June in Paris is the time to enjoy all of your summer sun and events before city-dwellers escape to country homes to avoid the unbearable heat and flocks of tourists! There are loads of art, music, sports, and film events that should keep you busy through the month. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below. Maybe we’ll see you there!
The Musée du Quai Branly opened an exhibit on the art of tattooing that will run through 18 October 2015. The exhibit will feature photographs of traditional tattooing from ancient Eastern cultures to the modern-day Westernized art of tattoos. Well-known tattoo artists including Tin-Tin have even created original tattoos on artificial bodies that will also be on display.
The Rodin Museum is hosting an exhibit that juxtaposes the expressive bodies of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography alongside the classic figures of Rodin sculptures. This exhibit will run through 21 September 2014. In conjunction with this, the Grand Palais is exhibiting a major retrospective of the career of Mapplethorpe.
You can’t miss the worldwide Fête de la Musique, an annual event held on June 21st, the longest day of the year. Concerts are played for free by musicians in open air areas and public buildings. Take the day to walk around and enjoy rock, indie, jazz, and classical music on every street!
If you didn’t make any festival plans this summer yet or if you simply don’t like the idea of camping with a bunch of strangers, Weather Festival in Paris is a must for you. From June 6-9 at the Insitut du Monde Arabe, the Parc des Expositions and the Île Seguin a Boulogne will be used to transform Paris into a huge party, with some of the worlds finest DJs playing (Mount Kimbie, Floating Points, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman, Rodhad..)
Enjoy music with a cause! The Solidays festival takes place from June 27-29 at the Longchamp Hippodrome and features performances from over 150 artists over the three days. All proceeds benefit organizations fighting against AIDS on the African continent. Check out their website for the full line-up
If you are interested in sporting events, June begins in the middle of the French Open, which runs from May 25 – June 8. If horse racing is more your speed, you can find seats at the Prix de Diane Longines at the Chantilly Hippodrome on June 15.
Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon other than lying in bed hungover from your wild Saturday night? On June 15, you can check out a special projection from the Narkolepsy Short Film Festival at Nouveau Casino/ Café Charbon. The best thing: It’s for free!
You always wanted to watch a film and discuss it casually with known filmmakers and actors? Thanks to the Popcorn Project, you will be able to do exactly that on June 4, 6, 9, and 10. For these four dates, relevant figures of the film industry, such as Marianne Faithful (!) will watch a chosen film together and discuss it afterwards with an apéro. Get your tickets quick, as we’re sure there are a lot of people who don’t want to miss this event!