- May 21, 2019
- All things Paris
- Amanda Mehtala
As the sun starts shining until late in the evening, Parisians flock to terrasses for an afterwork drink. June is a very lively month in Paris, filled with many musically-oriented events, including a few favourite annual concerts and festivals. Throughout the rest of the summer, many Parisians travel for vacation, making June the last month with the city full of both locals and tourists, bustling with many outdoor activities to choose from.
We Love Green Festival, June 1-2
A long-awaited annual Parisian event is this music festival committed to eco-friendly solutions, combating climate change and supporting environmental projects. Every year, the We Love Green invites wild and exciting artists drawing the music of our time; an eclectic program that crosses the bridge between indie and electro. This year’s performers include Christine and the Queens, Booba, FKA Twigs, and many more! Head to the Bois de Vincennes the first weekend of June for some amazing French music, all for a good cause! Details
Last chance to catch Chicago, the musical
This year’s Broadway hit at the legendary Théâtre Mogador is the celebrated Chicago. Playing with English subtitles since September 2018, thousands of international audience members have already been delighted to see the incredible show, complete with talented dancers, international musical theatre stars, and a live on-stage orchestra. The show will close its doors at the end of the month, June remains your LAST CHANCE to catch Chicago, the musical before is leave Paris forever.
Bonus: next year’s musical performance at the Théâtre Mogador has just been announced, get excited for Ghost, the musical!
Banksy expo at the Musée du graffiti
Starting June 1, the celebrated and mysterious street artist Banksy will be on display at the Musée du Graffiti. Little further information about the exclusive exposition has been released, but the event is sure to attract many fans of the artist. What we do know is that throughout the exhibit we’ll be able to see not only some of the British artist’s works of priceless value, but also others that have been thus far overlooked.
Festival les Nuits des Arènes June 13-16
Spend a weekend in an ancient Roman arena, right in the heart of Paris! Complete with concerts and special theatrical performances by local artists, this small annual festival is a favourite among Parisians, so feel free to drop and for some music or a performance right in a historic Roman arena in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Details
Musée d’Orsay Exposition - Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Female Impressionist
A leading Impressionist figure, Berthe Morisot remains to this day less well-known than her friends Monet, Degas and Renoir. Yet she was immediately recognised as one of the group’s most innovative artists. The exhibition traces the exceptional career of a painter who, at odds with the practices on her time and her circle, became a key figure of the Parisian avant-garde movement in the late 1860s up until her untimely death in 1895. From vacation resorts to the private lives of the French elite, her work constantly blurs the lines between public and private, between fashion and daily lives, and between interior and exterior settings. From June 18 through September 22, discover the impressionist work of Berthe Morisot at Paris’ legendary Musée D’Orsay. Details
Champs Elysées Film Festival June 18-25
An annual independent French-American film festival celebrating the best in indie cinema from both both sides of the Atlantic, throughout the many cinemas and theatres of Paris’ Champs-Elysées neighbourhood! In addition to a rich programme of film screenings and premieres, the agenda also includes master classes with actors and actresses, meetings with directors, competitions, and more. “To give the public a chance to discover talents of French and American independent cinema: that is the motto of this seventh edition, in the name of change, sophistication, and the affirmation of the identity of the festival.” - Sophie Dulac, Festival President Details & tickets
Viktoria Modesta guest performer at the Crazy Horse Cabaret June 3-16
Paris’ celebrated cabaret welcomes a special guest this month only for a series of exclusive performances. Viktoria Modesta, singer, model, and international star is reshaping how we view disabilities. At the age of 20, Modesta voluntarily decided to have her leg amputated below the knee to improve her overall health and improve mobility. She now is pushing boundaries of fashion and technology to new levels. Witness the future in person in this one-of-a-kind Parisian performance!
Paris Fête de la musique June 21
A truly Parisian tradition, the summer solstice means the whole city hits the streets to make some music! On this day, amateur musicians invade the capital’s streets and bars to celebrate music in all forms. Whether you simply take a walk or grab a drink, you’ll be sure to find talented artists in every corner of the city, cue the music!
Paris Air Show June 17-23
Whether your an aviation specialist or simply in for an interesting day of planes and physics, the Paris Air Show takes place every 4 years and is a favourite Parisian event. The International Paris Air Show is organised by the SIAE, a subsidiary of GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association. The show takes place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions, and once again will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations. The first four days of the Air Show will be reserved for trade visitors, followed by three days open to the general public. Over 150 aircraft are presented to visitors, who can enjoy seeing the vessels up close and whizzing through the sky during the various flying displays. Details
Solidays AIDS benefit concert June 21-24
The annual Solidays AIDS benefit concert draws a large number of international artists each year, and along with the We Love Green Festival, is the second primary summer music festival in Paris attended by many thousands. The festival has been running for 20 years and has raised over 25 million euros and counting. This years hit artists include Die Antwood, Macklemore, Therapie Taxi, The Blaze, Hocus Pocus, and many more. Details & tickets
Circus cabaret show Speakeasy returns for the summer
This is not the circus you remember from childhood! Speakeasy is a truly original performance, featuring circus completely revisited through the prism of 1930s New York City prohibition bar. This show redefines the acrobatic arts with its astounding choreography and a surprising urban twist. Audiences are transported back to a time when gangsters and nightlife ruled the streets. Accompanied by a modern soundtrack by French DJ group Chinese Man, you're in for an amazing prohibition cocktail of music and motion!
After making waves with Parisian performances Summer 2018 and during the holiday season, Speakeasy returns June 13 for another summer season!
Paris Pride Parade June 29
On Saturday June 29 close to half a million people will gather for the annual LGBT Pride Parade, marching across Paris from Concorde to République to combat homophobia and advocate pride. Throughout the march and upon arrival at the large République Square, you can count on many different animations, performances, concerts and more, a beautiful gathering in support of all forms of love!
SOLDES June 27-Aug 7
The semi-annual sales in France begin the end of June, if you feel ready to combat the crowds to find a good deal then it’s time to start shopping! During this 6 week period, shoppers can find huge savings on just about everything, with additional markdowns added every few weeks as the sales period progresses.
Macki Music Festival June 29-30
One last music festival as June draws to a close, the annual Macki Festival. For the past 6 years, 2 associations, La Mamie's and Cracki Records, have hosted this music festival just outside the city, a groovy mix of concerts and DJ sets, there’s sure to be something to please everyone. Details
So there you have it, all the best special events in Paris for the musically-charged month of June. Be sure to check back next month to discover all the latest on the Parisian calendar!