Finally terrasses, museums, and shops have reopened in Paris, just in time for summer! Curfew has been pushed back to 9pm and the big news is that, if all goes to plan, starting June 9 France will reopen its borders to international travelers with a health pass. And that’s many of you, our readers! We hope you can return to Paris and France as soon as you can. As with the reopening comes many events that will undoubtedly bring a welcome dose of life back to the city.
Mexique, enchanté – May 31-June 13
As part of la Semaine de l’Amérique Latine et des Caraïbes (SALC), the Chambre Économique du Mexique en France has organized a program celebrating Mexico. Mexico is a magical country, rich in architecture, gastronomy, landscapes, and the arts. You’re invited to get to know it from another perspective with roundtables, masterclasses, food and wine tastings, and a bazaar.
Australia Now 2021 – June 2021-June 2022
This one I’m particularly excited for. If you’re Australian, love Australia, or dream of visiting the country, Australia Now is a year-long program celebrating the connection between France and Australia. It includes an Aboriginal art exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly starting on June 22 and an exhibition about the Great Barrier Reef at the Aquarium de Paris starting June 28.
Parcours Saint-Germain – June 1-10
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Parcours Saint-Germain has decided to completely revamp its format and offer an urban art stroll in the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Près. The Parcours Saint-Germain offers the opportunity to meet contemporary artistic creations in places they’re not expected to be found.
Paris Gallery Weekend – June 3-6
The 8th edition of Paris Gallery Weekend will feature 127 galleries, 138 exhibitions, 302 artists, and 7 parcours, offering the opportunity to experiencemodern and contemporary art through gallery walks. For four days, follow the routes from one gallery to another, discover a large number of exhibitions, and meet and talk with artists and key figures in the art scene.
Opéra en Plein Air 2021 “Madame Butterfly” – Domaine Départemental de Sceaux – June 11-12
The 20th edition of the Opéra en Plein Air Festival will honor Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” one of the most beautiful and famous masterpieces of the repertoire. Savor an exceptional evening with the opera performed under the stars in the bucolic park in front of the château.
Fête de la Musique – June 21
This popular annual event that fills the streets of Paris with music will be going ahead this year on the 21st as usual, but an 11pm curfew will be in place and masks must be worn (of course!).
MARKETS AND EVENTS
Fête du Pain – La Cité Fertile – June 6
Can you get any more French than a bread festival? This one celebrates the full process of breadmaking of bread from field to consumer, with a local made-in-Île-de-France spirit: a large open-air market withwood-fired ovens, sourdough bread initiation workshops, roundtables, books for sale, natural wines, music, and, of course, traditional and modern bakers (and millers) selling hot bread.
Le Marché Éco-Responsable – La REcyclerie – June 5-6
Discover inspiring entrepreneurs and their responsible selections for summer on the Petite Ceinture of Paris. On the program: 12 designers and entrepreneurs committed to beauty, ready-to-wear, sport, and decoration. They offer us a responsible alternative, a selection of products designed with love and made in France.
Soldes d’été – June 23-July 20
The annual summer sales begin this month and will last for a duration of four weeks. So if you’ve had your eye on something that’s just a little bit out of your budget, now’s the time!
La Marche des Fiertés – June 26
The LGBTQ+ Pride Parade in Paris/Île-de-France will be going ahead this year, but we’re still awaiting details.
- Check out The Best French Ciders for a refreshing summer!
- Parisians on terraces = People watching! Read The Best People-Watching Cafés in Paris
- If you can’t wait for Fête de la Musique, here’s a Modern French Music playlist for you!
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