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Things to Do in Paris in June

Updated: March 31, 2023
 By Christina

This post lists the best things you can do in Paris in June, updated for 2023

We include free events, festivals, concerts, and nightlife, as well as family-friendly activities, popular tours, and more.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


TOP 15 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES 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:

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

TIP: Before heading out to any attraction or activity, make sure to check their rules regarding proof of vaccination or other requirements. Most places in Paris are open without many restrictions now, but some locations may still require certain practices.


1. Go to a Concert

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

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 the 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, and bus tours. and boat tours.

Several free, pay-what-you-wish walking tours 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 28th - July 25th, 2023.

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.

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. Attend a Music Festival

Paris is both the city of lights and the city of music in June.

There are loads of music festivals in and around the city covering many styles of music. Just a few of them are:

We Love Green Festival | June 2nd-4th

This music festival is more than just a showcase for top musical artists.

It is also about educating the public about environmental responsibility in an engaging and fun way.

Fête de la Musique | June 21st

For over 40 years Parisians have celebrated the Summer Solstice with the Fête de la Musique festival.

Free concerts take place in places like Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, the Petit Palais, the Louvre, and along the banks of the Seine.

They cover all styles of music and are played by both professional musicians and amateurs. Best of all, the concerts are free to attend!

Fnac Live Festival | dates TBA

This annual festival which pulls more than 80,000 attendees, covers a variety of music styles, including hip-hop, rock, world music, electronic, and pop.

It features both established and emerging artists and is held each year at Hôtel de Ville. Admittance is free.

La Défense Jazz Festival | June 26th-July 2nd

This outdoor annual jazz festival is held in La Défense and features artists both established and new.

There are concerts in the afternoon and evening, some free and some ticketed. There are also financial prizes for winners chosen by a jury.

Chopin Festival | June 17-July 14th

Some of the world's most accomplished pianists come together for this festival that showcases the works of composer Frédéric Chopin.

The Chopin Society of Paris hosts performances at the Orangerie in the bucolic Parc de Bagatelle.

The Festival du Parc Floral | dates TBA

Four outdoor music festivals take place in Parc Floral in Bois de Vincennes each year.

They take place each Saturday and Sunday, from late June to early October. Daytime concerts are free, and evening concerts often have a cost.

  • Pestacles | a kid's concert series
  • Paris Jazz Festival | Jazz
  • Nocturnes | night concerts featuring different kinds of music
  • Classic in Green | classical music

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


8. Head to the International Paris Air Show

This semi-annual event, held only in odd years, is held at Le Bourget Airport.

It showcases the latest innovations and newest technologies in aviation and is one of the most prestigious aerospace events around.

Over 320,000 visitors attend each year, with thousands of companies from over 50 countries exhibiting their work.

In the past, you might have seen the Concord, the Boeing 747, the Space Shuttle, or military folks flying in formation.

Events take place on June 19th - 25th.

For tickets or additional information, visit the International Paris Air Show website.


9. See the Versailles Fountains Night Show

On Saturday nights from April 1st-October 31st, 2023, 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.

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 24th, 2023, you can watch the parade that starts early in the afternoon and lasts about 4 hours long.

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.

For more information, visit the Pride France website.


11. Solidays Festival

This annual multi-day festival takes place from June 23rd - 25th, 2023.

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

Solidays is focused on raising awareness about the AIDS crisis and showing solidarity with sufferers.

There are camping tickets if you want to get the full experience of this amazing festival.

For more information and for tickets, visit the Solidays website.


12. Champs-Elysees Film Festival

The screenings for this annual French-American independent film festival take place at various locations along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

There is a focus on emerging talent and a new way of doing things, and there's a jury competition as well.

Films are subtitled in either English or French (depending on the original language).

This event is quite popular so tickets go fast and we recommend buying tickets a few months in advance.

This year the festival runs from June 20th-27th. For more information or tickets visit the Champs-Élysées Film Festival website.


13. Take the Family to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France, with a wide range of shows, rides, and interactive experiences.

Of course, it will probably be busy during the summer, so we recommend using the Disney Premier Access App to secure spots in line.

The best reason to visit in June is that admission to Disneyland Paris is now included with the Go City Paris Explorer Pass.

For more details about this attraction, make sure to read our post covering Disneyland Paris tickets and discounts.


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

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.

Admission is included with the Paris Pass!

Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets individually.


15. 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.

A private guide and skip-the-line access make this a great way to see the Louvre.

If that tour doesn't work for you, you can go on your own. For more information that can help you plan your visit and also find discounted tickets, see our detailed post on the Louvre.

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.


16. Experience the Music of Hans Zimmer

Film buffs will be happy to hear that the composer Hans Zimmer will be performing in Paris this June.

Even if you're not immediately familiar with him by name, chances are you've heard a lot of his work.

Here are a few of the more noteworthy film scores you can expect to hear at this event:

  • Inception
  • Interstellar
  • Gladiator
  • The Dark Knight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • And many more!

Purchase Hans Zimmer tickets or learn more.

If you're a fan of these movies and their incredible music, this is one concert you definitely won't want to miss. The concert will be held June 23rd-25th, 2023.

This is also a great idea for a family activity! For more family-friendly things to do in Paris, check out our full post.


17. Free Open Art Studios

This month you can attend 'Portes Ouvertes' (Open Doors) where artists welcome the public for free into their studios. 

The main Open Doors event is the annual Belleville Open Studios.

From June 1st-4th, 100 neighborhood studios open up, with more than 150 exhibitors showing their paintings, photography, sculptures, etc.

Some galleries may even have free wine and cheese you can snack on!


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About The Author

Christina

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.
Updated: March 31st, 2023
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