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Paris Events Calendar, September 2017

Enjoy the last bits of summer...Last-Chance Summer & Outdoor Events

Through September 3

 Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Fun activities and plenty of space for lounging along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville extended this year through September 4th. Free entry, 10am-midnight. 

Through September 14

Want to practice your Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, or Rock 'n' roll moves? The dance section of Paris Université Club is hosting outdoor dance soirées all summer. The 7:30pm teaching demonstrations may be in French, but no language barriers will stop you from dancing into the night. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays outside Mk2 Bibliothèque (M° Bibliothèque François Mitterrand); Wednesdays and Thursdays at Esplanade Jussieu, Quai Saint-Bernard (M° Jussieu). Free and open to all. Weekly schedules are published here

September 10 

Le Grand Feu is one of the biggest fireworks shows in Europe, taking place on the edge of Paris in the Parc de St Cloud from 9pm-11pm. Tickets are €32 (lawn) to €59-89 (seated) and €258 for VIP area access. Get tickets at FNAC. See videos from previous years here.

Through October 1

Looking for an alternative to Paris Plages? 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.

September 1 - October 8

The 33rd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on September 2nd in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite). Many events including concerts and pyrotechnica shows (Sept 2), brocante/flea market (Oct 1), vintage car show (Sept 9-10), etc.

Summer on Les Berges du Seine 

There's always something going on at the Parc Rives de Seine, also known as Les Berges, the pedestrian walkways along the Seine, including concerts, art installations, workshops, kids events, ping pong, sports activities (zumba, yoga, climbing), etc. Check it out online here (français). 

Music and Culture Festivals 

September 5-10

Le Lavage de la Madeleine is one of the largest Brazilian street festivals in Europe, held each year in Paris in and around the steps of the Madeleine Church in the 8th, with a Brazilian food and crafts market (Friday-Sunday 10am-8pm), 300 artists, live music, a traditional mass, and a colorful parade on Sunday finishing at the Place de la Madeleine at 2pm with the symbolic washing of the church steps. For more info see the FB page.

September 8-10

Les Traversées du Marais is a three-day music festival with a "Counter culture" theme taking place throughout the historic courtyards of the Marais district.

September 15-17

The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (60 acts including headliner Iggy Pop), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, a 10k with over 600,000 participants on Sunday, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €35 (camping and parking also possible). Free for kids under 15.

Through 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). Listen to music from Debussy and Chopin to West Side Story. Entry to the gardens €6. The gardens also have playgrounds, a butterfly house, photo exhibits, and gorgeous floral displays, of course! 

Techno Parade Paris, 2016...get ready for 2017!September 23

Get out your earplugs, it's time for the 18th annual Techno Parade de Paris! It starts at noon (so far location is a secret) and finishes at République for a huge party. Check out their FB page for better information on the practicalities.

September 23-24

The 9th annual Culture au Quai is a free cultural festival on the quays of the Bassin de la Vilette (Quai de Loire, 19th, M° Jaurès), including contemporary art stands, live music, live theatre and dance performances, and activities for kids from 11am-7pm. They'll be promoting and selling tickets to all of the best fall shows in Paris. Come on down for a stroll and check it out, plenty of surprises to discover! The program is here

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

Expositions & Artists

September 1

The first street art museum in Paris, called the Maquis-art Hall of Fame at L'Aérosol cultural center, will open this month. More than 400 works will recount the story of street art from the 1980s onward, including pieces from private collections. Interested in Banksy or the Space Invader guy? This is your chance to learn more! Entry is 5 euros, and they have an event page on Facebook here.

A street art museum opens in Paris!

Through September 10

Interested in something more whimsical? The Art of DC takes you through the fantastical world of your favorite superheroes like Wonder Woman and Batman. Hundreds of drawings, paintings, and costumes await at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tickets €11-€16.50.

September 16-17

This weekend is the 34th annual Journées du Patrimoine, or Heritage Days, with the theme "Heritage and Citizenship".  Over 350 historic sites will be opened to the public in Paris, many which are only open for this occasion. See the full schedule at the website (an English version is available and clearly marked) Some of the obvious sites like the President's Elysée Palace will have long lines, but many other sites are happily free to visit or participate in a free tour. 

September 23

Handicap International is organizing their 23rd annual Pyramide de Chaussures (Pyramid of Shoes) in Paris and all over France today to bring attention to the very real problem of landmines and cluster bombs in civilian areas around the world. Show your support for the cause by bringing an old pair of shoes to add to the pyramid (in Paris at Place de la République from 10am-7pm), signing the petition online, or makeing a donation to help pay for prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs for children, and de-mining operations in the most dangerous areas. 

Food & Literary Events

September 7 and 22

Le Food Market is a monthly open-air food festival on Boulevard Belleville (between metro Ménilmontant and Couronnes) with over a dozen stands serving up tasty dishes of all kinds (kind of like a gathering of static food trucks, but without the wheels) from 6pm-10:30pm. It can get quite crowded, so get there early to avoid waiting (there are places to sit and eat). Here's the video (in French, but gives you an idea what to expect):

September 15-17

You'll find food specialities from Southwestern France at the 18th annual open-air food market on the Seine, Les Marchés Flottants du Sud-Ouest, for three days along the Quai Montebello (on the Left Bank, facing Notre Dame Cathedral, M° St Michel). Wine, armagnac, foie gras, saussages and sliced meats, cheese, olives, patés, tapenades, and -- each day from 10:30am-3pm -- fresh fruits distributed for FREE (the grapes and apples are amazing). There will also be live music, plenty of demonstrations and other activities. If the weather is nice, expect large crowds! Free entry. Open 10am-10pm (Sunday until 7pm).

Through September 18

Travel lovers will want to head to the Galerie de la Minérologie for an exhibit on National Geographic, celebrating 125 years of exploration through photography. You’ll probably never be inspired to enter this rock and gemstone museum otherwise, so make the trip before the show closes. Plus, it’s in French and English. 12€, open 10am-6pm, closed Tuesday. More info here.

September 22 - October 1

Escape to a little island on the edge of Paris for the 95th edition of the Foire de Chatou antique market. Formerly known as the Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons (Ham and Flea Market), this popular twice-annual market has a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, with an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particularly pork in all its varieties. The Ile de Chatou, just north of Paris, also known as the Impressionists Island, is accessible via RER A from Charles-des-Gaulle-Etoile station in Paris, then either walk five minutes or take the free shuttle. Open 10am-7pm, entry €6. 

Sporty Events

September 8-10

La Parisienne is a for-profit women's race with a bit of pink-washing to encourage women to pay €45-55 for a 7k run (In 2014 only €30k was donated by the organizers, who collect almost €2 million from the 40,000 runners to participate; the rest of the money is given directly from participants). The first two days are filled with special events, classes, demos, food, health sessions, stands, and training sessions. The 6k race takes place on Sunday with musicians providing entertainment along the way. Donate your dough direct to the Fondation Recherche Médicale.

September 24

Feeling sporty? La Maison Radio France Fête le Sport all day with a "Vertigo La Solidarité au Sommet" race to the top (22nd floor!) of the Maison Radio France (16th arr), as well as a "Village Sportif" with badminton, fencing, boxing, basketball and other demos and animations. Money raised by the runners for the Vertigo (you can go as slow as you want, and only need to raise at least €22, but €365 each is the goal) goes to Play International to help promote a sporty lifestyle for children. Free entry to the Village, music from the DJs of Le Mouv' (my fave French rock station). 

For more running events, including the Disney Half Marathon (Sept 23-24) and the Course Enfants Sans Cancer (Sept 24) see Jogging Plus’s list here.

Volunteering Events

September 14, 20, 28

Looking for ways to help out in Paris? Volunteer with SOS Help, the emotional support line in English. Just drop in at one of the informaiton sessions this month (Sept. 14, 20, or 28) to learn more. You can attend the sessions at the American Church in Paris at 7PM. You can find all of the information you need here at the SOS Help homepage.


Outside Paris

Through October 7

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, which one lucky visitor will get to ignite! Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50.

Prepare for an evening at Vaux le Vicomte!September 8-12

Interested in the latest in home design? The Maison & Objet show at the Paris Villepinte Nord expo hall welcomes the latest trends from around the world featuring furniture and home décor as well as conferences with industry leaders. Badges aren’t cheap at 60 euros, but you’ll gain access to over 130,000 stands and designers. Get all the details and registration possibilities here.

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪   For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?

▪   For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris

▪   For other English-friendly events, check out Savoir Faire Paris

▪   For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

▪   For naughty events, see the Naughty Paris Guide


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

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