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.

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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!


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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 13 February 2022.

More information on the 2021 Napoleon season

Cancelled in 2020, the Salon de la Pâtisserie, presided over by Pierre Hermé, will be held from 20 to 22 June 2021 at the Porte de Versailles

After being cancelled in June 2020, the 35th festival of Martial Arts is due to be held on 12 June 2021 at the AccorArena. On the programme: Demonstrations and matches in different disciplines.

Another big art-related event in June is the Semaine du dessin, when many venues in Paris and Ile-de-France put the spotlight on drawing. Other not-to-miss event: Drawing Alternativethe contemporary drawing show, at the Carreau du Temple (from 10 to 13 June 2021). Under the magnificent glass roof, some 70 galleries exhibit more than 2,000 works.


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 (cancelled in 2021, see you in 2022) 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

In 2021, the band Indochine celebrates its 40th anniversary! For the occasion, the legendary French band has scheduled a date at the Stade de France in 2022: 21 May 2022. Dadju, for his part, will take over the Parc des Princes for an exceptional concert on Saturday 18 June 2022. In another style, the Seine Musicale is set to welcome the singer Björk on Tuesday 21 and Friday 24 June 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

After a 2020 edition which was pushed back and rescheduled for October, Roland-Garros should be back as usual in May and June. This 2021 French Open is scheduled to take place from 24 May to 13 June 2021.