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.

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


Paris Reopens

Rooftop terrace at Fluctuart, floating art venue on the Seine River
Rooftop terrace at Fluctuart, the floating contemporary art venue on the Seine at Pont des Invalides

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. 

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.

And starting on June 15, you can book priority entry tickets for a 3-hour small-group tour of the Louvre when it reopens on July 6.  (You can read about our experiences on this Louvre tour here.)


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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Summer Sales on Designer Fashions 2022

Summer sales in Paris - where to find them

The famous Paris summer sales run from June 12-July 8 in 2022. 

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. 

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Paris Museum Shows - Top Events during June

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

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. 17€ adults plus 3€ booking fee; includes special exhibits and permanent collections; book in advance with reserved time slot; can also book in advance for free admission to permanent collection with a Paris Museum Pass
Location:  Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1 
Metro:
 Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre

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The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century

@ Musée d'Orsay, Now through July 18 - An exploration of the intersection of arts and science, in partnership with Paris's Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Dates:  Now through July 18, 2021;  Tickets:  Time slot required to see this exhibition:  book here
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

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

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

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Les Extatiques Festival at La Défense

Paris Jazz Festival at Parc Floral - photo credit Sébastien Bertrand
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 nine mid-size to monumental sculptures by contemporary French and International artists such as Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Ghyslain Bertholon, and Jean-François Fourtou. 

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:  June 24 - October 3, 2021
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 terrace


Chopin Festival in Paris - Bois de Boulogne

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 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.

Tickets:  17€-34€ (includes admission to park; admission is free during non-event times); available onsite (cash or check only; arrive 30 minutes before performance time) or online or by mail (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 Pride Parade (Marche des Fiertés LGBT)

Participants in Paris Pride Parade walking in Tuileries Garden

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. 


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La Défense Jazz Festival

Jazz festival musicians - Photo credit: Jens Thekkeveettil
Jazz festival musicians - Photo credit: Jens Thekkeveettil

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. 

Concerts take place at lunch time and after work from 5pm-7pm, when you can enjoy the music and an apéritif at the cafes and bars along the Esplanade. 

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

Dates:  June 20-26, 2022 (dates to be confirmed)
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


Paris Air Show - Canceled for 2021

Air show at Paris Air Show

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.

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:

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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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