June Events in Paris: Highlights

2016 Guide

Fete de la Musique is a beloved free music festival in Paris each June 21st.
••• Fete de la Musique is a beloved free music festival in Paris held each June 21st. Jeff Pozner/CCL

Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • Through June 5th, 2016: The 2016 French Open at Roland Garros
    Tennis fans should not miss one of France's most exciting and important tournaments. Tennis greats like Steffi Graf made their debuts at Roland Garros, and the French Open continues to host some of the world's unforgettable matches.
    When: Through June 5th, the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros takes Paris by storm.
     

Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Arts and Exhibits Highlights:

Picasso.Sculptures 

The recently renovated Musee National Picasso in Paris is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the Spanish artist's sculptures. Over 160 sculptural works are derived from more than 70 collections around the world, and are complemented by drawings and paintings. Bronze originals sit alongside massive, impressive enlargements in paper or engraved concrete. This is a chance to consider a relatively under-appreciated aspect of Picasso's oeuvre, and to check out the sumptuous new space in Paris.

Van Gogh on the Oise River: Special Exhibits and Events

If you, like millions of others, admire the work of Dutch Expressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, this special series of exhibits and events being held in Auvers sur Oise outside Paris is just for you.

This year, the focus is on the Oise river and its special place as a source of inspiration in Van Gogh's work.

In the later part of his life, Van Gogh lived and worked in the quiet agricultural town of Auvers, following in the footsteps of many famous painters before him by making the town, its landscapes and Oise River scenery the subject of some of his most recognizable paintings.

Sadly, he also died there at only 37, and is buried in a small cemetery in the village alongside his beloved brother Theo. 

Several local museums and cultural organizations are joining together from April through August to offer visitors to Auvers a vibrant encounter with Van Gogh's life and work in the area: from an exhibit that highlights two of his most famous paintings depicting the Oise River, to boat tours with commentary, festive celebrations, and special guided tours of Auvers and the places where the celebrated artist lived, work, and drew inspiration, don't miss out on this rich spring program. 

  • Dates: Through August 26th, 2016 
  • Location: Various locations in Auvers and around the Oise: see this page for full info (in French)
  • Getting to Auvers: From Gare du Nord, take the regional train to "Auvers sur Oise". The trip takes a little over an hour.
  • Participating Museums and Organizations: For complete information in English on visiting Auvers and participating in this year's Van-Gogh themed events and tours, visit the Auvers Tourist Office to plan your day trip

Women in Resistance: Memorial de la Shoah 

An important exhibit at the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris commemorates women who resisted Nazi barbarism during World War II.

Photographs, letters and other archival documents explore how women of many different nationalities contributed crucial acts of resistance during this dark period in history; while a special section of the exhibit highlights graphic novels that explore the same topic. 

Dates: Through  September 30th, 2016

  • Location: Memorial de la Shoah
  • 17, rue Geoffroy-l'Asnier, 4th arrondissement
  • Metro: St Paul, Hotel de Ville, or Pont-Marie

The Outdoor Studio: Impressionist Painting in Normandy

  • Fans of impressionist painting shouldn't miss this small gem of an exhibit hosted by the Musee Jacquemart Andre and dedicated to the "outdoor studios" of painters inspired by the subtly gorgeous landscapes of Normandy. Over 50 works of art from Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Renoir, and many others await-- and the exhibit places a special emphasis on the artistically fruitful collaborations and mutual influences between French and English landscape painters. 

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