The Fete de la Musique (Paris Music Festival) welcomes Summer and the
longest day of the year, because, in Paris, it’s still light after 10h00 pm and the evenings are enjoyable as can be. The café terraces and restaurants are full, there is animation in the streets
and parks. The last day of the year the Gay Pride parade crosses the capital.
While the summer sales run, Haute Couture is also the event of the the season, beginning in
early July, presenting the Autumn/Winter season to come. The beginning of July is
also the start of the legendary Tour de France, the greatest and grandest bicycle race in the world.
Already the Parisian life is troubled by the trial runs for the national holiday, which comes with the sound of marching feet, and starts with the popular public
balls in the streets on July 13th, followed by a superb military parade on the Champs Elysees on July 14th and a spectacular fireworks display, normally from near the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro
or the Champ de Mars.
July 14th also sees the end of the national opera season, as well as performances in a number of theatres and concert halls, but the music still plays on elsewhere,
especially the Sainte-Chapelle and Saint-Julien le Pauvre churches.
After July 15th , it’s time for Paris Plage and the quays of the Seine, normally highway underpasses,
transform into a beach for one month , and from the Tuilleries gardens to the Pont de Sully an enormous sandy playground, complete with volley ball pitches and other games , invites Parisians to
forget city life.
Since 1975, the last stage of the Tour de France takes place on the Champs-Elysées, on the last Sunday of
August is relatively calm, under the hot summer sun, untroubled by two holidays, on the fifteenth, Assumption, and on the 25th, the anniversary of the liberation of
Paris in 1944.
At the end of August, quite a lot of movie stars come to town, on their way to the American Film
Festival in Deauville. But Summer is always too short, and September announces the return to normal life, the end of vacation, and the return
of the Opera season.
The Paris Antiques Show, “Biennale des Antiquaires”, as its name indicated, happens once every two years (even years) in the
magnificent Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, and as it finishes, Fall makes its way to the City of Light.