Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office
Festivals and Seasonal Events
- Paris Plages (Pop-Up Beach Operation on the Seine River)
From July 20th through September 3rd, 2017, a full-fledged beach with sand, games, cafes, and even boating will take over the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette in North Paris. Paris Plages has enjoyed enormous success since its launch in 2003 and attracted millions of visitors last year. 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.
- Open-Air Cinema Festival at the Parc de la Villette
Dates: July 20th through August 20th, 2017
Every year, Parisians and visitors spread out blankets at the ultramodern Parc de la Villette, where some 36 movies are shown on a giant outdoor screen. Starting to see why July is a great month for film aficionados? In 2017, entry is free (but you can rent a chaise-longue for a small fee.)
See general information about the Parc de la Villette here
Visit the official website
Arts and Exhibits Highlights in August:
Portraits by Cézanne : Musée d'Orsay
The impressionist painter Paul Cézanne is perhaps best known for his quietly sublime landscape portraits and still lives, but he was also a gifted portraitist. His portraits are the subject of a special temporary exhibit at the Musee d'Orsay all summer long and through late September.
- Dates: Through September 24th, 2017
- Location: Musee d'Orsay
Tokyo-Paris: Masterpieces from the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation
This much-awaited traveling exhibit from Tokyo's Bridgestone Museum of Art includes masterpieces from Monet, Pollock, Matisse, Caillebotte, and many others. Book tickets early as it's proving to be a very popular show.
Dates: Through August 21st, 2017
- Location: Musee de l'Orangerie
Karel Appel: Art as Celebration!
The contemporary Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel may not be a household name, but his vision marked a generation of experimental painting. The Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is paying homage to the co-founder of the radical CoBrA arts group, ten years following his death. From the museum curators: "the artist places himself far from the norms in a spontaneous and experimental exhibition, full of vitality, which focuses on the naïve and primitive forms of art."
- Dates: Through August 20th, 2017
- Location: Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
For a more comprehensive list of exhibits and shows on in August this year, see this page at the Paris Tourist Office.