FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
Days Off | Now – July 8
Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Métro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : Varies depending on concert – see link above for full pricing
The Days Off festival, organised by the Philharmonie de Paris, is an open and adventurous festival which offers a range of different music. From rock to pop, electro and contemporary, new discoveries and creations of music, this is a festival not to be missed. Throughout the 10 days you’ll be able to take part in workshops, see exhibitions, listen to great music, and celebrate the influence of contemporary music.
Paris Jazz Festival | Now – July 22
Esplanade of the Château de Vincennes
Avenue du Château, 94300 Vincennes
Métro: Château de Vincennes (1)
Price: 2,5 € (adult), 1,5 € (7-25 years) Free under 7
The Paris Jazz Festival features 31 concerts over 8 weekends with many different musical workshops to participate in and activities for all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Esplanade of the Château de Vincennes. Stop by for pleasant weekend, or purchase a season pass and go at your leisure!
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!
La Fête des Tuileries | Now – August 26
Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris
Métro : 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.
Nuit aux Invalides | Now – September 1
Place des Invalides, 75007 Paris
Metro : La Tour Maubourg, Varennes, Invalides, Saint Francois-Xavier (8, 13)
Price : See above link for various pricing options
Celebrate 100 years of the Invalides monument this summer through this memorable light and sound show! It will be the 6th edition of this annual experience and it will highlight the events of the First World War through the narrative of a child, who is a witness to one of the key events of modern history. The 45 minute spectacle takes place in the courtyard of the Invalides and will be using the very latest in sound and video mapping technology! Highly recommended for attendees of all ages!
La Plage de Glazart | Now – September 29
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.
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: 8,00 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.
Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle | July 2017
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Métro : Saint Michel, Notre-Dame (4, RER B & C)
Price : Varies depending on event attended. Check website for 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.
Carnaval Tropical de Paris | July 1
Métro : Concorde (1, 12)
Summer is the perfect time to go tropical during the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, a colorful and fun parade celebrating over 30 different overseas’ costumes and dances. Going up and down the Champs Élysées, the music and atmosphere are guaranteed to be very lively and it’s a memorable event to experience in Paris.
Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture | July 1 – 5
One of the most major events to take place in Paris is the annual Haute Couture fashion week. The biggest fashion houses will showcase their Haute Couture range and unveil their beautiful works of art to those invited to come along. Be warned that this year all locations have been kept secret, which makes it all the more difficult to worm our way into one of the events!
Festival FNAC Live | July 5 – 7
Parvis de l’Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris
Métro : Hotel de Ville (1,11) Châtelet (1, 4, 11, 14)
Come one, come all to the FNAC festival being held at Hotel de Ville. This free concert series boasts 31 artists and two stages over three days. Concerts start at 5:00PM but make sure to get there early as this is one of the most popular concerts of the season.
The Peacock Society | July 6 – 7
Parc Floral de Paris
1 Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Métro : Château de Vincennes (1)
Price : 3 Days – sold out, 1 Day – 44 euros
The electro festival is returning to Paris this July for two days only. Enjoy and discover the different EDM and techno artists who will be taking to the stage at the Parc Floral de Paris. Discover a lively festival with talks, short films, visual arts, and of course music! Order your tickets online now by clicking on the link above.
Japan Expo | July 6 – 9
Paris Nord Villepinte
ZAC Paris Nord 2, 93420 Villepinte
Métro : Parc des Expositions (RER B)
Price : Single Day 12 – 22 euros, Four Days – 56 euros
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! A chance to celebrate Japanese manga, animation, and J-music in an interactive and buzzing environment. Check out the full schedule of the 4 day festival and get your tickets now.
Second Square Summertime | July 8 – 14
Le Carreau du Temple
4 rue Eugène Spuller 75003, Paris
Métro : Temple (3)
Price : Varies depending on event attended. Check website for prices.
Over a week in July, Time Out Paris is turning the space of Carreau du Temple into your summer playground. Stroll around the food market and sample dishes from numerous Parisian restaurants, have a drink and move to the rhythm of some disco-funk beats, or take part in one of the free sports classes available.
Paris Plages | July 7 – September 2
Voie Georges Pompidou, the Bassin de la Villette, Parc Rives de Seine, the Quai de Loire at the La Villette Canal Basin, City Hall Square
It’s that time of year again. Paris Plages is back in full swing with artificial beaches set up along the Seine with deckchairs, sandboxes, live music, and sporting events happening throughout the summer months. If you don’t have the chance to make it down south to the real beaches, worry not as Paris Plages has everything you need to get your beach fix!
14 juillet | July 14
14th juillet, otherwise known to us expats at Bastille Day, is the national French holiday which marks the beginning of the French revolution and the freeing of the prisoners from Bastille in 1789. This day is celebrated all over France, and Paris holds some of the most elaborate celebrations including a Parade down the Champs-Élysées and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Make sure you get a spot with a good view!
Paris Quartier d’Éte Festival | July 16 – August 4
Price : Varies depending on event attended. Check website for prices.
For the 28th 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!
Cinéma en Plein Air 2018 | July 18 – August 19
Parc de la Villette
211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)
Chair ticket price is 7€, or you can buy 5 seats for 20 € This open air cinema shows a movie every night, 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 La La Land and The Jungle Book. Our advice is to get there early for a good spot, set up your picnic, and enjoy the movie!
Lollapalooza Paris | July 22 – 23
Hippodrome de Longchamp
2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Métro: Pont de Neuilly (1)
Price: Two Day – 149 euros, One Day – 79 euros
This festival originally started in the Chicago and due to popular demand, became international. Lollapalooza is being held in Paris for its second year! Tickets give you access to a diverse range of bands, culinary experiences, and free education on how to live eco friendly. This is one musical event you do not want to miss.
End of Tour de France | July 29
Métro: Concorde (1, 12)
After pedalling for three weeks and over 2,000 miles, cyclists in the world’s most famous bicycle race complete the last leg of the race that takes them through the streets of Paris for the grand finale at the finish line on the Champs Élysées. If you’re in Paris on Sunday, July 29, aim to get to the Champs-Élysées early to stake out your spot to watch the race go by or stop in a local café or restaurant. All eyes will be on the finish line! Please note that some of the metro stations will be closed during the afternoon – top tip: hear the applause from a slight distance at the nearby Tuileries gardens!
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Corot: The Painter and His Models| Now – July 8
2 rue Louis Boilly, 75116
Metro : La Muette (9)
Price : Adult – 11 euros; Reduced – 6,50 euros; Under 18 – Free
From February 8 to July 8, 2018, the Musée Marmottan reveals a hidden facet of Corot’s art: his figures. Exceptionally brought together, over 60 paintings mostly depicting women, a production the painter kept secret comes to tell us more about the impressionist artist’s career.
Ghosts and Nightmares of Asia| Now – July 15
Musée du Quai Branly
37 quai Branly, 75007
Metro : Alma-Marceau (9)
Price : Adult – 10 euros; Reduced – 7 euros
If you like scary stories then you’ll enjoy the Enfers et fantômes d’Asie exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, which focuses on vampires, zombies and other assorted creatures who roam the afterlife. The spirit world features prominently in folktales, religions and traditional prints in many Asian countries, but also in contemporary Asian films and literature. A fascinating and spooky display!
Foujita: Painting in the Roaring 20s| Now – July 15
61 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Metro : Rue du Bac (12)
Price : Adult – 13 euros; Reduced – 11 euros
A real all-rounder in the artistic landscape of the early twentieth century, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita created a unique and abundant body of work. The exhibition Foujita: Painting in the Roaring Twenties focuses on the artist’s first Parisian period, during which he was particularly productive alongside other great artists. One hundred or so works, including two monumental triptychs, will be on show at the Maillol museum, illustrating the virtuosity of this subtle artist.
Chagall, Lissitzy, Malevich – The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk (1918-1922)| Now – July 16
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Rambuteau (11)
Price : Adult -14 euros; Reduced – 11 euros; Under 18 – Free
Some 250 pieces are on display at the Pompidou Centre for this exceptional exhibition dedicated to the Russian avant-garde of the 20th century. Centred around three iconic figures of the movement – Marc Chagall, el Lissitzky, and Kazimir Malevich – the exhibition invites visitors to discover the works of instructors and students of the Vitebsk Higher Institute of Art, created by Chagall in 1918. These figures include Vera Ermolaeva, Nikolai Suetin, Ilya Chashnik, Lazar Khidekel, and David Yakerson, and bring together the post-revolutionary years through many documents and archives. A fantastic immersion, don’t miss this exhibition under any circumstances!
Rodin and Dance| Now – July 22
77 rue de Varenne, 75007
Metro : Varenne (13)
Price : Adult – 11 euros
The Musée Rodin is focussing on a specific aspect of Auguste Rodin’s work: his love for the world of dance. This father of modern sculpture created a series of work titled ‘Dance Movements’. Drawing inspiration from the dancers Loïe Fuller and Hanako, then guided by his passion for Isadora Duncan, Rodin set out to capture the beauty of the art of dance in art form in a number of drawings and sculptures, which are being presented together at the museum over the next few months.
Mary Cassatt- An American Impressionist in Paris| Now – July 23
158 boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Metro : Miromesnil (9, 13)
Price : Adult – 13.30 euros; Reduced – 10.50 euros; Under 7 – Free
From 9 March to 23 July 2018, the Musée Jacquemart-André invites the public to get to know the work of American artist Mary Cassatt, a friend of Degas and close to the Impressionist movement. Showing some fifty works (oils, prints, drawings, and pastels) depicting characters immersed in their thoughts, and family scenes, this exceptional retrospective reveals the work of an artist, relatively unknown in France, whose considerable influence has enabled one of the greatest French artistic movements to integrate collections across the Atlantic. Don’t miss this talented artist!
Guernica| Now – July 29
5 rue de Thorigny, 75003
Metro : Saint Paul (1)
Price : Adult -12.50 euros
Guernica, the masterful, iconic piece by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, was painted in 1937, and is celebrating its 80th year with an exhibition surrounding its history, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. A symbol of pacifism and antifascism, this oil on canvas stretches more than 7.5 m and depicts the bombing of the village of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Unveiled as part of the Paris International Exhibition in 1937, it is shown in a completely new light for this Parisian exhibition, through various works, sketches, and literary documents. A masterpiece in all its glory!
Frantisek Kupka| Now – July 30
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : Adult – 15 euros; Reduced – 11 euros; Under 7 – 1 euro
The Grand Palais is putting the work of Czech painter Frantisek Kupka in the spotlight, with an unprecedented gathering of his studies of movement and light. After exploring Symbolism and Futurism, the artist began to dispense with reality, joining other early 20th-century exponents of abstract art such as Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia and Fernand Léger. The Grand Palais is displaying some of Kupka’s most arresting works in this absorbing overview of his gradual shift towards the abstract. A major exhibition: not to be missed!
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes| Now – July 30
Parc de la Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019
Metro : Porte de Pantin (5)
Price : Adult – 15 euros; Reduced – 12 euros; Under 4 – Free
Calling all fans of pop culture! The Espace Chapiteau at La Villette welcomes superhero adventures! Created by the famous American artist and lego fan Nathan Sawaya, this exhibition of some 120 original creations is inspired by the world of DC COMICS. A Batmobile more than 5 metres in length and a terrifying Joker await visitors of all ages. A unique exhibition that kids will certainly adore.
Nymphéas – American Expressionists and Monet’s Later Works| Now – August 20
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Metro : Concorde (1, 12)
Price : Adult – 9 euros; Reduced – 6.50 euros; Under 18 – Free
The Musée de l’Orangerie revisits the period during which the Museum of Modern Art in New York purchased one of Monet’s large Water Lilies panels, “Blue Water Lilies”. The exhibition features some of Monet’s later works, reflecting his development from impressionism to abstraction, alongside a selection of major works by American expressionists such as Rothko, Clyfford Still and Barnett Newmann.