Are you looking for things to do in Paris in August? To really enjoy Paris at this moment, here is a list of different things you can do! Summer is the peak season for tourism, but early August is also when most Parisian go in holidays in France or abroad.
Open-Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette July – August 2017
In the summer at night, the Parc de la Villette turns into an Open Air Cinema from July 20th to August 20th, classic movies or new releases are displayed on the city’s biggest movie screen. You can bring some popcorns and a bottle of wine. Entry is free, deck chair and blanket rentals are available for €7.
Paris l’Été Festival July – August 2017
Paris l’Été is a festival with artistic showcases from dance ensembles, theatrical acts and circus performances. There are animations all over the city whether it’s on the banks of the Seine River, or in parks.
Paris Plages (Paris Beach) July – August 2017
Paris Plages is one of the city’s most awaited events. It transforms the river banks into a half-kilometer of sandy beach to lie out on a beach chair or blanket. There’s plenty of concerts, outdoor sports events, and exercise or dancing classes.
Assumption Day (August 15th)
Many Catholics in France attend church services at the Assumption on August 15 each year. This day also tends to be quiet. But because Paris is very touristic you can do whatever you want on this day. Especially the majority of the city’s monuments are staying open. The same for shopping malls (Printemps, Galeries Lafayettes, Forum des Halles, La Défense…). However, the timetables can be slightly different on this day, so you better check this ahead of time.
From June, 28th until August, 8th it’s time for sales in Paris. Discounts start at 30% off and on the final days in August they can reach 70% off. Every store offers sales. The longer you wait, the lower the prices, but the fewer items available. As many French people do, you can go a few days before the sales starts (in July) to check which item is your favorite and even try them on. This way, you won’t lose too much time and you will be able to make the most of the Parisian sales!
Outdoor Classical Music Festival
Classique au Vert is Paris’s biggest outdoor classical music festival, held in the Bois de Vincennes. Everyday world-class musicians perform open-air concerts that you can enjoy for a 6€ fee. It includes all-day admission to the park and concerts. You can bring your lunch and your blanket but there are also two cafés.
Rock en Seine
Rock on the Seine is a short festival held in late August. The festival features many bands, and it’s very famous so many people from Europe come to Paris for this event.
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