FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
Paris Quartier d’Éte Festival | Now – 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!
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!
Fete de l’Assomption – August 15
This Roman Catholic religious celebration commemorates the Virgin Mary’s rise to heaven at Notre Dame Cathedral, and takes place on August 14-15 each year. Assumption Day observances begin on the 14th with a 6:30pm Mass at Notre Dame, followed by a vigil at 8:30pm and a procession by torchlight around the Cathedral and along the Seine River at 9:30pm. On the 15th, additional Assumption Masses take place throughout the morning, and then following vespers at 3:45, a procession of several thousand marchers and a figure of Mary and Baby Jesus winds around the Parisian streets near Notre Dame until about 6:30pm when another Mass concludes the ceremonies.
Cinéma en Plein Air 2018 | Now – 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!
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.
Rock en Seine | August 24 – 26
Parc de Saint-Cloud
Métro : Boulogne – Pont de Saint Cloud (10)
Price : 139 euros for a 3 day pass, Price varies depending on type of pass.
The annual rock festival marking the symbolic close of summer returns to Paris once again and with a great lineup of musicians. This year’s headliners are PNL, Post Malone, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Liam Gallagher, 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.
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!
Festival Silhouette | August 24 – September 1
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!
Paris Plages | Now – 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!
Classique au Vert | August 11 – September 22
Parc Floral de Paris
1 Route de la Pyramide, 75012
Métro : Château de Vincennes (1)
Price : €2,50, Reduced price €1,50
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 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 | Ongoing through 2018
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.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
Coder le Monde – Now – August 27
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro : Châtelet (1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Rambuteau (11)
Price : 12 euros
Fascinating exploration of the history of digital code in art as seen in works by a variety of artists since 1960. The exhibition reveals a shared aesthetic and critical world that questions our daily lives, now entirely dependent on digital logic. Based around six timelines, the exhibition brings to light numerous correspondences between various creative approaches, and provides an overall interpretation of what makes a digital culture.
Margiela, les années Hermès – Now – September 22
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro : Palais Royal Musée du Louvre (1, 7)
Price : 11 euros
This unprecedented project highlights a collaboration between Hermès and the Belgian designer, from 1997 to 2003, that was as surprising as it was fertile. This tribute to Martin Margiela provides the first ever opportunity in France to exhibit his women’s ready-to-wear collections for the famous Parisian house in contrast with his own creations under his eponymous label.
Impressionists in London – Now – October 14
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro : Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau (13)
Price : 13 euros, Reduced rate : 11 euros, Free under 18
See magnificent works produced by French Impressionists while in self-imposed exile in prosperous London during the late 19th century. Co-organised with the Tate Britain in London, the exhibition brings together more than one hundred masterpieces born on the banks of the Thames in the misty, industrial atmosphere of Victorian London. The story ends in 1904 with Derain, who came to paint London in the colours of Fauvism.
Gustav Klimt – Now – November 11
L’Atelier des Lumières
38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011
Metro : Rue Saint-Maur (3), Pere Lachaise (2,3)
Price : 14,50 euros
Monumental floor-to-ceiling digital images accompanied by original music in Paris’s new immersive Digital Arts Center, open only since April in a former iron factory. Click on the link above to purchase your tickets now!
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.
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.