What to do in May and June 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 events, including the French Open (at Roland Garros), the European Night of Museums and the Fête de la Musique. There’s something for everyone!

Exhibitions and trade shows

Affiche de l'expostion Monet, Renoir...Chagall à l'Atelier des Lumières, Paris

and are offering visitors the opportunity to see exhibitions organized before the confinement, with extended viewing dates. Starting with Turner, Paintings and Watercolours from the Tate, a major retrospective of the golden age of English watercolour painting, to see at the Musée Jacquemart-André.

For a new artistic experience, the Atelier des Lumières is once again, since the end of May, showcasing the works of some twenty or so artists in the exhibition Monet, Renoir... Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean. In this forty-minute journey, the paintings of these great artists are projected in sequences in gigantic digital format. Also on the theme of the Mediterranean, the exhibition Cezanne and the master painters, a dream of Italy is running at the Musée Marmottan-Monet.

From June, the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is giving visitors another chance to discover the art of master blacksmiths from Sub-Saharan Africa through the exhibition Striking Iron

More exhibitions in June

List of cultural and leisure attractions now open

But it is also possible to discover many cultural events online all summer long.

every Wednesday! A programme that appeals to young and old alike with the broadcast of recordings of La Princesse Légère and the Mystère de l’Ecureuil Bleu until June 15. Plus, the Philharmonie de Paris puts on a virtual selection of symphonic or world music concerts for listeners to discover every evening at 8.30 pm. And for jazz lovers, many concerts from the various editions of the Jazz à la Villette festival are just waiting to be discovered - enough to keep you entertained until September!

Want to dance? The We Love Green festival innovates with an online festival from 3 to 7 June. Beck, Septime, Catherine Ringer sings the Rita Mitsouko, Metronomy, Rone and many others top the bill at this festival to be broadcast on We Love Green TV.

Nothing stops Plage de Glazart which for the first time in France streams a clubbing evening in May. This interactive event offers clubbers the possibility of going into different rooms and even chat with dancers. An event that could be repeated throughout the summer.

The other eagerly awaited major musical event, the Fête de la Musique (Music Day), on June 21, celebrates the return of summer to great fanfare. Music aficionados are invited to show off their talents from the comfort of their own homes for this rather special 2020 edition. Finally, a big concert at the Accorhotels Arena will be broadcast on television so that as many spectators as possible will be able to enjoy the music from the comfort of their sofa! This longest day of the year will be music to your ears!

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. This year, everyone is invited to see the short films, feature films and musical selection of the 2020 edition ... online, free of charge, from 9 to 16 June.

Get out and about in Paris: activities in small groups

Balade en vélo - quais de Seine © Mary Quincy

Summer is just around the corner and the French capital is a wonderful place to stroll! Discover all the charms of Paris district by district, enjoy being outdoors in Paris’s many green parks and gardens, or go for a walk or a bike ride.

4 cycling itineraries

List of outings in Paris

Want to enjoy a fun outdoor activity exploring Paris with a small group of friends and visit the capital while having fun? Cluez, the first digital treasure hunt is the ideal app for you! A mix of treasure hunt, escape game and cultural visit, it takes you through secret spots of Paris on a hunt for clues to solve one of 3 enigmas. ‘L'Affaire des Poisons’ in the Marais is another outing with a trail for kids from 8 to 12 years old.

Are you passionate about graffiti? Background Paris organizes many activities to do with family or friends in small groups. Watch the creation of a work of art, discover urban art spots usually closed to the public, learn all about different working techniques or even create your own mural! Equipped with your masks and overalls, you will love this innovative and safe outing!

For its part, Promenade des Sens offers two fun activities at a distance to delight the taste buds. Become an expert on chocolate or try your hand at oenology with your family or colleagues for an innovative team-building activity!

For an activity in a couple or with friends, the Dilletantes champagne cellar hosts several tasting lunches with many champagnes to discover, the opportunity for an outing in small groups, and a treat for your taste buds.

In Paris or on an excursion, French Travel helps you plan your family holidays with outdoor activities, wine classes and many other surprises, all in accordance with health and safety rules.

Online outings and activities at home

For guided tours in complete safety, many guides offer to help you explore Paris from the comfort of your sofa!
The canals of the City of Paris, cinema locations, a tour of the Belleville-Ménilmontant districts in search of the most superb graffiti, Paris during the occupation, black culture in Paris, the Parisian passages, the Law Courts, from the Marais to Batignolles ... everything is possible on the Explore Paris website where you can take your pick from many virtual walks!

Looking for some greenery despite the bad weather? Picturesque Voyages offers online Paris outings ... of a green kind. The Parc des Buttes de Chaumont, Jardin du Luxembourg, Batignolles or the gardens of the Marais … On a visit lasting from 1hr30 to 2hrs, discover the most beautiful Parisian parks and gardens and all their secrets without having to leave your home! A virtual getaway that is good for the morale!
is Toot'Sweet's new platform; it offers many virtual tours of museums, exhibitions, games, educational activities, tutorials, mini-training courses, films, e-books, podcasts ... all free to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

How to keep your kids occupied at home? Paris’s museums are getting even more imaginative and devising fun activities and numerous virtual games for kids and teens. Create your own comic book, play at Memory, puzzles or dominoes via works by the most famous artists; try your hand at fun games based on science, animals or music, architecture or economics; do colouring or embroidering inspired by works from the Middle Ages ... There is no shortage of ideas to inspire you!

Virtual games and manual activities for children proposed by Parisian museums

Festival Solidays (cancelled)

Festival | Modern music
from 19 June 2020 to 21 June 2020
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

Celebration
from 04 July 2020 to 30 August 2020
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

Sport
from 16 May 2020 to 17 May 2020
Hippodrome d'Auteuil - Route des Lacs, Paris

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

Champs-Elysées Film Festival (virtually maintained)

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
from 09 June 2020 to 16 June 2020
Avenue des Champs-Élysées - De l'Arc de Triomphe à la place de la Concorde, Paris
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Champs-Elysées Film Festival aims to present independent French and American films to a wider audience : competition, screenings, ...

Paris Jazz festival

Festival | Jazz music
from 16 August 2020 to 20 September 2020
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

Prix de Diane Longines

Sport
from 14 June 2020 to 14 June 2020
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

Sport
from 20 September 2020 to 04 October 2020
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...

Fête du cinéma (cancelled)

Festival
from 28 June 2020 to 01 July 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Paris, a cinematic joy