Want to know what to do in Paris in July?!

Paris will be in party mode this month. Starting with the Bastille Day on the 14th of July, also known as ‘la Fête Nationale’ , there will be a wide range of events that you can attend. The best part is that most of the events are free! So put on your dancing shoes and start practicing your moves, because the festival season is approaching quickly!

Retrospective Roy Lichenstein

Along with artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein was part of the Pop Art movement in America. Comic strips can be seen as his main inspiration and they also represent most of his work. At the Centre Pompidou, you now have the opportunity to admire his work with 124 examples of his paintings, sculptures and prints.

Where: Centre Pompidou, metro line 11: Rambuteau
When: 3rd July – 4th November
Price: 10-13 euros


Paris Cinéma – Cine Karaoke, Cine Market

The Paris Cinema Festival started last week but there is still time to see a couple of movies. If you love movies and cameras, you should definitely stop by the Cinema Flea Market this weekend at the Esplanade of the MK2 Bibliothèque and at the National Library of France (BnF). There you will find anything from old posters to collector magazines and even some unusual objects from film sets.

For the last night at the Festival, which is next Tuesday, July 9th, you should definitely prepare yourself to sing at the Cine Karaoke. You will have the chance to sing along to classic film songs which will be projected on a big screen. After that, you can grab a dance partner and enjoy the ball that takes place right next to the screening!

Where: Banks of the Seine (left bank) between the L. S Senghor walkway and the Concorde bridge
Price: Free – 5 euros


Bastille day – Fête Nationale

The whole country will be celebrating on this day because it marks the French independence. In Paris, you can begin the celebrations by seeing the military parade that starts at 9 am on the famous French avenue, Champs-Elysees. After, you should go to the Louvre as it will be free for everyone! Before admiring the fireworks, you should stop by the Eiffel Tower at 9.30 pm and listen to the French National Orchestra which is giving a concert. The fireworks which will be launched from the Bassins du Trocadéro will follow the French values of: ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’. To get the best view, you should go to Trocadéro or Champs de Mars. If you want to splurge a little bit on this day, we suggest having dinner near the Eiffel Tower.

Where: Avenue des Champs-Elysées, metro line 1 and 9: Franklin D. Roosevelt; Champs de Mars, metro line 6: Bir-Hakeim


Festival Fnac Live

Even though it is only its third edition, this festival at Hôtel de Ville already managed to establish itself as one of the biggest musical events of the summer. This festival also marks the opening of Paris Plages and let’s us to enjoy free concerts for 4 nights. The concerts usually start at 5.30 pm and go on throughout the night. This year there will also be concerts at the Salon des Arcades. For these, you have to pick up your tickets at FNAC, don’t worry it is free but it has limited places available.

Where: Place de Hôtel de Ville, metro line 1 and 11: Hôtel de Ville

When: 18th-21th July
Price: Free

Joana Taborda

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