Paris events in June kick off the beginning of summer as lushly blooming flowers, long warm days, and plenty of cafe tables along the sidewalks lure everyone outside.
The biggest event for June 2021? The city begins to reopen after the long lockdown to control the COVID virus!
Relax at the open-air Paris Music Festival and Chopin Festival, enjoy concerts at Sainte Chapelle, Olympia Hall, and other top venues, and soar above the city when the giant ferris wheel returns to Tuileries Garden. Visit special exhibits as most of the city's smaller museums reopen.
However, you'll need to wait until July to join the excitement and thrill of the hunt as the famous Summer Sales on designer fashion kicks off. The Paris Pride Parade will also be delayed, with new dates to be announced later.
Days continue to grow longer until Summer Solstice on June 21st, when the sun doesn't set until 10pm and the sky still shows some light until almost midnight.
Stroll around the city and admire the lastest street art, buy a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of wine and dine outdoors along the banks of the Seine River, and then watch the Eiffel Tower's sparkling light once the sky finally grows dark - the perfect June evening in Paris!
Top Photo: Free outdoor June concert on the Left Bank of the Seine River
What can you expect to be open in Paris in June? Here's what the reopening schedule looks like:
At the beginning of June, you can dine on outdoor terraces at restaurants, visit parks and other outdoor spaces such as the Seine River banks, and shop at most retail stores - everything from small boutiques to the large department stores to most shopping malls. You can even get your cultural fix at Atelier des Lumiéres, the Banksy exhibit at Espace Lafayette-Drouot, most art galleries around the city, and Fluctuart. Most metro stations will be open.
On June 6, Versailles Palace and Gardens reopen, with restrictions: you must wear a mask, and you must get a timed entry ticket in advance.
By the second week in June, you can attend concerts in historic churches, L'Olympia, and other smaller concert halls.
Starting June 16, additional smaller museums and historic sites will reopen: the Paris Catacombs, the Romantic Life Museum, (Musée de la Vie Romantique), Cernuschi Museum, Museum of the Liberation of Paris, Atelier des Lumieres, Petit Palais Museum, and many more.
Musée d'Orsay (Impressionists) and Musée de l'Orangerie (Money's Water Lilies) reopen during the third week of June; get skip-the-line tickets including audio-guides to both museums.
The Eiffel Tower reopens on June 25, with masks required for everyone 12 and older. Tickets must be purchased online, with sales starting in a few days.
June Concerts in Paris - 2021
- Chopin with Candlelight - Saint Ephrem Church - June 30
- Aerosmith - AccorHotels Arena - June 13, 2022
Versailles Tours in June
Just a 45-minute train ride from Paris, Versailles sparkles during June as light streams through the palace's many windows and reflects on ornate chandeliers and gold-framed mirrors. You'll also love the lush gardens and dazzling fountain shows.
Versailles reopens to visitors on June 6th, and with the famous gardens sure to be in full bloom, there's no better time to go!
A couple of things have changed: the number of visitors will be much smaller to ensure appropriate distancing, and you MUST have a ticket for entrance or a tour purchased online in advance of your visit.
Best Versailles Tours & Prepaid Ticket Options
Buy your timed entry ticket in advance, or for the ultimate speed and convenience, choose a guided tour:
Getting to Versailles from Paris: Take the RER C from Paris to Versailles Château-Rive Droit, and follow the signs to Versailles - about a 5-minute walk.
Summer Sales on Designer Fashions 2021
The famous Paris summer sales run from June 30-July 27 this year.
Look for Soldes signs in store windows all over the city, usually showing the amount of reduction - often 30-40% at the beginning, and soaring 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 go on sale for the general public for only 2 days this time offsite at Palais de Congrès near Porte Maillot. A VIP invitation-only sale usually takes place on the day before the sale begins, but is rumored to be for the highest-spending French customers only. However, in a move apparently designed to reduce crowd sizes as the pandemic lingers on, the entire Hermès event will be invitation-only this summer.
Paris Tours for Fashionistas
Paris Museum Shows - Top Events during June
Body & Soul: Italian Renaissance Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo
@ Louvre Museum - Now through June 21 - Explores how Italian sculptors of the early 16th century focused on interpreting humans' inner state and outward appearance. Location:
Metro: Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre
The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century
Paris Museum and Attractions Passes
The Fête de la Musique Welcomes Summer in Paris
On June 21, the longest day of the year and official beginning of summer, pop-up stages appear all over Paris for the annual Fête de la Musique, turning the city into a huge street party to celebrate the summer solstice.
Free indoor and outdoor concerts take place all over Paris throughout the day and late into the night (remember, the sun doesn't set until almost 10pm) to celebrate the summer solstice and showcase the city's rich diversity of musical talent and genres.
Street Art Trail: Open Air Museum
Not all the art in Paris is found in museums. To see a terrific exhibition of giant murals by internationally acclaimed street artists such as Shepard Fairey (Obey), ST4, DALeast, D*Face, C215, and Hush, head over to the 13th arrondissement to see the Boulevard Paris 13 project, an open-air art museum.
To do a self-guided tour, take the metro to Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement and walk down Boulevard Vincent Auriol to Rue Louise Weiss, exploring side streets along the way. You'll spot huge murals by C215, Shepard Fairey, INTI, Conor Harrington, Invader, and other famous and emerging artists.
More about Where to See More Street Art in Paris's 13th District: Check the map (look for "course") on the Boulevard Paris 13 website
Want to discover more about street art in Paris? Join a professionally guided street art tour through the 13th District and learn about the public art movement as you see some of the best creations by international artists. Find out more
Chopin Festival in Paris - Bois de Boulogne
The prestigious Chopin Festival showcases international pianists as they interpret the maestro's magnificent music June 29 - July 14. You'll also hear original works inspired by Chopin.
The festival takes place in the Orangerie in Parc Bagatelle, the gorgeous botanical garden in the heart of Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement.
In addition to enjoying the music, be sure to stroll through Parc Bagatelle's magnificent rose garden containing 10,000 bushes, see the waterfalls, lakes and 18th century chateau, and explore the 19th century Chinese pagoda.
Two more nearby must-visit places: Louis Vuitton Foundation for the spectacular architecture and current exhibits, and Jardin d'Acclimatation for fun in the amusement park.
Paris Pride Parade (Marche des Fiertés LGBT)
The massive Paris Marche des Fiertés LGBT (formerly Gay Pride) Parade attracts almost 1 million participants and spectators for a celebration to defend equal rights and reject discrimination. The procession takes place this year on June 26 at 2pm and lasts about 4 hours depending on the exact route, and finishes at Place de République. A Pride celebration with free concerts, dancing, and speeches in Place de la République from 5pm-10pm.
The parade starts this year at Place de la Concorde near the Assemblée Nationale, winds through the historic center of Paris past many famous attractions including the Louvre, proceeds east on Rue de Rivoli to Boulevard Sébastopol up through the Châtelet-les-Halles district, and turns right onto Boulevard Saint-Martin to Place de la République where concerts take place until 10pm.
The starting point and route vary a bit each year, so check back closer to the date in case of any changes.
The Paris Marche des Fiertés comes at the end of a week of Pride parties and events centered in the trendy Marais district's many gay bars and clubs.
Where to Stay: Recommended Hotels for Paris Pride Parade & Pride Week
These wonderful Marais hotels give you the perfect location close to Paris Pride Parade celebrations and Pride Week parties:
- 9Hôtel Confidentiel - New 5-star hotel designed by Philippe Starck with glamorous 1920s moderne vibe - Compare all rates - More new hotels in Paris
- Hôtel Duo - Fabulous boutique designer hotel with a lovely garden in the heart of the Marais - Compare all rates
- Le Roi de Sicile - Beautiful apartment boutique hotel (only 13 rooms and suites) in a charming Marais location with exceptional service - Compare all rates
- Hôtel de la Bretonnerie - Small, romantic boutique Marais hotel with lovely decor - Compare all rates
- Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais - Small (19 rooms) boutique hotel with ornate French country style decor in a convenient Marais location - Compare all rates
Paris Air Show - Canceled for 2021
Please note - due to uncertainty related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Paris Air Show is canceled for 2021. The next show will be in June 2023.
The massive International Paris Air Show, held during odd-numbered years ( 2023, 2025, 2027, etc) at Le Bourget Airport just north of Paris, lets you see the latest innovations in civilian and military aircraft - plus futuristic models still in the concept stage. Spectacular air shows overhead add to the excitement.
Although the first four days are industry-only, the show opens to everyone on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The show usually attracts around 150,000 professional visitors and 200,000 members of the public, making this one of the biggest Paris events of the year and filling up many of the city's hotel rooms.
2021 is an ON year - so make your plans now. The public portion of the show will take place on June 25-27. The industry-only portion begins on June 21.
Paris Air Show Tickets: €14 for floor access + €11 for a grandstand seat for the air show; children under 7 are free
How to Get to the Paris Air Show: Plenty of free shuttles from metro and RER stations as well as Charles de Gaulle Airport during the show period whisk you to the airport. Find them at RER B/Le Bourget and Villepinte stations; RER C and Metro (Line 1)/Porte Maillot station; Metro station at Fort d'Aubervilliers (Line 7). Availability varies, so check the International Paris Air Show's website to get the latest updates. Le Bourget is only about 3 miles north of Paris, so going by taxi is also affordable.
Many attendees take the Metro or RER out to the show, but book a hotel in Paris in order to enjoy all the restaurants, nightlife, and other attractions. If this is your plan, use this Paris hotel map from Booking.com to find accommodations. Just enter your dates to see availability and lowest rates: