What to do in May and June 2022 in Paris

As the days get longer and warmer, more open-air events are being organized in Paris.

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As the days get longer and warmer, more open-air events are being organized in Paris. There’s something for everyone!

Art exhibitions and events in May and June 2022

Exhibitions in Paris in May and June 2022

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris - Rotonde 3

With summer on the way, Paris is a blaze of the kind of vibrant colours that could have inspired the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition Aux sources des Nymphéas: les impressionnistes et la décoration, at the Musée de l’Orangerie (until 11 July 2022). The Petit Palais presents the first Parisian retrospective of trailblazing Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt, whose work is a blend of impressionism and realism (until 10 July 2022).

At the Musée d’Orsay, a major exhibition pays tribute to the Catalan modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, highlighting his characteristic use of space and colour (from 12 April to 17 July 2022).

Book your tickets for the Gaudi exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay

A highly original exhibition opens at the Centre Pompidou on 11 May 2022 – devoted to 1920s Germany, it’s an opportunity to discover the art and culture of the New Objectivity movement. Over at the Musée du Luxembourg, visitors are invited to relive the roaring twenties in Paris through the lens of the pioneering women artists of the period.

Or head to the north of the city, where the Grande Halle de la Villette presents a stunning retrospective devoted to Jean Tinguely evoking the movement, musicality and performative dimension of his work. Exhibition cancelled.

If you’re fascinated by ancient Egypt, you have until 25 July 2022 to catch the exhibition Pharaoh of the Two Lands: The African Story of the Kings of Napata at the Louvre.

The Musée Marmottant Monet presents an exhibition entitled Le théâtre des émotions - jusqu’au 21 août 2022. More than 70 remarkable works explore the history of emotions in art from the 15th century to the present day.

Across the river from the Eiffel Tower, you can visit the exhibitions The Limits of Humanity, at the Musée de l’Homme (anthropology museum) until the end of May 2022, and Machu Picchu and the Treasures of Peru, at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine (architecture and heritage museum) until 4 September 2022.

Book your tickets for the Machu Picchu exhibition at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine

Two major exhibitions are taking place in the east of Paris. One, devoted to the Franco-Austrian actress and muse of film director Claude Sautet, Romy Schneider, can be viewed at the Cinémathèque française from 16 March to 31 July 2022. The other, two monumental immersive exhibitions at the Atelier des Lumières, in the 11th arrondissement, feature the works of Paul Cézanne and Vassily Kandinsky.

Art events in Paris in May and June 2022

Carreau du temple - Extérieur, Paris © Fernando Javier Urquijo

Another big art-related event : the Semaine du dessin from 18 to 23 May 2022, when many venues in Paris and Ile-de-France put the spotlight on drawing. Other not-to-miss event: Drawing Now Art Fairthe contemporary drawing show, at the Carreau du Temple (from 19 to 22 May 2021). Under the magnificent glass roof, some 70 galleries exhibit more than 2,000 works.

Another art fair is Révélations, the International Biennial of Crafts and Creation, taking place from 9 to 12 June 2022 at the Grand Palais Ephémère.

Spring is also that time of year when visitors can peek inside some of the artists’ studios located in different districts of Paris. One weekend a year, usually in May or June, many of the studios hold open days. You can visit some of them at Pré Saint-Gervais, Belleville and Père-Lachaise.

Emerging young European photographers are celebrated at the 104, in the 19th arrondissement, where the festival Circulation(s) presents its 12th edition from 2 April to 29 May 2022. The works of 30 photographers of 15 different nationalities are displayed over more than 2,000 m² of exhibition space.

In June, the cinema takes centre stage in Paris, when the 11th edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival takes place from 21 to 28 June 2022. The festival screens a selection of French and American independent films in different cinemas on the avenue des Champs-Elysées and organizes exclusive rooftop evenings overlooking the Arc de Triomphe.

European Museums Night 2022

Musée des arts et métiers - Nuit tombante © Pline - Wikimedia Commons

European Museums Night 2022 is happening on 21 May. Participating museums offer an exceptional late-night opening, free of charge, inviting visitors to discover their collections and exhibitions in a different light and at a different pace. A variety of events and fun activities are also organized. The 2020 and 2021 Museum Nights saw the emergence of some innovative and fascinating digital visit formats.

Festivals, fairs and trade fairs in Paris in May and june 2022

Festivals in Paris in May and June 2022

Grands événements - mai juin - festival © Christophe Caudroy - Studio J'Adore

In May and June each year there are many festivals to enjoy in the open air in Paris. The Parc de la Villette with its grassy areas and renowned concert venues like the Cabaret Sauvage, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Zenith or The Trabendo – welcome the Villette Sonique festival from 27 to 29 May 2022. With a cutting-edge programming and open-air concerts, this music event brings a taste of summer. On the other side of Paris, the festival Solidays is slated to be back at the Longchamp racecourse from 24 to 26 June 2022. As well as featuring concerts, food trucks and many special events, the festival has been raising awareness about the fight against AIDS for more than 20 years. Parisians and others who appreciate its good music and high spirits will be thrilled at the return of this festival!

The pro-environment festival We Love Green has already announced its intention to make a strong impression in 2022 by revealing some of the artists who will be on the programme. Juliette Armanet, Angèle, Orelsan, Björk, Justice, PJ Harvey, Gorilllaz, Erykah Badu, Metronomy and many others are already booked to be on stage at the Bois de Vincennes between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 June 2022.

More information on outdoor Parisian festivals

For music-lovers who prefer opera, or the simply curious, Tous à l’Opéra (let’s all go to the opera) is a fantastic opportunity to discover opera. In Paris, free events are organized from 6 to 8 May 2022 as part of World Opera Day.

Moving on to a different genre, the Stade de France will be rocking on 14 May 2022, when more than 1,000 amateur musicians (including guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, and keyboard players) and singers will take to the stage to perform cover versions of top rock classics at the Rockin’1000 festival.

A craving for History? Relive the glory of the reign of Louis XIV via the The Musical Fountains Show at Versailles. This sound and light show has illuminated the gardens of the palace for the last 350 years! From 3 April to 30 October 2022.

Fun fairs in Paris in May and June 2022

Fête de la musique - Misteur Valaire © Clément RG

The unmissable highly popular Fête de la Musique event takes place every year on 21 June! Musical performances and concerts by professional and amateur instrumentalists and singers take place until late into the night and dawn.

Each spring, all over France, the Fête de la Nature celebrates the natural world. This year it takes place from 18 to 22 May 2022, and in Paris, the events will be held on Île de la Jatte.

On 3, 4 and 5 June 2022, the gardens of Paris will be looking their best for the ‘Rendez-vous aux jardins’ event. The theme of this year’s edition is gardens and climate change.

The following week, the Tuileries Gardens host the annual ‘Jardin, Jardingarden fair, during which visitors can admire and be inspired by a dozen gardens created by professional landscape designers.

Trade fairs in Paris in May and June 2022

Foire de Paris

Interested in nature, the environment and well-being? Check out two trade fairs being held in Paris: ‘Survival Expo - Autonomy & Outdoor’ from 20 to 22 May 2022 at Paris Event Center, and ‘Naturally’ from 3 to 6 June 2022 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Springtime is a flourishing time for trade fairs in Paris! The ‘salon de la Pâtisserie’, the honorary president of which is none other than world-famous French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, takes place in June 2022 at the Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles. The other key event in this season’s gastronomy calendar is the ‘Taste of Paris’ trade fair, at the Grand Palais Ephémère from 12 to 15 May 2022, which will see more than fifty chefs and pastry chefs taking part.

The traditional go-to event in this category is the ‘Foire de Paris’ (Paris Fair), which is back at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles until 9 May 2022. This hugely popular event showcases thousands of innovative objects in the featured themes of gastronomy, home decoration, world cultures, and leisure activities.

Sports events in Paris in May and June 2022

Triathlon vélo, Paris © DR - Garmin Triathlon de Paris Ile de France

As temperatures rise and the days lengthen, outdoor sports and sporting activities are organized more frequently all over the city. It’s also an opportunity to attend some of the major sporting events of the year.

23 June is Olympic and Paralympic Day. More than just a sporting event, it aims to promote the Olympic values using the three themes ‘move’, ‘learn’, and ‘discover’. Multiple sporting activities are organized for sportspeople and the general public.

On Sunday 26 June 2022, the Garmin Paris Triathlon challenge is open to all – beginners and experts alike. On the programme: swimming, cycling and running. On your marks, get set, go!

On a different note, the Prix de Diane Longines (sometimes called the French Oaks) returns to the Chantilly racecourse on 19 June 2022.

Football fans in general, and fans of Paris Saint-Germain (France’s most successful club) in particular, never miss a match at the Parc des Princes stadium. Paris Saint-Germain are playing there on 8 and 21 May 2022 – the last day of the French League Championship.

The Paris International Tournament (TIP) sees more than 2,000 sportspeople from all over the world coming together to take part in nearly 30 sports disciplines across some thirty venues. The overarching aim of the event is to combat homophobia and discrimination. Open to all, the TIP advocates for a respectful and tolerant practice of sport. This year’s edition runs from 4 to 6 June 2022.

Roland Garros 2022

Internationaux de France de tennis - Roland Garros © FFT / Christophe Saïdi

One of the major tournaments in the tennis season, the French Open (or Roland Garros as it’s called in France) has been part of France’s cultural heritage since it was established in 1925. This year it’s taking place from 16 May to 5 June 2022 (from 22 May for the qualifying draw) at the famous Porte d’Auteuil stadium. A ticket for the French Open guarantees you’ll see the most exciting matches played by the world’s top players. Björn Borg, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams are among the legendary winners of this unique tournament which each year attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Trackmania Cup

AccorHotels Arena - Global , Paris © OTCP

The Trackmania Cup is a video games race on the Trackmania Stadium with commentary by famous youtuber ZeratoR. A go-to event in e-sport, the final is due to take place on 4 June 2022 at the Accor Arena. More than just a competition, the Trackmania Cup is a massive spectacular event that brings together tens of thousands of players, thousands of spectators who attend the physical event and several hundred thousand who follow the livestream.

Concerts and shows in Paris in May and June 2022

Concerts in Paris in May and June 2022

La Seine Musicale - Vue face , Paris © Laurent Boissier

Iconic French pop-rock group Indochine turned 40 in 2021! They’ve scheduled a celebratory concert at the Stade de France on 21 May 2022. Hip-hop and rap artist Dadju will be performing at Parc des Princes on Saturday 18 June 2022. And on a quite different note, the Seine Musicale welcomes Björk on Tuesday 21 and Friday 24 June 2022.

Other musical giants performing in Paris include Iggy Pop at the salle Pleyel (dimanche 8 mai 2022), Zucchero at the Accor Arena (18 mai 2022), Aerosmith at the Accor Arena (13 juin 2022), Dua Lipa at the Accor Arena (dimanche 15 mai 2022), Elton John at La Défense Arena (11 et 12 juin 2022), Faith no more at the Zenith Paris La Villette (jeudi 16 juin 2022), Billie Eilish at the Accor Arena (22 juin 2022), Iron Maiden at La Défense Arena (26 juin 2022) and Daddy Yankee et Natti Natasha at the Accor Arena (30 juin 2022).

Shows in Paris in May and June 2022

Comédie Musicale Le Roi Lion, Paris © DR

A number of shows remain on the bill in Paris through May and June 2022, including Olivier Giraud’s hilarious one-man show How to become a Parisian in one hour, which you can see at the Théâtre des Nouveautés until 30 December 2022. Fans of musicals have until 31 July 2022 to enjoy The Lion King at the Théâtre Mogador. And families can flock to the Bormann circus’s big top in Paris’s 15th arrondissement until 14 August 2022 for their show Voyage dans le Temps (A journey through time).

Book your tickets for The Lion King

The most frequently performed opera in the world – Georges Bizet’s Carmen – is coming to one of France’s largest venues on 18 June 2022: le Stade de France. Interpreted by mezzo-soprano Béatrice Uria-Monzon, soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and tenor Roberto Alagna will take to the Stade de France’s impressive stage, accompanied by the Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine choir and conducted by Giorgio Croci.

En continuant sur le répertoire lyrique, Opera a Palazzo propose à une trentaine de privilégiés de découvrir une adaptation de la Traviata de Verdi à l'hôtel Dosne-Thiers (ancienne demeure d'Adolphe Thiers) situé dans le quartier de la Nouvelle Athènes. Cette soirée exceptionnelle et intimiste débute à 19h15 avec une coupe de champagne. Les convives sont au plus près des artistes. Chaque acte se déroule dans un salon différent et se ponctue par un entracte au cours duquel sont proposés champagne et caviar. Réservation et tenue de soirée obligatoires. A découvrir les 12, 19 et 20 mai 2022, ainsi que les 3 et 24 juin 2022.

French dancer and choreographer Angelin Preljocaj presents his ballet Gravité at the Grande Halle de la Villette for five exceptional performances from 31 May to 4 June 2022. Defying gravity with a celebration of grace and lightness, the ballet is interpreted by 13 talented dancers.