FESTIVALS, SEASONAL EVENTS & SHOWS
Festival Silhouette | Now – September 2
Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge, 75019
Métro : 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!
Jazz a la Villette | Now to September 13
7/15 Avenue Porte de la Villette, 75019
Métro : Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Varies depending on concert
The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world. It’s brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world.
La Fete de l”Humanité | September 15 – 17
Georges Valbon Departmental Park
55 Avenue Waldeck Rochet, 93120
Métro : La Courneuve Aubervilliers (RER B)
Price : 3 Day Pass at 35 euros; Free for those under 15
This large festival welcomes more than 600,000 people annually with this year being the 82nd anniversary. At this three day festival, you will find 50 exceptional concerts across four stages, and more than 450 informational booths from around the world which are ready to discuss solidarity in freedom, equality, and community for all.
Paris Design Week | September 8 – 16
Insert yourself, quite literally, into the world of design with design businesses flocking to this international event. Learn about new design concepts and contemporary crafts. Covering everything from creation to conceptual and sensory design, this event is a mecca for the creative buffs in your company. As an added bonus, there are cocktail events throughout the 9 days taking place in the most gorgeous of venues.
Europe Heritage Days in Paris | September 16 – 17
First organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, more than 30 years ago, the European Heritage Days are an invitation to discover or rediscover Parisian monuments for free. Numerous special events take place over one weekend at participating venues. In addition to the free opening of top attractions (Elysée Palace, Matignon, Musée d’Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe), visitors can discover contemporary buildings such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Cité de la Mode et du Design.
Classique au Vert | Now – 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.
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.
Kiosquarama | Now – October 1
Another free open air concert, Kiosquarama, is held in various parks and open spaces in Paris. The purpose of Kiosquarama is to showcase and share cultural staples taken from Europe’s vast variety of musical ensembles. Many of the artists performing at these events are the young native talent signed with smaller labels.
Opera en Plein Air | September 7 – 9
Rue Herran, 75116
Métro: La Tour-Maubourg (8) Invalides (8-13)
Price: 42 euros
This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with French opera without having to spend vast amounts of money. Held outside, this Opera engages with a younger audience not typically drawn to the more traditional performances inside the Opera Houses. The show this year is The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. We will see you there!
Le Grand Feu De Saint Cloud | September 9
Parc de Saint-Cloud
1 Avenue de la Grille d’Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud
Métro : Pont de Sèvres (9) Boulogne – Pont de Saint Cloud (10)
Price : 32+ euros
The French love their fireworks! Every year, at the beginning of September, the largest firework display in Europe takes place from 9-11pm on September 9th. It is a huge pyrotechnic show, where 23,000 people gather to watch this incredible kick off to “La Rentrée.” Make sure to get there early to secure seats. More information including access points on the website provided.
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.
Tréteaux Nomades | Now – Sept 3
Hôtel de Beauvais
68 Rue François Miron, 75004 Paris
Métro : 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!
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)
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
Métro : 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.