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.
Unbuttoning Fashion at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
12 February - 19 July, 2015
This exhibition explores the fascinating history of buttons in fashion and how their high value in the 17th century led to their possession and creation being restricted. This exhibition documents the effects this had on the fashion industry at the time and in following centuries, and displays an array of haute couture garments worn by French nobility. The exhibition is held in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs by the Tuileries gardens and entry is €11.
Churchill and De Gaulle Exhibition
10 April - 26 July, 2015
2015 marks both the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, and so the Musée de l'Armée is holding a special exhibition for the occasion. The Churchill-De Gaulle exhibition explores the lives of both these great men and how they changed the course of history during the war. Amongst the historical artifacts and documents at the exhibition there will be items that have never been displayed to the public before.
Montmartre Féte in the Renoir Gardens
17 May - 12 July, 2015
The Musée de Montmartre is housed in several old buildings where some of the area's most celebrated artists lived and worked. This spring they will again host a festival featuring musical and theatrical performances, galleries and workshops and even a magician! If you're in Paris in May or July, be sure to go along.
Paris International Festival Of Psychedelic Music
1 – 5 July, 2015
Chill out in the Paris sun this summer and enjoy 5 days of Europe's best psychedelic music.
Carnaval Tropical de Paris
4 - 5 July, 2015
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 2015
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)
19 July - 17 August, 2015
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!
Open-Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette
24 July - 28 August, 2015
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!
Tour de France Ends in Paris
26 July 2015
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!
Summer Sales End in Paris!
Until 28 July 2015
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 24th to July 28th. 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