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What to do in Paris in June 2024

With only a few weeks to go for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, there is a packed program of cultural, music and sporting events in Paris. Here is a list of events to experience in Paris in June 2024.

June is the month of summer skies over Paris and its cultural events: outings with the family, open-air festivals, and must-see exhibitions, concerts and shows.

One month ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games: the Cultural Olympiad

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The Festival Enflammé at SPOT24

On 16 June 2024, as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, SPOT24 will be hosting the ‘[Festival Enflammé]](https://parisjetaime.com/eng/event/festival-enflamme-e991)’, a special event organized by the Collège Culinaire de France. ‘Gastronomy and Sport’ is the theme of this gastronomic, convivial, and festive event dedicated to French cuisine. To mark the occasion, chefs Bérangère Boucher, Max et l'Ebéniste and the bike kitchen, José Ribeiro, and pastry chef Noémie Giorno are putting on a cocktail reception featuring cooking over a flame. Community tables will provide a place for discussion with producers and chefs on food issues and the promotion of products from the Ile-de-France region.

The spirit of the Olympic Games can be felt in museums too. En jeu! Artists and Sport (1870-1930) is the title of an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan Monet which connects sport and the way it is depicted in art (April 4 to September 1, 2024). With more than 100 works from various French and foreign collections, this event looks back at the visual history of sport. Works by artists such as Monet, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec depict the evolution of sport and its role in society between the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a Cultural Olympiad exhibition.

The programme of the Cultural Olympiad is packed with events in the run-up to the Paris Games :

  • The event La Métropolitaine - running until 15 September 2024 - showcases sport and contemporary art in 13 venues across the Paris region.
  • The Philharmonie has programmed several events: Silat Gong June 8, 2024, Panenka June 9, 2024, the Globe-Souffleurs brass band June 22, 2024, a rhythmic Grand Chorus June 29, 2024 and the Victory of Karima June 30, 2024.
  • The Théâtre de la Ville is presenting two shows in June 2024 as part of the Cultural Olympiad: Plusieurs (Several), the story of a friendship between a man and a horse, June 10 to 22, 2024 and A nos combats (Our Fights), in which a boxing match is transformed into a choreography, June 21 to 24, 2024.
  • The show Bonnes joueuses (Good Female Players), until June 26, 2024, gives a voice to eight champions who examine the role of women in sport. It is on at the Carreau du Temple, located between Place de la République, the Marché des Enfants Rouges and the Musée des Arts et Métiers.
  • The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is presenting Vivaldi’s opera L’Olimpiade. This three-act opera, which takes place near the city of Olympia on the day of the Olympic Games, was a natural choice for the Cultural Olympiad. June 20 to 29, 2024.
  • The Musée du Louvre is also contributing to the cultural programme connected to the Paris 2024 Games with an exhibition titled ‘Olympism, a modern invention, an ancient legacy’. On from April 11 to September 16, 2024.
  • And then of course there is SPOT24, a hybrid venue devoted to urban cultures located a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. The venue has a tourist information booth and a shop selling exclusive ‘Paris je t’aime’ products. It is also hosting The Olympic Exhibition, sport and urban cultures, curated by François Gautret, until 31 December 2024. The exhibition goes into detail about the six new or recent Olympic sports on the programme of the Paris 2024 Games: BMX freestyle, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, 3x3 basketball and breaking.

Outdoor events in Paris in June 2024

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One of the highlights of the month of June is the Fête de la Musique, which transforms Paris and Greater Paris into one large open-air concert venue, June 21, 2024 ! Amateur and professional musicians, funky brass bands, rock groups, DJs, choruses: there’s something for all tastes, all night long.

Keep the weekend of 28 to 30 June free for Solidays, the big gathering organized by the AIDS charity Solidarité Sida, which always has a great programme. Louise Attaque, Zola, Pomme, Diplo and many other artistes will be performing at the Longchamp racecourse.

The Espace Périphérique at La Villette will be celebrating every aspect of street style on June 22 and 23, 2024. The Freestyle event is the showcase of this dynamic and incredibly creative scene. Soak it all up thanks to battles, dance parades, sporting competitions and concerts.

Rendez-vous aux jardins’, which takes place on 1 and 2 June 2024, invites all comers to enjoy the wealth and diversity of the parks and gardens around us. This year’s edition, the 21st, is themed ‘The five senses in the garden’ and promises to be a delightful experience.

Paris concerts in June 2024

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Alongside the open-air music festivals, there is a wide selection of concerts to choose from in June 2024.

There will be quite a few international rock stars including The Smashing Pumpkins at the Accor Arena on June 16, 2024 and Green Day on June 18, 2024 at the same venue. At the Olympia, the focus is on guitars with Royal Blood on June 22, 2024 and Jane’s Addiction on June 26, 2024.

Olivia Rodrigo, the pop singer idolized by teenagers, will perform for her fans on 14 June 2024 at the Accor Arena, the Paris leg of her Guts tour.
June 26, 2024, there will be a different star: Nile Rodgers. A talented musician who has collaborated with major artistes in recent decades, he will be at the Zénith de Paris with his cult band Chic for an amazing concert.

The other not-to-miss concerts in June are:

  • Véronique Sanson at the Grand Rex on June 3 and 4, 2024
  • The National at the Zénith de Paris on June 5, 2024
  • Les Jonas Brothers at the l’Accor Arena on June 7, 2024
  • Rufus Wainwright - Dream Requiem at the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique on June 14, 2024

Exhibitions in Paris in June 2024

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There’s always something of interest at Paris cultural venues and museums. Here are some of the current exhibitions.

With Robert Ryman. The Eye in Action, the Musée de l’Orangerie unveils a major exhibition focusing on the American artist who passed away in 2019. On March 6 to July 1, 2024.
In early June, the Musée du Quai Branly will inaugurate its new exhibition ‘The Taino and Kalinago of the West Indies’. The museum examines the history of these two indigenous peoples who lived in the Caribbean before the arrival of Christopher Columbus (from June 4 to October 13, 2024).

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie - MEP – places the spotlight on Thomas Mailaender, whose work is at the crossroads of several different forms of art. The exhibition, Beautiful Images (from June 12 to September 29, 2024) offers an opportunity to explore the work of this major artist.

Last chance to see the exhibitions ending in June 2024 :

Shows in Paris in June 2024

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In search of an entertaining event, a memorable ballet, an amazing show or a one-man or one-woman show that makes you laugh so hard you cry? Paris has the ideal programme for you in June 2024.

When it comes to comedians, there are three you can’t miss out on, starting with the one and only Gad Elmaleh who will be performing his latest show, Lui-Même (Himself) on three evenings, the June 28, 29 and 30, 2024, at the Olympia. Elsewhere, Ahmed Sylla takes up the challenge of getting the audience at the Casino de Paris to laugh with his show Origami, May 31 to June 9, 2024. Having gone from YouTube videos to a radio slot, the Swiss comedian David Castello-Lopes has built quite a reputation for himself over the past few years. He will be at the Olympia June 6 to 8, 2024.

Fell like settling down into a seat and enjoying an absorbing play? Don’t miss the performance given by Denis Lavant in Fin de Partie (Endgame), a play by Samuel Beckett. Having won the Laurent Terzieff prize in 2023 in the ‘Best Show in a private theatre’ category, the play will be performed another 30 times at the Théâtre de l’Atelier June 5 to July 14, 2024.

At the Châtelet, another of French theatre’s big names, Olivier Py, is presenting L’Amour vainqueur (Love the Winner), his operetta inspired by a Brothers Grimm fairytale, June 8 to 13, 2024.

There is a new version of the musical The 10 Commandments directed by Giuliano Peparini – who has also done the choreography - June 5 to 27, 2024. The original songs by Pascal Obispo, including the iconic L’envie d’aimer (The Desire to Love) and some new tracks will be performed onstage at the Seine Musicale.

Bartabas is presenting La voie de l’Écuyère (The Horsewoman’s Way) at the Grande Halle at La Villette June 5 to 9, 2024 and the Dôme de Paris - Palais des Sports is hosting the musical ‘Gospel for 100 Voices’ on June 15, 2024.

Dance will also be in the limelight with:

  • Swan Lake’ at the Opéra Bastille June 21 to July 14, 2024
  • Bleubeard’, a ballet choreographed by Pina Bausch, at the Palais Garnier June 22 to July 14, 2024
  • Batsheva Dance Company & The Ensemble - Anafaza 2023’ at the Grande Halle at La Villette, du 6 au 15 juin 2024
  • Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ‘Drumming XXL’ on the Place de la fontaine-aux-Lions at La Villette in front of the Grande Halle, June 9, 2024 (free of charge)

The other major events in Paris in June 2024

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Besides the Fête de la Musique, June is also the month when Gay Pride takes place with its procession through the streets of the capital on Saturday 29 June 2024. The 26th June 2024 marks the start of the summer sales. And then there’s the men’s Paris Fashion Week June 18 to 23, 2024 and the Haute Couture Week June 24 to 27, 2024.

Trade shows and festivals in Paris in June 2024

Naturally, the fair that celebrates Nature with organic and natural products, returns from 7 to 10 June 2024 to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

The Carreau du Temple will be hosting the Rare Book and Graphic Arts Fair for the first time from 14 to 16 June 2024. Collectors of antique, hard-to-find books take note!

Calling all film enthusiasts: the Fête du Cinéma will take place from 30 June to 3 July with screenings costing only €5 in a number of cinemas in Paris, Greater Paris and France. There will be another celebration of cinema on the world’s most beautiful avenue from June 18 to 25, 2024 with the 13th edition of the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, devoted to indie French and American films in different image sizes.

Night owls will make the most of the Nuit Blanche (sleepless night) event June 1st, 2024. You can spend all night wandering around cultural venues in Paris. The programme includes live events and trails to explore the contemporary art scene in an unusual way.

From June 13 to 16, 2024, head to the Gymnase, Petit Gymnase and Marie Bell theatres to enjoy a series of improv shows. Dozens of improv artists will astound you with their performances during the four-day event ‘Impro en Seine’.

Family outings in Paris in June 2024

Here is a selection of events to experience as a family with the little ones and teens in June 2024 in Paris.

The 19th June 2024 is the opening day of ‘Partir en Livre’, a major children’s book festival. Thousands of events will take place in Paris and France until 21 July 2024. And with the Paris 2024 Games in the offing, the focus is on ‘sport and games’, the theme of this year’s edition. At the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the ‘Metamorphoses’ exhibition, on until 24 November 2024, offers visitors an opportunity to explore various changes by bringing together science and the imagination.

The ‘Yog'art Mornings’ – yoga lessons with the kids – at the Pompidou Centre offer an opportunity to do some exercise and relax before visiting the museum. The next session takes place on 30 June 2024 and is open to children starting from the age of 5 years. Want to get your children into classical music? Head to the Théâtre de la Boussole for their music show ‘Mes Petits Classique’, until June 30, 2024. It’s an introduction to classical music devised for children over 4 years old.

Equestrian competitions in Paris in June 2024

Horses are front and centre this month, so get the bit between your teeth!
The first of the horse-riding events is the Jockey Club’s Qatar Prix at the Chantilly racecourse on 2 June 2024. Also at Chantilly, 16 June 2024 is the date of the Prix de Diane Longines, a race involving Europe’s finest thoroughbred fillies. Get out your best hat and your most stylish outfit for this garden party-style event!
Finally, from June 21 to 23, 2024, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping at the Parc de Bagatelle, an obstacle course at which spectators cheer the riders and their valiant mounts!

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