccorHotels Arena in the 12th arrondissement
of Paris on February 14. He's the perfect artist to serenade couples on Valentine's Day in Paris. Then, on February 18, 2023, English pop-rock band The Kooks will perform live at L'Olympia. Artists from different genres and parts of the globe are set to turn Paris into a music haven next month!
Crêpe Day (February 2)
Among the most fascinating holidays in France
is “La Chandeleur
” or Crêpe Day. Held every February 2nd, it's a day when everyone in the country eats crêpes. Or so the tradition goes. Fortunately, crêpe is among the most delectable treats in French cuisine so it's not exactly hard for the French to indulge in it all day long. Where and how this holiday originated varies. There is a religious subtext to it—February 2nd is said to be the day that the Baby Jesus was presented to the temple—as well as superstitious beliefs. Many believe that eating crêpes on La Chandeleur
can bring you prosperity in the upcoming year.
One Thousand and One Orchids Show (Starts on February 8)
Don't miss the “One Thousand and One Orchids Show” at Jardin des Plantes starting on February 8, 2023! Located in the 5th arrondissement
, it's among the most pleasant and most beautiful annual events in Paris in February. 700 different orchids of various shapes and sizes decorate the beloved park. They're arranged like art installations, each more captivating than the next, all while emanating a sweet fragrance that fills the cool wintry air. It's actually quite extraordinary how beautiful these orchids are considering that February is still winter in Paris. They provide a heartwarming glimpse of the spring season ahead.
Valentine's Day (February 14)
Of course, no list of events in Paris in February, regardless of the year, is complete without a mention of Valentine's Day
. Seeing as the French capital is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world, it's only natural that this is a holiday worth looking forward to. For any of you couples out there who will be in Paris this February 14th, there are plenty of romantic events in store for you. One of which is the annual 'Soirée Love' tour at Musée Rodin. It's a walk-through that features many of Rodin's most famous and sensual works.
On February 19, 2023, Paris will hold its annual Mardi Gras parade, also known as “La Promenade du Boeuf Gras
,” in the 20th arrondissement
. Though it used to be one of, if not the biggest annual event in Paris back then (namely, during the Middle Ages), it's become a lot smaller in scale in modern times. The event bears many similarities to other world festivals like the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, USA as well as the iconic Carnival of Venice
in Italy. So with all that in mind, you can expect a lively and colorful parade full of fun dances, elaborate costumes, and a whole lot of fun.
Paris Fashion Week - Autumn/ Winter 2023 (Starts on February 27)
February 27, 2023, marks the start of Paris Fashion Week for autumn/winter 2023. It's a week-long event where the biggest French fashion houses will present their latest collections. Ranging from the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior, and Saint Laurent to more modern brands like Off-White and Marine Serre, it's bound to be one of the biggest fashion events of the season. Perhaps even for the entire year. Paris is the fashion capital of the world, after all. Some of the biggest trends are born on the runways here. All eyes will be on the French capital come February 2023.
Despite how cold winter will be on February 2023, Paris will still be as busy as ever! There's a lot to look forward to next month, from concerts and festivals to fascinating holidays worth celebrating.