What's Happening in Paris This Week

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Through September 1

Paris beaches

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

Various locations, Paris

August 15-September 19

Outdoor classical concerts

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

Parc Floral de Paris

Through August 2

Huge art factory

For Plaine d’Artistes, La Villette gives over all of its indoor and outdoor spaces to artists of all kinds, for the public to watch and participate in their artistic processes. Free entry.

La Villette, Paris

Through 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

Throughout the summer

Family fun

The Domaine Saint-Cloud presents a summer of outdoor events designed to be safe and enjoyable in this unusual summer.

Parc de Saint Cloud

Through September 3

Swimming in the canal

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

Bassin de la Villette

Through October 11

Flowers in Bercy Village

Bercy Village presents a summer Sky of Flowers, with 2,600 blossoms, painted in a classic style by Audray Roy-Camille, suspended above the village’s central street.

Bercy Village, Paris

Through September 12

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 August 2

Summer arts festival

Dance, music, theater and many other art forms come together for the Festival Paris l’Été 2020.

Various locations, Paris

Through August 23

Art in real-time

Each weekend throughout the summer, French visual artist Franck Scurti’s artistic process will be open to the public as he makes the Grand Palais his studio during Au Jour le Jour.

Grand Palais, Paris

Throughout the summer

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

Through August 30

Classic films in 35mm

The Cinémathèque Français reopens at last with Révisions Nos Classiques, a retrospective of classic films in 35mm.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

Through August 29

Son et lumière

A sound and light show, La Nuit aux Invalides, brings together 3,000 years of French history.

Hôtel National des Invalides, Paris

Through August 11

Retail sales

The official biannual six-week sales period.

Retailers all over France

August 30

Vintage cars galore

Over 600 vintage vehicles will drive through the streets of Paris for the summer Traversée de Paris. The procession will set off from Vincennes and drive through every arrondissement of the city.

Vincennes, Paris

September 4-6

Free amusements in historic Marais sites

The Festival Les Traversées du Marais brings everything from art installations to cooking classes, readings and dance performances to the monuments, courtyards and gardens of the Marais.

Various locations

September 2-13

Future film

Cutting edge filmmakers operating at the margins of the genre are celebrated during the 26th edition of L’Étrange Festival.

Forum des images, Paris

Through September 14

Designer photography

An exhibition of photos by a man better known as a fashion designer, “Manfred Thierry Mugler Photographe,” is being held in the covered passageways Bercy Village.

Bercy Village, Paris

September 3-12

Design mania

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

Various locations, Paris

August 28-September 9

Banlieue art

Thirty artists exhibit work inspired by films shot in the suburbs, old and new, from La Haine to Les Misérables, for Jusqu’ici Tout Va Bien.

Palais de Tokyo, Paris

September 8-13

Tribal art walk

Some 60 galleries put on special shows of world art for Parcours des Mondes.

Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

September 30-November 13

Melodrama on film

For Tant qu’Il y Aura du Mélo, the melodrama or “woman’s film” is reassessed in a new light.

Forum des images, Paris