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What to do in Paris in July 2024

Before the official kick-off of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris on July 26, let's get into the swing of things with these cultural events covering sport from every angle!

What with the Paris Games, the capital will be caught up, in July 2024, in sporting competitions, but even so, culture won’t take a back seat. Here is a sample of the events you won’t want to miss!

With the Paris Games just around the corner, the capital will be living to the rhythm of sporting competitions in July 2024, but culture will not be left behind. Here's an overview of the events you need to take advantage of!

Focus on the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The SPOT24 exhibition at the foot of the Eiffel Tower sheds fresh light on so-called ‘urban’ sports in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Games. Find out all about these new sports through a variety of works and archive material straight from the collection of Lausanne’s Olympic Museum.

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Sport being front and centre, July is the month to build bridges between sport and culture. Sport and theatre, for example, are not at all incompatible, as Olympicorama, a series of entertaining performances and talks, proves. The actor and director Frédéric Ferrer unveils, at the Grande Halle of la Villette until 6 July 2024, the behind-the-scenes action and funny little details of the Olympic Games. The programme of these talks includes the 100 metres (2 July 2024), the flyweight and super heavyweight classes of boxing (4 July 2024) and table tennis (6 July 2024).

From 2 July to 3 November 2024, the château de Versailles is hosting ‘The Horse in Majesty. At the Heart of a Civilization’, an exhibition highlighting the relationship between people and horses through 400 works. This collection enables visitors to explore Western equestrian culture from the 16th to the early 20th century.

At the Palais Galliera, sport is viewed through the prism of fashion. Fashion on the Move, presented until 7 September 2025, explores the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present day through more than 200 works. The event examines the connection between physical activity/sport and clothing. It presents garments from the collections of Chanel, Hermès, Sonia Rykiel and Yohji Yamamoto.

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And there are several other events if you would like to go deeper into the subject of the connection between sport and culture: Crowd Out, the show featuring 1,000 amateur choristers at the Opéra Bastille, on 1 July 2024 ‘Quand tout se joue’, the special ‘Olympic and Paralympic Games’ guided tours at the Centre Pompidou, until 10 August 2024. Le Parcassons, an entertaining musical trail at the Cité de la Musique/Philharmonie de Paris, from 1 June to 30 September 2024 ‘Boxe Boxe Brasil’ by Mourad Merzouki, a dance show at the Théâtre Le 13ème Art, from 13 July to 12 August 2024 or La Métropolitaine, a major event celebrating the links between sport and contemporary art to be discovered in 13 emblematic venues in Paris and Greater Paris, from 4 May to 15 September 2024.

During the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the French capital will be transformed into one big playground with a central event: ‘Paris fête les Jeux!’ The ‘Paris fête des Jeux’ venues will host many sports activities, cultural events, broadcasts of competitions and catering areas to give visitors a warm welcome. The parvis of the Hôtel de Ville, the Arènes de Lutèce, the Place Saint-Sulpice and the Parc Monceau (among other sites) await you for celebrations that are open to all. These events are free, popular, family-friendly and festive, in the heart of Parisian neighbourhoods.

The highlights of the Paris Games in July 2024

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The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be both spectacular and memorable!

The capital, which will be the focus of attention from 26 juillet 2024, is doing things on a grand scale on this festive evening. For the inauguration, Paris has eschewed stadiums and chosen the Seine as the setting. The parade of athletes will take place on boats on the river. They will sail past the iconic monuments of Paris as they wend their way from east to west along a 6-km route. The city itself will be transformed into a stage that comes alive as the parades of athletes and artistes take place.

Please note that the opening ceremony is only open to spectators with a ticket or by invitation.

The key competitions

After the ceremony, it will be time for the competitions! The following day, 27 July, the first medals will be awarded for sports such as shooting and diving. Then the action moves to the Défense Arena, with the men’s 400 metres individual medley.

Bastille Day in Paris

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Ten days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paris will celebrate Bastille Day, the 14 of July, with a military parade and a flypast by the Patrouille de France. The parade, which is usually held on the Champs-Elysées, has been moved this year and will take place between Vincennes and Nation with the Olympic flame as a special guest. You’ll have to get up very early to watch it (the ceremony will also be broadcast live).

Exhibitions in Paris in July 2024

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This summer, there are exhibitions to see at all the museums! Make the most of the long days to go along to discover them!

The Halle Saint-Pierre and the magazine HEY! modern art & pop culture have joined forces to place the spotlight on ceramics in an exhibition featuring 30-odd artists working in different mediums. You have until 14 August 2024 to marvel at their creations.

What was the life of a schoolchild like in the Middle Ages? ‘School in the Middle Ages’ is an unusual and educational exhibition that covers all sorts of topics such as the length of studies, the age at which one went to university, the schoolbooks that were used, etc. To know more, head to the Tour Jean Sans Peur before 15 September 2024.

‘Waste Age’, on at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie until 1 September 2024, explores the solutions that designers have found to transform our waste and extract value from it.

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From 18 June to 29 September 2024, Eva Jospin’s artwork ‘Chambre de soie’ (Silk Room) will be on display at the orangery at the Palace of Versailles - 350 m² of embroidery to admire!

In July the Musée du Quai Branly invites visitors to discover the universe of the contemporary artist Myriam Mihindou through her immersive work ‘Ilimb, the essence of tears’, which sparks a dialogue using the museum’s collection of musical instruments (from 6 February to 10 November 2024).

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Other exhibitions:

  • Egyptian Pharaohs. From Cheops to Ramses II at the Atelier des Lumières, from 9 February 2024 to 5 January 2025

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  • Yves Saint Laurent: Transparencies at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, from 9 February to 25 August 2024
  • Loading. Urban Art in the Digital Era at the Grand Palais Immersif, from 6 December 2023 to 21 July 2024
  • Toutânkhamon. Pharaonic immersive experience at Galeries Montparnasse till August 31 2024

Concerts in Paris in July 2024

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A single date for the big 1980s rock band Toto. The band will perform Africa, Rosanna and their other hits at the Dôme de Paris - Palais des sports, on 11 July 2024.

Spotlight on guitars! The leader of the heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, the American musician Corey Taylor, is going it solo for once and will perform at the Olympia on 2 July 2024 for all his fans.

On 9 July, fans will be able to watch their favourite bearded rock stars, ZZ Top, at the Zénith de Paris. Not one but two dates for Diana Krall, the jazz singer who has won multiple Grammy Awards and will perform at the Olympia on 7 and 8 July 2024. In fact, if you’re a jazz fan, the programme at the club, le Baiser Salé, will not disappoint. In July, the venue will offer its young artists-in-residence an opportunity to perform onstage: Maëva Grünwald-Rodes (16 July), Ellinoa (23 July) and Louise Debaecker (30 July).

Finally, the programme is 100 per cent opera at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on 4 and 5 July 2024. The prestigious venue will host a new edition of une Folle Soirée de l’Opéra, the big themed concert organized each year by Radio Classique.

Shows and festivals in Paris in July 2024

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Paris gets into the festival vibe in summer, with an eclectic selection of events to suit all tastes. Music, cinema, theatre: take your pick of the summer festivals!

The Dolcevita-sur-Seine festival celebrates the twinning of Paris and Rome, and looks forward to seeing you from 12 to 16 July 2024, at the Arènes de Lutèce and simultaneously at the Villa Borghèse. On the programme for these five days of festivities: a tribute to Marcello Mastroianni, open-air film screenings, an exhibition, entertainment, a ball…

Discover the programme of shows that will make your summer evenings special.

On 5 July 2024, you’ll laugh out loud at the Olympia ! Vérino, a master comedian, will do a hilarious stand-up show.

Feathers, sequins and French cancan! Experience the magic of a Paris cabaret at the La Nouvelle Eve with the revue Paris je t’aime, conceived as a tribute to Edith Piaf. To get the most out of the experience, book the “French Cancan” dinner show.

From 10 June to 9 July 2024, the Palais Garnier is staging a new version of the Mozart opera, Cosi Fan Tutte. The choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has come up with a modern reading fusing dance and music. Want to experience an unforgettable evening at a castle? From 1er juin until 28 septembre 2024, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte will be lit up by 2,000 candles! These candlelit evenings offer an unusual way to visit the building dating to the 17th century and its garden designed by Le Nôtre. They take place every Saturday, as well as every Friday in July and August.

Trade fairs and major sporting events in Paris in July 2024

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Trade fairs in Paris in July 2024

The 23rd edition of Japan Expo returns from 11 to 14 July 2024, at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte, just 30 minutes from Paris from the Gare du Nord.

Let’s all head to la Défense this summer! Garden Parvis, the festive summer programme held at the foot of the business district’s skyscrapers, is back. From 27 June to 27 July 2024, entertaining and artistic events, DJ sets and concerts will be held in a convivial and easygoing atmosphere!

Major sporting events in Paris in July 2024

Before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Stade Charléty is hosting an exceptional athletics evening event. On Sunday 7 July 2024, head to the Meeting de Paris where the top world champions (men and women) will compete in such events as pole vaulting, the high jump, the 400 metres hurdles and the hammer throw.

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