Places to go on July 13th, 14th and 15th

Make the most of the French National Holiday and discover the cultural and festive events taking place in Paris.

And what if you took advantage of this great week of National Holiday to discover the shows, exhibitions and other cultural and festive events on offer in the capital?

The Grandes Eaux Musicales and the Musical Gardens of the Château de Versailles

Patrouille de France au château de Versailles - 9 juillet 2022, Paris

The garden of the Château de Versailles is awakened and becomes the scene of a magical animation. Ponds and waterfalls give a majestic spectacle in which fountains bubble and water jets intertwine...

The Grandes Eaux Musicales on 14 July 2022 and the Jardins Musicaux on 15 July 2022

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes on 14 July 2022 ending with a fireworks display from 10.50 pm to 11.05 pm. On Saturday 9 July 2022, prior to the festivities and celebrations of 14 July 2022, the Patrouille de France will perform an exceptional aerial demonstration from 8.30pm to 9pm to open the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes. An event to be experienced while strolling through the gardens of the Château de Versailles.

Exhibitions not to be missed

Atelier des Lumières - Exposition 2022 - Affiche Cézanne, Lumières de Provence, Paris

July 14th is a public holiday in France but the cultural programme is in full swing with some very nice exhibitions to discover. Here is a non-exhaustive list of current exhibitions.

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From 12 April to 17 July 2022

From 8 February to 31 July 2022

From 12 April to 27 July 2022

From 31 October 2021 to 25 July 2022

Life in a castle

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte - Parterre de fleurs, Paris © Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Why not take advantage of the week of the French National Holiday to explore one of the many châteaux in Île-de-France open on 14 and 15 July 2022: the Château de Vincennes, the Château de Chantilly, the Château de Rambouillet, the Château de Fontainebleau or the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

The Paris Passlib’


The Paris Passlib' is the official and essential pass to discover Paris. It is 100% customisable and includes numerous cultural, gastronomic and fun activities.

Festival #ExploreParis

visites guidées pieds balade grand paris

From 1 June to 30 September 2022, explore Greater Paris on foot, by bike, or on the water with the Festival #ExploreParis.  All summer, the festival #ExploreParis offers dozens of guided tours in Paris and throughout the Paris region. An opportunity to discover the capital and its surroundings in an original way with enthusiastic guides.

The full programme is available on the Explore Paris website.

Show and original activities in Paris

Marin d'eau douce - Vue au loin, Paris © DavGemini

Two original activities are available in Paris on 13, 14 and 15 July 2022. The first is on the water with Marin d'eau douce, which offers electric boat rental on the Bassin de la Villette for a trip with friends, two or family. The second is in the air - at an altitude of 150 metres - with the Ballon Generali located in the Parc André Citroën.

Marin d'eau douce - Bassin de la Villette - Opposite 37 quai de la Seine - 75019 Paris

Ballon de Paris Generali - Parc André Citroën - 75015 Paris

The great ball of 14 July at the Jardin d'Acclimatation

Jardin d'Acclimatation - Chaise Volantes , Paris

The Jardin d’Acclimatation de Paris, located in the Bois de Boulogne and next to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, is organising a grand ball on 14 July 2022 from 2pm to 6.30pm. The meeting point is in front of the large aviary. From 2pm to 3pm, young and old can attend demonstrations and take part in Charleston and Lindy-Hop initiations. From 3pm onwards, everyone is invited to come and dance and swing all afternoon in the company of the dancers from the Shake that Swing band. The schedule of this popular ball allows to attend the military parade on the Champs-Élysées in the morning and to admire the fireworks in the evening, for a great day of celebration in Paris!

Free activities on 14 July in Paris

Musée du Louvre vue extérieure pyramide

In addition to the free festivities on 14 July 2022 - firemen's ball, military parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue, symphonic concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and fireworks - the Louvre museum is free on 14 July 2022. Not forgetting the entertainment and activities of Paris Plages, the flagship event of the Paris summer, which starts on 9 July.