Sources: Paris Convention and Visitors Office, Paris Mayor's Office
Festivals and Seasonal Events
Paris Plages (Paris Beach) 2014
Through August 26th, 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.
Open-Air Cinema Festival at the Parc de la Villette
Dates: Through August 24th, 2014
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
Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment
At the height of the "Belle Epoque", Paris was the global center of intellectual and artistic activity-- the place where creative minds, but also financiers and socialities, from around the globe convened to work, perform, see and be seen. The Petit Palais (itself unveiled for the Universal Exposition of 1900) is paying tribute to this ebullient and exciting period with an exhibit highlighting an astonishing 600 works of fine art, cinema and video, photographs and posters, costumes and fashion, furniture and design objects, jewelry, and more. Highly recommended-- but make sure to reserve tickets ahead here.
- Dates: Through August 17th, 2014
- Location: Petit Palais
Lucio Fontana at the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris
Working between the late 1890s and the 1940s, Lucio Fontana was one of the most influential artists of his time, despite being relatively little-known today. The Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris is dedicating a retrospective to Fontana's fascinating oeuvre, across some 200 sculptures, paintings, and other works.
- Dates: Through August 24th, 2014
- Location: Musee d'art Moderne de la ville de Paris
Paris: Liberated, Photographed, Revealed
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Paris' Liberation by Allied Forces in 1944, this exhibit at the Musee Carnavalet (dedicated to Paris city history) examines and celebrates the exuberant moment through a striking series of photographs.
- Dates: Through February 8th, 2015
- Location: Musee Carnavalet
The Sea in Paris, 45 Million Years Ago
This fascinating exhibit curated in the depths of the Paris Catacombs reveals a little known fact about the city of light: 45 million years ago, the area was part of a vast tropical sea ecosystem; its traces can be observed in the geological formations of Paris' many underground "layers". Anyone interested in natural history and geology shouldn't miss this one.
- Dates: Through December 31st, 2014
- Location: The Paris Catacombs
Insights Into Ghettoes: An Exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial
This exhibition features 250 photos of Nazi ghettoes and their prisoners, taken from 1939, and interrogates their origin and purpose: are they propaganda? Testimony? Drawn from various collections around Europe, this emotionally charged exhibit aims to help keep the terrifying memory of the ghettoes alive.
- Dates: Through September 28th, 2014
- Location: Holocaust Memorial, 17 rue Geoffroy L'Asnier, 4th arrondissement