If you’re booked to stay in our classic French hotel this summer, then you’re in for a treat. The Hotel Astor, the Saint Honoré region and the entire city of Paris are just brimming with fun events, festivals, concerts and more all summer long. Want to learn more or start planning ahead? Check out this year’s upcoming events below.
Festival Saint Denis, May 27-June 27
This annual festival celebrates the beauty of classical music with four weeks of live concerts in and around Paris. The fest will feature performances of classics by Bach, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Mozart, Haydn and Schoenberg. Many events will take place at the gothic Basilica of Saint Denis. To learn more, visit www.festival-saint-denis.com.
Fête du Vélo, May 31-June 1
Join Parisians in a city-wide picnic and bike-riding adventure at the Fête du Vélo, also known as the Bicycle Festival. Simply head out of your classic French hotel, rent a Vélib’ bicycle from the Paris public bike share system, and head to the center of the city for a celebration. You’ve never seen anything like this before! For more information, visit www.feteduvelo.fr.
Paris Jazz Festival, June 8-July 27
For nearly two months, you can enjoy weekly free jazz concerts thanks to the annual Paris Jazz Festival. Concerts will take place at the Parc Floral de Paris, which can be accessed by the city’s public transportation system, on every Saturday and Sunday in June and July. Featured performers include the Colin Vallon Trio, the Paolo Fresu Quintet, Cody Chesnutt, Trio Viret, Snarky Puppy and more. To learn more, visit www.parisjazzfestival.fr.
Midsummer Fireworks, June 24
Ring in the summer weather with the city’s annual Midsummer Fireworks. The fireworks will be set off from the Ile Saint Louis, but can be seen throughout the city. Popular watching spots include the Quai Saint Bernard, along the Seine River and Sacre-Coeur. You can even sit on the terrace at our classic French hotel and watch!
Fête de la Musique, June 21
Also called World Music Day, the Fête de la Musique celebrates music of all kinds. Taking place on the longest day of the year, visitors can take in live concerts throughout the city from dawn until dusk. The Fête de la Musique was launched by the French Ministry in 1982 and has taken place annually ever since. To learn more, visit www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr.
Fête du Cinéma, June 29-July 2
Love movies? Then you’ll love Paris’ annual Film Festival. See authentic French and international films at a reduced price all day long throughout the city. To learn more, visit www.feteducinema.com
Superheroes: The Art of Alex Ross, through June 15
If you’re into comic books, then you absolutely must stop by the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture. On exhibit through June 15th is one-of-a-kind work by Alex Ross, famous illustrator for comics like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman. The exhibit is on display Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The American Center is located at 34 Avenue de New York. For more information, visit www.monabismark.org.
Paris 14/18, la Guerre au Quotidien, through June 15
Consider yourself a history buff? Then this is the event for you. Hosted at the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville, this awe-inspiring exhibit features never-before-seen photos and images of Paris and its citizens during World War I. The exhibit is free and is open for viewing Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.paris-bibliotheques.org/expositions/paris-1418-guerre-au-quotidien.
We Love Green Festival, May 31-June 1
This popular music festival is back after a two year hiatus. The 2014 fest will include performances by Lorde, Cat Power, Little Dragon and London Grammar and more. The event will feature a children’s area, activities and food and drink from feature restaurants. The festival will take place at the Parc de Bagatelle, and tickets are available at www.welovegreen.fr.
Pixar in Concert, June 22, July 11 & 12
If you love Pixar movies, then you’re in for a special treat this summer. Head out of our classic French hotel and over to the Palais des Congrès, where you’ll see the Sinfonia Pop Orchestra perform all your favorite Pixar movie music. The concert will feature songs from Toy Story, Ratatouille and more. To get additional details or to buy tickets, visit www.pixar.com/about/pixar-in-conert.
Spring Rummage Sale, May 22-25
Can’t pass up a good deal? Then head to the spring rummage sale at Eglise St-Nicolas-des-Champs. There, you’ll find apparel, books, DVDs, shoes, home items and even a bar. The event is free to browse.
Foire du Trône, through June 9
Enjoy an open-air fair and carnival at the Pelouse de Reuilly every day from noon to midnight. The event features rides, food and other fun activities, and there’s even a fireworks show on occasion. To learn more, visit www.foiredutrone.com
Fête de Montmartre, through Sept. 7
Another great outdoor festival and fair is the Fête de Montmartre. Located at the Renoir Gardens at the Musée Montmartre, this event features performances by period actors, including short scenes, live music and more. There will also be cancan dancers, fortune tellers, musicians and other performers on site. For more information or to get tickets, visit www.visites-spectacles.com.
Will you be staying at the Hotel Astor Saint Honoré this summer? If you choose our classic French hotel for your accommodations, all of these attractions and more are just a quick jaunt from your door. Be sure to pencil some of these can’t-miss events on your calendar. Each one offers a unique, fun experience you can’t find anywhere else in the world, so seize the day!
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