May is a strange month in Paris. With all the extra long weekends and people needing to use up their holiday entitlement before the counters begin again, you're never too sure what day of the week it is. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy though, whether you think it is a Monday or a Saturday.
Artists open days around Père Lachaise
Artists in the 20th arronidssement around Père Lachaise will be opening their studios this weekend. As usual, the event is less about discovering stars of the future, and more about discovering hidden courtyards and studios.
Note: For a rapid overview of the work of all the artists involved, visit the La Librairie Equipages bookshop at 61 rue de Bagnolet.
For full information on the artists involved and their addresses, see here: http://www.apla.fr/blog/
A Paris rugby derby
Paris is not one of the world's major sporting cities. Sure there is Roland Garros and other assorted world championships, but rarely is there a key match in any sport between two teams from the region. This Saturday, and for the first time in many years, the two main rugby teams in the area - Racing Club and Stade Français - will meet at the Stade de France in a crunch game that will go a long way to deciding which of them will progress to the end of season play-offs.
Tickets - starting from just €15 - are available here.
Last chance this weekend to discover the annual intersquat festival which features film shows, music, debates and even barbecues in squats across the capital.
Until May 6th. Full information here: http://paris.intersquat.org/