Things to Do in Paris in August

This post contains our top 10 suggestions for things to do in Paris during the month of August, including concerts, events, sports, and popular attractions. If you’re wondering what the weather will be like, check our weather in August post here

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN PARIS IN AUGUST

Our top 10 list helps you decide how to spend your time in Paris with the best concerts, events, attractions, and activities available in August.

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Be sure to also check out our master post on things to do in Paris for any time of the year.


(1) Visit the Palace of Versailles

This popular attraction was temporarily closed to the public during the pandemic, but it is finally opening up again for the summer of 2021.

You will require timed tickets to visit the estate now, but this is necessary to ensure crowd control and helps to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

 

That said, due to this change, there will be limited tickets, which means that they might be difficult to obtain. As such, we recommend getting your tickets ahead of time to avoid this issue.

Another reason to visit Versailles this August is that they are bringing back their Summer Fountain Shows from Tuesday – Sunday.

For more details, make sure to read our post about visiting the Palace of Versailles.


(2) See The Louvre

The Louvre started out as a palace for French royalty and is now one of the world’s most famous museum.

Almost everyone will recognize the glass pyramid outside the museum as well as the impressive architecture.

 

 

You can see the Mona Lisa and visit at almost any time of day, as they’re open late several days a week. If you want to see the most impressive view of the pyramid outside we recommend going after dark.

In response to the pandemic, timed tickets will be required if you’re visiting in August of 2021. Masks and social distancing will also be required.

For more things to do in the evening, check out our activities in Paris at night post.

TIP: Entry to The Louvre is included on several tourist attraction discount passes in Paris.


(3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

August is a great time to get out and enjoy the City of Lights! You’ll have the sunniest weather all year, which means endless opportunities to enjoy a walking tour or bike tour.

 

 

If you’re interested in something like the popular hop-on-hop-off bus tours, check out our Paris bus tour comparison. 

TIP: You can find hop-on-hop-off bus tickets and other tours on several tourist attraction discount passes.


(4) Take a Food Tour

French food is famous all over the world, and for good reason. So when you visit Paris it’s the perfect time to sample as many dishes as possible.

Food tours are the easiest way to get a local guide to point you in the direction of all the best food options.

 

 

Food Tours Available:

  • Dessert and Pastry Tours
  • Chocolate Tours
  • Wine Tours
  • Food and Bike Tours

For a comparison of the best food tours in Paris, take a look at our post.


(5) Paris Plages City Beaches

Every summer between mid-July and early September, the banks of the River Seine become home to pop-up beaches in the middle of the city.

This annual, free summer fun is open to everyone and a draw for both locals and visitors.

 

 

The beaches are generally open from 9:00 am to midnight and you can find the main one on the right bank between the Louvre and City Hall.

You’ll see sand, swimming pools, and live music depending on the day. 


(6) The Liberation of Paris Festivities

2021 is the 77th anniversary of the celebration of the end of over four years of Nazi occupation during World War II.

 

 

On August 25, images will be projected on the side of Paris City Hall that illustrate the historical events and commemorate those who died fighting for the French Resistance from 17:00 – 18:00 (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm).

You’ll find music and dancing in front of Hotel de Ville that start at 21:00 (9:00 pm).  

It is free to participate in the festivities. Find more budget-friendly things to do in our free activities post.


(7) Movies on the Lawn

Enjoy Cinema en Plein Air at Parc de la Villette, which is a free outdoor cinema that runs through mid-August.

They show a combination of classic movies and new films in their original languages with French subtitles.

 

 

You can bring a blanket or your own chair, or rent a folding chair for €7. If you want the full French experience, pack your picnic!

If you’re looking for more cheap ways to have fun in Paris, check out our article on free things to do in Paris.

NOTE: Although the schedule for 2021 has yet to be announced, all indications are that they will be offering outdoor movies once again this year.


(8) See a Major Sporting Event

Summertime is a great time to grab your friends or family and head out to a football game! Luckily, there will be at least one match during the month of August.

 

 

Football (Soccer)

If you want to see all the events in August, click here.

If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities in Paris, check out our full post.

NOTE: Tickets might be limited or unavailable due to local Covid-19 restrictions.


(9) Enjoy the Theatre

There might be a few shows available to enjoy in Paris during August.

 

 

Moulin Rouge

What could be more Parisian than spending an evening at a cabaret? 

The Moulin Rouge is known for its live music, extravagant costumes, and beautiful performers in a luxurious environment.

Performances run regularly year-round, and we recommend getting your tickets a few months out as they do tend to sell out. 

How to Become a Parisian in 1 Hour

This one-hour comedy show has become a popular staple for visitors coming through the City of Lights.

Olivier Giraud performs his one-man show in English, giving hilarious lessons on how to interpret facial expressions and when to use specific phrases.

This show is recommended for those aged 16+.

NOTE: Moulin Rouge will not be opening back up until September. Tickets for How to Become a Parisian in 1 Hour should still be available.


(10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

With a tourist attraction discount pass, you’ll get to see much more at a bulk discount – up to 55% for some popular attractions!

These passes can also save you time with skip-the-queue privileges at select popular tourist attractions. 

 

 

Just Some of the Attractions Included in Discount Passes:

  • The Louvre Museum (Skip-the-Line)
  • Seine River Cruise (Fast Track)
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • Picasso Museum
  • Eiffel Tower

Take a look at our discount pass comparison post to see which one could save you the most time and money.


POSTPONED: Treteaux Nomades 

For the past 20 years, the Treteaux Nomades traveling festival has closed out the summer in Paris. This year, performances will happen from August 26 – September 8 in a variety of places.

 

 

You can find poetry readings, music concerts, burlesque theatre, plays, and other performances in venues such as Arenes de Montmartre, Hotel de Beauvais, and parks. There will surely be a show and an atmosphere to suit everyone.

While dialogue-heavy shows might be difficult to understand for those who don’t speak French, dances and concerts should be universally understandable.

NOTE: This event has been postponed for 2021.

 


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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Here here are a few attractions that didn’t quite make the top 10 list but we couldn’t leave out. 


Visit the Eiffel Tower

Can you say you’ve visited Paris without a photo in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower?

August is a great time to see the famous landmark, while the skies are most likely to be clear to allow for a fantastic view from the top or a perfect picnic in the park below.

 

 

The crowds will likely be at their heaviest in August, so we recommend getting your tickets in advance.

Check out our tips on visiting the tower here.


Paris Museum of Modern Art

One of the best free museums in the city is the Paris Museum of Modern Art. This museum holds a wide array of impressive contemporary works, including paintings, mixed-media installations, and sculptures.

The permanent collection is always free to see. 

For more free things to do, check out our free activities in Paris post. 

 


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About the author

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.