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).

May 30

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Et Plus si Affinités, directed by Olivier Ducray and Wilfried Meance.

L’Arlequin, Paris

June 1

Midnight culture

Art of all types will be on display in the streets of Paris late into the night during the annual Nuit Blanche festivities.

Various locations, Paris

May 31-June 1

Green music festival

We Love Green, an eco-friendly outdoor festival with concerts, DJ sets and more.

Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Through June 2

Young European photographers

The Festival Circulation(s) features the work of emerging photographers. Pictured: “Ilinx” by Jeremy Appert.

Centquatre, Paris

Through June 2

Indoor/outdoor street art

The Colors festival invites street artists to decorate an abandoned house, this one in a Paris suburb. Reserve online.

37, ave. Roger Salengro, Champigny-sur-Marne

May 31-June 2

Gardens galore

For the Rendez-vous aux Jardins, public and private gardens all over France open their gates and offer educational tours, concerts, tastings and more. The Château de Chantilly, for example, will offer guided tours, a concert and other activities in its stately gardens. This year’s theme is the five senses.  

Various locations, France

May 31-June 2

Street art festival

Over 40 street art companies, including circus performers, dancers and puppeteers gather in the center of Nanterre for the three-day Parade(s) festival.

Nanterre Centre-Ville

May 31-June 2

Art & history in Fontainebleau

This year’s guest country is Mexico and the subject is sports at this year’s Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art, a weekend of free conferences, debates and guided tours celebrating art new and old.

Château de Fontainebleau

May 31-June 2

Charity fashion sale

Hundreds of fashion brands, including agnès b., Chloé and Christian Louboutin, have donated clothing to be sold at a 70 percent discount at the Grande Braderie de la Mode de AIDES. Admission: €2.

Château de Fontainebleau

May 29-June 5

Local literature festival

The libraries, bookshops, museums and universities of Paris’s literary fifth arrondissement open their doors for Quartier du Livre, a week-long celebration of the written word.

Various locations, Paris

June 2-7

Literary lessons

This year’s weeklong Paris Writers Workshop will feature small-group masterclasses, agent consultations, panel discussions, and more. The Fiction/Novel and Creative Nonfiction masterclasses are full, but there are still a few spaces in Screen and TV Writing (Diane Lake), Short Fiction (Kevin Brockmeier), Travel Writing (Don George), and Poetry (Heather Hartley). Open to writers of all levels.

Reid Hall, Paris

May 20-June 8

Mini-plays

Mises en Capsules presents the best in short performance pieces.

Théâtre Lepic, Paris

June 4-8

Left Bank gallery walk

The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank art and antique galleries, celebrates “extraordinary objects.”

Various locations, Paris

May 31-June 9

Cello festival

Concerts, dance and more at the Beauvais International Cello Festival.

Beauvais, France

June 5-15

Short films

Côté Court presents all kinds of short-form art: videos, films, essays and fiction.

Ciné 104, Pantin

June 5-16

Directors’ Fortnight

The features and short subjects entered in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs category at the Cannes Film Festival are shown in Paris.

Forum des Images, Paris

June 7-16

Meet the trees

The festival Les Nuits des Forêts will draw visitors into French forests with exhibitions, shows and immersive events, by day and by night.

Domaine départemental, Sceaux

June 13-16

Jazz in the park

Food trucks and a bar will be onsite at the outdoor Sceaux Jazz Festival, 

Domaine départemental, Sceaux

Through June 21

Drawing season

Le Printemps du Dessin presents exhibitions and workshops highlighting this accessible art form across the country.

Various locations, France

June 18-25

Contemporary film festival

The latest in French and American independent cinema will be on show at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. 

Various locations, Paris

May 29-June 27

Classical music festival

The Festival de Saint Denis features both stars and young talents.

Various locations, Saint-Denis

Through September 28

Candlelit château

Every Saturday through September 28, the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and its grounds will be lit by 2,000 candles for the Soirées aux Chandelles. 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Île-de-France

June 22-July 6

Local Olympics

Paris offers ordinary citizens the chance to participate in its Olympiades des Arrondissements and win tickets to the real thing. Sign up online to participate or to reserve free tickets for the events.

Various locations, Paris
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