It's a European cultural hub and home to some of the world's most iconic sights, but Paris also caters to niche interests. Check out these top event offerings for 2015 to see why French fairs are attracting increasingly international audiences.
The French capital may be a center for industry and innovation, but there's more to the Parisian events circuit than conferences and trade shows. If you're planning a visit to the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's Hotel, Paris Trocadero in 2015, consider booking a spot at one of the year's most exciting fairs.
Paris ComicCon 2015
Any true comic book and film enthusiast knows there's more to the ComicCon circuit than San Diego. The Paris event, to be held in October 2015 at the Grande Halle de la Villette, is a slightly more intimate affair, promising ample face time with the attendees who excite you most.
With The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier on board, expect plenty of Marvel content. Also involved is Patrice Girod, whose affiliations with Lucasfilm might promise exciting previews of the next chapter in the Star Wars franchise. Don't forget to pack your cosplay gear!
2015 marks the 40th year of Retromobile, the premier event on the classic car show circuit, and there's no better time for vintage automobile enthusiasts to make the pilgrimage. Taking place in early February 2015, the show offers spectators a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most iconic vehicles in history, including a selection from Italian architect Corrado Lopresto's 180 Concours d'Elegance award-winning collection.
Altogether, the event boasts around 500 cars on show, with 450 exhibitors and over 100 clubs in attendance. For most collectors, of course, the highlight will be the auction held on 6 February by Artcurial Motorcars. This year's lots include a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB given to Jane Fonda by director Roger Vadim, a car which has never left France - yet.
ECU – The European Independent Film Festival
If Cannes has become a little too mainstream for your tastes, look no further than the European Independent Film Festival; it's known among film buffs as the "Sundance of Europe." The 2015 event will be held in Paris this April, with screenings and director Q&A sessions taking place over a weekend.
Expect a fairly international program: half of the festival's submission categories are open to non-European filmmakers, and the result is a pleasantly diverse peek at independent storytelling from around the world.
For the passionate outdoorsman, Destinations Nature offers a glimpse into your next adventure. Now in its 31st year, the annual hiking and nature activity expo will be held in March at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Porte de Versailles.
Discover new walking and cycling trails as agency representatives from across Europe tempt you to plan your next trek, offering their most exciting packages at competitive rates. You'll want to leave some room in your suitcase: the latest and greatest hiking gear will also be on display.