FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS

Les Soldes | Now – August 4
All Stores!
Les Soldes are the biannual sales hosted country-wide in France. Stores are trying to make room for new inventory, and this means everyone will be rushing to get the clothes they have had their eyes on! Make sure to get into stores early – shoppers even come from all over the world to take advantages of the Soldes. Savings can start around 30%-50%, and by the end of the 5-week period, they could be around 70%!

 

Paris Quartier d’Été | July 14th – August 8
Events are found in almost every arrondissement.
Locations available in the program found on the website.
Price: Depending on what you would like to see, some are free! Others’ prices vary, and reduced price tickets are available for every event.
Quartier d’Été is a Paris-wide festival that takes place in multiple locations – parks, squares, museums, theaters, gardens, etc. The events are all about the arts, and the acts come from all different countries as well; the program includes music, theater, dancing, circus acts, and more! This event was created to keep Paris’s great role as a center of arts during the summer, when many theaters and concert halls would be closed. It also brings events to those Parisians who do not go on vacation, and especially the tourists visiting.

 

Cinéma au Clair de Lune | Now – August 9
Various Parks and open air spaces in Paris
Price : Free entry
If you’re looking for a more romantic alternative to the Cinema en Plein Air, the Cinéma au Clair de Lune will be screening some French classics in various beautiful locations around Paris. Place des Vosges, Esplanade des Invalides and Trocadero are just a few of the locations to go and enjoy a movie under the moonlight with your loved ones.

 

Fete des Loges | Now – August 16
Camp des Loges, 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Metro : RER A – Station Saint-Germain
Price : Free entry
Looking for a fun family activity to do this summer in Paris? Located in Saint-Germain en Laye is one of the best funfairs to come to Paris. An easy and direct ride on the train for a fun day out with activities suited to all ages.

 

Cinema en Plein Air | Now – August 23
Parc de la Villette 
Prairie du Triangle, 75019 Paris
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price: 7 euros for one movie, 20 euros for 5 movies.
The Open air Cinema has arrived in Paris and will be showing a great mix of films from different genres every night from Wednesday to Sunday until August 23rd. This year’s top films include Shutter Island, The Shining and Castle in the Sky. Every Saturday the lesser known independent films will also be screened, so if you’re a movie fanatic this is the place for you to be!

 

La Fête des Tuileries | Now – August 23
113 Rue de Rivoli
Metro : Tuileries (1)
Price : Access is free. There may be a fee to participate in some attractions.
This funfair is held every year at the Tuileries. There are many rides, a Ferris wheel, bumper cards, a carousel, games,  prizes, food, and more! Perfect for families, this great funfair in the middle of Paris can’t be missed.

 

Paris Plage | Now – August 23
Voie Georges Pompidou and the Bassin de la Villette
Metro: Main beach along the Seine: Pont Neuf (7), Cité (4), Hôtel de Ville (1, 11), Sully-Morland (7). Metro for Bassin de la Villette beach: Stalingrad (2, 5, 7)
Paris Plages (or “Paris Beaches”) is the creation of artificial beaches each summer along the Seine in the center of Paris, and also along the Bassin de la Villette. There are events on the beaches, palm trees, and events on the actual river Seine as well!

 

Rock en Seine Festival | August 28 – 30
Parc de Saint-Cloud 
Metro : Boulogne – Pont de Saint Cloud (10)
Price : 119 euros for a 3 day pass, Price varies depending on type of pass.
The annual rock festival returns to Paris once again and with a great line up of musicians. This year’s headliners are The Libertines, The Chemical Brothers, The Offspring and Hot Chip, just to name a few. Be sure to get your tickets quickly before they sell out, especially if you want to camp out for the weekend in the Parc de Saint-Cloud. Check out the link the see the full list of musicians including prices and ticket options.

 

La Javelle | August
La Javelle
Guinguette effervescente, port Javel Bas, 75015 
Metro : Javel (10)
Price : Free
For the summer season only, La Javelle brings music, artist and food trucks to the quai in the 15 arrondissement of Paris. Not usually an area that many would venture too unless you live there, but now we have all the reason to go and enjoy the sun whilst eating your way through the international food trucks, sipping on a cocktail and listening to the live music.

 

Cocktail Thursdays
Hexagone
85 Avenue Kléber, 75016
Metro : Trocadero (6, 9) Iena (9)
Hexagone, the trendy hot spot in the 16th, is starting a Cocktail Thursdays tradition featuring seasonal drinks from their head barman. Each week the focus will be on a different summer fruit and will be highlighted on the terrasse until the beginning of September. Go and enjoy a delicious summer cocktail every thursday from 5pm – 2am.

 

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes | Now – September 19
Musée Nationale du Château du Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Metro : RER C – Versailles-Rive-Gauche
Price : 24 euros, Reduced : 20 euros
Every Saturday during the summer months immerse yourself in the beautiful gardens of Versailles and watch the spectacular fountain, firework and music show which bring the gardens to life under the moonlight.

 

Belvédère aux Artistes | Now – September 30
Parc de Belleville, 75020
Metro : Belleville (11)
Price : Free entry
Every Saturday and Sunday at the Parc de Bellville from 2 – 8pm, 15 local artists and artisans will showcase their work on the esplanade for the public to view. Everything from painters, jewellery designers, furniture makers and clothing designers will feature each week and sell their works of art to the public. Don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful view of Paris from up there too!

 

La Plage de Glazart  | Now – October 3
7/15 Avenue Porte de la Villette, 75019
Metro : Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Varies depending on concert
Go and explore Paris’ alternative to the Paris Plage, located right next to the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement and enjoy the free live music, cocktail bar and food trucks on their huge sandy beach.  Check out the link above to see the full itinerary for upcoming concerts and activities.

 

SHOWS

 

Dali, Conférences Imaginaires | Now – August 2015
Théâtre Hébertot
78bis Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017
Metro: Rome, Villiers (2)
Price: 26.30 euros
This show begins with a real lecture that Dali had given at the Sorbonne in 1955. It examines the personality of Salvador Dali – his humor, intelligence, and eccentricity. Come see Dali in character, putting on a spectacular show and highlighting his wit and great achievements in art history.

 

Concerts at La Sainte-Chapelle | Now – September 2
La Sainte Chapelle 
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001
Metro : Cité (4)

Price : Ranges from 29 euros – 54 euros, Children below 10 – 2 euros
During the month of August, well-known classical musicians will be performing at the gorgeous La Sainte Chapelle church. Expect to hear timeless pieces during each concert in the ambience of tall stained glass windows and soaring high ceilings which allow for excellent acoustics. The perfect way to spend a summers evening in Paris!

 

Olivier Giraud, How to Become a Parisian in One Hour | Now – December 31
Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 Boulevard Poissonière, 75009
Metro: Grands Boulevards (8,9)
Price: 24-37 euro
Olivier Giraud, who has worked in both America and France, highlights the differences between French and American culture in this hour-long comedy show. Performed in English, spectators from all backgrounds are able to gain cultural insight into the Parisian way of life.

 

The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
SoGymnase
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Sebastian Marx in as American Expat living in Paris. He is a standup comedian and can perform in both English and French. He hosts weekly comedy nights featuring the best of English stand up comedy in Paris, with line ups of international and local comedians. Every so often he has an international headliner who is passing through Paris. Be sure to have a night filled of unforgettable laughter and feel at home amongst the English speakers.

 

 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

 

Entrez Dans L’Histoire | Now – August 2015
Bibliothèque de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
17 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014
Metro: Porte d’Orléans (4)
In honor of its 90th anniversary, the Cité Internationale is having an exhibition that shows the journey of 90 of its former inhabitants. It highlights different career paths such as art, politics, and business, gives spectators a history of the Cité internationale, and showcases the accomplishments of their diverse residents.

 

Jean Lanvin Exhibition | Now – August 2015
Palais Galliera
Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116
Metro: Iena (9) Alma-Marceau (9)
Adult: 8 euros, Reduced: 6 euros
The Palais Galliera offers a rare look into the life of Jean Lanvin, founder of the oldest fashion house still in existence. Lanvin rose to fame in 1908 after debuting her first children’s line and became one of the most prolific designers of her time. The exhibition features Lanvin’s iconic pieces from the Palais Galliera’s collection, as well as Lanvin’s personal collection.

 

Napoleon and Paris | Now – August 30
Musée Carnavalet
16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003
Metro : Saint-Paul (1), Chemin Vert (8)
Price : 9 euros, Reduced – 6 euros
Immerse yourself in the age of Napoleon when he ruled every aspect of the public life in Paris and throughout the world. The exhibition is a must see for all lovers of Paris where you will be taken on a journey to The Great Empire where Napoleon introduced legal code, reformed education and built bridges, parks and roads. See more details in the link above and a more detailed description of what the exhibition entails.

 

Dolce Vita? From the Liberty to Italian Design (1900-1940) | Now – September 13
Musée d’Orsay 
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblée Nationale, Solférino (12)
Price : Adult – 11 euros, Reduced – 8,50 euros, Child – Free
Explore the Italian style of the 20th century created by Italian cabinetmakers, glassmakers and ceramicists who worked together with leading artists. The art of the 20th century was used as an interpretation of the desire for progress for a country who has just found unity. The decorative arts forged their own identity with the works of Bugatti, Tesio and Quart. The museum will explore and trace the birth of the Liberty style which came to it’s own at the turn of the century.

 

Germaine Krull | Now – September 2015
Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
Metro: Concorde (1, 8, 12)
Price : 10 €, Reduced: 7.50 €
Germaine Krull is one of the most well-known figures in the history of photography, especially due to being a pioneer of modern photojournalism. She was the first to publish in book form as an end in itself. The exhibition at Jeu de Paume centers on the Parisian period of her work, between 1926-1935. It showcases 130 vintage prints linked with period documents, including the magazines and books in which Krull played an important role. This exhibition also features collections that have only recently been made available.

 

Harry Potter: The Exhibition | Now – September 2015
La Cité Du Cinéma
20 rue Ampere, 93200 Saint-Denis – France
Metro: Carrefour Pleyel (13)
Price: Between 17 and 22 euros
A 15,000-square-foot exhibition which includes artifacts and costumes from all eight Harry Potter films. This exhibition made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009, and since has traveled across the world. You are not only able to marvel at the costumes and props from the films, you can experience full displays inspired by the film sets as well!

 

Mona Hatoum at Centre Pompidou |Now – September 2015
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro: Rambuteau (11), Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)
Price: 14 Euros (Reduced: 11 Euros)
Mona Hatoum’s first exhibition at the Centre Pompidou was over 20 years ago. She is a Palestinian artist currently living in Britian. This exhibition examines her work from 1977 to 2015 – thus, there will be related installations, drawings, photographs, and more!

 

The Inca And The Conquistador | Now – September 2015
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Metro: A short walk from Bir-Hakeim (6) or Invalides (8, 13). Or take Pont de l’Alma (RER C).
Price: 19 euros
This exhibition shows the key events in the conquest of the Inca Empire and describes the encounter between the conquistadors and the Incas, shown through the portraits of the Inca Atahualpa and the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. This is presented in many forms – through dialogue, the Inca and Hispanic objects, paintings, maps and engravings from this period. This exhibits the clash between two different worlds as they went through a revolution, and highlights South American history during this time.

 

Valérie Belin | Now – September 2015  
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro: Rambuteau (11), Hôtel de Ville (1, 11)
Price: 14 Euros (Reduced: 11 Euros)
Valérie Belin’s work revolves around the viewer’s assessment – she works with mannequins but shoots them skillfully, leading the spectator to question if it is real or not. This is her first exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and showcases around thirty of her works, including ones from her public and private collections.

 

Anish Kapoor at Versailles | Now – October 2015
Chateau de Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Transportation: RER C, Versailles-Rive Gauche
Price: Versaille’s general Passport ticket is 18 euros. 
Anish Kapoor is a British-Indian sculptor. His most notable sculptures include Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Sky Mirror, which has been exhibited in Rockefeller Center and is currently on display at Versailles. His works are often displayed in famous museums and international institutions. In France, his most recent great exhibition was in 2011, when he moved his piece Leviathan into the Grand Palais for Monumenta. His works on display include C-CurveSky MirrorDirty Corner, and more.

 

Tattooists, Tattooed | Now – October 2015
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Metro: A short walk from Bir-Hakeim (6) or Invalides (8, 13). Or take Pont de l’Alma (RER C).
Price: 19 euros
This exhibitions examines the sources of tattooing and what tattoos mean within different cultures. It is divided into five parts: “From Global to Marginal” shows the vast extent of tattooing, “An Art in Movement” examines the roots of tattooing in various countries, “New Skin: The Renewal of Traditional Tattooing” displays the changes in tattooing, “New Territories of The World” studies the emergence of new schools within tattooing, and finally “New Inking Styles” shows photographs representing a new generation of tattooists.

 

INSIDE | Now – November 2015
Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue President Wilson, 75116
Metro: Iena (9) Alma-Marceau (9)
Adult: 10 euros, Reduced: 8 euros, Under 18: Free
Countless artists and the group NUMEN \ FOR USE have worked on this interactive work of art suspending within the walls of Palais de Toyko. This “space metaphor” allows visitors to crawl above two levels of the inner building in saran-wrap like tubes. The artists of his one of a kind exhibition hopes to “lead us to the skin of our most secret thoughts”. For children and adults alike, this work of arts adds for an one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Beauté Congo 1926-2015  | Now – November 15
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014
Metro : Raspail (4 and 6)
Price : Free
This extraordinary exhibition will bring to life the creative spirit and cultural vitality of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The main focus will be on paintings but will also include sculptures, music, photography and comics. The Fondation Cartier presents to you the opportunity to discover to diverse and vibrant art scene of the Congo.

 

The Laboratory of Creation | Now – November 27
Musée Rodin
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro: Varenne, Invalides (13)

Adult: 11 euros, Concessions: 8.50 euros, 18-25 and below 18: Free.
The exhibition Rodin: the Laboratory of Creation showcases a unique selection of some 150 plaster and terracotta works, many of which have never been seen before. These pieces of art will illustrate the progress of the sculptor’s extraordinary career. Visitors will be shown the creative process and gain insight into Rodin’s way of thinking, the paths he followed, the troubles he encountered and his journey towards success.



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