Diary for nightbirds in Paris

Grand Paris—Paris and the surrounding area—loves a good party and have a full event calendar all year round! Learn more about the must-see happenings scheduled.

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The winter show circuit

Sonic Protest © DR

Cold weather can’t stop Grand Paris—we have a full selection of events to warm your winter nights! Every year in January, the Sons d’Hiver Festival returns with numerous concerts in Paris and in several towns to the south-east of Paris.

Don’t miss Sonic Protest, back with this year’s edition. This avant-garde festival founded in 2003 takes place throughout Grand Paris. Programming includes concerts, sound installations and film projections organized in an extremely eclectic selection of venues including Saint-Merry Church (4th arrondissement), Le Centquatre (19th arrondissement), Le Générateur in Gentilly, the Théâtre de Vanves, Les Instants Chavirés and La Marbrerie in Montreuil to name just a few.

In March, the Paris Music Festival is based on the audacious idea of listening to music in the most unusual places in Greater Paris! The concept behind this festival is simple but bold: enjoy music in the most unusual places Grand Paris has to offer! Electro in a museum, rock in a cultural center or jazz in a quirky bar, for example—an event that’s sure to please!

Spring is in the air—with a full calendar of events

Spring brings warmer weather, and a slew of festivals as well! Women are in the spotlight at Les Femmes s’en mêlent, an event devoted entirely to showcasing the women of the indie music scene. The festival, founded in 1997, sets concerts in Le Trabendo (19th arrondissement).

And in Mars, the western suburbs march in time to the music of Festival Chorus des Hauts-de-Seine at La Seine Musicale on Ile Seguin. The festival celebrates all styles, from rock to French chanson, rap and electro. Tickets are affordable and the lineup exceptional!

April rhymes with electro in Paris. AccorHotels Arena hosts the Fun Radio Ibiza Experience: a special evening organized by Radio Electro Dance Music de France with top international DJs. Weather Festival is the place to be for house and techno fans—a sure crowd-pleaser for all the clubbers out there. In under five years, it has made a name for itself as the festival for electro music and culture. The program for the three-day event includes sets by the best DJs in the world. The lively Banlieues Bleues Festival brings jazz to numerous towns in Seine-Saint-Denis from March to April.

In May, museums open their doors to night owls!

Nuit des musées - Musée d'Orsay, Paris © Ralph Starkweather

At the end of May, it is the European Night of Museums, a festive, unconventional evening that invites the public to enjoy art and heritage differently. To celebrate the occasion, museums in and around Paris—like sister institutions throughout Europe—are breaking curfew! Concerts and DJ sets are part of the lineup, alongside exhibitions, performances, film screenings and other special events. The action moves northeast for Villette Sonique, the celebrated underground contemporary music festival, which will once again take up residence in Parc de la Villette, with three stages set to welcome established artists and bright new talents alike. And for jazz lovers, the beginning of May gets the Left Bank into the swing of things with the Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Festival.

No time to waste in June!

We Love Green 2017 - scène © Maxime Chermat / We Love Green

Among the must-see events, We Love Green gets top billing. The festival takes place in the Bois de Vincennes and is the greenest, most eco-friendly festival in the Paris area. Its lineup features a little bit of everything: rock, pop, electro and urban music. LaPlage de Glazart will also be back at Porte de la Villette (19th arrondissement). Enjoy free concerts and mixing with your toes in the sand from June through October. The perfect place to chill out and have a good time!

Finally, in June, head to the Parc Floral for the Paris Jazz Festival, and to several venues in the Hauts-de-Seine for the La Défense Jazz Festival.

Les Bains numériques is worth checking out. The festival, which takes place the first week of June in Enghien-les-Bains, showcases digital artwork, with a focus on Asian trends. The schedule of events boasts exhibitions, installations and concerts, including a giant free concert featuring international artists on a floating stage set up on Lake Enghien.

Summer: the season of music festivals!

Solidays 2016 © DR

In June, the Marche des Fiertés (also known as ‘Gay Pride’) returns for a festive and militant procession through the streets of the city. And that’s just the beginning: summer brings with it the festival season! There’s something for everyone.

Electro fans will love The Peacock Society Festival, at the Parc Floral in early July. Rock-lovers will hardly be left out: Rock en Seine at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud is the festival for them.

Another major event is Solidays, which will set up camp at the Longchamp Racecourse in late June, with an eclectic lineup ranging from rock to pop by way of electro.

Another major event

Another major event is Solidays, which will set up camp at the Longchamp Racecourse in late June, with an eclectic lineup ranging from rock to pop by way of electro. This summer will also welcome a newbie to the capital’s festival scene: the legendary American Lollapalooza will be holding its first edition in France July 22 and 23 at the Longchamp Racecourse! And at the end of July, the big annual American festival Lollapalooza returns to the Longchamp Racecourse.

And let’s not forget La Fête de la Musique on June 21. In and around Paris—and throughout the country—we celebrate the first day of summer with the sound of music in the streets. Whether they’re professionals or amateurs, all musicians are invited to come out and make some noise!

And to commemorate Bastille Day, don’t miss the famous bals des pompiers celebrations organized by many of the region’s fire stations on the night of July 14. Get ready to dance the night away!

A festive fall

Plasticiens - Godzilla - Nuit Blanche 2019

Be sure not to miss Paris Electronic Week at the end of September. This is the event for electro culture devotees. Conferences and workshops are interspersed with prestigious concerts that all lead up to the celebrated Techno Parade. To the floats on the double!

The MaMA Festival sets the 18th arrondissement swaying to the beat! In mid-October, look out for the dozens of concerts in several key local venues and go along to some of the fifty or so talks on the theme of music.

If you like French chanson, don’t miss Festi’Val de Marne, which gives French lyrics pride of place, whatever the genre (rock, rap, pop, etc.), at a series of concerts in towns throughout the Val-de-Marne.

In early October, it is Nuit Blanche, a major highlight of Parisian nightlife—undoubtedly the most cultural and talked-about event in all of Grand Paris! Pull an all-nighter to explore contemporary art in all its forms and in a number of amazing venues. At the end of the month, the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris celebrates indie music with a thrilling line-up over 3 days at the Halle de la Villette!

To bring fall to a pleasant close, don’t miss the fifth edition of the Festival Kalypso, a festive event showcasing hip-hop dance at key venues in the Val-de-Marne.

Autumn Festival in Paris

Festival | Show - dance | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
from 05 September 2020 to 07 February 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Every year, the public can discover almost 50 shows in various venues and institutions in Paris and around the Ile-de-France regio...

Museums at Night 2021

Celebration | Exhibition
15th of May 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The 16th Museums at Night events invites itself to your home for online visits

Villette Sonique

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
from 27 May 2021 to 31 May 2021
Parc de La Villette - Plein Air - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

The free, open-air music festival returns for another edition.

Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés festival

Festival | Jazz music
May 2021
Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

‘Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ festival has been an opportunity to hear the most prestigious jazz musicians and the hottest new t...

The Peacock Society festival

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

The electro festival at the Parc Floral de Vincennes

Festival Solidays

Festival | Modern music
June 2021
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

Lollapalooza Paris (postponed)

Festival | Modern music
from 17 July 2021 to 18 July 2021
Hippodrome ParisLongchamp - Bois de Boulogne - 2 route des Tribunes, Paris

The famous American festival sets up base in Paris!

Nuit Blanche in Paris

Celebration
from 02 October 2021 to 02 October 2021
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

Installations, exhibitions, concerts ... explore Paris in a new way, at night

Techno Parade

Celebration | Modern music
September 2021
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

This mega festive event attracts a large public who come to parade through the streets of Paris to promote electronic music cultur...

Download Festival

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
Postponed to the 2021 edition
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

French edition of a legendary festival!

Firemen's ball

Celebration
from 13 July 2021 to 14 July 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

On danse pour pour la Fête Nationale dans les casernes de pompiers.

Bastille Day, 14th July

Celebration
from 13 July 2021 to 14 July 2021
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

French National Day.

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

LaPlage de Glazart

Festival | Modern music
July 2021
Glazart - 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris

Glazart celebrates summer with music and fine sand.

We love green (postponed)

Festival | Modern music
from 05 June 2021 to 06 June 2021
Bois de Vincennes - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

This eco-friendly music event has an exceptional line-up of international artists for festival goers!

La Défense Jazz festival

Festival | Jazz music
September 2021
Paris La Défense - Parvis de la Défense, Paris La Défense

The forecourt at the Ile-de-France business district is transformed into an open-air concert hall.

Rock en Seine

Festival | Modern music
from 27 August 2021 to 29 August 2021
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud - Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud

One of the most prestigious music festivals of Paris.

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

Festival | Modern music
October 2021
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

Three exceptional evenings to celebrate the10th edition of this top autumn festival.