It’s almost summer in the City of Lights. These events showcase Paris at its best
Summer is our favorite time of year to visit the legendary city of Paris, France. It’s a city made for strolling—along the banks of the Seine. Through the winding streets of the Latin Quarter, and up and down the hills in Montmartre.
And with the return of warm weather comes the return of several famous events that draw crowds each year to Paris. Contact our flight brokers to make travel arrangements if you want to see the city at its most vibrant during one of these exhibitions:
French Open (May 22–June 11)
The French Open is the premier clay-court tennis championship in the world. Held at the iconic Roland-Garros stadium, the tournament attracts the biggest names in world tennis and huge crowds to cheer them on.
You can purchase tickets online or through authorized ticket sellers. Remember that tickets for the final matches tend to sell out quickly, but the opening rounds are just as exciting, and tickets are easier to obtain.
Paris Air Show (June 19–25)
This is one of the world’s biggest and most famous air shows, attracting aviation enthusiasts from all over the globe. The Paris Air Show is held every two years at the Le Bourget Airport (LFPB), just north of the city. Visitors will be dazzled by impressive displays from some of the biggest names in the aviation industry.
Make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and plan your visit around the show’s schedule, which typically includes aerial displays, static displays, and conferences.
Fête de la Musique (June 21)
In this unique event, the streets of Paris come alive with the sound of music. This free event sees musicians from all genres and backgrounds perform on street corners and other venues, with concerts and performances throughout the city.
Music lovers should also take note of the Paris Jazz Festival, a series of concerts held in the Parc Floral de Paris from June through September.
Tour de France (July 1–23)
The Tour de France needs no introduction. This year, the world’s most famous and grueling cycling race starts in Bilbao, Spain, then crosses the Pyrenees into France and covers over 2,000 miles across the country, with riders facing mountain passes, flat stages, and time trials.
There are plenty of ways to see the race, from watching near the finish line as riders loop around the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées to heading out into the countryside to visit the riders compete in the earlier stages.
You can find information about the route, schedule, and VIP packages on the official Tour de France website.
Paris Plages (July 10–August 22)
You don’t have to go all the way to the Côte d’Azur. In summer, the beaches come to the city. During Paris Plages, the banks of the Seine are transformed into a temporary beach, complete with sand, palm trees, and beach chairs.
Bastille Day (July 14)
If you happen to be in France during their national holiday, you’re in for a treat. Bastille Day includes a military parade on the Champs-Elysées, firework displays, and other celebrations throughout the city.
Rock en Seine (August 23–27)
Rock en Seine is a popular music festival at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, featuring international and French rock bands. This year, headliners include Billie Eilish and Florence and the Machine.