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What’s On in Paris – July 2024 ⋆ Secrets of Paris

Summertime is music festival time. Time Out Paris is a great place to start if you want to see the schedule of festivals in and around Paris this summer, in French only (use Google translate): Les Festivals de Musique à Paris

July 4
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 at affordable prices (kind of like a gathering of static food trucks, but without the wheels) from 6pm-10:30pm. This month’s theme is “US Party!” featuring American-ish food: eggs and muffins from Kern, pastrami from Will’s Deli, lobster rolls from Homer lobster, chicken and waffles from Gumbo Yaya, corn dogs from Soma Sando, BBQ ribs from Fenouil. It can get quite crowded, so get there early to avoid waiting (there are huge tables to sit and eat).

July 6-September 8
Paris Plage is still taking place in 2024! It opens on the Canal St-Martin starting July 6th, and extends to the Bassin de la Villette starting July 27th (so, not on the Seine this year). There will be protected swimming zones in the Bassin, themed cruises, as well as the usual sun loungers, kids’ play areas, nightly dances, and canal-side refreshments. See the full program here (and the shortened English version here).

July 6-September 1
The annual Fête des Tuileries has been moved to the Porte de la Muette in the Bois de Boulogne this summer (because of the Olympic Games), and is now called “La Fête de l’Eté à Paris”. You’ll find the Ferris wheel, stomach-emptying rides, barbe-à-papa (cotton candy) and whack-a-mole games. Open daily 11am-11pm (free entry, tickets can be purchased for individual rides).

Through July 7
The 39th annual Chopin Festival concerts take place in the Orangerie of the gorgeous Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. These grand piano concerts pay homage to the Polish composer (with “La Danse” as this year’s theme). The candlelight concerts are the most romantic. Tickets €17-€27 (plus park entrance of €2.50). Buy your tickets online, or in cash at the door.

July 7 (and every 1st Sunday)
Many museums and monuments in Paris are open for free the first Sunday of the month. In July, that includes the Orsay, Picasso, Pompidou, Cluny, Arts-et-Métiers, Orangerie, Cité de l’Architecture, Quai Branly, and the Château Fontainebleau. Be sure to check each museum’s website, as some still require you to have a timed ticket; even if the entrance is free. See the full list here.

July 14th – Fête Nationale
La Fête Nationale, aka Bastille Day to Americans, is one of the biggest holidays in France. This year things will be a bit different because of the Olympics, so the parade on the Champs Elysées will now be on the Avenue Foch (the large avenue between the Arc de Triomphe and the Bois de Boulogne), with the troops and horses, but not the military vehicles. The fireworks show will still be at the Eiffel Tower from 11pm, but because the Champ de Mars is completely closed for the construction of the temporary Olympic stadium, the usual symphonic concert with the Orchestre National de France , the Choir of Radio France  and the Maîtrise de Radio France will be in front of the Hôtel de Ville to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Flame, starting at 9pm (and broadcast on television channel France 2.

July 26-September 8
The 2024 Summer Games begin with the Opening Ceremony on the Seine in Paris on July 26th. The Olympics Games take place throughout France through August 11th, then the Paralympic Games from August 28-September 8th (there are still lots of tickets available for both!)

July 26 – August 17
Les Arènes Lyriques are back in Montmartre, with ten live concerts featuring orchestra, opera, and piano classics in an open-air garden setting with a view over Paris. Buy your tickets {€39 for adults) online to ensure you get a spot! https://areneslyriques.com/en/programme/

Through September 8
The annual open-air summer concerts in the Bois de Vincennes’s Parc Floral include the free Paris Jazz Festival (with French and international jazz concerts) and the free Classique au Vert featuring up-and-coming classical music ensembles and orchestras. Even when concerts are free; entry to the park is €2.50. 

Through September 15
The French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault devoted most of his short painting career to horses, drawing them at all hours of the day and night, racing, hunting, working, on the battlefield or in the stables. Two hundred years after his tragic death at age 32 (ironically after breaking his back in a fall from a horse on Rue des Martyrs), the new exposition at the Musée de la Vie Romantique celebrates his passion with over a hundred of his best paintings, drawings and sketches capturing equestrian beauty in all its forms. Entrance €10 (permanent collection is free; the little garden café is also worth a stop!)

Through November 17
Don’t miss “We Are Here”, the free exposition of the world’s greatest street artists at the Petit Palais. Over 200 extra-large contemporary artworks and installations by artists like Shepard Fairey, Invader, Seth, Hush and Vhils are found mixed right into the permanent collection of the beautiful Petit Palais, the city’s Fine Arts Museum in the gardens of the Champs Elysées. Watch the video here to get an idea of what to expect.

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