This week in Paris, things are heating up with a spectacular airshow, Olympic sports à gogo, a splashy Hockney retrospective, and good food for a good cause.
Le Bourget Takes Flight
This week, fans and professionals from all over the world are flocking to Le Bourget airport for the celebrated International Paris Air Show. Discover the industry’s latest aircraft innovations and get up close to classic models like the Rafale. Several spectacular flying displays are held every afternoon; and don’t miss the Rocketry Challenge — a competition where kids build and fly a rocket with the fragile cargo of one raw egg. It’ll get your heart pumping and your spirit soaring!
When: June 23 – 25, 2017, 8:30am-6pm
Where: Aéroport de Paris-le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget
Paris Gets in Olympic Shape
To boost excitement for its 2024 Olympic bid, Paris is devoting two days to highlighting its sporting spirit with Paris en Mode Journées Olympiques. Over 30 different Olympic and Paralympic sports will be on display in 10 zones around the city. Sign up for free demonstrations of fencing, climbing, cycling, handball and much more, plus meet numerous French champions in person. Be sure to check out the giant velodrome at the Place de l’Etoile or the floating running track on the Seine. Even if you’re not naturally sportif, you can join in the closing ceremony on the Pont Alexandre III and support the Olympic spirit.
When: June 23 – 24, 2017
Where: Paris, see PROGRAM for details
Hockney Makes A Splash
Most famous for his paintings of cool Californian swimming pools and large-scale double portraits, British artist David Hockney has had a long and varied career that includes painting, drawing, photography, print and video. The Pompidou Center pays homage to the artist with a comprehensive retrospective that traces the evolution of his visual style and highlights his embrace of new technologies, from acrylic paints and Polaroid photos to iPads and iPhones. Don’t miss this chance to see the collected works of one of our most iconic living artists.
When: Through October 23, 2017, 11am-10pm Mon, Wed-Sun
Where: Pompidou Center, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Food for the Heart and Soul
An event sure to please every palette, The Refugee Food Festival is the occasion for restaurants all over Europe to open their kitchens to refugee chefs. A partnership between Food Sweet Food and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the event aims to change perceptions of refugees, create new opportunities for professional integration and give people a chance to discover delicious cuisines from all over the globe. This year, participating Paris restaurants include Les Marmites Volantes, l’Ami Jean, La Trattoria, and more. Check out the WEBSITE to reserve your spots and experience the universal power of food to bring people together.
When: June 16 – 23, 2017
Where: Paris, see WEBSITE for details