This week in Paris, celebrate the arrival of summer with World Music Day, an indie film festival, an archaeology open house, and the arrival of an American blockbuster shopping favorite!
Music in the Streets
To celebrate the first official day of summer, don’t miss the annual Fête de la Musique, the most popular public outdoor event in Paris. For more than 35 years now, World Music Day (as it’s known elsewhere) has brought people from all ages out into the streets to party and make music in a joyous atmosphere. This year, the lineup is as diverse as ever: Eastern music at the Institut du Monde Arabe, the famous Bal Electro in Montmartre, classical music at the Musée d’Orsay or a children’s choir at the City Hall of the 2nd arrondissement. But don’t forget the spirit of the Fête de la Musique is also walking the streets of Paris, following the good vibrations wherever they lead.
When: June 21, 2017
Where: Paris-Wide, check WEBSITE for full program
Celebrating Independent Cinema
With more than 80 films and 100 screenings, the 6th edition of the Champs Elysees Film Festival gives Parisians the rare (and affordable) chance to discover the best of independent French and American cinema. The official competition will be judged by a jury of highly qualified experts, but this film festival is no elitist affair. Most screenings are open to the public and the audience will get a chance to vote for their favorite films. In addition, this year the public is invited to the Rooftop of the Festival, an evening of drinks and music, which closes each night at one of the most beautiful outdoor spots in Paris. So take a stroll down the red carpet and take in the magic of the movies.
When: June 15 – 22, 2017
Where: Paris 75008, see WEBSITE for full program and details
Digging for Treasure
Unlock your inner Indiana Jones with three days of special events and activities designed to shine a spotlight on the field of archaeology. Go behind the scenes of ongoing digs, learn how our ancestors built fire or made music, take a tour of medieval Paris, and much, much more. Most of the activities are free, accessible to all ages, and many are geared towards people with disabilities. Check out the WEBSITE to discover participating sites and museums near you. You never know what treasures you’ll unearth!
Whopping warehouse savings
Recognize the name COSTCO? For those who do, they know the opening of the wholesale retail club this month in a Paris suburb is a BIG event. For those waking up to the news, think bulk shopping, quality products and savings galore! The concept of COSTCO is to offer customers the widest selection of brand-name products at the lowest prices possible. France’s first wholesale warehouse located southwest of Paris houses over 4,000 products including quality meats, fine wines, organic food, houseware appliances, furniture, computers and clothing. Plus a bakery with the best chocolate chip cookies this side of home-made! On any day, prices on major items are slashed and offered as exclusive deals in the store’s “treasure hunts”– for members only. To keep the costs down, no fancy displays and no bags, so don’t forget to bring your own!
Membership: 36 Euros for the year, 2nd family card free. For more details and to subscribe for a COSTCO membership card, see WEBSITE
When: Opening June 22, 2017 at 8am, with special bargains all week. Regular Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm
Where: Costco Wholesale,3 avenue de Bréhat,
91140 Villebon-sur-Yvette (25 minutes from Porte de Saint-Cloud)