August in Paris sizzles! It's the height of summer and the city is filled with vibrant festivals and events, including the popular Rock En Seine and Paris Plages. Grab your crème solaire (sunscreen) and check out our guide to the best Paris activities and events for August 2023.
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In August, Paris celebrates the anniversary of the liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II. It was in fact, on August 25, 1944 that the city was finally liberated from the tyranny of Nazi oppression.
In Charles de Gaulle's victory speech, he famously said, "Paris liberated! Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the support of the armies of France, with the help and support of the whole of France, of the France that fights, of the only France, of the true France, of the eternal France!"
Although this is not an official French holiday, there will be several events around the city with a major celebration on the front plaza of the Hotel de Ville.
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It happens only in the summer. That's when the magnificent fountains of Versailles are turned on to the sound of classical music from the period of the Sun King. Take this excursion from Paris and you'll experience it all, including the spectacular fireworks finale in the gardens of Versailles. Held on Saturdays starting in June and ending in September.
Join the hard-core Parisians who have stayed in the city during August — and rock out! The three-day event takes place at Parc de Saint-Cloud just outside Paris. Started in 2003, there are now five Stages, with 65 bands representing rock, power pop, electric, and folk music — and of course 120,000 music lovers. You can even set up your campsite and sleep overnight. You must book your campsite online, in advance and have a valid pass.
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Created in 2002, the Silhouette Association's aim is to promote short format films to a wide and diverse audience. It is now one of the biggest outdoor short film festivals in France. Over 100 films are shown over nine nights with three juries to select the best films in various categories. Opening night starts with a fun outdoor concert.
At Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincennes, a classical music festival is staged every summer. Check out the Classique au Vert website for the full schedule.
Don't be caught off guard by this unassuming Paris holiday. Virtually everything will be closed including department stores, shops, and many restaurants.
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Since 2002 this has become one of the highlights of summer in Paris. It was originally created to bring the beach to those who couldn't make it out of town during August. Just head to the Seine River and enjoy the steamy summer days and nights with tons of sand, umbrellas, and everyone who is still in town.
Since 1990 Parc de la Villette has been the home to the biggest open-air events in Paris. There are outdoor film screenings; dance, music & arts events all summer long.
Celebrate summer on the canal with music, dance, concerts and boat cruises on Canal de L'Ourcq, an up-and-coming quartier on the Paris canal network. (Northeast Paris region.)
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This annual arts festival featuress dance, music and theatre event in neighborhood venues across Paris. Since 1990 the Paris Summer Festival has been organizing artistic and cultural events throughout the city.
A summer filled with dazzling music by Chopin.
Summer-long Fun Fair.
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Visit the historic Les Invalides for a dazzling light and sound show. The 2023 Centenary show highlights the events of World War I, told through a child's eyes.
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