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What's On: The Best Things to Do in Paris in June

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Updated: 18 June 2018
June is the perfect time to visit Paris as public gardens and parks are bursting with full blossom and museums start their extended summertime hours to accommodate the extra tourists. With all the sun, there are more music festivals, parades and outdoor fun-fairs than you could possibly have time to visit, but here are a few of the highlights.

MUSIC │ We Love Green Festival

📅 June 2 – June 3

The two-day, eco-friendly We Love Green Festival takes over Bois de Vincennes in eastern Paris and has been going on since 2011. Every year, We Love Green invites wild and exciting artists to join an eclectic program that flits between indie and electro. There’s also a great fondness for hip-hop, with the occasional folk artist. As well as incredible performances, you’ll be immersed in a shared love for sustainable practices that makes the most of local food producers and rustic artisans. The event takes pride in being as environmentally-friendly as possible. Given its popularity, this festival has sold out in previous years so make sure to book your tickets early.

Tickets: €59 for a single day pass or €109 for a weekend pass

📍 Bois de Vincennes, Paris, France

SPORTS │ Prix de Diane Longines

📅 June 17

Prix de Diane Longines will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in the idyllic setting of the Chantilly Racecourse, known as the capital of the horse. While this annual horse-racing event might seem like a little-known cultural attraction, it’s actually one of the biggest racing events in France and has been drumming up droves of adrenaline-fuelled spectators for years. It’s well-loved for being the most elegant horse-racing event by far, sophistication being something that Parisians always excel at. You can marvel at some of the world’s most talented horses as they thunder across the tracks for a 2,100-metre sprint.

Tickets: €5 to €149

📍 Chantilly Racecourse, Hippodrome de Chantilly, Avenue de la Plaine des Aigles, Chantilly, France, +33 3 44 62 44 00

MUSIC │ Fête de la Musique

📅 June 21

With a history that stretches back to 1982, Fête de la Musique, otherwise celebrated as World Music Day, takes place on the longest day of the year. It’s praised by locals as the most exciting event of the month and celebrates music in all its forms. You’ll find big-name acts sharing the bill with budding amateur performers for a diverse, eclectic program. There’s simply no excuse not to visit given that live bands serenade you with free concerts at numerous venues throughout the city, in clubs, bars, parks and even in the streets, with a warm carnival feel. If you’re up for dancing, then you’ll be delighted to join in these celebrations.

Tickets: Free

📍 All across Paris

MUSIC │ Paris Jazz Festival

📅 June 30 – July 22

After a long day sightseeing in Paris, what could be better than making the most of the city’s jazz legacy and relaxing to live music in the evening? The Paris Jazz Festival is back this year for its 25th edition at the gorgeous Parc Floral. The festival revels in a convivial and cosy ambiance, where live music, as well as fine food lovers, are happy to meet, mingle and relax. What’s fantastic about this festival is that concerts are free with the admission to the park, which is accessible via public transport. While it’s not in the centre of Paris, you don’t need to be put off. All you have to do is take the metro to Château de Vincennes (line 1) or the RER line A to Vincennes.

Tickets: Prices TBC

📍 Parc Floral, Bois de Vincennes, Route de la Pyramide, Paris, France, +33 1 49 57 25 50

LGBT │ Paris Gay Pride March

📅 TBC June

Every summer, cities around the world celebrate Gay Pride (also known as LGBT Pride), which commemorates the historic trials of the LGBT community across the globe while celebrating diversity, equality and freedom. This year, the Paris Gay Pride Parade will start near the Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station in the 15th arrondissement and will weave its way through the city to the Place de la Bastille for an incredible street party. The event is always one of the city’s most festive, friendly and colourful events that’s always fun to enjoy, regardless of sexual orientation.

📍 All across Paris

ART │ Eugène Delacroix retrospective

📅 June 21 – October 23

If there’s one art exhibition worth travelling for, then it is Delacroix at the Louvre in Paris. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre is staging a historic exhibition of epic proportions between March 29 and July 23 this year. It features some 180 widely overlooked works and should not be missed. What’s so special is that it is the first major retrospective on Eugène Delacroix in more than half a century, with the last retrospective taking place in 1963, the centenary year of his death. And the exhibition also proves there was far more to the artist than the albeit incredible French Revolution-inspired painting La Liberté Guidant le Peuple (Liberty Leading the People) for which he is most famous, by showing lesser-known masterpieces, too.

Tickets: €15

📍 The Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, +33 1 40 20 50 50

Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People (1830)
Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People (1830) | © Le Louvre, Paris

FAMILY │ Fête des Tuileries

📅 June 24 – August 27

Don’t miss out on the host of rides and attractions that have been taking over the Tuileries Gardens for years. It’s bursting with fun for everyone and unlike other fun-fairs in the city, this one is right in the very heart of Paris. Expect to rediscover sweet childhood pleasures like duck fishing, bouncy castles, bumper cars, ghost trains, a hall of mirrors and flying swings, among the more than 60 attractions on offer. It’s not just about the rides, though. Be sure to stop at the heaps of food stalls wafting scents of the tastiest fairground delights like crepes, candy floss, toffee apples or warm churros that taste great with sugar and Nutella.

Tickets: Free entry and the price of rides varies

📍 Jardin des Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

FASHION │ Summer Sales

📅 June 28 – August 8

The highlight of travelling to Paris in June is soaking up the sunny outdoors, strolling around the gardens and sipping wine on terraces. But there is one good reason to lure you back indoors – and that’s the incredible summer sales. If you missed the winter sales, fear not as shopping gets even better, and cheaper, with the summer sales season that kicks off in the last week of June. With slashed prices rolled out across stores for the next six weeks, you’re sure to find a bargain with reductions of up to 70% across the city’s major department stores, shops and even the smaller one-off boutiques.

Tickets: Free

📍 Stores across Paris

Famous French perfume
Famous French perfume | © Pear285 / WikiCommons