1. Bastille Day 14th July National Holiday

  2. The evening before the big day is spent dancing at numerous balls that are organized around the city. Try to get into one held by the fire service in their stations, at which the fire-fighters are usually the star attraction.

  3. On the 14th July the Parade on Champs-Elysées Avenue starts at around 10am, Fireworks by the Eiffel Tower starts at around 10pm and the Balls around town continue late into the night.

  4. Website: Paris Fire Service Website (for details of the balls)

  5. Paris Plage - Paris Beach

  6. Inaugurated in 2002, Paris Beach is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into beaches. From sunning in the sand to swimming in pools suspended over the Seine, kayaking, playing  petanque, basketball and volleyball or enjoying free evening concerts, Paris Plage offers activities that both kids and adults will enjoy. July 8th to 3rd September 2017, Website: parisplages

  7. Summer Sales in Paris - Shopping

  8. June 18th to August 8th, 2018. 

  9. Summer sales in Paris is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself with the latest Parisian fashion or anything else, without breaking the bank. Discounts starts at 30% and on the final days reach 70%.

  10. You will find them everywhere in Paris, from the big department stores Gallery Lafayette, Printemps, Au Bon Marche to the boutiques of the young designers or the ultra-trendy designers of the Marais.

  11. Carnaval Tropical de Paris

  12. From Place de la Nation to Place de la Nation

  13. Website: www.carnavaltropicaldeparis.fr

  14. Tour de France - Sport event

  15. The world's best cyclists compete each year in the Tour de France. The famous cycle race covers 3500km of rural, mountainous and coastal terrain all over France, before the sprint to the finish line down Paris' Champs-Elysées.

  16. Website: www.letour.fr

Paris Jazz Festival - Music event

From mid to the end of June

Website www.parisjazzfestival.fr

Two months of free jazz weekends at the Parc Floral, Bois de Vincenes, 12eme

Miss Guinguette - Music event

41 quai Victor Hugo, Ile du Martin-Pêcheur, 94500 Champigny-sur-Marne
A contest to find the dancing queen of the open-air dancehall scene at this river island venue.  Website:

Etés de la Danse - Music event

Grand Palais, Av Winston Churchill, 8th, Website: www.lesetesdeladanse.com

A three-week festival featuring an impressive line-up of both classical and contemporary dance.

  1. Cinéma au Clair de Lune - Moonlight Cinema

  2. Website www.forumdesimages.fr/cinema-au-clair-de-lune

  3. The great classics of French cinema, projected free at night in parks and gardens of Paris.

  4. In summer, the Forum des Images invites the visitors to see the masterpieces of cinema.

  5. Cinema in the moonlight, takes place in the Montmartre, the Place des Vosges, Parc Montsouris, the Trocadero gardens and the square René-Cassin.

July events and festivals in Paris 2018

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