One equation that I have come to learn like the back of my hand is that the month of August = summer holidays in France. Businesses close up shop, activities slow down, and many people pack up and head to their vacation destinations for the last month of summer. Personally, I like staying in Paris during the month of August. You can actually breathe in the metro, the streets are less crowded, and you feel like you have the city a bit to yourself. For those of you who have already gone on vacation, or holding out until September, you’re probably wondering what there is to do in Paris, if things pretty much turn into a ghost town in August. Well don’t worry I still managed to come up with a list of things to do this month in Paris.
Paris Plage—20 July- 23 August
We may not have access to the beach or a lake but we have Paris Plage along the Seine. Check out Que Faire à Paris’ cool list of activities going on at Paris Plage from water sports, street food vendors, and concerts.
Cinema en Plein Air- 22 July – 23 August
Sit back and relax and watch a movie under the stars at Parc de La Villette. Check out the full schedule of nightly movies here.
Beach Volleyball & 3 x3 Bball -23 July- 15 August
Just in front of Hotel de Ville there are 4 beach volleyball courts, as well as basketball courts for 3 a side basketball games. You can come with friends to play or just show up and jump in on a pick up game any time from 13h until 20h.
Rock & Seine Concert- 28-30 August
Rock & Seine is an annual summer rock festival in St. Cloud just outside of Paris. For more information and discounted tickets click here.
L’été Defacto 2015- Until August 23
La Defence has a cool outdoor set up for summer. This year’s theme is ‘From New York With Love‘, so there are a variety of activities, and food related to NY.
Echelle Un opened June of this year, and it is a spacious artsy bar/restaurant/pop-up shop/terrace located in the 12th not too far from Gare de Lyon.
Nicely hidden terrace in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
Rosa Boneheur Sur la Seine
Rosa Bonheur just along the seine makes for a nice change of scenery from the original location at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
The Point Ephémère has it all, visiting street food vendors, bar, art exhibits, and a rooftop terrace during the summer.
Take advantage of less people in Paris and do an activity you have been wanting to do. And for those traveling enjoy a nice vacation outside Paris.
Have a wonderful summer!!