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!
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT IN 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.
EXHIBITIONS AND TRADE FAIRS IN PARIS IN MAY AND JUNE 2021
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.
THE FESTIVALS IN PARIS IN MAY AND JUNE 2021
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, PARTIES, SPORTS EVENTS IN PARIS IN MAY AND JUNE 2021
Concerts in Paris
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
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
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.