Summer 2016: the music festivals not to be missed!

This year—if you visit the French capital—give yourself a musical break by testing one of the music festivals offered by the city. Jazz, rock, electronic music, all the styles are represented and this all summer long.

1/ Paris Jazz Festival
The 23rd edition of this jazz festival promises many surprises. From the carte blanche about Armenia suggested by French pianist André Manoukian to Cuban jazz, and to the groove of American singer Toni Green—diva with golden voice—there will be something for all tastes! As a bonus, Paris Jazz Festival is organised in an exceptional setting—at the heart of a haven of greenery which is the Parc Floral de Paris—nested just nearby the Château de Vincennes.

23rd edition of Paris Jazz Festival, from June 11th to July 31st, 2016.
Park opened from 9:30am until 8pm.
Full rate: €6 / Reduced rate (7-25): €3 / Free for children under 7.

Over the Hills (PJF2015) – Audrey POREE – Credit: ABACA PRESS

Parc Floral de Paris
118, route de la Pyramide
75012 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 49 57 24 84
Metro: Château de Vincennes (line 1).

2/ Les Siestes Electroniques
Every summer, the Musée du quai Branly invites the visitors to take a nap at the heart of the open-air theatre or at the foyer of Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre, amid ethno and electro music. For the 6th year, the Siestes électroniques festival will be bringing DJs who will take you into a Frenchy and refined house music or in a retro-futuristic R&B—or—in a summer funk Tropicalism. An adventure that can be lived with friends or as a couple!

Les Siestes Electroniques, on June 26th, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 2016.
From 4pm to 6pm.
Free concerts.

© Raphaël Pincas

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Access: Pont de l’Alma (RER C).

3/ Rock en Seine
Organised near the end of summer, Rock en Seine is one of the year’s most important music festivals in Ile-de-France. For this 2016 edition, many guests will be meeting up at the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, from next August 26th. Among them, there will be Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Caravan Palace, Cassius or Birdy Nam Nam. From rock to electro, from hip hop to pop, this event offers an overview of what is best regarding music.

Rock en Seine, on August 26th, 27th and 28th, 2016.
Day ticket: €49 / 3-day pass: €119.

© Creation: Babel / Illustration: Sara Andreasson

Domaine national de Saint-Cloud
92210 Saint-Cloud
Metro: Boulogne-Pont de St-Cloud (line 10).


Jardins, Jardin: a 13th edition dedicated to solutions for the future

With the theme ‘Urban landscapes: at the heart of solutions for the future’, the 13th edition of Jardins, Jardin intends to revegetate the cities! In front of climate change, humans have to revise their relationships with nature and find solutions to reoxygenate the planet. For this, a 100 exhibitors meet curious people to present them innovations to make the city greener. Revegetated roofs or facades—like at the hotel Mareuil—creating rooftop gardens or shared gardens to produce local fruits and vegetables, everything is designed to transform urban people’s lives. From next June 2nd to 5th, numerous conferences and activities will be suggested—and notably workshops—within the Tuileries Gardens where the event will be held. As for every edition, 30 famous or in their early career landscapers have redesigned some balconies, gardens or terraces where nature seems to reassert itself.

13th edition of Jardins, Jardin, from June 2nd to 5th, 2016.
Open on Thursday and Sunday from 10am until 6pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10am until 8pm.
Full rate: €14 / Reduced rate (under 25): €10 / Free under 18.

2015 Jardins, Jardin – Garden – Zea for JARDILAND © DR

Jardin des Tuileries
Carré du Sanglier et Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau (entrance on the Place de la Concorde side)
75001 Paris
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) or Tuileries (line 1).


The parks and gardens of the left bank

While spring is showing up, we dash to relax in one of the parks and gardens the left bank has.

1/ Le Jardin du Luxembourg
This iconic garden bordering the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés was created in 1612 on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis. It is very popular with Parisians and tourists for its large area (61.8 acres), a huge fountain Médicis, its tennis courts, its statues and its rose garden. The Jardin du Luxembourg is representative of two styles, since it is divided into two parts, one in English and one in French. Throughout the year, photography exhibitions are organised on the railings of the site, as well as concerts in it bandstand. The place is also famous for its numerous facilities for children (merries-go-round, slides, puppets etc.), while their parents play chess, or why not the controlled boats!

Find the opening hours for the Jardin du Luxembourg (in French).
Free entrance.

Jardin du Luxembourg © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Le Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis-Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris
Metro: Odéon (line 4) or Luxembourg (RER B).

2/ Le Parc Montsouris
Le Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in central Paris. Favourite place for students to have a walk due to its proximity to the Cité Universitaire of the capital, it is also home to many species of birds to observe. Like in the Jardin du Luxembourg, it organises free concerts, given in its bandstand, usually from May to September. For the record, the park was built under Napoléon III and inaugurated in 1869. It is well known for its rare trees such as the Persimmon tree or the Chinese Parasol Tree, with its lake, its beautiful statues and its restaurant named the Pavillon Montsouris, where you can enjoy fine French cuisine. By the way, this property was built in 1889 for the 1892’s Universal Exhibition. It has since been registered as a French Historic Monument, thanks , among others, to its very beautiful glass wall and breathtaking view on the park.

Until April 30th, 2016: open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm, and on weekends from 9:00am until 8:30pm.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016 : open daily from 7:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.


Parc Montsouris © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Le Parc Montsouris
2, rue Gazan
75014 Paris
Metro: Porte d’Orléans (line 4) or Cité Universitaire (RER B).

3/ Le Parc André Citroën
This green space is one of the most recent of Paris. Inaugurated in 1992, it replaces the old Parisian factory of the French car manufacturer Citroën. Designed by leading architects and landscapers, Patrick Berger, Gilles Clément, Jean-Paul Viguier, Alain Provost and François Jodry, it is the only park to be directly open on the Seine. The Parc André Citroën is famous for its main attraction, the Ballon de Paris, a captive gas balloon which offers an ascent at 164 meters high, in family and a breathtaking panorama on the capital. Otherwise, there also are tennis tables, water slides, spring toys and other ball games areas for children. The older ones will be delighted to visit the greenhouses, or to admire the rare plants and other exotic trees on the site.

Until April 30, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 8:30pm and from 9:00am until 8:30pm on weekends.
From May 1st to August 31st, 2016: Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 9:30pm and on weekends from 9:00am until 9:30pm.
See all the schedules. (In French)
Free entrance.


Parc André Citroën © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

Parc André Citroën
2, rue Cauchy
75015 Paris
Metro: Javel (line 10).

4/ Le Jardin des Plantes
Created in the late sixteenth century, the Jardin des Plantes was originally the Jardin du Roy. Today it houses the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the geology and mineralogy gallery, the large tropical greenhouses but also alpine, green, botanical gardens, irises and perennial plants, a menagerie and a rose garden on 59.3 acres. Throughout the year, the various sites organise numerous exhibitions to discover all the wealth of fauna and flora. This green space is the favourite place of athletes who come to run here and for lovers who stroll here before joining the Seine banks. A place that will enthrall children, who can also enjoy a life-size labyrinth!

Open every day, in summer from 7:30am until 8pm, and in winter from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
Free entrance.

Jardin des Plantes © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Daniel Thierry

Le Jardin des Plantes (in French)
2, rue Buffon
75005 Paris
Metro : Gare d’Austerlitz (line 10).

Want to visit more Parisian parks and gardens? Discover those on the right bank!



The big cleaning of the canal Saint-Martin

For the first time since winter 2001-2002, the Canal Saint-Martin has been completely emptied to undergo a major cleaning! This drainage takes place from January 4th to April 4th 2016, for 3 months, from the place de la Bataille de Stalingrad to rue du Faubourg du Temple, where are respectively located the first and eighth lock. In 2015, works had already been done on the 9th lock.

© Sandy Pérolle

A huge construction site
In order to achieve these repairs, it had to entirely empty the canal of its water, but also many fishes, such as carps, perches or pikes. They were captured by a specialised company, which released them upstream or downstream of the site. The silt will be then removed. Indeed, over the years, mud and silt have accumulated naturally in the water. Cleaning up will help to prevent the risk of floods but also accidents. In the mud, the teams of the City of Paris also make surprising discoveries: bicycles, scooters, bottles of wine or beer, trolleys, wallets or strollers. These objects have been left there by Parisians and tourists, or just fell into the water accidentally. For the duration of the works, the river traffic is interrupted, and the docks are closed to walk by railings.

© Sandy Pérolle

The big plus: on these same grids, 4 free exhibitions about the Canal Saint-Martin, its history, its role in Parisian life and its cleaning will be offered for free during these three months. The public can also discover the fauna and flora of the canal, since there are more than 90 species living there (blue tits, ducks, freshwater mussels, grey herons, eels etc.). This is an opportunity to grant a walk as unusual as life-saving, in the heart of the capital!

More information about the cleaning of the Canal Saint-Martin (in French).

The parks and gardens of the right bank

In summer, it is nice to relax in a park to enjoy the sun, read, or watching people go by. Many Parisians like to find themselves for an aperitif and enjoy the warm summer nights. The right bank of Paris has some of the finest parks and gardens in Paris.

1/ The Buttes-Chaumont
In recent years, the Buttes Chaumont Park has become the hot spot ‘par excellence’, with its tavern Rosa Bonheur and view over Paris. Waterfall, cave, suspension bridge and lawns with free access make it an ideal place to unwind at the heart of the capital. For the record, the hill was originally a garbage dump that Napoleon III transformed into an idyllic park.

Open from 7am to 10pm in summer and from 7am to 8pm in winter.

The Buttes-Chaumont © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: David Lefranc

Le Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
1, rue Botzaris
75019 Paris
Metro: Buttes-Chaumont (line 7 bis).

2/ The Tuileries Garden
This French garden shaped by André Le Nôtre separates the Louvre from Place de la Concorde. We appreciate his long poetic alleys, two ponds near which it is good place to take a rest, or enjoy the magnificent statues by Rodin, Maillol and Giacometti. Many joggers jog by there every day. Every summer, the Tuileries Gardens hosts the Fête des Tuileries, ideal for families who want to eat cotton candy, take a tour of the big Ferris wheel, or try one of the many carousels or thrills.

Open from June 1 to August 31, 2015 from 7am to 11pm.

The Tuileries Garden © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: © Sarah Sergent

Le Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
75001 Paris
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12) or Tuileries (line 1).

3/ The Parc de Belleville
Located on the hill of Belleville in the 20th arrondissement, Parc de Belleville is known for its children’s play area particularly well designed, its outdoor theater and fountain cascade. For the record, the park has a long viticultural past and has a plan of vines of 250m2!

Open until 31 August 2015, from 8am to 9:30pm this week, and 9am to 9:30 pm on weekends.

The Parc de Belleville © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Verhille

Le Parc de Belleville (in French)
47, rue des Couronnes
75020 Paris
Metro: Couronnes (line 2), Pyrénées (line 11), or Belleville (lines 2 and 11).

4/ The Parc de la Villette
The Parc de la Villette is one of the most beloved of Parisian parks. Why is that so? It borders with the canal de l’Ourcq, and is surrounded by very good concert halls like the Zenith or the Trabendo. And as a bonus, there it always something going through the Grande Halle de la Villette, the Philharmonie de Paris, at the Cité des Sciences etc. In summer, the park hosts an outdoor cinema festival!

Open 24/24.

The Parc de la Villette © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: David Lefranc

Le Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

5/ Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is one of the most beautiful of all the Parisian parks. Built in the seventeenth century under the leadership of the Duke of Chartres, it features a majestic entrance with large grids with gold embellished wrought iron. Walking through it, you will discover a Renaissance arcade from the old town hall, beautiful statues, a large fountain. It is also the ideal spot to study many species of birds. As a bonus, the park is located near many museums in Paris and the Champs-Elysées.

Open from 7am to 10pm in summer and from 7am to 8pm in winter.

Parc Monceau © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Amélie Dupont

Le Parc Monceau
Boulevard de Courcelles
75008 Paris
Metro: Monceau (line 2).

6/ The Park de Bercy
The Park de Bercy is situated in a place of old wine warehouses. It has retained some traces from the past, track that used to transport the wine are still visible in the park. Located near the Gare de Lyon, this park is known for its biodiversity, especially for its small lake and island where ducks and nenuphars are splashing around. Bercy Park also has a beautiful rose garden. Located near Bercy Village, this green space can afford a moment of relaxation before or after a drink or a good restaurant in the neighborhood.

Open from 8am to 9:30pm (depending on season).

Parc de Bercy © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Jacques Lebar

Le Parc de Bercy
41, rue Paul Belmondo
75012 Paris
Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14) or Bercy (lines 6 and 14).


Parisian Museums’ most beautiful gardens

Paris is not all tar and asphalt. Nature lovers can enjoy many beautiful green spaces in the capital city of France. Museums are among the venues where visitors can take advantage of both culture and greenery, thanks to their fabulous gardens. Here is a selection of five museum gardens that you will surely enjoy.

1/ The garden at Musée du quai Branly
This beautiful green setting designed by Gilles Clément is simply delightful with its paths, stone paved lanes, little hills, ponds and cascades. The garden is roughly 18000 square meters, with more than 30 plant species and 169 trees, including oaks and maples in the north part, and magnolias and cherry trees in the south. For an even more dazzling experience, wait until nightfall, where the light displays conceived by Yann Kersalé shimmer all around.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm, and until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Free admission.

© musée du quai Branly, photo Nicolas Borel

Musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00
Metro station: Alma-Marceau (line 9) or Pont de l’Alma (RER C).

2/ The garden at Musée Rodin
This nature haven covers 3 hectares where sculptures by Auguste Rodin are on display. The artist himself had a few of his works set up there as early as 1908, in what was then a wild garden. Some of the most famous works there include Le Penseur (the Thinker), a bust of Balzac, the Gates of Hell, the Burghers of Calais, alongside other less famous pieces. Since its 1993 renovation, the museum offers 2 thematic walks: the Garden of Orpheus is a setting of vegetation and rocks where you can admire Orpheus imploring the gods, whereas the Garden of Springs features water all around.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5:45pm.
Open until 8:45pm on Wednesdays.
Full admission rate is 2€, and reduced admission rate is 1€.

© Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin
79, rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 18 61 10
Metro station: Varenne (line 13).

3/ The Botanic Garden (Jardin des Plantes)
Among all the gardens in Paris, the 400 year-old Jardin des Plantes certainly is among the most famous. In the vicinity of the Paris mosque, and near the banks of the Seine, this botanic garden encompasses over 23 hectares and houses the Museum of Natural History. The garden features hundreds of species found in the great greenhouses, in the vegetable garden, ecological garden, labyrinth and more.

Open daily from 7:30am to 8pm in the summer, and from 8am to 5:30pm in the winter.
Free admission except for the Great Greenhouses (6€), or the alpine Garden (2€).


Jardin des Plantes
57, rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 79 56 01
Metro station: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5, 10 and RER C).

4/ The Garden at Musée Bourdelle
Entirely dedicated to the works of Antoine Bourdelle, this art deco style museum features an outdoor exhibit of 58 of the artist’s bronze sculptures. Designed by Michel Duflet, the garden is an ideal setting for the works of art. The meticulously elaborated garden offers 7000 square meters of lawns and flowerbeds, tree curtains, miniature labyrinths and other amazing green settings that magnificently enhance the sculptures on display. Currently undergoing construction, the museum will reopen at the beginning of 2015.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Free admission.

© Musée Bourdelle

Musée Bourdelle
16-18, rue Antoine Bourdelle
75015 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0)1 49 54 73 73
Metro station: Falguière (line 12).

5/ The Garden at the romantic life Museum (Musée de la vie romantique)
Conceived as a beautiful end to the visit of the museum, the garden features a tearoom with wrought iron tables and chairs, for a delightful drink and pastry in an enchanting setting. If you are just looking to take a break in a natural environment, why not sit on one of the many benches and enjoy the shade and majesty of the centenarian trees?

© Musée de la vie romantique

Musée de la vie romantique
16, rue Chaptal
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 31 95 67
Metro station: Pigalle (line 12 or line 2).


5 barges to enjoy this summer

When summer arrives, the banks of the Seine are a favorite spot for Parisians, where they can sunbathe or go for a stroll with family and friends. It is also the ideal opportunity to enjoy refreshments onboard one of the many barges along the way. Here is our selection of the five barges that you won’t want to miss!

1/ The Rosa Bonheur on the Seine
The famous bar from Buttes-Chaumont welcomes you this summer in the shade of the Alexandre III bridge. Well-known for its festive and friendly atmosphere, the Rosa Bonheur invites customers to dance, enjoy refreshments, or bond around a foosball table. An ideal venue for outings among friends, the newly-anchored barge is already a hit.

Open daily from 11am to midnight.
Wine bottle starting at 19€.

Photo credits: Facebook Rosa Bonheur sur Seine

Le Rosa Bonheur sur Seine
Port des invalides
75007 Paris
Metro station: Invalides (lines 8 and 13).

2/ The Batofar
The Batofar is so well-known in the capital, it needs no introduction: restaurant, concert venue, club and patio, this barge has it all. With the many events that take place there all year long, the Batofar is a party barge where concerts, afterwork and clubbing take place, while the beach area and its lounge chairs are available for you to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Open Tuesdays from 12:30pm to midnight, Wednesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 6am, and Saturdays from 6pm to 6am.
House burger is 8,50€.

Photo credits: Facebook Le Batofar

Le Batofar
Port de la Gare
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 60 17 00
Metro station: Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand (line 14 and RER C).

3/ The Petit-Bain
If you are looking for a more unusual place, the Petit-Bain is the place. This small barge, very recognizable with its bright yellow paint, takes you through nature with bathtubs filled with water plants. You may also enjoy concerts at the barge, where you will hear lesser known musical styles such as Parisian psych folk, or Argentinian electro cumbia. For all music lovers!

Open Tuesday-Wednesday from 6pm to midnight, Thursday through Saturday from 4pm to 2am, and Sundays from 4pm to midnight.
Parties/Concerts from 8€ To 20€.

Photo credits: Le Petit Bain

Le Petit-Bain
7, port de la Gare
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 43 49 69 88
Metro station: Quai de la Gare (line 6).

4/ The Antipode
Perfect for a family outing, the Antipode features both a café and a concert venue. Between concerts, theater, and children shows, the Antipode will delight young and adult audiences alike. On the program this summer: concerts by the No’made quartet or Paté de fua, puppet shows, a coaching workshop and more. Come and enjoy these family friendly events on Canal de l’Ourcq. Due to the Paris Plage event, the barge is in Pantin until August 31st 2014.

Open Sunday – Thursday from midday to midnight, and Friday – Saturday from midday to 2am.
Platters of pork products, cheese or both: €9.
Until August 31st 2014: Mail Charles de Gaulle – 93500 Pantin – France – Metro: Eglise de Pantin (line 5).

Photo credits: L’Antipode

Face au 55, quai de la Seine
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 03 39 07
Metro stations: Riquet (line 7) or Jaurès (lines 2, 5 or 7).

5/ The Balle au Bond
Away from Parisian traffic, this barge has made its deck into a lovely garden with a view on the Louvre museum and the Pont des Arts. On the same page as these prestigious neighbors, the Balle au Bond favors culture: concerts, projections, art exhibits, litterary prizes and more take place on the barge.

Open Monday-Tuesday from noon to 4pm, Wednesday from noon to 2am, and Thursday-Saturday from noon to 5am.
Menu Formule Tonique: 9€.

Photo credits: Facebook La Balle au Fond

La Balle au Bond
3, quai Malaquais
75006 Paris
Tel.: + 33 (0)9 53 62 54 00
Metro station: Pont Neuf (line 7).


Outdoor movies in the capital city

This summer in Paris, enjoy watching a movie on the big screen while taking in the freshness of the evening! Forget the dark movie theaters for a time and take advantage instead of the beautiful weather, with an outdoor movie.  Find out more about the best places to be a summer cinephile below!

La Chaise et l’Ecran (the Chair and the Screen), from June 14 to August 30, 2013
For the 6th consecutive year, the Mairie of the 11th arrondissement in Paris offers a festival of classic films in the most beautiful Parisian quarters. At the Jardin de la Folie Titon (Paris 11th), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort offers a musical and colorful moment. Les Chansons d’Amour by Christophe Honoré is showing Place de la République, a captivating film, full of emotion.


© Ciné Tamaris

Cinéma au Clair de Lune (Cinema in the Moonlight), from August 1st to August 11th, 2013
All through August, famous places in Paris become movie theaters in the moonlight. From Woody Allen to Diane Kurys and Sacha Guitry, the producers of the 9 films showing this summer have one thing in common: they were all inspired by Paris – the Champs-Elysées Gardens, place des Vosges, Montmartre, les Invalides… What better way to enjoy these movies than in the very place that inspired them ?


© Mars Distribution

Films sous les Etoiles (Films under the Stars), June 27-29, 2013
Nature is the focal point of this festival. To celebrate the 400th birthday of André Le Nôtre the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud offers 3 days of movie projections in the very heart of the garden he designed.  On the last evening, four movies in a row end gloriously with the sunrise on the domain!

© DR

Festival du cinéma en plein air (outdoor cinema festival), from July 24 to August 28, 2013
Once again, this now mythical festival will take place at Parc de la Villette, on the prairie du triangle (triangle prairie). The program offers classics as well as lesser known films.  Choose to either sit on the grass or rent a lounge chair, and enjoy the vacation and beach-like feel of this festival!

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La Chaise et l’Ecran (the Chair and the Screen), from June 14 to August 30, 2013
Check the dates to know the location, EITHER Jardin de la Folie Titon (Metro station: Rue des Boulet, line 9) OR Place de la République (Metro station: République, line 9).
Free admission.

Cinéma au clair de Lune, from August 1st to 11th 2013, from 9:30pm.
In various places in Paris (Butte Montmartre, Jardin des Champs-Elysées, Place des Vosges, Place des Fêtes, Ménilmontant, Esplanade des Invalides, …).

Films sous les Etoiles (Films under the Stars), June 27-29, 2013 in Saint Cloud
Domaine de Saint Cloud
92210 Saint Cloud
Metro station: Boulogne – Pont de Saint-Cloud (line 10).
Picnics starting at 7:30pm / Films starting at 10pm.
Free admission.

Festival du cinéma en plein air (outdoor cinema festival), from July 24 to August 28, 2013
From Wednesday to nightfall on Sunday.
Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Metro station: Porte de la Villette (line 7).
Free admission.
Lounge chair rental: full rate €7, €20 for 5 lounge chairs, free for carte Villette holders.

Paris Jazz Festival: A jazzy summer at the Floral Park in Paris!

The Paris Jazz Festival is organized each year at the Parc Floral in Paris, for the greatest pleasure of both jazz fans and nature lovers. This year’s festival starts tomorrow with 31 concerts over 8 weekends on the program!

From Soul to Blues
Do you like blues, or are you a fan of soul? No worries, the festival presents all styles.  Artists from all these musical jazz trends will perform this summer, notably on the «Barge à Jazz» (Jazz Barge). The stage is set up on the water, facing a lawn where spectators sit to form a natural amphitheater.


From discovery to discovery
The Paris Jazz Festival is also a great opportunity to discover! This year, the organizers have programmed a focus on Latin Jazz. Former Buena Vista Social Club pianist Roberto Fonseca is one of the performers. Reserve your weekend and discover the jazz dance (jazzé dansé) Saturday June 13 and Sunday the 14th. This mix of dance, accordeon and funk R’n’B from New Orleans is all the rage.  Don’t wait!  Get dancing!

A Family affair
You should know that the Parc Floral de Paris (Paris Floral Park) houses numerous attractions designed especially for your children. Formost, and continuing for the entire festival is the «Jeux du monde» or games from around the world. This attraction is open for your children every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

19th annual Paris Jazz Festival, June 8 to July 28, 2013
Parc Floral de Paris
Esplanade Saint Louis in front of Château de Vincennes / Bois de Vincennes
Other entrance Avenue de la Pyramide
RER A station: Vincennes / Metro station: Château de Vincennes (line 1).


Rates and hours
The park is open from 9:30am to 8pm.
Full rate: 5,50€ / Reduced rate (7 to 25 years old): 2,75€ / Free under the age of 7.

Free animations and concerts
Grande scène: concert at 3:30pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Opening night: June 8 at 9pm / Closing night: July 28 at 9pm.
June 15, 2013, a special day entitled «Talents Jazz Adami»: 2 concerts at 3:30pm and 5:30pm – Grande scène.
Barge à jazz: June 22, 29 and 30, and July 6, 20 and 27 at 5:30pm.
Every Sunday from June 9 to July 21st at 1:30pm.