What To Do During the Olympics in Paris? Our Top Activities!

  • May 1, 2024
  • All things Paris
  • Niamh Daly & Julie Violleau

What To Do During the Olympics in Paris?

This 2024, the Olympic Games return to Paris after 100 years and for the third time in history. The whole city is getting ready to host this once-in-a-lifetime event, and as Paris comes alive with anticipation, you might be wondering what events and activites it has in store for you to enjoy during this once-in-lifetime event. Luckily, you came to the right place!

Whether you’re in Paris to enjoy the Olympics, the Paralympics, or both, we’ve got you covered! Theatre in Paris have taken the liberty of preparing you a spectacular list of activities to indulge in this summer in the French capital to make your visit even better! Whether you’re in search of a simple breather from the Olympic Games or hope to discover France’s rich culture, we’ve got your back!

Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Olympic Games in Paris

(From July 26th to August 11th, 2024)

To kick off the games on July 26th, the Olympics will start on a high note with a groundbreaking opening ceremony on the Seine! For the first time in modern history, the ceremony won’t take place in a stadium, but rather on the picturesque banks of the Seine itself and within the heart of the city. In classic Olympics style, this ceremony promises to be appropriately breathtaking…complete with such dazzling scenery, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!

This change will make the opening ceremony much more accessible! While the lower quays will be reserved for ticket holders, access to the upper quays will be completely free to the general public. That means locals and visitors alike in the City of Lights can enjoy this incredible display! Big screens will also be set up along the quays so that no one misses any part of the ceremony.

r For the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, several infrastructures all over Paris will be used for the various competitions:

Quais de Seine à Paris

The Paralympic Games

(From August 28th to September 8th, 2024)

In line with the Olympic Games, the Paralympics also promises a series of incredible competitions and groundbreaking ceremonies. It starts from August 28th with an outstanding ceremony in the heart of Paris, wherein the athletes will parade down the Champs-Élysées, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, up to Place de la Concorde.

If you thought this ceremony couldn’t be any more spectacular, , we are pleased to tell you that it will also be accessible! Inclusion is THE motto of both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, and as such everything is designed to welcome as many spectators as possible under the best possible conditions. Free tickets will also be available down the Champs-Élysées.

The Paralympics are a greatway to enjoy the Olympic atmosphere in Paris. If you don’t have your seats yet, it’s not too late! There are still tickets left to ensure that you have an incredible Olympic experience…

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What shows can I see during the Olympics ?

If you plan on visiting Paris to see the Olympic Games, then you might be wondering what else is in store in France’s capital when the athletes are taking a break from greatness. Why not make the most of your visit to Paris by going to see a show accessible to English-speakers?! Paris has a lot to offer, from extravagant cabarets to jazz concerts and one-man-shows. We have prepared a list of our favourite shows playing during the Olympic Games accessible to English-speakers, check it out!






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Louvre Museum

What is there to do in Paris during the Olympics?

Many people will come to Paris for the Olympic Games this summer. As a result, the city will be quite crowded, and some public areas used to host the competitions will also be closed. The Champ de Mars, the Champs-Élysées, and the banks of the Seine (closed as early as mid-June) are among these places that will be near impossible to access.
That being said, it will still be possible to visit Paris and avoid the crowds! An incredibly diverse and exciting city, Paris promises much more than just the highlights you find on a postcard. Take it in your stride and discover Paris in a new light!

Here are a few places to visit in Paris during the Olympics:

Etretat Cliffs in Normandy

What can I visit outside of Paris to escape the Olympics?

If you want to take a little break from your Olympic visit, not to worry! France has a lot to offer outside of Paris. From Île-de-France to Normandy, there will be something to your taste. Exploring France’s diverse communes and cities is the perfect way to take a breather before throwing yourself back into the competition!

Here are a few ideas of places to visit outside of Paris:

The city of Aix-en-Provence

Craving a trip off the beaten track?
Discover the Aix-en-Provence’s beloved Festival d’Art Lyrique!

(From July 3rd — 23rd, 2024)

If you’re in search of an escape from the masses that will be in attendance in Paris this 2024 Olympic Games, you’re surely not alone! Better yet - there is a host of incredible activities available to you beyond the games’ reach. The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is one such event at your disposal - situated in the idyllic south of France, this annual festival is a veritable celebration of all things operatic. A must-see for initiated opera fans and first-timers alike, there’s something for everyone here… discover its diverse programme for yourself!

Read on for a hand-picked selection of the very best shows on offer this festival, courtesy of Theatre in Paris!

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No matter what you choose to see during the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, you’re sure to make memories! Be sure to check out our website to plan your visit to Paris!

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