L'été du canal
For two months over the summer, the river in the north east of Paris is the place to be.
Out on the water there are boats for shuttling from place to place, or enjoying a bit of culture, food or music. For a dip in the capital city’s waters that’s fully above board, the Bassin de la Villette pool is back in action for you to enjoy an open-air swim.
Along the riverbank, it’s lazy days and fun in the sun all the way. Concerts and discos will have you moving and grooving to music from around the world, live acoustic sessions and electro beats. In Bobigny, there’s a great party vibe and fun activities and shows for all the family on offer in the colourful pop-up waterfront arena – perfect for enjoying with a drink in hand.
On the culture front, a walk along the canal de l’Ourcq and the canal Saint-Denis provides the perfect opportunity to admire the constantly renewed work of local street artists, who use public spaces as the medium for their colourful or dissenting creations.
If your idea of summer means de-stressing, head to the Parc de la Poudrerie to try your hand at any number of activities – from cycling and kayaking to pedalos – in lush natural surroundings.
So if you’re heading to the beach this year where will you go? Riverside in the Paris Region, of course! This year, given the unusual circumstances, the festival programme will be updated regularly as the situation evolves.
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Days and opening hours
From 18⁄07 to 20/09/2020, daily.