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May Events: Tous à l’Opéra, Taste of Paris, Villette Sonique & More

These are events happening in May 2018 in Paris.Ester Westerveld/Taste of Paris

May starts off with a nation wide invitation inciting music lovers to visit local opera houses across the country for Tous à l’Opéra. During the weekend of May 4-6 twenty five music venues in France, including the Opéra national de Paris, will open their doors to the public, hosting free visits, demonstrations, and even dance classes. Continue Reading »

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July Events in Paris: Le Fooding Garden Party, Music Festivals, Outdoor Cinema & More

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Photocapy

What better way to celebrate this week’s warmer temperatures than with a roving happy hour? Les Heures Heureuses returns tonight and runs through Friday, offering food- and drink-inspired strolls across the city – from Oberkampf to Batignolles – with two-euro happy hour specials at participating restos and bars along the way.

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Steve McFarland

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May Events in Paris: Hip-Hop Loves Soul, Villette Sonique, Brunch Equitable & More

May Events in Paris

Villette Sonique, Mikayil Quenum

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Yoyo is bringing its latest edition of Hip-Hop Loves Soul to the Palais de Tokyo tonight. The event is hosted by Canadian rapper and producer Tory Lanez and features special new guest talent who will be spinning throughout the night.

May Events in Paris

May Events in Paris

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The Four Best Bike Rides Spanning the Paris City Limits

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thausj; Olivier Jeannin

A bicycle provides the perfect tempo for exploring a city. You can get from point A to point B faster than you would walking, but it’s slow enough that you get to take in the scenery in a way that riding a bus or metro never allows.

HiP Paris Blog, Best Bike Rides, Isabel Miller-Bottome, Ile de la Cite 3Isabel Miller-Bottome

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June Events in Paris: Veillée Foodstock, Jeudis Arty, Mobile Camera Club, and More

Champs-Elysees Film Festival/Solidays

Champs-Elysees Film Festival & Solidays

The Fort d’Aubervilliers, a former military fortication that was abandoned in the 70s, is opening to the public for a presentation of the work of more than 40 urban artists for the In Situ Art Festival. Pieces include the transformation of 15 trucks and 10 vans stationed within the fort, which is set to be demolished this fall; all the more reason to check out this festival, which is on view until July 14.

Villette Sonique

Villette Sonique

Festival Onze Bouge, 18 years and running, returns this year to Paris’s 11eme for “Eleven Movement” from May 31 – June 7. The festival features theater, music, dance, and street art performances around the arrondissement, and all free of charge. Take a peek at the schedule for more details.

Festival Onze Bouge

Baptiste Morin

From June 2 – 8 the Parc de la Villette plays host to Villette Sonique, this summer’s first major music festival.  This year’s lineup brings a great variety of talents, from sets by Four Tet, Nils Frahm and Jagwar Ma. Not to mention Saturday and Sunday afternoons also promise free shows, which you should clearly not miss.

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July Events in Paris: Wanderlust, Film Festivals and Nomadic Pianos

Project Play Me – Pianos all over Paris  to be played! (My Little Paris)

La Bouffe

Chez Aline: Delphine Zampetti, former chef at Le Verre Volé, recently opened this new resto. Don’t let the “chevaline” sign deter you, Chez Aline is a great spot for an affordable and simply delicious lunch.

Delphine Zampetti (right) (Sifu Renka)

Wanderlust: Everything (okay, almost everything) we could want in a space: outdoor terrace, cinema, restaurant, bar, club and even yoga. This hip new spot in the 13th has something for every mood. Continue Reading »

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Pass the cheese! Paris’ Best Outdoor Picnic Spots Part 2

Riverside picnicking by the Seine (Malias)

Summer is at last upon us, and with it comes the opportunity to partake in the favorite past time of many Parisians: Le Pique-nique. The possibilities for picnics in Paris are endless -from benches and bridges, to parks and promenades- so when the weather is warm, there are few better ways to wile away the long summer evenings than by gathering some people, bread and wine and picnicking like it’s the last supper. Here are a few places to enjoy the perfect picnic…

Picnicking staples: le vin, le pain, le paté! (Kari Geltemeyer)

The medieval gardens at the Museum of the Middle Ages
The institution of the picnic dates back to medieval Europe, when outdoor feasts were served before hunting, so what better place to have a picnic than where it all began? The medieval-inspired gardens beside the Musée National du Moyen Age, right in the heart of the Latin quarter, offer a tranquil haven from the bustling Boulevard Saint Germain. Split into three sections, the names of the gardens sound like something straight out of King Arthur. Past the ‘carpet of a thousand flowers’ and through the ‘sunken lane’ you come to a courtyard headed by a silver reed fountain. Within lie a quartet of square gardens with period-inspired themes: a medicinal garden, a celestial garden, a vegetable patch and a garden of love. When it comes time to unpack your basket, head beyond the courtyard to the shady glades of the ‘unicorn forest.’ Hidden behind a woven wicker fence, medieval plants like hazel, elder, holly and medlar reign supreme here. Through the ‘forest’ you can even glimpse the ruins of the only remaining Roman baths in Paris.
Musée du Moyen Age. 1 rue de Cluny, Metro: Cluny la Sorbonne (line 10)

Gardens of Cluny museum – Erica Berman

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Music in Paris: A Look at Spring and Summer’s Best Free Concerts

Here in Paris, the warm days and longer nights have got us yearning for carefree summer fun… To tide us over, HiP Paris contributor Stephanie Wells shares her list of Spring/Summer concerts here. We’d love to hear from you too! If you know of any great gigs, feel free to leave them in the comments… -Geneviève

Julian Brezon

Having been either a student or an intern all of the five summers I’ve spent in Paris, it’s easy to understand why my entertainment budget is virtually non-existent. So when the pink cherry blossoms on the Canal Saint Martin turn the luscious green that signals the real beginning of spring, the promise of free concerts draws me like a magnet.

GuiGui Les Bons Skeudis

Last year’s Caetano Veloso concert at the La Défense Jazz Festival was a sun-blazed highlight of my summer. I’m chomping at the bit to see what musical gems are on this year’s program (under embargo until the end of May). What lucky folks we Parisians are that we can just hop over to the Esplanade de la Défense from June 18th-26th for a top-quality musical extravaganza – for free!

La Défense Jazz Festival 2011, 18-26 June 2011, Esplanade de la Defense, Free

Malias

While I’m waiting for the Jazz Fest’s unveiling, as if on cue, the Villette Sonique publicized their festival lineup a couple weeks ago. Continue Reading »

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Cinema Under the Stars – Free Cinema at la Villette – en plein air

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Now that summer is in full swing, Parisians will seek out any excuse to loiter outside for as long as possible. Luckily, the Cinéma en Plein Air festival at the Park de la Villette gives them an excuse to do just that! Back for its 19th year, the film series runs from July 15th-August 16th and features a different film every night (except Mondays) at approx. 9:00pm (or whenever night falls) on a large outdoor screen located in the Prairie du Triangle (Metro: Porte de Pantin, Line 5). The vast lawn provides ample space for film-goers to stake out a spot, throw down their picnic blankets, and spend the evening lounging beneath the glow of the silver screen. The theme for this year’s festival is traversées, or crossings, and each film in the series will explore the significance of a journey — literal, metaphorical, or otherwise — and the process of discovery. Continue Reading »

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