Tuesday
Jul022019

What's On in Paris - July & August 2019

Check back regularly, more events are added throughout the month!

Summer festivals 
Summertime is music festival time. Time Out Paris is a great place to start if you want to see the schedule of festival in and around Paris this summer, in French only: Les Festivals de Musique à Paris

July 3 
Democarts Abroad is hosting  two authors at The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop (9 rue Medicis, across from Luxembourg Gardens) Nancy MacLean of The Rise of the Right and Margaret Somers of Market Fundamentalism. "Both have recently published best-selling books on the state of US politics today, and who have rocked the media world with their analyses." From 7pm, free entry, RSVP here.

July 3-5
Choose between 31 free concerts at the Festival FNAC Live, featuring both known and up-and-coming musical talents like Aya Nakamura, Eddy de Pretto, Parcels and Etienne de Crécy Space Echo Live. Shows at the Scène du Parvis are open access. Shows at the Scène du Salon require an invitation that can be picked up for free at FNAC stores in Paris starting July 2nd. See the full program here.

July 4
SORRY, ALREADY BOOKED SOLID! To celebrate the United States' Independence Day the newly-opened American Center for Art and Culture (formerly known as the Mona Bismarck Foundation) is hosting a Garden Party with live music by Patrick Zimmerli and the All-American Band from 6-11pm, with food trucks and a cocktail bar. Free entry within the spaces available, so get there early to avoid the crowds. Note: this same venue hosts a lot of other live music events throughout the month, check here. 

July 6- 28
Since 1975, the finish line for the Tour de France has been at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysées. Join the crowd of Parisians and tourists alike to see the winner of the race. Expected arrival time: 5:30pm.

July 6 - September 1
Paris Plage : sandy beaches, palm trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays at the foot of the Hôtel de Ville, and the Bassin de la Villette for water sports and the three swimming enclosures in the canal (open 11am-9pm). This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun sporting activities in preparation for the 2024 Summer Olympics, and as usual the water misters, kids activities, ice cream stands, open-air dancing and even a little Seine-side library. Free entry, 9am-midnight.

July 7
Old-school rap and R&B fans won't want to miss the Classics Only Carnaval at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil today starting at noon. On the program: DJ Sets, live surprise of a rap legend, free funfair attractions (think bouncy castle), free barber shaves, cotton candy, ice cream, pizza, fried chicken and many other surprises. Entry €11 before 6pm, €16 afterwards. Tickets here.

July 7
After over a year of construction work, the new and improved, greener and pedestrian-friedlier Place de la Nation (at Metro Nation, straddling the 20th and 12th arrondissements) is being inaugurated with festival open to everyone from 11am-5pm. Come picnic, check out the fresh produce from local gardeners, get one of the 4000 plants being given away, enjoy the "animations" and other fun events throughout the day. 

July 7
Stock up on summer reading at the annual Bag of Books for €5 sale in support of SOS Helpline, the English-language listening line in France. The used books are in English, and are sold by the bag for €5 to help clear out the stock for the holidays. From 1130am to 2pm on the steps of the St. Joseph's Church (50 avenue Hoche, 8th). No book donations will be accepted. 

July 7 
The City of Paris is hosting a Carnival Tropical de Paris and Ile de France on the Champs-Elysées starting at 1pm until 6pm, with over 2000 dancers and thirty music groups  from the l’Île-de-France and French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique), as well as Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Free entry. 

Sundays July 7 - August 25
If you haven't been to the Fondation GoodPlanet in the Bois de Boulogne yet, the Clairière Acoustic open-air concert series is the best way to see this domaine tucked into the greenery of the forest created by renowned photojournalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand with the aim of raising public awareness on environmental issues and environmental protection. The concert series, free and open to all, features different acoustic musicians each week in the Clairière, drinks bar, green and gourmet brunch menu, and expositions on different aspects of green living. It's in the Domaine de Longchamp, Bois de Boulogne, 10 minutes from Porte Maillot by Bus 244 or Bus 241. 

July 12- August 30 
La Nuit aux Invalides is an impressive sound and light show in the courtyard of Invalides highlighting the 3000-year-old history of the Lutèce, the Roman city that preceded Paris. Tickets €19-24 (adult price). See the teaser video.

July 13-14
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" Click here to read the defintitive guide to what to see and do in Paris on July 13th and 14th, what's open, what's not, how to get around, where the parties will be, and insider tips on being prepared: http://bit.ly/BastilleDayParis

July 17 - August 18
The Cinéma en Plein Air (Open Air Cinema Festival) takes place again this summer at the Parc de la Villette from Wednesday though Sunday night, starting at sunset (9:30pm-10:15pm depending on the week). This year's theme is "Tomorrow": Blade Runner 2049, Demain, Welcome to Gattaca, Captain Fantastic, and the now classic Erin Brokovitch. Free entry. Beach chair rentals €7. Insider tip: enjoy a meal in the gardens at Glazart's Jardin 21 each Wednesday before the open-air cinema starts: €14 includes meal, drink, and a beach lounger for the film. Get tickets here.

July 21
Les Grands Voisins (74 avenue Denfert-Rochereau,14th) is hosting their Marché des Grands Voisins et Bal Salsa today from 10am-7pm. Come browse the 130 stands, including baked good, hand-made, upcycled, and flea-market finds sold by the locals and items by resident artisans, all for a good cause. Salsa class starts at 2:30 in La Lingerie, and the Salsa Ball starts at 4pm! Free entry. You want to see what the locals really do on the weekend? Here's a good place to find out. 

Through July 22
The Paris Jazz Festival takes place every weekend at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. "The free festival (you only pay entry to the park, €2.50) makes for a brilliant summer outing: everyone brings picnics and enjoys them in the sunshine amid coloured flowers, woodlands and lakes, while listening to some virtuoso jazz – it’s also hugely popular, so get here early." From 3pm until 7pm, no advance ticket purchase necessary. 

Through August 6
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. And although most bloggers still get all frothy at the news, the sales are no longer just twice annually, so it's not the big deal it used to be (and probably not worth standing in lines and fighting the crowds).

August 7
Have you already heard of Agricool and their ingenius strawberry farm-in-a-container? (read the launch article here) You can visit them to see how it works at their August Portes Ouvertes today from 6-8pm, look for their container at 54 rue Belmondo (Bercy Park), 12th. 

August 22-September 1
The Brooklyn-based performance dance company STREB Extreme Action is hosting free workshops at Paris Plage for kids 5-17 years old (first come, first allowed in, limited to 25 participants). "STREB intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus and Hollywood stuntwork." At the Paris Plage Bassin de la Villette, 22-25 August, and at Paris Plage Right Bank Paris 27 August - 1 September, 2-6pm. Sponsored by the Châtelet Theatre

Through August 25
The annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens features over 80 rides including dodgem/bumper cars, fun house, and a few that will have you screaming for dear life. Open daily 11am-midnight, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too! Insider tip: if you want something with a bit more greenery and water fountains to play in when it's hot, try the Jardin d'Acclimatation instead.

August 23-25
The annual Rock-en-Seine Festival is one of the year’s best music festivals, and easily accessible by metro, at Parc de Saint-Cloud, just on the city’s western border. This year's headliners include The Cure, Jorja Smith, Foals, Aphex Twin, and Major Lazer. Tickets are €159 for three days or €69 per day. 

August 25
Today Paris commemorates the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Liberation of the city with many events all over town, notably the opening of the new Liberation of Paris Museum in the former Resistance headquarters (near the Catacombs). Musée de la Libération de Paris - Musée du Général Leclerc - Musée Jean Moulin: Place Denfert-Rochereau, 4 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 14th. Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. Free entry to the permanent collection. There will be a parade marking the occaision from Porte d'Orléans to the Place Denfert-Rochereau starting at 3:30pm, and the museum officially opens at 6pm (the public is exceptionally welcome to visit 6:30pm until 10pm). 

Through September 29
Check out the free open-air exhibition of archival photos commemorating the August 25th 1944 Liberation of Paris on the facade of the Napoléon Caserne (4 rue de Lobau, 4th). The photos are organized in three parts: "Insurgent Paris", "Liberated Paris" and "Paris Returns". 

Through November 3
New in 2019, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the inspiration for Louis XIV's Versailles) presents The Styx: River of the Underworld: "An exceptional adventure on the underground river which was diverted by Le Nôtre in 1654 during the creation of the French gardens, this specially designed trip is fun and interactive, and draws on La Fontaine’s text «The love of Cupid and Psyche ». Guided along on the Styx the river of the classical underworld equipped with headlamps and wading boots, you will go through a series of tests of agility and logic… An unprecedented and intense adventure performed by professional actors!" The cost is €60 per group (with 2-6 people per group) in addition to the château fee (kids have to be at least 1.3m tall). Note: this activity is only in French for the moment. Check out the other château events here.

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For French Cinema with English surtitles: Lost in Frenchlation

Saturday
Jun012019

What's On in Paris - June 2019

NOTE: June 9th is Pentecost Sunday; Monday June 10th is a bank holiday, so municipal museums and some shops and offices may be closed. 

Summer Festivals 
Summertime is music festival time. Time Out Paris is a great place to start if you want to see the schedule of festival in and around Paris this summer, in French only: Les Festivals de Musique à Paris

June 5 
It's not in Paris, but it's worth the trek: the world-famous comedian/activist Eddie Izzard is performing in Caen (Normandy) for the D-Day 75th anniversary, doing his show in three parts: in German 7pm, English at 8pm and in French at 9pm. Get your tickets here.

June 6
Sinfonietta "Bravo!" dinner concert

June 7-9
The 17th annual Rendez-Vous au Jardins is a nation-wide garden festival with special events held in gardens and green spaces all over Paris and Ile de France for free. This year's theme is "Les Animaux au Jardin". Check out the website for the official program of events.

June 8-9
The charity shop Emmaüs is holding their annual Grande Vente Solidaire this weekend. Come to check out their great deals on used furniture, linens, electronics, homewear, dishes, clothing, accessories, etc, with all profits going to help Emmaüs's mission to help housing and provide job training for those in need. At La Recyclerie de Paris (Place de la Porte de Montreuil, 20th, entrance at the corner of Rue Mendelssohn and Rue des Docteurs Dejerine). Free entry, open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

June 8-9
The famous rose gardens of the Parc de Bagatelle (Bois de Boulogne, 16th) are featured at their finest this weekend for the annual "Weekend de la Rose" (they clearly weren't feeling inspired to come up with a catchier name). Come see over 10,000 roses including the ones competing for "Best in Show", gardening workshops and demonstrations, and practical gardening tips, including how to garden without pesticides (the City of Paris no longer uses any pesticides in the Municipal Gardens). On Saturday at 2:30pm they will be unveiling a new rose, "Rêve de Paris". Hope it smells fabulous! There are also special activities for kids, bring the whole family. Open 11am-7pm, entry €2.50

June 13
Want to see one of the most amazing collections of street art murals in the world? Boulevard Paris 13 Project is the initiative by the 13th arrondissement of Paris and the Galerie Itinerrance to showcase the 50 murals by 26 international street artists including Shepard Fairey (Obey), ST4, Hush, DALeast, C215, and D*Face among others. Today the project will be officially inaugurated with a street festival under the elevated metro between Chevaleret and Nationale (line 6) from 7-10pm with music, food trucks and picnic tables, open to all for free. 

June 14-17
The 10th annual Portes d'Or is a chance for all the artistic workshops in the Goutte d'Or (18th arrondissement) to open their doors to the public. Over 65 painters, sculptors, jewelery-makers and many others who live and work in the Goutte d'Or wish to share their creativity. Please come support the community and experience these unique productions.

June 14-15
Music by the Glass 

June 15
"The Little(r) Museums of Paris" officially comes out June 27 in France but the author/illustrator Emma Jacobs will be at Le Peloton Café (near Hôtel de Ville, 17 rue du Pont Louis Philippe) today with some early copies. Stop on by 2-4pm to chat, buy a copy, and pick up a free illustrated postcard from the book! If you're in the mood for a bike ride through Paris, Le Peloton is owned by the local bike tour company Bike About Tours.

June 15
Looking to don your most fabulous ball gown and waltz in a Parisian palace? There are still tickets available for the annual Bal des Parisiennes at the Palais Brogniart (La Bourse). 

June 15-16
The artists of the 5th (Mouffetard) and 13th (Butte aux Cailles/Gobelins) districts knows as Lézarts du Bièvre open their studios to the public for two days, 2-8pm. Free entry. There are three circuits to follow, and the guest urban artist of honor this year is Retro Graffitism.

June 15
The Fête du Miel et des Abeilles celebrates bees, honey and bee-keeping at the Parc de Bercy from 11am-7pm, free entry, demos and family activities. 

June 18-25
Eighty French and American indie films are in competition in this year's 8th annual Champs Elysées Film Festival. Films are screened at cinemas on and around ‘les Champs’, and there will be many other events, including off-competition screenings, premieres and events where you can meet the cast and directors. The guests of honor include Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Kyle McLaughlin. A pass to all screenings is €49, the big opening and closing ceremony screenings are additional €35 (individual screenings are €7). Lost in Frenchlation is hosting a festival screening event for Vif-Argent (French film with English subtitles) and rooftop cocktail reception with views over the Arc de Triomphe on June 22nd; more info here.

June 21
Fête de la Musique This annual all-night music festival takes place throughout France, but in Paris the whole city is overtaken: public spaces, bars, cafés, parks, sidewalks and even the streets are closed off for live music of every kind, performed by both famous and amateur musicians, from late afternoon through early morning, all concerts are free and open to everyone. Please note the main metro lines will be running all night, but it will be hard to get around by taxi/Uber because of road closures (and Vélibs are typically locked down for the night). Bring your earplugs if you expect to try and sleep!

June 21
As part of Fête de la Musique, the Abbey Bookshop (29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 5th) is hosting a Stephen Clarke Soirée with music and comedy celebrating the bookshop's 30th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Stephen's bestseller 'A Year In The Merde'. To quote Stephen: “I'll do some of my comic songs, and a few of the songs I wrote when I was in a country band, which get increasingly tragic as my wife breaks down, my dog divorces me and my car develops ringworm.” The festivities begin with a welcome drink at 6:30 pm, and at 7:00 pm we walk across the street to the Black Bird Bar to enjoy the show in their downstairs “cave”. Free entry!

June 21-23
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for non-profit organizations, particularly around AIDS prevention. For the 21st anniversary of the festival, this year's acts include Macklemore, Angèle, Ninho, J Balvin, and over 160,000 attendees are expected to join the fight against AIDS at Paris-Longchamp racecourse. Day passes start at €46.50.   

June 21-24
The Place de la République will be transformed into a giant urgan garden/farm for four days of the BiodiversiTerre festival "BiodiversiTerre is a plant and human work that depicts environmental issues and the responsibility of man in the face of his environment through a festive walk. Allegory of the reconciliation between economy and ecology, between consumers and producers but also the co-development of cities and rural life, BiodiversiTerre wants to reinvent collectively the ecosystem of our world." There will be activities, stands, food and music, and lots of greenery in the otherwise concrete jungle (the person behind the festival, Gad Weil, did the same thing on the Champs Elysées last year). Free entry, open from 10am until 7pm (until 3pm on the last day).  

June 22
World-renowned street artist Shepard Fairey (aka Obey) will be at the vernissage for his show "Facing the Giant : Three Decades of Dissent" at the Galerie Itinerrance (24bis Boulevard du Général Jean Simon, 13th, metro Bibliothèque) from 6-9pm. This gallery always has huge crowds for its openings, so expect a line down the block to start forming at 5pm! If you miss the opening, the show continues through the end of July. 

June 22-23
Coffee addicts and aficionados should check out the first Café! coffee festival and expo this weekend at Le 104 (5 Rue Curial, 19th). There will be over 80 stands offering by producers, roasters, baristas and other coffee industry peeps offering tastings, coffee tours, trainings, debates, and conferences on everything coffee. Open 10am-8pm, one-day passes are €10, two-day passes are €15. More info here.

June 23
The Salon Emmaüs brings together 120 Emmaüs chapters all over France for a major flea market at the Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles (15th). ALl proceeds go to support the organization's mission to help those in need with housing assistance and job training. Open 9:30am-6:30pm. Entrance €3. Learn more here

June 23
The monthly Marché des Grands Voisins takes place today from 10am-7pm at Les Grands Voisins, a sort of community center housed in the former St-Vincent-de-Paul Hospital (74 ave Denfert-Rochereau, 14th). This month's festive Marché et Bal Italien features 150 stands selling arts and crafts, flea market items, and products from neighboring shops. There is a canteen and café for food and drinks, and from 4pm there will be Italian Folk Dancng (everyone is invited to learn the moves). Entrance is free, families welcome, all proceeds help the residents of the community center (many who are asylum seekers).  

June 26-August 6
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. And although most bloggers still get all frothy at the news, the sales are no longer just twice annually, so it's not the big deal it used to be (and probably not worth standing in lines and fighting the crowds).

June 28 (final match July 7th)
The FIFA Women's World Cup Football (or "Soccer" for Americans) quarter-finals match between France and USA will be tonight at 9pm Paris time (3pm EST). If you don't have tickets to cheer the ladies at the Parc des Princes you can catch them at a number of venues around Paris, including the gardens at Les Halles in central Paris (big screens set up on match days from 2pm-11:30pm), at the bars Au Bal Rock (161, rue Montmartre, 9th), Au Metro 14 (66, rue Raymond Losserand, 14th), and Le Truskel (12, rue Feydeau, 2nd). Allez les Bleues! 

June 28
Karel Beer's "Laughing & Music Matters in Paris" whas been hosting English stand-up comedy in Paris since 1995 (including Eddie Izzard's first French show!). Tonight they're hosting British comedian Simon Munnery at Sinola (19 rue de Lappe, 11th) at 8pm, tickets €22 (€15 for students), or €20 if you pre-purchase online

June 30 - July 22
The Paris Jazz Festival takes place every weekend at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. "The free festival (you only pay entry to the park, €2.50) makes for a brilliant summer outing: everyone brings picnics and enjoys them in the sunshine amid coloured flowers, woodlands and lakes, while listening to some virtuoso jazz – it’s also hugely popular, so get here early." From 3pm until 7pm, no advance ticket purchase necessary. 

Through June 30
For something a bit lighter for the whole family, Théâtre in Paris is also featuring the new musical comedy, "The Tower of Monsieur Eiffel" (La Tour de 300 Metres in French), celebrating the 130th anniversary of the city's iconic monument. Catchy and fun, the play introduces a gallery of lively characters including Gustave Eiffel himself, his daughter Claire, the author Guy de Maupassant, Panama Canal architect Ferdinand de Lesseps, the International Herald Tribune editor James Gordon Bennett Jr, the workers who built the Tower, and the crazy neighbors who tried to block it (many of the actors play several of the roles). It's a great way to learn a bit more about the drama behind the construction of the Eiffel Tower and the man who dreamed it could be done. It's playing at the adorable Théâtre des Mathurins (near the Opéra Garnier in the 9th) with English surtitles (there's also a bit of Franglais in there), and a warm welcome from the Théâtre in Paris staff with your own English program and excellent seats. From €29.

Through November 3
New in 2019, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the inspiration for Louis XIV's Versailles) presents The Styx: River of the Underworld: "An exceptional adventure on the underground river which was diverted by Le Nôtre in 1654 during the creation of the French gardens, this specially designed trip is fun and interactive, and draws on La Fontaine’s text «The love of Cupid and Psyche ». Guided along on the Styx the river of the classical underworld equipped with headlamps and wading boots, you will go through a series of tests of agility and logic… An unprecedented and intense adventure performed by professional actors!" The cost is €60 per group (with 2-6 people per group) in addition to the château fee (kids have to be at least 1.3m tall). Note: this activity is only in French for the moment. Check out the other château events here.

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For French Cinema with English surtitles: Lost in Frenchlation