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Paris Summer Music Festivals

The Open-Air Concerts in Paris This Summer
Crowds at an outdoor music festival with modern buildings in background
Photo via Facebook, La Défense Jazz Festival
June 1, 2024
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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Summer 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.

We Love Green | May 31 – June 2, 2024

Pop, Electro, and Rap Right on the Doorstep of Paris 

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, Bon Iver, Orelsan, and Phoenix.

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 65€ for a 1-day pass

La Défense Jazz Festival | June 24 – 30, 2024

Jaw-Dropping Jazz with an Electric Atmosphere

Each June, the Grande Arche de la Défense just west of Paris 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. This year’s big names include Gregory Porter, Imany, and Roberto Fonseca.

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.

Crowds at an outdoor music festival with modern buildings in background
Photo via Facebook, La Défense Jazz Festival

Festivals du Parc Floral: Pestacles | June 26 – Sept 4, 2024

Free Family-Friendly Concerts

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 2 or 2:30pm.

Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Free concerts, entry to botanical gardens 2.60€ for adults, free for children under 7.

Solidays | June 28 – 30, 2024

Pop, Rock, Electro, and Rap for a Good Cause

For over 25 years, this three-day festival has been raising funds to fight AIDS. Taking place at the Longchamp Racecourse in the Bois de Boulogne, Solidays‘ five stages offer non-stop music and welcome some 150 artists each year including French favorites like Louise Attaque, Pomme, and DJ Laurent Garnier, as well as international stars from a variety of musical genres such as Sam Smith and Mika.

Hippodrome Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris
Tickets from 35€ for an evening pass

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

Festivals du Parc Floral: Classique au Vert | June 29 – Sept 7, 2024

Free Classical Music Concerts

Along with Pestacles and the Paris Jazz Festival (more on that in just a minute!), 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
Free concerts, entry to botanical gardens 2.60€ for adults, free for children under 7.

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

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

Free Classical Concerts in Interesting Locations

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 at the National Archives in Paris and in the Temple du Foyer de l’Âme.

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

Some concerts are free, others from 12€. See the official festival website for ticketing information (French only).

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

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

Free Afternoon Jazz in a Relaxing Atmosphere

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 both afternoon and evening concerts every Saturday and Sunday.

Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Free concerts, entry to botanical gardens 2.60€ for adults, free for children under 7.

Les Arènes Lyriques | July 26 – Aug 17, 2024

Curated Classical Concerts in a Secret Montmartre Venue

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. Friday and Saturday nights, orchestra Ostinato and guest soloists 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: 39€ adults 26 and over, 29€ under 26.

Les Arènes Lyriques classical music concerts in Montmartre.

Rock en Seine | Aug 21 – 25, 2024

Pop, Electro, and Techno on the Grounds of a Château

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.

This year it’s Lana Del Rey, Måneskin, Fred Again, The Offspring, and LCD Soundsystem among other international artists.

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Place George Clémenceau, 92210 Saint-Cloud
Tickets from 75€ for a 1-day pass

Crowds of people at music festival with empty stage and lights reading Rock en Seine
Photo via Facebook, Rock en Seine © Zélie Noreda

Fête de l’Humanité | Sept 13 – 15, 2024

A Bit of Everything with a Political Bend

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 to celebrate the spirit of exchange, solidarity, and freedom.

Base Aérienne de Brétigny-sur-Orge, 91220 Le Plessis-Pâté
Tickets: From 20€ for a 1-night pass

Festival concert lineup for the 2024 Fête de l'Humanité near Paris

Fnac Live | 2024 Edition TBC

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 June, some 30 artists take the stage in front of the monument, playing a mix of FM pop, rap, R’n’B, and electro for more than 80,000 fans.

Featuring mostly French artists, concerts begin at 5pm each day.

No information has been announced yet for Fnac Live 2024, and with the Olympics happening in Paris this July and August, this event will likely be canceled. We’ll update this article as soon as we have more information.

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]

Opera en Plein Air | 2024 Edition TBC

Opera, Family-Friendly

From June to September, different prestigious sites in and around Paris become the stage for outdoor operas. For the latest 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 Opéra in Plein Air 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.

There has been no announcement yet concerning the 2024 edition of the festival.

Locations throughout Ile-de-France

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

Lollapalooza Paris | 2024 Edition Canceled

International Pop, Rock, Rap, and 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. In 2023, the stage welcomed artists including The Inspector Cluzo, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, and Roasalía.

Due to the Olympics, there will be no Lollapalooza Paris in 2024.

Hippodrome Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris

Visit the Official Website for more information.

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Editor’s note: Article originally published June 10, 2019, last updated May 20, 2024.

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