The summer programme at the Versailles Estate is packed with great events! Festive entertainment, music and exceptional evening events are happening all summer, and right up to 30 October. Visitors can attend the ‘Musical Fountains Show’, the ‘Fountains Night Show’... , discover the ‘Versailles Festival’ or take part in a Masked Ball … All the details on not-to-be-missed festivities!
Les Grandes Eaux musicales (Musical Fountains Show)
From 25 March to 30 October 2016 - Saturday and Sunday except 1 May, Tuesday (from 24 May to 28 June) ; 25 March, 5 May and 14 July
The Musical Fountains Show invites visitors to stroll through the gardens of Versailles that the Sun King was so fond of. An invigorating walk past ornamental ponds and fountains, which for a few hours regain all the past glory and splendour of the court of Louis XIV, thanks to the expertise of water-fountain engineers. Waterfalls, jets and sprays of water spring forth in a crystal clear aquatic dance to the sound of music by Lully.
- Opening of the groves: from 9am to 6.30pm
- Music from 10am to 6.30pm.
- Water effects (week-end) 11am to 12-noon and from 3.30pm to 5pm. Tuesday: 11am to 12-noon and from 2.30pm to 4pm
- Water effects at the Mirror Fountain every 10 minutes, from 10am to 6.30pm.
- Water display in the Water Theatre Grove: the first 20 minutes of every hour from 10am to 6.30pm.
- Water effects at the Neptune Fountain: at 5.20pm except Tuesday
Rate: €9. Reduced rate: €7. Free for children aged under 6
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Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (Fountains Night Show)
From 18 June to 17 September 2016 - Saturday
At dusk, the Fountains Night Show unveils the charm of the gardens of Versailles … Lighting and stage effects artists, musicians and a group of fireworks experts, the ‘Groupe F’, create a stunning ephemeral itinerary of visual, sound and aquatic installations with a fireworks finale under the starry sky of the Versailles Estate, to the sound of recorded baroque music played by the Musica Antiqua Köln instrumental ensemble and directed by Reinhard Goebel.
- Itinerary: from 8.30pm to 11.05pm.
- Fireworks finale in front of the Grand Canal: from 10.50 to 11.05pm
Rate: €24. Reduced rate: €20. Free for children aged under 6
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Royal serenade in the Hall of Mirrors
From 18 June to 17 September 2016 - Saturday
Just before The Fountains Night Show, dancers from the company L’Eventail and the Ensemble Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien invite visitors to accompany them from the Royal Apartments to the famous Hall of Mirrors. A circuit punctuated with theatre sketches portraying the customs and habits of the court in the 17th century.
- Performances lasting 40 minutes: at 6.30pm, 6.50pm, 7.10pm, 7.30pm and 7.50pm
Rate: €20. Reduced rate: €17,50. Free for children aged under 6.
Serenade + Grandes Eaux Nocturnes: €39. Reduced rate: €28. Free for children aged under 6
The Musical Gardens
From 19 March to 17 May and from 5 July to 25 October 2016 - Tuesday
The Musical Gardens event invites visitors to discover preserved areas of the Versailles Estate, with its French-style formal garden designed by the landscape architect André Le Nôtre. A chance to discover groves and other features: sculpture, architecture, fountains … on a musical promenade.
- Opening of the groves: from 9am to 6.30pm.
- Music from 10am to 6.30pm.
Rate: €8. Reduce rate: €7. Free for children aged under 6
Versailles Festival – Royal Voices
From 31 May to 9 July 2016
Under the cover of nightfall, the Fountains Night Show magically transforms the gardens of Versailles. This musical festival has a line-up of concerts, a comic play-ballet, a comic opera-ballet and a musical stroll, all in the exceptional setting of the Palace of Versailles and the gardens of the Petit Trianon.
|Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano|
I Barocchisti. Conductor Diego Fasolis
(Works by Vivaldi, Galuppi, Hasse, Porpora...)
31 May - 8pm
|Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, comic play-ballet by Molière |
Ensemble La Révérence. Conductor Christophe Coin
Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully
3 June – 8pm. 4 June – 7.30pm. 5 June – 3pm
|Gabrieli Consort & Players|
Conductor Paul Mc Creesh
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano
(Works by Corelli, Haendel)
4 June - 8pm
|Don Quixote visits the Duchess, comic opera-ballet by Joseph Bodin Boismortier|
Choreography Philippe Lafeuille
10 and 11 June - 8pm. 12 June - 5pm
|Chœur MDR de la Radio de Leipzig|
Conductor Diego Fasolis
(Works by Haendel)
11 June - 8.30pm
|Patricia Petibon, soprano|
Venice Baroque Orchestra
(Works by Haendel, Veracini, Vivaldi)
14 June - 8pm
|An evening at the Queen’s Theatre|
Lucía Martín-Cartón, soprano
Riccardo Angelo Strano, conter tenor
(Works by Vivaldi, Haendel, Lully, Purcell...)
18 June - 8pm
|La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy|
Conductor Jean-Claude Malgoire
(Works by Lully, Campra)
19 June - 5.30pm
|Collegium Vocale de Gand|
Cappriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons
Conductor Skip Sempé
(Gilles: Requiem pour les Funérailles de Louis XV)
22 June - 8pm
|Chœur de Chambre de Namur|
Conductor Leonardo García Alarcón
(Falvetti: Il Diluvio Universale)
29 June - 8pm
|Alexandre Tharaud, piano|
(Bach: Variations Goldberg)
2 July - 7pm
|La Capella Reial de Catalunya|
Le Concert des Nations
Conductor Jordi Savall
(Works by Valls, Desmarest)
2 July - 8.30pm. 3 July - 6pm
|Lang Lang, piano|
(Tribute to Chopin Chopin)
5 July - 9pm
Bosquet de la Salle de Bal, Jardins de Versailles
|Royal events at the Petit Trianon|
Ensemble Marguerite Louise
Conductor Gaétan Jarry
9 July - concerts and guided tours from 7pm to 11pm
Château and Jardins du Petit Trianon
Rates: from €25 to €495. Reduced rates: from €20 to €280
The Orangery Nights
From 15 June to 15 July 2016
At sunset, the Palace of Versailles and the garden of the Orangery become the setting for big outdoor performances, which combine music, ballet and fireworks that echo back to the lavish festivities of the Sun King
|Ballet Preljocaj - "Blanche-Neige" (Snow White)|
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj. Music by Gustav Mahler
15, 16 and 17 June - 9pm
|Louis XV, le Roi de Feu (Louis XIV, the Fire King)|
A fireworks display orchestrated by Groupe F
7, 8, 14 and 15 July - 10pm
Rates: from €40 to €165. Reduced rates: from €33 to €110.
30 May 2016 - 7.30pm
Baroque evening in costumes of the period in the Hall of Mirrors to relive the time of the Sun King for a few hours! On the programme: demonstrations, Baroque dancing lessons, ball, concert of sacred music, guided tours of the Private Apartments of the King and Queen.
Rates: from €150 to €410. Reduced rates: from €135to €260.
The Grand Masked Ball of Kamel Ouali
25 June 2016 - from 11.30pm to dawn
The ‘Sun King’ will be the theme of the Great Masked Ball, staged by famous choreographer Kamel Ouali, in the Orangery of the Palace of Versailles. An invitation to relive the splendour of royal festivities and take part in a stunning masked ball in the purest tradition.
Rates: from €88 to €298. Reduced rates: from €78 to €153
My first Ball at the Palace of Versailles
25 June 2016 - 2.30pm
Dressed in their finest costumes, children aged 6 to 12 are welcomed to the fabulous Orangery of the Palace of Versailles for a memorable afternoon: a fancy dress ball, in dresses like princes and princesses, organized by choreographer Kamel Ouali!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Rates: from €65 to €155
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