What's on in Paris – August 2019

  • 09, Jul 2019
  • All things Paris
  • Ethan Stier

August may be the month when migratory Parisians jet off on their holidays, but don't be fooled into thinking the city has gone into hybernation too. The month still holds a packed agenda for any traveller on a summer city break. From Seineside beaches to music festivals, summer in the City of Lights means relaxation and partying in equal doses. Theatre in Paris' monthly calendar is here to help you seek out all the hottest (and hopefully coolest...) events in Paris this August. 

Paris Plages annual event

The Beach Comes to Paris

Every year since 2002, the banks of the Seine have undergone a miraculous summer transformation. This cherished annual event, known as Paris Plages, transports deckchairs, parasols, and palm trees right onto the quaiside. There are activities for kids and adults alike, so that all the family can enjoy a tropical day at the beach without ever leaving the city. When you need a momentary break from traipsing around sightseeing, why not lounge and enjoy Seineside monuments like the Louvre, the Conciergerie, or the Musée d’Orsay, all from the comfort of a brightly coloured deckchair?

Around the World in 80 Days at Theatre des Mathurins

Around the World in 80 Days is Back

Jules Verne's timeless classic is returning to Paris for another two-month run at the gorgeous Théâtre des Mathurins. So adored is this hilarious production that Parisian theatres just keep inviting it back: the show has now been performed over 3,000 times! Faithful to Verne's novel but with a healthy injection of rip-roaring contemporary comedy, Around the World tells the story of Phileas Fogg's race worldwide race against the clock. And the best news of all: thanks to the Theatre in Paris surtitling team, this original French production comes with surtitles in English. So you've no excuse to miss this theatrical delight!

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Hotel de Ville

Commemorate the 74th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris

On 25 August 1944, France was freed from German occupation and regained control of its own government. Every year, on this day, Paris pays homage to those who fought for its liberation in front of the glorious Hôtel de Ville (city hall). Why not go along and enjoy the commemorations: as well as a whole lot of historical significance, there'll be public concerts and a vintage film screening. Find out more

Circus Incognitus clown show

Last Chance to Catch Circus Incognitus

Hosted in the historic Théâtre de l’Atelier, this strikingly original one man circus ends halfway through the month of August and is not to be missed. Circus Incognitus is the story of one man and his struggles to surmount a crippling fear of public speaking. The tale may sound simple but its told through a virtuoso blend of mime, acrobatics, juggling, and clown work. Get your tickets for this show unlike any other running this month in the City of Lights!

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Tuileries Garden

La Fête Foraine des Tuileries

Children and adults alike take delight in the Tuileries Funfair, which turns the unerviersally loved jardin into a hotbed of fun and games. Featuring bumper cars, ghost trains, a merry-go-around and so much more, this could be the perfect day out for any family hitting Paris with kids in toe. When you've tried all the rides and had your go in the hall of mirrors: stroll through this classic French garden with an icecream or some candy floss.

Silhouette Festival

For one week at the end of August, the Silhouette Association showcases over a hundred award-winning, out of the ordinary short films. The films explore new and fantastical worlds, instantly povoking your thoughts with their images, sounds, and themes. Bring a blanket and enjoy one of the largest short film festivals in france, hosted in the historic and picturesque Parc des Buttes Chaumont. A note from Theatre in Paris: while there are a good selection of films in English with French subtitles, it's worth mentioning that no French or international films will come with English subtitles!


Sumptuous classical concerts in Paris’ atmospheric churches 

We can’t think of a more glorious way to explore Paris’ opulent Gothic churches, then by attending an exclusive classical music concert on the inside. Located on the Isle de la Cité, just minutes from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of France’s most visited monuments. But few of the million visitors who pass through the chapel’s ornately carved doors each year have the privilege of enjoying their visit to the sound of masterpieces by Vivaldi and Bach! For a more inner city experience, try a concert at another Gothic gem, the Church of Saint Germain des Prés.

Alexander Calder Exhibition at the Picasso Museum

Calder-Picasso Exhibition

Two of the greatest figures of 20th century art are brought together in one combined exhibition at the Musée Picasso which ends in August. The two sometimes painters, sometimes sculptors are known for their use of space, contortions of time, and challenging of dimensional limitations. Swing by the Musée to peruse approximately 120 masterpieces on display by two complementary artists.


Stargazing during the Nuit des Etoiles

Over the first weekend of August, the Musée de L’Air et de l’Espace (Museum of Air and Space) opens its doors for a variety of demonstrations and explorations intended to show Parisians the stars. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and will have a specific focus on exploration on Mars. The Musée is not alone in offering these events, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and L'association scientifique ATLAS de Saint-Ouen also both offer guided explorations of the night sky. Don’t miss these starry sessions including planetarium shows, sky observations and constellation education. Find out more

Rock en Seine festival

Festival vibes at Rock en Seine

One of the biggest and best festivals in France takes place at the end of every August, inviting some of the world's most exciting pop and rock bands to gather at the spacious Parc de Saint-Cloud. This year Rock en Seine features 6 stages and over 70 different artists, including The Cure, Jorja Smith, Major Lazer and so many more. With a line up that spreads over three days, both weekend and day tickets are available. Sign yourself up for the grungiest weekend Paris has to offer! 

Fireworks at the Chateau de Versailles

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A spectacular soirée with Château de Versailles's Musical Fountains Show

Every Saturday, throughout July and August, the Palace of Versailles is throwing open its doors for a truly spectacular evening event. The Château’s Musical Fountains Show begins with a unique tour of the palace, where baroque musicians and dancers will transport you back to the elaborate world of 17th century France. That’s followed by a sumptuous concert in the world-famous Hall of Mirrors, all rounded off with a fountain and firework display in the gardens.

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