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Summer Festivals in Paris

This blog post was updated on October 25, 2018.

Planning on spending time in the City of Lights this July or
August? In addition to Paris’ usual wonders, there are a variety of festivals
to enthrall and entertain you during your stay. Are you a performance art
lover? Check out the one of the international performers at the Quartier d’été
arts festival. Love the Black Keys? They’ll be playing at Rock en Seine in August.
Fancy a film outdoors? Park Villette is the place to be.

Quartier d’été

July 14th through August 11th

Looking for a unique Parisian
experience this summer? Check out Quartier d’été. This city-wide summer arts
festival kicks off on July 14th, which is also Bastille Day, France’s
national holiday. Quartier d’été features a variety of film, dance, music,
performance art, theater, and circus art performances by international
artists, and most of them are free! For specific information on performers
and schedules, see


en Seine

August 24th through 26th

For three days at the end of August, the
large grassy area of Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, located just outside Paris’s
city limits, will be full of music fans enjoying the 9th annual Rock
en Seine music festival. Festival passes are available for one, two or all
three days. If you’re planning on staying for more than one day, you can even
camp nearby. This
year’s Rock en Seine performers include The Black Keys, Placebo, Green Day,
Agoria and SigurRos. For information on performances and tickets, see

en plein air

July 25th through August 26th

There are few simple pleasures lovelier
than packing up a baguette, cheese and a bottle of wine, grabbing a blanket
and heading to Parc de la Villette for an evening of cinema. The annual Cinéma
en plein air festival’s film screenings are top-quality and
typically free. There is at least one screening per evening from July 25th
through August 26th. Don’t speak French? No problem. Many of the
films are international and quite a few are in English. For more information
on screening schedules, see

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