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What to do in Paris in June 2019

by Emily Dilling
A poster for the wine-tasting event in Paris this June, 'Libres' (left). A poster for the Solidays music festival in Paris this June, with a black woman with her face painted blue and red (right).
Top: We Love Green Above: Vivent Les Vins / Solidays

June is the official start of Paris’ summer season, the beginning of months of fun under the sun. In addition to our favorite recurring June music festivals and events (more info below), this month is full of dates to add to your social calendar and there’s something for everyone, from foodies and art lovers to bargain hunters and apéro seekers. 

Kick off the month with an exposition devoted to cult street art icon Banksy at the Musée du Graffiti, which takes place for a limited time only: 2-6pm on June 1. Later this month head to the Louvre to check out two new exhibitions that open on June 27: Italian drawings from the Collection Mariette and drawings from the artist Antoine-Jean Gros.

A poster for the street arts festival Et 20 l'Eté in Paris this June (left). A poster for Villette Sonique music festival in Paris this summer (right).
Festival Et 20 l’Eté / Villette Sonique

From June 20-23, the 20th arrondissement street art festival Et 20 l’Eté features free performances and exhibitions from local artists as well as the opportunity to explore this vibrant arrondissement that truly comes to life in the summertime. 

Brocante season is in full swing in June, and several of these street markets have adopted a zero waste/upcycle spin. On June 5 the Vente Spéciale Mercerie leaves no fabric left behind with a sale of sewing bits and bobs perfect for the knitter, quilter, and craftsperson on a budget. 

The Grande Vente Solidaire Emmaüs, a clothing, houseware and bric-à-brac sale takes place this month in Paris.
Salon Emmaüs

On June 8-9 head to the Grande Vente Solidaire Emmaüs, where you’ll find plenty of clothing, housewares, and other new-to-you objects to bring home. Money spent at the sale will go to supporting this 70-year-old charity, which will be celebrated later in the month during the Salon Emmaüs at Parc des Expositions Versailles.

The Fête de la Récup upcylcing event in Paris will take place in the Marais (left). People enjoying the We Love Green music festival in Paris this June (right).
Fete de la Récup / We Love Green

The Fête de la Récup, which takes place on June 15, brings together over 20,0000 participants for this festival dedicated to zero-waste and recycling used objects. In addition to the bargains waiting to be found, the event also includes performances and presentations on the theme of sustainable living. 

The Coffee festival in Paris this June is one of the top events this month for coffee-lovers.
Café Festival & Expo

June gets caffeinated from the 22-23 as the Café Festival & Expo comes to town. The two-day event features coffee tours, tastings, and conferences all on the theme of café.

Afterwork des Producteurs, where visitors can enjoy drinks and locally sourced produce like asparagus (left) and other farm-fresh veggies (right).
Comptoir des Producteurs

Rendez-vous June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile for an Afterwork des Producteurs, where visitors can enjoy drinks and locally sourced produce by Comptoir des Producteurs, an agricultural cooperative dedicated to providing locally sourced produce to the people. Taste natural wines and meet the people that make them on June 16 at Vivent les Vins Libres, an all-day tasting of low-intervention wines from various regions of France. 

In Paris in June, events taking place include the Paris Beer Week (left) and the Pestacles theatre festival (right).
Paris Beer Week / Festival du Parc Floral – Pestacles

Paris Beer Week is back for its sixth year, promising craft beer tastings and events to please brewers and beer geeks alike. This year’s event takes place from June 8-16 and culminates, as always, in a Grand Final featuring international breweries and beer as far as the eye can see. 

We Love Green music festival takes places every June in Paris.
We Love Green

As always, June is also full of music festivals. Don’t miss this year’s lineups at Villette Sonique, Solidays, We Love Green, Festival du Parc Floral, and Fête de la Musique

This month also brings the annual Paris Gay Pride Parade, as well as the Fête du Cinéma.

And not to be forgotten: the soldes, or yearly sales, start this month! This year prices get slashed in stores across France from June 26 to July 24. 

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Written by Emily Dilling for HiP Paris. Looking to travel? Check out Haven In for a fabulous vacation, or long term, rental in Paris, Italy, France or elsewhere in Europe.

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Emily Dilling

Emily Dilling is a France based writer and author of My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes. In 2005 Emily moved to Paris from her native California and began exploring the cities markets, restaurants, and cafés. In 2010 she founded the blog Paris Paysanne, where she writes about her favorite addresses and artisans in the city. Emily currently lives in the Loir-et-Cher region of France, where she writes and works in the grapevines. View Emily Dilling's Website

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