What to do in Paris in July

by Emily Dilling

July starts to see the city slow down and settle into its summer pace. It’s a time of tourists, terrace lunches, and lingering at the dinner table a little bit longer before the day ends with a beautiful Parisian sunset. While life takes on a slower pace in July, Paris events aren’t lacking. July in Paris means enjoying local parks and outdoor events as well as the usual range of rendez-vous with the world of arts, gastronomy, and music. Here are a few of our suggestions for what to do in Paris this July:

The Paris skyline with the zinc rooftops and chimney tops in the foreground and the words 'Le site des Parisiens curieux' (the website for curious Parisians) splashed across the image.
Top image: S. Faric. Above image: Paris ZigZag

Kick off the month with the Japan Expo, a celebration of Japanese culture and cuisine taking place from July 4 to 7 at the Villepinte Exhibition Center. Embrace two French favorites at the Salon des Champagnes et des Pâtisseries Fines, where bubbles and pastries are perfectly paired for this decadent two-day event in the on the Champs-Elysées, from July 7 to 8.

A young white brunette laughing while dancing with a young black man with mid-length hair in twists at a nightclub in Paris.
The Peacock Society Festival

July is a great month for music in Paris, with several outdoor festivals and sought-after concert tickets. The annual free outdoor concert series Festival Fnac Live kicks off on July 3 with three days of concerts in front of Paris’ Hôtel de Ville. Electronic music fans will want to head to the Parc Floral de Paris from July 5 to 6 for The Peacock Society Festival.

A poster for the Peacock music festival in Paris (left) and the concert hall where it takes place in La Villette,  in the north east of Paris (right).
The Peacock Society Festival

Go straight to the source of electronic music when iconic German electro group Kraftwerk performs a 3-D concert as part of the Days Off festival, running July 4 to 13. Lollapalooza Paris will take place from July 20 to 21 this year and boasts headliners like The Strokes, Ben Harper, and IAM. 

A flyer for Days Off festival at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Days Off Festival

Discover Paris through a different lens this month with two tours proposed by Paris ZigZag: Explore the earliest days of Paris history with Paris au temps de Lutèce on July 27, then flash forward a few hundred years with the Paris Art Nouveau tour on July 28. 

A poster for a Dora Maar exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (left). A poster for the Japan Expo, a festival about Japanese pop culture in Paris (right).
Dora Maar – Centre Pompidou / Japan Expo

Make your way to Paris museums before some not-to-be-missed expos end. Photographer, surrealist, and painter Dora Maar’s work is on display at the Centre Pompidou until July 29. Catch the last days of the Black models: from Géricault to Matisse exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, ending July 21. 

Outdoor cinema with deckchairs in a field in summer in Paris at La Villette.
Cinéma en plein air

Don’t forget that July also marks the beginning of the yearly Cinéma en plein air festival at La Villette, running July 19 to August 18. This month also sees the annual Tour de France event—cyclists will arrive in Paris on July 29 after a 3,516 km tour of the country. 

The logo of this year's Tour de France (left) and the crowds that have gathered around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to cheer on the cyclists as they set off (right).
Tour de France

Several Bastille Day events take place on July 14 including the Military Parade on the Champs-Elysées and Firemen’s Balls held across the city late into the night. 

Fireworks for Bastille Day at the Eiffel Tower (left) and the Military Parade up in the skies above the Champs Elysées for Bastille Day in Paris (right).
Bastille Day – Alex / Alexandre Lazaro

Paris Plages starts in July and lasts until late September, with events for the whole family and wide-open Seine-side spaces to relax on a popup sandy spot in the middle of the city. 

A poster for Japan Expo, a Japanese pop culture festival in Paris (left). A poster with the lineup for Lollapalooza music festival in Paris (right).
Japan Expo / Lollapalooza Paris

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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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