General July Activities in Paris

Soldes Paris Sales PrintempsUse Google Translate for Paris activities and information on the following web sites:
For a complete list of exhibitions visit the newspaper leParisien.fr-Paris étudiant.com web site
l’Officiel des spectacles or buy the magazine for 35 cents when you arrive in Paris.

Summer Sale begins end of June in Paris
Between end of June and beginning of August. look for the deals – and get there early. Within two weeks everything has been picked through. The good news is that summer vacation begins two days after the sales begin so perhaps the natives will leave and the tourists can buy everything! Doors open at 8 a.m.

The commercial law (article L 310-3 du code de commerce)  states that the summer sale officially begins the fourth week of June.

Free
Treasure hunt in Paris – La Chasse aux Trésors every July – Paris.fr

Chasse aux tresors Invader pixel art

Free
Outdoor cinema is back – Cinéma en plein air (think drive-in on the grass)
July to August
Every evening except Monday at nightfall (about 10:30 p.m.)
Prairie du triangle du parc de la Villette 75019 Paris
Grande Halle et Parc de la Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès
Métro: Porte-de-Pantin

For twenty years the Villette area, in the nineteenth arrondissement, has welcomed films in their original language (VO-version original). Bring your snacks and bring your chair or for 7 euros you can rent a deck chair and blanket.

Free exhibits at the Hôtel de Ville
Two years in the making, the photographs of Gérard Uféras show all the stages building up to 70 different marriages, civil, religious and common law and their receptions. Some of the photos include the sounds of the festivities. One of the halls is reserved for a 26 minute film.

Salon d’accueil de l’Hôtel de Ville
29 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris
Free admission
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sunday and holidays

Free
Paris Plages City of Paris
Annually mid-July to mid-August
Two beaches: Voie Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris and Bassin de la Villette 75019

Free
Concerts at the beach – part of Paris Plages
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  the Festival FNAC Indétendances (list of concerts on infoconcert.com)
The plaza (parvis) in front of the Hôtel de Ville
Free concerts every Friday and Saturday during Paris Plages.

Paris Beach fans
Since 2002, the beach has been artificial, a successful attempt to capture a bit of the spirit of days gone by. Paris had real beaches until the early 1960s.

Known and less known photographers captured the beach moments from 1910 to today. Their photos are presented in the book entitled “Paris Plages, de 1910 à aujourd’hui”, Editions Hoëbeke, 20 euros.

Free
Festival Soirs d’Eté – eclectic music
(8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Plaza in front of the mayor’s office (Mairie de 3eme arrondissement – map)
rue Eugène Spuller 75003 Paris
Métro : République, Arts et Métiers

The program for the eclectic music festival and other events if you are staying in this area of Paris (Use Google Translate)
Tuesday: jazz
Wednesday: Globe trotters
Thursday: rock
Friday: new performers
Saturday: boogie

Free Access
Tuileries – Fête Foraine
Until mid-August
Giant Ferris wheel and other attractions
Open: 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. weekdays
11 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. weekends and nights before a holiday
Jardin des Tuileries 75001 Paris

Pinacothèque de Paris
28, place de la Madeleine
75008 Paris
Open everyday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ticket office closes at 5:15 p.m.)
Open late on Wednesday until 9 p.m. (ticket office closes at 8 p.m.)
Métro: Madeleine, line 8, 12 or 14
Bus stop: Madeleine: 24, 42, 52, 84, 94 or bus stop: Madeleine-Vignon 24 or 42

le Musée d’Art moderne
11, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris
Open: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Monday
Thursday open until 10 p.m
Bus : lines 32, 42, 72, 80, 82 and 92
Métro : line 9 – Arrêts Alma-Marceau ou Iéna
RER : line C – Pont de l’Alma

Petit Palais
avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Open late on Thursday until 8 p.m., closed Monday and holidays

Other city of Paris museums

Le Château at the Parc Bagatelle
The château is open every Sunday and holiday at 3 p.m.

This château was built for the younger brother of Louis XVI and is considered a jewel for its decorative arts. It was built as part of a bet made in 1777 between Marie-Antoinette and the count d’Artois (future Charles X).

The refined and comfortable residence is situated in the middle of a park. The interior decorations are the work of the greatest artists of the period.

Parc de Bagatelle
Entrance to the park is at the Sèvres gate
Bus 43, stop Place de Bagatelle and a ten minute walk

Activities for July 14th – Bastille Day

Fire works will be shot off near the Trocadéro  at 11 p.m. on July 14. The color theme is red, white and blue. The best viewing spot according to the Mayor’s office is on the Eiffel Tower side (Champs de Mars).

Fireman’s Ball (La brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris)
The balls will take place on the 13th and 14th of July from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Some of the balls may charge admission

Click here to obtain the Acrobat Reader (.pdf format) 2009 list of balls for dates and addresses

Bastille – Grand Bal à la Bastille
Mid-July, two stages will be placed around the Colonne de Juillet (the column in the center of the Bastille)
The two themes are: Guinguette Rock and Balls of the world

In cooperation with sustainable development (développement durable) all of the electricity for the activities will come from renewable sources of energy.

Music
European Festival of Young Talent – Festival Européen Jeunes Talents

Paris Jazz Festival annually at Parc Floral-Parc de Vincennes
Ultimate Guide in French Jazz Festivals
Parc Floral de Paris
Admission: 5 euros (7 – 25) 2.50 euros
Adresse : esplanade du château de Vincennes 75012 Paris
Métro : Château-de-Vincennes (Map for Jazz Festival location)

Free
Festival Soirs d’Eté – eclectic music
Until July 14, 2010 (8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
Plaza in front of the mayor’s office http://www.mairie3.paris.fr third arrondissement
rue Eugène Spuller 75003 Paris
Métro : République, Arts et Métiers

The program for the eclectic music festival (Use Google Translate)

Tuesday: jazz
Wednesday: Globe trotters
Thursday: rock
Friday: new performers
Saturday: boogie

For the kids
The Jardin d’Acclimatation (the site is only available in French, but the photos speak a universal language) is celebrating its 150 year birthday.

Napoléon III initiated the park’s construction and it opened in 1860. It is a wonderful amusement park for kids with rides, forest adventures, toboggans, wall climbing, zoo, vegetable garden, miniature farm, picnic spots, etc.

Jardin d’Acclimatation
Open 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
Bois de Boulogne, avenue du Mahatma-Gandhi 75016 Paris
Métro: les Sablons
Admission: 2.90 euros per person

Les Pestacles (the French pronunciation of “spectacles” – accent on the ‘tac’- by children often sounds like pestacles.
The pestacles take place every Wednesday for the whole family, Parisians, French visitors and tourists.
Parc Floral  (available in English “EN”) (when you are not visiting the Château de Vincennes! )
Continuing to September 22, 2010
Tariffs:  free under 7; 2.50 euros (7-26); Adult: 5 euros (all day)
Schedule
Where: Esplanade Saint Louis in front of the Château de Vincennes
What: Seventeen concerts, readings, street artists and performers, circus and clowns, routes of discovery in the park and since this is the year of Chopin, an exhibition about romantic style music. The concerts are suitable for everyone from two years to multiple years of age.

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