Outdoor festivals in Paris

Not-to-be-missed events for festival fun in the sun in Paris.

Paris has an all-year-round busy festival scene. Music, theatre, cinema, dance, street arts ... There’s something for all tastes and all ages. Attracting tourists and Parisians, each event is the opportunity to get together for a fun time with family or friends.

In summer, festival-goers can enjoy these great events outdoors. Here is a selection of not-to-be-missed events, to discover festive and cultural Paris outdoors!

Le Printemps des Rues

Printemps des rues 2016 © Quentin Thai

Multidisciplinary

24 to 26 May 2019

For 21 years now, the most popular street art festival in Paris has been held around the Canal Saint-Martin. For 2 days, artists, slammers and theatre companies offer live performances to ever-bigger audiences. A free event which takes place this year in the 10th and 18th arrondissements.

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Villette Sonique

Villette Sonique © La Villette

Music

6 to 9 June 2019

Back at various places in the Parc de la Villette for its 13th edition, the Villette Sonique festival is a favourite of music fans. The event always delivers a quality line-up full of surprises, featuring headline performers and new artists… And you can picnic on the lawns of the park!

Featuring: Julia Holter, Stereolab, David August, Danny Brown...

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We Love Green

Music

Music

1 and 2 June 2019

After just 8 editions, this eco-friendly Parisian musical festival has become a major event. With a fantastic programme, a bucolic setting and activities for kids and grown-ups, We Love Green attracts a large public whilst at the same time respecting the environment.

Featuring: Christine and the Queens, Tame Impala, Erykah Badu, Laurent Garnier, Mr Oizo, Toro y Moi...

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La Plage de Glazart

Glazart, la plage, transat, Paris © OTCP - DR

Music

6 June to 28 September 2019

Every Wednesday during the summer season, discover a selection of pop, rock and electro at Glazart. Laze in a deckchair with your bare feet in the sand and enjoy free concerts at the most seaside bar in Paris. A hint of the seaside in the 19th arrondissement.

Featuring: Macha y el Bloque Depresivo, Kraven Krew, 3672 Techno, ÖPAK...

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Solidays

Solidays © DR

Music

21 to 23 June 2019

The programme for the annual Solidays festival always features a must-see quality line-up of pop and rock artists from top billing names to new talents. The festival, one of the biggest in Paris, takes place at the Longchamp Racecourse in a laid-back atmosphere. Created in 1999, Solidays is a fund-raising event for the fight against AIDS: the funds raised by the event are donated to associations.

Featuring: Die Antwort, Angèle, Hocus Pocus, Dadju, Lomepal, Les Cowboys Fringuants, Macklemore...

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La Défense Jazz festival

La Défense Jazz Festival © Defacto

Music

24 June to 30 June 2019

Every year in June, jazz stars get together in the business district of La Defense for a week of exceptional concerts! The forecourt becomes a platform for all types of jazz and even other musical styles. A free outdoor event with a quality line-up.

Featuring: Snarky Puppy, Gogo Penguin, Eric Legnini...

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Paris Jazz Festival

Paris Jazz Festival - Supernatural Orchestra © Raynald Philippart

Music

6 to 28 July 2019

This hugely popular summer jazz festival takes place every weekend in June and July in the heart of the Parc Floral. For more than 25 years, the event has been bringing together jazz men and women from places all over the world where jazz has taken root, from Switzerland to Armenia, from Africa to France …

Featuring: Anne Paceo, Chassol, Cimafunk, Orquesta Akokan, Yaron Herman, Youn Sun Nah

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Festival Européen Jeunes Talents

Festival Jeunes Talents - Quatuor Hanson © Denis Blackghost - Karol Miczka

Music

30 June to 20 July 2019

For this 17th edition, the European Young Talents Festival brings together the most talented musicians – winners of international classical music competitions. Thrilling moments to enjoy with these young instrumentalists at concerts (some free, some paying) mainly in the Marais (3rd), but also in the Buttes Chaumont (19th) or in the Square Saint-Lambert (public garden) (15th).

Featuring: Quatuor Ellipsos and Quatuor Zahir, Ensemble Ouranos, Christian-Pierre La Marca...

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L’Eté du Canal, l’Ourcq en Fête

Multidisciplinary

6 July to 25 August 2019

Every year during the 2 months of summer, the banks of the Canal de L'Ourcq are the scene of fun and festivities! With dances, concerts, water sports, film screenings, seasonal bars and even cruises, this canal summer festival is an opportunity to experience summer in an offbeat way in the sun in Paris.

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Festival Fnac Live

Festival Fnac Live © DR

Music

3 to 5 July 2019

For 9 years now, the square in front of Paris City Hall has been hosting the Fnac Live festival: a series of 30 free pop, rock and electro concerts that draws a bigger audience every year. Drop in for some musical entertainment on your way back from Paris Plages!

Featuring: Eddy de Pretto, Anna Calvi, Stephan Eicher, Etienne de Crécy Space Echo Live, Johan Papaconstantino...

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Paris l'Eté Festival

Paris quartier d'été © Nans Kong Win Chang

Multidisciplinary

12 July to 3 August 2019

Each year, the Paris l'Eté Festival takes place in Paris and the inner suburbs. Since 1990, this major event has been offering (mainly) free performances of dance, theatre, circus, and concerts in parks, at monuments and in Parisian squares.

Featuring: Kader Attou, Massidi Adiatou, La Compagnie BOT, Xie Xin Dance Theater...

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Cinema outdoors at the Parc de La Villette

Cinéma en plein air à la VIllette © Yvan Grubski

Cinema

17 July to 18 August 2019

During the 2 months of summer, the lawn at the Parc de la Villette is transformed into an open-air cinema. Relax in a deckchair or on the grass and enjoy, for free, one or more of the feature films selected for this extremely popular festival. A great outdoor event for family and friends.

Featuring: Her -  Spike Jonze, Modern Times - Charlie Chaplin ou Blade Runner - Ridley Scott.

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Lollapalooza Paris

Eminem at Lollapallooza, Festival Lollapallooza © DR

Music

20 and 21 July 2019

Certainly one of the best-known festivals in the world! Lollapalooza is back in France and will be at the Longchamp racecourse for two days of exceptional concerts! Rock, pop, rap, ... There is something for everyone!

Featuring: Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, Orelsan, IAM, Jain, Jaden Smith, The Strokes, Migos, Bad Bunny, S.Pri Noir...

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Classique au vert

Festival Classique au vert - Richard Galliano et l'Orchestre de Chambre d'Arménie dirigé par Vahan Mardirossian © Classique au vert

Music

10 August to 1 September 2019

Every year, the ‘Classique au Vert’ festival invites lovers of classical music to the Parc Floral de Vincennes  to a series of weekend concerts featuring well-known and up-and-coming artists. Delightful musical moments in a truly beautiful setting.

Featuring: Trio Karénine, Adam Laloum, Thomas Enco and Vassilena Serafimova...

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Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine 2016 © Victor Picon

Music

23 to 25 August 2019

A highlight of the French musical calendar, the Rock en Seine festival offers a series of rock concerts every last weekend of August at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. The billing for this 16th edition features big names as well as more under the radar groups to discover on one of the 5 concert dates for this event that every year attracts some 120,000 festival-goers. A must!

Featuring: The Cure, Major Lazer, Jorja Smith, Aphex Twin, Alpha Wann...

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Festival Silhouette

Festival Silhouette © Olivier Schmitt

Cinema

Cinema

30 August to 7 September 2019

For its 18th edition, the Festival Silhouette returns to the Butte du Chapeau Rouge with a new programme of short films and free concerts for the whole family.

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Festival Tréteaux nomades

Festival Tréteaux nomades - Arènes de Montmartre

Theatre

26 August to 8 September 2019

The 20th edition of the Arènes de Montmartre travelling festival returns to the streets of Paris to perform a range of theatre: commedia dell'arte, fairground, burlesque... there are plenty of quality performances to choose from. The Festival Tréteaux nomades adapts classical texts to give them a modern twist – great entertainment guaranteed.

Where? Courtyard of the Hôtel de Beauvais (4th) and Arènes de Montmartre (18th).

Featuring: Les 3 samourais (Thilina Pietro Femino), L'amour médecin (Molière), L'avare (Molière)

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Les Pestacles

Mosai et Vincent © Laurent Guizard

Children

26 juin au 04 septembre 2019
Created by the City of Paris, the festival Les Pestacles is a bumper family event. It is held in the Parc Floral and for almost 20 years it has been putting on shows of all kinds throughout the summer: street art, concerts, workshops... activities are numerous and take place every Wednesday, to the delight of young children (sometimes for kids aged 2+).

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Festival des canotiers

Festival
May - June 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The multidisciplinary festival takes place in good fun!

Kiosquorama

Festival
from 14 September 2019 to 05 October 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The festival eco-citizen returns in 2019 for a 11th edition.

Garden Parvis

Festival | Celebration
July - September 2020
Paris La Défense - Parvis de la Défense, Paris La Défense

6 weeks of entertainment to see La Défense in a different way.

Open Air Opera

Festival | Show - opera
June - September 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Every summer, a well-known director puts on a great opera from the classical repertoire.

La Chaise et l’écran

Festival
July - August 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Cinema festival in the 11th arrondissement.

Et 20 l’été

Festival | Show - miscellaneous | Show - theatre
June 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The street arts festival returns for its 9th edition in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

Les Solistes à Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
August - September 2020
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

This classical music festival has put a spotlight on young European virtuosos

Festival Paris l'Eté (Paris Summer Festival)

Festival | Music - miscellaneous | Show - miscellaneous
July - August 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Some fifteen shows in Paris and the Paris region with dance, theatre and music.

Festival Rhizomes

Music - miscellaneous
June - July 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

World music in parks in the18th arrondissement!

The Peacock Society festival

Festival | Modern music
July 2020
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris

The electro festival at the Parc Floral de Vincennes

Festive events at Paris bandstands

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
from 13 April 2019 to 31 December 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Five months of free music, outdoors

Fête de l’Humanité

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
September 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

Over 50 concerts celebrating peace, justice and liberty

Electroland

Festival
July 2020
Disneyland® Paris - Disneyland® Paris, Marne-la-Vallée

Electro jungle night at Parc Walt Disney Studios: Electroland returns

Printemps des rues

Celebration | Show - miscellaneous
May 2020
Canal Saint-Martin - Quai de Jemmapes, Paris

During this weekend in May, it's all about street arts in Paris : theatre, puppet shows, singing, circus, dance, magic...

Villette Sonique

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
June 2020
Parc de La Villette - Plein Air - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

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

We love green

Festival | Modern music
June 2020
Bois de Vincennes - Bois de Vincennes, Paris

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

LaPlage de Glazart

Festival | Modern music
June 2020
Glazart - 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris

Glazart celebrates summer with music and fine sand.

Festival Solidays

Festival | Modern music
June 2020
Paris Longchamp - Bois de Boulogne - 2 route des Tribunes, Paris

Solidays is en event about solidarity - in the fight against Aids : concerts, entertainment and activities

La Défense Jazz festival

Festival | Jazz music
June 2020
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.

Paris Jazz festival

Festival | Jazz music
July 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

Festival Européen Jeunes Talents

Festival | Classical music
June - July 2020
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

This festival, which is a true artistic stepping stone, presents young musicians, emerging on the classical music scene

Festival Fnac Live

Festival | Modern music
June 2020
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris

3 days of concerts featuring thirty or so artists, with a range of musical repertoires.

Open Air Cinema

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
July - August 2020
Parc de La Villette - Plein Air - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

A cultural highlight every summer, the festival welcomes thousands of film fans with a programme of French and international films

Lollapalooza Paris

Festival | Modern music
July 2020
Paris Longchamp - Bois de Boulogne - 2 route des Tribunes, Paris

The famous American festival sets up base in Paris!

Festival Classique au vert

Festival | Classical music
July 2020
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris

This festival was founded by the Mairie de Paris with the aim of combining the pleasures of classical music and the delights of na...

Rock en Seine

Festival | Modern music
August 2020
Domaine national de Saint-Cloud - Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud

One of the most prestigious music festivals of Paris.

Silhouette Festival

Festival | Show - miscellaneous
August - September 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

For a week at the end of summer, the Silhouette association puts on a free festival dedicated to short films.

Tréteaux nomades

Festival | Show - theatre
August - September 2020
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

This festival presents a series of shows, including various types of performing arts, burlesque theatre, music, poetry and popular...