What's Happening in Paris This Week

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

Through mid-September

Swimming in the canal

The water in the Bassin de la Villette has been declared clean enough to swim in, and a free pool has been set up.

Bassin de la Villette

July 29

Jaggard live

Paris Update humor columnist David Jaggard performs standup comedy for the WTF Paris event.

SoGymnase Comedy Club, Paris

Through August 20

Open-air cinema

Cinema en Plein Air is back with a food theme featuring such films as Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Graine et le Mulet, Yasujirô Ozu’s The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice, Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast and Brad Bird’s Ratatouille. Free admission.

Parc de la Villette, Paris

Friday evenings through August 18

More free outdoor films

Ciné Quartier 13 shows movies in the parks of the 13th arrondissement on Friday evenings.

Various locations, Paris

Through August 5

International performances

The Festival Paris l’Été presents music, dance, theater and more from around the world.

Various locations, Paris

Through September 30

Clubbing on the “beach”

Outdoor concerts and DJs nightly at the La Plage de Glaz’Art.

Glaz’Art, Paris.

Through September 27

Entertainment for kids

The Festival les Pestacles presents concerts and other entertainment for children age five and up.

Parc Floral, Paris

Through September 21

Summer garden

For its Jardin d’Été festival, the Musée du Quai Branly stages a variety of free events in its garden and opens its rooftop terraces to the public for the first time.

Musée du Quai Branly

Weekends in July and August

Summer fun on the canal

The Été du Canal festival offers heme cruises (street food, music, art, etc.) and other activities like the construction of an ephemeral village, balls, restaurants and bars.

Canal de l’Ourcq

Through August 8

Bargains galore

The official retail sales period in Paris.

Paris stores

Through July 30

Outdoor jazz

The Paris Jazz Festival offers free weekend concerts in the park (admission to park: €6).

Parc Floral, Paris

August 5-September 17

Outdoor classical concerts

Concerts in the park at Festival Classique au Vert every weekend.

Parc Floral

July 8-September 3

Paris is a beach

Illustration by Simon Roussin/Klar.

 

 

Paris Plages offers fun in the sun on the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette: sandy beach, pool, dance lessons, restaurants, volleyball, free concerts, boating and more.

Quais de la Seine, Bassin de la Villette, Paris

Beginning June 1

Summer House

The Mona Bismarck American Center opens up its townhouse and garden for a series of summer parties.

Paris

August 15-September 17

Classical concerts in the park

Summer concerts at the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux.

Parc de Sceaux

Sept. 8-16

Design mania

One hundred design-related events happen all over the city during Paris Design Week.

Various locations, Paris

September 8-10

Amusements in historic Marais sites

The Festival Les Traversées du Marais brings concerts, electro balls, installations and performances to the monuments, courtyards and gardens of the Marais.

Various locations

September 1-10
American films in competition

The Deauville American Film Festival presents movies by up-and-coming directors, with premiers, tributes, celebrity appearances and more.

Deauville

Through Octtober 21

Dance in historic sites

Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux.

Various locations

August 31-September 13

Jazz greats live

Dianne Reeves, Archie Shepp and more at Jazz à la Villette.

La Villette, Paris

September 12-17

Tribal art walk

Sixty galleries put on special shows for Parcours des Mondes

Saint Germain des Prés, Paris