What To Do in Paris in July
July is the start of the summer holiday for Parisians and is also when France celebrates its national holiday. From Bastille Day to the open-air cinema, July is brimming with fun events!
July is an exciting and fun month in Paris! Whether you’re soaking up the sun at the Paris Plages, dancing away at the Paris Quartier d'Été Festival or enjoying a picnic and movie in the park, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and enjoy Paris in the summer.
CARNAVAL TROPICAL DE PARIS
1 July 2020
Summer is the perfect time to go tropical during the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, a colorful and fun parade celebrating over 30 different overseas’ costumes and dances. Starting at the Place de la Nation and continuing through the streets of the 11th arrondissement back to the starting point, the music and atmosphere are guaranteed to be very lively and it’s a memorable event to experience in Paris.
Event Website: www.carnavaltropicaldeparis.fr
Bastille Day Parade & Fireworks
14 July 2020
On July 14, 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 book yourselves onto a Evening Boat Cruise with special Bastille Day Menu to watch the amazing fireworks displays from the river.
Really get into the spirit of Bastille Day and celebrate French freedom with a classic Cabaret at the Lido! Enjoy Dinner, Champagne & Show sprinkled with fun, feathers, fanfares and so much more. Fabulous for families as Children under 12 go for free!
Tour de France Ends in Paris
19 July 2020
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 Élysées. If you're in Paris on Sunday, July 29, aim to get to the Champs-Élysées early to stake out your spot to watch the race go by or stop in a local café or restaurant. All eyes will be on the finish line! Please note that some of the metro stations will be closed during the afternoon – top tip: hear the applause from a slight distance at the nearby Tuileries gardens!
Event Website: www.letour.fr/en/
Open-Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette
15 July – 16 August 2020
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! Get inspired with our Baguette Niçoise Blog Recipe here!
Villette Website: https://lavillette.com/evenement/cinema-en-plein-air-2018/
Paris Quartier d'Été Festival
12 July – 3 August 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)
This summer, Paris continues its 29-year tradition of hosting the Quartier d’Été Festival. Also known as the Paris Summer Arts Festival, this is your chance to surround yourself with artistic showcases ranging from dance ensembles, theatrical acts and circus performances. Whether it's on the banks of the Seine River, or at one of the capital's most beloved parks, there's entertainment to be had all over the city. About 15 shows and 100 performances have been organized for your viewing pleasure, and will certainly make your summer in Paris worthwhile.
Paris Plages (Paris Beach)
July – September 2020
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.
Vacation in style and book a Luxury River Cruise to sip Champagne along the Seine before heading to the beach … right in the heart of Paris!
Event information: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/135161/paris-plages
NUIT AUX INVALIDES
8 July – 29 August 2020
See the Les Invalides monument in a whole new light during the summer months at this memorable light and sound show. Highly recommended for all the family, this striking 45-minute show takes place in the courtyard of Les Invalides, using the very latest in sound and video-mapping technology.
Event Website (in French): http://lanuitauxinvalides.fr/spectacle/