Paris Update Events 22.08.2023

Links to events happening this week in Paris

August 24-26

Open air cinema

Films under the stars at the Château de Vincennes, including Forest Gump.

Château de Vincennes, Paris

August 16-27


Documentaries on the theme of climate action take center stage at the outdoor film festival Gare aux Docs.

La REcyclerie, Paris

August 23-27

International music festival

Huge artists, including Billie Eilish and Florence + The Machine, headline at Rock en Seine.

Domaine de Saint Cloud, Paris

August 26-27

Jazz in the woods

Festival Jazz Art District presents six jazz bands in the wooded confines of the Fondation GoodPlanet.

Fondation GoodPlanet, Paris

Through August 27

Old-school funfair

Bumper cars, ghost trains and more classics in the Tuileries Gardens for the Fête des Tuileries.

Tuileries Gardens, Paris

Through August 27

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 August 27

Rosa Happiness Castle

The Festival Rosa Bonheur offers a summer program of concerts, theater, readings and more at the château of the celebrated French artist.

Thomery, France

Through August 27

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

July 30–August 28


Documentaries on the theme of climate action take center stage for Gare aux Docs.

La REcyclerie, Paris

Through August 31

Free concerts

Up-and-comers and well-known artists alike take to the stage for Bercy Village’s summer celebration, Musiques en Terrasse, on Thursday evenings.

Bercy Village, Paris

July & August

Garden visits

Green spaces throughout the region hold cultural events for Jardins Ouverts en Île-de-France.

Various locations, Île-de-France

September 1

French movies with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Le Retour, directed by Catherine Corsini.

Club de L’Étoile, Paris

August 25-September 2

Short film festival

Short films and concerts at Festival Silhouette.

Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge

Through September 2

Outdoor classical concerts

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

Parc Floral

September 1-3

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. Pictured above: Lumières Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc at the Hôtel de Sully © Boris Molinier

Various locations, Paris

Through September 3

Outdoor jazz

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

Parc Floral, Paris

Through September 9

Free stargazing

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

Throughout Paris

August 30–September 10

All that jazz

The festival Jazz à la Villette returns with a lineup including Mulatu Astatke, Lee Fields, Oumou Sangaré, Henri Texier and De La Soul.

La Villette, Paris

September 7-10

World food

The Village International de la Gastronomie is the world’s largest event devoted to the cuisine of all five continents. Tastings, workshops, round-table discussions and more.

Quai Jacques Chirac, Paris

September 8-10

Feminist family festival

The WeToo Festival is a “festive, familial and political experience” with performances and talks for children, teenagers and adults.

Cité Fertile, Pantin

September 8-10

Paradise in Paris

The newspaper Le Parisien sponsors the Paris Paradis festival with concerts, performances, stand-up comedy, workshops, talks and more. Reserve on the website.

Parc de la Villette, Paris

September 6-11

Tribal art walk

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

Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

September 14

Art fair

Some 30 galleries representing a wide range of artistic styles take part in Nocturne Rive Droite.

Various locations, Paris

September 15-17

Meet the press

During the Festival du Monde, the prestigious daily newspaper Le Monde opens its doors to the public to meet its journalists, visit its facilities and attend workshops and debates. Dance performances and DJ sets will be held on the building’s forecourt.

Le Monde headquarters & MK2 Bibliothèque, Paris

September 16-17

Heritage days

The doors to normally closed monuments and other buildings open to the public for the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine. 

Various locations, Paris

Through September 17

Shaping up for the Olympics

Sports meet the arts for Festival Forme Olympique, an ongoing series of free Olympics-related events and performances sponsored by the City of Paris.

Various locations, Paris

September 21

Street food

This edition of the street-food pop-up Le Food Market, will feature a Biergarten.

1-34, boulevard de Belleville, Paris

August 31–September 22

Fashion on film

The retrospective Cinema and Fashion in 20 Indispensable Films includes everything from Fellini’s Roma to Phantom Thread.

Cinémathèque Française, Paris

September 8–24

Big top festival

The pop-up Village du Cirque festival features all types of performances, even a queer act called “Dicklove.”

Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris

September 30

Urban Farm Festival

The eco-conscious Ici C’est Prairie festival includes concerts, DJ sets, a “hip-hop village” and food trucks on an experimental farm in the city.

La Prairie du Canal, Bobigny

Through September 30

Candlelit château

Every Saturday through September 30 and Friday in July and August, 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

Through October 1

Free outdoor art

Monumental works by eight international contemporary artists are on show during the Extatiques festival.

La Défense & La Seine Musicale, Paris

Through December 31

Free outdoor concerts

Free music in the bandstands of Paris’s parks and gardens for Kiosques en Fête.

Various locations, Paris

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