What's On in Paris in July
July is an exciting and fun month in Paris! Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the Paris Plages, dancing away at the Carnaval Tropical or enjoying a picnic and movie in the park, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and enjoy Paris in the summer.
Notre-Dame de Paris at Paris Opéra
1 - 16 July 2014
Created in 1965, Roland Petit’s Notre-dame de Paris is a must see! With a libretto based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, this electric and intense production is performed by the Paris Opera Ballet with music by Maurice Jarre and vivid costumes by Yves saint-Laurent.
Carnaval Tropical de Paris
5 - 6 July 2014
Summer is the perfect time to go tropical during the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, a colorful and fun parade starting at the Place de la Nation and continuing through the streets of the 11th arrondissement back to the starting point. The costumes, music and atmosphere are very lively and it’s a memorable event to experience in Paris.
Bastille Day Parade & Fireworks
14 July 2014
On July 14th, Paris celebrates Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution. With a national spirit similar to the Fourth of July in America or Canada Day, the celebrations for Bastille Day are some of the most extravagant of the year. Enjoy the impressive military parade down the Champs-Élysées and then at night find the perfect spot to watch the amazing fireworks display around the Eiffel Tower. If you’re staying in one of our Paris Perfect vacation rentals with an Eiffel Tower view, you’ll enjoy front row seats for one of the most spectacular fireworks displays you’ll ever see!
Paris Plages (Paris Beach)
20 July to 20 August 2014
Paris Plages will once again transform some of the roads along the Seine into a temporary beach resort atmosphere 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 lots of fun summer activities. If the heat of the summer is getting you down, head to the beach … right in the heart of Paris!
Tour de France Ends in Paris
27 July 2014
After pedaling for three weeks and over 2,000 miles, cyclists in the world's most famous bicycle race complete the last leg of the race that takes them through the streets of Paris for the grand finale at the finish line on the Champs Elysées. If you're in Paris on Sunday, July 27th, find a spot to watch the race go by or stop in a local café or restaurant. All eyes will be on the finish line!
Open-Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette
23 July to 24 August 2014
Enjoy a warm 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!
Summer Sales End in Paris!
Until 29 July 2014
The annual summer sales—called Les Soldes in French—are one of the best parts of visiting Paris in late June and July. This year the sales will run from June 25th to July 29th. Pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes and get ready for a fabulous bargain hunt!
Open-Air Cinema image: © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer : Marc Bertrand