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August Events in Paris: Our Top Picks

 

Frenchie Wine Bar expansion

La bouffe

Frenchie Wine Bar has big plans. Fortunately for those hoping to land a table, the plans, which include an expansion that will double the seating space as well as the cave and kitchen, should be completed by the end of the summer.

Carin Olsson

August in Paris gets a bad rap because of the bounty of closings across the city. But fear not! There are plenty of restos that remain. Here are two helpful lists of where to dine this month.

~ Phil Moore

L’art

Through August 26: La Triennale is the first major event in the recently renovated Palais de Tokyo. The third edition, running since April 26, offers a thoughtful review of the state of the French contemporary art scene. During the month of August, catch films by Ali Essafi, Ahmed Bouanani and Chantal Akerman, among other heavyweights. Find the full schedule of screenings here.

Through August 19: Li Wei at the Parc de la Villette. A photographic exhibition of pieces that might make your stomach turn (in a good way). Wei questions our relation to space and gravity through playful scenes that often seem worthy of spoof action clips.

Photos from Li Wei (Jinho.Jung)

Through August 19: Bernice Abbott at Jeu de Paume. There are still a few weeks left to catch this retrospective, the first of Abbott’s work in France. This exhibition also includes works from one of her best-known projects, Changing New York.

Through August 26: Many know Charlotte Rampling as an acclaimed actress, but she has also left her mark on the photography world. Visitors to her eponymous exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie will find photos she took herself, portraits taken of her by other well-known photographers (including the likes of Helmut Newton), and self-portraits of other photographers housed in the MEP collection.

From the Bernice Abbott exhibition (www.jeudepaume.org)

Through September 8: Prominent Canadian contemporary artist Manon De Pauw is showing for the first time in France at the Centre Culturel Canadien. Her images, abstract and intriguing, explore the narrative potential of the act of representation.

La musique

Through August 15: The Bagatelle Music Chamber Festival returns to the Orangerie. The acclaimed octet is to play a series of concerts, including music dating from 18th century to present day.

Photos by and of Charlotte Rampling (www.mep-fr.org)

August 4-September 16: Festival Classique au Vert will hold concerts in the Parc Floral every Saturday and Sunday this month. After paying for general entry into the park, you can enjoy these shows for free.

August 24-26: Rock en Seine, one of the bigger summer music festivals to hit Paris, is coming at the end of this month. Big names like The Black Keys, Sigur Ros, The Shins and many more make this a can’t-miss for music lovers.

Photo from the Li Wei exhibition (Jinho.Jung)

Other

Through August 11: Quartier d’Ete continues into August. With shows like Royal de Luxe, a Western-style play, and Va Fan Fahre, a group of jazzmen with heavy and diverse international influences, there is still plenty to see. Find out more on the festival’s website.

Paris Plages along the Seine (karigee)

Through August 19: Paris Plages is back! Soak up the sun Seine-side (when it comes out) on the Voie Georges Pompidou or the Bassin de la Villette, and pretend you’ve traveled much further south.

August 10-12: The theme of this year’s Les Nuits des Etoiles is Mars, science and fiction, but whether sci-fi is your thing or not, this celebration of the sky is certainly worth attending.

Cinéma au clair de lune (gmangeret)

Cinema

August 1-12: Let’s face it, summertime movies en plein air never get old. Cinéma au clair de lune is showing favorites like Ridicule and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort in open spaces across the city, from the Esplanade des Invalides to the Butte Montmartre.

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Erin Dahl

Erin DahlErin has had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager, and has never looked back. Though she currently lives in New York City, daydreams of sauntering the stone streets of her favorite city are commonplace. Erin works with Haven in Paris and loves to cook/bake, go to concerts, and constantly rediscover New York.

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7 Responses to “August Events in Paris: Our Top Picks”

  • Erin - HiP Paris says:

    Jude – while the city is a bit quieter, there is still plenty to do! Plus – as Jose mentioned – you miss the crowds and accommodations can be more affordable.

  • Y’all are just making me more excited to try to do this next year!

  • Paris in August is my very favorite time of year. So much to do. There are many free music and film festivals and so much more. Not to be missed!!

  • Jose Magalhaes says:

    Yes. Paris is tres quite in august but not boring. You will be able to explore and see a lot more because the tourist croud is not there. Also the weather is great. I spent three weeks in April this year and it rained every single day.

  • Thanks for the feedback Jose, I’m excited about planning our future trip!

  • Jose Magalhaes says:

    I spent the month of August in Paris two years ago and loved every minute of it. Rents are reasonable, plenty of cultural activities and lots of restaurantes open. As they say, Paris is a walking city. I walked 5 to 10 miles a day, the weather was perfect. I am getting ready to go back next year. I rented an apartment at Boulevard Raspail not to far fromSt. Germain the rpice was very reasonable. Good luck

  • Is Paris in August really as quiet as I’ve heard? Would love to do a month there one summer soon!

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