Tuesday
May312016

Paris Events Calendar - June 2016

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

June 1-30
June is the Mois de L'Architecture en Ile-de-France, a festival of architecture in the Paris and surrounding Ile-de-France region.  The schedule of guided visits (some free, some for a fee) is only in French, but worth a peek for fans of architecture. See the full program here.

Through -June 5
The annual French Open at Roland Garros takes place for two weeks in the Bois de Boulogne (16th). Tickets go fast, get yours on their official website. 

June 3-5
The annual Rendez-Vous aux Jardins festival opens over 3500 gardens throughout France for visits by the public. In Paris there are special tours and access to gardens in the Jardin des Plantes, the Musée du Vivant (part of the sustainable ecology school), Musée Curie, the forest in the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand, and Parc Montsouris. For many of the visits you need to email to sign up for free (like the vegetable garden on the roof of the Musée du Vivant). Don't be shy! There is a half-decent English version of the site (click upper right).

June 4
Keep Paris beautiful! Today is the Paris Fais-toi Belle! community clean-up event, where each arrondissement is having a neighborhood spring tidy up (gloves, bags, brooms, tongs and other cleaning equipment provided). A nice way to pitch in and maybe even meet your neighbors. ;-) Click on your arrondissement to find out the time and place to meet near you (en français). 

June 4
The 16th annual Carnaval Tropical parade with 4000 dancers celebrating French West Indies cultures as well as other dancers from Brazil, China, Colombia and other nations around the world. They start at Hôtel de Ville at 2pm, up to Place de la République until 6pm. Come see the dancers and try out the exotic foods on sale!  

June 4 & 26
Have you ever seen ‪‎classical improvisation live? Don't miss the virtuoso Japanese-American pianist 
Alexander Kato-Willis create gorgeous, classical music before your eyes during a one-hour concert (followed by reception with wine and nibbles) in a private home on the Rue St-Honoré in Paris' 1st arrondissement. Every note is created in the moment; no performance is ever the same. This type of classical improvisation has not been seen since Beethoven’s day! See a recent performance recorded here. I go to a lot of classical concerts in Paris and Alexander's really blew me away! Tickets €25. For more info, visit: yesgolive.com/alexander-kato-willis.

June 5
Come bike on the Avenue des Champs Elysées for the annual Les 24h Vélib'. The street is closed to traffic from 8am-8pm for a bike festival with several events for adults and kids, food trucks, pétanque, live DJ entertainment, information stands, etc. If you'd like to participate in the charity fundraising Vélib' relay just show up and look for the Grand Boucle signs (every 2 laps pedalled = 1€ for charity). 

June 7-16
Another world-class musical in English is playing at the Théâtre du Châtelet this month, wonder.land: the edgy modern-day take on Alice in Wonderland "that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives." Commissioned in partnership with the Manchester International Festival and the National Theatre, wonder.land uses a combination of live theatre and digital sets, as well as a score is by Damon Albarn (of the British group Blur), to create a very contemporary look at coming-of-age in the 21st century. Tickets from €10 to €55. 

June 7-14
French directors Alexandre Aja and Nicole Garcia are the presidents of this year's 5th annual Champs Elysées Film Festival, with French and American indie films in competition. "Three selections of American and French films are in the running: eight American independent feature-length films, nine American short films and twelve French short films. Almost half of the short films are produced by American or French film schools. The winner of each category is awarded the Audience Award, during the Closing Ceremony." There will be many other events, including off-competition screenings, premiers, events where you can meet the cast and directors, etc. Festival passes are €50, you can also buy single tickets to the screenings. 

June 10-12
The 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 11
One each month the historic Max Linder Panorama cinema has a Nuit aux Max theme night with three cult films followed by breakfast, all for just €15. For June it's Bruce Willis night, with Die Hard 3, The Fifth Element, and Hudson Hawk, all in original version with French subtitles. Yippe ki yay, motherfuckers!

June 11-12
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. Info points and maps here.

June 11-July 31
The 22nd annual Paris Jazz Festival takes place all summer; come enjoy traditional Parisian and international jazz music in the Bois de Vincennes's Parc Floral. Tickets are 6 € (festival pass 22€).  

June 14-August 27
La Nuit aux Invalides is an impressive sound and light show in the courtyard of Invalides highlighting the monument's history (Louis XIV, Napoléon, Charles De Gaulle), in English on Monday and Thursday nights. Tickets €18 (adult price). See the teaser video below:

June 17-24
Paris, Lyon and Marseilles are hosting city-wide events for Summer Cocktail Week. Register online to get your free pass!  

June 17-18
Sinfonietta, a unique chamber music group, presents their last "Music by the Glass" event of the season with two evenings of Mozart and Fauré followed by a wine tasting and meeting with the musicians. We are very pleased to welcome artists Louise Salmona (Opéra National de Paris) on violin, Deanna Anderson (Minnesota Orchestra) on viola,Natacha Colmez-Collard (Orchestre National d'Île-de-France) on violoncello, and Guillaume Sigier (Révélations classiques de l’ADAMI) on piano for this concert series. Our unique «Music by the Glass» chamber series creates a blend of culture and privileged conversations, chamber music and excellent wine, offering a unique experience to our guests. Two dates: Friday evening, June 17 @ 20h30 in the elegant private residence of one of our patrons, located on rue Saint-Honoré (1e); and Saturday evening in the modern ambience of our artistic partner, the Finnish Institute (5e). Just €25! Purchase tickets online.

May 14-June 18
The 14th Murs Ouvertes (Open Walls for street art) takes place at Lavo//Matik, featuring a collective of street artists from around the world, free entry. Events during the festival include June 4th discount on all Obey t-shirts by Shepherd Fairey, June 11th signing by Levalet of his monograph "Des Illusions Comiques", and the June 18th closing party. They're also hosting a live concert for Fête dela Musique on June 21st.

June 19
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event from previous years 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 because of road closures (and Vélib's are typically locked down for the night). Bring your earplugs if you expect to try and sleep! See the full schedule here.

June 22-26
Fans of gypsy jazz music won't want to miss the 37th annual Festival Django Reinhardt, usually in Samois sur Seine but moved to Fontainebleau after the floods. Stars this year include Didier Lockwood, Gregory Porter, Ibrahim Maalouf, Kamasi Washington, Shantel and Monsieur Perine. Tickets from €8, available at FNAC. Shuttle available back to Paris each night at the end of the concerts.  

June 22 -August 2
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. 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. 

June 24-26
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This event unites more than 150 musicians (including Cypress Hill and Keziah Jones) and 160,000 attendees every year in the fight against AIDS, and this summer is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Day passes starting at €39.  

June 26
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and fashion shows. Tickets €9.50 if you're in costume, €17.50 without. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €20.   

Through July 3
If you're going up to Giverny to see Monet's gardens, do yourself a favor and make time to visit the neighboring Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny for the exposition on Gustave Caillebotte, one of Monet's closest friends, benefactors, and talented painter in his own right (personally my favorite among the Impressionists). The exhibit "Caillebotte, Painter and Gardener" highlights the artist's best garden-themed paintings. Open daily, with a gift shop and tearoom. Tickets €8.

Through July 17
The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme is hosting a photo exposition "Lore Krüger: A Photographer in Exile, 1934-1944". Considered one of the great photographers of the interwar period, she had an original look at street scenes, landscapes, and dramatic portraits. Closed Saturdays. 

Through September 18
Fan of Ice Age, Horton, Robots and other animated films of Blue Sky Studios? Don't miss the exhibition of their work in 800 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tckets €11-€16.50.

Through September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

Through October 1
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 16
Looking for a strange and unique place to visit? Like trains and food trucks? Grand Train is the "event of the season", in a disaffected train depot on the northern edge of the city, (26 rue Ordener, 18th, metro Marcadet-Poissoniers) with real historic trains, many different kinds of food-truck style food (pizza, Asian, gluten-free, Argentinean BBQ, etc), bars, a playground for kids and garden terraces to enjoy the sunshine. Free entry, stuff to buy, hipsters and their kids to compete with for the best spots. 

Coming in July

July 2-3
Paris à la Nage is an international Open Swim Stars event that -- historically in Paris -- used to take place in the Seine from 1905 until just after WW2. Today it takes place in the Bassin de la Villette (top of the Canal, 19th) with both former swim champions and passionate amateur athletes competing in three distances, 1km, 2km and 5km. If you'd like to participate or be a volunteer for the event, check out their website

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Saturday
Apr302016

Paris Events Calendar - May 2016

 

Official May Holidays 
May 1st: Fête du Travail (Most museums closed)
May 5th: Ascension (List of open museums)
May 8th: V-Day (WWII) (List of open museums)
May 15-16: Pentecost Sunday (and Monday) 

May 1
It's the annual Fête du Travail in France, one of the biggest national holidays when almost every museum and shop is closed (equivalent to Christmas Day). Aside from the annual parades by French workers' unions, you can see what's open May 1st on the website of the Mairie du Paris. 

May 3-7
Looking for a killer deal on used clothing? The charity thrift shop Emmaüs is holding a five-day Vente au Kilo (sale by the kilo) of men's, women's and children's clothing at their Davout Boutique (105 blvd Davout, 20th, metro Porte de Montreuil). 

May 7
Rock and Karaoké fans won't want to miss the latest edition of Ullmann's KaraRocké night at the Bus Palladium, featuring Master of Ceremonies (and Birthday Boy) Nicolas Ullmann and guest band Les Blondes opening the evening. It's like karaoké but with a live rock band backing you up! Free entry, from 9:30pm, get on the priority list by sending email to resa.cabarock@gmail.com with the subject "I love Rock N'Roll". 

May 8
This Sunday will be the first of the regular monthly "pedestrian-only" Sundays on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées from noon-8pm. There will also be some military processions commemorating 1945 V-Day (Armistice Day).

Through May 8
The third annual Paris Beer Week celebrates local craft beers from the Ile de France region (Paris and the surrounding areas). Events, tastings, tours and more, with the grand finale on Saturday the 7th at La Bellevilloise with 45 breweries in attendance. For the full program see the website or facebook page. 

Through May 8
The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the bigegst events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion & accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a "Makers Fair". It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

May 9 - June 9
The halls of the Carrousel du Louvre (the shopping center below the Louvre Museum) is hosting a free photo exhibit Les Merveilles du Kazakhstan (Marvels of Kazakhstan), 26 large format images showing the country's beauty (below).

May 11
Want to immortalize yourself in a classic Harcourt Studio photo like a vintage Hollywood star? You can get a free photo today (alone or with a friend) in five RATP metro stations where Harcourt photo booths and vintage hair and makeup stands will be set up from noon-5pm: Jaurès (under the viaduc of line 2), Denfert-Rochereau (Gare RER B), La Motte Picquet-Grenelle (under line 6 viaduc), Nanterre-Université (Gare RER A), and Quai de la gare (under line 6 viaduc). 

May 12
Are you a resident of France? Get free assistance filling out your tax forms today at your local mairie, from 9am-6pm. For any other French tax info, consult the main website here

May 12-14
The annual Paris Ukulele Festival takes place at Le Bellevilloise and the restaurant Aux Petits Joueurs (59 rue Mouzaïa, 19th) with concerts, open mic, a free fair with a new and used ukulele market, master classes, tombola drawings, and bands from all over Europe participating.  

May 13-15
One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 12).


May 13-16, 20-21
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. It has been extended an extra weekend this year for 70 ateliers, 2-8pm on May 20-21st.

May 16-June 5
The annual French Open at Roland Garros takes place for two weeks in the Bois de Boulogne (16th). Tickets go fast, get yours on their official website. 

May 18-22
The 10th annual Fête de la Nature is a five-day festival celebrating nature with a full program of free events to introduce (or re-introduce) the French to nature throughout the country in parks, gardens, nature preserves and forests (37 events in Paris alone, including a Village de l'Agriculture Urbane et de la Biodiversité at the Cité des Sciences).  

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21
TEDx comes to Paris (in English with French surtitles) today with nine speakers and a networking dinner. Tickets from €30, starts at 1pm.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

May 23-27
Join Heather and fellow travel journalists for our 5-day Travel Writing Workshop here in Paris. Open to residents or visitors, experienced travel writers or anyone interested in starting a travel blog or learning how to make a living from travel writing. There are a few spots left for the May workshop, and other dates available in August and October

May 26
Merde, a Brexit?! Looking for a bit of fictional comic relief for the scandal of a possible British exit from the European Union? Don't miss Merde in Europe, the latest novel in the "Merde" series by British author Stephen Clarke (also author of non-fiction history books including 1000 Years of Annoying the French). He'll be presenting the book and signing copies tonight at the Abbey Bookshop (29 rue de la Parchiminerie, 5th, metro Cluny-Sorbonne or St-Michel), from 7:30pm, free. 

May 26
Today is the Journée Nationale de Prévention  et le Dépistage des Cancers de Peau (National Cancer Prevention and Free Skin Cancer Testing Day) takes place in dermatology clinics throughout the country, check online for the one closest to you.  

May 27
Yo ho ho and a flask of your best rum! Join The Chamber on the Canal St Martin this evening from 7-9pm for Tiny Boat Apero: Sip, Snack & Sail on a tiny electric boat. Tickets €50 for non-members, €30 for members, use the "secretsofparis" code for a special discount. Only 6 spaces, sign up soon!

May 28-29
Les Frigos, one of the most famous (former) artists' squats in Paris, has its annual Portes Ouvertes this weekend, from 2pm-10pm Saturday, until 8pm Sunday. The studios of over 200 artist studios are open to the public. Free entry, expect crowds! At Rue de Neuve Tolbiac, 13th, Metro Bibliothèque. 

May 28-29
American Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place in and around Paris at the Escadrille Lafayette Memorial, American Legion Mausoleum, American Church of Paris, US Military Cemetery in Suresnes, and Arc de Triomphe.  

Through September 18
Fan of Ice Age, Horton, Robots and other animated films of Blue Sky Studios? Don't miss the exhibition of their work in 800 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tckets €11-€16.50.

Through September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

Through October 16
Looking for a strange and unique place to visit? Like trains and food trucks? Grand Train is the "event of the season", in a disaffected train depot on the northern edge of the city, (26 rue Ordener, 18th, metro Marcadet-Poissoniers) with real historic trains, seven food trucks, bars, a playground and garden terraces to enjoy the sunshine (assuming we ever get some!). Free entry, stuff to buy, hipsters and their kids to compete with for the best spots. 

Coming in June

June 5
Come bike on the Avenue des Champs Elysées for the annual Les 24h Vélib'. The street is closed to traffic from 8am-8pm for a bike festival with several events for adults and kids, food trucks, pétanque, live DJ entertainment, information stands, etc. If you'd like to participate in the charity fundraising Vélib' relay just show up and look for the Grand Boucle signs (every 2 laps pedalled = 1€ for charity). 

June 17-24
Paris, Lyon and Marseilles are hosting city-wide events for Summer Cocktail Week. Register online to get your free pass!  

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