June is here! It’s time to savor the start of the summer months, enjoying the longest day of the year and pleasant weather. Locals and visitors soak up much needed vitamin D and good times. Social events are planned around the long sunny days. There is a festive spirit in the air. It’s the perfect time for lingering along the banks of the Seine and Canal St. Martin, enjoying a glass of rosé en terrasse, picnics in the Jardin des Tuileries or Parc Monceau made up of the bounty of early summer produce from the local market, and best of all – preparations for les vacances. We compiled our picks of what to do in Paris in June. The month is filled with live musical events and performances, festivals, free concerts, sporting events, blockbuster exhibitions, other special events and more.
Paris Weather and Other Visitor Information
It seems we say it month after month but June, being the start of summer, is one of the best times to visit Paris. Expect warm weather, with highs coming in at an average temperature of 24°C (around 75°F) and average low temperatures of 14°C (around 57°F). The June weather forecast sees about 8 rainy days in the month. Although it is the beginning of summer, still pack a light jacket and umbrella. It’s a good idea to have layers for cloudy days and when the sun goes down.
We are approaching peak months for travel so first-time visitors wanting to see major sites like the Eiffel tower and Louvre Museum should be prepared for large crowds and long lines. The good weather and long days means it’s a great time to take advantage of a walking tour, Seine river cruise, or a day trip to places like the Palace of Versailles, Loire Valley and Disneyland Paris. There are no public holidays in June.
Ramses and the Pharaohs Gold, Grande Halle de la Villette
Ramses II governed Egypt for 66 years, showcasing his life as a warrior and negotiating one of history’s most renowned peace treaties. This exhibition offers an opportunity to delve into his life and achievements.
Until September 6, 2023
Norman Foster, Centre Pompidou
As a titan in the world of architecture, Norman Foster has created numerous iconic buildings worldwide. This exhibition showcases his drawings, workbooks, models, and prototypes, exploring about a hundred architecture and design projects.
Until August 7, 2023
Paul Klee, Painting Music, Les Atelier des Lumières
Born into a family of musicians, with a pianist-violinist mother and a singer father, Paul Klee himself was a violinist. Thus, music played an integral role in his painting and creative process. Discover his two passions through his oeuvre, which includes 10,000 paintings and drawings, engravings, lithographs, sculptures, and music. The soundtrack features the Magic Flute, a nod to Klee’s interest in opera and Mozart’s music.
Until January 7, 2024
Alphonse Mucha, Grand Palais
In the 1900s, the Czech artist Alphonse Mucha embarked on a significant career after attending art classes in the French capital. The Grand Palais is celebrating the journey of this painter and poster artist, rediscovering “an avant-garde artist whose work continues to inspire contemporary creators.”
until November 5, 2023
Picasso Celebration, Picasso National Museum
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s passing, the Picasso Museum in Paris highlights its permanent collection. Alongside artworks from the museum, pieces by modern and contemporary artists will be displayed during this anniversary year.
until August 27, 2023
Before the Storm, La Bourse du Commerce
This exhibition takes visitors on a journey from darkness to light, showcasing installations and artworks by approximately 15 artists in the spaces of La Bourse du Commerce. With climate change urgency as the backdrop, the exhibition presents unstable ecosystems, featuring ephemeral and paradoxical temporalities, including a landscape by Danh Vo in the rotunda.
until September 11, 2023
Basquiat x Warhol à quatre mains, Fondation Louis Vuitton
During 1984-1985, the renowned artists and friends Basquiat and Warhol collaborated on 160 paintings. Around a hundred of these works are showcased in this exhibition, exploring the energy and strength of their creative exchanges.
until August 28, 2023
Manet/Degas, Musée d’Orsay
The Musée d’Orsay hosts this exhibition to examine the Impressionist movement in painting. The interdisciplinary exhibit focuses on the work of these two masters during the period of 1860-1880, exploring their differences and the various facets of pictorial modernity.
until July 23, 2023
Gay Pride Parade
For four decades, thousands of participants have joined the Marche de Fiertées LGBTQ. The festival emphasizes both fun and the fight for equal rights and against discrimination, supporting individuals in their right to live authentically. Organized by hundreds of volunteers, it is a celebration and a contribution to the ongoing progress of equal rights. In 2021 around 800,000 people attended making it one of largest pride parades in the world.
Paris Fashion Week- Menswear Spring/Summer 2024
Some argue that men’s fashion week is more exciting than its female counterpart. The event will take place from June 20-25, so be sure to mark your calendar.
Les Soldes – Summer Sales
Late June marks the start of the summer sales in Paris. The dates for the summer sales in the Paris region are June 28-July 25. Savvy shoppers will have decided on their purchases before the sales begin. While the reductions increase as the weeks go by, wait too long and the best items may be gone.
June 28-July 25
Roland Garros – The French Open
Attended by thousands of spectators annually, this sporting event is one of the highlights of the year. The tournament, which lasts over two weeks, marks the start of the warmer months.
May 22 – June 11
Longines Global Champions Tour
Witness the world’s best riders and horses during this prestigious stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour. The event fosters a festive atmosphere highlighting sports, culture, joy of life, and eco-responsibility. Visitors can access the training center, exhibition village, and entertainment. Ramatuelle/St Tropez: June 1-3; Cannes: June 8-10; Paris: June 23-25
Fête de la Musique
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, this annual event has become one of France’s most beloved cultural festivals. Taking place on the summer solstice, millions of spectators fill the streets, bars, restaurants, and concert venues throughout France during this free event, which takes place in the evening and lasts until the morning. The event is suitable for all audiences and showcases a variety of live performances from different musical genres.
We Love Green
Early June means that We Love Green is back. Returning to the Bois de Vincennes in 2023, this annual festival attracted 100,000 visitors last year, despite unfortunate weather conditions. This testifies to the event’s popularity. This year’s lineup includes live bands like Orelsan, Lomepal, Phoenix, Push T, Gazo, PLK, The Blaze, Skrillex, Bon Iver, Dinos, and NxWORRIES.
Solidays Festival is a music festival held at the Hippodrome de Longchamp in Paris at the end of June, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. The headliners for 2023 include Macklemore, Therapie Taxi, Jeremy Underground, and Hocus Pocus.
Nuit Blanche returns for its 22nd edition! Previously held on the first Saturday of October, this major event in the cultural life of the capital will fill the streets and monuments of Paris with contemporary art from dusk to dawn. Parisians and tourists are invited to engage with works by national and international artists as they stroll around the city. Sculptures, projections, concerts, and temporary installations are scattered throughout the city, providing an unforgettable “white” night experience.
Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville
The 34th edition of this event sees over 156 artists (painters, sculptors, ceramists, engravers, photographers, etc) open their workshops to the public. Around 40,000 visitors attend in order to catch a glimpse of art-making behind the scenes. On June 3 from 8PM to midnight, there will be a special event for Nuit Blanche, with performances, screenings and concerts entitled “Belle de nuit, Ville en vie”.
Conferences and concerts pay tribute to the Polish composer in the Orangerie, in the Parc de Bagatelle organized by the Chopin Society. Classical music lovers will enjoy hearing emerging talent, works by contemporary composers as well musical connections between Chopin’s music and his predecessors and successors.
June 17-July 14
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