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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 3: Nuit Blanche
October 7-11: Fête des Vendanges
October 28-31: Salon du Chocolat
Other Paris Calendar Links
- For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?
- For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing
- For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris
- For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris
- For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism
- For naughty events, see the Naughty Paris Guide