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August Events in Paris: Cinema en Plein Air, Rollerdisco and Rock en Seine

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The Musée du Quai Branly has teamed up with the Refugee Food Festival for a garden dinner party on August 3. Chef Mohammad Elkhaldy will be sharing his French-inspired Syrian cuisine over three seatings, at 7pm, 7:45pm, and 8:30pm. Entry is free, but space is limited.

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August Events in Paris: Rosa Bonheur’s Birthday, Music Festivals, Urban Culture & More

August 2016 Events in Paris, Rosa Bonheur's Birthday

Rosa Bonheur, Phil Beard

August is known as a quiet vacation month in Paris, but there’s no shortage of fun events to pencil in. Take in that exhibition you’ve been meaning to visit, catch an outdoor concert… this month is all about relaxed enjoyment. Hey, you can even indulge in Barack Obama’s favorite burger thanks to this week’s much-anticipated Five Guys opening.

August 2016 Events in Paris, Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Le Trianon

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, close to 94 blog

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August Events in Paris: Rock en Seine, Festival Silhouette, Restaurants Open & More

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August in Paris gets a bad rap amongst the visiting community. The city is dead, your favorite places are closed… but this norm is starting to change, with many more restaurants remaining open for parts of the month. And there’s no shortage of enticing events, proving August in Paris can be fabulous too (and hey, who doesn’t love a slightly less crowded city?)

So, about those restaurants keeping their doors open and “fermeture pour congés d’été signs down. Paris by Mouth has graciously done the legwork for us and rounded up where to snag a table this month. Peek at this list before heading out for a weekday lunch or weekend apéro. 

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August Events in Paris: Mojo’Arty, Rock en Seine, Bob’s Bakeshop & More

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La Fête à Neu-Neu (also called la Fête au Bois) opens August 29th in the Bois de Boulogne and continues until October 12. This full-fledged carnival fest is fitted with classics like cotton candy and a ferris wheel (and also happens to be occurring right near Haven in Paris’ newest flat, Victor Hugo Luxe!).

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From July 31 – August 10 the Cinema au clair de Lune festival returns to Paris. The summer cinema circuit wraps up this month with this film series, including a screening each night in a variety of venues. Film on the bill span from Les Aventuriers (at Parc André-Citröen, 15ème) to On connaît la chanson (at Esplanade des Invalides, 7ème)

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August Events in Paris: A New Resto from Le Baron Folks, Summer Festivals, and more!

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The summer festival set is coming to a close this month, but fear not, we’re going out with a bang. Cinema au Clair de Lune began last week, but continues until the 11th with a film screening each night, each in a different outdoor venue.

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Berges de Seine

And Festival Classique au Vert, a seven-week-long celebration of classical music from around the world, just kicked off at the Parc Floral and continues until September 15th. You’ll get your traditional concertos and preludes, but some performances offer funkier twists, from a group of Japanese Taiko players to New York style Hip Hop.

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Berges de Seine


One of my personal favorites comes towards the end of the month with Rock en Seine from August 23 – 25, a three-day concert series boasting popular names that have graced my playlists over the past few months, like Alt-J, Kendrick Lamar, and Daughter, to name just a few. And Festival Silhouette, also beginning at the end of the month, offers film screening and concerts in the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge. Continue Reading »

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June Events in Paris: Frenchie Does To-Go, Summer Music Festivals, and More

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Valerie June (©Matt Wignall)

One of the welcome harbingers of summer has to be the season’s music festival circuit. After a long winter and a dreary, cold spring, all anyone really wants to do is pass the days outdoors. Add some great music and dancing, and everyone feels a little better. There is truly something for everyone as far as summer concerts go, but a few of my favorites this month include the Paris Jazz Festival (June 8 – 28), Fete de la Musique (June 21), and Solidays (June 28 – 30). Sounds will vary from laid-back jazz to popular names like Parov Stelar, The Hives, and Django Django, to name just a few.

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Six Elzévir

Last month pop shop Merci opened its online boutique, and this month Frenchie intends to serve up a to-go menu… I am loving this democratization of Parisian favorites. Frenchie has been touted by foodies and taste makers as one of the top Parisian restaurants over the past few years, and I can only imagine their to-go dishes, rumored to include casual fare like bacon-sprinkled doughnuts, fish and chips, and a Pastrami Reuben made with house-cured meat, will be some of the best in the city as well.

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Jason Hargrove

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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. Continue Reading »

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August in Paris: Summer Happenings

Marisa Morrison, blogger, francophile, and addict of all things hip and Parisian, fills us in on Paris must-do’s this month. PS: Be sure to check out her gorgeous blog, the Neon Tea Party!


To most, August in Paris means one thing: les vacances! Each summer, following Bastille Day (July 14), Parisians ditch their usual city dwellings and head to country homes and seaside escapes for the remainder of the summer. This, however, does not result in Paris as a complete ghost town. Quite the contrary! August in Paris is a time for festivals and cultural events of all sorts, keeping tourists and remaining locals entertained and full of summer spirit. Whether you are interested in a high-energy music festival or a relaxing evening in the park, the City of Light has got you covered.

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Who said you have to ditch Paris for the South to soak up some rays on France’s best shores? From July 20 through August 20, the banks of Paris’ own Seine River and Bassin de la Villette will transform into veritable sandy beaches in this year’s 9th annual Paris Plages. Lie out on one of Paris Plage’s 800 lounge chairs under a real palm tree or partake in some beach-side activities, such as boating, badminton, pétanque, Tai Chi and dance classes. In association with Paris Plages, Fnac’s music festival, FnacIndétendances, hosted outside the Hôtel de Ville will feature over 30 free concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. from July 23rd through August 14th. The line-up includes Arno, Arpad Flynn, Beat Assailant, Lafayette, and Acid Washed. Click here to check out the full line up. For more information on Paris Plage’s plethora of activities and events, check out the official web page here.

What would summer be without a good old-fashioned carnival? Spanning June 26th to August 22nd, the Fête Foraine des Tuileries has all the classics: a carousel, Ferris wheel, games, sugary treats, and so much more. The best part? It all takes place right in the center of Paris in the city’s most renowned garden! The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. Entrance is free and attractions cost 2-10 € each per person.


Paris Summer Music FestivalsIndétendances Music Festival by Hotel de Ville – Flickr.Whisker

Every summer since 2003, Paris has played host to three-day music festival Rock en Seine at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. This year, Rock en Seine will take place on August 27, 28 and 29, and has a line-up that includes both rock-and-roll heavy hitters such as Blink 182 and Queens of the Stone Age, and cult-followed indie rockers like Beirut and LCD Soundsystem. Tickets are available through Rock en Seine’s official website and cost 99 euros for all three days or 45 euros for each individual day. Coming with kids? Continue Reading »

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Mellow Paris: Why We Love August in Paris

img_7447Sunbathers in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo by Tory Hoen

You may have heard rumors that Paris empties out in August. As it turns out, the rumors are largely true. But before you start envisioning a Parisian ghost town—tumbleweeds rolling down the Champs-Elysées—take it from us: August is a wonderful time to be in Paris. As many locals head to the coast and many businesses close up for the month, you can feel the city’s pulse slow down. Traffic decreases, picnickers multiply, people become friendlier, they linger in parks and enjoy balmy evenings on café terraces throughout the city. In August, Paris settles and simply enjoys itself.


In the past, many tourists have avoided the month of August, deterred by the fear that many restaurants and businesses might be closed, or that Paris in August is not the “real” Paris. Nowadays, there is no need to worry about such things. While the “August atmosphere” is more relaxed and unhurried, there is plenty to do during this wonderful month; and many locals believe it’s actually the best moment to take advantage of the city.  In addition, visitors can often find special deals and lower rates at this time of the year. Continue Reading »

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