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June Events in Paris

2014 Guide

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

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • LGBT Pride (Paris Gay Pride)
    The LGBT Pride Parade (Paris Gay Pride) takes the streets of the city of light by storm on Saturday, June 28th. One of the year's most popular festivals for locals and visitors of all stripes, this year's festival kicks off near the Montparnasse-Bienvenue metro station at roughly 1:30 pm (on the Place du 18 Juin 1940), winding through the city to Bastille on the right bank.
     
  • The 2014 French Open at Roland Garros
    Tennis fans should not miss one of France's most exciting and important tournaments. Tennis greats like Steffi Graf made their debuts at Roland Garros, and the French Open continues to host some of the world's unforgettable matches.
    When: Through June 8th, the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros takes Paris by storm.
     
  • Fête de la Musique (Free Citywide Music Festival)
    Every June 21st, free musical performances of all genres are on across the city, making for one of the year's liveliest and most convivial events.

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

Festivals and Seasonal Events

  • May 17th: Museum Night-- As part of the global Museum Night event, Paris museums will open their doors free of charge to visitors until 1 am. Special events and illuminations await in many of Paris' major museums.
     
  • May 25th-June 8th: The 2014 French Open at Roland Garros-- Tennis fans should not miss one of France's most exciting and important tournaments. Tennis greats like Steffi Graf made their debuts at Roland Garros, and the French Open continues to host some of the world's unforgettable matches. Procuring tickets, however, can be quite a feat, so try to snag much-coveted spots at the matches several months ahead.
     
  • Through May: Foire du Trone (Annual Fair)
    Parents and kids can look forward to the annual Paris fair (Foire du Trône), which runs through the end of the month and delivers all the traditional fun of a county fair, with ferris wheels, roller coasters, and cotton candy included.
     
  • May 15th-25th: Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival
    The city's most famous annual jazz festival will take the St. Germain neighborhood by storm for the 11th year running this month. Enthusiasts of the genre should reserve a day or two for this popular event.
    Metro: St. Germain des Prés
     
  • May 23rd-26th: Artists' Open House in Belleville Galleries-- This annual event provides an exceptional opportunity to get to know some of Paris' contemporary artists and their work, as well as getting a glimpse of Parisian life from the inside. Over 200 artists living and working in the edgy, urbanite Belleville neighborhood open their doors to show off their work and spaces every day from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

 

Arts and Exhibits Highlights:

 

Robert Adams: The Place Where We Live

The Jeu de Paume galleries on the west edge of the Jardin des Tuileries are hosting a retrospective on American photographer Robert Adams, best known for his richly textured, iconic landscapes which interrogate the delicate relationship between the human and natural world.

Gustave Doré: The Power of the Imagination

An in-depth retrospective on one of the most prolific and important artists of the twentieth century is running at the Musée d'Orsay. From the museum website: " At just 15 years old (Doré) began a career as a cartoonist, before becoming a professional illustrator - which earned him international fame. From there, he went on to embrace all areas of creation: drawing, painting, watercolours, printmaking and sculpture. Doré's immense talent also pushed him to experiment within various genres, from satire to history. He produced both gigantic paintings and more intimate works, flamboyant watercolours and virtuoso washes, prints, drawings, whimsical illustrations, and also sculptures ranging from the baroque, to the comic, via monumental and enigmatic works. Gustave Doré has proved very influential within the contemporary creative imagination, inspiring many artists, from Van Gogh to Terry Gilliam, not to mention his influence on comics. This exhibition - the first retrospective in 30 years - looks to explore all of these aspects."

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. 

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
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