Summer Weekends in Paris  – June 23 – June 25

Paris is hot hot hot and the sizzling weather is showing no signs of abating this weekend. As tempting as it is to stay in and avoid the rays, you’ll be happy to know that although it will be super hot, thankfully the levels of heat we’ve recently experienced don’t seem to be featured in this weekend’s weather report.

Don’t lose a moment of your precious time in Paris. get out and have fun whether it be the outdoor pools or any one of the 75 hot tips we’ve already written for you here on the blog. Adding a few extra ideas into the mix – here are 5 fabulous things happening this weekend that may not have caught your attention. Oh and don’t forget to refer back to our recommendations from last weekend (we’ll be doing these tips all through the Summer) as they are still relevant now.

Here goes…

The Olympic Bid

So Paris is making its bid for the Olympics in 2024 and to drive home the message a series of Olympic days are planned and they start in the city this weekend.

Areas around the River Seine will be transformed into an Olympic replica. Over 30 sporting events will be celebrated this weekend including cycling, athletics and kayaking. The demonstrations will see Paris giving you a taste of what you can expect to see if they win the bid so imagine perfection – because that is what Paris will be aiming for.

You and the family can take part in introductory sessions, watch demos and take a turn on the floating athletics track! Yes you heard right Mamas! (proof in pic above) The running track is literally on water!  You’ll find it between the Pont Alexander III and the Pont des Invalides. Paris is seriously going for gold. When athletes can actually run on water, competitive cities vying to host the Olympics are surely going to struggle to beat that!

As a tip, take the kids down to the Petit Palais for trampolining or take their bikes so they can ride the velodrome.

Enjoy the Floating Track –

  • Friday, June 23: from 2 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 24; From 10 am to 12.30 pm, from 1 pm to 3 pm

But there is so much more going on. For more information click on the Olympic Days in Paris info site.

Go Paris..bon chance 🙂

Gay Pride

This is one helluva party in Paris. The march will be colourful, wild and fun and no doubt there will be some head-turning costumes to gawp at, but it’s a high octane annual event which can be enjoyed by all.

So join in the festivities as you see the parade flow throughout the city. It’s gonna be big, bold and totally fabulous. It takes place on Saturday, June 24 so look out for it. Find info on the Pride in Paris website. If it’s not for you avoid Concorde and surrounding areas at all costs – it’s gonna be crazy with theOlmpics stuff happening in the city as well.

Regarding the events above. The city of Paris has announced the following warning

“Paris city authorities will close several roads and pedestrian areas this Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, as the city puts on its “Olympic Days” celebration to highlight its candidacy to host the 2024 Olympic games. 

Seine river bank access will also be restricted June 23-24.

These closures are likely to affect vehicle traffic, causing back-ups beyond the immediate areas of the events, rerouting buses, and perhaps also resulting in closures of certain Metro stations or entrances. 

1)   Road closures for the Olympic Days will be in effect on Friday June 23 from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and on Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM.  Parking restrictions will be in effect across a large portion of the city on those days.

The Olympic Days will take place in and around:

·         The Esplanade des Invalides (75007);

·         The Alexandre III bridge and the avenue Winston Churchill (between the Grand and Petit Palais);

·         The pedestrian zone of the Left Bank riverbanks from Pont d’Alma to Pont Royal.

·         The Etoile at the top of the Champs-Elysées (velodrome the morning of the 24th).

·         Pavillon de l’Arsenal (75004).

2)   On June 24, the “Marche des Fiertés de Paris” (Pride March) will take place. Traffic will be affected and parking will be restricted from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM.  The parade route begins at Place de la Concorde and ends at Place de la République. 

3)   On June 23 and June 24, access to the quais on the left and right banks of the Seine will be restricted.

While most Metro stations are expected to remain open, those located along the routes of the parade and Olympic Days events may be closed.

The following bus lines will be detoured due to the Olympic Days on June 23 and June 24:  63 – 69 – 72 – 83 – 93

The following bus lines will be detoured due to the Pride March on June 24:  20-21-24-27-29-38-39-42-47-48-52-56-58-65-67-68-69 -70-72-73-74-75-76-81-84-85-94-95-96.

A map showing the road closures is available on this website (in French): 

https://www.paris.fr/actualites/23-et-24-juin-informations-sur-la-circulation-et-les-transports-4898#circulation-et-stationnement-les-23-et-24-juin_2 . 

For more information on the activities, please consult this information (in English):

http://www.gouvernement.fr/en/paris-becomes-an-olympic-park-on-23-and-24-june-2017 . 

Movies in the Moonlight

This weekend, well Friday and Saturday (23rd and 24th) head to Parc St Cloud for an evening of Cinema en plein air! You can enjoy a picnic from 7:30pm and then from 10:15pm watch a late night film completely for free.

This year, the theme of the screenings is that of female characters. Here is the program:

  • Thelma and Louise by Ridley Scott
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
  • Pedro Almodovar’s stiletto heels

Sound like the perfect evening. Head to Parc St Cloud,  1 Avenue de la Grille d’Honneur, 92210 Saint-Cloud, just on the edge of Bois du Boulogne.

The Summer Arts Festival

This sounds like a great way to while away the afternoon, especially if you are a real culture vulture. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the 20th district of Paris in the East end of the city. Multicultural, youthful and vibrant, this part of town has a heady mix of artistic flavours which, is sure to be revealed throughout this annual event. The whole district will host an art takeover, on the streets, in the parks, cafes and anywhere space can be found! In all its forms you can expect artistic expression through theatre, dance, photography, classic and directional imagery and more. Expect the unexpected!

things to do in Paris

On until and including Sunday, June 25th go check it out and try something different. All the information can be downloaded from the Paris Summer Arts Festival website. Try something alternative and report back to MLP 🙂

Fête des Tuileries

This weekend the fairground rides open in the Tuileries next to the Louvre. The setting here is stunning and when the speeding high flying swings fan out and slides, the big wheel and candy floss are added to the mix, families flock to this spot in their droves. It’s an annual thang, only open for a few months of the year so if you are in Paris go enjoy. It opens on Saturday, June 24 and closes August 27.

For more hot tips for the Summer don’t miss our 75 fun things to do in Pars with kids. Stay a while and hunt through our posts about art expos, open air pools in Paris, great cafés and so much more.

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Love MLP