June in Paris means music, music, and more music. Weekend festivals cater to every imaginable taste and one all-night event transforms the entire city into a stage (and a dance floor). Other goings-on this month include modern-art exhibitions, a downtown funfair, and the start of six weeks of sale shopping.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1 – SUNDAY, JUNE 4
ART │ Derain, Balthus, Giacometti
📅 Friday, June 2–Sunday, October 29
The headline show of the summer season, Derain, Balthus, Giacometti at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris features more than 200 paintings by these three artists. The exhibition explores the friendship of these titans of 20th-century art and the many ways in which their work intersected.
NATURE │ Rendez-vous aux Jardins
📅 Friday, June 2–Sunday, June 4
On the face of it, Paris isn’t the greenest city despite having some extremely-beautiful parks, but the Rendez-vous aux Jardins event is a great way for nature lovers to see a different side of the city. For its 15th edition in France, more than 3,500 events will be held in 2,300 gardens opened for the public.
📍 Gardens across Paris.
MUSIC │ HORS SERIE at the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
📅 Sunday, June 4–Monday, June 5
Organized by the same collective behind The Weather Festival, a favorite of techno fans returning this October, HORS SERIE is a club night with a twist. Taking huge public spaces as its venue, the first edition took over the Gare Saint-Lazare while the second will head out of the city center for a night that promises killer DJ sets and insane scenography.
Tickets: €27 to €32
MONDAY, JUNE 5 – SUNDAY, JUNE 11
THEATER │ Théâtre de verdure du Jardin Shakespeare
📅 Tuesday, June 6–Sunday, June 11
The Jardin Shakespeare in the Bois de Boulogne celebrates the work of The Bard and other playwrights from mid-May through to the end of September. For one week in June, the theater’s troupe will perform Much Ado About Nothing in English with French subtitles.
Tickets: €12, €15, and €20
MUSIC │ Download Festival Paris
📅 Friday, June 9–Sunday, June 11
For the second year in a row, the British rock-music festival Download will return to an airbase south of Paris in Brétigny-sur-Orge. The line-up includes 55 bands, with major American groups (Linkin Park, System of a Down, and Green Day) headlining the three nights.
Tickets: €69 for a single day or €165 for a three-day pass.
MUSIC │ We Love Green Festival
📅 Saturday, June 10–Sunday, June 11
The eco-friendly We Love Green takes the Bois de Vincennes on the eastern side of Paris as its venue and features an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and electronic acts. True to its name, the event also promotes sustainable practices as well as local food producers and artisans.
Tickets: €49 for a single day or €88 for a weekend pass.
MONDAY, JUNE 12 – SUNDAY, JUNE 18
ART │ Portraits de Cézanne
📅 Tuesday, June 13–Sunday, September 24
While more famous for his landscape paintings—particularly those in his Mont Saint-Victoire series—Paul Cézanne also produced 200 portraits in his career, including 26 of himself and 29 of his wife, Hortense Fiquet. The Musée d’Orsay will explore this lesser known but nonetheless exquisite aspect of his work this summer with its show Portraits de Cézanne.
📍 Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France, +33 1 40 49 48 14
MUSIC │ Paris Jazz Festival
📅 Saturday, June 17–Sunday, July 30
The Paris Jazz Festival is back this year for its 24th edition. Thirty concerts will be held over the course of seven weekends at the gorgeous Parc Floral, and on the program are a voyage through Africa and a celebration of chansons françaises, including a tribute to Alain Bashung.
Tickets: Prices TBC.
📍 Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris, France, +33 1 49 57 25 50
SPORTS │ Prix de Diane Longines
📅 Saturday, June 17–Sunday, June 18
The Prix de Diane Longines is France’s most elegant horse-racing event by far. The main race sees three-year-old thoroughbred fillies sprint a 2,100-meter race; but just as entertaining are the crowds of finely-dressed society folk, half of whom will be sporting outrageous headwear.
Tickets: €5 to €149
MONDAY, JUNE 19 – SUNDAY, JUNE 25
MUSIC │ Fête de la Musique
📅 Wednesday, June 21
The biggest event of the month is undoubtedly the Fête de la Musique, which brings together big-name acts and amateur performers of all varieties for a night of free concerts in the clubs, bars, parks, and streets of Paris and cities across France and the world. To get the most out of this solstice celebration, you can purchase a €3 ticket granting unlimited public transport.
📍 All across Paris
ART │ David Hockney retrospective
📅 Wednesday, June 21–Monday, October 23
It just so happens that the 40th birthday of the Centre Pompidou coincides this year with the 80th birthday of the British artist David Hockney. To celebrate, the former is offering a major retrospective of the latter’s highly original work, incorporating 160 pieces from paintings and photomontages to videos and iPad art.
📍 Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France, +33 1 44 78 12 33
TECH │ Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace
📅 Friday, June 23–Sunday, June 25
The Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace is the largest air and space show in the world. Over the course of the weekend, the public will get to see the latest technological innovations in the field of aerospace design as well as spectacular aerial displays.
Tickets: €14 or €25
MONDAY, JUNE 26 – FRIDAY, JUNE 30
FAMILY │ Fête des Tuileries
📅 Saturday, June 24–Sunday, August 27
The Fête des Tuileries brings the feel-good factor of traditional funfairs to the very heart of Paris. Comprised of more than 60 attractions including bumper cars, ghost trains, a hall of mirrors, and flying swings, it provides a great day out for families, friends, and couples.
Tickets: Free entry and the price of rides varies
FILM │ Fête du Cinéma
📅 Sunday, June 25–Wednesday, June 28
Thanks to the Fête du Cinéma the price of a cinema ticket at theaters across France will be just €4 for four days at the end of June. Last year, this helped more than 3.2 million people get up off the sofa and out into the world.
📍 Cinemas across Paris
FASHION │ Summer Sales
📅 Wednesday, June 28–Tuesday, August 8
France is renowned for its biannual sales, and this summer extravaganza kicks off in the last week of June. Over the following six weeks, bargain hunters can expect reductions of up to 70% at all of the city’s department stores and boutiques.
📍 Stores across Paris