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What's On in Paris in July 2017

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 13 June 2017
July marks the height of the summer for Paris, the fun few weeks before the locals desert the city for a month of relaxation on the French Riviera. The highlight is, of course, Bastille Day but there’s plenty more to look forward to in the shape of international sporting events, free music festivals, open-air cinemas, and two beaches in the center of the capital.

SATURDAY, JULY 1 – SUNDAY, JULY 9

SPORTS │ Meeting de Paris

📅 Saturday, July 1

After events in Doha, Shanghai and Rome, the world’s finest track and field athletes will assemble at the Stade Sébastien Charlety for the Paris leg of the IAAF Diamond League 2017. This high-profile meeting comes just over a month ahead of the World Championships in London so all the medal contenders will be there, hoping to perfect their form before the big event of the season.

Tickets: €20 to €75

📍 Stade Charléty, 99 Boulevard Kellermann, 75013 Paris, France. +33 1 44 16 60 22

CULTURE │ Carnaval Tropical de Paris

📅 Sunday, July 2

This long-standing festival celebrates music and dance from France’s overseas departments and territories like Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion, and French Guiana. More than 4,000 dancers and dozens of floats set off from the Champs-Élysées on a parade that gets the whole city in the mood for a party. The Carnaval Tropical performers can be seen again in Rotterdam at the end of July and at the Notting Hill Carnival in August.

Tickets: Free

📍 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.

MUSIC │ Fnac Live

📅 Thursday, July 6 – Saturday, July 8

Fnac Live brings 30 acts, a mix of headliners and newcomers, to an open-air stage in front of the Hôtel de Ville in the center of Paris. The series of three free concerts kicks off at 5pm on Thursday and finishes at midnight on Saturday. This year’s line-up includes Benjamin Biolay, Calypso Rose, Fishbach, Cassius, The Horrors, Julien Doré, and Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains.

Tickets: Free

📍 Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, 75004 Paris, France. +33 1 42 76 40 40

MONDAY, JULY 10 – SUNDAY, JULY 16

MUSIC │ Bals des Pompiers

📅 Thursday, July 13 – Friday, July 14

France’s national holiday kicks off with a tradition that seems custom-made for the Sex and the City generation: Firemen’s Balls. Yes, amazingly, around 20 fire stations in Paris are transformed into discos for one night only. The majority will be held on Thursday night (probably because of the increase in firework-related fires on Friday) and an updated list of locations should be published here soon.

Tickets: Often free but donations are always welcome.

📍 Fire stations across Paris.

TRAVEL │ Bastille Day Parade

📅 Friday, July 14

The most formal component of the annual celebrations is the military parade on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, starting at the Arc de Triomphe and finishing at the Place de la Concorde. Things usually get going with the arrival of the President at 10am. The flyover usually takes place around 45 minutes in and the event wraps up around noon, when everyone bolts to make their lunch reservation.

Tickets: Free

📍 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.

TRAVEL │ Bastille Day Fireworks

📅 Friday, July 14

The pièce de résistance of the holiday is the sensational fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower. The 35-minute show normally starts at 11pm and most people attempt to watch it from the Champ de Mars or the Place du Trocadéro. However, there are plenty of points along the Seine offering impressive views.

Tickets: Free

📍 Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris, France.

MONDAY, JULY 17 – SUNDAY, JULY 23

THEATER │ Festival Paris l’été

📅 Monday, July 17 – Saturday, August 5

The Festival Paris l’été is a revamped version of the 27-year-old and very much adored Paris Quartier d’été. The fortnight-long event brings together theater, music, dance, circus and street art performances. This year’s venues will be both inside and outside and the line-up of artists includes established troupes and emerging names.

Tickets: €10 per show if you buy a five-show pass.

📍 Venues across Paris and the near suburbs.

MUSIC │ Lollapalooza Paris

📅 Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23

For the first time in its history, the legendary US music festival Lollapalooza is coming to Paris. The two days of concerts will be held at the newly refurbished Longchamp racecourse in the Bois de Boulogne. Headline acts on Saturday include The Weeknd and Imagine Dragons; and London Grammar, Lana Del Rey and Red Hot Chili Peppers will take to the stage on Sunday.

Tickets: €79 for a standard one-day ticket and €149 for a two-day pass.

📍 Hippodrome de Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75018 Paris, France.

SPORTS │ Tour de France finish

📅 Sunday, July 23

After three weeks and 3,516km of intense cycling, the riders of the Tour de France 2017 will enter Paris on July 23 for the 21st and final stage of the competition, culminating in a sprint along the Champs-Élysées. This is a hugely popular sport in France and the crowds will be lining the streets from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe.

Tickets: Free

📍 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.

MONDAY, JULY 24 – MONDAY, JULY 31

FILM │ Cinéma en Plein Air / Cinéma au Clair de Lune

📅 Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, August 20 / Friday, July 28 – Sunday, August 13

Parisians are lucky enough to have two outdoor cinemas to choose from this summer: Cinéma en Plein Air at the Parc de la Villette and Cinéma au Clair de Lune across Paris. For the former, showings begin around 10pm from Thursday to Sunday and you can rent a single deckchair for €7 or five for €20. More details of the latter will appear on the Forum des Images website closer to the time.

Tickets: Free

📍 Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France. +33 1 40 03 75 75 / Across Paris.

DESIGN │ La Traversée de Paris Estivale

📅 Sunday, July 30

La Traversée de Paris Estivale is the capital’s biggest gathering of classic cars. For its 10th edition, the theme is coupes, cabriolets, and motorbikes. The highlight of the event will be a 30km tour across Paris from the Château de Vincennes to the Observatory of Meudon, giving the whole city the opportunity to get a look at the incredible vintage vehicles – though the exact route is kept secret until the last minute.

Tickets: Free

📍 All across Paris.

TRAVEL │ Paris-Plages

📅 Saturday, July 8 – Sunday, September 3

The two main locations for Paris-Plages 2017 will be the newly opened Parc Rives de Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. Earlier this year, the local council voted to boycott LafargeHolcim, the traditional suppliers of the sand, over their support of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall and rumor has it the beaches will be composed of grass and plants instead. There will also be even more sporting activities on offer to bolster Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Tickets: Free

📍 Parc Rives de Seine and Bassin de la Villette