Things to do in Paris: May 2017

Our selection of some brilliant things to do in Paris this weekend and over the week ahead.

English Theatre in Paris | Paris Fringe Festival 2017 | Urban Mishmash
"El Diablo of the Cards" at the Paris Fringe Festival, 2017.

Here is a sampling of some interesting things to do, see and experience in Paris and beyond for this weekend and over the week ahead.

Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Unleashed Exhibition in Paris | Urban Mishmash | Art and Culture in Paris
Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen, Rip, 2016. © Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen. Private Collection


Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen: Unleashed” at Musée de la chasse et de la nature

Internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen collaborates with artist Hans Lemmen in a long-distance surrealist game and the result is this excellent exhibition. It closes on June 4 and we cannot stress enough, but it needs to be seen absolutely.

Read the full review.

Find more art exhibitions in Paris.


Paris Fringe Festival 2017

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“El Diablo of the Cards” at the Paris Fringe Festival, 2017.

The fringe theatre movement, which originated during in 1947 during the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, has grown internationally into a theatrical melange of arts and performances. A little late to the party, Paris started its own fringe festival last year. Now in a second year, the Paris Fringe Festival will see artists from around the world perform across theatres and alternative spaces in the 10th and 11th arrondissements. All shows will be in English.

Details of the event.

Find more cultural events in Paris.


Beers and Burgers

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Frog & Underground, Rue Montmartre, Paris. © Urban Mishmash

Frog Pub & Underground at Rue Montmartre is an excellent stop for craft beers. Sprawled across three floors, the pub has a relaxed ambience and an interesting mishmash of décor. Our go-to beers are Pearl (pale ale) and Ginger Twist (ginger-infused amber ale), and their recently launched Halo, a citrusy light ale, is surprisingly refreshing. They also serve excellent burgers with crispy sweet potato fries and homemade coleslaw.

Frog & Underground, 176 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, or find another Frog pub near you.


A day trip from Paris to Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur-Oise, Viewed from Doctor Gachet's house and garden | Auvers-sur-Oise: Day trips from Paris | Urban Mishmash
Views over Auvers-sur-Oise from Doctor Gachet’s house and garden. © Prashansa Poddar for Urban Mishmash

Follow the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, an hour away from Paris by train. Read our article on the various landmarks and sites in Auvers that inspired, or were the subject of, one of the most prolific phases of van Gogh’s artistic life before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, at the age of 37.

Auvers-sur-Oise in the footsteps of van Gogh 


Save the Date: Music festivals in Paris

Rock En Seine 2017: Music Festivals in Paris | Urban Mishmash
Rock en Seine. © Olivier Hoffschir

Whether you prefer rock ‘n’ roll, folk, house or blues, there are plenty of music festivals lined up for this summer in Paris. Some are free, some get booked out days in advance. Find the ones you prefer with our ongoing listing of music festivals in Paris.

Things to do in Paris: May 2017
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