July 14 Bastille Day Fireworks Paris; photo by Rob Johnstone from a special street; write to me to find out where
Seeing Paris

July Activities in Paris

July 14 Bastille Day Fireworks Paris; photo by Rob Johnstone from a special street; write to me to find out where


July 14 activities

Parade along the Champs Elysées beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Arc de Triomphe

Bal du 13 juillet – The July 13th Ball at the Bastille from 8 p.m. to midnight

Bal des pompiers – Fireman’s Ball – All of the neighborhood fire and rescue departments open their doors July 13 and 14 for their annual balls with the fire brigade acting as the barmen

Feux d’artifice – fireworks near the Eiffel Tower at 10:30 p.m. July 14
Tour de France

“After leaving the heart of London and setting off the timers as it passes by the Greenwich Meridian, the peloton will speed off across Kent. A flat route through the English countryside which should favour the sprinters hoping to win the green jersey.” — From le Tour de France website

Follow this link for information about the final 146km journey between Marcoussis and Paris.

Paris Cinéma – film festival – An English version of this website is available

The outdoor film-loving population numbers about 75,000 partaking in 20 different locations (theatres, open air, etc.) at a cost of 4 euros for entry. Those films shown within the section “Paris CinéToile” are shown outdoors and are free.

The kickoff for the festival takes place in front of the Hôtel de Ville and is free.

Check their Web site for the calendar, films and locations.
PARC DE LA VILLETTE. Place your cursor on the top menu tab “agenda” to scroll throught the calendars and find the film information for Cinéma en plein air – Outdoor cinema festival
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès
La Villette/Belleville/Canal Saint-Martin 75019
Métro : Porte de Pantin

Films are shown on a giant screen. This year’s theme: first class and folding chairs or how does one form a destiny taking into consideration social, political and historical contexts.

Films are being shown in VO (original version) and are not meant for all ages.
Chair and blanket rental: 6.50 euros; under 16: 4 euros
Five rentals: 20 euros

Paris Plage This is the City of Paris’ website. Check their “English” page for exact dates.
Paris Plages takes place the last week of July and runs through the third week of August.
Check their Web site in June for exact beach locations and dates.
The City of Paris has two and sometimes three beaches around the city; two along the Seine and one in the north of the city.
The children’s’ pool is located across from l’Île Saint Louis.
The beach extends from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully – Port de la Gare – Bassin de la Villette.

Versailles Visit the Versailles website for all water shows, evening events and other spectacles.

Parc du Chateau de Versailles 
RER : Versailles Rive Gauche
Information : 01 30 83 78 89
Booking : 01 30 83 78 89

Federation Française de la Couture

Fashion Week happens in January and returns during June, July and October. The dates are subject to change.
Follow the fashion link for all show dates for each season (June to July and October)
I was told by a source that it is possible that tickets may be handed out in front of a venue.
Visit the federation’s link to view the most recent schedules (the next ones are not yet available).