What's on in Paris – August 2019

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

The month of August is when many Parisians jet off for their holidays but the city stays vibrant and activity packed. Don’t worry, Theatre in Paris has you covered with a list of exciting things to do during what is thought to be one of the quietest months in Paris. The August weather allows for some of the best outdoor activities, ranging from outdoor cinema nights, a night of cosmic exploration and culminating in a massive outdoor music festival.

Paris Plages annual event

The Beach Comes to Paris

Every summer since 2002 the banks of the Seine are filled with beach chairs, parasols, and palm trees for one cherished annual event, Paris Plages. There are activities for kids and adults alike, designed to let you enjoy the tropics without leaving the city. When you get tired of walking around the beautiful sights of Paris, you can take a break in the shade of a palm tree and observe them from a deckchair.

Around the World in 80 Days at Theatre des Mathurins

Around the World in 80 Days

This hilarious Jules Verne classic is playing in Paris for the next two months at the gorgeous Théâtre des Mathurins. Adored worldwide, this unique performance remains true to the original story and has been performed over 3000 times! And the best news of all: it now comes with English subtitles thanks to the Theatre in Paris surtitling team. Get your tickets now to follow Phileas Fogg in his race around the world.

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Hotel de Ville

74th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris

On 25 August 1944, France was freed from German occupation and the country continues to show its gratitude for this day. Every year, Paris pays homage to those who fought for its liberation in front of the glorious Hôtel de Ville (city hall), with a concert and a film screening. Find out more

Circus Incognitus clown show

Last Chance to Catch Circus Incognitus

Hosted in the historic Théâtre de l’Atelier, this stunning one man show ends halfway through the month of August and is not to be missed. Witness the hilariously unique performance focused around a man with many things to say but a terrible fear of public speaking. Get your tickets now before the acrobatic show is finished!

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Tuileries Garden

La Fête Foraine des Tuileries

Children and adults alike take delight in the Tuileries Funfair, turning the lush jardin into a festival ground. The fair features classic carnival games, a merry-go-round from 1900, bumper cars and a variety of food stalls. Take a trip to enjoy the Jardin des Tuileries in a unique way that can only be enjoyed during the late summer months.

Silhouette Festival

For one week at the end of the summer, the Silhouette Association shows over a hundred out of the ordinary short films. The films are meant to explore a new world, provoking responses with their images, sounds, and themes in order to challenge and surprise attendees. Bring a blanket and enjoy one of the largest short film festivals in france, hosted in the historic and picturesque Parc des Buttes Chaumont.


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 this month. 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

Rock en Seine Festival

One of the biggest festivals in France comes at the end of every August, inviting some of the world's most exciting pop and rock bands to gather at the Parc de Saint-Cloud. The festival features 6 stages and over 70 different artists over three days to end the summer. Learn more

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