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31 Free Things to Do in Paris in March

By Allisonlounes @parisunraveled
Photo Credit: A la découvert de l'art actuel

Photo Credit: A la découvert de l’art actuel

Looking for something free to do this month in Paris?

After a brief hiatus in January and February to get ready for the launch of our NEW service for helping students complete their master’s degree in France for less, we’ve compiled a list of lots of fantastic, 100% free events to attend this month. From free food to free photography exhibitions, there’s something for everyone and something for every day this month.

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And now, without further ado, here are 31 free things to do in Paris in March:

3/1 Free makeover at the Atelier International

Get a new look from professionals in training. Call 01 48 05 16 40 or email [email protected] to make an appointment. L’Atelier International de Maquillage,13 rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011 Paris. Metro Parmentier, line 3.

3/2 Fashion Show of Mode Melek

As part of Fashion week and the Salon des Papiers et Livres Anciens, the Espace Champerret is hosting a show of 1960s fashions. 6 PM. Download invitation at Espace Champerret, 6 rue Jean Oestreicher, 75017 Paris, Metro Porte de Champerret, line 3.

3/3 Exposition of contemporary African music and art at Art-Z

Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM – 7 PM. Musée des Arts Derniers, 6 place Payret, 93400 Saint-Ouen. Metro Garibaldi, line 13.

3/4 Nouveau Festival at the Centre Georges Pompidou

Performance of experimental music daily in the South Gallery at 11:30. Wednesday – Monday through March 6. Centre Georges Pompidou,19 rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris. Metro Châtelet – Les Halles, lines 1, 4, 7, 11.

3/5 Conference Series: Discovering Contemporary Art

Today’s topic: Can photography be objective? 2:30 PM. Pavillon Carré Baudoin,121 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris. Metro Jourdain, lines 2 and 11.

3/6 Free Rock Concert at the Guinness Tavern

Every night at 10 PM. Open 7 PM – 6 AM. La Guinness Tavern, 31 rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris. Metro Châtelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11.

3/7 Conference on the 2013 Tax Laws

Interested in the future of French taxes? Conference-debate on France’s new tax laws, given by a notaire. 6 PM. Chambre des Notaires de Paris, 12, avenue Victoria, Place du Châtelet, Paris 1er. Metro Chatêlet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11.

3/8 Free Entry to the Musée-Aquarium de la Seine

The natural history museum and aquarium of Levallois is open late one Friday per month and offers free entry. 8-11 PM. Maison de la Nature – Ile de la Jatte, 22 allée Claude Monet, 92300 Levallois. Metro Pont de Levallois, line 3.

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3/9 Conference on Jazz History: John Coltrane

Free conferences monthly on various jazz artists. 4 PM. Pavillon Carré Baudoin,121 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris. Metro Jourdain, lines 2 and 11.

3/10 Carnaval des Femmes

The other traditional parade of Carnaval, apparently. Women should dress as queens, and men should dress in drag. 1 PM at Chatelet, for a parade towards the Marais. Metro Chatelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11.

3/11 Free pedicure at Institut de Formation en Masso-Kinésithérapie et Pédicure

With students from the institute. Monday – Friday 9 – 12 and 1 – 7 PM. Call 01 48 74 62 87 or email [email protected] for an appointment. 17 rue de Liège, 75009 Paris. Metro Liège, line 13.

3/12 Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget

Visit the biggest air and space museum in France. Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace. 93350 Le Bourget. Metro Porte de la Chapelle, line 12. ‎

3/13 Free Games at Espace Macaq

Play various board games with other patrons. Wednesdays from 3 – 7 PM, and Sundays 4 – 10 PM. Free with membership to the club, which is based on donations only (as little as 1€).

Espace Macaq, 123 rue de Tocqueville, 75017 Paris. Metro Malesherbes, line 3, or Villiers, lines 2 and 3.

3/14 Exposition Des noms sur des murs

Exposition of graffiti from the interment camp in Drancy where French Jews were held before being transported to concentration camps during World War II. Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, through March 29. Archives Départementales de la Seine-Saint-Denis, 18 avenue du Pdt Salvador Allende, 93300 Bobigny. Metro Bobigny Pablo Picasso, line 5.

3/15 Free entry to La Baraque Club

Popular night club with music and dancing. Fridays and Saturdays 11 PM – 5 AM. La Baraque, 102 rue de Charonne 75011 Paris. Metro Charonne, line 9.

3/16 Organ Concert at Notre Dame

After months of renovations, the organ at Notre Dame is now restored, and its completion is being celebrated with a series of organ concerts.

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750), Prélude en si mineur BWV 544
César-Auguste FRANCK (1822-1890), Choral n°2 en si mineur
Franz LISZT (1811-1886), Variations sur Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen

Every Saturday at 8 PM. Notre Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité, Metro Cité, line 4.

3/17 Underground Comedy at the Cariatides

Free comedy show on Sunday evenings. Magic shows and musical performances on other nights. 9 PM. Les Cariatides, 3 rue Palestro, 75002 Paris. Metro Etienne Marcel, line 4.

3/18 Free Badminton Class

Mondays, 5:30 – 7 PM, except school vacations. No registration required. Centre sportif Jules Noel, 3 avenue Maurice d’Ocagne, 75014 Paris. Metro Porte d’Orléans, line 4.

3/19 Conference A la Découverte du Langage Musical

Conference by Michaël Andrieu, doctor of musicology from the Sorbonne. 8 PM. Part of a series of conferences on music, one Tuesday per month, at the Mairie du 20ème. Mairie du 20ème, 6 place Gambetta, 75020 Paris. Metro Gambetta, line 3 bis.

3/20 Tous les autres s’appelle Ali, film at the Centre National de la Danse

Free film project every month at the CND. Tous les autres s’appellent Ali, R. W. Fassbinder (Germany, 1974, 89 min.). Centre National de la Danse,1 rue Victor-Hugo, 93500 Pantin. Metro Hoche, line 5.

3/21 Montmartre et l’Impressionisme au Féminin, guided tour

Free guided tour of Paris with volunteer tour guides. 7 PM. Third Thursday of every month. Check the website a few days before the tour to see where to meet the guides.

3/22: Festival 10e des Choeurs – Voices Choeur International

Voices Choeur International is a choir of French, American, and international singers. They will present a repertoire of traditional Negro spirituals as part of the Festival 10e des Choeurs, followed by the Iberisi Chor.

8:30 PM, Espace Jemmapes, 116 Quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10eme. Metro Gare de l’Est, lines 4, 5, 7.

3/23 Hear Notre Dame’s New Bells

The bells of Notre Dame are now installed, and they will ring for the first time on March 23 at 5 PM. Notre Dame de Paris, Ile de la Cité, Metro Cité, line 4.

3/24 Boxing Class

Sundays, 2 – 5 PM, except school vacations. No registration required. Centre sportif Jules Noel, 3 avenue Maurice d’Ocagne, 75014 Paris. Metro Porte d’Orléans, line 4.

3/25 Festival Circulations

Exposition of photography by young European artists. 11 AM – 6:30 PM, through March 31. Galerie Côté Seine & Trianon, Paris 75016. Metro Porte d’Auteuil, line 10.

3/26 Parcours des Designers: Elise Fouin

Interested in design? Attend this free conference on Elise Fouin’s work. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot. 9:30 – 11 AM. Le Lieu du Design Paris Île-de-France, 74 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris. Metro Ledru-Rollin, line 8.

3/27 Read-Along at the Librarie Félix Libris

Every Wednesday, attend a reading at the Librarie Félix Libris, enjoy a classical text and the reader’s commentary. March 20 and 27 at 8 PM. Email [email protected] to reserve. MPAA de Saint-Blaise, 37/39 rue Saint-Blaise, Paris 20th. Metro Porte de Bagnolet, line 3.

3/28 Free Couscous at Les Trois Frères

On the condition you purchase a beverage. Every Thursday at 8:30 PM. Les Trois Frères, 14 rue Léon, 75018 Paris. Metro Château Rouge, line 4.

3/29 Tour of Paris Bike Ride

Do a 20km bike ride with hundreds of Parisians. Every Friday at 9:30. Place Hôtel de Ville, Paris 1st. Metro Hôtel de Ville, line 1.

3/30 Visit the Palais Bourbon (Assemblée Nationale)

Take a guided tour of the Palais Bourbon, where the Assemblée Nationale sits. Tours in French every Saturday at 9:30, 10:30, 2:00, and 3:00. Audio guide available in English, Spanish, and German. Visits daily when the Assemblée is not in session.

Call 01 40 63 56 00 or email [email protected] ahead to make a reservation, or show up at least 15 minutes early to stand by for a tour.

Palais Bourbon, 33 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris. Metro Assemblée Nationale, line 12.

3/31 Chess Festival of Le Marais

Play chess with people of all ages and skill levels. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 6:30. Espace Animation les Blancs Manteaux, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris, Metro Hôtel de Ville, line 1.

For more information, call 01 75 50 73 83.

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