August is a relaxed month in Paris when many Parisians escape city life for a holiday at the beach or in the mountains. To enjoy the warm summer weather in Paris, head to the Paris Plages beaches along the Seine or pack a picnic and catch a film or concert outdoors.
Summer Sales End in Paris!
2 August 2016
The annual summer sales—called Les Soldes in French—are one of the best parts of visiting Paris in late June and July. Pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes and get ready for a fabulous bargain hunt!
Feast of the Assumption
14 - 15 August 2016
The Fête de’ Assomption brings pilgrims and the faithful from around the world to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The two part religious festival includes an evening river procession along the Seine around the islands of Paris on the evening of the August 14th. On the following day, after a special mass, a grand procession takes place on foot through the Ile de la Cité – a moving and memorable experience in Paris!
Paris Plages (The Paris Beach)
Ends 21 August 2016
Paris Plages will once again transform the quais along the Seine into a temporary beach resort complete with sandboxes where you can rent umbrellas and deck chairs to soak up the sun, a floating pool, live music and sport events and a fun summer atmosphere. If the heat of the summer is getting you down, head to the beach … right in the heart of Paris!
Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette
Ends 21 August 2016
Spend a beautiful summer evening in Paris outdoors at the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Each summer the “Cinéma en plein air” festival presents movies from around the world in the pretty park setting. Many films are in English and the selection runs from blockbusters to art films. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening in the park. Bon film!
Rock en Seine
26 - 28 August 2016
Enjoy some of the world's biggest bands at the annual Festival Rock en Seine which takes place in the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, just outside Paris.