FESTIVALS & SEASONAL EVENTS 

 

Les Soldes | Now – August 4th
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%!

La Fête des Tuileries | Now – August 23rd
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 Jazz Festival | Now – July 26th
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide
Metro: Chateau de Vincennes (1) , then walk
Price: 6 € (adult), 3 € (7-25 years). Season pass 22 € (adult), 11 € (7 to 25 years). Free under 7.
The Paris Jazz Festival features 31 concerts over 8 weekends, many different musical workshops to participate in, and other activities for all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Parc Floral, the Botanical Garden of the City of Paris. Stop by for pleasant weekend, or purchase a season pass and go at your leisure!

Japan Expo | July 2nd – 5th
Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center
82 Avenue des Nations, 93420 Villepinte
Transportation: RER B, Stop: Parc des Expositions 
Price: Children under 6 get in for free. A 4-Day Pass is 50 €; specialized 4-day packages vary from 65 € to 190 €.  One day tickets are between 10 – 20 €.
The Japan Expo features days of cosplay, signings, fashion shows, demonstrations, music, prize-giving, and more.. not to mention the long list of well-known brands and exhibitors! Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto – creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, and more – will even be present at the event.

Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping | July 4th – 6th
Champ de Mars
Metro: Bir-Hakeim (6), La Motte-Picquet – Grenelle (6, 8, 10)
Price: Free to Spectate
Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping is located on the Champ de Mars, right in front of the Eiffel Tower. There will be three days of competition and festivities, and the public can stroll through the Champ de Mars and an entire area designed just for the occasion. Besides watching the competitions, interactive activities, workshops, and more will all be present for the occasion!

Les Siestes Électroniques | July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Théâtre de verdure du Musée du quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
Metro: Iena (9), Bir-Hakeim (6)
Price: Free, but please preregister online beforehand at the Musée du quai Branly website.
Les Siestes électroniques presents emerging artists from the field of music and digital culture. Its open-air concerts are free of charge, which makes this event rare and precious in comparison to many other European festivals. Les Siestes offers attendees an opportunity to enjoy the music and relax outside, in the beautiful gardens of Musée du quai Branly.

Summers of Dance | July 7th – August 1st
Théâtre du Châtelet
1, place du Châtelet

Metro: Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14)
Price: 1st catégorie : 110€, 2nd catégorie : 85€, 3rd catégorie : 70€, 4th catégorie : 40€, 5th catégorie : 30€
This festival showcases the best of the world of dance. For this 11th edition, they have invited the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Theatre du Châtelet. This American company, founded in 1958, is composed of around 30 dancers. There will be 27 different performances – new ones as well as their most beloved performances.

Paris Quartier d’Été | July 14th – August 8th
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.

Paris Plages | July 20th – August 23rd
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!

Cinéma en Plein Air 2015 | July 22nd – August 23rd
Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès
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 22nd until August 23rd. The films come from every genre, with a mix of films from multiple countries. Films include the animated classic “Castle in the Sky”, the Indian film “Devdas”, and even “Shutter Island”. Each Saturday, they will also show short films for you to discover.

 

SHOWS

Le Bal des Vampires | Now – July 5
Théâtre Mogador
25 rue de Mogador, 750009
Metro: Trinité-l’Estienne d’Orves (12)
Price: 29-199 euro
This rock-musical experience directed by Roman Polanski puts a spin on the popular vampire theme. Set in Transylvania, the story follows a pair of scholars who set out to prove the existence of vampires. A combination of comedy and horror, this show is sure to be a treat!

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.

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.

La Fille Mal Gardée / The Wayward Daughter | June 29 – July 14
Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris
Metro: Opéra (1, 7, 8)
Price: Ticket prices vary between 12 euros to 121 euros.
La Fille Mal Gardée is one of the oldest French action ballets. It was first performed at Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre days before the French Revolution, July 1st 1789. This ballet’s great simplicity and familiarity has made it a staple in ballet companies worldwide.

 

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Thomas Leeroy | Now – July 5
Petit Palais
Art Museum, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris
Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (1, 13) Invalides (13, 8, RER C)

Price: Free
Time: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Le Petit Palais is showcasing the work of a contemporary young Belgium born artist, Thomas Leeroy. His dreamlike sculptures and drawings are deployed in the halls of the permanent collections of the ground garden. Although in a modern setting, his work draws links to ancient art, giving you the chance to enjoy the exhibition as well as understand the meaning behind his inner world.

Markus Lüpertz | Now – July 19
Musée d’art Modern de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna (9), RER: ligne C -Pont de l’Alma
Price: 10 €, Reduced: 7 €, Free under 18
Markus Lüpertz is major figure on the European art scene. His work involves a constant questioning of art as well as the role of the artist. This exhibition showcases 140 of his iconic works – recent pieces as well as ones from his beginnings in the 1960s. Lüpertz has had major exhibitions in Bonn, Amsterdam, Madrid, and other places within Europe, but this is his first showcase of this scale within France.

The Real Tudors | Now – July 19
Musée de Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Metro: Saint-Sulpice (4) Mabillon (10)
Adult: 12 euros, Reduced: 7.50 euros, Under 16: Free
One of the two annual exhibitions featured at the Musée de Luxembourg, The Real Tudors gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of one of the most influential families in the the history of France. Presented by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and the Grand Palais, this exhibit focuses on the relation between art and power and how these two concepts have contributed to the history and legacy of Paris.

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.

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.

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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