A very special summer: activities and event across Paris

Culture, sport, beach life, nocturnes, concerts… discover events and activities for all, in Paris this summer.

From July 6 to September 15, 2020, Paris presents a season to remember: A very special summer, with cultural, sporting and educational activities and events designed to comply with social distancing and other measures currently in effect, for Parisians and visitors alike. A chance to experience something new, something different, whether you’re travelling or staying at home!

Free entertainment at Paris Plage

Have fun this summer with Paris Plages!

Paris Plages is all set up and ready to welcome you from July 18 to August 30, at the Bassin de la Villette and in the heart of town, along the banks of the Seine. To celebrate the 2020 opening, and the launch of A very special summer, the Paris Chamber orchestra presents a free concert of music by Clément Janequin, Teleman and Brahms on July 18, at 11 a.m. on the banks of the Seine, and 5.30 p.m. at Bassin de la Villette.

Paris Plage (Paris Beach) is the ideal setting to relax and enjoy A very special summer, with a programme of city walks, swimming, and plenty of free entertainment and activities for all ages. Look out for pétanque, Tai-Chi and an open-air library on the banks of the Seine, and table football (foosball), pétanque, kayaking and film screenings (aboard a boat!) at La Villette canal basin. For children, Partir en Livre (‘Holidays by Book’) offers workshops and pop-up events throughout the day, July 18, 2020.

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Cultural events for summer

A host of cultural activities are planned all summer long, for Parisians and visitors of all ages, including free workshops in everything from theatre, dance and visual art, to Lego, gardening and creative writing.    

The CRL10 offers free courses in cooking and street art, while Espace Paris Jeunes le Miroir invites you discover the fascinating world of stop-motion animation. Libraries are getting involved, too, with a wealth of extra-mural activities.

Paris’s city farms – the Ferme urbaine pédagogique Suzanne Lenglen and Ferme Kellerman – are offering free entry and activities for all ages over several days, and the Kiosques Parisiens sponsor a busy programme of performances and concerts. Free open-air cinema screens are popping up across the city: Ciné Voisin is just one of many, showing films at street level on neighbourhood blocks in the 20th arrondissement.

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Summer sport across Paris

Get fit this summer, with a host of free sporting activities. Paris Sport Dimanches (‘Paris Sunday Sport’) offers free Sunday morning classes in Pilates, gymnastics, fat-busting, dance, fitness, boxing and Tai-Chi, through to October. Sessions are held in parks and squares across the city, led by qualified instructors from the CNOSF (France’s national Olympic and sporting committee).

Paris Sport Été (‘Paris Summer Sport’) presents a programme of free day-time events from July 15 to July 31: fitness workshops, Nordic walking and gym workouts, in city parks and gardens, and free admission to gyms and sports halls operated by the City of Paris. Centres Sport Découverte offers free afternoon and early evening sports activities throughout the summer, for people of all ages (6 and over).

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Free summer nocturnes in Paris

From July 6 to September 15, 2020, make the most of fine summer nights with a diverse programme of events! Centre Paris Anim’ offers free world music concerts, plus free concerts through August and September at the Grange aux Belles and on Quais de Valmy. Get in the party mood at the EPJ Mahalia Jackson’s Fougère Block Party in Square Léon Frapié on July 24, featuring events and activities, dance, street art and music.

Paris’s tradition of summer bals (‘dance parties’) continues on July 10, 2020 with a great line-up of DJs and musicians at a free Trans-Saharan Dance Party, courtesy of Bal Tropical de Paname, at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam. Last but not least, numerous open-air film screenings are organised by Festival Ciné Vision (July),  the Institut suédois (August), the Bar à Bulles, Parc de la Villette, the Bar à Buou, and Gymnase Chaumont, on August 28, 2020.

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