What to expect at the Fête de la Musique on June 21

In France, the longest day of the year, June 21st, has held a special significance for the past 38 years. It’s not only the summer solstice, but also the day of the Fête de la Musique, an extraordinary music festival in France that debuted in 1982.

The cityscape becomes a canvas of sound, alive with the rhythms of live bands, solo singers, amateur musicians, drummers, DJs, and more, filling the city’s streets with music and inviting the audience to revel in their rhythms.

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The ethos of Fête de la Musique since its inception is to honor all kinds of music, classical or contemporary, and at all skill levels.

In the city of Paris, impromptu stages will be set up across the city, particularly in the city squares and parks. The most sizable and renowned ones can generally be found in the Jardin des Tuileries, the Petit Palais, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg, Place Denfert Rochereau and along the Seine’s banks. Yet, there’s a delightful surprise of diverse music from amateur bands at every turn.

Public transportation, including RER trains, metro, and buses will operate all through the night. A special ticket priced at 3.50 euros (which cannot be purchased onboard buses) will allow unlimited journeys between 5 p.m. on June 21st and 7 a.m. on June 22nd, on all Île-de-France networks (except Orlyval). As usual, standard passenger transport tickets will remain valid that night, with conditions identical to regular days.

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