What to do in May and June 2021 in Paris

Paris is the place to enjoy music! In May and June, music fans get together to make the most of music festivals and concerts.

With the return of sunshine and milder temperatures, Paris will be playing host to numerous open-air or virtual events. There’s something for everyone!


Pont des Arts, Paris

The Museums at Night 2021 event takes place on 15 May 2021. A programme of exhibitions, encounters, fun events …Throughout the evening, museums open their doors free of charge for visitors to see them in a new light and a celebratory atmosphere. The 2020 edition saw the appearance of new digital and original formats. Undoubtedly the venues should retain some of the benefits should the health situation disrupt the programme.


Macarons roses - Gentle Gourmet © Gentle Gourmet

The Napoleon season continues in full swing this summer with two exhibitions about the Emperor at Invalides. In addition to the exhibition Napoléon n’est plus [‘Napoleon is no more’], the Musée de l’Armée will give carte blanche to artists for the exhibition Napoléon? Encore! – As seen by contemporary artists from 7 May 2021 to 30 January 2022.

More information on the 2021 Napoleon season

Foodies are in for a treat! For several years now, the Taste of Paris festival has been delighting gourmets at the Grand Palais. During the closure of the Grand Palais for renovation work, it is the Temporary Grand Palais on the Champ-de-Mars that will welcome top chefs for visitors to find out more about the past, present and, in particular, the future of gastronomy, between 13 and 16 May. Cancelled in 2020, the Salon de la Pâtisserie, presided over by Pierre Hermé, will be held from 20 June 2021 at the Porte de Versailles. Another trade show, another theme, the famous vintage and classic car showRetromobile has been moved to the month of June. The event will welcome visitors from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 June 2021.


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

In compliance with health measures, several festivals are gearing up to welcome the public as summer approaches.

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 30 May 2021. 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. 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 2021 by revealing some of the artists who will be on the programme. Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Doja Cat, Disclosure, Angèle, Bad Bunny and many others are already booked to be on stage at the Bois de Vincennes between Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 June 2021.

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!

More information on outdoor Parisian festivals.

In June,  cinema takes centre stage in Paris, with the Champs-Elysées Film Festival which usually screens the best of French and American independent cinema at various movie houses on the  Champs-Elysées Avenue, together with exceptional rooftop evenings opposite the Arc de Triomphe. Held online last year, the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special edition this year!


Concerts in Paris

La Seine Musicale - Vue Intérieure , Paris © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe Jean De Gatines Architectes

2021 is the year of the 40th Anniversary Tour of Indochine. To mark the occasion, the legendary French band will play a concert at the Stade de France on 19 June. And on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June 2021, Dadju will give two exceptional concerts at the Parc des Princes. On another note, the Seine Musicale will welcome the singer Björk on Friday 25 and Monday 28 June 2021 (postponed to 2022).

Festivals in Paris

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.

Sports events in Paris

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

Initially slated for February, the Grand Slam de Paris de Judo will be held in May this year. Fans, save the date! Finally, after a 2020 edition which was pushed back and rescheduled for October, Roland-Garros should be back as usual in May. This 2021 French Open is scheduled to take place from 23 May to 6 June.

Festival Solidays (cancelled)

Festival | Modern music
Edition 2021 cancelled
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp - Bois de Boulogne - 2 route des Tribunes, Paris

Solidays is en event about solidarity - in the fight against Aids : concerts, entertainment and activities

Fête des Tuileries

July - August 2021
Jardin des Tuileries - Place de la Concorde, Paris

For 2 months, children and adults, tourists and Parisians all enjoy the 60 or so attractions at this two-month-long funfair

Grand Steeplechase

October 2021
Hippodrome d'Auteuil - Route des Lacs, Paris

The Grand Steeplechase de Paris is one of the biggest dates on the racing calendar.

Paris Jazz festival

Festival | Jazz music
August 2021
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris

Paris Jazz Festival artfully blends jazz melodies and the harmony of nature

Belleville artists' open studios

Exhibition | Trade fair, trade show, exhibition
May 2021
Quartier de Belleville - Belleville, Paris

More than 200 artists open the doors of their studios to the public, free of charge

Prix de Diane Longines

June 2021
Hippodrome de Chantilly - 16 avenue du Général Leclerc - 209 BP 90, Chantilly

This race is one of the most prestigious on the flat racing calendar, an event that is the epitome of French elegance and distinct...

French Open tennis championship

from 24 May 2021 to 13 June 2021
Stade Roland-Garros - 2 avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris

This year once again, (be it on the Philippe Chatrier or the Suzanne Lenglen court) a new chapter in tennis history will be writte...

Et 20 l’été

Festival | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
June 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The street arts festival returns for its 13th edition in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.