What to do in Paris in July and August 2022

Festivals, music, movies, plays, family: your complete guide to summer fun in the capital!

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In July and August, Paris puts on a host of open-air events to celebrate the sunniest, hottest months of the year. There are all kinds of ways to make the most of the long days and mild evenings. Our top tips for a Parisian summer: join the Bastille Day celebrations; relax on the ‘beach’ at Paris Plages; get geared up for the finish of the Tour de France or go festival-hopping – here is a selection of the best.

Bastille Day in Paris

The highlight of the summer every year is Bastille Day, the French national day on 14 July.

France’s national day is celebrated every year with a prestigious military parade on the Champs-Elysées, broadcast live on television, and an impressive air show. The day ends in style with a spectacular firework display and classical music concert at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. If you plan ahead, you can enjoy the show from the lawns of the Champs-de-Mars; otherwise, the firework display can also be watched from a number of venues such as Montmartre hill.

Due to Covid-19-related restrictions, last year’s parade had to be cancelled, and to avoid a large gathering the firework display took place without a live audience. Depending on the situation, the 14 July festivities may have to be re-thought again in 2021, but one thing’s certain – France’s national day will, once again, be celebrated with pride and joy. To make 14 July a truly memorable experience, events are organized throughout the day, including concerts, shows and various free events and other activities. Don’t miss out!

All you need to know about the 14 July festivities in Paris

Paris Plages

Grands événements - juillet aout - Paris Plages © Studio TTG

During the summer months, the Paris Plages event transforms Paris into a seaside resort. The banks of the Seine (in the Parc Rives de Seine) and alongside Canal de l’Ourcq are turned into sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, with deck chairs provided for people to sit in and relax looking out over the water. There are plenty of beach games and activities for both adults and children – in compliance with social distancing and other hygiene precautions.

More info about Paris Plages

Principal exhibitions in paris during the summer of 2022

This summer, there are exhibitions to see at all the museums! Make the most of the long days to go along to discover them!

July is the last chance to see some of the key exhibitions of the year, like ‘Aux sources des Nymphéas’: the Impressionists and decoration at the Musée de l'Orangerie (until 11 july 2022), Romy Schneider at the Cinémathèque (until 31 July 2022), ‘Splendeurs d’Asie centrale, sur les routes caravanières d'Ouzbékistan’ and Pharaoh of the two lands. The African Story of the Kings of Napata, at the Musée du Louvre (until 25 July 2022). The Philharmonie de Paris will stay open until 24 July for the exhibition Hip Hop 360.

These are also the final days to admire Finish landscapes at the Petit Palais in the exhibition Albert Edelfelt(1854-1905). The Pioneer of Finnish Painting, until 10 July or the exhibition Gallen Kalela. Myths and Nature at the Musée Jacquemart André where Finland and nature are also celebrated until 25 July 2022.

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Festivals

Festivities and festivals in Paris in July and August 2022

Rock en Seine 2016 © Victor Picon

Paris gets into the festival vibe in summer, with an eclectic selection of events to suit all tastes. Music, cinema, theatre: take your pick of the summer festivals!

Get out into the sunshine and explore the parks and gardens of Paris, where there’s always something going on during the summer months.

The Tuileries gardens hope to welcome 60 funfair attractions and rides once again this year for the Fête des Tuileries, held during July and August. Fun for children of all ages in one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces.

The Canal de l’Ourcq also switches to summer time with its “Été du Canal” (summer on the canal) programme of workshops, boat trips, mini-concerts and other festive or sporting events.

Paris has more than its fair share of festivals. There’s something for everyone and all genres are represented. Music, film theatre – it’s up to you to put together your personal summer programme!

For classical music buffs the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents, a springboard for emerging young musicians, provides an opportunity to discover rising stars interpret the works of Ravel, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Bartók.

At the Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincennes, summertime is synonymous with festival time! Between the beginning of July and the beginning of September, the park is the venue for the Paris Jazz Festival, the Classique Au Vert (classical music in the park) festival and the children’s music festival Les Pestacles. Make the most of those long summer evenings!

Running from June to September, Opéra en Plein Air (open-air opera) is a festival with a difference. Performances take place in the grounds of some of Île-de-France’s emblematic historical buildings, such as Sceaux castle, Saint-Germain-en-Laye castle and Les Invalides. Enjoy some of the greatest operatic arias in an exceptional setting.

The Rock en Seine festival, held annually on the last weekend in August, is the go-to event of the year for rock music fans. See you from 25 to 30 August 2022 in the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

Another option for seeing a film under a starry sky, should the situation permit, is the Silhouette festival. The festival proposes short films in various place in the 19th arrondissement. The Cinéma en plein air de la Villette is a major event of the Parisian summer for movies in the biggest outdoor cinema space in Paris. With friends or family, discover or rediscover great cinema classics on Europe's largest inflatable screen.

Full details of outdoor festivals in Paris

Find out about all the free open-air film festivals in Paris

Smart Food Festival

Toast Avocat  © T. Tseng Flickr

The second edition of the fledgling Smart Food Festival is back this year! This new festival dedicated to healthy, local, and sustainable cooking offers all visitors the opportunity to discover innovative and socially responsible brands, the latest innovations, and to taste products from small producers. Cooking and awareness-raising workshops for young people are also offered. In addition to this rich offer, immersive and off-site workshops are held throughout the festival.

Japan Expo 2022

After two successive cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the 21st edition of Japan Expo returns from 14 July to 17 July 2022, at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte, just 30 minutes from Paris from the Gare du Nord. Every year, Japan Expo invites personalities such as Mangaka, animation professionals, chara designers, illustrators, video game makers, producers, musicians, singers, composers … As well as book signings, meetings, masterclasses and talks, a number of events are planned to take place, including a major cosplay competition. Try your luck at one of the many games created for the event, to win ’jens’, the festival's currency, that can be exchanged for gifts! A special trip to the heart of Japan without leaving Paris.

Shows, festival and high points of the summer in Paris in 2022

Major shows in paris in July and August

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

Shows at Versailles

In the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, the Fountains Night Show/Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (from 11 June to 17 September 2022, and 14 July and 15 August 2022) is back on Saturday evenings in summer for a dazzling spectacle.

Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Every Saturday between July and October, the Château de Vaux le Vicomte is open for evening visits by candlelight. The château and its 33-hectare gardens, designed by French landscape architect André Le Nôtre, are beautifully lit by 2000 candles. A unique and unforgettable visit, during which time seems to stand still (every Saturday evening from 14 May to 1st October 2022, as well as on Friday evenings 8 July to 26 August 2022).

Les Invalides

During July and August at Les Invalides, visitors are invited on an immersive voyage through the history of Paris. Night at Les Invalides is a spectacular 360° sound and light show projected on the façade of this Parisian historical monument

The Tour de France 

The Tour de France is expected to take place this year, from 1 to 24 July 2022, and will be startin out from Copenhagen. The arrival at the Champs-Élysées is a lively and joyous event not to be missed!

Headline concerts in Paris this July and August 

This summer major international stars are due in Paris to give some headline concerts and the programme is already looking memorable. Alicia Keys will play the Accor Arena in Paris on 7 July 2022. The American rock group, the Red Hot Chili Peppers on 8 and 9 July 2022 at the Stade de France, Ed Sheeran (29 and 30 July 2022) and Coldplay (from 16 to 20 July 2022) are also due to play at the Stade de France.

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden will rock the La Défense Arena on 26 July 2022 as part of their ‘Legacy of the Beast’ tour, and Lady Gaga is expected to perform at the Stade de France on 25 July 2022.