Paris has an extraordinarily vibrant festival schedule; just a few are listed here. For details of the following and more, check at tourist offices or parisinfo.com.

March–May

Festival de Films des Femmes

Held at the Maison des Arts in Créteil, just southeast of Paris (M° Créteil-Préfecture).

Festival Jazz à St Germain

Big names and new talent from around the world, performing in all manner of venues, in late May.

June/July

Festival Chopin

Chopin recitals by candlelight or on weekend afternoons from mid-June to mid-July in the lovely setting of the Bois de Boulogne’s Orangerie.

Fête de la Musique

Free concerts and street performers all over Paris to coincide with the summer solstice (June 21).

Gay Pride

Held on the last Sat of June.

July/Aug

Bastille Day

July 14 is celebrated with official pomp in parades of tanks down the Champs-Élysées, followed by firework displays; the evening before there is dancing on the place de la Bastille.

Paris Quartier d’Été

A programme of free music, theatre and cinema events around the city from mid-July to mid-Aug.

Tour de France

The race finishes along the Champs-Élysées on the third or fourth Sun of July.

Festival du Cinéma en Plein Air

Free films in the Parc de la Villette from end July to end Aug.

Rock en Seine

Three-day music festival in late Aug in a lovely Seine-side park on the western edge of the city.

Sept–Dec

Festival d’Automne

Major festival of contemporary theatre, music, dance and avant-garde arts, held from Sept to Dec in around 25 city venues.

Nuit Blanche

In early Oct, the “sleepless night” persuades Parisians to stay up all night for a stunning programme of arts events and parties.

Festival les Inrocks

International indie rock – in all its forms, from folk to electronica – with big names playing a range of venues in early Nov.

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