This is now a highly awaited event since 2002: Paris Plages is coming this year again for even more relaxation, sun, and ice creams by the water. From July 10 to August 22, 2021, the Seine riverbanks and the bassin de La Villette expect you for a beautiful summer in Paris, in compliance with barrier gestures.
This Saturday May 29, 2021, City Hall Sports deputy mayor Pierre Rabadan revealed a bit of the Paris Plages 2021 program in Le Parisien, including the sports program! "We confirmed it last year, but we had to renounce. This time, around the Trocadero fountains, we'll create a platform for events in compliance with Paris-Plages and the Seine riverbanks", Rabadan revealed to Le Parisien.
Here is what to expect.
From July 17 to September 13 meet at the Trocadero to take part in many sports activities such as "basket 3x3", Quai 54 competition - aka street basket competition - broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics, an international skateboard event, as well as a fashion show at the end of the summer. As for gauge, since everyone is wondering, the place can house "8,000 to 10,000 people (...) but health measures change and since everything is outside, we'll see what we can do".
From June 13 to October 10, the City of Paris also launches many free collective sports classes on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. In the detail? Frenck kick-boxing classes by the Seine, at the foot of the Pont Neuf bridge; fitness classes and children's workshops at Nation; Thai Chi classes at the Parc Georges Brassens; boxing classes for adults and children at the Parc Martin-Luther-King; or even gym sessions and PE for children at Olympiades. Please also note that on June 23, will be a race for the Olympic Day.
From July 5 to August 27, even more sports in Paris with the Paris Sport Vacances event. On the menu, over 60 free sports disciplines provided by 150 associations for all age groups and throughout the entire city.
Last but not least, from July 10 to August 22, it is of course the return of Paris Plages by the Seine including - as per usual - many sports and water entertainments such as canoe-kayak, kayak polo, paddle, paddle boats to have fun with your family, bicycle-boats and even a climbing wall on a barge.
In other words, there will be sports! So, in the meantime, here is what took place in 2020!
Bassin de la Villette
Once again, Paris-Plages turns the Bassin de la Villette into a beach resort. This year, entertainments focus on sport with swimming, kayaking, energetic arts. Visitors can also play table soccer and boules.
For the youngest, many entertainments and playgrounds will be available with the kids' club, Ludomouv', the famous zipline and meetings provided by the Bibliothèques Hors les Murs.
Do not forget the special movie screening on the water for the opening of Paris Plages, with French movie "Le Grand Bain". Another event you do not want to miss? The two free concerts of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris on the Seine riverbanks and the Bassin de la Villette.
Feel like diving? Head to the swimming area, set on Quai de la Loire to enjoy the 3 pools for free, open every days from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from mid-July to late August!
Careful, because of the current health context, the pool opens from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every 2 hours, naming from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., then from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Between each turn, spaces welcoming users (changing rooms, toilets, around the pool, solarium...) will be systematically cleaned up and disinfected.
To access the facility, each user has to withdraw a wristband matching the time slot they want. Facemasks are mandatory until they leave the changing rooms. Physical distancing must be maintained.
Paris-Plages 2020 on the Seine Riverbanks
This year, the Rives de Seine or Seine Riverbanks let you laze about, walk around or relax. As for entertainments you can all enjoy some Tai-Chi, boules, tabler soccer, and even reading thanks to Bibliothèques Hors les Murs.
As for kids, they can enjoy board games and giant games. What a program to enjoy for free!
Whether you are on the right bank or at the Bassin de la Villette, over 54,000 hours of leisure are waiting for you for 2 months from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Scattered across the four venues, pop-up libraries and restaurants will be up so we can stay all day long without returning to the hustle and bustle of the Parisian life.
Reading a book, observing bateaux mouches, there is nothing better to unwind during the summer!
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 13 June 2021
Paris - Ile de France