What to do in Paris in August

by Ali Postma

August is bound to be a quiet month this year, with Parisians departing the city en masse for les vacances and fewer tourists than usual. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any events happening this month. If you’re in Paris this August, take advantage of the space, the (relative) peace and quiet, and the slower pace of the city, which you get to enjoy (almost) all to yourself!

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left: people and children standing and enjoying a green garden at Musée du Quai Branly. Right: evening performance by a pianist at Arenas Lyriques Montmartre
Top: Left: La Bamba/Right: Arenes Lyriques Montmartre
Above: Left: Musée Quai Branly/ Right: Arenes Lyriques Montmartre

Les Arènes Lyriques 2021 – Nuits classique à la belle étoile – Jardin des Arènes-de-Montmartre – August 6 – 21

The butte of Montmartre will host nine unique musical evenings under the stars this summer. Be swept away by these vibrant and romantic evenings, with the Arènes Orchestra and their lyricism. The program is varied, bringing together classical and baroque music, sublime arias from romantic opera, traditional Latin songs, and more.

Left: people enjoying a performance in the evening at La Bamba, which is lit with red lights. Right: the exterior of La Bamba with many people sitting outside and enjoying themselves.
La Bamba

Bamba Rewind: Soirée 90’s/2000 – La Bamba Parc Floral de Paris – August 7 & 21

Two Saturdays of the month will focus on the 90s and 2000s at the new terrace La Bamba, featuring music from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Louise Attaque, Manu Chao, Spice Girls, Sugababes, Aqua, and Gigi d’Agostino. There will be DJ sets and blind tests for you to participate in.

left: a wooden signboard for Paris plages 2021. right: people sunbathing in wooden chairs at paris plages 2020.
Left: Paris Plages 2021 @paulekjs/ Right: Paris Plages 2020 @zinablossom

Paris Plages – until August 22

If you’re in Paris this August, you can still spend it by the water, either on the banks of the Seine or by the Bassin de la Villette. And this year, Paris Plages has a new location to add to its roster: the Trocadero gardens, which will be dedicated to various sports and was inspired by the Tokyo Olympics. 

left: a poster for gare aux docs, la recyclerie. right: the sunny interior of la recyclerie.
La Recyclerie

Gare aux Docs: Festival de Cinéma sur les Rails – La REcyclerie – August 9 – 26

The fourth edition of the Gare aux Docs festival will take place on the railroad tracks of the petite ceinture. Once night falls, put on your headphones and discover nine inspiring documentaries. Traverse the world from your deckchair, be carried away by citizen initiatives, and break down the barrier between you and nature. Under the stars in the middle of the wild grass, watch, listen, and enjoy!

left: people enjoying a rock concert by rock en seine. right: pink poster for rock en seine
Left: Rock en Seine by @daidix/Right: Rock en Seine

Club Avant Seine – Les Sessions Live – Domaine national de Saint-Cloud – 28 – 29 August

Organized by Paris festival Rock en Seine, which won’t be taking place this year, Club Avant Seine will present six emerging artists in the new location of the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud. The six artists were selected by a jury of professionals, artists, and critics over several months. 

left: poster for broc vintage au kilometre25. right: many people shopping at brock vintage kilometre25.

Broc Vintage de Fifties Sound au Kilomètre25 – Kilomètre25 – August 29

This retro flea market covers the years 1900 to 1980 with clothing, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, watches, furniture, design pieces, musical instruments, vinyl records, books, posters, photos, trinkets, neo-burlesque accessories and burlesque outfits, as well as a hairdressing corner. In addition to unique pieces made by hand in the spirit of zero-waste recycling, there will be a concert with music from the 40s and 50s, food trucks, and a bar.

both photos: the exterior gardens at musee du quai branly
Musee du Quai Branly

Jardin d’été – Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac – until August 29

This is a free summer festival you can enjoy no matter your age and taste. The program includes green walks for a personalized discovery of the garden, drawing workshops to let your creativity run free, Bozo puppet shows from Mali, and a summer lounge to browse through a selection of books and comics under the shade of the parasols.

left:blue poster for garden d'ete at musee du quai branly. right: the garden with white roses and green bushes at musee du quai branly!
Musée du Quai Branly

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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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