Although you'll find plenty of Paris events in August to keep you entertained and busy, the city moves into vacation mode.  Many Parisians depart for summer holidays while everyone who remains in the city soaks up the sunshine and enjoys the relaxed ambiance. 

Planning a Visit to Paris in August?

If you're planning to come to Paris this month, consider booking tours, cruises, and other activities as early as possible to get your top choices.

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Most of the biggest events during August take place in outdoor venues.  Look for laid-back activities and fun along Paris "beaches," concerts and other events at the Paris Neighborhood Festival, and almost a whole month of free outdoor movies in beautiful Parc de la Villette.

Get ready to have a memorable time in the City of Lights, and enjoy the long sunny days and fun things to do that makes August a wonderful time to visit Paris.

Top photo:  Paris Plages "beach" on the Seine River's Right Bank, (c) Paris Discovery Guide

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Paris Beaches - Paris Plages

Paris Plage - sand and beach umbrellas along the Seine River
Paris Plages: "Beach" along the Right Bank of the Seine River

Paris Plages ("Paris Beaches") transforms parts of Paris into fun-filled beaches each summer.  The (usually) hot August weather makes being near the water especially appealing.

You'll find Paris Plages at three main locations this year: the Seine River Banks (Parc Rives de Seine) and Trocadero Gardens in central Paris, and La Villette Canal Basin in the 19th arrondissement. 

The Seine River Bank "beaches" focus on relaxation, while Trocadéro features games and activities.  Relax in deck chairs, visit the many floating theater, restaurants, ice cream stands, and bars along the water.

At the Bassin de Villette, you can cool off in the 4 huge Paris Plages swimming pools, enjoy kayaking and other water sports, play pétanque and table football, and take part in other activities.  You'll also find lots of kids' workshops, board games, exhibitions, and libraries. 

Open:  10am-10pm, and until midnight on weekends.
Dates:  July 9 - August 21 

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Seine River Cruises

August is also the perfect month to experience the city by water on a Seine River cruise.  Get a ticket for a daytime sightseeing cruise, a romantic "Illuminations" cruise, or one of these fun experiences:

August Concerts in Paris - 2024

Eglise Saint-Sulpice
Concert at Saint-Sulpice Church

Paris concerts during August include classical music by candlelight at Sainte-Chapelle and other beautiful historical churches, several wonderful ballets and operas at Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille, and performances by popular artists at the Rock en Seine music festival and at top music halls and arenas. 

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Festivals du Parc Floral:  Paris Jazz Festival, Classic in Green, Pestacles, Nocturnes

Lake at Bois de Vincennes
Lake at Bois de Vincennes near Parc Floral

Parc Floral (the Paris Botanical Garden) in Bois de Vincennes hosts four concurrent musical festivals:  Paris Jazz Festival, Classic in Green (classical music), Pestacles (a children's concert series for ages 4 and up), and Nocturnes (night concerts of contemperary, jazz, or classical music).

The outdoor concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday on several stages in the park from late June through early September.  Almost all of the 32 concerts are free, although Parc Floral charges a small 3€) entrance fee during summer and early fall. 

Check the Festival's website to download a brochure with dates, lineups, and concert times.  Most take place in the afternoon and early evening, except for the Nocturnes concerts which tend to be late at night.  The brochure is in French, but the information is easy to figure out even if you only know a few words.  Important tip:  if you see "gratuit," that means the concert is free.

Bring a blanket and a picnic or buy wine and a sandwich at the park's snack bar, and get ready for a relaxing afternoon and evening enjoying the sunshine, flowers, wandering peacocks, and virtuoso musicians. 

Dates: June 28 - September 6

Getting there:  Bois de Vincennes, located in 12th Arrondissement on the eastern edge of Paris, is easy to reach - just hop on RER A train or Metro Line 1 to the Chateau de Vincennes Metro Station - the park is about a 3-minute walk from the station.

Bonus activities:  Arrive early and stroll through Parc Floral's famous gardens, or explore Bois de Vincennes' other attractions such as its spectacular zoo, Lac Daumesnil (rent a row boat!), the aquarium, and 14th century Château de Vincennes.

Aura at the Invalides

Les Invalides - Site of a spectacular night show
Les Invalides - Site of a spectacular night show

The spectactular Night at the Invalides outdoor sound and light show returns this summer to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death with a spectacular new immersive presentation, "The Flight of the Eagle." 

For almost an hour, brilliant video projections against the facade of Les Invalides will take you through the Napoleon legend in this retelling of his brilliant career, first as a general and then as Emperor.  After the show, you can join an optional candlelight tour into the Dôme Chapel to visit Napoleon's Tomb.  You can get show, tour tickets, and if needed, a headset with English translation on the event website.  Want to tour Les Invalides, Napoleon's Tomb, and the Army Museum during regular hours?  Get your priority entry tickets online before you go.

Dates: July 15-September 6  (to be confirmed)
Times:  10:30pm in July; 10pm in August
Location: Les Invalides at the Army Museum, 129, Rue de Grenelle, 7th arr;  RER-C: Invalides

Celebrate the Liberation of Paris - 79th Anniversary 2024

Part of a display about the Liberation of Paris at the Musée de la Libération de Paris
Exhibit about the Liberation of Paris at the Musée de la Libération de Paris

On August 25 each year, Paris celebrates the anniversary of the Liberation of Paris on during World War II. 

On that day in 1944, Free French forces headed by General Philip Leclerc fought their way into Paris and forced the Nazis to surrender, bringing 4+ years of German occupation to an end.

This year marks the 79th anniversary

To learn more about the struggles and victories leading up to this momentous event, visit the Liberation of Paris Museum (4 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 14th arrondissement) where permanent and special exhibits provide military, political, and social history of the occupation and liberation of the city.  More information:  website

Summit Visits at the Eiffel Tower 2024

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

The clear, sunny days of August are a wonderful time to experience the sweeping views of Paris from the Summit, the top level of the Eiffel Tower.  The number of tickets is limited and the number of visitors wanting them is large, so reserve yours as soon as you know your dates.

While you're there: visit the "rooftop" terrace 1st floor where you can enjoy casual food, drinks and hand-made ice cream while soaking up the exceptional views.

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Assumption Procession in Paris

Madonna and child statue in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Priests from Notre Dame Cathedral carrying a statue of Mary and Baby Jesus in the Assomption procession around Ile de la Cité - Photo credit: iStock/entrechat

The Fête de l'Assomption, a Roman Catholic religious celebration commemorating the Virgin Mary's rise to heaven, takes place in France on August 15 each year. 

Traditionally, Assumption Day observances begin on August 14 with a 6:30pm Mass at Notre Dame, followed by a vigil at 8:30pm and a procession by torchlight around the Cathedral and along the Seine River at 9:30pm. 

On the 15th, additional Assumption Masses take place throughout the morning, and then a procession of several thousand marchers and a figure of Mary and Baby Jesus winds around the narrow streets of Ile de la Cité near Notre Dame until about 6:30pm when another Mass concludes the ceremonies. 

Due to the tragic 2019 fire at Notre Dame, other churches are taking turns hosting and leading the Marian Procession for the Feast of the Assumption on the 15th until the great cathedral reopens.  Last year, the procession departed from Notre-Dame de l'Assomption des Buttes-Chaumont Church, with stops at Saint Joseph-Artisan Church (2:30pm), Saint-Laurent Church (3pm), Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church (4pm), and ended in front of Notre Dame Cathedral (5pm) - please note, the route may be the same for 2024, but still needs to be confirmed.

As a visitor, you are welcome to join the procession if you'd like, or just watch as it goes by.  Crowds are not dense (actually, they're often sparse), so you can easily find good viewing spots along the route and near Notre Dame.

When August 15 falls on a Friday or a Monday - which it does NOT in 2024 - you may find many stores and restaurants closed as Parisians take the opportunity to have a 3-day weekend during prime summer weather, assuming they haven't already left town for an even longer August vacation.  

Otherwise, many other places including most museums remain open, even though Assumption Day is a French public holiday.  Confusing?  Yes, somewhat.

More information:  Notre Dame website (in French)

Paris Walking Tours for August 2024

Get a close-up view of the city's treasures when you go on these special guided walking tours - perfect activity for balmy August days in Paris!

  • Pure Chocolate Walking Tour - Explore upscale Paris's Right Bank while you visit master chocolate makers, sample some of the city's best chocolates, and learn about chocolate as an art form
  • Steet Art Tour - Discover Paris's thriving street art scene on this fascinating walking tour through parts of the 19th and 20th arrondissements
  • Medieval Paris Private Walking Tour - Discover life in the Middle Ages in Paris as you stroll along medieval streets past Notre Dame Cathedral, Hotel de Cluny, and Fountain of the Innocents as you learn about about this period's culture, art, and architecture.

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Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows for August

Rooftop angel - Petit Palais
Rooftop angel - Petit Palais

Here are just a few of the top exhibitions you can see in Paris this month:

  • Centre Pompidou:  Vera Molnar: Parler à l'Oeil - Paintings, drawings, photographs, and murals pay tribute to the creativity of this pioneer in numeric art.
    Dates: Through Sept 2, 2024; Level 4
    Tickets:  15€ adults; book online (includes some shows plus permanent collections) or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry; shows in several galleries require an additional ticket at (usually) an extra cost of 1-2€, so book the "permanent and temporary" ticket if you want to see one of these exhibits.  Or enhance your visit with a private tour by an expert guide.
    Getting there:  Rue Saint-Martin between Rue Rambuteau and Rue Merri, 4th;  Metro:  Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet; RER: Châtelet les Halles, lines A, B, D
  • Atelier des Lumieres:  Egyptian Pharaohs - Discover ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs in this virtual journey along the Nile River in Upper and Lower Egypt as you see legendary rulers, great battles, famous temples and tombs, and majestic landscapes; purchase online; you can also purchase at the door for 2€ more per ticket but there's no guarantee you'll get in as timeslots are often fully booked
    Dates:  Through January 5, 2025
  • Orsay Museum: Tonight with the Impressionists:  Paris 1874 - Inventing Impressionism - This immersive expedition in virtual reality will transport you back to the 1874 “Salon des Refusés.” 
    Dates:  Through August 11, 2024
    Tickets:  Book a reserved-access ticket for skip-the-line access, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry

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La Fête Foraine des Tuileries - Carnival in Tuileries Garden

Giant ferris wheel and thrill ride at Tuileries Garden Carnival
Giant ferris wheel and thrill ride at Tuileries Garden Carnival

La Fête Foraine des Tuileries - a "Fun Fair," or carnival - suddenly pops up in Paris's Tuileries Garden toward the end of June for two months of non-stop entertainment.  With a giant ferris wheel (hint: bring your camera for great shots of Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower), carousels, bumper cars, "fun houses," gut-wrenching rides for thrill seekers, children's games, and a lot more, the carnival entertains families with kids, teens, and everyone else seeking fun throughout the rest of the summer.

And of course, massive amounts of tempting carvival food will be for sale:  cotton candy, waffles (gaufres), crepes, ice cream, fried dough, BBQ, and drinks.

If you're visiting Paris, combine a stroll through Tuileries Garden and the Fête Foraine with a visit to other nearby attractions:  the treasure-filled Louvre, Monet's giant Water Lily paintings at Musée de l'Orangerie at the opposite corner of the garden, and the Musée d'Orsay almost directly across the river. 

When:  Through August 26, 11am to 11:45pm (12:45am Friday-Sunday)
Where:   Jardin Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde, 1st arrondissement (enter through the gate near the Tuileries metro station)
Metro:  Tuileries
Admission:   Free - plus whatever you spend on rides and games (most cost between 2-12€)

Cinéma en Plein Air - Outdoor Movies at Parc de la Villette

Reflecting ball at Parc de la Villette
Reflecting ball at Parc de la Villette

Free outdoor movies continue at Parc de la Villette through August in the Cinéma en Plein Air festival.  A great mix of classic films and recent hits are shown in their original language with French subtitles as soon as the sky is dark enough (sunset in Paris is around 8:30pm at the beginning of August). 

Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic dinner, and a bottle of wine.  Food will also be sold at the site.

This is the schedule from last year to give you an idea about what to expect - the 2024 schedule will be available closer to the date:

August Cinéma en Plein Air Lineup:
August 2 - Hand in Hand (French)
August 3-  Le Grand Bal (French)
August 4 - The Black Swan (English)
August 5 - The Artist (English)
August 6 - Hello Sadness (English)
August 9 - If It Was Love, According to the Crowd (French)
August 10 -  Eden (French)
August 11 - Dancer in the Dark (English) 
August 12 - Eyes Wide Shut (English)
August 13- Life is Beautiful (English)
August 16 - Grisgris (French)
August 18 - Beloved (French)
August 19 - High Heels (Spanish)
August 20 -  West Side Story (English)

Cost:  Free
Nearest Metro: Porte de Pantin

Jazz à la Villette

Paris Jazz Festival at Parc Floral - photo credit Sébastien Bertrand
GoGo Penguin playing at Jazz à la Villette - photo credit Gael Varoquaux

The Jazz à la Villette Festival stages two weekends of superb musical events in Parc de la Villette's major venues:  Philharmonie de Paris, Grande Halle de La Villette, and Cité de la Musique.  Don't miss this unforgettable experience of hearing some of the best French and international musicians at one of the world's leading jazz fests.  There's also a special kids' program.  The festival runs from August 28 - September 8.  (to be confirmed)  
Lineup and more information:  Jazz à la Villette website

Silhouette Short Film Festival

Wrap up the summer and welcome early fall in Paris at the free outdoor Silhouette Short Film Festival held from August 23-30 (to be confirmed) at Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge in Paris's 19th arrondissement. 

During the festival's 8 days, you'll have the chance to see numerous different French and international short films in a variety of categories:  animation, drama, documentary, experimental, films for young audiences, and more.  Each evening's program kicks off at 6:30pm with a workshop, followed by a concert at 7:30pm.  Films begin at 9pm, and will also be broadcast at the Holiday Inn Express-Paris Canal de la Villette (also a good place to stay in this area), located just a few blocks away.

Metro:  Pré St-Gervais or Place des Fête
Admission:   Free
More Information: Event website

Rock en Seine Music Festival 

Rock en Seine Music Festival - Paris
Performers at Rock en Seine - Photo credit: Deepskyobject

Rock en Seine, the biggest summer musical festival in France and one of the biggest in Europe, brings 5 days of non-stop rock to Paris with 75 popular artists performing on 6 different stages from August 21-25. 

This year's artists include Maneskin, Lana del Rey, Massive attack, The Offspring, The Kills, plus many more.

Here's a flavor from a recent festival: Malik Dhoudi with "Sous Garantie:"

Concerts take place at Parc de Saint-Cloud, a beautiful large park (famous for being the site of Marie Antoinette's rose garden) about 1 mile outside of Paris and easily accessible on the Metro. 

You can get single-day tickets, but the 2-, 3-, and 4-day passes offer better deal.   With a 4-day pass (or three 1-day tickets), you can camp overnight at the park for an additional modest fee. 

If camping doesn't appeal to you, make reservations at one of the three very nice 4-star hotels located nearby (you may be shocked by how much cheaper they are vs similar Paris hotels - but book now because they're all quite popular):

Getting to Parc de Saint-Cloud: Take the Metro to the Boulogne/Pont de Saint Cloud station.  Walk half a block, cross the bridge over the Seine, and you'll reach the park in about 2 minutes.  Entrance to the park is free for pedestrians. 

More information & tickets: Rock en Seine website

Paris Discovery Tip:  Not interested in Rock en Seine?  Visit Parc de Saint-Cloud on another day.  Explore the beautiful gardens, spread out a picnic lunch on the lawn, and enjoy August in Paris at its best.

Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense

Calder's Red Spider sculpture on the La Défense Esplanade
Calder's Red Spider sculpture on the La Défense Esplanade with the Grande Arche in the background

The annual Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense, located in Paris's skyscraper-filled business district just beyond the city limits, features new monumental sculptures by eight contemporary French and International artists. 

Look for the sculptures along La Défense's Esplanade, a long park-like paved space that functions as an outdoor art gallery (and also hosts La Défense's enormous Christmas Market).  You'll find them in the stretch between the Grande Arche and the multi-colored Bassin pool and fountains.

Dates:  Through Sept 29 (to be confirmed)
Admission:  Free
Metro:  La Défense (about a 5-minute ride from the Charles de Gaulle/Etoile station on Line 1; if you walk down the whole 1 km (.6 m) length of the Esplanade, you'll end up at the Esplanade de La Défense station and can hop on the metro there to go back to Paris - or continue walking for another mile or so to the Arc de Triomphe.
While you're there:  Admire the futuristic architecture of the surrounding buildings on both sides of the Esplanade. 

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