FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS
Paris Quartier d’Été Festival | Now – August 5
Price : Varies depending on event attended. Check website for prices.
For the 27th 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 maintain Paris’ role as a center for the arts over the summer holidays, when many theaters and concert halls are closed. Over 100 different performances have been organised for your entertainment, so be sure to check some of them out!
Les Soldes d’été | Now – August 8
It’s that time of year again where all the shops in Paris lower their prices to clear out the previous season’s clothing line. Just before the August summer holidays begin, we can get some solid shopping done and be beach ready. Be sure to get there early so that you get the best selection, sizes, and prices!
Cinéma en Plein Air 2017 | Now – August 20
Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Price: Free (Chair ticket price is 7€, or you can buy 5 seats for 20 €)
This open air cinema shows a movie every night, from Wednesday through Sunday, from July 20th until August 20th. 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 Ratatouille and The Grand Budapest Hotel. 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
Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris
Métro : Tuileries (1)
Price : Free
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 Plage de Glazart | Now – September 30
7-15 Avenue Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris
Métro : Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Free
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.
Classique au Vert | August 5 – September 17
Parc Floral de Paris
1 Route de la Pyramide, 75012
Métro : Château de Vincennes (1)
Price : Free
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 25 – September 2
Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge, 75019
Metro : Pré-Saint-Gervais (7b)
Price : Free
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!
Rock en Seine | August 25 – 27
Parc de Saint-Cloud
Métro : 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 lineup of musicians. This year’s headliners are The XX, Jain, Flume and The Shins, 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.
Theatre du Jardin Shakespeare | Now – Oct 1
Shakespeare Garden Greater Theater Margaret’s Alley, Suresnes Road, Le Pré Catelan Bois de Boulogne 75016 Paris
Métro : Porte Maillot (1, RER C)
Price : 12 euros +
Enjoy classics like A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Much Ado About Nothing and rest amongst the grass in this award winning landscape. Theatre du Jardin Shakespeare will continue to have shows throughout the summer including shows in English and shows for families.
Musical Fountains Show | Now – October 29
Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Métro : Versailles-Chantiers (RER C)
Price: 9,50 euros, Reduced: 8 euros
With the arrival of summer, the gardens of the Palace of Versailles become the setting for a magical spectacle. In the avenues designed by Le Nôtre, the ornamental ponds and waterfalls come alive as fountains play and jets of water intertwine. Check out the link above to see a schedule of when the shows take place throughout the summer.
Olivier Giraud “How to become Parisian in one hour” | Now – December 2017
Théâtre des Nouveautés
24 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Métro : Grands Boulevard (8, 9)
Price : 24-50 euros +
The famous “one man comedy show” has been going for years now in Paris and has become hugely popular. All those typical “Parisianisms” and French ways of life are brought to the forefront on stage by Olivier Giraud in way that will have you laughing so hard that you’ll be falling off the edge of your seats! Allow Olivier Giraud to teach you about the French in just one hour and we promise it’ll be totally worth your time! Book tickets now online throughout the month from Thursdays – Sundays.
The New York Comedy Night | Every Friday at 9:30pm
38 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris
Métro: Bonne Nouvelle (8, 9)
Price : 10 euros
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.
United World Wrestling Championships 2017 | Aug 21 – Aug 26
8 Bulevard de Bercy, 75012 Paris
Metro: Bercy (6, 14)
Price: 36 euros Reduced: 18 euros
If you are an avid fan of wrestling, Paris would seem like a pretty random place to come to experience the best that this sport has to offer. Luckily for you, Paris is hosting the World Wrestling Championship with the world’s top fighters meeting in one place to fight for the title of “World Champion.” This is a show not to be missed if you are interested in the sport as many from far and wide are flying in to see this five day feat.
Tréteaux Nomades | Aug 21 – Sept 3
Hôtel de Beauvais
68 Rue François Miron, 75004 Paris
Metro: Saint Paul (1)
Price: 15 euros
Come one, come all to the spectacle of the summer! Burlesque dancers, princesses, and theatre galore! This traveling show will leave your summer closing with a bang. Great for families who wish to watch a live show that captivates audiences of all ages!
ART & EXHIBITIONS
La Nuit aux Invalides | Now – September 2
L’Hôtel National des Invalides
129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007
Métro : 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!
Dalida: Une Garde-robe de la Ville à la Scène | Now – August 13
10 Avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116 Paris
Métro: Jena Or Alma-Marceau (9), Boissière (6), RER C (Pont de l’Alma)
Prices: 12 euros; Reduced: 9 euros; 18 years and under: free
On the 13th anniversary of the disappearance of the singer Dalida, the Palais Galliera opens her incredible wardrobe to the public. Take a trip back in time with this lush collection of outfits from the 60s, 70s, and beyond.
Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art | Now – August 21
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin de Tuileries (on the side of the river Seine), 75001 Paris
Métro: Concorde (1,8,12)
Price : 9 euros, Reduced: 6,50 euro
One of the most highly anticipated shows of the season, Tokyo-Paris. Masterpieces from the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation, will open at the Musée de l’Orangerie during the first week of the month. Artists from Europe, America, and Asia will be showcased, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Shiraga.
Olga Picasso | Now – September 3
5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
Métro : Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (8)
Price : 12,50 euros
Discover the woman behind the infamous painter, Pablo Picasso. Follow the phases of the romantic relationship of this dancer and painter portrayed through various art forms in a world renowned collection.
The Art of DC- The Dawn of Superheroes| Now – September 15
34 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Métro : Gare d’Austerlitz (5, 10)
Price : 11 euros +
A highly praised exhibit, popular among kids and adults, alike. Hardcore DC fans will be pleased to know that they are nearly all there, with particular focus on some favorites. Starting with Superman, from one of the original cartoon covers, we go in chronological order through to action and detective comics. Accompanied throughout by original soundtracks of the DC films and series, one strolls from room to room and therefore universe-to-universe. After Superman, comes Gotham City’s great protector, Batman. By adopting black as his signature colour, it shows that virtue and courage must be practised in the dark. These socio-political insights make this exhibition more than just a simple display of 250 original and beautiful pieces of artwork.
Derain, Balthus, Giacometti | Now – October 2017
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Métro: Alma-Marceau or Jena (9) Alma (RER C)
Full price: 12 euros, Reduced: 9 euros
The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris presents an unprecedented exhibition exploring the friendship between three major artists of the twentieth century: André Derain, Balthus, and Alberto Giacometti.
L’Afrique des Routes | Now – November 17
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Métro : Gare du Pont de L’Alma (RER C), Alma Marceau (9)
Price : 10 euros, Reduced: 7 euros
This exhibition evokes the routes by river, land, and sea that contributed to the movement and contact of men, materials, and artworks, from the fifth millennium BC to the present day. Ranging from the chariots engraved in caves in the Sahara, to the Chinese porcelain of Madagascar, from the Candomblé cults and rituals of South America to the contemporary mixed art of the Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, it presents a portrait of a continent at the centre of world history. Sculptures, gold and ivory pieces, paintings, and other artworks will be on display for you to see and follow the story.
Montmartre, décor de cinéma| Now – Jan 2018
Musée de Montmartre
12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris
Métro : Lamarck-Caulaincourt (12)
Price : 9,50 euros, Reduced: 7,50 euros
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.
Christian Dior, couturier du rêve | Now – Jan 2018
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Metro : Palais Royal-Louvre Museum (1), Tuileries (1), Pyramides (7, 14)
Price : 11 euros, Reduced: available for purchase onsite only
Skip window shopping and immerse yourself in a whole new world of couture. Hundreds of dresses and design history from the house of Dior will be on special display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. This special exhibit houses other designers such as YSL, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.