Paris Events In August 2023 – Art, Music, Beaches & La Liberation

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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Liberation of Paris Festivities

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.

  • August 25, 2023

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Romantic Dinner Cruises In Paris

VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic dinner cruise includes champagne, wine & a classic meal. Choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Dinner Cruise by Maxim's of Paris
The legendary Parisian restaurant takes you on a dinner cruise complete with champagne and wine. Choose the 2-hour cruise for a stellar evening in Paris.
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VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic dinner cruise includes champagne, wine & a classic meal. Choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Versailles Fountains Night Show

Summertime Versailles Fountains Night Show

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.

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Rock en Seine

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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Skip-the-Line at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines make the most of your time in Paris with a whirlwind tour of the must-see works of art in the Louvre on this professionally-guided tour. The top choice.
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Louvre Skip-the-Line Tour
Head straight to the front of the line, then journey through art history on a 3-hour private Louvre visit. On this complete tour, an expert guide reveals subtle details about the artwork.
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The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines make the most of your time in Paris with a whirlwind tour of the must-see works of art in the Louvre on this professionally-guided tour. The top choice.
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Silhouette Festival — Free

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.

  • Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, 19th Arrondissement
  • End of August & early September
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Classique au Vert

Classique au Vert

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.

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Assomption – Assumption Day

Don't be caught off guard by this unassuming Paris holiday. Virtually everything will be closed including department stores, shops, and many restaurants.

  • August 15, 2023
  • French National Holiday

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Delectable Food Tours in Paris

Discover the Food & Wine of the Marais
Visit the top food & wine shops in the historic Marais, tasting the best of French foods. There's plenty of sampling on this small-group tour.
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Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cellar
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie you discover 7 classic French cheeses and the wines that pair with them. Lots of sampling!
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Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cellar
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie you discover 7 classic French cheeses and the wines that pair with them. Lots of sampling!
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Paris Plage, photo by Mark Craft

Paris Plages

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.

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Cinéma En Plein Air 2023

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.

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Été du Canal

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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Experience the Splendor Of Versailles

Versailles with Priority Access + Gardens
Skip the long lines to experience the grandeur of Versailles on a guided tour. Stroll through the stunning gardens with your guide, then visit Marie Antoinette's estate.
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Half-Day, Skip-the-Line Tour of Versailles
If you don't have a full day, this popular half-day tour of Versailles includes priority access with an expert guide. The small-group ensures personal attention and includes transportation right from your hotel.
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Versailles with Priority Access + Gardens
Skip the long lines to experience the grandeur of Versailles on a guided tour. Stroll through the stunning gardens with your guide, then visit Marie Antoinette's estate.
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Festival Paris l'Été

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.

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Chopin Festival

A summer filled with dazzling music by Chopin.

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Fête des Tuileries

Summer-long Fun Fair.

  • Jardins des Tuileries, along Rue de Rivoli
  • Late June to late August
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The Highest-Rated Paris Activities

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cellar
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie you discover 7 classic French cheeses and the wines that pair with them. Lots of sampling!
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VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic, VIP dinner cruise is the #1 nighttime activity. Be sure to choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, the most champagne, and the ultimate experience.
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VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic, VIP dinner cruise is the #1 nighttime activity. Be sure to choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, the most champagne, and the ultimate experience.
Reserve your table…

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La Nuit aux Invalides

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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