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
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.
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...
We Love Green
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...
La Plage de Glazart
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...
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...
La Défense Jazz festival
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...
Paris Jazz Festival
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
Festival Européen Jeunes Talents
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...
L’Eté du Canal, l’Ourcq en Fête
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.
Festival Fnac Live
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...
Paris l'Eté Festival
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...
Cinema outdoors at the Parc de La Villette
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.
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...
Classique au vert
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...
Rock en Seine
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...
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.
Festival Tréteaux nomades
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)
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+).