Things to Do in Paris in June

This post, updated for 2019, covers our top 10 things to do in June in Paris, as well as free, family-friendly, and nighttime activities.

 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

What are the best things to do in Paris this June? Here we have our top 10 suggestions including concerts, events, and sales. 

And keep in mind that many of the items listed below are included for free or at a discount in one or more of Paris’s tourist attraction discount passes


(1) Go Sightseeing

June is the perfect time to get out and go sightseeing! And there are plenty of opportunities to see the city in its summertime glory.

Of course, a walking tour or bike tour is a great place to start.

 

 

If you’d rather be driven around the city, take a look at our post comparing Paris bus tours. It includes the popular hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tours.  

If you want to maximize your time in the city, why not choose a tour that will show you everything in one day


(2) Attend a Concert

This June has many world-famous singers coming to Paris. While you’re enjoying the City of Lights, why not catch your favorite artist at one of their concerts?

 

 

BTS is one of the biggest Kpop bands in the world right now and especially popular with the teen crowd. Check out our family-friendly section below for more activities with the kids!


(3) Catch a Sporting Match

June is a huge month for football and you’ll be right in the middle of it in Paris!

The city is home to multiple professional football teams, and will also be hosting the Fifa Women’s World Cup for 2019.

 

 

Don’t forget about the French Open, one of the top tennis competitions in the world!

Football (Soccer)

Soccer – FIFA Women’s World Cup

Tennis – Roland Garros French Open

These are all great options for families. We offer more information on these events and other suggestions in our family-friendly section below.


(4) Go to the Theatre

The City of Lights won’t leave you disappointed in the theatre world. Some recognizable and well-loved musicals are in town this June.

 

 

Chicago

Chicago the Musical runs June 16 – June 30, 2019, and tells the story of a cabaret woman during the prohibition. Get lost in all that jazz with this French production. English subtitles are provided.

Into the Woods

This famous Sondheim musical explores the consequences of one’s actions. Follow a baker and his wife, Cinderella, Jack (with the Beanstalk), and more fairy tale characters as their stories intersect in the woods.

Into the Woods runs June 6 – June 8, 2019.


(5) Experience Paris Food and Beer

Paris Beer Week takes place from June 8 – 15, 2019. It is the city’s first festival devoted to craft beer and has been a popular annual event since 2014.

Over ten days, bars and restaurants will have tastings, activities, and workshops for the public to participate in and learn about local craft brewing.

 

 

If beer isn’t your thing, there are plenty of Parisian food tours to keep your stomach happy!

From tours focused on chocolate to those focused on pastries, there is something delectable for everyone to enjoy.


(6) Visit the Eiffel Tower

June is the perfect time to visit the Eiffel Tower, whether you’re in Paris with your significant other or your whole family.

The crowds haven’t become as crazy as they will get in July and August but the weather is still warm!

 

 

You will need a ticket to get up into the Eiffel Tower, whether you take the stairs or elevator.

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, and we have an entire post on visiting the tower here


(7) Check Out the Free Festivals

Parisians love to celebrate, and in June there are plenty of celebrations to attend! The weather is pleasant enough to stay out all day, it is Summer Solstice time, and Gay Pride Day happens to be this month.

 

 

  • Fete de la Musique – June 21
  • Fete des Tuileries – June – August
  • Fete de Velo – June 16
  • Gay Pride Parade – June 29

We have more details in our free things to do section!


(8) Take a Dinner Cruise on the Seine

The days are getting longer, which means the tranquil golden hour happens at the perfect time for a dinner cruise down the Seine river.

The three-course dinner will be paired with French wine, and you can eat as you leisurely glide past the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

 

 

This is the perfect way to spend a June evening with your partner! For a more in-depth comparison of Seine cruises, check out this article.

For more evening activities, check out the section below.


(9) 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 will last for 6 weeks and begin on Wednesday, June 26th.

 


This photo of Bercy Village is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

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 need something to do after a full day of shopping (or window shopping), check out our list of evening activities.


(10) Save up to 55% with a Tourist Pass

Get out and see more of Paris by taking advantage of a tourist attraction discount pases with a bulk discount. Pay one fee for multiple attractions. 

 

 

Paris Pass Includes Entry To:

  • Big Bus Tours
  • The Louvre Museum
  • Arc De Triomphe
  • Paris Aquarium
  • Paris Opera House
  • French Wine Tastings

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

The City of Lights shines the brightest at night, so why not stay out late and enjoy the summer weather? 

 

 

Here we have a list of things to do in June, including theatre, festivals, and popular streets to hang out in.


See an Opera

From May 16 – June 23, 2019, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini will be running at the Opera Bastille. It is an Italian opera following the heroine who gets caught up in jealousy which sends her down a dark road.

Subtitles are offered in both French and English.


Canal St-Martin

If you want a taste of local Paris, head to Canal St-Martin in the evening. After the sun goes down, the cafes and restaurants are lit up.

The light bounces off the water in the canal and gives the street a magical quality. You can bring your own picnic to the waterside or grab a seat at a bar’s patio.


The Louvre 

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. On Wednesdays and Fridays, The Louvre stays open until 9:45 pm.

 


This photo of Photo Tours In Paris is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

This is also a great place to take the kids in the evening since there is no admission cost to people under 18.

If you want to make sure you don’t wait in line, we recommend using Fast Pass Entry as with the Paris Pass.


Camps-Elysees Film Festival

Experience a French film festival from June 18 – 25, 2019. 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.


Solidays Festival

This massive, multi-day festival from June 21 – 23, 2019. Solidays is part raising awareness for the AIDS crisis, and part solidarity with sufferers.

The lineup is packed with well-known names such as Macklemore, Therapy Taxi, Jeremy Underground, and Hocus Pocus. You can even get a camping ticket if you want to get the full experience!


Admire the City of Lights from the River Seine

This one-hour boat tour will help you appreciate one of Paris’s nicknames even more. The City of Lights has a chance to really shine at night.

 


This photo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

You’ll get to go under bridges and listen to live music as you see landmarks from a different perspective after dark.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Paris doesn’t have to break the bank.

 

 

Here we have a list of free activities in June, which include parades, festivals, and popular landmarks.


Attend the Paris Gay Pride March

Expect the streets to be packed on June 29, 2019, for Gay Pride day. The parade will run from the Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro station to the Place de la Bastille, culminating in a massive party in the streets.

The parade is free to attend and is expected to draw a large crowd – so be prepared for transportation delays and detours.


Fete de la Musique

June 21, 2019, is the longest day of the year, and Parisians celebrate Summer Solstice with free concerts throughout the city.

While you can plan which concerts you’d like to see with the schedule, many people wander through city streets and squares to happen upon different performances of all genres.


See the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

The Notre Dame is the most famous construction of French Gothic architecture. Over 6,000 people can fit inside the Cathedrale during a worship service, and it has been the center of Catholicism in Paris for 700 years.

June is the perfect time to walk along the Seine and drop in to see Notre Dame – no tickets are required to enter unless you want to climb the towers.


Rooftop Views from Printemps Rooftop Terrace

The department store Printemps has a rooftop terrace that might be one of the best-kept secrets for looking out over Paris. From morning through early evening, you can go up a narrow escalator and see a magical view. 

Note: The escalator is narrow, so disabled access is limited.


Paris Museum of Modern Art

From sculpture to paintings, the Paris Museum of Modern Art holds a vast collection of impressive contemporary works.

 


This photo of Musée d’Art Moderne is provided by TripAdvisor

 

During the month of June, there will be a Thomas Houseago sculpture exhibition as well as a Rumours & Legends collection of political and social paintings and drawings. This free museum is a perfect way to cool off if the afternoon gets a bit too warm.


Fete des Tuileries

Tuileries Gardens put on a fun fair every summer from June through August. The fair will be filled with entertainment, fair food, rides, and games. The fair is free to get in, but if you plan on riding a ride or playing a game you should bring cash with you. Tuileries Gardens are, apart from the fair, a tranquil and beautiful place for a walk and feature multiple ponds.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Looking for places to go with the kids?

 

 

Here are our June suggestions for events to take the whole family to, from major sporting events to music festivals.


See the Women’s Soccer World Cup

From June 7 through July 7, 2019, the Fifa Women’s World Cup will be taking place in Paris. The World Cup comes around once every four years and is the most important international soccer competition.

Since this is such a popular event, it is recommended that you get your tickets months in advance as they tend to sell out.


Catch the French Open

Also known as the Roland Garros tennis tournament, the French Open is one of the most well-known tennis tournaments in the world. It is held from May 20 – June 9, 2019.

If you or your family are fans of tennis, this is the perfect opportunity to see internationally-famous players who are the best in the sport.

There is kid-friendly food available, such as burgers and pizzas, as well as a fun play zone called the RG Lab with trampolines, exhibits, and chances to get player autographs


Fete du Velo

This annual event gets French people outside and celebrating transportation by bicycle all over the country.

If you and your family love a good bike ride, you can rent a bicycle from Velib and join in on June 16, 2019, at one of the multiple meeting points throughout Paris.


Paris Jazz Festival

If you’re in town toward the end of the month, check out the Paris Jazz Festival. It runs from June 30 – July 22, 2019, and features regular jazz concerts at the Parc Floral de Paris. Kids can enjoy dancing to the music or running around the gardens to get some energy out.

 


This photo of Parc Floral de Paris is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Once you pay for park entrance, the concerts are no additional charge. 


We Love Green Festival

This festival is all about educating the public on environmental responsibility in fun ways. There is even a playground for kids that is monitored by volunteers in case parents want to catch a concert their children aren’t interested in. 

We need to find solutions to these environmental issues, and those are explored in workshops, debates, and live art installations. There will also be plenty of food, entertainment, and live music available. The festival runs from June 1 – 2, 2019.

 


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