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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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