Entries by Janine Eberle (4)

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

 

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