Though you'd be right in thinking that most Parisians get the hell out of town in summer, that doesn't dampen the local enthusiasm for as much al fresco music, drinking and dancing as possible. Festivals flourish in parks and warehouses, while enterprising clubbing collectives are creating an international stir – so grab your best festival gear and move to the rhythms of Paris in summer.
Paris’s nightlife scene is now ruled by independent 'collectives' – gangs of creative and enterprising young people determined to make their mark – each with its own vision, personality and musical agenda...Read more
The city’s premier annual rock festival, Rock en Seine has been held in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud every last weekend in August since 2003. For the best experience, buy a three-day pass and camp in the historic park grounds, which include Marie Antoinette’s rose garden...Read more
The Paris Jazz Festival is one of the favourite summer destinations for overheated Parisians. From mid-June until the end of July, two jazz groups play every Saturday and Sunday in the big open hall of the Parc Floral de Vincennes. The free festival (you only pay entry to the park) makes for a brilliant summer outing...Read more
This techno, house and electro festival manages to cram an absolutely stonking line-up of more than 30 international DJs into its two days. Break out your shutter shades, your crowns of flowers and your rolling baccy – it's time to party in the Parc Floral...Read more
The creative energy of the clubbing collectives ruling Paris’s nightlife scene has to be seen to be believed; it's fast becoming a European alternative clubbing capital in its own right. And LGBTQ+ voices are particularly strong here, proving that gay life in Paris is about much more than just the Marais...Read more
The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world...Read more