Free things to do in Paris

There are so many things to do in Paris, from walkways over the city to galleries and fashion shows.

Here are the most offbeat and entertaining activities in Paris that will cost you nothing.

Make the most of free Sundays

Make the most of free Sundays
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Based on your time to reach Paris, you can visit some of the famous monuments and museums in Paris for free because of the free first Sunday program.

Attractions like the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, as well as more quirky spots such as Albert-Kahn musée et Jardins (homage to gardens worldwide), fall under the same scheme. 

Free Sundays program offers an opportunity to poke your nose into many places you may not have considered visiting with a door tax.

Free open-air cinema at Parc de la Villette

Free open-air cinema at Parc de la Villette
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Catch a free film at the open-air cinema on Parc de la Villette. The program runs during July and August and usually follows a particular theme. 

One-of-a-kind communal event to enjoy the big screen while perching on the grass.

Take a stroll at Jardin du Luxembourg

Take a stroll at Jardin du Luxembourg
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Visitors spend an entire day wandering around this beautiful city park. This garden is the second largest in Paris and is the French senate’s garden. 

The garden was made possible in the 17th century and it comprises hundreds of statues, monuments and fountains – including the first model of the statue of liberty by Frédéric Bartholdi.

Located beside the garden is Musee du Luxembourg, Paris’s first museum of contemporary art.

The Pere Lachaise cemetery

The Pere Lachaise Cimetery
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The cemetery is regarded as one of the most visited cemeteries in the world. It has an impressive list of those laid to rest here. 

A few names include Georges Rodenbach, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison.

You can also visit the cemetery with a guide walking beside you if you opt for a guided walking tour of the cemetery.

The sculptures at Atelier Brancusi

The Sculptures at Atelier Brancusi
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Visitors should pay to enter the Pompidou center’s leading museums and exhibitions.

The Constantin Brancusi studio near the same area is free to visit.

Visitors could get an impression of the space in which Brancusi worked, as well as some of the work that helped redefine modern sculpture. 

The love wall

The love wall
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The wall comprises “I Love You,” scrawled in hundreds of different languages, drawing countless tourists to take pictures to capture a holiday snap.

Late-night picnic at the square du Vert-Galant

Late night picnic at the Square du Vert-Galant
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To get a real taste of Midnight in Paris and its bohemian vibe, walk down to the square du Vert-Galant with a bottle of wine in the evening.

Located on the western tip of the Île de la Cité, go to the cozy park with a bottle of wine in the evening and enjoy relaxing on the grass.

Watching the boats sail on either side of the island adds a touch of Parisian magic.


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While looking for free things to do in Paris, a tour of Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre is worth visiting.

Located at the summit of Montmartre, its dome is 200 meters above the Seine. The Basilica overlooks the entire city of Paris and its suburbs.

Its breathtaking panoramic views make it a popular tourist destination in the capital city.

Nowadays, Sacre-Coeur still operates as a Roman Catholic Church devoted to the sacred heart of Jesus and also welcomes tourists to let them admire its stunning architectural details and artwork.

The place of Sacre-Coeur is open for sightseeing from 6 am to 10.30 pm and entry to the building is accessible.

Here’s a list of free events that happens every month in Paris:

Months Events
JanuaryIce skate in front of Hôtel de Ville (City Hall)
Chinese New Year parade at 13th arrondissement
February Ice skate in front of the Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower)
Carnaval de Paris
May La course des garcons de café- Waiters’ race
Tous à l’Opera- Everybody at the Opera
Printemps de Rues- Spring in the Street
Nuit des Musées- Night at the Museum
Fête du Pain- Bread Celebration
June Fête de la Musique- Music Celebration
Gay Pride
July July 14, free concert at Opera Garnier
July 14, Fête Nationale or Bastille Day
July 14, at the Château de Versailles
Free Open Air Cinema at the Parc de la Villette
The arrival of the Tour de France
September Journée du Patrimoine
November 11th – Armistice Day
DecemberAdmire the windows of the Grands Magasins.
Créches de Noel – Nativity Scene at Notre Dame de Paris
Marchés de Noël- Christmas Markets

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