What’s going on in Paris from July 1st-10th, 2016? Check out these fun ideas and take your pick!
Fan Zone for the 2016 UEFA Championship
Despite concerns for security checks in large stadiums, Paris will still be setting up its outdoor “fan zone” near the Eiffel Tower at the Champ-de-Mars for the UEFA Euro 2016. 51 different matches will be shown on a giant screen, from June 9th to July 10th, 2016.
Luxury Brand Expo at the Maison de la Chimie
This year at the luxury expo “Salon du Luxe,” 1600 luxury brands will come together to answer one question: how do you bring innovation into luxury? Come see for yourself on July 6th and 7th, 2016 at the Maison de la Chimie.
The 2016 France Golf Open
The 100th annual “Open de France,” is France’s own golf tournament and part of the European Tour. But it’s much more than just a golf tournament! The even celebrates every aspect of the sport, with game spaces and activities where fans aren’t just spectators but can join in the fun!
2016 Japan Expo at the Parc des Expo
If you like Japanese culture, culinary arts, cartoons, video games or manga, then this expo is for you! Get out your agendas! The 2016 Japan Expo will be held from July 7th to 10th, 2016 at the Parc des Expositions in Northern Paris near the Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Gare des Mines Station, A New Multicultural Site
If you’re in the Paris region from May 19th to October 23rd, 2016, be sure to check out this new spot for “exhibitions, community building and parties.” It’s a temporary cultural center and they’ve planned a variety of events that highlight both emerging visual artists and musical performance.
Zero Waste Festival
The Zero Waste Festival will be at the Cabaret Sauvage at Parc de la Villette on June 30th-July 2nd, 2016. The idea behind this festival is to teach Parisians about zero waste initiatives, a new way to be an eco-friendly consumer!
Art and Cultural Exhibitions:
Olafur Eliasson at the Palace of Versailles
Every year, the Palace of Versailles hosts a contemporary art exhibition on its grounds. This year, Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has been chosen to be the special guest artist, using the palace as his canvas. From June to November, 2016, visitors can see the Palace of Versailles in through Eliasson’s eyes and through his art.
James Bond 007 Exhibition in Paris
To celebrate over 50 years of the world’s most famous spy, the Grande Halle de la Villette has opened its James Bond 007 exhibition, which closes September 4th, 2016. The exhibition unveils 500 accessories from the 007 movies, from Bond’s costumes to his Aston Martin DB5, and of course the set decorations from the different films!
The Avengers STATION Exhibition
The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an interactive exhibition and recruitment session that will teach you how to become a Marvel superhero! Face off with the Avengers and show them that you’re ready to join their team! This exhibition was a huge hit in New York, and will now be in Paris in the plaza of the city’s business district at Esplanade de la Défense, from April 15th to September 25th, 2016!
Louis Stettner, a Free Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou will be featuring the work of American photographer Louis Stettner, for a free exhibition running from June 15th to September 12th, 2016. The photographs featured in the exhibition offer a closer look at both American and French society in the 20th century.
Michel Hoellebecq, “Staying Alive” Installation at the Palais de Tokyo
Guest artist Michel Houellebecq at the Palais de Tokyo is showing a new and completely original installation titled “Rester vivant,” or “Staying alive.” Hoellebecq is not only an artist but also a poet, essayist, novelist and filmmaker. Visitors can experience the world through his eyes with this shape-shifting exhibition, open from June 23rd to September 11th, 2016.
Beat Generation Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou is featuring a large exhibition titled “Beat Generation,” in reference to the literary and artistic movement that revolutionized US culture from the 1940s to the 1960s. Open from June 20th to October 3rd, 2016.
Le Douanier Rousseau at Orsay Museum
If you’re looking for a beautiful painting exhibition, head to the Musée d’Orsay. They’re showing a large retrospective on atypical modern painters, titled “Le Douanier Rousseau,” from March 22nd to July 17th, 2016.
Picasso Sculptures at the Picasso Museum in Paris
The Musée Picasso is dedicating a large exhibition to Pablo Picasso’s sculptures, open until August 28th, 2016.
Gardens of the Eastern World at the Institut du Monde Arabe
Just steps away from the Seine river in the square at the Institut du Monde Arabe, a large garden will be in bloom from April 19th to September 25th, 2016. The orange and palm trees, roses and jasmine will transport you out of Paris and into other worlds, exploring styles ranging from the Iberian peninsula to the Indian subcontinent. Visitors can also head inside the museum for an exhibition showing the most beautiful gardens found throughout these nations.
Shows, Concerts and Nightlife:
2016 Days Off Festival
Get ready for a new program at the Days Off Festival from June 30th to July 10th, 2016! Cat Power, Mogwai, Benjamin Clementine, Anohni, and Kurt Vile & The Violators are all on the lineup, not to mention Philip Glass & the Kronos Quartet for a Dracula film music concert!
2016 RAINFOREST Festival in Fontainebleau
A new kind of festival is coming to town! On July 2nd and 3rd, 2016, the RAINFOREST Festival will bring together concerts, sports, and eco-responsibility initiatives for two exceptional days in the middle of the forest in Fontainebleau!
Cats, the Musical at the Mogador Theater
The “Cats” musical will be playing at the Mogador now until July 3rd, 2016! Thanks to the musical’s success in Paris, the theater has decided to extend the showings to this summer, don’t miss it before it’s gone!
The Palace of Versailles Puts on a Water Show
Stroll through the groves and fountains of the royal gardens at the Palace of Versailles to celebrate its 350th anniversary! Every weekend from March 25th to October 30th, will be a musical water show with more than 55 fountains situated throughout the expansive gardens. It’s a spectacular event fit for royalty!
Celine Dion In Concert at the AccorHotels Arena
Famous Canadian singer Celine Dion has announced her 2016 music tour in France. Dion will be giving eight exceptional concerts on June 24, 25, 28 and 29, and July 2, 3, 6 and 7, 2016.
Santana in Concert at the Paris Bercy Arena
The Santana concert on Tuesday, July 5th at the Paris Bercy Arena is an event you won’t want to miss! As Santana fans are already aware of, the original Santana band has prepared a new album titled “Santana IV,” expected for release on April 15th.
Diana Krall in Concert at the Olympia
After bringing the house down at the OIympia in Paris last October, Diana Krall will be back in this legendary concert hall for a new concert on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016.
Bars, Restaurants, and Hotels:
The Best Terraces and Outdoor Spots for Summer
Every summer, numerous spots and outdoor cafe spaces in Paris open temporarily. It’s the perfect opportunity to stroll around, relax and get a bit of sun along the banks of the river, in the heart of the city, or even in more unexpected places. Check out our selection of temporary terrace spaces and outdoor spaces for this summer in Paris.
2016 UEFA Championship Terrace at the Hôtel du Collectionneur
The UEFA European Championship will be in France from June 10th to July 10th, 2016. Several major locations throughout the city have decided to host events to experience the game, including the terrace on the bridge at the Hôtel Collectionneur, transforming its space into a special patio area for the 2016 Euro Championship.
Trendy Summer Chill-out Spots in Paris
In Paris in summer, it can get hot...sometimes very hot. If you’re looking to slip away, relax, and grab a nice cool drink, the city has plenty of spots specifically designed for chilling out and quenching your thirst. Whether you feel like being along the Seine river, in the sand, behind a foosball table or stretched out on a lawnchair, you’ll find it all in our guide to the top “Trendy Summer Chill-out Spots in Paris”.
The Paris Ritz Reopens in May 2016
Closed since August 2012 for remodeling, the Ritz Hotel in Paris reopens in May 2016, with new luxurious rooms, restaurants, and the club. After its remodeling, the Ritz is back in the running for the “Palace” title, the ultimate mark of luxury and perfection.
Sunset Parties Are Back at the Buddha-Bar Hotel
The Buddha Bar Hotel in Paris will be hosting its summer Sunset Parties once again, every Thursday starting June 2nd, 2016. The patio at the hotel will be transformed into a lounge, with live DJ sets, a sushi bar, a champagne bar,and a selection of tapas and cocktails specially created for the occasion.
This Summer the Meurice Opens a Chic Beach Space
From June 1st to July 15th, 2016, the Meurice Hotel is transforming its private veranda into a sandy beach space, where visitors can relax and have a drink with friends.
Summertime Terrace at the Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero Hotel
Between the stress, the traffic and the noise, it’s not always easy to relax in Paris. Now that sunny skies are here again, outdoor spaces and terraces are opening up, like the one at the 5-star hotel Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero. Opens mid-April, 2016!
Enjoy this week in the beautiful city of Paris!