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Fête de la Musique is a lively street music festival held every June 21st in Paris, and is one of the year's most popular events in the city of light. Hundreds of musicians (both amateur or professional) gather in the streets, bars, and cafes of Paris, giving free performances of everything from jazz and rock to hip-hop and electronic music. To get a taste of authentic Paris culture, don't miss the Fête de la Musique on a June trip to Paris. The mood is light and the opportunity to get to know the city's neighborhoods, bars and cafes like a local is rarely better than during this convivial event.

The Fête de la Musique generally starts at sundown. To find out what performances are scheduled around your hotel or in a specific Paris arrondissement for the 2011 event, check the official website here.

How To Get the Most Out of the Fête de la Musique:
Everyone has their own strategy: Some prefer to sift through the program and elect a few carefully selected concerts; others like to wander the streets and stumble on great (or mediocre) concerts. Personally, we prefer the second approach. Discovered the Fête de la Musique, strolling aimlessly from the Beaubourg Neighborhood, up to Republique and Belleville in East Paris and get a taste of everything from thrash metal to Yiddish folk music. By letting yourself happen upon performances, you'll get to dabble in different styles and most likely get more out of the event.
1. Outdoor Movies - Cinéma en plein air
Every summer, Parisians traipse to the ultramodern Parc de la Villette in northern Paris with blankets and folding chairs to take advantage of celluloid in the breeze. The open-air cinema is generally free and hosts at least one show each evening for around a month in July and August, with a program chock full of both classics and recent hits. Many films in English too.

1. Festival d'Automne a Paris! - Paris Autumn Festival
Theater.  Music.  Dance.  Visual arts.  Film

The illumination of the Christmas Lights on the Champs Elysees.

Start of the Christmas Markets throughout Paris.

3. Festival d'Automne a Paris - The Autumn Festival
 Since 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival or "Festival de l'Automne" has brought in the post-summer season with a bang by highlighting some of the most compelling works in contemporary visual art, music, cinema, theater, and other forms. Consult the official website for program details

La Défense - With 350 stands, the largest and most festive Christmas markets (fave) in the surreal setting of high-rise buildings. Open: November 23rd - December 27th, 2011. Metro: La Defense
2. Christmas Market and Ice Rink at Trocadero -  Over 120 stands peddling Christmas goods, an ice-skating rink and "snow villages". This one's ideal for the kids. Open: Daily December 8th - January 2nd, 2012. Metro: Trocadero
 Christmas Market and Santa's Village at Saint-Sulpice - Open daily December 1st - December 24th, 2011. Location: Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris 6th arrondissement Metro: Saint-Sulpice
Place des Abbesses - nestled in the heart of the quaint Montmartre neighborhood, open daily in December. Location: Place des Abbesses, 18th arrondissement

1. La Tour Eiffel
2. Curiosite et Magic! Click here
3. Centre Pomidou Museum! (Modern Art) Click here
Salvador Dali Museum (Montmartre) Click here
All 3 ice rinks - Hotel de Ville, Montparnasse, Bibliotheque Francois Mitterand. click here
The Grand Roue Ferris Wheel.
Parisian Cemetaries - Pere Lachaise, Montparnasse, Montmartre. Click here
Many shops on the Champs Elysees
Many shops and cafes around Rue des Rosiers in the Marais should be open as usual on Christmas Day.
 Movie Theatres - find the English-Language ('VO') films without French dubbing ('VF') along the Champs Elysees and the Forum Les Halles and all of the MK2 cinemas.

TIP: Get a copy of Pariscope at any newsstand - for a Whats On guide to Paris. On sale every Wednesday!

Moulin Rouge. Click here
2. Opera de Paris. Click here for sessions
3. Lapin Agile. click here

Well known Brasseries (such as those run by Brasseries Flo and Freres Blanc) and restaurants remain open for Christmas Day. Such as La Coupole, Julien, Le Vaudeville, Bofinger, Le Boeuf sur le Toit.
Refer to this great new blog we have just discovered for a complete list of open retsaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! PARIS BY MOUTH! 

Many of our B&B hosts offer guided tours (by car) of the spectacular christmas light show 'Paris by Night'!
Enquire for booking details:
Christmas Decor at Notre Dame Cathedral
Bercy Village Christmas lights (12th arrondissement)
Champs Elysees Christmas Lights and decor (8th arrondissement)
Avenue Montaigne lights (8th arrondissement)
Place Vendome (1st arrondissement)
Disneyland Paris - a great way to spend Christmas with the kids!

If a more traditional Christmas appeals, the archbishop of Paris will officiate at the midnight mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. There is a 6pm mass for the kids too! TIP: Arrive Early! Metro: Notre Dame de Lorette
Other midnight mass locations:
Sacre Coeur Basilica Midnight Mass and mass at 7pm! Address: Parvis du Sacré Coeur, Paris 18th. Metro: Anvers

Midnight Mass at Eglise de la Madaleine and Nativity - doors open 9.30  Address: 1, place de la Madeleine, Paris 8th Metro: Madeleine/RER: Auber
Where:         Parc de la Vilette
When:         19 July to 21 August
Open:           Tues - Sun after dark
Movies:        click here to see the schedule on the Parc de la Villette website. 
Location:     Main entrance at the Cité de Sciences et de L'Industrie, 30 rue Corentin-Cariou, 19th arrondissement.
Metro:         Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin (Line 5 or 7)
2. Paris Plage
Thanks to truckloads of sand the Right Bank of the Seine is transformed each summer into a sandy beach, complete with palm trees and big beach umbrellas. The temporary beach is called Paris Plage and has been runnng since 2002 with over 4 million visitors throughout the month. Opening in late July until late August you’ll find people enjoying beach activities like water sports and beach volleyball as well as free concerts. It's against the rules to dive into the Seine so there are usually temporary pools brought in for swimming. And it's FREE!
1. Nuit Blanche
As if the city of lights and love couldn't get brighter or more romantic...'Nuit Blanche' (White Night) -is the spectacular annual light show is on the 1st October 2011. Marvel at the spectacular light installations at various locations throughout the entire city while museums, galleries halls throwing open their doors all night. Its a celebration of art and culture! ... There couldn't not be a more perfect evening to amble through the rues of Paris if you're lucky enough to be there.

When: October 1st.
Where: Hundreds of locations around Paris. Visit this page at the official site to browse a map of events in Paris (French only)
3. La Fetes de Vendanges de Montmartre
The annual symbolic Montmartre Wine Harvest! Initiated in 1934, when the regions inportance as a wine-maker had dwindled but the desire to maintain the traditional harvest remained. Each year in the heights of the hilly Montmartre neighbourhood, where you can still see a small vineyard producing a modest 1,500 botles of Pinot Noir and Gamay - Montmartre was formerly covered in vineyards. A not to be missed event if you are in Paris in October. There is a lively program of dance, foods, music and performances.

When: Early October. Check the website for annual dates. Locations: all around the 18th arrondissement
Metro: You can get off at Metro stations Jules Joffrin, Lamarck Caulaincourt, Pigalle or Abbesses (line 12), as well as Blanche and Anvers (line 2)
2. Chocolate Festival - Salon du Chocolat
This is the biggest chocolate Festival in the World!  
When: Usually towards the end of October
Where: Various locations around Paris. 
Visit: for annual dates and more information
Les Nuits des Musées (Paris Museum Night) falls every year in mid-May. Nearly 200 participating museums, galleries and monuments like the Archaeological Crypt at Notre Dame Cathedral waive their entry fees for a night and stay open until around 1 am. If you're a museum and gallery aficionado, make sure to reserve some time during a May visit to Paris for this edifying event.

There is something unique about a museum at night, and only one night to experience it. The City of Paris’ contribution to this France-wide event includes the Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée Bourdelle, Victor Hugo’s house, the glass-roofed Petit Palais, Musée de la Vie Romantique, and others. 6pm - midnight. See the official website with program here
The Autumn Festival is a festival of contemporary arts, embracing and combining different art forms. The Festival presents works that stand as references, involving approaches of an experimental nature by commissioning artists to create original works. 

Every year, from September to December, the Festival features over forty events attracting a total audience of more than 100 000.

To view the program and see what performances are on when you're in Paris click here.

2. Open Air Cinema @ Parc de la Villette
July 24th through August 28th, 2013. Every year, Parisians and visitors spread out blankets at the ultramodern Parc de la Villette, where some 36 movies are shown on a giant outdoor screen. Entry is free.
1. Bastille Day
Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French revolution and the National Day. La Fête de la Bastille is not to be missed. See top-notch fireworks or organize a picnic in one of the city's beautiful parks and gardens. There is traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées before nightfall and on the eve of Bastille Day, an enormous dance party ("Le Bal du 14 juillet") takes over the Place de la Bastille, starting the celebration on a festive note.



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