Things to do in Paris this month

The Summer months seem to have whizzed by, hard to believe that September is here already. MLP hopes you had a wonderful ‘vacance’ with the family and we are here to help you plan the month ahead so you can enjoy the French capital and indulge in some Parisian culture.

Here are eleven top tips that we think you should take full advantage of:

Free Swimming at Paris Beaches

So, you’ve probably heard about the free pools at la Villette, right? They have proven to be a hit with families in Paris over the summer.

Open air pools at Villette along the canal ©Mama Loves Paris

Well, due to popular demand they are sticking around for a little longer, so take the plunge – you have until September 10th!


Europes biggest Fireworks show takes place on September 9th on the outskirts of Paris. Given it’s Paris we are talking about, this won’t be an ordinary show. Non! It’ll be big, it’ll be memorable and super creative. For almost two hours, the skies will be lit up with a colourful display set to a glorious soundtrack, that will leave you stunned with admiration. They can accommodate 23,000 people who last year apparently, flocked in their droves to see this once a year event, so don’t miss out. All details can be found on the Domaine St Cloud website.

Naked Ambition

Perhaps when the kids are at school or at the weekend, you might fancy a moment of wild abandonment? Then you might want to explore the new space for nudists that just opened in Paris.

September in Paris

If you wander towards this small enclave in Bois de Vincennes it might not be a baguette you see poking out of the bushes! Nope. It’ll likely be naturists letting it all hang out in a specially dedicated space for those who literally want to be at one with nature. Until October 15th from 8am to 7:30pm – you can run wild and free and release your inhibitions.

All that Jazz

It ain’t no surprise that Jazz is always hot on the agenda here in Paris. Right now the Jazz Festival at Villette has a fabulous mixed agenda of music, spanning every aspect of the genre. It takes place at a handful of venues in the 19th and 20th districts of Paris, most notably, the Philharmonie de Paris. There are special sessions for kids too in a few spaces including Little Villette. It ends on September 13th so try and make it and soak up at least one performance. For the shows, check out the Jazz Festival website.

Eiffel Tower Terracetastic

Until September 17th you can enjoy the Olympic inspired terrace on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. You can pose like an athlete in front of the Paris Olympic bid logo and workout on the bikes there too. Plus there is a virtual opportunity to see the plans for the Olympic takeover of the city in 2024.

Spray Space

MLP is always on the look out for cool spaces to hang out with the kids in the city and Aerosol sounds right up our street. This self-proclaimed street art temple has taken residence in an old SNCF space. The entire space is covered in street art and will be updated over the coming months.

With music, food and drink and a market, this sounds like a great place to chillax with the offspring whilst soaking up the urban creativity of the city. Aerosol can be found in the 18th district of Paris and enjoyed until January 2018.

Open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 4 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday, from 12 am to 11 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 
54 rue de l’Évangile, 75018 Paris

Parc Floral Music Concerts

Les Pestacles, the festival for kids in the Parc Floral, is not just for summer.  The event runs right up to 27 September, so there is plenty of time for you and the kids to head to the eastern edge of Paris and join in the concerts, games, workshops and shows taking place for families.  You can see the entire programme here.


A Paris initiative, to get families playing sports together is all set to take place on the lawns surrounding the Eiffel Tower on Sunday, September 24. It is completely FREE and jam-packed with every type of sport you could possibly imagine. From capoeira and cricket to fencing and football! It’s for all age groups so don’t forget Grandma! Get all the info you need from the Famillathon website

Champs des Mars, 75007 Paris. September 24th 11am – 18:00pm

Gotta love the classics!

The stage at Parc Floral is still providing a platform for talented classical musicians. It is impossible to deny the wonderment of this music coupled with the setting. Until September 17 The Festival Classique au Vert invites you to come and enjoy one of the highlights in the Parisian calendar. Make an experience of it. Bring a picnic, bring wine and just take it all in. Don’t miss it! The kids will love it.

David Hockney Expo

The Pompidou is a great place to while away the hours regardless of whats on but, the Hockney expo has some pulling power too. This fantastic collation of his work spanning the last 60 years is breath taking and unmissable.

A Bigger Splash 1967 David Hockney born 1937 Purchased 1981

As you would expect, the Pompi has some fab workshops for the kids so they can be ‘Hockney’ inspired and get creative too.  It ends in October so try to make it. One of MLP’s writers, Jennifer Hamerman went recently so read her review to get the most out of the experience.


This is “the” exhibition to see right now in Paris! Strolling past the Musée Art Decorative the other day, the queues were super long which is typical when a hot expo appears in this town.

So get your tickets online before hand perhaps to save the wait. Again our intrepid art explorer Jennifer Hamerman was there with her daughter soon after it opened and her Dior review gives you the inside scoop. Don’t miss it, it’s on until January 2018.

Hopefully, these 11 tips will keep you busy throughout the month ahead. It’s going to be busy with La Rentrée, work and reacclimatizing to a post vacance mentality but… take time where you can to soak up the culture in the city and enjoy Paris this September.

Love MLP