Paris Summer Guide 2018
The City of Lights truly sparkles in the summer months. With bucolic parks and outdoor concerts, world-class cycling and breathtaking art on offer across the city, there’s an incredible amount to do, see and enjoy. Experience it all with our guide to the best summer events in Paris.
Arrival of Le Tour de France at Avenue des Champs-Elysées
The Avenue des Champs-Elysées marks the finish line of the 105th edition of the Le Tour de France. The first stage of the race will start on 7th July in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île and be followed by three weeks of spectacular cycling, resulting in the final push for the yellow jersey on July 29th as the cyclists pedal furiously from Houilles to Paris. This year, Le Tour de France will pass in front of our both Parisian hotels: Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice.
29th July 2018
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Margiela / Galliera, 1989-2009
Encompassing the years 1989 to 2009, the Margiela retrospective at the fashion museum, the Palais Galliera, takes a close look at the elusive Belgian fashion designer’s approach to structure – both of garments and of the system he worked within – during that productive period. Over 100 objects, including special installations and silhouettes, will be on display, giving a rare glimpse into the career of a very private designer.
Palais Galliera, Rue de Galliera, 75016 Paris
Kupka: Pioneer of Abstraction
Czech painter and graphic artist František Kupka (1871-1957)—known to some as Frank or even François Kupka—was one of the pioneering founders of the abstract art movement. The retrospective at the Grand Palais this summer encompasses a full, dazzlingly-coloured sweep of his career, from the 19th century to the post-war era, from symbolism through his evolution to abstraction.
21st March – 30th July 2018
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch: The Russian Avant-Garde at Vitebsk (1918-1922)
Collections around the world have contributed pieces to the upcoming exhibition at the Centre Pompidou on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. Focussing primarily on the art of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, who were all involved in the Vitebsk School of Art, there will be over 200 works on display during the exhibition this spring.
Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Thanks to a collaboration between the Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, an expansive exhibition devoted to the works of French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix will be taking place this spring. Over 180 works from Delacroix’s long career will be on display, including many of his famous paintings.
Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales at Versailles
A musical and visual extravaganza, the fountain show is set to period melodies, the water dancing to the music. The event takes place throughout the spring and summer in the remarkable gardens of the Château de Versailles, which, along with the gardens, are themselves listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Château de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Rodin and Dance
Curated around the “Dance Movements” series (a collection of Rodin’s works that were never exhibited during his lifetime), Rodin and Dance at the Musée Rodin explores the artist’s famed fascination with the world of dance and the graceful movements of the dancers themselves. The exhibition will feature around 50 drawings, as well as photographs, sculptures, and antiquities.
7th April – 22nd July 2018
Musée Rodin, 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
In Tune with the World
The Frank Gehry building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton has been entirely given over to a new exhibition showcasing the foundation’s impressive collection. Spread over multiple floors and arranged around three main themes, the central thrust of the exhibition is an exploration of man’s place in the universe and his connections to the living world around him. Highlights include works by Takashi Murakami, Alberto Giacometti, and Anicka Yi.
11th April – 27th August 2018
Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
A comic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti first performed in Paris in 1843, Don Pasquale is centred around a wedding, as countless great stage comedies are. While many consider the opera to be light-hearted, the production at the Palais Garnier this summer, directed by Damiano Michieletto, reveals and revels in the drama of the work.
6th June – 12th July 2018
Palais Garnier, 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris
Paris Jazz Festival
The lush greenery and serene surrounds of the Parc Floral de Paris will once again play host to the Paris Jazz Festival. This year marks the 24th edition of the popular free festival, with dozens of outdoor concerts planned during the four weeks of its run. Celebrating jazz in all its forms, the programme includes performances of jazz stylings from all over the world.
30th June – 22nd July 2018
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris
Haute Couture Week
Couture is as much art as it is fashion, and the vision and execution of every stitch is an obsession that brings fashion lovers and A-list designers to Paris every year for Fédération Française de la Couture’s Haute Couture Week. This July, the runways will be lit up with the stunning artisanal designs for autumn and winter 2018/19.
1st – 5th July 2018
Various locations around Paris
Bastille Day at the Eiffel Tower
Celebrated on the 14th of July every year since it became a national holiday in 1880, Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale) festivities are a day-long affair. In Paris, the event is particularly stunning, kicking off with a military parade along the Avenue des Champs Élysées, followed by an aerial spectacular, while in the evening, there’s a live concert and a fantastic pyrotechnical display that lights up the skies around the Eiffel Tower.
14th July 2018
Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris
Lolla is global, but for two days this July, the music festival is firmly French. Taking place at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, Lollapalooza Paris has an incredible line-up, featuring artists and bands such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Depeche Mode, The Killers, Dua Lipa and more. Passes are available for one or both days, with exciting food and family experiences available for festival-goers to enjoy throughout.
21st – 22nd July 2018
Hippodrome de Longchamp, 2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris