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).

July 13 and 14

Bastille Day festivities

Military parade on the Champs-Elysées, Paris, July 14, 10:30am. Fireworks, Eiffel Tower/Champ de Mars, Paris, July 14, 11pm (preceded by classical music on the Champ de Mars at 9:15pm). Firemen’s balls are held in most fire stations (click here for list), July 13 and 14, 9pm-4am.

Various locations, Paris

July 6-September 1

Paris beaches

For the summer months, the banks of the river and canals are transformed into miniature beaches for Paris Plages.

Various locations, Paris

Through July 14

Chopin a go go

Every summer, the Festival Chopin fills the Bois de Boulogne with master’s piano music.

Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne

Through September 16

The Paris of yesterday

For the 80th anniversary of renowned Paris photography collection Roger-Viollet, Bercy Village is decorated with thirty black-and-white photos showing the architecture, history and daily life of 20th-century Paris.

Bercy Village, Paris

Throughout the summer

Musical migrations

Take a holiday without ever leaving Paris as bands play music from across the world at Poisson Lune.

Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris

Through July 13

Eclectic music festival

Days Off presents acts ranging from Thom Yorke to Sigur Rós.

Philharmonie de Paris

Through July 11

The sexual revolution on screen

Films highlighting drag, politics and freedom are screened for Libérations Sexuelles, Révolutions Visuelles.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

July 20 & 21

Contemporary music festival

Chicago’s well-known Lollapalooza Festival comes to France for its Paris edition. The international lineup includes The Strokes and Biffy Clyro.

Hippodrome Longchamp, Paris

Through July 21

Young European photographers

The Festival Circulation(s) features the work of emerging photographers.

Centquatre, Paris

July 12-August 30

Son et lumière

A sound and light show, La Nuit aux Invalides, brings together 3000 years of French history.

Hôtel National des Invalides, Paris

Throughout the summer

Free stargazing

Experts with the Astronomy Association of Paris freely offer their skill and kit to show us the stars for Paris Sous les Étoiles.

Throughout Paris

Through July 20

Young Musical Talents

The Festival Européen Jeunes Talents gives promising young classical, jazz and contemporary musicians from all over Europe a chance to perform in Paris.

Archives Nationales, Paris

July 20

Vintage vehicles

Retro cars and motorbikes take to the streets of Paris for the 12th annual Traversée de Paris, beginning at the National Vintage Cars conservatory.

Antony, Paris

July 21

Charity flea market

Salsa meets hand-made market wares at the unusual Marché des Grand Voisins et Bal Salsa.

Les Grands Voisins, Paris

Through July 28

Art meets cinema

An imagined path is drawn between the lives of Pablo Picasso and his admirer, renowned Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini in the exhibition “Quand Fellini Rêvait de Picasso.”

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through August 25

Summer fun on the canal

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

Canal de l’Ourcq

July 12-August 3

Summer arts festival

Paris Festival d’Eté is an annual festival of music, dance, theater and more from around the world.

Various locations, Paris

July 14-August 31

Summer garden

For its Jardin d’Été festival, the Musée du Quai Branly stages a variety of free events in its garden.

Musée du Quai Branly

Through September 22

Focus on graphic design

The Biennale International de Design Graphique Chaumont is a four-month festival of workshops, group discussions, concerts and conferences on the subject of graphics creation.

Various locations, Paris

Through July 28

Outdoor jazz

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

Parc Floral, Paris

Through August 6

Retail sales

The official biannual six-week sales period.

Retailers all over France

Through August 31

Balloons in Bercy Village

After her colorful umbrella installation was well-received last year, Portuguese artist returns to decorate Bercy Village with colored balloons. Other decorations and a bubble pool will provide summer entertainment.

Bercy Village, Paris

Through October 15

More than a food market

Experience a new 5000 square-meter food market with a focus on healthy eating, featuring art and performance, at Le Marché Pop.

77 avenue du Docteur Arnold Netter, Paris

July 11

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Sibyl, directed by Justine Triet, followed by a Q&A with the translator Sionann O’Neill.

Luminor Hôtel de Ville, Paris