What to do in Paris in July

by Ali Postma

Summer is here and life is returning to some semblance of normalcy here in France. We no longer have to wear face masks outside, the curfew has been lifted, indoor dining is now allowed, and even nightclubs are reopening on July 9. Celebrate (safely) by attending some of the many events happening this month in Paris:


Festival Days Off – La Philharmonie de Paris – July 4-13

The 11th edition of Festival Days Off celebrates the return of concert halls and stages. The program includes highlights such as Hommage à Leonard Cohen at the Philharmonie on July 7, Yseult at Cité de la Musique on July 10, and ¡miércoles! – Stéphanie Janaina & Nicolás Jaar at the Philharmonie on July 13.

Top: Maximilian Zahn
Above: Festival Days Off

Festival Chorus 2021 – La Seine Musicale – July 7-11

Chorus is a music festival organized by the Hauts-de-Seine department with a program featuring rock, electronic, hip-hop, and world music. The festival is increasingly focusing on current music as well as national and international emerging artists. The festival also includes Chorus des Enfants, a musical experience for families.

Le Beau Festival 2021 – La Station – Gare des Mines – July 17

After canceling last year’s edition, the Beau Festival returns this year at La Station, a new venue by MU Collective. Starting at 4 pm and running until midnight, watch the sunset with concerts and DJ sets by a predominately female line-up. 

Festival Chorus

Paris 360°: Apéros Électroniques sur le toit de l’Arche de La Défense – July 23

Come and enjoy some apéros électroniques with an outdoor DJ set this summer. On the program: 1000m2 with 360° views of Paris at sunset, electronic-house music lineup, cocktail bar, and food space. Dance to the sound of four DJ sets perched 110m high on the roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense. 

Festivals du Parc Floral – until September 8

The festivals of Parc Floral begin on June 30, including Pestacles, Paris Jazz Festival, Classique au Vert, and Les Nocturnes. Pestacles is the family- and child-friendly event, Paris Jazz Festival is—you guessed it—jazz, Classique au Vert is classical music, and Les Nocturnes are the night events. 

left: a DJ performing at Festival Chorus
right: children bumping fists together at Chorus festival
Festival Chorus


Festival Cinéma Paradiso – La Seine Musicale – July 16-18

Festival Cinéma Paradiso is a series of free outdoor concerts and cinema complete with deck chairs, bistronomy, and surprise guests. The festival will continue on the rooftop of Hotel Paradiso in July and August.

Damien Hirst: Cerisiers en Fleurs – Fondation Cartier – July 6 2021-January 2 2022

Cherry Blossoms is Damien Hirst’s remarkable new series of paintings featuring in the English artist’s first museum exhibition in France. The exhibition presents 30 monumental canvas paintings depicting vast, vibrant floral landscapes.

Left: La Nuit aux Invalides / Right: Paris 360°

La Nuit aux Invalides 2021: Édition spéciale Napoléon – Cour d’honneur of the Hôtel National des Invalides – July 7-August 26

La Nuit aux Invalides is a unique light projection show celebrating the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death with “L’envol de l’Aigle.” On the program: a 50-minute show with the latest generation of 4K laser projectors, 360° enveloping sound, on completely restored stone surfaces—all punctuated by many immersive paintings.

Magritte / Renoir: Le surréalisme en plein soleil Musée de L’Orangerie – until July 19

This is the first exhibition to show a largely unknown chapter of Magritte’s work in its entirety, comparing the work of Magritte to that of Auguste Renoir, who inspired him. The exhibition brings together around 60 paintings and 40 drawings. Magritte’s paintings from his “Renoir period” are placed alongside masterpieces by Renoir, contemporary paintings by Picabia, and other works.

Left: Magritte’s La Préméditation / Right: Le Beau Festival

Eugène Atget: Voir Paris – Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson – until September 19

This exhibition is the result of a long period of research undertaken jointly by two institutions:  Musée Carnavalet and Fondation HCB. It is an outstanding presentation of the œuvre of Eugène Atget (1857-1927), a unique figure and pioneer of photography.

Eugène Atget Voir Paris

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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