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August Events in Paris

2013 Calendar

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Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • Paris Plages (Paris Beach) 2013
    Through August 18th, a full-fledged beach with sand, games, cafes, and even boating will take over the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette in North Paris. Paris Plages has enjoyed enormous success since its launch in 2002 and attracted millions of visitors last year. On hot nights, sipping a drink at one of the open-air bars installed on the beach or enjoying live music is always enjoyable. Kids will also find plenty of things to do, from games to science workshops.

    More on Paris Plages: See pictures from the beach boardwalk at Paris Plages 2010 and find a free concert in the "FNAC Live" festival lineup this year.

  • Open-Air Cinema Festival at the Parc de la Villette
    Dates: Through August 28th, 2013
    Every year, Parisians and visitors spread out blankets at the ultramodern Parc de la Villette, where some 36 movies are shown on a giant outdoor screen as part of an open-air cinema festival in Paris. Starting to see why August is a great month for movie aficionados? In 2013, entry is free.

Arts and Exhibits Highlights in August

  • Ron Mueck: Australian Sculptor
    A solo show from celebrated Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the under-appreciated Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Arts has generated much local buzz since opening in April. Mueck created a series of six sculptures exclusively for the show here. Enthusiasts of contemporary art shouldn't miss this one.
    Location: Fondation Cartier Pour l'Art Contemporain When: Through September 29th, 2013 .


  • Felicie de Fauveau, "The Amazon of Sculpture"
    The Musee d'Orsay is taking a look back at Felicie de Fauveau, a nineteenth-century sculptor whose radical political views, from feminism to royalism, eventually saw her exiled to Florence in Italy. Her work, often interpreted as a hybrid between neogothic and neoclassical styles, might seem curious today, but its bold subject matter and execution continue to fascinate and puzzle.
    Where: Musee d'Orsay
    When: Through September 15th, 2013

  • Simon Hantai
    The Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou is hosting a fascinating retrospective on the twentieth-century abstract painter Simon Hantai. Featuring around 130 paintings created between 1949 and the 1990s, the show provides an in-depth look at one of the more important artists of abstraction of the past 60 years.
    When: Through September 2nd, 2013.
    Where: Centre Georges Pompidou
  • Trompe l'oeil (Tricking the Eye)
    A show which opened last month at Paris's Arts Décoratifs museum celebrates the "trompe l'oeil" technique and the complex art of deception. The exhibit features over 400 works, from paintings and sculpture to textiles, highlighting techniques of trickery originating in ancient Greece.
    Location: Musee des arts decoratifs
    107 rue de Rivoli,1st arrondissement
    Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Palais Royal
    Tel: +33 (0)144 55 57 50
    When: Through November 2013
    Visit the official website
    Read our full review here

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