This week, admire the night sky, explore a vibrant canal, or discover a vintage car show, a summertime theater fest or a beach-side resort all in the middle of Paris.
Night of a Thousand Stars
Professional and amateur astronomists alike will be looking to the stars this weekend for the Nuit des Etoiles. Organized by the French Astronomy Association, this free event promises three nights packed with activities such as stargazing, introduction to astronomy, film screenings and workshops. Various venues in Paris and the surrounding region are participating, including the Tour Montparnasse, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget. So break out your binoculars and marvel at the night sky. You just might spot a shooting star!
When: July 28 – 30, 2017
Where: Throughout the Paris area, see WEBSITE for details
Discover this trendier sister to Paris Plages along the banks of the Canal l’Ourcq. L’été du Canal proposes a host of cultural activities, from music, movie and food-themed cruises to concerts and bals all along the waterfront. Make a day of it with a circus performance at the Parc de la Poudrerie or an open-air screening at La Villette at nightfall. If you’ve never explored Paris’ undersung waterways, with its many green spaces, péniches (houseboats), restaurants and bars, now is the perfect time to get on board.
When: Through Aug 27, 2017, see WEBSITE for details.
Where: Canal de l’Ourcq, Paris/Seine-Saint-Denis
Celebrating Classic Cars
Vintage car lovers, don’t miss La Traversée de Paris Estivale (Paris Crossing), the biggest classic car gathering of the summer. Organized by the Vincennes en Anciennes auto club, the theme this year is “Coupes, Cabriolets and Motorbikes”. 700 participants will take off from the Château de Vincennes and drive across Paris to Meudon, ending with a car show and picnic open to all. Three buses are available for the public to take part in the crossing (EMAIL for reservations), or you can meet them at the finish line (white or vintage clothing recommended!) to get a look up close at these beautifully preserved pieces of history.
When/Where: July 30, 2017. Departure 7:30 am, Esplanade du Château de Vincennes – Arrival starting 12pm, Terrace of the Observatory of Meudon. Departure from Meudon around 4pm. See WEBSITE for details
Arts, Scenes & Sun
Paris may feel a bit slower in the summer, but the cultural scene is as dynamic as ever. The Festival Paris l’été is a jubilant mix of international theater, dance, circus, street art and music, held in striking and unexpected venues throughout the city. This year’s international roster of performers includes an ode to the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album at the Maison de Radio France and a dance collaboration between Indian virtuoso Shantala Shivalingappa and Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the lycée Jacques Decour. Reservations are required, but many events are entirely free.
A Touch of Cabourg-Plage
If you’re missing the ocean breeze here in the city, Normandy is only a metro ride away! Until the end of August, the Jardin d’acclimatation on the edge of Paris has been transformed into a beach-side resort, complete with sandy beach, places to get wet and cool off, and festive concerts for the whole family. And don’t forget the park’s renowned workshops and marionette shows for the littlest ones. You can almost smell the sea air!
When: Through Aug 27, 2017, see WEBSITE for details
Where: Jardin d’acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne, 75116 Paris