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

Les Grandes Eaux Musicales à Versailles, Bassin du Char d'Apollon © JdeGivry

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 2021 and the Jardins Musicaux on 13 and 15 July 2021

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes on 14 July 2021 ending with a fireworks display from 10.50 pm to 11.05 pm

Bateaux Parisiens: programme for 14 July

Bateaux Parisiens

The Bateaux Parisiens also promise an idyllic evening with a choice menu to share on the Seine throughout the night. For a stroll along the water, let yourself be tempted by the Box Promenade, a commented cruise accompanied by a meal tray.

Commented cruise on 14 July with box meal

July 14th dinner cruise - Bateaux Parisiens

Exhibitions not to be missed

Atelier des Lumières - Exposition Salvador Dali 1, 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.

The Olmecs and the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico at the musée quai Branly - Open on 13, 14 and 15 July 2021

Dalí, the endless enigma at the Atelier des Lumières - Open on 13, 14 and 15 July 2021 - Followed or preceded by a visit to the Dalí Museum in Paris - Open on 14 and 15 July 2021

Signac, les harmonies colorées at the Jacquemart-André Museum - Open on 13, 14 and 15 July 2021

Exhibition Elles font l'abstraction at the Centre Pompidou - Open on 14 and 15 July 2021

The last days of the exhibition Magritte / Renoir. Le surréalisme en plein soleil at the Musée de l'Orangerie - Open on 14 and 15 July 2021

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 2021: the Château de Vincennes, the Château de Chantilly, the Château de Rambouillet, the Château de Fontainebleau or the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

Laissez-vous guider festival in Paris and the Ile-de-France region

Affice festival Laissez-vous guider © Office de tourisme de Paris

From 15 July 2021, and for one month, the Laissez-vous guider festival offers dozens of guided tours in Paris and throughout the Ile-de-France region. This is an opportunity to discover the capital and its surroundings in an original way, led by passionate guides.

The full programme is available on the Laissez-vous guider website

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.

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 2021. 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. And for an evening full of humour, head to the Théâtre des Nouveautés for Olivier Giraud's show How to become a Parisian in one hour?

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

"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud - Théâtre des Nouveautés - 24 boulevard Poissonnière - 75009 Paris

Free activities on 14 July in Paris

Musée du Louvre vue extérieure pyramide

In addition to the free festivities on 14 July 2021 - 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 2021 (reservation required). Not forgetting the entertainment and activities of Paris Plages, the flagship event of the Paris summer, which starts on 10 July.