Tuesday
Aug012017

Paris Events Calendar, August 2017

 

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Summer Festivals (en français)

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

Paris Plages

Bigger – on both sides of the river from Pont Marie in the east to just past the Musee D’Orsay in the west – and better – no sand! – than ever, Paris Plages is an unmissable summer event. There’s bars and pop-up restaurants at regular intervals along the river, deckchairs to lounge in, music, art installations, workshops, kids events and sporting activities... or just wander along and soak it all up. The plage has spread to Bassin de la Villette (19th arr.) this year, with a temporary swimming pool installed in the canal. We dare you! Maps and info (in French)

Parks open all through the night

After the rising heat in Paris drove locals into the parks to cool off last summer, the city has decided to allow us more access around the clock. Sixteen Parisian parks will be open 24/7 throughout the summer including Place des Vosges (4th), le Jardin des grands explorateurs (6th, just below Luxembourg), le Parc Kellermann (13th), le Parc Montsouris (14th), le parc André-Citroën (15th), le parc Martin-Luther-King (17th, next to Batignolles), le Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19th), le Square Séverine (20th) and les Pelouses d’Auteuil (16th). Also, for runners, three parks are now open an hour earlier, including Square René Le Gall (13th) and the Promenade Plantée (12th); see the full list.

Les Soldes! 

It’s the last week of the annual summer sales – they officially end on August 8. Pretty much everything is on sale during this period, and although they’re not the big deal they used to be, it will be the ‘dernière demarque’ (final mark-down) this week, so there’ll be some good bargains to be had.

through August 18

La Chaise et l'Écran brings to the 11th arrondisement free outdoor screenings of classic French films with English subtitles (compliments of our friends at Lost in Frenchlation), Friday nights in July and August. Free entry, BYO chair!

through August 21 

Triumphantly back on the green at La Villette after spending last year in the Grand Halle is the annual Open Air Cinema. The (somewhat loose) theme is ‘In the kitchen’, with films including Goodfellas, Sabrina and Ratatouille (one for the kids). Entry is free; you can rent a deckchair for €7.

August 5-September 17

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. 

through August 28

The 30th 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! 

August 26-28

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 PJ Harvey, The XX, Franz Ferdinand, Flume and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Tickets are €119 for three days or €49 per day. 

through August 27

La Nuit aux Invalides is an impressive sound and light show in the courtyard of Invalides recounting the history of the monument and of Paris. The show is in French as well as English (and Spanish, German and Italian). Pre-booked tickets €18; seating is available for an additional €5. 

 

through September

Last year it was Grand Train in the 18th, this year’s hip/wacky transport themed pop-up bar is Ground Control, set up on the Halle Charolais terrace, a secret SNCF space within walking distance from Gare de Lyon (12th). 2500 square metres of terrace with DJ sets, kitchen gardens and gardening workshops, a solarium (really), producers' market and plenty of food and drink options, including RATP buses converted into food trucks. Free entry.

through September

88 Ménilmontant is a summer lieux éphémère (pop-up) run by the folks at live music venue and local 12th arrondisement institution Le Bellevilloise. It’s an unused piece of land (formerly the site of fabled musical and artistic squat La Miroiterie) temporarily decked out as an enormous terrasse. On the programme: concerts, markets, dancing, sporting activities, massage and hula-hooping! Open midday-10pm during the week, 10am-11pm weekends.

through September

Summer House is another ephemeral summer event held in the lush gardens of the Mona Bismark American Centre, in the 16th arrondisement right by the Palais de Tokyo. With live music, ‘American fusion’ food (BBQ, hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, jambalaya…), and Prohibition-themed cocktails.

through October 1

Looking for an alternative to Paris Plages? Glazart (near Parc de la Villette in the 19th) is an open-air club with free live music (everything from house to heavy metal), techno parties, a huge sand ‘beach’, cocktails, food trucks, and pétanque.

through October 

Relax with live music, dancing, pétanque, yoga and massages this summer on Esplanade Nathalie-Sarraute (M° La Chapelle/Marx Dormoy). ‘Dans un coin de Jardin’ is a free summer event with options for the whole family, including games for the kids and healthy food. See the full schedule and updates here

through October 1

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 €49), a luminous walking tour and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

through October 30

The Holocaust and comics (Shoah et bande desinée), at the Mémorial de la Shoah, explores how artists working in this popular art form – from French and Belgian bandes desinées to American superhero comic books to Japanese manga – have tackled the Holocaust. Free entry.

through November 5

At the always fascinating Musée des Arts et Métiers, the exhibition Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France looks at the craft and expertise of the best of French artisans – jewellers, watchmakers, embroiderers, workers in glass, wood and textiles. Guided tours in French at 3.30pm every day.

Other Paris calendar links

       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

       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

 

Saturday
Jul012017

Paris Events Calendar, July 2017

Summer festivals 

Summertime is music festival time. The weekly metro magazine A Nous Paris has the entire French summer festival calendar online, with festivals in Paris and Île-de France and across France, 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), and the Right Bank from the Pont Sully to Pont Neuf, including concerts, art installations, workshops, kids events, ping pong, sports activities (zumba, yoga, climbing), etc.

June 30-July 2
See some world class horses at the Paris Eiffel Jumping event this weekend, featuring the 40 best riders attempting to make it over the obstacles on the Champ de Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Tickets from €28-€50.

July 1- 23

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 6-8

Choose between 31 free concerts at the Festival FNAC Live, featuring artists like Cassius, Julien Doré, Jay-Jay Johanson, and Calypso Rose. 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 at noon on July 6. See the full program here.

July 6 - September 2

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). Tickets €19 (adult price). See the teaser video.

July 8 - September 3

Paris Plage : sandy beaches, palm trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. 

Through July 10

One of the city’s most charming small museums, the Musée Jacquemart-André in the 8tharrondisement, presents a collection of 52 works from the outstanding collection of Alicia Koplowitz – from old masters like Zurbarán, Tiepolo and Goya to modern works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Rothko Giacometti and Bourgeois. Entry €13.50.

July 13-14 Bastille Day

"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

through July 16

Musée Bourdelle, a charming exhibition space in Montparnasse which was once the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, is housing an exhibition of haute couture from Balenciaga, with over a hundred pieces from the Palais Galliera collection and the archives of Maison Balenciaga. The exhibition is part of a Spanish season by Paris’ museum of fashion, Palais Galliera, with other exhibitions to follow through the year.

Through July 22

Government of the Parisians: Paris, its people, the state – a shared history (Le Gouvernement des Parisiens. Paris, ses habitants, l’État, une histoire partagée) is a free exhibition at Hôtel de Ville, with almost 300 documents, sculptures, posters, photographs and more from the Louvre, d’Orsay, Carnavalet, Petit Palais and National Archives.

July 22-23
The famous Lollapalooza Festival comes to Paris for the first time this weekend, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Pixies, Alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Liam Gallagher, Martin Solveig, The Roots, The Hives, The Weekend, DJ Snake and MArshmelo, among others at the Longchamp Hipodrome (Bois de Boulogne, 16th). Two-day pass €149.

Through July 31

This year marks 100 years since the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin, and there is a calendar of worldwide events to mark the occasion. The centrepiece is the Centenary Exhibition at the Grand Palais, with 200 works by the master himself as well as sculptures and drawings by contemporaries such as Bourdelle, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Entry €13.

Through July 30

The 24th annual Paris Jazz Festival takes place all summer; come enjoy traditional Parisian and international jazz music in the Bois de Vincennes's Parc Floral. Concerts are free; entry to the park is €2.50. 

July 20-August 20

The Cinéma en Plein Air (Open Air Cinema Festival) takes place again this summer at the Parc de la Villette from Thursday though Sunday night, starting at sunset (9:30pm-10:15pm depending on the week). Free entry. Beach chair rentals €7. 

Through August 8

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.

Through August 27
The 31st annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

Through September

Last year it was Grand Train in the 18th, this year’s hip/wacky transport themed pop-up bar is Ground Control, set up on the Halle Charolais terrace, a secret SNCF space within walking distance from Gare de Lyon (12th). 2500 square metres of terrace with DJ sets, kitchen gardens and gardening workshops, a solarium (really), producers' market and plenty of food and drink options, including RATP buses converted into food trucks. Free entry.

Through September

Summer House is another ephemeral summer event held in the lush gardens of the Mona Bismark American Centre, in the 16th arrondisement right by the Palais de Tokyo. With live music, ‘American fusion’ food (BBQ, hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, jambalaya…), and Prohibition-themed cocktails.

Through September 3

After the rising heat in Paris drove locals into the parks to cool off last summer, the city has decided to allow us more access around the clock. Sixteen Parisian parks will be open 24/7 throughout the summer including Place des Vosges (4th), le Jardin des grands explorateurs (6th, just below Luxembourg), le Parc Kellermann (13th), le Parc Montsouris (14th), le parc André-Citroën (15th), le parc Martin-Luther-King (17th, next to Batignolles), le Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19th), le Square Séverine (20th) and les Pelouses d’Auteuil (16th). Also, for runners, three parks are now open an hour earlier, including Square René Le Gall (13th) and the Promenade Plantée (12th).

Through 30 October

The Holocaust and comics (Shoah et bande desinée), at the Mémorial de la Shoah, explores how artists working in this popular art form – from French and Belgian bandes desinées to American superhero comic books to Japanese manga – have tackled the Holocaust. Free entry.

Through November 5

At the always fascinating Musée des Arts et Métiers, the exhibition Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France looks at the craft and expertise of the best of French artisans – jewellers, watchmakers, embroiderers, workers in glass, wood and textiles. Guided tours in French at 3.30pm every day.

Other Paris calendar links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       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