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!
2 to 4 June 2023
We Love Green is one of the mainstays of Paris’s festival calendar. It’s a large-scale event, resolutely ethical and eco-friendly. It offers an eclectic, international programme of music together with opportunities to explore environmental themes.
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9 to 11 June 2023
A varied and vast programme of activities is rolling out at Hasard Ludique for the Fabrique Festival in early June 2023. Created by the neighbours of this former train station on the inner ring road, the programme features Olympic sports, yoga, dance, tastings, DJ sets, storytelling, stand-up comedy and even body painting for 3 days of fun and festivities.
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10 to 11 June 2023
Now in its 24th year, the Coulée Douce street arts festival takes place on the Coulée Verte, above the Jardin de Reuilly. An eclectic programme of theatrical performances, a capella singers of soul, pop and funk, a polyphonic wardrobe, and cosmic clowns, takes spectators into a joyful and festive imaginary world.
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16 June to 20 July 2023
This first-ever open-air festival ‘Les Etés du Louvre’ in the heart of Paris combines performing arts, music, cinema, and family activities in the grounds of the Louvre to celebrate the start of summer. Theatre, dance, performances, film screenings with the Paradiso cinema, concerts and puppet shows are all to be found in the Tuileries Gardens, the Cour Carré and the Cour Lefuel.
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18 June to 14 July 2023
The Chopin festival invites the public to an array of classical music concerts in the splendid setting of the Parc de Bagatelle. The programme includes candlelit concerts, recitals, a ‘Piano à Portes ouvertes’ concert with 8 young pianists playing Chopin, and a closing concert on 14 July featuring the composer Rachmaninov, a great interpreter of Chopin's repertoire.
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26 June to 2 july 2023
Every year in June, jazz stars get together in the business district of 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.
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28 to 30 June 2023
A not-to-miss event for music lovers in Paris, the Fnac Live festival presents around thirty free concerts on the forecourt of Paris City Hall, as well as in the city hall reception rooms. A full and varied programme awaits the public for 3 days of live music.
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30 June to 2 July 2023
The Pépélé Festival is back for a second edition. Come along and spend 3 days moving to the rhythm of Afrobeats and Amapiano in a former military barracks. Attractions include a large food area and Classics Only karaoke, where you can sing your heart out to top tunes from the 90s and 2000s.
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1 to 2 July 2023
A new addition to the ranks of the capital's summer festivals: Yardland, a festival dedicated to popular cultures, promoted by Yard Agency and We Love Green. Two days of entertainment and activities in the parc de Choisy, with music, dance, gastronomic discoveries, and exchanges with cultural associations.
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2 July to 3 September 2023
Jazz fans meet up in summer in the lovely Parc Floral gardens for the Paris Jazz Festival. Artists from all over the world rub shoulders with names from the French jazz scene for a major celebration of jazz music.
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8 to 12 July 2023
The Dolcevita-sur-Seine festival celebrates the links between the two French and Italian capitals with an exciting programme of festivities on the banks of the Seine. Open-air film screenings, photo exhibitions, music and live encounters will make the heart of Paris and Rome beat faster.
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8 July to 13 August 2023
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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10 to 30 July 2023
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.
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19 July to 20 August 2023
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.
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Du 25 au 27 août 2023
One of the top Parisian festivals, Rock en Seine welcomes internationally renowned groups and some of the most talented emerging artists every year. For 3 days, more than 100,000 spectators enjoy live performances in the Parc National de Saint-Cloud, in a festive spirit.
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9 to 10 September 2023
A popular and historic festival, ‘Paris vaut bien une fête’ takes you on a journey through the history of the city of Paris. A ball in Belle Epoque costumes and a multi-period village with sculptors and woodcarvers will transport you to another time, with the added attraction of a parade in period costume between the Pantheon and place Saint-Sulpice.
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Du 15 et 16 septembre 2023
Head for Paris Nord Villepinte centre for this two-day open air electronic music festival. With a packed and varied programme, Dream Nation is top of the bill for all electro fans!
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15 to 17 September 2023
Fête de l’Humanité is more than just a festival, it’s an experience to be shared. It celebrates tolerance, freedom and community spirit. The event lasts for three days offering a wide choice of concerts for all generations together with exhibitions, shows, debates and stands run by organisations from all over the world.
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