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Paris Events Calendar - September 2015

Through September 13
The bandstand of the Parc Floral botanical gardens in the Bois de Vincennes (12th, M° Chateau de Vincennes) hosts the Festival Classique au Vert  classical music concerts by international musicians every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm-6pm (open stage for amateur musicians at 11am). Entry to the gardens €6. The gardens also have playgrounds, a butterfly house, photo exhibits, and gorgeous floral displays, of course! 

Through September 30
Meet the artists of Belleville at the Belvédère aux Artistes, every Saturday and Sunday at the Parc de Belleville (on the esplanade overlooking the Maison de l'Air, Rue de Piat), 2-8pm. Fifteen local artists and artisans -- painters, clothing designers, jewelry makers, furniture makers, etc -- will create, display, and sell their works direct to the public. Free entry, and the view over Paris is amazing!

Through October 3
Looking for an alternative to Paris Plage? Glazart (near Parc de la Villette in the 19th) has it's own version, La Plage (the Beach), with free live music, techno parties, a huge sand "beach" with terrace, cocktail  bar, food trucks, food trucks, and even pétanque. See the entire schedule of concerts here.  

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

Through October 31
The gardens of the famous Curie Institut are open to the public for two months, featuring science-inspire artworks by 100 international artists. The Jardin du Musée Curie (1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 5th, metro Place Monge), open Wed-Sat 1-5pm. Free entry.  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

September 11-13
Les Traversées du Marais is a three-day music festival taking place throughout the historic courtyards of the Marais district, see the map here

September 11-13
La Parisienne is a women's race to race awareness and money for breast cancer research and prevention (although it's a pretty paltry sum of €30k last year donated by the organizers, who collect almost €2 million from the 40,000 runners to participate; the rest of the money is given directly from participants) . The first two days are filled with special events, classes, demos, food, health sessions, stands, and training sessions. The 6k race takes place on Sunday with muscians providing entertainment along the way. The theme this year is Celtic (which also, judging by the website, means cheesy green shamrock costumes and green glitter). Ok, maybe I think this event is a bunch of Pinkwashing BS. Donate your dough direct to the Fondation Recherche Médicale to combat breast cancer and find another race to run. 

September 12 
Le Grand Feux is one of the biggest fireworks shows in Europe, taking place on the edge of Paris in the Parc de St Cloud from 9pm-11pm. Tickets are €29 (lawn) to €49-79 (seated) and €215 for VIP area access. Get tickets at FNAC. See videos from previous years here.

September 12-13
The Top to Bottom Graffiti Festival takes place this weekend at the Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute (Halle Pajol), 18th, featuring 30 street artists, including Grems, Nicolas Barrome, Sébastien Touache, Jean-Michel Ouvry, and Shane, Tyrsa. Check out the teaser video from last year

September 19
Get out your earplugs, it's time for the 17th annual Techno Parade de Paris! It starts at Palais Royal (1st) at noon, passing through St-Michel, St-Germain, Place de la Bastille, and finishes at the Place de la République. Check out their FB page for better information on the practicalities.

September 19-20
This weekend is the 32nd annual Journées du Patrimoine, or Heritage Days.  Over 350 historic sites will be opened to the public in Paris, many which are only open for this occasion. See the full schedule at the website (click on "FR" at the top right of the page to switch the language to EN). Some of the obvious sites like the President's Elysée Palace will have long lines, but many other sites are happily free to visit or participate in a free tour. 


September 26-27
The 8th annual Culture au Quai is a free cultural festival on the quays of the Bassin de la Vilette (Quai de Loire, 19th, M° Jaurès), including contemporary art stands, live music, live theatre and dance performances, and activities for kids from 11am-7pm. They'll be promoting and selling tickets to all of the best fall shows in Paris. Come on down for a stroll and check it out, plenty of surprises to discover! The program is here. 

September 27
Pedestrians take over the city of Paris for the Journée sans Voiture (Car Free Day), from 11am-6pm in the 1st through 7th, 10th and 11th arrondissements, as well as the Champs-Elysées and around the Eiffel Tower. 

Coming Soon!

October 3Nuit Blanche

October 7-11: Fête des Vendanges

October 28-31: Salon du Chocolat

Other Paris Calendar Links

Friday
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Paris Events Calendar - August 2015

Summer Festivals (en français)
The weekly metro magazine A Nous Paris has the entire French summer festival calendar online, with the best art, music and film festivals throughout France to download, in French only: Festivals on A Nous Paris

Summer on Les Berges du Seine 
There's always something going on at Les Berges, the Left Bank pedestrian walkway along the Seine from the Musée d'Orsay to the Musée Quai Branly (7th), including concerts, art installations, workshops, kids events, ping pong, sports activities (zumba, yoga, climbing), etc. Check it out online here

August 1 -September 13
The bandstand of the Parc Floral botanical gardens in the Bois de Vincennes (12th, M° Chateau de Vincennes) hosts the Festival Classique au Vert  classical music concerts by international musicians every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm-6pm (open stage for amateur musicians at 11am). Entry to the gardens €6. The gardens also have playgrounds, a butterfly house, photo exhibits, and gorgeous floral displays, of course! 

Through August 4
Les Soldes! The annual summer sales take place this year for five weeks throughout France, primarily in clothing stores, but pretty much everything is on sale now. 

Through August 10
The Clair de Lune open-air cinema festival takes place in a different location around Paris each night, with mostly French films like Petit Nicolas and La Môme, but also US films like Frantic with Harrison Ford and Ninotchka with Greta Garbo. Free entry, starts 9:30pm, some shows have chairs (reserved for the elderly and handicapped). 

Through August 16/23
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville until August 16th, at the Bassin de la Villette until August 23rd. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. The 2015 schedule will be up here on opening day.

Through August 23
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

Through August 23
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

August 25
Come celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Paris on the esplanade of the Hôtel de Ville. At 5pm the event starts with a solemn military ceremony honoring those who fought to liberate the city after four long years of the Nazi Occupation, followed by an open-air projection of historic images from August 25, 1944. Then from 9pm there will be a Bal Populaire with the Petit Orchestre de Paris, free and open to the public. Come dance!

August 25
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, a private pop-up cocktail club, where Heather will be moderating a discussion about another controversial work of 18th-century French erotic literature, The Anti-Justine, by Nicolas-Edme Rétif. Special discount on Naughty Paris Guides for Chamber members. From 8pm, nibbles and fabulous cocktails to accompany the cock tales! Limited guest list, tickets €25 (members) or €45 (non-members; get €10 off with the discount code naughtyparis). Can't make it? Check out the other Chamber events this summer 

August 28-30
The annual Rock-en-Seine Festival is one of the best music festivals of the year, taking place in a leafy park of St-Cloud, right on the outskirts of Paris (which means you can get there on the metro). This year's headliners are The Chemical BrothersThe Libertines, FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks)KasabianThe Offspring, Hot Chip, and tons of others on four stages. The €119 three-day passes (the best deal) sell out quickly, get yours as soon as possible, especially if you want to snag one of the camping spots on-site (tent included!) Also, if you happen to have small tots with you there's a separate play area for them so the adults can go have fun without babysitting (or feeling guilty). 

August 28-29
If you're looking for an epic clubbing soirée to wrap up your summer, get your tickets for Underwater III, "The Light Bath", a DJ dance party over tow evenings with massive "light painter" sound and light show set in a historic indoor swimming pool, Pailleron. The dress code is ALL WHITE. Tickets are €25.99 in advance, €70 for the private White Dinner gourmet dining experience in the VIP section.

August 28-29
This is the last weekend that the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral are open late, until 11pm. Then it's back to the usual hours 10am-6:30pm (5:30pm starting October 1st) for the rest of the year.  

Through August 29
After the rising heat in Paris drove locals into the parks to cool off, the city has decided to allow us more access around the clock. Four Parisian parks will be open 24 hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights: Buttes-Chaumont, Montsouris, Monceau, and André-Citroën. Read more about it here en français.

Through September 30
Meet the artists of Belleville at the Belvédère aux Artistes, every Saturday and Sunday at the Parc de Belleville (on the esplanade overlooking the Maison de l'Air, Rue de Piat), 2-8pm. Fifteen local artists and artisans -- painters, clothing designers, jewelry makers, furniture makers, etc -- will create, display, and sell their works direct to the public. Free entry, and the view over Paris is amazing!

Through October 3
Looking for an alternative to Paris Plage? Glazart (near Parc de la Villette in the 19th) has it's own version, La Plage (the Beach), with free live music, techno parties, a huge sand "beach" with terrace, cocktail  bar, food trucks, food trucks, and even pétanque. See the entire schedule of concerts here.  

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Other Paris Calendar Links

Coming Soon!

September 19-20: Journées du Patrimoine

October 3: Nuit Blanche