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Fête de la Musique

France’s Music Celebration
Street musicians in Paris for Fête de la Musique
Last updated June 21, 2024
If you’re lucky enough to be in France on June 21st, prepare for a night full of music! The Fête de la Musique is especially fun in Paris, where the city streets host concerts and dance parties as the whole country celebrates musicians and music fans alike.

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On June 21st, Paris, like all of France, celebrates the Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day.

Generally starting in the late afternoon or early evening, festivities kick off with concerts on nearly every corner, going until the wee hours of the morning. Special events take place all over the City of Light, with major artists and budding musicians playing free shows in the capital’s streets, gardens, and monuments. 

Imagined by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang and Director of Music and Dance Maurice Fleuret, the Fête de la Musique was first celebrated in 1982 in Paris. Created as a way to encourage and celebrate those who played music in addition to simply celebrating the art form, the event takes place every year on the first day of summer (the summer solstice), June 21st.

Illustrated poster for the 2024 Fête de la Musique with a yellow background, dancers, and a music note

This fête for music makers and lovers has since become an international event with over 120 countries participating.

In its city of origin, every June 21st, music floods the French capital. An acclaimed orchestra plays under the Louvre Pyramid, international jazz musicians entertain those strolling through the park, amateur rock bands perform in bars, and local DJ’s keep Parisians dancing all night long in the streets.

Musicians playing instruments along the Canal Saint Martin.

To me at least, this annual event epitomizes the French’s love of culture as well as their joie de vivre.

Fête de la Musique events take place throughout France and in all the neighborhoods of Paris, typically starting around 5 pm and ending around 2 am, so don’t expect to get much sleep.

Instead, stay up late and take full advantage of the festivities while exploring more of Paris.

2024 Fête de la Musique in Paris

Discover the complete program for this year’s Fête de la Musique.

Paris Metro lines 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, and 14 will likely be running all night again this year, but there’s been no official word yet from the RATP. They have, however, already announced a special 4€ transportation ticket, called the “Forfait Fête de la Musique” which will give you unlimited rides on public transportation from 5 pm – 7 am the night of June 21 – 22.

Bonne fête de la musique !

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