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 w parisinfo.com.

March

Festival de Films des Femmes

t 01 49 80 38 98, w filmsdefemmes.com. Held at the Maison des Arts in Créteil, just southeast of Paris (M° Créteil-Préfecture).

Festival Exit

w maccreteil.com. International contemporary dance, performance and theatre, at the Créteil’s Maison des Arts.

June/July

Festival Chopin

w frederic-chopin.com. Held from mid-June to mid-July in the lovely setting of the Bois de Boulogne’s Orangerie.

Fête de la Musique

w fetedelamusique.culture.fr. 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

Festival du Cinéma en Plein Air

w cinema.arbo.com. Free films in the Parc de la Villette from July to mid-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

w quartierdete.com. 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.

Paris Plages

For four weeks from the end of July, the quais are transformed into a sandy beach along the Seine.

Sept–Dec

Festival d’Automne

w festival-automne.com. Traditional and experimental theatrical, musical, dance and multimedia productions from all over the world.

Sept–Dec

Nuit Blanche

In early Oct, the “sleepless night” persuades Parisians to stay up all night for an energetic programme of arts events and parties all over the city.

Festival d’Art Sacré

w festivaldartsacre.new.fr. Concerts and recitals of early sacred music, from end Nov to mid-Dec.

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