July 18-August 19
Cinema en Plein Air is back with the theme “Let’s Sing,” featuring such films as La La Land, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Yellow Submarine, Jules and Jim and Sugar Man. Free admission. Above: from Godard’s Pierrot le Fou.
Parc de la Villette, Paris
Friday evenings, July 20-August 10
More free outdoor films
Ciné Quartier 13 shows movies in the parks of the 13th arrondissement on Friday evenings.
Various locations, Paris
July 7-September 2
Paris is a beach
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
Through September 9
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 September 29
Clubbing on the “beach”
Outdoor concerts and DJs nightly at the La Plage de Glaz’Art.
On the road in a time warp
The Traversée de Paris, a parade of 700 antique cars will wend its way past many of Paris’s historic monuments, followed by a picnic on the Terrasse de l’Observatoire de Meudon. The public is welcome to join the picnic and admire the cars. Sign up on the website to ride along in an antique bus.
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, Paris
Summer arts festival
Paris Festival d’Eté is an annual festival of music, dance, theater and more from around the world.
Various locations, Paris
Weekends in July and August
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 31
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 July 22
The Paris Jazz Festival offers free weekend concerts in the park (admission to park: €6).
Parc Floral, Paris
Through September 1
Son et lumière
A sound and light show, La Nuit aux Invalides, commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I.
Hôtel National des Invalides, Paris
Through August 7
The official biannual six-week sales period.
Retailers all over France
The Mona Bismarck American Center opens up its townhouse and garden for a series of summer parties called Mona Darlin’ featuring electronic music.
Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris
Through Oct. 6
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.
French film with English subtitles
Lost in Frenchlation presentsVolontaire (Raising Colors), directed by Hélène Fillières.