Paris in May, weather, activties, art events
Paris in May is one of the best choices you can do! During this time of the year, you can admire Paris in Spring. Plus, there are many special days just like May 1st or Mother’s Day (that, unlike other countries, is on May 26). You can also see many sports activities. Here you will the main information you need, from the weather to the most important events planned in May.
Paris in May: What’s the Weather like?
If you are coming to Paris in May, you will need information about the climate to know what kind of clothing you need.
During the day the temperature average is around 69 F° (20 C°) while at night the climate temperature is around 46 F° (8 C°). The weather in May 2019 will be sunny or cloudy most of the days. Anyway, it could rain on the following days: 1, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25. The heavy rain will be on the 30th and on the 31st.
This means that the best choice you could do is to dress in layers and bring an umbrella, just in case.
May main activities in Paris
As I already mentioned, Paris in May is splendid.
May is one of the best months to do a walk along Saint-Martin Canal, in arrondissement 9. If you go there during the late evenings, you can have a drink before dinner. It is one of the most loved activities by French and in most European cities. If you want to go straight to dinner, I recommend considering Hotel du Nord, one of the most famous brasseries of Paris. Another place to go in the same area is Chez Prune. In both places, you will breathe a very Parisian atmosphere. In addition, from May 22 to May 26, around Canal Saint-Martin will take place a street art festival with performances and stands. It is called Le Printemps des Rues.
If you were thinking about cultural events, remember that on May 8th, French people celebrate the Fete de la Victoire. It is a French National Holiday. If you want to watch the celebration, go near the Arc de Triomphe during all day.
For those who are into sports, note down that on May 26 starts the French Open at the State Roland Garros clay courts!
Art events (ballet, concerts) in May
If you are an art lover, Paris in May is the place to be. Very useful information for art lovers is that on May 18 there is the European Museums Night. It is a special occasion to visit many museums in the city at night!
For those who would like to enjoy concerts, a very special occasion is to go to the Champs-Elysees theatre at 11 a.m. on May 12. Usually, classic music musicians perform there. If you are more into jazz, from May 16th to the 27th, the German-des-Près Jazz Festival will take place.
Last but not least, Paris offers too much also for ballet lovers. The best idea is to go to the Opera de Paris. There, the May 2019 schedule is Van Manen (until May 23rd) to the Nutcracker (from May 9th to May 24th).