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. 

Relax at the open-air Paris Music Festival, La Défense Jazz 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 at many of the city's most famous and lesser-known museums.

If you're a fashionista, join the excitement and thrill of the hunt as the famous Summer Sales on designer fashion starts in June.

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 - truly a magical time in the City of Light.  

Stroll around the city's iconic neighborhoods and admire the lastest street art.  Buy a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of wine and picnic 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


Paris in June

Rooftop terrace at Fluctuart, floating art venue on the Seine River
Rooftop terrace at Fluctuart on the Left Bank of the Seine River

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.  Get your cultural fix at Atelier des Lumiéres, the Banksy exhibit at Espace Lafayette-Drouot, most art galleries around the city, and Fluctuart, the floating contemporary art venue on the Seine River at Pont des Invalides.


June Concerts in Paris - 2022

Opéra Bastille - Popular Paris concert venue
Opéra Bastille - Popular Paris concert venue

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Versailles Tours in June

Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Just a 30-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.  It's the perfecti time for enjoying the relections of light on crystal chandeliers and sparkling mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors and relaxiing the Musical Gardens, when you can explore normally-blocked off gardens and groves as Baroque music plays softly. 

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Buy a timed entry "Full Access" ticket which includes admission to Musical Fountains or Musical Gardens show or a Palace admission ticket and audioguide. 

For the best speed and convenience, choose a guided tour (pro tip: a guide can whisk you through a special guide-only entrance):


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Summer Sales on Designer Fashions 2022

Paris summer sales at Sandro in the Marais
Summer Sales at Sandro, with signs announcing the 2nd markdown

The famous Paris summer sales run from June 22 through July 19 in 2022 (to be confirmed). 

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.  

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Paris Museum Shows - Top Events during June 2022

Grande Halle at Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement in Paris
Grande Halle exhibition center at Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement in Paris

Pharoah of the Two Lands:  An African Epic - The Kings of Napata

@ Musée du Louvre, April 28, 2022 - July 25, 2022 - Based on the Louvre's archaeological campaign in Sudan, this exhibit highlights an 8th century BC kingdom around the Nile Delta which founded the 25th Dynasty of Kushite kings.
Location:  Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Closed: 
Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25 Tickets:  17€ ( plus 3€ online booking fee); includes special and permanent exhibits; free for under 26; book in advance with a reserved time slot and skip-the-line access; can also book in advance for free admission with a Paris Museum Pass
Stay nearby:  Hotels near the Louvre
Nearest Metro:  Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, Pyramides

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Aristide Maillol (1861-1944): The Quest for Harmony 

@ Musée d'Orsay - A major retrospective of the work of this important early 20th century sculptor whose monumental female nudes can be seen not only in the Orsay's permanent collection but also in Tuileries Garden next to the Louvre. 
Dates: 
Through August 21, 2022
Musée d'Orsay Tickets:  16€ adults.  Book a reserved-access ticket for skip-the-line access, save with a combo ticket to Musée de l'Orangerie and the Orsay Museum, or use your Paris Museum Pass for free entry
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7;
Metro:
 Pont de l'Alma; Invalides

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The Fête de la Musique Welcomes Summer in Paris 2022

Performance at Fete de la Musique in Paris
Fête de la Musique dancer and musicians in front of the Egyptian Cultural Center in Paris's 16th Arrondissement
Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

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. 

You can find a list of performances on the event's website, usually by early June - but it's almost more fun to just happen upon them.  They take place everywhere - so look for them in the city's major squares, near metro stations, on street corners, in cafes, in front of municipal buildings, inside museums, in the city's parks, in courtyards - or just follow the sound of music. 


Street Art Trail: Open Air Museum 2022

The Cat - street art in Paris's 13 arrondissement
La Chat (The Cat) by C215 at 141 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 13th Arrondissement

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 


Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense - 2022

PCalder'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 ("The Ecstatics") Festival at La Défense, located in Paris's skyscraper-filled business district just beyond the city limits, features a temporary exhibition of mid-size to monumental sculptures by contemporary French and International artists.

Look for the sculptures along La Défense's Esplanade, a long park-like walkway that functions as an outdoor art gallery (and also hosts La Défense's enormous Christmas Market).  This year, enjoy works by Elsa Tomkowiak, Marcus Coates, Henrique Oliveira, Victoria Klotz, collective Coloco, Franck Gérard, Gloria Friedmann, and many more.

You'll find them in the stretch between the Grande Arche and the multi-colored Bassin pool and fountains.  They join (for a few months) the 69 permanent sculptures by Calder, Miró, Richard Serra, and other mostly modern and contemporary artists along the Esplanade, the Paris area's biggest sculpture garden.

This year, for the first time, the exhibition continues to the Seine Musicale concert venue, where some of the pieces will remain permanently.

Dates:  June 22 - October 2, 2022
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: Go to the top of the Grande Arche to enjoy skyline views of Paris from the rooftop terrace and visit the photojournalism exhibition space


Paris Pride Parade (Marche des Fiertés) - 2022

Participants in Paris Pride Parade walking in Tuileries Garden

The massive Paris LGBTQI+ Pride Parade attracts almost 1 million participants and spectators for a celebration to defend equal rights and reject discrimination.  The procession of marchers and colorful floats takes place this year on June 25 at 2pm (start time to be confirmed) 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 normally happens in Place de la République from 5pm-10pm.  (to be confirmed for 2022)

The parade started last year in the Paris suburb of Pantin, proceeded down Avenue Jean Jaurès, Rue Lafayette, and Boulevard Magenta, ending at Place de la République.  The route for this year has not yet been released, so stay tuned.

The Paris LGBTQI+ Marche comes at the end of a week of Pride parties and events centered in the trendy Marais district's many gay bars and clubs.  You can find more info here.


Where to Stay:   Recommended Hotels for Paris Pride Parade & Pride Week

Paris Hotels near Paris Pride Parade and parties

These wonderful Marais hotels give you the perfect location close to Paris Pride Parade celebrations and Pride Week parties - but you need to book early due to the number of visitors this event attracts:

  • 9Hôtel Confidentiel - New 5-star hotel designed by Philippe Starck with glamorous 1920s moderne vibe
  • Hôtel Duo - Fabulous boutique designer hotel with a lovely garden in the heart of the Marais
  • Hotel de JoBo - 4-star hotel with sumptuous decor and a welcoming bar
  • Le Roi de Sicile - Beautiful apartment boutique hotel (only 13 rooms and suites) in a charming Marais location with exceptional service
  • Hôtel de la Bretonnerie - Small, romantic boutique Marais hotel with lovely decor
  • Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais - Small (19 rooms) boutique hotel with ornate French country style decor in a convenient Marais location
  • Hôtel Jules et Jim - Boutique hotel with chic modern decor in the fashionable Upper Marais

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Electronic BBQ Festival at Bois de Vincennes 2022

Pond at Bois de Vincennes
Jacques Fromage Electronic Dance Party - Photo credit: Jacques Fromage

To enjoy electronic dance music along with BBQ, fries, and beer, head out to Bois de Vincennes on Paris's east side for an all-day party staged by Paris-based DJ extraordinaire, Jacques Fromage.  In addition to dancing and tasty food, you can relax or play games on the open lawn. 

Time & dates:  10am - 9pm on June 21
Admission:  Free, but you'll need a ticket for admission, which you can get on the Jacques Fromage website
Getting there:  Take the Metro's line 8 to Charenton-Ecole station (about 10 minutes from the Bastille station).  From the station, walk down Rue de la Republique to the park's entrance and continue along the main path, veering left right before the pond to the Jacques Fromage "cabane" near the Pagoda.


La Défense Jazz Festival 2022

Jazz festival musicians - Photo credit: Jens Thekkeveettil
Jazz festival musicians - Photo credit: istock.com/Sepici

Stop by the La Défense Esplanade, the Paris business district just to the west of the city, to hear emerging jazz artists playing in all genres at the annual La Défense Jazz Festival. 

Most concerts take place at lunch time and after work from 5pm-7pm on the plaza in front of the Grande Arche.  Enjoy the music, and treat yourself to an apéritif at the cafes and bars along the Esplanade. 

While you're there, enjoy the 69 massive sculptures in the open-air museum along or near the Esplanade.

Dates:  June 20-28
Admission:  Free
Metro:  La Défense (about a 5-minute ride from the Charles de Gaulle/Etoile station on Line 1)
While you're there: Go to the top of the Grande Arche for skyline views of Paris


Festivals du Parc Floral:  Paris Jazz Festival, Classic in Green, Pestacles, Nocturnes - 2022

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

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 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.  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 29 - 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.


Chopin Festival in Paris - Bois de Boulogne - 2022

Bois de Bologne - Jardin d'Acclimatation
Bois de Boulogne - Chinese Garden

The prestigious Chopin Festival showcases international pianists as they interpret the maestro's magnificent music June 18 - July 14.  You'll also hear original works inspired by Chopin. 

The festival takes place in the Orangerie at Parc de 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.

Tickets:  17€-34€ (includes admission to park) - see the festival's website for details
Getting there:  Metro to Pont de Neuilly (Line 1); then take bus 43 to Bagatelle; walk about 5 minutes to reach Parc Bagatelle





Paris Air Show - Next Show: 2023

Air show at Paris Air Show- French tricolors - Photo credit: AdobeStock/Seabird75
French tricolors - Photo credit: AdobeStock/Seabird75

Please note:  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.

2022 is an OFF year - but you can start planning ahead for 2023 now.  The public portion of the show will take place on June 23-25, after the industry-only portion begins on June 19. 

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:

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Paris Insider Tip:  Can't make it to the Air Show?  Visit Le Bourget's Paris Air and Space Museum to see 100+ vintage-through-modern aircraft on display, plus art, models, and cultural items.  Open Tuesday-Sunday.


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