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Monday
Jun122017

Paris Events Calendar, June 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

June 2-4

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.

June 10

Charity organization Emmaüs are holding their annual giant sale at Place de la Porte de Montreuil in the 20th arrondisement. Furniture, electrical goods, bicycles, toys, clothes, household items – anything you can imagine! Get there early (it starts at 10am) and grab a bargain.

June 11

Dress up 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 €11.50 if you're in costume, €17.50 without. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €35.  

June 15-22

Eighty French and American indie films are in competition in this year's 6th 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. A pass to all screenings is €25, you can also buy single tickets; the big opening and closing ceremony screenings are additional.

June 9-11

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 10

Once 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 sci-fi night, with Stargate, Starship Troopers and Alien Resurrection, all in original version with French subtitles. 

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.

June 17-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. 

June 16-17

Sinfonietta, a unique chamber music group, presents their last "Music by the Glass" event of the season with two evenings of Ravel and Dvořák followed by a wine tasting and meeting with the musicians. The first date is in a private residence of one of their patrons in the 14th arrondisement, the second in the historic and elegant Reid Hall in the 6th. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). Register on the website; places limited.

June 18

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 Vélibs are typically locked down for the night). Bring your earplugs if you expect to try and sleep!

June 28-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.

June 23-25

Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This years acts include The Prodigy, Toots & The Maytals and La Femme and over 160,000 attendees are expected to join the fight against AIDS at Paris-Longchamp racecourse. Day passes start at €39.  

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.

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.

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 summer

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 end 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 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

 

Sunday
Apr302017

Paris Events Calendar, May 2017

 

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Official May Holidays 

May 1st: Fête du Travail (Most museums closed)

May 8th: Fête de la Victoire 1945 (V-Day WWII)

May 25th: Ascension

 

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. Most museums are closed but some are open, as are the Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame – see what's open May 1st for a full list. Traditionally there are parades by French workers' unions; the big question this year is how many people will hit the streets to show opposition to Marine Le Pen and the Front National in the current presidential elections…Whatever the case, if you’re in Paris you may find metro Republique closed and other disruptions.

May 2-6

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). At the same time, brand-name clothing will be on sale at their Saint-Mandé Boutique (11 avenue Joffre, metro Saint-Mandé).

May 5

‘De Plus Belle’ starring beloved French comedian and actress Florence Foresti (she hosted last year’s César awards ceremony) is the first Lost in Frenchlation screening for May. Lost in Frenchlation screen French films with English subtitles each week, with a cocktail hour before the film; follow them on Facebook to keep up with the program. Tickets €10, online only.

May 5-13

The big event of the rapidly growing craft beer scene in Paris, the 4th annual Paris Beer Week offers events all over town, from tastings to tap takeovers to brewing workshops. The focus is on local French brewers (and especially those from Ile de France); the grand final, at Le Centquatre on May 13, features 75 brewers both French and international. See the full program and reserve your place.

May 7

The first Sunday of the month in Paris means two things: pedestrian-only Sundays on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées from noon-8pm, and free museum entry. Here’s a list of the museums that are free; if you want to take advantage, go early and be prepared to queue.

through May 8

The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the biggest 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 and 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 12-14

Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free or meat-free? The Salon des Allergies Alimentaires et des Produits Sans is a trade show of producers specializing in foods for those allergic to or avoiding certain ingredients. At Paris Porte de Versailles, entry €10 (or €7 if you pre-book online).

May 18-21

A host of superstar chefs will descend on the Grand Palais for Taste of Paris. From long-revered chefs like Thierry Marx and Guy Savoy to the hottest things in town like Frenchie’s Gregory Marchand and Pierre Sang Boyer, they’ll be pumping out Paris’ current ‘it’ dishes at pop-up restaurants for a fraction of their à la carte prices. Plus cooking workshops and demonstrations and a gourmet producers’ market. Entry from €18, dishes €5–12.

May 19-21

One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Chantilly (formerly 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 18).

 

May 19-22

The 28th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (centered on the 19th and 11th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some real Paris neighborhoods, meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! See a map of all the open studios, or visit the HQ at Galerie des AAB (1 rue Picabia, 19th, metro Couronnes). Free entry. Studios are open 2-8pm over the four days of the event.

May 17-21

The 11th annual Fête de la Nature is a five-day festival celebrating nature with a full program of 5000 free events in parks, gardens, nature preserves and forests all over the country, with 36 events in Paris alone.

 

May 18-28

The Paris Fringe festival presents shows in English from international and local companies with a focus on innovative approaches and contemporary themes. Over 20 events – theatre, dance and comedy – at nine venues across the 9th and 10th arrondisements, plus workshops, talks and events to allow artists and audiences to interact and exchange. Purchase tickets, €10-15, on their website.

May 20

Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 13th 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 20-21

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. 

through May 21

At La Maison Rouge in the 12th arrondisement, L’Esprit français, Countercultures, 1969-1989 is a fascinating collection of over 700 works and documents spanning newspapers, flyers, posters, and extracts from films, videos and television shows, showing how distinctly French dissident, subcultural and underground voices were created. Entry €10.

through May 22

The big exhibition of the spring is Vermeer at the Louvre, sets his greatest masterpieces and alongside those of his contemporaries to show how he was part of a dynamic network of ‘Golden Age’ artists. Entry (including the permanent collections) €15, open daily (except Tuesdays) 9am to 6pm, until 9.45pm Wednesdays and Fridays.

May 22-June 1

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 28

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 June 17

At Bibliothèque Forney, the library at the magnificent medieval Hôtel de Sens in the Marais, is the fascinating Modes & Femmes 14/18, examining the role of fashion in the lives of women during World War I. In doing so, it shines a light on the difficult – and often conflicting – demands made on women during those turbulent times. Time your visit for a free guided tour on Saturdays at 3pm if your French is up to it; if not, the comprehensive explanatory panels are in English as well as French. Free entry.

through June 25

The Musée D’Orsay’s big spring show is Beyond the Stars: the Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky, focusing on landscape paintings by the Symbolist artists of the late 19th century. You’ll see works by European artists like Gauguin, Denis and Van Gogh, and North American painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Emily Carr (the exhibition is organised with the Art Gallery of Toronto). Entry €12.

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.

 

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.

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 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.

 

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