Paris-Pas-Cher: Fête de la Musique 2017

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Performance by Tina Stefanou at the Spring 2017 Study Abroad show

What’s more Paris-Pas-Cher than completely free music? Fête de la Musique takes place every year on June 21, a day during which you can find both amateurs and professionals playing music all over Paris. It was first held in 1982 thanks to the French minister of culture and it now exists in more than 120 countries. It’s a special day in France and it essentially symbolizes the beginning of summer in Paris.

Here’s an interactive map of some of our favorite places and what they’re doing for Fête de la Musique. We’ve emphasized cultural spaces and museums which tend to have a sharper line-up, but we encourage you to just wander around and see where the music takes you!

Every pin is clickable and indicates both when music starts, who’s playing, and what genre it is. You can also save this map to your phone so you’ll always have another option.



Avoid areas like Bastille, République, Eiffel tower, and Châtelet: the people to m² ratio will be off the charts and the music will be more than generic.

The metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, and 14 runs all night during Fête de la Musique. Not all stops are open though, check out the RATP map to verify.

Be careful, things can get quite chaotic in popular areas and as always, keep an eye on your valuables.

Stay hydrated! It’s going to be a scorcher this week, don’t forget to take lots of H2O with you.