Ten ways to enjoy Paris in June
The Summer in the city has arrived and Paris is in festival mode. Expect a month of al fresco dining, open-air events and lots and lots of music. Here are ten great tips that will help you get the most out of June in Paris.
The Chopin Festival
It’s the tenth anniversary of the Chopin au Jardin event. So if you haven’t managed to experience it in the last few years, now would be a good time. It’s an established annual musical moment that pitches up at different green spaces in the city. This year it’s taking place in Parc Montsouris located in the 14th arrondissement. It is supported by The Polish Institute of Paris and you can expect a beautiful rendition of Chopin classics over several weeks, every Sunday from June 16th to July 14th. For the inside scoop on the event check out the Chopin festival website.
Les Pestacles 2019
This annual summer-long family festival takes place in the beautiful Parc Floral, part of the Bois de Vincennes in the East of Paris. Les Pestacles runs from June 26 to September 4th and features shows, workshops, dance, and learning tours for kids, plus lots of classical music. It’s a great way to get the whole family over to the beautiful Bois de Vincennes. Check out the Parc Floral Festivals website for the latest information.
Fete du Velo
The Parisian version of the Tour de France takes place on June 16th. Hire a bike from Velib and take part in some cycling action. Aside from being a great addition to your fitness routine – you’ll be able to take in some lovely views of the city. Find more details regarding bike hire here and check out the www.feteduvelo.fr for all the inside info on the event
Champs Elysées Film Festival
Not that we need an excuse to take a stroll along the Champs Elysee but this event does add an extra incentive. It only happens once a year and has become an established film festival in the Paris calendar since its inception four years ago. Running from June 18th until June 25th, the aim is to promote independent French and American films to a broader audience. All the movies, short films and documentaries scheduled to be screened can be found on this Champs Elysee Film Festival website.
Night time at the Zoo
Throughout June & July, Parc Zoologique will be open every Thursday night from 7:30pm. Over this period, you and the family can take a late night stroll through the zoo and watch the animals sleeping or prowling in their surroundings during the night. Perhaps indulge in a late night picnic while you’re there non? Whatever takes your fancy, this is indeed an unusual opportunity that might be worth a punt. Tickets can be bought here. Thursdays from June 6th until August 15th.
Parc Zoologique, Zoo de Vincennes, 53 Aveneue de St Maurice Paris 12.
Fete de la Musique
June 21 is one of MLP’s favourite dates in the calendar. This is when the rues of Paris become a stage and musicians far and wide take their positions and share their talents with the city.
It is truly fabulous and one of the highlights every June in Paris. You’ll see music playing outside cafés, on the river banks and inside unusual venues with the aim of bringing some of the country’s best musical talent front and centre and for free! Here is a piece MLP wrote about the event previously and if you want to know what’s going on near you then check out this Fete de la Musique guide here
Opera en Plein Air
If you love the Opera or have always planned to go, then you are in for a treat. Every Summer in Paris, Opera en plein air offers you the chance to chill in the sunshine and listen to Opera from some of the most talented artists of the current scene. Whilst supping your Aperol and munching on a baguette you can dive into a cultural experience that will be an unforgettable memory for you. Each year a specific theme is chosen for the shows; and the performances take place in prestigious sites such as the Château de Vincennes, the Domaine de Sceaux, the Château de Fontainebleau and the Hôtel National des Invalides in the centre of Paris. In the past, opera en plein air has shown, Verdi’s La Traviata, the beautiful Madam Butterfly by Puccini and Mozarts Marriage of Figaro; but this year -cue drumroll- they have selected Puccini’s Tosca. A great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Parisian moment. June 14 – September 7th.
La Fête Foraine des Tuileries
This weekend the fairground rides open in the Tuileries next to the Louvre. The setting here is stunning anyway, but when the high flying swings fan out and the slides, 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.
Movies under the Stars
Over three evenings at the end of June, the Parc at Saint Cloud is broadcasting 3 big films and guess what! It’s totally Free! Yay! The outdoor film thang is a big deal in Paris over the summer, so you should go and check it out. The theme for this particular festival is family – so get your diaries out, book a babysitter and make plans for the following dates.
Thursday June 27th, La Famille Tenenbaum by Wes Anderson
Friday June 24, 3 Billboards by Martin McDonagh
Saturday June 25, Un air de famille by Cédric Klapisch
The films are shown at 10 pm, so you might want to grab a couple of bottles of wine, a picnic blanket, beaucoup de sandwiches, salads and desserts and make a night of it! The park is open for picnics from 7:30 pm. If you drive, parking will cost you €5 euros. Other than that the event is free. before each movie is shown there will be
There are a couple of short films being shown before each big movie, which look child-friendly, but overall Mama would say, this is one for the adults! June 25th-June 27th.
Movies under the stars, Parc Saint Cloud, Paris.
Sign your kids up for Summer Camps
If you live in Paris, this is just a quick reminder that registrations to enlist your children into day camps provided by the City of Paris over the Summer holidays will soon be accepted! You can enrol from June 7th to June 21st. It’s a great opportunity to sign up for something fun for your kids, providing the chance to enrol them in a full-time programme for a period of weeks if required. Check out this page on the council website. For form filling tips check out this awesome post by Ami Cadugan
Enjoy June in Paris
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