Paris events during July include some of the year's most exciting things to do and see:  the Tour de France bicycle race finishes with a flourish down the Champs-Élysées, the huge (and free) Fnac Music Festival at Hotel de Ville, city beaches complete with sand and palm trees pop up next to the Seine River, and Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower lights up the night skies. 

You'll also find more Bastille Day celebrations including a huge parade and Firemen's Balls, free outdoor film festivals, concerts, and art shows.

Get ready to have a spectacular time in the City of Lights, and enjoy the long sunny days and fun things to do that makes July one of the best months for visiting Paris.

Top photo: Tour de France

Bastille Day Celebrations & Fireworks 

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day, the biggest Paris summer holiday and a national celebration throughout France, always takes place on July 14, the anniversary of the storming of the infamous Bastille prison on July 14, 1789 - a turning point in the French Revolution.

The day starts with military ceremonies and a huge military parade down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde including a flyover of military aircraft that you can see from most points in the city. 

The military ceremonies begin at 10am, the flyover takes place at about 10:45am, and the parade kicks off at 11am, and lasts almost an hour.  Arrive early if you want to stake out a good viewing location along the Champs Élysées.

A truly spectacular fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars begins at 11pm, and lasts about half an hour.  Gather on the Champ de Mars with a blanket and picnic from noon on to relax and enjoy free concerts, including an opera under Tour Eiffel beginning at 9:30pm. 

More to Enjoy: Firemen's Balls at the fire station in each Paris district (arrondissement) on July 13th and 14th. 

More about celebrating Bastille Day in Paris

Special Bastille Day Fireworks Cruises

Cruise boat on the Seine River near the Eiffel Tower

Perhaps the best place to see the Bastille Day fireworks is from a cruise boat on the Seine on July 14.  Enjoy dinner and fine wine as you float past all the iconic landmarks along the Seine, and then watch the dazzling fireworks overhead. 

Normally you can choose from several different options but this year, only one (so far) cruise is on offer:  a Bastille Day Dinner Cruise featuring a special 6-course dinner with Champagne and wine plus live music.   Capacity will be reduced for safety - so don't wait to book if you want to do this dinner cruise. 

Plus, it's always possible that more cruises will be added closer to the event - you can find any updates in our Bastille Day article.

July Concerts in Paris - 2022

Paris concerts during July
Coldplay concert at Stade de France
Photo courtesy of Raph_PH

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Visiting Giverny in July

Water lilies blooming in Monet's Japanese garden pond at Giverny
Water lilies blooming in Monet's Japanese garden pond at Giverny

Impressionist artist Claude Monet spent the last half of his life in Giverny, a small village in Normandy about 45 miles (about 1 hour and 15-30 minutes) outside of Paris, where his famed water lily ponds burst into bloom during July and August.

Visiting Giverny is a quick and easy day trip from Paris, and if you're a Monet fan, it's an experience you'll want to put at the top of your bucket list.  Thanks to a meticulous restoration after Monet's death, you will see his house, gardens, and water lily pond much as they were when he lived here and painted some of his finest masterpieces.  The easiest way to visit, especially if you want to maximize your time in Paris, is by joining a tour.

Popular Giverny Tours from Paris

All of these tours include transportation to/from Paris and fast entry into the attractions:

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See Monet's famous water lily paintings on display at the Orangerie Museum in Paris

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. 

You'll find Paris Plages at two main locations this year: the Seine River Banks in central Paris and the Villette Canal Basin in the 19th arrondissement.  Relax in deck chairs, visit the many floating theater, restaurants, ice cream stands, and bars along the water, and cool off in the huge Paris Plages swimming pools at Bassin de Villette.  Don't miss the many concerts!  Water activities such paddle boats, kayaking, canoeing, and games add to the fun.  There's even a climbing wall on a barge this year.

Dates:  TBD for 2022

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Latin America Festival 

Enjoy two days of free DJ sets, activities, and art at this celebration of trend-setting, stereotype-breaking contemporary Latin American culture presented by 50+ Latino artists and actors from across Europe at the new, super-cool Kilomèter25 performance and exhibition venue located by the Canal de l'Ourcq under the Periphèrique across from Parc de la Villette.  
When & Where: July 10-11, from 12am-8pm, 12/A Rue Ella Fitzgerald in the 19th arrondissement
Metro: Port de la Villette

Summer Sales on Designer Fashions 

Summer sales in Paris - where to find them

The famous Paris summer sales continue through July this year, ending on July 13. (to be confirmed) 

For many savvy fashionistas, the July portion of the sales marks the sweet spot when stores proceed to the 2nd and even 3rd reduction, changing the Soldes signs in their store windows to soar as high as 70-80% at toward the end. 

Best places to find bargains?  Everywhere!  Luxury labels such as Chanel, Valentino, and Armani draw huge crowds - ditto for Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Bon Marché, and Au Printemps - but don't ignore smaller boutiques and even global mid-market chains.  

Coveted Hermès bags, shoes, clothing, and other goodies usually go on sale for 2-3 days at the beginning of the sales period, so keep an eye on the start date if you want to fill one of their famous orange bags with bargains.

Find out more about Paris Summer Sales 2022

Paris Tours for Fashionistas

Paris Fashion Week - 2022

Palais Royal in Paris - fashion photograhy shoot during Paris Fashion Week

Haute Couture Fashion Week takes place in Paris from July 3 - July 7 for designers to present their latest high fashion collections. 

Fashion Week always brings a noticeable buzz to the city, along with designers and models from around the world.

The best places to catch a glimpse of the models (assuming you're not going to the invitation-only shows) are near the venue locations - the Grand Palais in the ritzy 8th arrondissement near the ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge, Espace Eiffel near the Branly Museum on the other side of the Seine, and at a variety of smaller, hipper venues scattered around the city such as Palais de Tokyo and Musée Galliera in the 16th.  The trendy Marais neighborhood, especially around Place des Vosges, and Palais Royal (shown in photo) are always good model-spotting locations. 

Paris l'Été ("Paris in the Summer") 

Want a fun excuse to explore different Paris neighborhood while celebrating summer in the city? 

The annual Paris l'Été Festival (Paris SummerFestival) offers free or inexpensive outdoor music, dance, circus, and performances in all parts of the city, often in unusual places - usually more than 70 events in 30 different locations - and celebrates the city's cultural diversity while mixing avant-garde/off-beat events with more mainstream traditions.   The festival runs from July 12 - August 1.  Events are free or moderately priced.  Don't miss it!

Check Paris l'Été for schedule details.

Outdoor Movies at Parc de la Villette 

Free outdoor movies return to Parc de la Villette again this summer for the Cinéma en Plein Air (Open Air Cinema).  This year's theme: Queens and Kings (plus a few sportsmen, musicians, and outlaws thrown into the mix for good measure).

On most Wednesday through Sunday evenings during five weeks in July and August, 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.  

Screenings start time:  July 16-18 - 10:30pm; July 21-25 - 10:15pm; July 28-31 - 10pm

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

Cinéma en Plein Air Lineup for July:
July 16 - Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola (English)
July 17 - Dilili in Paris (French; animation)
July 18 - Napoleon Bonaparte (French)
July 21 - Jackie (English)
July 22 - Bright Star( English)
July 23 - Ed Wood (English)
July 24 - The Wind is Rising (Japanese)
July 25 -  Coconut: Before Chanel (French)
July 28 -  The Queen (English)
July 29 - Augustine (French)
July 30  - Cyrano de Bergerac (French)
July 31  - First Man on the Moon (English)

Dates:  July 22 - August 18; see ParisEvents in August for the August lineup and dates
Cost:  Free
Nearest Metro: Porte de Pantin

Paris Exhibits - Must-See Shows

Exhibit at Centre Pompidou
Exhibit at Centre Pompidou

At the Source of the Water Lilies:  The Impressionists and Decoration

@ Musée de l'Orangerie - Through July 11, 2022 - 80 paintings, ceramics, and drawings by Cassatt, Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir, and other late-19th century artists. 
Tickets:  12.50€.  Book your ticket online (includes permanent collections and special exhibitions), save with a combo ticket which includes the Orsay Museum, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location:  Tuileries Garden (southwest corner), 75001

Metro:  Concorde, Assemblée Nationale

Pharoah of the Two Lands:  An African Epic

@ Louvre Museum - Through July 25, 2022 - Treasures from an 8th century BC kingdom around the Nile Delta which founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings. 
Tickets:  17€ adults plus 3€ onlinebooking fee; includes special exhibits and permanent collections; book in advance for skip-the-line access, or get free admission with a Paris Museum Pass
Location:  Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1;  Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre

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La Fête Foraine des Tuileries 2022

Bumper cars and ferris wheel at Tuileries Garden Carnival
Bumper cars and ferris wheel at Tuileries Garden Carnival

La Fête Foraine des Tuileries - literally, a "Fun Fair," or carnival - suddenly pops up in Paris's Tuileries Garden in early July 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 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:   July 2 through August 28, 11am to 11:45pm (12:45am Friday-Sunday) - (To be confirmed)
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€)

Tour de France Grand Finale in Paris - 2022

Tour de France arrives in Paris in July

The famous Tour de France bicycle race - 23 days and 2,000 miles (3,540 kilometers) long - comes to an exciting close in Paris on Sunday, July 24.  

Arrival time in Paris is hard to predict and varies every year, but somewhere between 3:30 and 5:30 is a reasonable guess.   The final Paris stretch includes 6-10 laps around the Arc de Triomphe, up and down Champs-Élysées and around the Tuileries Garden - which gives you plenty of chances to see the racers.

You can watch the race anywhere along this route, but viewing areas along Champs-Élysées fill up quickly due to barriers keeping you back from the street and "privitized" areas used for outdoor dining by restaurants and other businesses.  Tuileries Garden and areas on the other side of surrounding streets are usually somewhat less crowded, and especially if you get there early, you can usually find a good place. 

Keep in mind that most metro stations along and near the route will be closed for much of the day, and city buses will be re-routed.  

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

The Last Shadow Puppets playing at Rock en Seine
Paris Jazz Festival at Parc Floral - Photo courtesy of Sebastien Bertrand

From late June or early July, 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.  Almost all of the concerts are free, although the park 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.  One 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 30 - September 8

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.

Firemen's Balls

Want to celebrate Bastille Day like a true Parisian?  Attend one or more of the Firemen's Balls- Bals des Pompiers - held on July 13th and/or 14th as the main fire house in each Paris arrondissement (district) opens its barracks and courtyards and welcomes the public for an all-night party with music, dancing, and drinking Champagne or beer.

The Bals des Pompiers start at 9pm and end at 4am.  Depending on the fire house, they take place on July 13 or July 14 - and in a few cases, on both dates.

Find out more about what to expect at the Bals des Pompiers, locations, and date(s) for each firehouse.

Fnac Live Music Festival at Hotel de Ville - Free Concerts - 2022

Fnac concert in front of Hôtel de Ville
Fnac concert in front of Hôtel de Ville (that's Notre Dame in the background)
Photo courtesy of Olivier Ortelpa

Don't miss three days of free live concerts by 30 artists including Columbine, Stephan Eicher, and Radio Elvis in front of Hôtel de Ville (Paris's City Hall) from 7:40pm-midnight on July 1 and 6pm-midnight on July 2 and 3 by contemporary French musicians as part of the big Paris Plages (beaches) summer event (dates and lineup TBC).  French electronic retail chain Fnac sponsors the concerts, which usually attract around 100,000 fans. 

Location: Place de Hôtel de Ville, 4th arrondissement. 
Pick up your free tickets (maximum 2 per person) starting at noon on July 1 at any Fnac ticket office in Paris and the Ile-de-France
Nearest Metros:
  Châtelet, Cité, Saint-Paul

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