In Paris this August? 8 must-dos for the French capital

As the last days of summer fade, it is time to make the most of the clement weather and get out and about in the French capital.

Looking for the best way to wile away what remains of the Parisian summer? We have selected some of the best events Paris has to offer, with your ultimate insiders guide to what’s on in August.

For French film lovers

Paris has a fantastic selection of open-air cinemas to make the most of the summer months. The Open-air Cinema at Parc de la Villette will be screening films until 25 August.

Festival de la Silhouette at the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge had already won us over with its Magritte-meets-Hitchcock poster. The very fact that they will be giving Parisians a selection of some of the finest short films of the moment, and all for free, was simply a bonus.

Get out and about in the French capital

The ‘Été du Canal summer festival is perfect for those who want to make the most of the warmer months. Take a cruise along the Ourcq canal, bring a picnic, get amongst the music and dancing on the streets, or experience live performances.

When it comes to the August, we can’t forget ‘Rock en Seine, one of the most popular French music festivals. This year’s festival boasts a stellar and varied lineup, with artists like Alt-J, Daughter, Kendrick Lamar and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

There is no excuse for missing ‘Nouvelle Vagues – an immersive art experience spread all across Paris. 21 curators and curatorial groups worldwide have come together to produce some challenging and breathtaking installations. We especially love the whimsical ‘Rideau Vert’ by Nina Childress, and ‘Henrique Oliviera. Baitogo.’ (pictured below).

Find your inner child at the Tuileries garden funfair every day until August 25. Save us some cotton candy!

A stone’s throw from Paris

Take a train down to Versailles and spend a day in this beautiful little town. Explore the chateau and discover one of the many water themed fancies on offer as part of ‘Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes‘.

With all displays continuing from just after 9am until 10.55pm, you can even faire la grasse matinee before making your way to Versailles in a most leisurely fashion. Come late and stay for the fireworks at 11.05pm.

50 tonnes of sand, three months worth of music acts and best of all – free entry: the 30 000 revellers who pass by the Port de la Vilette for La Plage are certainly onto something.

What did you get up to in Paris this summer? Do you have any more suggestions for members?

Comment below, or tweet us: @MaVieFrancaise and @dukeofhannah.

Image credits:
1. Notre-Dame de Paris August 21, 2010, via Wikimedia Commons.
2. Open-air movie, by Nicolas Mirguet via Flickr.
3. Square de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, via Twitter.
4. Rock en Seine, via Facebook.
5. Henrique Oliveira. Baitogogo. Photography © André Morin, via Palais du Tokyo.
6. Les grandes eaux nocturnes, via Wikimedia Commons.

About the Contributor

Hannah Duke

“I’m a Melbourne-based journalist, editor, photographer, and blogger dreaming of la vie européenne. I love all things French except for the pigeons: film, food, literature, fashion, and I indulge in this passion as often as possible! Find me on Twitter, or Google+.”

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