Music Festivals, Pride Parade, Summer Sales, & the Paris Air Show
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.
Join the excitement and thrill of the hunt as the famous Summer Sales on designer fashion kicks off, hear top musicians at the Paris Jazz Festival and Chopin Festival, join or watch the Paris Pride Parade, soar above the city when the giant ferris wheel returns to Tuileries Garden, and enjoy concerts at Sainte Chapelle and other top venues.
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. Buy a baguette, cheese, and a bottle of wine and dine outdoors in Parc Rives along the Seine River, stop by one of the many musical festivals underway this month, and then watch the Eiffel Tower's sparkling light once the sky finally grows dark - the perfect June evening in Paris!
The Fête de la Musique Welcomes Summer in Paris - 2018
On June 21st, 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.
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. 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.
Paris Pride Parade (Marche des Fiertés LGBT) - 2018
The massive Paris Pride Parade attracts almost 1 million participants and spectators. The procession takes place this year on June 30 at 2pm, lasts about 4 hours depending on the 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 starting point and route vary a bit each year, so check back later for the 2018 route. The parade typically winds its way through the historic heart of the city past many famous Paris attractions.
The Paris Pride Parade 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:
The famous Paris summer sales run from June 27 - August 7. 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 only 2 days this time - June 27, 2018 (9am-8:30pm) and June 28, 2018 (9am-6pm) offsite at Palais de Congrès (Hall Neuilly) near Porte Maillot in the 17th arrondissement.
Just a 45-minutes 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.
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
Best Versailles Tours & Prepaid Ticket Options
Save time in line by buying your tickets in advance. For the ultimate convenience, choose a guided tour:
La Fête Foraine des Tuileries - 2018
La Fête Foraine des Tuileries - literally, 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, 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.
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 Carrousel du Louvre underground shopping center next to the Tuileries metro station.
When: June 23-August 25, 11am to 11:45pm (12:45am Friday-Sunday) Where: Jardin Tuileries (Tuileries Garden), 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€)
Jazz Festival at Saint Germain des Prés in Paris - 2018
Immerse yourself in jazz during the Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival when talented musicians perform in unique theaters, clubs, and historic spaces in the Paris neighborhoods where jazz first blossomed almost a century ago. With multiple concerts and venues to choose from each evening, plus conferences and conversations, exhibits and Champagne, you'll get to celebrate the best of Paris jazz.
When: May 24 - June 4 Where: Odeon Theatre, Cluny Museum Frigidarium, Sunset-Sunside Jazz Club, Sorbonne, plus more clubs and cool venues in the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 14th arrondissements Admission: Many performances and other events are free; some concerts require tickets but prices are reasonable
More Information & Complete Schedule: Saint Germain des Prés Jazz Festival website
Paris Museum Shows - Top Events during June 2018
Artistes & Robots
@ Grand Palais, April 5 - July 9, 2018 - Interactive immersion in the world of artificial imagination: features works of art made by machines invented by artists. Location: 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 8th arr. Nearest Metro: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau
In Tune with the World
@ Fondation Louis Vuitton, April 11 - August 27, 2018 - Modern and contemporary works by 25 French and International artists exploring the place of humans in the universe through a reappropriation of founding myths. Tickets 16€. Location: 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi in Bois de Boulogne (16th arr). Getting there: Take the Fondation shuttle (2€) from Avenue de Friedland near the Étoile Metro exit; copy of your Fondation ticket booked online in advance required to board the shuttle
Mary Cassatt: An American in Paris
@ Musée Jacquemart-André, March 9 - July 23, 2018 - This Mary Cassatt restrospective brings together works from top American and French museums. Tickets 13.50€ Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 8th arr. Nearest Metro : Saint Philippe du Roule
Franz Marc and August Macke, 1909-1914 - Coming in 2019
@ Musée de l'Orangerie, through June 17, 2019 - This exhibition brings together two major figures from the hedonist, colorful, and seductive side of German Expressionism and explores the influence of French artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin as well as the Fauvism movement on their work during this pre-World War I period. Tickets 9€; free admission when you have a Paris Museum Pass Location: Jardin des Tuileries, 1st arr. Nearest Metro : Concorde
Paris Jazz Festival - 2018
Jazz concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday for 4 weekends at Parc Floral (the Paris Botanical Garden) in Bois de Vincennes June 30 - July 22. 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 jazz. Concerts are free, although the park charges a small (2.50€) entrance fee during summer and early fall. Check the Festival's website for concert times and - they vary each weekend - but generally take place in the afternoon and early evening.
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 idea: Arrive early and stroll through Parc Floral's famous gardens, or explore Bois de Vincennes' other attractions such as its spectacular zoo, Lac Daumesnil, the aquarium, and 14th century Château de Vincennes.
Chopin Festival in Paris - Bois de Boulogne - 2018
The prestigious Chopin Festival showcases international pianists as they interpret the maestro's magnificent music June 17 - July 14. You'll also hear some 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 Air Show - Happening Again Next Year
The massive International Paris Air Show, held during odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, 2023 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.
2018 is an off year - so make your plans now for 2019, when the public portion of the show will take place on June 21-23.
Tickets: €14 for floor access + €11 for a grandstand seat for the air show; children under 7 are free
Getting there: 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.
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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