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There is no dull season in Lyon, and the Lyon Urban Adventures team has found the best events in March to help you overcome winter. One final effort… the cold season is nearly over!!




a close up of a rocky mountainGenesis – Sebastiao Salgado

Plunge into the captivating universe of the photographer Sebastio Salgado and rediscover the world.
He is one of the world’s most esteemed photographers and has travelled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects. In love with nature (he and his wife created l’Institut Terra to help with the restoration of our planet), the Brazilian artist unveils the beauty of the world through his work.
Genesis is made up of 245 amazing photographs in black and white. His last project is the result of an expedition of 8 years and 30 voyages around the world, in search of mountains, deserts and oceans, animals and peoples that haven’t been touch by the contemporary world. This journey around the world is split into five chapters:

  • The Far South
  • Natural Sanctuaries
  • Africa
  • Northern Lands
  • The Amazon and Pantanal

This extraordinary exhibition is an invitation to travel, but also to think about the beauty and fragility of our planet and our duty to protect it.
“In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” – Sebastiao Salgado

When: The whole month

Where: 22 Rue du Boeuf

Price: 13€ (children: 8€), entrance included with the Lyon City Card


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Cirque du Soleil – Kooza

Cirque du Soleil and its “Big Top Show” come back to Lyon (after 16 years) with Kooza.

Founded in a small town in Quebec in 1984 by street performers Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberté (a former fire-breathing stilt-walker), Gilles and Guy have now more than 4.000 employees. They have drawn more than 90 million spectators, and their artists come from 40 countries and speak 25 languages.

With Kooza, the Montreal-based entertainment company is returning to its roots, gathering together acrobatic performances and the art of clowning. The show brings back a humour anchored in the traditions of the first comic films. This fantastic spectacle (carried by a casting of more than 50 international artists), promises astounding acrobatic feats and bold humour, all accompanied by a band who joyfully mixes funk, jazz and the Bollywoodian universe.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the largest contemporary circus producer in the world… Lyon will be the only French city to host them in 2020!

When: From 20/03 to 26/04
Price: 36€ to 144€


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St Patricks Day

Cities all over the world have Irish bars, but even by those standards, Vieux Lyon has an extraordinary concentration, patronised by ex-pats, visitors and local Lyonnais alike. You will need to walk around the old town to smell shamrocks and hop. Firm favourites include the social James Joyce, home-from-home St James and, further in St-Georges, a good bet is Johnny Walsh’s.

Contrary to popular wisdom, St Patrick’s Day is not the national day in Ireland, it’s just a large folk festival celebrated in the island since the 9th century and a bank holiday since 1903. If Dublin organised its first parade in 1931, Boston was the first one to do it (many years ago)! St Patrick, the patron Saint of the country, evangelised Ireland when the inhabitants were still following Celtic beliefs. With the help of a shamrock, St Patrick is said to have explained the Holy Trinity principle of the Catholic religion.
Having clarified that St Patrick is not the Saint patron of beers, let’s clink our glasses and make way for the festivities! And don’t forget your touch of green, it will bring you good luck!

When: the 17th of March
Where: everywhere in Vieux Lyon


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Our team at Lyon Urban Adventures is proud of being selected and run More than Wines – The Apéro Tour of Lyon

as a Lonely Planet Experience.


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Lonely Planet Experiences have been designed to have a low environmental footprint while having a positive impact on local communities. True to Urban Adventures’ style, all tours will be in small groups,  with a maximum of 12 travellers, and led by a local guide. The tours will use local transportation, support locally owned-businesses and like all Urban Adventures, be 100% carbon-neutral, reflective of Lonely Planet’s commitment to responsible travel as part of this partnership. In addition, all tours will include exclusive discounts on Lonely Planet’s guidebooks, free access to Lonely Planet’s flagship Guides app, plus additional Lonely Planet insight throughout the tours.