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31 Free Things to Do in August in Paris

By Allisonlounes @parisunraveled

31 Free Things to Do in August in Paris

via Paris.fr

All the Parisians may have left Paris for the month of August, but if you’re hanging out this summer, there’s still lots of stuff to do! Here’s something free or for less than 5€ to do every day this month:

8/1: Piano Jazz Concert by Pierre-Yves Plat at l’Atelier Charonne

9:00 PM, free entry. 21 rue de Charonne, Paris 11th. Metro Bastille, lines 1, 5, 8

8/2: Goodbye, Lenin! by Wolgang Becker, at the Open Air Film Festival at Parc de la Villette

A different film every night through August 26 at nightfall. Free entry. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

http://www.villette.com/ressources/documents/2/1272,programme_cinemavillette2012.pdf

8/3: Vitrines sur l’Art at the Galéries Lafayette

8 Parisian museums put expositions on display at the Galeries Lafayette through August 4. Free entry daily. 40 boulevard Haussmann, Paris 9th. Metro Havre-Caumartin, lines 3 and 9.

8/4: Exposition Les Français du Monde at the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes

Photo exposition along the outside wall of the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères of French people around the world. Daily through November 1. 37 quai d’Orsay, Paris 7th.

8/5: Dancing at the Pavillon du Lac, Buttes Chaumont

Swing dancing at La Friendly on Sunday nights in August. Buttes Chaumont, Paris 19th, Metro Laumière, line 5.

Other dance locations open as well, though not all are free.

8/6: Paris, la Métropole et ses Projets at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal

See Paris today and the Paris of 2020 on the big screen – 37 square meters. Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30-6:30 and Sunday, 11-7. Through December 31, 2012. Free entry. Pavillon de l’Arsenal, 21 Boulevard Morland, Paris 4th. Metro Bastille, lines 1, 5, and 8, or Sully Morland, line 7.

www.pavillon-arsenal.com

8/7: Summer Olympics from Athens to London, 1896-2012

This one’s not free, but reduced entry is only 2€. Tuesday-Saturday in August, 10-6. 93 avenue de France, Paris 13th. Metro Bibliothèque François Mitterand, line 14.

www.museedusport.fr

8/8: Stoned and Respectable at the Galerie de l’Instant

An exposition of 50 years of the Rolling Stones. Daily from 11-7, Sunday from 2:30-6:30. Free entry. At La Galerie de l’Instant, 46 rue de Poitou, Paris 3rd. Metro Saint-Sébastien-Froissart, line 8, or Rambuteau, line 11.

8/9: Coeurs, by Alan Resnais as part of the Cinéma en Plein Air Festival

A series of free films throughout Paris through August 12 at 9:30 PM. Free entry. At the Parc de Choisy, metro Tolbiac, line 7, or Place d’Italie, lines 5, 6, and 7.

For other films and locations: http://www.forumdesimages.fr/fdi/Festivals-et-evenements/Cinema-au-clair-de-lune

8/10: 150 Years of Les Miserables at the Maison Victor Hugo

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Les Misérables. Tuesday through Sunday, 10-6. Free entry. 6 Place des Vosges, Hotel de Rohan-Guéménée, Paris 4th. Metro Saint Paul, line 1, or Chemin Vert, line 8.

http://www.paris.fr/loisirs/musees-expos/maisons-de-victor-hugo/p5852

8/11: Marais Music Festival at the Cathédrale Sainte Croix des Arméniens

Today’s concerts are a 4-hand piano duo, a soprano singer, a trumpet player, and a pianist. Classical concerts by international musicians daily at 3, 5, and 7 PM through August 28. Additional concert at 12 PM on Saturdays. Free entry. Cathédrale Sainte Croix des Arméniens, 6ter rue Charlot, metro Saint-Sebastien Froissart or Filles du Calvaire, line 8, or Arts et Métiers, lines 3 and 11.

Program : http://www.mairie03.paris.fr/mairie03/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?document_id=15482&portlet_id=853

8/12: Exposition Pieds-Noirs ici, la tête ailleurs at the Ecomusée du Val-de-Fresnes

http://www.ecomusee-valdebievre.fr/

8/13: Jardin d’été, Eloge de la Lenteur, at the Musée du Quai Branley

The Summer Garden is open in the Musee du Quai Branley’s backyard daily throughout the summer. Enjoy musical performances daily during the museum’s opening hours and folktale performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2. Free entry. 37 quai Branley, Paris 7th. Metro Pont de l’Alma, RER C.

Event Brochure.

8/14: Paris Plage, at the Voie sur Berges Georges Pompidou and Bassin de la Villette

Daily from 8 AM – 12 AM. Activities like Tai Chi and dance classes daily, projection of the Olympics on a big screen in front of the Hotel de Ville. Metro Cité, line 4.

http://www.parisetudiant.com/etudiant/sortie/paris-plage.html

8/15: Festival at La Grande Prairie de la Bellevilloise

6:00 PM – 12:00 AM, free entry daily through September 16. Live performances, music, short films and more. 19-21 rue Boyer, Paris 20th. Metro Gambetta, lines 3 and 3bis, Jourdain, line 11, or Ménilmontant line 2.

www.labellevilloise.com

8/16: Mongolia Between Two Eras, at the Musée Départemental Albert-Kahn

An exposition of photographs from the turn of the 20th century in Mongolia. Tuesday-Sunday 11-7, through September 16. Reduced entry €1,50. 14 rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Metro Boulogne-Pont de Saint Cloud, line 10.

www.albert-kahn.fr

8/17: Virgin Suicides, by Sofia Coppola at the Open Air Film Festival at Porte de la Villette

A different film every night through August 26 at nightfall. Free entry. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

http://www.villette.com/ressources/documents/2/1272,programme_cinemavillette2012.pdf

8/18: Pixel Life Video Game Exposition at Le Paname

Exposition and tournament of old video games from the 80′s and 90′s. Daily from 11 AM through August 19. Free entry. Le Paname, 14 rue de la Fontaine au Roi Paris 11th, Metro Goncourt line 11 or République, lines 3, 5, 8.

www.le-paname.com

8/19: Central African Music Concert at Cité de la Musique

3:00 on August 11th and 12th. Free entry to concert with museum ticket, and museum entry is free for those under 26. Other free concerts almost daily at the museum. 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

http://citedelamusique.fr/francais/evenement.aspx?id=12974

8/20: Tree Stories at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Louis-Senlecq

An exposition on the forest and trees and man’s relationship with the woods. Wednesday-Monday 2-6, free entry on Sundays. Otherwise 2,50€ for students. 31 Grande-Rue, 95290 L’Isle-Adam. Take the RER D from Gare du Nord, direction Persan-Beaumont par Valmondois (line H), stop L’Isle-Adam-Parmain. The museum is a 7 minute walk from the train station.

www.musee.ville-isle-adam.fr

8/21: Thelonius Monk Hommage by the Laurent Courthaliac Trio, Paris Jazz Festival

9:00, Free entry with reservation at 01 40 26 21 25. Sunset Jazz Club, 60 rue des Lombards, Paris 1st. Metro Chatelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14.

8/22: Drums concert at the Cité de la Musique

3:00. Free entry to concert with museum ticket, and museum entry is free for those under 26. Other free concerts almost daily at the museum.221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

8/23: Wine in the Middle Ages at the Tour Jean-Sans-Peur

An exposition on the making and consuming of wine in the middle ages. Wednesday-Sunday 1:30-6 through November 11. Reduced entry 3€. At the Tour Jean-Sans-Peur, 20 rue Etienne Marcel, Paris 2nd. Metro Etienne Marcel, line 4.

www.tourjeansanspeur.com

8/24: They Were Children: Photo exposition of Jewish Children during the Nazi Occupation

Monday-Saturday 10-7. Free entry. Mairie de Paris, 29 rue de Rivoli, Paris 4th. Metro Hotel de Ville, lines 1 and 11, or Chatelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14.

8/25: Superman, by Richard Donner, at the Open Air Film Festival at Parc de la Villette

A different film every night through August 26 at nightfall. Free entry. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

http://www.villette.com/ressources/documents/2/1272,programme_cinemavillette2012.pdf

8/26: Medieval harp concert at the Cité de la Musique

3:00. Free entry to concert with museum ticket, and museum entry is free for those under 26. Other free concerts almost daily at the museum.221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th. Metro Porte de Pantin, line 5.

http://citedelamusique.fr/francais/evenement.aspx?id=10269

8/27: Piano concert, Marais Music Festival at the Cathédrale Sainte Croix des Arméniens

Classical concerts by international musicians daily at 3, 5, and 7 PM through August 28. Free entry. Cathédrale Sainte Croix des Arméniens, 6ter rue Charlot, metro Saint-Sebastien Froissart or Filles du Calvaire, line 8, or Arts et Métiers, lines 3 and 11.

Program : http://www.mairie03.paris.fr/mairie03/jsp/site/Portal.jsp?document_id=15482&portlet_id=853

8/28: Literary Naps at the Médiathèque Marguérite Duras

A literary selection played on tape for adults, Tuesdays in August from 3-4. At the Médiathèque Marguerite Duras, 115 rue de Bagnolet Paris 20th. Metro Porte e Bagnolet, line 3, Alexandre Dumas, line 2, or Maraichers, line 9.

8/29: Visit of the Paris Sewers

A visit of the underground sewers of Paris. Saturday through Wednesday from 10-5. Reduced entry 3,50. Visite des Egouts, 93 quai d’Orsay, Paris 7th. Metro Pont de l’Alma, line 9.

8/30: Exposition on La Rafle du Velodrome d’hiver at the Police Archives

This exposition commemorates the 70th anniversary of the biggest mass arrest of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Daily from 8:30-5:00 through September 15, free entry. Mairie du 3ème, 2 rue Eugène Spuller Paris 3rd, Metro Arts et Métiers, lines 3 and 11, or République, lines 3, 5, and 8.

8/31: Carbon 12 – Art and Climate Change at the Fondation EDF

Exposition on climatology. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-7, through September 16. Free entry. Espace Fondation EDF, 6 rue Récamier, Paris 7th. Metro Sèvres-Babylone, lines 10 and 12.


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