Paris in June: events and activities you cannot miss
June marks the beginning of the high season, the most dynamic and energetic phase of Paris - welcome to summer in the city of love!
The events you'll find in Paris in June are quite a spectacle, and focus mainly on art ( Fête de la Musique, Chopin Festival, Paris Jazz Festival) and fun**(The French Open, Paris Beer Festival or the Bicycle Festival**).
While it is true that you will appreciate more tourists than in the previous months, everything could be compensated if what you are interested in is fun and spectacle. June is not the most touristic month either, so it is not a bad idea to take advantage of the weather and relax in this magnificent city in the sixth month of the year.
1. Fête de la Musique
The Music Festival is accompanied by musical events in Montmartre, the Marais, Place de la Bastille, Place des Invalides and the Champs Elysées. All genres of music are included, from rock, rap and jazz to classical. The Music Festival is usually held at the end of June.
Throughout Paris, and in virtually every city and town in France, free music concerts take to the streets, parks and even metro stations to celebrate the start of summer in Paris.
Live performances can be found outside in every arrondissement and concerts are held in the most unusual spaces, as well as everywhere you can imagine. For more information visit the official site of the event.
2. Great street art exhibition in Paris
Not all art in Paris is found in Paris museums. For an excellent exhibition of graffiti by internationally acclaimed street artists such as Shepard Fairey (Obey), ST4, C215 and Hush, head to the 13th arrondissement to see the Boulevard Paris 13 project, an open-air art museum. The mural designs are usually painted in early June, so if you go around that time you'll even have the privilege of seeing these acclaimed artists in person drawing their artwork on the walls and taking photos with them. However, if crowds are not your thing, in that case I suggest going in mid-June to enjoy the graffiti alone.
To visit the event take the metro to Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement and walk along Boulevard Vincent Auriol to Rue Louise Weiss, look around and you will see that all the streets and neighborhoods have a very street style and very different from the glamorous center of Paris.
While it is true that you will not see anything like the famous Louvre paintings that are estimated in millions, you can appreciate an art that is increasingly enjoying more prominence and influence Street art! I also invite you to try to understand what these graffiti transmit, they are really expressive! For more information visit the official site of the event.
3. Chopin Festival
The annual festival is held in the Parc de Bagatelle and offers afternoon and evening concerts with pianists from all over the world. If you are a Chopin lover, don't miss it. The Chopin Festival takes place at the end of June and will include other musical mini-events that are not included in the program to make the event more unique.
The event arises as a way to praise the career of the great musician FredericChopin, or better known as the most romantic piano composer in history. In 1983, the Chopin Society, in its wisdom, created the annual Chopin Festival to celebrate the artistic career of this great man and attract fans of his musical style, making it possible for his music to never be forgotten.
4. Fête des Tuileries - Paris Trade Fair
It's like the fairground of your childhood, with trampolines, bumper cars and cotton candy. The small fairground fills a corner of the Jardin des Tuileries**, ending at the edge of the Place de la Concorde**. The fair takes place at the end of June and usually lasts a week, so if you are in Paris for 3 days or more, you should consider stopping by this fair for at least one day, and if it is at night in Paris, all the better.
There are lots of scary rides, fun games and many pop-up restaurants serving fast French grilled food. A great place to visit if you are traveling with kids to Paris small. There are even several rides reminiscent of Disneyland Paris attractions).
5. Paris Jazz & Blues Festival
The international event is heralded as one of the best music festivals in the world and takes place over four weekends in the beautiful Parc Floral de Vincennes. The full lineup is released in mid-May. One of the best parts of the festival is that the concerts are free and include admission to the park.
The event kicks off at the end of June and runs through mid-July in Paris,so be sure to visit the festival's official site to stay as up to date as possible.
6. Champs Elysées Film Festival
The red carpet is rolled out: Paris, cinema and summer. This fun-filled film festival presents 80 French and American films at cinemas along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées: Le Balzac, Gaumont Marignan, Le Lincoln, Publicis Cinémas, UGC George V and Club de l'Etoile.
In addition to the screenings, there are industry events with a series of panel discussions and a **competition to choose the six best films of the festival.**The festival takes place in mid-June andusually lasts about a week. So you already have plans for your 7 days in Paris.
While it is true that the Festival is spectacular and very famous nationally and internationally, if you are in Paris for 4 days, or less, I would recommend enjoying the presentation rather than the films themselves as that could be very time consuming. In other words, being in Paris for a short time it is convenient to make the most of your short stay. Here I leave you a post about more tips for visiting Paris so that everything goes perfectly.
7. La Fête du Velo - The Bike Festival
Created 20 years ago, the annual goal of the Bicycle Festival is to raise awareness of cycling. Held the first weekend of June throughout France, the festival features bike races, cycling events and workshops.
You can rent a bike and join the thousands of Parisians as they pedal throughout the city celebrating Le velo! You'll also appreciate how many street vendors participate in this event by offering bottles of water and fruit for sale, not to mention that many restaurants, offering special menus and more focused on recharging your batteries on a weekend when a lot of energy is consumed.
The tours of this festival will allow you to get spectacular views of the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame and the occasional cruise on the Seine River if you are on your lucky day.
8.Le Mondial de la Bière - Paris Beer Festival
Craft beer lovers come together to raise a glass at the historic Maison de la Mutualité and discover a world of beer with tastings and master classes. This festival takes place in mid-June and is considered one of the most fun festivals.
Eighty brewers will be represented along with the best of Paris street food. If beer is a beverage you enjoy, you should join this mega-celebration and elite gastronomic event Le Mondial de la Bière awaits you!
9.La Nuit aux Invalides - The Night of the Invalids
Witness the historic night of "Les Invalides" at the (Cour d'Honneur, Hotel des Invalides, 7th arrondissement) in a dazzling spectacle of light and sound.
The show highlights the events of World War I, told through the eyes of a child. The eye-catching show is illuminated by 1,000 candles and features the latest laser technology. Don't speak French? Don't worry, the show is available in English. La Nuit aux Invalides takes place at the end of June. However, to be sure to attend, it is advisable to reserve a place on the event's website.
10.Marche des Fiertés - Paris Pride Parade
The Paris Pride Parade (called March des Fiertes LGBT) )has been held annually for forty-one years and with one million attendees annually. It is also one of the largest Pride Parades in the world. Beginning at Place de la Concorde at 2 PM, the parade ends at 5 PM at Place de la Concorde, although, of course, the festivities continue well beyond this time. You'll even see flags around some of Paris' landmarks.
It's a celebration complete with free concerts, dancing and, of course, a giant parade. To find out which day in June falls visit the official event site.
Paris weather in June
The average temperature in early summer is around 17 degrees, with lows of 13 and highs of 20.
Although there is always a chance of rain (so be sure to pack your umbrella), the weather tends to be quite nice and makes exploring the French capital much more fun. You'll also want to consider bringing sunscreen and hats for those days when the thermometer rises!
What to wear and what to pack for Paris in June
Although the weather is generally quite warm, you should allow for rainy days, as well as some cool nights. Cardigans, light jackets and scarves are perfect for when it's warm during the day and cooler at night.
Paris is a city best explored on foot, so you'll want to bring comfortable walking shoes. Although many mistakenly believe that you should "dress up" completely to visit this European city, the truth is that you don't have to dress up every time you go out.
Things to know before visiting in June
You should know before you go that, unlike May, when the tourist season is still starting to ramp up, June sees the start of peak visits, which means you'll have plenty of company around the city. So it also pays to know how to get around Paris, especially using the Paris metro. That's why you should book accommodation well in advance, especially as special events and holidays approach.