Paris Summer Music Festivals

The Open-Air Concerts in Paris This Summer
Stage of popular Paris music festival Fête de l'Humanité

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May 28, 2022
From June to September, outdoor stages pop up all over Paris, welcoming the biggest names in jazz, pop, and electronic music as well as young classical musicians and family-friendly artists.
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Summertime in Paris means the music never stops. Some 15 different outdoor festivals are crammed into just three months, with every musical genre represented. Whether you want to rock, dance, or enjoy a classical music concert with the kids, there’s an open-air festival for every taste.

Needless to say, music lovers won’t have a problem finding things to do in the City of Light these next few months. So you can plan ahead, or discover what concerts are happening while you’re in town, here’s a (rather long) list of the annual outdoor music festivals in Paris.

All Summer Long

LaPlage de Glazart

No news yet on a 2022 edition | Rock, Electro, World, Soul

Club and concert venue Glazart opens up its ‘beach’ during the summertime, welcoming international artists on its outdoor stage. Surrounded by sand, lounge chairs, and tiki-type bars, come for outdoor club nights or one-of-a-kind concerts. It’s maybe the only place in Paris to enjoy music with your feet in the sand!

Glazart, 7/15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris
Tickets from 6€ – 28€ depending on the event.

Visit the Official Website for more details.

Opera en Plein Air

June 17-18, July 1-2 , 5, 8-9, September 7-10 & 23-24, 2022 | Opera, Family-Friendly

From June to September, different prestigious sites in and around Paris become the stage for outdoor operas. For the 2022 edition of this touring festival, the Domaine de Sceaux, the Château de Vincennes, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and Les Invalides serve as the setting for Verdi’s La Traviata.

The festival also proposes shorter performances of the opera in the afternoons, entitled Piccola Opéra, rewritten specifically for children. It’s a great way to introduce kids to opera and enjoy extraordinary scenery.

Locations throughout Ile-de-France
Tickets start at 25€ for La Traviata, 12€ for Piccola Opéra.

Visit the Official Website for more details.


Outdoor opera concerts near Paris.
Don Giovanni, Domaine de Sceaux – Credit: Opéra en Plein Air

Festivals du Parc Floral: Pestacles 

 June 29 – September 7, 2022 | Family-Friendly

Set in one of Paris’s four botanical gardens, the Festivals du Parc Floral actually encompasses three different festivals, one for jazz, one for classical music, and one for young audiences. Pestacles is the kid-friendly festival, offering concerts as well as arts and crafts workshops, exhibitions, and other activities for children. Concerts are free and take place every Wednesday at 2pm.

Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Free entry

Visit the Official Website for more information.

Festivals du Parc Floral: Classique au Vert

June 29 – September 7, 2022 | Classical

Along with Pestacles and the Paris Jazz Festival, the Parc Floral de Paris also welcomes classical music artists and fans for its free, open-air festival Classique au Vert. Established instrumentalists and up-and-coming musicians alike perform classical concerts in the bucolic Bois de Vincennes every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 4pm.

Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Entry to botanical gardens 2.50€ for adults, free for children under 7.

Visit the Official Website for more information.

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

Festivals du Parc Floral: Paris Jazz Festival

June 29 – September 7, 2022 | Jazz

July means jazz in Paris’s Parc Floral. 2022 marks the 28th edition of the Paris Jazz Festival, and once again, the botanical gardens host international artists on the covered Delta stage for both afternoon and evening concerts every Saturday and Sunday.

The festival also hosts a special “Nocturnes” series featuring some of the top jazz artists from around the world later in the evening.

Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Free entry, except for Nocturnes (tickets 26€)

Visit the Official Website for more information.

May

Villette Sonique

No 2022 edition | Electro, Rock, Rap, Jazz, Experimental

This is the summer Paris music festival for those looking for something different. Over two days, approximately 15 independent artists perform in the Parc de la Villette’s outdoor and indoor venues, playing everything from avant-garde pop to post-punk and experimental music.

Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Free entry for concerts on the green, tickets from 26€ for indoor events.

Visit the Official Website for more information.

June

We Love Green

June 2, 4, & 5, 2022 | Pop, Electro, Rap

An eco-conscious festival frequented by a crowd of trendy 20-30-somethings, this two-day festival could perhaps be considered Paris’s Coachella. While it’s certainly not as big (or expensive) as the American event, Instagrammers love it and the atmosphere and musical tastes are similar, featuring lots of electro-pop, rap, and some big-name headliners like Björk, Solange, or Christine and the Queens. We Love Green sets up camp every year just outside of Paris, in the very green Bois de Vincennes.

Bois de Vincennes, 1 Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Tickets from 120€ for a 2-day pass

Visit the Official Website for more information.

La Défense Jazz Festival

June 20-26, 2022 | Jazz

Each June, the Grande Arche de la Défense serves as the backdrop for a week-long jazz festival. Drawing jazz musicians from around the world, the event also includes a national jazz competition open to musicians of all ages and nationalities residing in France. With free afternoon and evening concerts, it’s a great opportunity to see legendary performers and discover the rising stars of the French jazz scene.

Parvis de la Défense, 92400 Paris La Défense
Free entry

Visit the Official Website for more information.

Solidays

June 24-26, 2022 | Pop, Pop-Rock, Electro, Rap

For 24 years now, this three-day festival has been raising funds to fight against AIDS. Taking place at the Longchamp Racecourse in the Bois de Boulogne, five stages provide non-stop music and welcome some 150 artists each year including French favorites like -M-, Orelsan, Justice, BigFlo & Oli, or superstar DJ David Guetta, as well as international stars from a variety of musical genres.

Hippodrome Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Tickets from 39€ – 89€ for a 3-day pass

Visit the Official Website for more information.

Stage of the Solidays music festival in Paris.
Solidays 2016 ©Pete Beng

Fnac Live

June 29 – July 1, 2022 | Pop, Pop-Rock, Electro, Rap, R’n’B

Held just in front of Paris’s magnificent Hôtel de Ville, this free festival is right in the heart of the French capital. Over 3 days in July some 30 artists take the stage in front of the monument, playing a mix of FM pop, rap, R’n’B, and electro. Featuring mostly French artists, concerts begin at 5pm each day.

Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
Free entry

Free music festival in Paris in front of town hall
Fnac Live Paris Hôtel de Ville – ErasmusOfParis [CC 2.0]

July

European Young Talents Festival

July 3 – July 23, 2022 | Classical

Some of the most talented young European musicians converge on Paris for three weeks each July for the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents. The classical music festival showcases award-winning professional instrumentalists in some 20 concerts taking place in the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix-des-Arméniens, the courtyard of the beautiful Hôtel de Soubise of the National Archives in Paris, and at the Auditorium of the Petit Palais.

Concerts are Tuesdays through Sundays and include performances of works by Bach, Brahms, Glass, Haydn, Mozart, and more.

Tickets from 12€

Visit the Official Website for more information.

Lollapalooza Paris

July 16-17, 2022 | Pop, Rock, Rap, Electro

This Paris festival needs no introduction. The French edition of the mainstream music festival takes place in the Bois de Boulogne at the Longchamp Racecourse and, like all Lollapaloozas, offers a lineup full of international stars.

Hippodrome Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Tickets from 139€ for a 2-day pass

Visit the Official Website for more information.

August

Les Arènes Lyriques

No news yet on a 2022 edition | Classical

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris this 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. Friday and Saturday nights, the Arènes Orchestra and its guest vocalists will perform surprise programs in the small stone amphitheater nestled in this famous Paris neighborhood.

Jardin des Arènes de Montmartre, 25 Rue Chappe, 75018 Paris
Tickets: 35€ adults, 20€ children

Visit the Official Website for more information.


Les Arènes Lyriques classical music concerts in Montmartre.

Rock en Seine

August 25-30, 2022 | Rock, Rap, Electro, Techno

One of the final festivals before school gets back in session, Rock en Seine takes over the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud for three days of high octane music. Once focused squarely on rock, in recent years the festival has expanded its lineup to include other musical genres, with DJs and rappers headlining one or two nights since 2017.

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Place George Clémenceau, 92210 Saint-Cloud
Tickets from 159€ for a 3-day pass

Visit the Official Website for more information.

September

Fête de l’Humanité

September 9-11, 2022 | Rock, Indie, Rap, R’n’B

A staple among the student crowd, the Fête de l’Humanité (most often called the ‘Fête de l’Huma’ by Parisians), is one of the most popular festivals in all of France, welcoming a record 800,000 people over just three days in 2018. The festival features well-known international artists from a range of musical genres, with past headliners including the likes of Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry, Johnny Hallyday, Manu Chao, MC Solaar, Lauryn Hill, and Franz Ferdinand.

Put on by the far-left-leaning newspaper L’Humanité (founded by French socialist leader Jean Jaurès in 1904), the 50-year-old festival has its roots in the Communist Party. The politically engaged event also offers debates, conferences, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more, all with the aim of celebrating the spirit of exchange, solidarity, and freedom.

Learn more on the Fête de l’Humanité’s official website (French only).

Looking for more live music in Paris? These are our favorite things to do for music lovers in the City of Light.

 

Editor’s note: Article originally published June 10, 2019, last updated May 28, 2022.

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