June 2011 Paris Events Calendar

June 2011 Paris Events Calendar

Fête de la Musique 2011 posterJune Highlights

7 Author David Downie and photographer Alison Harris celebrate the new edition of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light at Village Voice Bookshop

11  Author Cara Black signs copies of Murder in Passy at The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

11 Alicia Keys in concert at Le Palais des Congrès de Paris

13, 14 Shakira in concert at Bercy

15   Melanie Laurent in concert at La Cigale

15-17 Johnny Hallyday in concert at  Stade de France

20-26 Paris Air Show over 2,000 exhibitors, the largest international aerospace trade show

21 Fête de la Musique Paris holds a city-wide party on the longest day of the year.

22 June through July 26th Soldes d’Eté, the famous summer sales begin in France!

22, 24, 25  Black Eyed Peas in concert at Stade de France

26 Janet Jackson in concert at L’Olympia

27 book release meet-and-greet, share a glass of wine with Thirza Vallois, author of Around & About Paris

29 George Benson in concert at L’Olympia


Eiffel Tower Museum

The Eiffel Tower, a story in pictures & historic blueprints, now through Sept. 4.

The Louvre

Egypt in Stone, Egypt in Paper, through June 2nd

Tony Cragg, Figure Out/Figure In, through June 4th

Pietro da Cortona and Ciro Ferri, through June 6th

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, through July 18th

Claude Lorrain, The Draftsman Studying Nature, through July 18th

Musée d’Orsay

Manet: The Man who Invented Modern Art, through July 3rd

Grand PalaisGrand Palais

Nature et Idéal:  Le Paysage à Rome, through June 6th

Aimé Césaire, Lam, Picasso, through June 6th

Odilon Redon, through June 20th

Monumenta: Anish Kapoor, through June 23rd

Palais de la Découverte

Les Survivants de l’Extrème, through August 28th

Youri Gagarine, Une Révolution, through August 28th

Hôtel de Ville

Paris: Au Temps des Impressionnistes, through July 30thMadame Gres at Musée Bourdelle

Musée Bourdelle

Madame Grés, through July 24th

Musée du Luxembourg

Upcoming exhibition: Cézanne et Paris, opening October 12th

Musée de l’Armée

Armour of the Princes of Europe, through June 25th

Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Jean-Louis Forain 1852 – 1931, La Comédie Parisienne, through June 5th

Les Scènes de Genre du Siècle d’Or Hollandais, through July 17th

Charlotte Perriand 1903-1999, through September 18th

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Chagall et la Bible, through June 5th

Upcoming: La Collection Contemporaine du MAHJ.  July 3rd – September 11th

Mémorial de la Shoah

Juger Eichmann – Jerusalem 1961, through September 28th

Château de Versailles

Thrones in Majesty, through June 19th

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Romantic French Gardens, through July 17th

Musée du Quai BranlyMusée du quai branly ©Nicolas Borel

Dogon, through July 4th

Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th

Centre Georges Pompidou

Fashion Factory, through June 11th

Francois Morellet, through July 4th

Cinéastes de Notre Temps, through July 9th

Paris – Delhi – Bombay, opens May 25th – September 19th

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Art of the Automobile, The Private Collection of Ralph Lauren, through August 28th

Verre à Venise – 3 Artists, 3 Visions, through September 4th

Animal, through December 11th

Musée Jacquemart-André

Dans l’Intimité des Frères Caillebotte, through July 11th

La Maison Rouge

Upcoming Exhibition: My Winnipeg.  June 23rd – September 25th

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie

L’Objet Photographique, through June 19th

Patrick Tosani, through June 19th

Musée Maillol Vaudou at Fondation Cartier

Miró Sculpteur, through July 31st

Mona Bismark Foundation

Gustave Corbet and the Love of Nature, through June 4th

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Dans l’Ombre des Dinosaures, through June 13th

Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st

Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through December 31st

Kayapó, through October 31st

Portraits de Grands Singes, through July 31st

Fondation Cartier

Vaudou, through September 25th

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Van Dongen, through July 17th

Marc Desgrandchamps, through September 4th

Musée National de la Légion d’Honneur

Pinacothèque l'Art du costume a la comedie francaise

Le Voyage Imaginaire de Hugo Pratt, through August 21st


Stanley Kubrick Retrospective, through July 11th

Musée National de la Marine

Paquebot France, through October 23rd

Centre National du Costume de Scène

l’Art du Costume à la Comédie-Française. June 11th through December 31st

Musée Zadkine

Frédérique Lucien – Introspectives, through September 4th

Atelier 7

Charwei Tsai, through June 24th

Giverny Impressionists Museum

Bonnard en Normandie, through July 3rd

Nice Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain

Assan Smati, Vincent Ganivet et Sarah Sze, through June 5th

Rochefort Hôtel Hèbre de Saint-Clément

Dennis Nona.  June 3rd through Septmeber 30th


Bercy Shakira poster

6, 8   System of a Down

13, 14   Shakira

18   Tiken Jah Faokly

27, 28   Iron Maiden

30 and July 1st Roger Waters – The Wall Live

Stade de France

15-17   Johnny Hallyday

22, 24, 25   Black Eyed Peas

Palais des Sports

14   Jamel Debbouze

26   Ringo Starr

27   Calogero Concert Symphonique

Le Palais des Congrès de Paris

4   Homey & Mastan

11    Alicia Keys

26   Shlomi Shabat

Le Zénith

1   Yannick Noah  

17, 18   Le Grand Méchant Zouk

20   Judas Priest

25   Generation Moonwalk II

27   Toto

Salle Pleyel

3   Marcel Khalifé, Director

7   Rafal Blechacz on piano

8, 9   Orchestre de Paris, Esa-Pekka Salonen, direction – David Fray, piano

15, 16   Orchestre de Paris, Kazuki Yamada, direction – Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

17   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung, direction – Sunwook Kim, piano

18   London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, direction – Murray Perahia, piano

23   Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi, direction

24   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung, direction – Leonidas Kavakos, violin

25   Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Marc Albrecht, direction

29, 30   Ochestre de Paris, Gianandrea Noseda, direction – Viktoria Mullova, violin, Elena Zhidkova, mezza-soprano


1   Lillywood & The Prick

3, 4   Veronic Dicaire

5, 6   Katie Melua

7   Le Pont Virgule Fait l’Olympia

8   Louis Bertignac

9   Haris Alexiou

10   Fatals Picards

13   Bryan Ferry

14   Colonel Reyel

15   30 Seconds to Mars

18, 19   Festival Radio Classique

20   Laurent Baffie

23   Anne Roumanoff

26   Janet Jackson

29   George Benson

30   Paul Personne

La Cigale

5   Le One Man Show de Paty

6   Chilly Gonzales

7   The Kooks

9   Shaka Ponk

11   Contre Temps

13   Le Classique à la Cigale

15   Melanie Laurent

17   l’Ame des Clones

22   Primus

23   Lykke Li

28   La Rumeur

8   Soirée Lyrique et Piano: Johan Schmidt and Ana-Camelia Stefanescu

9   Soirée Piano: Edda Erlendsdóttir and Lisa Yui

Jazz Concert & Jazz ClubsThe Jazz Age has never really passed in Paris.  So for the best venues around, you can check out the clubs listed below.

Grand Foyer du Chatelet

7   Soirée Classique, Piano and Voice: Johan Schmidt, Mihcel Lysight and Joseph Grau


Le Caveau de la Huchette

Le Duc des Lombards

Le Caveau des Oubliettes

Le Baiser Salé


New Morning

Swan Bar


Thirza Vallois booksigning at Hotel le Perle

27 join Thirza Vallois for a glass of wine at her booksigning for the rerelease of Around & About Paris

Ancien Book Fair

1 If you are a lover of rare and old books this is a must for you.  Held at Place St. Sulpice

Shakespeare and Company

6 Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, reads from his latest book, Hell

9 Beverley Matherne reads poetry under the tree in front of Shakespeare and Company

10 Cecilia Woloch and students will be readin poetry in house

16 Priya Basil

25 Robert Silvers, Editor of the New York Times Review of Books, is special guest

27 In conjunction with NYU, Helen Schulman, Meghan O’Rourke and Darin Strauss (National Book Award winner for Half a Life) are special in-house guest speakers

29 In conjunction with NYU, Granta panel with John Freeman, Aleksandar Hemon, Nathan Englander and Chris Adrian

American Library in Paris

8 Evenings with an Author: Dinaw Mengestu

29 Evenings with an Author: Caroline de Margerie

Murder in Passy by Cara Black

Village Voice Bookshop

7 David Downie and photographer Alison Harris celebrate the new edition of Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

9 Tishani Doshi reads from her latest novel, The Pleasure Seekers

16 Terrance Gelenter reads from his memoir, From Bagels to Brioches: Paris par Hasard

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore

11 Cara Black will be signing copies of her book, Murder in Passy


ASSORTED PARIS EVENTS (Festivals, Spectacles & More)

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The Versailles Fountains

Saturday and Sundays through October 30th Fountains are also on Tuesdays through June 28th.  11am – 12pm and 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes

Saturdays from June 18th through September 3rd A wonderful evening at the Château de Versailles including everything from serenades in the Hall of Mirrors to the gardens and fountains being illuminated to fireworks at the end of the evening.

24 Venise Vivaldi Versailles    Listen to the Vivaldi masterpiece, Four Seasons, as you enjoy a water festival and fireworks display that spans the Grand Canal.

Villette Sonique

1 A music festival reserved uniquely for up-and-coming independent labels and bands.  The music starts at Parc de la Villette.

Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain

1-5 Over 500 exhibitors will be represented in this unique market held at Place de la Bastille

International Festival of Piano

1-5 Hear some of the finest piano playing in the world here.  This festival opens many doors for amateur piano players.

Rendez-vous aux Jardins

3, 4 and 5th The 9th year running, over the course of three days thousands of gardens, both public and private, will be opened to the public to visit and learn about.

Bièvres International Photo Fair

4, 5 This is an enormous event bringing together amateur and professional photographers for a weekend exhibition in Bièvres, France.

The French Open or Roland-Garros TennisRoland-Garros 2011 poster

Through June 5th See the masters of the court battle it out to take home the prestigious winner’s cup from Roland Garros.

Foire du Trône

Through June 5th – Europe’s largest fun fair can be found at Pelouse de Reuilly (metro: Liberté). This fun fair has roots back to the 12th century.

Festival Saint Denis

7 through July 5th Venues across St. Denis will host this annual music festival that offers a broad range of music.

Antiques Brocante

9 A one-day event with over 100 exhibitors setting up shop at Place St. Sulpice

Paris Jazz Festival

11 through July 31st Held in the Parc Floral de Paris, this is a fantastic festival that will spotlight some of the best jazz in Paris, as well as the world.

Designer’s Days

14-20 Architects and designers will be presenting and displaying their finest works at various locations throughout Paris.

Dîner en Blanc

16 This not so much a heads-up to attend, rather an explanation should you come across it.  Every year there is a ‘secret’ address given to Parisians where up to 14,000 (last year’s official number) people will gather, all dressed in white, to dine into the evening.  The location is never publicised and only those in the know get advance notice.  However, this is a terrific spectacle to happen upon wandering through Paris. Paris Air Show

Street Art Fair

20-22 The best street artists young and old will have their original works on display at Place St. Sulpice

Paris Air Show

20-26 There are over 2,000 exhibitors making this is the largest international trade show for the aerospace industry.  Come one, come all – there is something for everyone!

Fête de la Musique

21 Paris turns into a city-wide party on the longest day of the year.  If you are in town an afternoon disco nap is most certainly in order.  Plan to be up until the sun rises wandering through the City of Light celebrating life and listening to great music!

Soldes d’Eté

22 June through July 26th The famous summer sales begin in France!

Fashion Week in Paris

23-26 Men’s fashion spring/summer 2012

Grande Marché d’Art Contemporain

23-26 Held at Place St. Sulpice, this is a lovely market offering the latest in contemporary art.

Festival Latino-Andalou Music of the World

17-24 This is the 6th year running for this festival celebrating music of the world.

Nuit des Muses, Vaux le Vicomte

25 Open to all, this is one special evening to take part with your friends if you are in Paris.  Dress according to the theme, Fire, and bring all your finery for a beautiful setting in the gardens.  Table and chairs are provided; however, you bring the rest.  A jury awards the best table decoration.

Marché des Fiertés (Gay Pride)

25 The Gay Pride parade kicks off at Place du 18 juin 1940 at 2:00pm and works its way to Place de la Bastille

Nuit de la Photo

27 Cyrille Deflandre is the mastermind behind bringing photographers together for one night to showcase their visual lyrics.

Grand Crus Tea Tasting

Monthly Tea-Tastings in English, the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:30 PM, and the last Thursday morning of every month from 10am-12 noon.  20€/person.

Grands crus commented, with information about impact of tea utensils, type of cup & teapot for tea type, information about taste, health benefits & tea components.  Inscriptions (required 24 hrs in advance) sent to [email protected] or call 01 53 30 05 24 for more information.


Opéra Garnier [Palais Garnier]

Così Fan Tutte, Choreographer, Conductor Philippe Jordan.  June 16th – July 16th

A rare Mozart opera performance at the Opéra Garnier.  Così Fan Tutte is an opera buffa in two acts.

Rain, Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, through  June 7th

Proving she is one of contemporary modern dance’s most important voices, Belgian Mme De Keersmaeker brings her work to the Paris stage.

Les Enfants du Paradis, Choreographer José Martinez . June 29th – July 15th

A ballet in two acts, this ballet revels in bringing to life the days of long-gone Paris.

Opéra Bastille Opera Bastille  ©Jean-Louis Zimmermann

Götterdämmerung, Conductor Philippe Jordan. June 3rd –June 30th

The final stage of the Ring, Richard Wagner’s opera masterpiece.

Ottelo, Conductor Marco Armiliato. June 14th – July 16th

A dramatic opera in four acts based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

L’Anatomie de la Sensation pour Francis Bacon, Choreographer Wayne McGregor. June 29th – July 15th

A ballet exploring the potential of the human body invoked by the images and paintings by Francis Bacon.

Le Nozze de Figaro, Conductor Philippe Jordan (A) and Dan Ettinger (B), through June 11th 2011

The Marriage of Figaro is now heading into its seventh month of sold out performances at the Opear Bastille.  A true Mozart masterpiece!r

Royal Opera House of Versailles

Teuzzone by Vivaldi, Conductor Jordi Savall, June 24th and 26th

Ritrovato by  Vivaldi, Conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, June 27th and 29th

Chatelet Theatre

Il Postino, Conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce, through June 30th. Adapted from the film, Il Postino, by Daniel Catán this is a fantastic Spanish-language opera.

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