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Paris Events August 2011: What’s On, Where & When


Château de Versailles Grand Fountain Shows [1]

The Versailles Fountains

Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th

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

Le XIIIe Siècle au Goût du Jour, through October 9th in the Grand Trianon

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.

Paris Homeless World Cup [2]

21-28 This football tournament sees all proceeds go to benefiting the homeless. The site is the Champ de Mars where you will see over 400 athletes from almost 50 different countries

Rock en Seine [3]

26-28 A massive music festival held in Saint Cloud and loaded with music superstars ranging from the Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance to the Arctic Monkeys – not to be missed if you are a live music fan!

Fête de Ganesh 2011 [4]

28 Hosted in the 18th arrondissement on Barbes Avenue, free parade & festival honors the Indian community in Paris

Pianissimo & American Jazz Festival [5]

Jazz festival held at the famous jazz club, Sunset-Sunside, features the big guns on today’s jazz scene

Festival Itinérant des Arènes de Montmartre [6]

21 through 5 September For the 11th year in a row this travelling theatre festival comes to Paris to delight the crowds. Headlined by Mystère Buffa.

Festival Silhouette [7]

27 – 4 September This marks the 10th year for this late-summer open-air cinema festival showcasing international and French films.

Cinéma au Claire de Lune [8]

3-21 An open-air cinema experience for your consideration

Paris Quartier d’Été [9]

Through August 9th A festival of performance throughout all of Paris

Paris Plages [10]

Through August 22nd

Paris creates three sandy beaches on the Seine quais. Full entertainment schedule.

Open-Air Cinema at La Villette [11]

Through August 21st Take a ride to the north of Paris, bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the best in cinema

High Tea & Fashion Show at Le Bristol (Thés à la Mode) [12]

6 A gourmet afternoon of tea combined with luxurious fashion to pass an afternoon in Paris

Grand Crus Tea Tasting [13]

Monthly tea tastings in English, the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30-8:30pm, 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.  Reservations (required 24 hrs in advance) sent to [email protected] [14] or call 01 53 30 05 24 for more information.


Branly Museum on Quai Branly — Musée du Quai Branly [15]

Maya, through October 2nd

Upcoming Exhibition: Photoquai 2011 opens September 13th

Bourdelle Museum — Musée Bourdelle [16]

Hosting the Madame Grés exhibit , extended until Aug. 24

Cartier Foundation Gallery — Fondation Cartier [17]

Les Trésors du Vaudou, through September 25th

Children’s Interactive Art Museum – Musée en Herbe [18]

Keith Haring Hieroglyphs through Dec. 31

Cinema Museum — Cinémathèque [19]

Blake Edwards films start Aug. 24

City of Science & Industry Museum & Children’s Museum — Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie [20]

Tous Connectés, through December 31th

Santé et Jeux, through October 2nd

Océan, Climat et Nous, through June 30th 2012

Costume & Theater Set Design Museum — Centre National du Costume de Scène [21]

L’Art du Costume à la Comédie-Française, through December 31st

Decorative Arts Museum — Musée des Arts Décoratifs [22]

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

European House of Photography — La Maison Européenne de la Photographie  (AKA “MEP”) [23]

L’Ombre de la Guerre, through September 11th

Jane Evelyn Atwood “Photographies 1976-2010”, through September 11th

Génération de l’Air, through September 11th

Xavier Fortou “Portrait Brézilien”, through September 11th

Xavier Lamours “XL”, through September 11th

Giverny Impressionism Museum  (near Monet’s gardens) — Giverny Impressionists Museum [24]

The Clark’s Collection, from Manet to Renoir, through October 31st

Grand Palace Museum, Palace of Discovery — Grand Palais  / Palais de la Découverte [25]

Survivors of the Extreme, through August 28th

Yuri Gagarin à Revolution (first manned space flight), through August 28th

Vous Avez Dit Chimie?, through October 30th

Holocaust Memorial Museum — Mémorial de la Shoah [26]

Juger Eichmann – Jerusalem 1961, through September 28th

Jacquemart-André Museum — Musée Jacquemart André [27]

Upcoming Exhibition: Fra Angelico et les Maîtres de la Lumière, opens September 23rd through January 16th 2012

Jewish Art & History Museum — Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme [28]

La Collection Contemporaine du MAHJ, opens July 3rd through September 11th

Legion of Honor Museum — Musée National de la Légion d’Honneur [29]

No current exhibtion

Louvre Museum  — Musée du Louvre [30]

Contemporary Art: Mimo Jodice – The Louvres Eyes, through August 15th

Contemporary Art: Michal Rovner, through September 5th

The Art of Paper, through September 5th

Medieval and Renaissance Illuminations, opens July 7th through October 3rd

From Fininguerra to Botticelli, The Early Italian Workshop of the Renaissance, opens July 7th through October 3rd

Luxembourg Garden Museum — Musée du Luxembourg [31]

Upcoming exhibition: Cezanne et Paris, opening October 12th

Maillol Museum; Dina Vierny Foundation — Musée Maillol [32]

No current exhibition

Maritime Museum at Palais de Tokyo — Musée Nationale de la Marine [33]

Sciences Bleues, Couleurs Outre-mer, through September 12th

Modern Art Museum of Paris — Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris [34]

Marc Desgrandchamps, through September 4th

Cécile Paris Rythme, through September 11th

Baselitz Sculpteur, opens September 30th through January 29th

Mona Bismark Foundation  & American Cultural Center/Gallery [35]

No current exhibition

Montparnasse Museum — Le Musée du Montparnasse [36]

Pierre Seghers. Poésie, la Vie Entière, through October 7th

Natural History Museum — Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle [37]

Parcours à la Ménagerie, through December 31st

Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through December 31st

Kayapó, through October 31st

Portraits de Grands Signes, through July 31st

Orsay Museum — Musée d’Orsay [38]

Upcoming exhibition: Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde, opens September 13th

Paris City Hall Gallery — Hôtel de Ville [39]

No current exhibition

Petit Palais Fine Arts Museum of Paris —  Petit Palais — Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris [40]

Charlotte Perriand 1903-1999, through September 18th

Cranache et Dürer Graveurs: rivalité et émulation, opens July 19th through November 13th

Pinacothèque Art Museum of Paris — Pinacothèque [41]

Le Voyage Imaginaire de Hugo Pratt, through August 21st

Pompidou Modern Art Museum — Centre Georges Pompidou [42]

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

Des Années 1960 à Nos Jours, through February 13th 2012

Red House Foundation (Albert de Galbert Foundation) — La Maison Rouge [43]

My Winnipeg, through September 25th

Romantic-Writers Museum — Musée de la Vie Romantique [44]

La Nouvelle Athènes, permanent exhibition

Skilled Arts & Crafts Museum — Les Arts et Métiers

History of the Paris Métro, through January 1st 2012

Versailles Palace — Château de Versailles [46]

Venet à Versailles, through November 1st

Le XVIIIe au Goût du Jour, opens July 8th through October 9th

Zadkine (sculpture) Museum & Garden — Musée Zadkine [47]

Frédérique Lucien – Introspectives, through September 4th

Closed Sept. 5-Dec. 2011 for maintenance



Bercy [48]

No concerts until October

Châtelet Theater Grand Foyer Concerts — Grand Foyer du Châtelet [49]

No concerts until September

Cigale Theater — La Cigale [50]

No concerts until September

Olympia Concert Hall — L’Olympia [51]

No concerts until September

Le Palais des Congrès de Paris [52]

No concerts until September

Palais des Sports [53]

Upcoming event: Dracula, opens September 30th

Salle Pleyel (Classical, Jazz & World Music) [54]

No concerts until September

Stade de France [55]

No concerts until October

Zenith Concert Hall — Le Zénith [56]

Aug 31   The Offspring


Jazz Concert & Jazz Clubs

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

Sunside/Sunset [57]

Le Caveau de la Huchette [58]

Le Duc des Lombards [59]

Le Caveau des Oubliettes [60]

Le Baiser Salé [61]

New Morning [62]

Swan Bar [63]


Shakespeare and Company [64]

No events scheduled in August

American Library in Paris [65]

No events scheduled in August

Village Voice Bookshop [66]

No events scheduled in August

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore [67]

No events scheduled in August


Opéra Garnier [68] [Palais Garnier]

No performances in August

Opéra Bastille [68]

No performances in August

Royal Opera House of Versailles [69]

No performances in August

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