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Summer in Paris 2017: Top things to Do

Hello June! It’s safe to say you can  pull out your summer clothes, picnic baskets, bottles of rosé, and sunglasses… Summer time in Paris is the best and it’s never lacking in things to do. You have your choice of grabbing a drink summer pop-up rooftop bars, music festivals ramp up, you can enjoy outdoor movies, or even salsa dance along the Seine river. Sounds like fun right? To help you keep busy this summer, we put together a round up of summer time events going on in and around Paris that  will be updated throughout the summer.

Summer in Paris 2017: Top things to Do


June 10- Natural Hair Academy (NHA) at Parc Floral- Event for all things related to natural hair… Tickets available here.

June 10-11We Love Green Festival at Bois de Vincennes

June 17-Le salon des Instapreneurs is Instagrams – 1st pop-up shopping event for entrepreneurs and small businesses Instagramers.  RVSP for a spot here. 

June 18- Yoga en Plein Air– Celebrate the international day of Yoga in advance with Early Yoga. They are hosting an outdoor yoga event at Parc Monceau. More details here.

June 21- Fete de La Musique– is an annual day dedicated to music that is celebrated throughout France. In Paris, all day long there will be non-stop events with free concerts, DJ sets, street performances, and so much more.

Ground Control –This year Ground Control has set up shop at 81, rue du Charolais 75012 Paris near Gare de Lyon, with 1500m2 of space for all things related to summer. All summer long there will be  food trucks, concerts, yoga classes, and workshops  for all ( family friendly). Check out the summer agenda here.

We Love Green


July 6-8- FNAC Live  series of free concerts at Hotel de Ville showcasing over 30 different artist. Check out this year’s line up here.

July 14- Fete National/ Bastille Day– Watch fireworks on the Champs Eylsées or check out a Bal des Pompiers, which are essential huge parties at at different firehouses throughout Paris.

July 15-16- Afro Punk Paris at Parc de La Villette- The 3rd addition of Afro Punk Paris 2-day music festival that will be filled of music, food, art, and lots of beautiful people from near and far.

July 20- August 20- Cinema en Plein Air at Parc de La Villette- Free outdoor Movies

July 22- August 13- Paris Plage, Palm trees, water sports, beach volleyball and all around beach vibes will be set up along  Parc Rives de Seine and Canal de l’ourq. Check out this year’s activities here.

Photo Credit LA Villette


Paris typically becomes a ghost town in August as the majority of Parisians flock away to their summer homes or off on holiday. In my opinion this one of the best times to visit Paris. Less crowds, empty metros, and you pretty much feel like you have the whole city to yourself. Here are a few events going on during the month.

Jamaica Jamaica (Until August 13) exposition at the Philharmonie de Paris

August 19 –  Herbby Since 89– Block party event dedicated to all things hip hop, sneakers and music at Nosiel Playground-4 Cours du Buisson (77186 Noisiel). For more info contact

Jamaica Jamaica

Parisian summer activities

Prend un verre en Terrace– You’ll often sight Parisians having a drink on any outdoor space they can find weather it’s a sidewalk terrace, along a canal, in a park, or a rooftop terrace.

Pique-nique– Grab a blanket, gather your friends, and bring your best picnic spread to enjoy in one of Paris’ many parks or squares of your choice. If you want to have a picnic in style you can even order a catered picnic spread with Paris Picnic. All you have to do is show up and all the food and picnic essentials are provided.

Pétanque- Gather a group  of friends, and find a spot to play a game of pétanque.

Dancing along the Seine River– Want to dance salsa, rock &roll, zouk, or tango? Dance lovers  you can enjoy the lively ambiance of dancing the Parisian evenings away along the Seine all summer long.

Parisian Outdoor Pool – Take a dip in one of Paris’ well known outdoor pools, Piscine Josephine Baker that is located on the Seine River. Piscine Molitor is also a great option for a pool day in style.

Paris Péniches Enjoy a drink on one of the many docked boats  like Rosa Bonheur or Le Playtime along the Seine.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Plotnick

Piscine Molitor

Day Trips from Paris

Étretat (aprox 3 hours train+car or bus ride)-You can take in the beautiful coastal views of white chalk cliffs and natural arches of Normandy

Deauville-Trouville (2-hour train ride)-Is nearest beach from Paris and it is just a train ride away

Fôret de Fontainebleau (60 kms from Paris accessible by train)- Spend the day biking, hiking or rock climbing in the Forest of Fontainebleau

Reims  (45 minute train ride)- Hop on a train from Paris and enjoy a day exploring Champagne region

Etretat Photo Credit le-polyedre

Paris by @Ososee

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