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