What’s IN: Five Great Paris Activities to Enjoy Now and Throughout Summer 2019

What’s IN: Five Great Paris Activities to Enjoy Now and Throughout Summer 2019

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Paris in the summer is a cornucopia of culture. Just as the weather heats up, so do events like Paris Plages, the Paris l’été arts festival, and the open-air cinema series at La Villette. But these are hardly the only shows in town. This summer, visitors and locals can enjoy everything from World Cup soccer to world-renowned dance to out-of-this-world meteor showers. So raise an Aperol spritz to a few of our favorite ways to pass the balmy days and nights this summer.

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Cheer on a Champion

The FIFA Women’s World Cup arrives in France to see 24 teams from around the world competing at the highest level of professional skill. Catch current stars like Abby Morgan and Carli Lloyd of the reigning-champion US team, who hope to inspire a new generation of girls to believe in themselves and follow their athletic dreams. Matches are being held all over France and some tickets are still available for as low as 14€. SCOOOOORE!

When: June 7 – July 7, 2019
Where: Across France, see FIFA
WEBSITE for details

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Attend a Garden Party

Have you ever noticed those old-fashioned gazebos in Parisian parks? They’re not just places to get out of the rain! After undertaking a huge renovation project, the city has launched an extensive cultural program to bring these symbols of Parisian history back to life. Kiosques en Fête has something for every taste and every age in every arrondissement, from brass bands to hip hop, bals dansants to DJ sets. So grab a picnic basket and some sunscreen and head to your local square to soak up the rays and the festive ambiance.

Where: Paris-wide, see WEBSITE for details
When: Through August 2019

Léon Cogniet, Les Drapeaux, 1830. © Musée des Beaux-Arts/Ville d’Orléans.

Indulge your romantic side

Paris is known as the “city of romance”, but how much do you know about “Romantic Paris”? A large-scale exhibition at the Petit Palais museum plunges visitors back to the evocative time between the fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the revolution of 1848. Discover over 600 works of painting, sculpture, costumes, furniture and more as you take a tour of the period’s emblematic sites: the Tuileries, the Palais-Royal, the Nouvelle Athènes quarter, Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame, and the Grand Boulevards and their theatres. Continue your exploration with a stroll in the museum’s charming garden or continue on to the Musée de la Vie Romantique for an exhibit tracing the literary and high-society salons of the era.

Where: Petit Palais, Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris
When: May 22 – Sept 15, 2019

Catch Dance Fever

This year’s edition of the Etés de la Danse festival has a distinctly Spanish flavor by way of Swedish choreographer Johan Inger. His new version of “Carmen”, danced by the visiting Compañía Nacional de Danza de España, revisits the myth of the fiery gypsy updating it for the 21st century.  The perfect way to discover – or rediscover – a passion for modern dance.

When: July 8-17, 2019
Where: Théâtre Mogador, 25 Rue de Mogador, 75009 Paris

© JL. Dauvergne/C&E Photos

Reach for the Stars

August is the perfect time to enjoy a family evening under the night sky.  Celebrating the return of the comet Swift-Tuttle and its famous Perseids meteor shower, the Nuit des Etoiles offers three days and nights of astronomy-related activities in venues across Paris, such as Tour Montparnasse, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget airport. This year, the theme focuses on the collection and analysis of extraterrestrial rock samples. Check the French Astronomy Association site for events near you and get ready for some serious stargazing fun.

When: Aug 2-4, 2019
Where: Paris-wide, see
WEBSITE for details

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