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What To Do in Paris in July

Your Guide to What’s Happening in Paris This Month
Paris 2024 Olympics rendering of Champion's Park in front of the Eiffel Tower
Last updated July 11, 2024
Paris is always a good idea, and this July it’s especially true with loads of things to do, from French film nights to the 2024 Olympics. Here are our picks for what not to miss this month.

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Between the 2024 Summer Olympics and the general July fun, this month is sure to be a busy one in France’s capital city.

Here’s the best of what’s happening now in Paris.

Summer Sales in Paris | June 26 — July 16, 2024

Sales sign on shop window near Place de la République

The limited-time summer sale season ends soon, so hurry to your favorite Paris stores to get the good deals before they’re gone! Les soldes d’été end July 16, and most shops start their final démarques, meaning markdowns, of up to -70% around two weeks before the end of the sales!

If it’s your first time in Paris or if you’re just looking for some new ideas for where to shop in the city, we’ve also shared our picks for the best places in Paris to shop the sales.

Tour de France | June 29 – July 21, 2024

The Tour de France in Paris

The 2024 Tour de France kicks off June 29 in Florence, Italy. Over the following 23 days, riders will pedal their way up around France, exceptionally skipping the capital city this year due to the Olympics.

This year, the last leg of the race takes place between Monaco and Nice, with the cyclists set to cross the finish line in Vieux Nice (the historic downtown) on July 21.

Although the Tour de France won’t be coming to Paris in 2024, you can follow the peloton from many Paris bars and cafés all month long.

Click here for our tips on where to Watch the Tour de France in Paris.

Details:
June 29 – July 21, 2024

Bastille Day | July 14, 2024

Crowded Champs Elysées street on Bastille Day with the Arc de Triomphe in the background with a French flag hanging from it

July 14 is France’s national holiday, known as Bastille Day around the world. As you can imagine, Paris is even more exciting than usual on this day.

From the military parade in the morning to all-night-long dance parties at the fire stations in the city — and oui, they’re every bit as much fun as you’d think — there are tons of special events and activities on the agenda.

Check out this article to learn what to do on Bastille Day in Paris.

Details:
July 14, 2024
Throughout Paris

French Movie Nights with Lost in Frenchlation | July 22 – Aug 11

Every month, our friends over at Lost in Frenchlation host French film nights with English subtitles at various movie theaters in Paris. But this July and August, they’re going all out in honor of the Olympics.

From Monday, July 22 to Sunday, August 11, there will be a movie screening every night! Here’s the schedule:

Lost in Frenchlation summer programming with lists of nightly films playing in Paris from July 22 to August 11, 2024.

Whether you’re just visiting Paris for a few days or are an anglophone expat who now calls the City of Light home, these movie nights are a great way to immerse yourself in French culture without needing to speak French fluently.

Details:
Throughout Paris
Tickets: From 10€
Get your tickets on the official Lost in Frenchlation site

Paris Olympics | July 26 – Aug 11, 2024

Beach volleyball stadium with Eiffel Tower in the background

Of course, the biggest thing happening in the French capital this July is the 2024 Olympics.

The international sporting event kicks off with the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremonies on July 26 at 7:30 pm local time (1:30 pm EST).

Discover the Paris Olympic venues.

Fête des Tuileries | All Month Long

Swings at the Tuileries fair
Fête Des Tuileries, 2015 – Steven Depolo [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In the summer, the pretty Jardin des Tuileries transforms into a fairground. Usually.

But this year, with the Paris 2024 Olympics, the slides, swings, food stands, and ferris wheel are making their move to the Bois de Boulogne. And since the fair’s moving locations, it’s also changing its name, being called the Fête d’Eté, or the Summer Festival.

The fair is free to enter, but you have to pay to ride.

Details:
June 22 – August 25, 2024
Porte de la Muette, Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris
Free entry

Musical Fountains Show at the Château de Versailles | All Summer

Fountains of Versailles

Every weekend through October 31, 2024, the spectacular Musical Fountains Show continues at the Château de Versailles. Les Grandes Eaux Musicales lets visitors feel like they are part of the royal court of Louis XIV.

While wandering through hidden groves that are usually closed to the public, the castle’s extraordinary 17th-century fountains flow to the rhythm of period music.

Details:
March 29 – October 31, 2024
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
RER C Gare de Versailles Château de Versailles
Tickets: 10.50€ musical fountains only, 32€ for full access
Tickets: 39€ adults 26 and over, 29€ under 26.

July Music Festivals in Paris

The outdoor music festival fun continues in Paris this month, with the Paris Jazz Festival in the Parc Floral, Les Arènes Lyriques in Montmartre, and more.

Concerts for kids are also on the agenda, with the ongoing Pestacles Festival too.

Learn more about all of the music festivals in Paris this summer.

Festivals du Parc Floral: Paris Jazz Festival | June 30 – Sept 8, 2024

Paris botanical gardens classical concerts.
Festivals du Parc Floral de Paris

July means jazz in Paris’s Parc Floral. 2024 marks the 30th edition of the Paris Jazz Festival, and once again, the botanical gardens host international artists on the covered Delta stage for free concerts each weekend.

Details:
June 30 – September 8, 2024
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Concerts free, 2.60€ entry to botanical gardens

Visit the Official Website for more information.

European Young Talents Festival | June 29 – July 21, 2024

Peoples sitting in chairs outside historical building listening to a concert
Photo via Facebook, Jeunes Talents ©Xavier Delfosse

Some of the most talented young European musicians converge on Paris for three weeks each summer for the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents. The classical music festival showcases award-winning professional instrumentalists in some 20 concerts taking place in the courtyard of the beautiful Hôtel de Soubise of the National Archives in Paris and the Temple du Foyer de l’Âme.

Details:
June 2 — July 21, 2024
Hôtel de Soubise, 60 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris
Metro Rambuteau or Hôtel de Ville
Concerts Tuesdays through Sundays

Visit the Official Website for more information.

Les Arènes Lyriques | July 26 – Aug 17, 2024

Les Arènes Lyriques classical music concerts in Montmartre.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris in late July or early August, you can enjoy a truly exceptional concert experience in the Arènes de Montmartre – a secret spot generally closed to the public – as part of the Arènes Lyriques festival.

Details:
Jardin des Arènes de Montmartre, 25 Rue Chappe, 75018 Paris

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