Fête de la Musique
Every 21st of June, on the first day of summer, music is celebrated in France and particularly in Paris through free concerts and events taking place all night long all over the city from 6 PM.
The website below features an interactive map showing all events throughout the country, so you’ll have to zoom in on Paris to discover the performances registered in the capital. Anyway, the number of events makes it difficult to plan your night and the best way to enjoy this colorful celebration may be to wander and stroll from one neighborhood to the next. Put on your sneakers!
We made a selection of the best events according to us, though. We picked performances in the center only, easily accessible, ranging from classical music to rock, world music and chanson, mostly outdoor.
Close to the Louvre:
Saint-Eustache church: 18:00 to 00:30 – Chanson, Choirs, Brass band, Folk, Classical, Rock, Pop.
Place du Marché Saint Honoré: 20:30 to 23:00 – Cold Wave, Rock, Electro. With a tribute to Cure and Joy Division.
Pyramide du Louvre: 22:30 to 00:00 – free classical concert (be there at least 30 mn early!), 4th Symphony by Gustav Mahler, directed by Daniel Harding, soprano: Christina Landshamer.
Swedish Institute: 18:00 to 21:30 – 18:00–19:15: traditional dance / 19:30–21:30: Folk concert.
Carreau du Temple: 19:00 to 20:00 – Brass band, Jazz.
Place des Vosges: 18:30 to 00:30 – Blues, Chanson, Choirs, Groove, Jazz, Reggae, Pop.
Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais (next to the Pantheon): 19:00 to 22:30 – traditional Irish music, rock, folk and pop.
12 rue de Seine (left bank, close to the Pont des Arts): 20:00 to 00:30 – French Chanson, from Brassens to Trenet, Barbara to Piaf to Brel, Dassin, Ferrat, Gainsbourg (Lyrics books provided to the audience).
Musée Delacroix (indoor, 6 rue de Furstenberg, next to Saint Germain des Prés church): 18:00 to 20:30 – Classical music (chamber music).
Luxembourg Garden: 18:30 to 20:30 – World music.
Frontyard of the Opera Garnier: 20:00 to 22:30 – an 80 musicians band plays famous tunes, some in a very personal and funny way!
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