Paris is abuzz with fireworks, networking + wine with INSPIRELLE, the Alvin Ailey dance troupe, and a British summer fest!
Bastille Day Celebrations
The City of Light lights up the night sky with its traditional July 14th fireworks at the Champs de Mars starting at 11 pm. Get there early to grab a seat and enjoy a classical music concert by the Orchestre National de France, beginning at 9 pm. For a more regal experience, catch the annual Louis XIV – The Fire King fireworks show at the Château de Versailles, which follows an open-air concert of Handel’s celebration music.
If a night out dancing is more your style, check out the traditional Firemen’s Balls on July 13 and 14 taking place in various stations across the city. Finally, everyone loves a parade, and this year’s military défilé on the Champs Elysées the morning of July 14th honors American soldiers who fought in World War I. President Donald Trump, the guest of honor this year, will watch alongside President Emmanuel Macron as American troops lead the parade and F16s from the USAF Thunderbird Patrol perform a Bastille Day “flyby.”
When: July 13-14, 2017
Where: Champs de Mars, Paris 75007. Chateau de Versailles, Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles. Ave des Champs-Elysees, Paris 75008.
INSPIRELLE Summer Meetup
Let’s have some fun together before everyone takes off for les grandes vacances! Join the INSPIRELLE team to mingle with good friends and meet new ones over wine on tap and a buffet at the unique wine tasting club and bar, WINE by ONE Vendôme, where you can choose from 100 wines by the glass!
We’ve negotiated a special rate to include a personalized INSPIRELLE/Wine by ONE wine card charged with 10€ credit (wine starts at 4€ per glass). Bring friends, and BOOK YOUR SPOTS by July 18th. See you there!
When: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7pm-10pm
Where: WINE by ONE Vendôme Wine Bar, 9 rue des Capucines, Paris 75001
Cost: 23€/person, including 10€ wine credit, buffet and personalized wine card. BOOK HERE
A New Scene on the Seine
Anyone who’s passed by the Pont de Sèvres has noticed the spectacular new structure, La Seine Musicale, with its enormous outdoor screen and giant disco-ball concert hall. Paris’ newest temple dedicated to music and dance houses two auditoriums, numerous practice and recording studios, and public spaces like the 7000 m2 garden alongside the Seine. The inaugural program features the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as part of Les étés de la danse series. With five programs at different price points, everyone can have the chance to see this powerful, creative and diverse company. Other upcoming performances at La Seine Musicale include Michel Sardou, Toto, and a production of the Broadway musical West Side Story. Reserve your tickets now!
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
When: through July 20, 2017. See WEBSITE for details
Where: La Seine Musicale, Ile Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt 92100
A So British Summer
On the western side of the city, set your watch to Big Ben time with So British, part of the Été Paris La Défense festival. The event is packed free activities for the whole family – concerts, sports, games, and more unusual offerings like a beauty truck and good manners lessons. Plus, enter their photo contest to win a trip for two to London. So if you have a hankering for fish ‘n chips and a pint, or just want to lounge on the lawn and soak up the sun, get thee over to La Défense mate!
When: Through August 13, 2017. 11:30 am-8:30 pm, late opening Thursdays till 10 pm. See WEBSITE for details
Where: Place de la Défense and Bassin Takis, Paris La Défense