Paris Plages (July 8 – September 3)
If you don’t have time to make it to the beach, let Paris bring the beach to you! Every summer, the banks of the Seine and the La Villette Canal Basin are loaded with sand, chairs, and umbrellas to become a local weekend getaway! Though you can’t swim in the Seine, starting 17 July, you can take a dip in the pools of La Villette Canal.
Bastille Day (July 14)
Even if you’re not French, there’s no better day in July than the 14th. Bastille Day is the French National Holiday that celebrates the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. La Fête National operates the same way the 4th of July would in the United-States, with plenty fireworks, food, parades, and patriotic spirit. Bring a blanket to the Champs de Mars and watch the beautiful fireworks display surrounding the Eiffel Tower.
Cinema en plein air (July 18 – August 12)
Parc de la Villette hosts Cinéma en plein air, movie screenings outside, so that we may enjoy film in the warm evening weather! Nearly every day from 18 July to 19 August you can watch films as well as other events at La Villette. Many of the films being screened are indie films such as The Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson, Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine, Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach, and more. The best part about it? It’s totally free of charge!
Tour de France (July 29)
This one doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Head over to the Champs-Elysées to see the Tour de France bikers as they cross the finish line at the Arc-de-Triomphe. The final part of the Tour is a circuit from the Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries and back 8 times, so line up anywhere around there to cheer on these incredible athletes!