One of the best things about summer in Paris is that the gardens and parks are in full bloom. From the Jardin du Luxembourg to Monet's gardens at Giverny to the Chateau de Versailles flowers and trees will be blossoming in a riot of color. To get you started take a peek at our Big List of the Best Things to Do in Paris this June!
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Throughout Paris and in virtually every town and village in France free music concerts take to the streets, parks, and even Metro stations to celebrate the summer solstice. You won't have to look too hard to find concerts in Paris with events in Montmartre, the Marais, the Place de la Bastille, Place des Invalides and Champs-Elysées. All types of music are represented — from rock, rap & jazz to classical.
Frederic Chopin, history's most romantic piano composer, is buried in Paris at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. In 1983, the Chopin Society, in their wisdom, created the annual Chopin Festival to celebrate the music of this great man. Set in the orangerie in the Parc de Bagatelle, the festival features afternoon and evening concerts with pianists from around the globe. Chopin lovers, you won't want to miss this event.
It's like the fairgrounds of your childhood, with trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy. The petit fairground fills a corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, ending at the edge of Place de la Concorde. There are plenty of scary rides, fun games and lots of pop-up restaurants serving grilled fast French food. A great place to visit if you're traveling with small children, but you're likely to find us there as well.
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This international jazz event is heralded as one of the best music festivals in the world. It takes place over four jazzy weekends in the beautiful Parc Floral. (The full line-up is released in the middle of May.) One of the best parts about the festival is that the concerts are free with admission to the park.
Stay up till dawn on this White Night to explore the museums of Paris for free. Since 2002, the City of Paris has celebrated Nuit Blanche in October. But, starting now, the insanely-popular event is being moved to June, when the nights are not only long, but warm as well. Centered on art installations in public spaces and historic Parisian museums, the free event attracts millions of art lovers.
The success of Nuit Blanche has inspired other cities in Europe and around the globe to organize their own White Night based on the Paris model. From Brussels to Kyoto, Melbourne to Taipei, thirty-five cities now offer a free museum night.
Roll out the red carpet — Paris, cinema, summertime. This fun film festival features 80 French and American independent films and is held at movie theaters that dot Avenue Champs Elysees — Le Balzac, Gaumont Marignan, Le Lincoln, Publicis Cinémas, UGC George V, and Club de l'Étoile. In addition to screenings, there are industry events with a round-table series and a competition to choose the best six films of the festival.
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The popular festival introduces the new generation of talent with live & DJ sets. There's also a Think Tank, and an Ideas Lab to promote environmental innovation and to raise awareness of ecological issues. The festival also has green workshops, screenings, and a start-up incubator featuring green tech, ethical fashion and design.
The annual Bike Festival's aim is to raise cycling awareness. Held the first weekend in June throughout France, the festival features bike races, biking events, and workshops. In Paris, rent a Velib bicycle and join the thousands of Parisians as they pedal throughout the city celebrating le velo!
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The Paris Pride Parade is an entire celebration featuring free concerts, dancing, and of course a giant parade, which usually starts at 2 PM. The best way to keep up to date is to follow their Facebook page for all the latest news.
In the country that practically invented the art of maquillage is a two-day celebration with a bevy of beauty suppliers, cosmetic manufacturers, workshops, special guest speakers, and make-up artists showcasing the latest trends with lots of demos. We'll be there — even though we don't really need makeup. Right?
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That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, a world class event that features vintage dolls and houses from collectors around the globe. This year the exhibitors will travel from Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and the UK to display their priceless collections.
Are you one of the lucky ones with tickets to the only red court Grand Slam tournament? The action takes place at the Roland-Garros stadium, named for a French World War I aviator. The prize money is a staggering €40,000,000.
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