FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS
It’s that time of year again where all the shops in Paris lower their prices to clear out the last season’s clothing line. Just before the real summer holidays begin, we are able to head out and pick up some bargains ready for our vacances. Be sure to get there early so that you get the best selection, sizes and prices!
Paris Quartier d’Éte Festival | Now – August 7
Price : Varies depending on what you see. Check website for prices.
For the 26th year running, The Summer Festival of Arts is back again to bring you the best of the arts including; music, theatre, dance, circus acts and more! This event was created to keep Paris’s great role as the center of arts during the summer, when many theaters and concert halls would be closed. Over 100 different performances have been organised for your entertainment this summer, so be sure to check some of them out!
Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur | August 16 – 20
The famous round trip bike ride named after the French pastry, Paris Brest, begins on August 16th and ends 4 days later. The bike ride begins in Paris, heads to Brest, then ends up back in Paris to finish and is one of the oldest bike riding events that still runs today. Check the link above for more info.
Paris Plages | Now – August 21
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: Bassin de la Villette beach: Stalingrad (2, 5, 7)
It’s that time of year again for the return of the Paris Plages. An artificial beach like resort will be set up along the Seine with deckchairs, sandboxes, live music and sporting events happening through the summer months. If you don’t have the chance to make it down south to the real beaches, worry not, Paris Plages has everything you need to get your beach fix!
Cinéma en Plein Air 2016 | Now – August 21 (cancelled until further notice)
Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price: Single ticket price is 7€, or you can buy 5 seats for 20 €
This open air cinema shows a movie every night, Wednesday to Sunday, from July 13th until August 21st. The films come from every genre, with a mix of films from multiple countries. This year the schedule looks great with some of the big blockbusters such as Interstellar, Casino Royale and Drive, to name a few. Our advice is to get there early for a good spot, set up your picnic and enjoy the movie!
La Fête des Tuileries | Now – August 22
Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro : Tuileries (1)
Throughout the summer holidays, Tuileries garden will set up one of the best fairs in Paris for the kids to enjoy throughout the summer. Trampolines, rides, bumper cars and cotton candy will make this a fun day out for the family, whilst enjoying one of the most beautiful locations in Paris.
La Nuit aux Invalides | Now – August 27
L’Hôtel National des Invalides
129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
Metro : Invalides (8, 13)
Price : 18 euro, Reduced – 15 euro, Free for under 7
La Nuit aux Invalides is the perfect summertime night activity to do with you friends and loved ones. An impressive show of sound and light held in the courtyard of the L’Hôtel National des Invalides. You can purchase tickets both in French and English by clicking on the main link above. It’s taking place throughout the month of August so be sure to plan a visit!
Rock en Seine | August 26 – 28
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 Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Foal and Bastille, 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 | Now – August 30
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.
Classique au Vert | August 6 – September 18
Parc Floral de Paris
1 Route de la Pyramide, 75012
Metro : Château de Vincennes (1)
Price : 6 euros, Reduced – 3 euros, Free for under 7 years
The Festival Classique au Vert gives the public an opportunity to listen to classical music in the outdoors in the beautiful setting of the botanical gardens of Paris. Not only can you go to enjoy the music itself, but you can even meet the artists and learn about classical music too. Head down for a nice summer days outing, prepared with your picnic, for a day of classical music.
Festival Silhouette | August 26 – September 3
Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge, 75019
Metro : Pré-Saint-Gervais (7b)
The Festival Silhouette is dedicated to short films and open air concerts held at the Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge. Screenings take place each evening, starting with concerts and ending with short film projections. On top of that, it’s totally free!
La Plage de Glazart | Now – October 1
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.
Les Berges du Seine | Summer 2016
Quai d’Orsay, 75000 Paris
All summer long there will be something going on along the pedestrian walkway by the seine, Les Berges. Activities include anything from art installations, sports, workshops, dance classes, yoga, music concerts and much much more. Check out the program for the upcoming month and head down by the river for a fun day out.
Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle | August 2016
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Metro : Saint Michel, Notre-Dame (4, RER B & C)
Price : Varies depending on concert. See link above for reservations and prices.
La Sainte-Chapelle is located in the heart of Paris, in one of the most prime locations possible – the Île de la Cité. A beautiful, grand church with soaring ceilings and walls of stained glass is the perfect setting for a night of classical music. It has become one of the most popular venues to go to listen to live classical music due to it’s beauty and incredible acoustics. Check out the schedule for July concerts and treat yourself to a night of music.
The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
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
Fashion Forward : 3 Siècles de Mode (1715 – 2016) | Now – August 14
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its fashion collection from April 7 to August 14, 2016. The exhibition will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18thcentury to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.
The Velvet Underground. New York Extravaganza | Now – August 21
Philharmonie de Paris
Cité, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : 10 euro, Reduced – 5 euro, Free for under 6 years
The exhibition pays tribute to the experimental and transgressive rock group, The Velvet Underground, formed by Lou Reed and John Cale. Despite their short lived period, the band became a huge inspiration for modern rock and musical trends, as well as photography, visual arts, cinema, fashion and literature. Learn about their history through short films, music and photos, before the exhibition comes to an end this month!
Picasso Sculptures | Now – August 28
5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
Metro : Saint-Sébastian – Froissart (8)
Price : 11 euro
The upcoming exhibition of Picasso’s sculptures aims to examine an understudied aspect of Picasso’s sculptural works. This aspect is the diversity of dimensions of the artist’s sculptural work constructed through his series and variations, cast iron creations, prints, and photographic enlargements, realised in a selection of his original sculptures. The exhibition will provide a new look at these cast iron creations by systematically presenting them with their “double” or “variants.” Buy your tickets now in advance from going to the link above.
James Bond 007 L’exposition | Now – September 4
Grande Halle de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : 21,99 euro, Under 12 – 16,99 euro
The Grande Halle de la Villette welcomes the James Bond exposition starting April 16th, featuring more than 500 original objects, including aston martin, gadgets, costumes, photo shoots, exclusive pieces and more! This is the exposition of the month and one not to be missed, we can’t ignore the Bond fans inside of us!
Jimmy Nelson – Before They Pass Away| Now – September 4
16 Rue de l’Abbaye, 75006
Metro : Saint Germain des Près (4)
Before They Pass Away is an exhibition which has toured the world. The British artist, Jimmy Nelson, began the project in 2010 and traced the traditions and cultures of the most mysterious tribes of the world. The exhibition is made up of 37 photographs that reveal the wealth and wisdom of indigenous cultures away from civilisation.
Charles Gleyre – Le Romantique Repenti | Now – September 11
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
Metro : Assemblé National (12)
Price : 12 euro, Reduced – 9 euro
This is the first time that France have dedicated an entire exhibition, solely, to Charles Gleyre. Despite being a major figure in academy painting in Paris, his reputation was not of such a high standard. After researching into the history of his work and his life, it has been discovered that his studio gave us some of the most recognised artists of time. The exhibition will give us the opportunity to delight in the illusions of academicism.
Barbie | Now – September 18
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royale – Musée du Louvre
Price : 13 euro
This is the first time that Barbie has received an invitation by a French museum. Known for its design, fashion, toy and advertising collections, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the ideal venue to pay tribute to this iconic doll, whose story has many dimensions and has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st centuries. 700 Barbie dolls will be on display, next to works from the collections of the Museum (dolls, gowns), but also works by contemporary artists, documents (newspapers, photos, video) that contextualize the Barbie’s lives.
Marvel Avengers Station à Paris | Now – September 24
Parvis de la Defense, 92800, Puteaux
Metro : La Défense (1, RER A)
Price : 22 euro, Family pack – 70 euro, Under 12 years – 17 euro
The Avengers Station settles in Paris for an innovative recruitment session on the esplanade of La Défense. This immersive experience will guide you through the universe of Marvel Superheros. You will basically have to face the Avengers, fight them, and prove yourself to be one of them.
Artistes à Montmartre : 1870 -1910 | Now – September 30
Musée de Montmartre
12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018
Metro : Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)
Price : 9,50 euro, Reduced – 7,50 euro
The exhibition “Artists of Montmartre: 1870-1910” accompanies the new presentation of the permanent collections of the Museum of Montmartre. The exhibition will feature the works of over twenty artists who lived and developed their art in Montmartre in the late 19th century, revealing the transformation of Montmartre as a major centre of art in Paris.
Anatomie d’une Collection | Now – October 23
Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016
Metro : Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 9 euro, Reduced – 6 euro
If you are into fashion then this a great exhibition for you to check out. Palais Galliera is exhibiting a collection of their own, to show the changing fashion trends from the 18th century to the present day. Over 100 different garments and accessories of the Galliera collection will be displayed, each, with an historical association.
PERSONA : Strangely Human | Now – November 13
Musée de Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Alma-Marceau (9), Pont de l’Alma (RER C)
Price : 11 euro, Reduced – 9 euro
Many objects have a status more similar to that of a person or a creature than that of a simple object. This exhibition focuses on the connection between the human and non human art works, the role of anthropomorphism in diverse artefacts, and what unfolds when a robot with a human appearance comes under our gaze, unsettling the beholder.
MORE COMING SOON…