Champs-Elysees Film Festival/Solidays

Champs-Elysees Film Festival & Solidays

The Fort d’Aubervilliers, a former military fortication that was abandoned in the 70s, is opening to the public for a presentation of the work of more than 40 urban artists for the In Situ Art Festival. Pieces include the transformation of 15 trucks and 10 vans stationed within the fort, which is set to be demolished this fall; all the more reason to check out this festival, which is on view until July 14.

Villette Sonique

Villette Sonique

Festival Onze Bouge, 18 years and running, returns this year to Paris’s 11eme for “Eleven Movement” from May 31 – June 7. The festival features theater, music, dance, and street art performances around the arrondissement, and all free of charge. Take a peek at the schedule for more details.

Festival Onze Bouge

Baptiste Morin

From June 2 – 8 the Parc de la Villette plays host to Villette Sonique, this summer’s first major music festival.  This year’s lineup brings a great variety of talents, from sets by Four Tet, Nils Frahm and Jagwar Ma. Not to mention Saturday and Sunday afternoons also promise free shows, which you should clearly not miss.

Mobile Camera Club

Mobile Camera Club

Mobile Camera Club, Paris’ first gallery dedicated to showcasing modern mobile photography, kicks off its exhibition La Chevelure de Berenice on June 3 (through July 12).  The show features photographs by American photographer Karen Divine and Canadian photographer Roger Guetta, both blurring the line between photography and painting in their work. On Friday June 6th the artists will present and discuss their work with the public and an iPhone photography workshop with Karen Divine will be held on Saturday the 7th

Veillée Foodstock 2014/Fête de la Musique

Veillée Foodstock 2014 & Fête de la Musique

Mark your calendars: this month’s not-to-miss foodie event, Veillée Foodstock 2014, is put on by none other than Le Fooding and is happening June 5th at Nüba, the rooftop space at the Cite de la Mode et du Design. The meal boasts a cocktail from Le Mary Celeste, a pulled pork sandwich from Frenchie To Go, and several other menu items that are guaranteed palate pleasers. Tickets are available June 3rd at 14h, and we recommend snatching them up quickly.

Paris Jazz Festival
Paris Jazz Festival

After filling up at Veillée Foodstock, be sure to check out the first edition of Les Jeudis Arty, also on June 5th. The concept is similar to First Thursdays in cities like London and Berlin, and not far from Nuit Blanche in Paris.  Happening just four times per year, these Thursday night gallery hopping jaunts open up the Marais art scene, inviting the public to experience the spaces from 18h-22h through vernissages, meet-and-greets with the artists, performances, and more.

Coming off the tails of May’s St Germain Jazz Festival, the citywide fete in honor of the genre is happening from June 2 – 27. The Paris Jazz Festival is in its 12th year and certainly isn’t slowing down. This year offers more than a month and a half of performances around the capital. Find out more about the schedule of shows and ticketing on the event’s website here.

Les Jeudis Arty/Festival Onze Bouge

Les Jeudis Arty & Festival Onze Bouge

The third edition of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival is back from June 11 – 17, featuring a selection of independent American feature-length films, 35 French and American shorts, master classes with impressive guests like Agnès Varda and Keanu Reeves, and a charity event on June 16th. Head to the theaters along the famed avenue for more than 60 screenings.

June 14th marks a salon I can really get into. The Salon du Whiskey consists of a three-site walk in the 10th, with a total of  13 stands serving up various whiskies. The event runs from 14h30-19h and admission is free!

Les Jeudis Arty

Les Jeudis Arty

The concerts continue on June 21 with Fete de la Musique, impressively celebrating its 33rd year. This festival differs from the others in that it is open to both professional and amateur performers and focuses on the promotion of musical expression for the young and the old, the seasoned player and the newcomer. The participating musicians play for free, the concerts are free to the public, and the locations are generally open-air spaces, giving a unique sense of inclusion to the event.

In Situ Art Festival

In Situ Art Festival

The month closes out appropriate with, as you may have guessed, a music festival. Solidays 2014 runs from June 27 – 29 at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, and unlike other music festivals, Solidays is organized by Solidarité Sida, an NGO, with the aim of raising awareness and funds to fight against AIDS.  Not to mention this year’s event presents an interesting line-up:  the three days of performances include the likes of Metronomy, La Femme, Franz Ferdinand, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and the Parov Stelar Band.

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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Erin Dahl

Erin’s had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. She is Editor for the HiP Paris Blog as well as Co-founder of Content Coopérative, Paris’s first English-native content agency.

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