FESTIVALS | SEASONAL EVENTS | POPULAR SHOWS
Fete du Velo | Now – June 3
All over France
This event focuses on the sporting and cultural values attached to the art of cycling. This movement acts as a reminder to celebrate and appreciate the pleasures and freedoms cycling provide us with, such as the ability to get anywhere at any time at our own pace and leisure. Grab your bike (or rent one) and join the thousands of cyclists as they pedal throughout the city of Paris and share the joy of cycling with friends and family!
Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés | Now – June 4
Saint-Germain-des-Prés – various locations
Metro : Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)
Price : Varies – see link above
The festival is one of the greatest Jazz festivals in Paris, taking place in the heart of Jazz in Europe, Saint-Germain-des-Prés. For it’s 18th edition, this year has plenty in store for you. Expect to be introduced to new voices and talents, international artists performing in unique locations, and be surrounded by the culture of Jazz for the 10 days. Purchase your tickets now and download the full program on their website.
Roland Garros | Now – June 10
Roland Garros is the French Open event named after the famous aviator. This tennis tournament is the second of four Grand Slam Tournaments and is known to attract celebrities and tennis elites from afar. Ticket sales to the public are now over, unless you can find some tickets for resale and last minute offers.
Rendez-Vous Aux Jardins | June 1 – 3
Various Parks in France
Price : Free
An amazing concept put on by the government for the enjoyment of all, this event series comes at no cost. Depending on which garden you go to, there are a plethora of actives, concerts, and informational sessions to make your day in the park a community event. Click on the link above for detailed programming at the parks near you.
Naturally Fair | June 1 – June 4
Parc des Expositions – Porte de Versailles
Metro : Porte de Versailles (12)
Price : Free
One of Paris’ various food markets, this trade fair revolves around natural and organic living and provides you with the opportunity to browse and purchase ethically produced products. During your visit, you will also be able to attend numerous conferences and participate in several workshops. The event will take place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on this great chance to discover various techniques and tips for living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
We Love Green Festival | June 2 & 3
Bois de Vincennes
Metro : Chateau de Vincennes (1)
Price : 1 day pass : 49 euro
The 2 day green-friendly festival explores and celebrates all things “green” in one of Paris’ biggest parks, Bois de Vincennes. There are some fantastic line ups over the weekend with a huge range of music from rock, pop & folk, to electronic, rap & house. The tickets are running out very quickly so if you want to go, be sure to reserve now before it’s too late!
LaPlage de Glazart | June 7 – September 29
7/15 Avenue Porte de la Villette, 75019
Metro : Porte de la Villette (7)
Price : Varies depending on concert
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.
Festival Qué Gusto | June 9 – June 17
Mexican Restaurants in Paris
The only Gastronomic Mexican Festival in the world is coming to celebrate the deliciousness of Mexican cuisine in Paris for 1 week in June. Check out the link above for the full programme of tequila tastings, French-Mexican fusions, tortilla tasting and cooking workshops, to find out when and where to be!
Champs-Elysées Film Festival | June 12 – June 19
Cinemas on Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008
Metro : Franklin D. Roosevelt (1, 9) Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (1, 13)
Price : 50 euros for the closing ceremony + film + evening at the Salons France-Amériques
The cinemas on the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées welcome cinema goers for their annual film festival event. All cinemas down the Champs will be screening a range of Franco-American films for children, families, and adults, including some short films and some classics from cinema history.
Download Festival | June 15 – June 18
Base Aérienne 217
Price: 69 euros and up
Rock on with one of France’s biggest rock festival located just south of Paris. Bands such as Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, and Foo Fighters will take over a French air base for three days of intense guitar and talent. Tickets range from one day passes to three day passes.
Chopin Festival | June 17 – July 14
Orangerie in Parc Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne
Metro : Pont de Neuilly (1)
Price : 17-34 euros
This prestigious festival showcases international pianists and their interpretation of the maestro’s magnificent music. It strives to explore the richness of the piano and has been open to contemporary creation by asking their composers each year to produce music influenced by Chopin. The festival takes place in the Orangerie in Parc Bagatelle, which is a gorgeous botanical garden in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement. In addition to enjoying the music, you can stroll through Parc Bagatelle’s magnificent rose garden and see its lakes, waterfalls, and chateau from the 18th century.
La Fête des Tuileries | June 20 – August 20
Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Metro : 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.
Futur.e.s | June 21 – 23
Grande Halle de la Villette
Price : Free
Come and test the future! Futur.e.s, the unmissable innovation event, free and open to all, is back for its 7th edition for three days only in June. An event where creators, developers and other major players in French and international innovation gather from around the world. Demos, conferences, workshops, business appointments: Futur.e.s is an immersion in the world of digital innovation.
Fête de la Musique | June 21
Various Locations Paris
To celebrate the beginning of Summer, everyone in Paris is free to play music where ever they wish – from 6 PM to 12:30 AM. Larger places will even feature stages, such as in the main squares and the Champ de Mars. Held on the longest day of the year, it’s a chance to celebrate music and stay out until the sun goes down!
MakeUp in Paris | June 21 & 22
Carrousel du Louvre
99 Rue de Rivoli
Metro: Tuileries (1), Palais Royal – Musee du Louvre (1, 7), Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Price: Pre-register online and request invitation. 50 euros regular access fee is charged for all on site registrations.
An event dedicated to the make-up industry will take place this June over 2 days. It will feature many make-up vendors, demos, contests, and people from the industry who package and market cosmetics. An event that is sure to be a treat for everyday makeup fanatics and those within the industry alike!
Solidays | June 22 – June 24
Hippodrome de Longchamp
2 Route des Tribunes, 75016
Metro : Porte Maillot (1) RER C, (shuttle bus to and from Hippodrome)
Price : 15 – 59 euros
Solidays, otherwise known as the Coachella of Paris, will return to Paris once again for 3 days in June. The event is about solidarity in fighting against AIDS. The 20th edition is sure to bring the best of international music, high energy, buzzing atmosphere, and all day long dancing! There’s still some tickets left, so get booking quickly before they are sold out!
Nuit aux Invalides | June 27 – 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 Les 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 Les Invalides and will be using the very latest in sound and video mapping technology! Highly recommended for attendees of all ages!
Les Soldes d’été | June 28 – August 8
It’s that time of year again where all the shops in Paris lower their prices to clear out the last season’s clothing line. Just before the real summer holidays begin, we are able to head out and pick up some bargains ready for our vacances. Be sure to get there early so that you get the best selection, sizes and prices!
Marche des Fiertés | June 30
The annual Gay Pride parade takes place this year on June 30th with everyone finishing at Bastille. A colorful, atmospheric, and buzzing event is sure to be a great day out in Paris. The parade will start at Concorde at the base of the Champs Élysées and will make its way through the city to the Place de la Bastille for one big street party that goes on into the night.
Paris Jazz Festival | June 30 – July 22
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide
Metro: Chateau de Vincennes (1)
Price: 2,50 euros (adult), 1,50 euros (7-25 years). Under 7 – Free.
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!
ART | EXHIBITIONS
Martin Margiela- 1989- 2009| Now – June 10
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 75116
Metro : Iéna (9)
Price : Adult – 8 euros
From 3 March to 15 July 2018, the Palais Galliera offers you the chance to get to know one of the most innovative and influential designers of our time: Martin Margiela. The first retrospective dedicated to this designer, who shook the fashion world, traces his career though more than 100 silhouettes, archives, and catwalk videos. The opportunity to look anew at this unusual universe, where white has many shades and where fashion shows take place in the strangest of places.
Meteorites- Gallery of Evolution| Now – June 10
Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle
36 rue Geoffroy Sainte-Hilaire, 75005
Metro : Jussieu (7, 10)
Price : Adult – 11 euros; Reduced – 9 euros
Within the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle, a beautiful exhibition about meteorites is held alongside dinosaurs’ skeletons. Sometimes huge, sometimes small, from various materials, meteorites are displayed in a wonderful setting accessible to the (young) astronomy enthusiasts!
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.