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

25 to 27 May 2018

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.

Featuring: Cie des Ô "Fracasse", Les Enfants des Verminaux, Frichti, Les Frères Jacquard et la batucada Sambinho Especial

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Villette Sonique

Villette Sonique © La Villette

Music

25 to 30 May 2018

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: Marquis de Sade, Mogwai, Jon Hopkins, John Maus...

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We Love Green

Music

Music

2 and 3 June 2018

After just 7 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: Björk, Juliette Armanet, Orelsan, Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie XX...

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LaPlage de Glazart

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

Music

7 June to 29 September 2018

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: Terrence Parker, Tom Trago, The Souljazz Orchestra, Corine …

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Download festival

Download festival © DR

Music

15 to 17 June 2018

After a successful first edition last year at Longchamp Racecourse, the British rock festival is back at a most surprising venue: a huge abandoned air base within the Paris region! An electrifying event not to be missed.

Featuring: Guns n'Roses, The Offspring, Foo Fighters...

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Solidays

Solidays © DR

Music

22 to 24 June 2018

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: L'Impératrice, Kosme, Nasser, Juliette Armanet, The Kills, Meute, Camille, Requin Chagrin...

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La Défense Jazz festival

La Défense Jazz Festival © Defacto

Music

Music

25 June to 1 July 2018

Every year in June, jazz stars get together in the business districtof La Défense 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.

With: Youn Sun Nah, AL McKay’s Earth Wind and Fire ExperienceTaylor McFerrin, André Manoukian Quartet ...

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Paris Jazz Festival

Paris Jazz Festival - Supernatural Orchestra © Raynald Philippart

Music

30 June to 22 July 2018

This hugely popular summer jazz festival takes place every weekend in June and July in the heart of the Parc Floral. For mor 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:  Guy Mintus et Yinon Muallem, Mark Eliyahu Ensemble, Avial Meets Avital , Hugh Coltman, Eric Seva...

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Festival Européen Jeunes Talents

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

Music

30 June to 22 July 2018

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: Michel Dalberto, Xavier Phillips, David Grimal, La Pieuvre, Yan Levionnois, Adelaïde Ferrière ...

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L’Eté du Canal, l’Ourcq en Fête

Multidisciplinary

4 July to 26 August 2018

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

Music

5 to 7 July 2018

For 8 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!

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Paris l'Eté Festival

Paris quartier d'été © Nans Kong Win Chang

Multidisciplinary

16 July to 4 August 2018

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: Joël Pommerat, Tatiana-Mosio Bonsonga, Olivier Dubois, Jean-François Sivadier ...

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Cinema outdoors at the Parc de La Villette

Cinéma en plein air à la VIllette © Yvan Grubski

Cinema

18 July to 29 August 2018

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: La La Land (Damien Chazelle), ‎The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson), The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman), Yellow Submarine (George Dunning) …

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Lollapalooza Paris

Eminem at Lollapallooza, Festival Lollapallooza © DR

Music

21 and 22 July 2018

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: Depeche Mode, Kasabian, Paul Kalkbrenner, Nekfeu, Gorillaz, The Killers, Noel Gallagher, Diplo ...

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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

11 August to 02 September 2018

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.

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Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine 2016 © Victor Picon

Music

Music

24 to 26 August 2018

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: Justice, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Die Antwoord ...

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Festival Silhouette

Festival Silhouette © Olivier Schmitt

Cinema

Cinema

24 August to 1 September 2018

For its 17th 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

27 August to 9 September 2018

The 19th 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).

With: Hamlet (Shakespeare), Le mariage de Figaro (Beaumarchais), Les 3 samourais (Thilina Pietro Femino)

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Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me I'm Yours 2013 - Jef Aerosol © DR/Community

Music

September 2018

The self-service ‘Play me, I'm yours’ pianos are back in Paris! Customized by 20 artists, then put on show for a time in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 20 street pianos are then installed in various public places in Paris so that passers-by can enjoy playing them for free. An original participatory festival that has already been taken up around the world.

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Festival des canotiers

Festival
May - June 2019
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The multidisciplinary festival takes place in good fun!

Kiosquorama

Festival
September 2018
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The festival eco-citizen returns in 2018 for a 10th edition.

L'été Paris La Défense

Festival | Celebration
from 12 July 2018 to 19 August 2018
Paris La Défense - Parvis de la Défense, Paris La Défense

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

Open Air Opera: Carmen

Festival | Show - opera
from 15 June 2018 to 08 September 2018
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
from 13 July 2018 to 24 August 2018
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
from 21 June 2018 to 24 June 2018
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

The street arts festival returns for its 8th edition in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

Les Solistes à Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
from 01 September 2018 to 16 September 2018
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 of Chamber Music in the Orangery at Bagatelle

Festival | Classical music
July-August 2018
Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris - Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris

L'Octuor de France propose le festival de musique de chambre dans le cadre exceptionnel de l'Orangerie de Bagatelle