Things to Do in Paris in June

This post lists the best things you can do in Paris in June, updated for 2021, including free events, festivals, concerts, nighttime, as well as family-friendly activities, popular tours and more.

For more ideas, check our post for things to do in Paris.

 

 

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TOP 15 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN PARIS IN JUNE

This list will include a variety of different family-friendly, nighttime and free activities for audiences of all ages.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check the following posts:


1. Go to a Concert

While you’re enjoying the City of Lights, why not catch your favorite artist at one of their concerts?

There aren’t a lot of notable concerts scheduled this month, but that is likely to be the case as we ease back into somewhat normal life if and when the pandemic clears up.

Check StubHub to see who is playing in Paris this June.

 

 

Top concerts this month:

Check out StubHub to find out who else is playing in Paris this June.


2. Take a Food Tour

Discover the best of Parisien food and learn about the city’s history through a Paris Secret Food Tour.

This 3.5-hour tour visits the historic Montmartre district and features six food stops. You can upgrade the food tour to include a wine tasting.

 

 

Your guide will tell you about this history of this spectacular neighborhood and take you to the best places to try Parisian cuisine.

Learn more about the Paris Secret Food Tour here.


3. Admire the City of Lights from the River Seine

You will understand how Paris got its nickname, “The City of Lights” if you take a twilight boat ride on the River Seine.

For a full evening out, you can take a dinner cruise down the Seine.

 

 

The three-course dinner will be paired with French wine. While you dine, you’ll see sights like Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

There are many choices of types of cruises and boat tours in Paris. For an in-depth comparison of Seine cruises, read our post on Paris boat tours and cruises.

For other evening activities, see our post on things to do at night in Paris.


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour

Paris is simply lovely in June, and it is an excellent time to take a sightseeing tour. You can choose from walking toursbike tours, bus tours. and boat tours.

There are a number of free, pay-what-you-wish walking tours which are great for the budget-minded but tend to attract large groups.

 

 

If you have a flexible budget and prefer a smaller group, you can pay €15 for a 90 minute guided tour of the Montmartre district.

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, you can use one of our self-guided tours or GPS-led audio tours. These are an especially good option if you’re trying to avoid large crowds due to the pandemic.


5. Shop the Paris Sales

If you’re a fan of Paris fashion and shopping, the last week of June is the perfect time to shop the sales.

These massive sales are state-regulated, which is why they happen like clockwork twice a year.

The summer sales run from June 24 – July 21, 2020.

 

 

Expect to find larger-than-usual crowds in Paris’s department stores, boutiques, and other shops.

As stores attempt to clear last season’s merchandise you can expect sales from 30% and up to 70% off normal prices.

If you like sales and are budget-minded, you may want to have a look at our posts on free things to do in Paris.


6. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

No matter where you’re planning to Paris, you can save some euros using a tourist attraction discount pass.

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save anywhere from 15% – 50% off general admission prices.

 

 

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Here are a few of the more popular attractions included with various Paris tourist passes:

Better still,  most of these passes offer skip-the-line access at several notable landmarks. For more details, please read our post covering Paris tourist passes.


7. We Love Green Festival

This music festival is more than just a showcase for top artists. It is also about educating the public about environmental responsibility in an engaging and fun way.

The We Love Green Festival is on June 3rd, 5th, and 6th in 2021. The line-up headliner is Gorillaz, so you can expect plenty of great music.

 

 

There will plenty of food, entertainment, and of course amazing tunes. Get tickets for the We Love Green Festival here.

Although this event is scheduled for June of 2021, there is a chance they will postpone or cancel it due to the pandemic. Keep an eye on their site to see if they make any announcements.

If you are traveling with kids, the festival is very family-friendly! See more family-friendly entertainment in Paris.


8. Fête de la Musique

Every year on June 21, Parisians celebrate the Summer Solstice with the free Fête de la Musique festival.

Much of the music happens on pop-up stages in public parks and famous plazas. It is free to attend these concerts! 

 

 

Last year, they held a bunch of smaller concerts in bars and other locations to prevent the spread of Covid-19. It’s very likely they will do the same in 2021, but they haven’t announced their exact plans for this June.

You can plan which concerts you’d like to see with the Fête de la Musique schedule or wander through the city and happen upon different performances of all genres.

You’ll find many of the performances at the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, the Petit Palais, the Louvre, and along the banks of the Seine.


9. See the Versailles Fountains Night Show 

On Saturday nights from June through September, you can see the spectacular fountains at Versailles Palace ‘perform’! 

Synchronized to classical music, the fountains play all kinds of tricks, pulling off interesting visual effects as well.

At the end of the evening, there is a fireworks display set to music from Louis XICV’s era.

 

 

This is an unforgettable way to spend a night. Check out our post on how to visit Versailles, for in-depth information on what to do and see at the palace.

You can also learn about Versailles Palace tickets and tours.

NOTE: The Palace of Versailles has made no announcement about whether or not this event will be held in 2021. That said, the park grounds are currently open with limited access, so there is a chance they will still hold these fountain shows.

Check their calendar to find out whether or not this activity will be available when you visit.


10. Celebrate at the Marche des Fiertés LGBT 

Every year, people of all ages and persuasions come out to celebrate the spirit of freedom at the Marche des Fiertés LGBT (formerly known as the ‘Gay Pride’ parade).

On the afternoon of June 26, 2021, you can watch the parade that starts early in the afternoon and lasts about 4 hours long.

This event might be postponed or limited in scope due to the pandemic, so it will be important to check before heading out and prepare to observe social distancing guidelines either way.

 

 

The route runs from the Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro station to the Place de la Bastille, culminating in a massive party in the streets.

The parade will draw a large crowd – so be prepared for transportation delays and detours.


11. Solidays Festival

This annual multi-day festival from June 18-20, 2021. Solidays is part raising awareness for the AIDS crisis, and part solidarity with sufferers.

 

 

The lineup is always packed with well-known names. In the past performers have included Macklemore, Therapy Taxi, Jeremy Underground, and Hocus Pocus.

You can even get a camping ticket if you want to get the full experience!

NOTE: Unfortunately, this event has been canceled for 2021 due to the pandemic, but they will be doing other things such as a Solidays TV night in June. Check their site for more details.


12. Champs-Elysees Film Festival

Experience a French film festival. They’ll be showing multiple films – short and feature-length – and showcasing writers and directors from the industry.

 

 

This annual event is competitive for American independent films and is quite popular. We recommend buying tickets a few months in advance.

NOTE: This event will not be hosted in June of 2021, and has instead been postponed to September due to the pandemic.


13. Go to The Louvre at Night

Take in the art at one of the most famous museums in the world as the sun is going down and the famous outdoor pyramid lights up.

One of the many great things about the Louvre is that you aren’t restricted to daytime entry as the museum is open late multiple days per week.

 

 

For more information that can help you plan your visit and also find discounted tickets, see our detailed post on the Louvre.

NOTE: The Louvre is currently closed due to the pandemic, but this could easily change by the time June rolls around. Make sure to check their page on Covid-19 to find out more. 

TIP: Skip-the-line admission to the Louvre is included with several Take Walks tours, including one that provides after-hours access to the museum.


14. Attend a Pro Sporting Event or Tour Stade de France

Sports fans can find a few games and tournaments to attend this month.

Football (Soccer)

These are all great options for families. See more family-friendly suggestions from our post on what to do with kids in Paris.

 

 

 

If you’re with the family, it could be fun to take a guided tour of Stade de France and see where their football and rugby teams spend most of their time for home games.

Unfortunately, as of writing this, these two teams do not know if they will be able to offer tickets to fans in June. This will all depend upon whether or not the Covid-19 pandemic has been addressed effectively enough to keep people safe.

Admission is included with the Paris Pass!

Find all sporting events in Paris here.

 


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