The Best August Events in Paris

Parc de la Villette in Paris, France

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August in Paris is a wonderful time for anyone in search of a full program of festivals. From free concerts to movies projected out on enormous lawns and fun at the beach for both adults and kids, there's a little something for everyone during late summer in the French capital.

Many of these events have been canceled or altered for 2020, so be sure to confirm details with the organizers' official website.

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Pop-Up Beach on the Seine River

An artificial beach with blue umbrellas sits alongs the Seine River with cyclists and pedestrians walking by
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From July to September, this full-fledged beach with sand, games, cafes, and even boating takes over the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette in North Paris. Paris Plages has enjoyed enormous success since the tradition began in 2002, and the manmade beach has attracted millions of visitors over the years. Especially on hot nights, sipping a drink at one of the open-air bars installed on the beach or enjoying free live concerts are now summer staples in Paris. In 2020, the beach is set to stay open the entire month of August, but new measures will be enforce to ensure social distancing is maintained.

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Open-Air Cinema Festival at the Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette in Paris

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In 2020, the park will be closed to the public until further notice.

Every year, Parisians and visitors spread out blankets at the ultramodern Parc de la Villette, where some 40 movies are shown on a giant outdoor screen. Entry is free and there is usually a theme to the selection of movies, which changes every year.

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Rock en Seine Music Festival

A woman in a black dress stands on stage with her arm raised above her head on stage at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris
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The 2020 iteration of this annual festival has been postponed until 2021.

Every year, fans of rock and indie music gather at the enormous green expanse known as the Domaine National du Saint Cloud just west of the city limits. In the past, the festival has attracted headline acts like Thirty Seconds to Mars, Green Day, Blink 182, and other famous musicians. You'll need to buy your tickets well in advance and if you plan to attend all three days, camping onsite can be a great way to enjoy the festival to the fullest a unique way to experience Paris.

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Silhouette Festival

Created in 2002, this annual film festival screens outdoor short films to locals and visitors for free. More than 100 films are shown over nine nights in Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge in the 19th Arrondissement, which is about a 30-minute ride from Central Paris on Metro Line 11. The festival's 2020 season is from August 22 to 29, but special measures will be taken to uphold health and safety standards.

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