August is a lovely month to visit Paris. It’s quieter than the rest of the summer, because August is the month that many Parisians like to travel. Because a few of the local shops will be closed while the owners are on vacation, your favorite bakery may not be available to you. Well, this is a great opportunity to discover new shops! Maybe it’s a new bookstore or restaurant you’re looking for—now is the time to visit all of the places you’ve heard about and wanted to go to for months. And if the bigger attractions are open, they will have fewer crowds.
In August, Paris has a “douceur de vivre” atmosphere. The break from the constant hustle and bustle allows the city dwellers that remain to relax. The weather is warm and beautiful. To keep cool, the often black-clad Parisians are dressed in brighter colors than usual. There are many outdoor events to enjoy—the Open Area Cinema Festival is your chance to watch French and international new release and cult films outdoors at the Parc de la Villette and the Paris Plage is an annual summer event that transforms several Paris spots into “pop-up” beaches! But don’t forget about the art—you are in Paris after all. Here are four exhibits not to be missed this August:
This exhibition at Musee Picasso allows its audience to peek into the relationship of Picasso and his first wife, Russian dancer Olga Khoklova, by bringing a romantic context to his masterpieces of that time (1917-1935).
Explore the often-untold history of Reggae through paintings, street flyers, and interactive music installations at Philharmonie de Paris. Don’t miss the rare and unpublished audio clips and footage of Bob Marley and the Wailers!
Visit the Musee de l’Orangerie and see Shojiro Ishibashi’s (the founder of the Bridgstone corporation) impressive collection that includes masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Pollack, and more.
Highlighting his original work that debuted at the Pompidou twenty years ago, the same museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the English artist.