May 2024 Calendar & Good Deals 

What to do in France in May 2024
May has rolled around, and with it comes many exciting events to attend and tune into. Keep reading to find out about music festivals, international sporting events, cinema, and free museums! 

Cannes Film Festival 2024

Festival De Cannes

The Festival de Cannes will open on the 14th of May, and will run for the proceeding 11 days, until the 25th. 2024 welcomes the 77th edition of the festival which, after the Olympic Games, is the world’s most publicised event. 
The first Festival de Cannes was held in 1946, and the Palme d’Or award was created another 9 years later. It was only in 2002 that the festival became the Cannes Film Festival (to anglophones); before, it was the ‘International Film Festival.’ 
This year American director Greta Gerwig will be welcomed as president of the jury! 
If you are based in Nice, the Cinéma de la Plage holds free screenings at 21h30 every evening during the festival, but admittance to the screening is first come, first serve. 

Jazz Festival, Saint-germain-des-prés

The Jazz Festival in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a renowned annual event that celebrates the vibrant jazz scene in one of Paris’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, has long been associated with jazz and has played a significant role in the development of the genre in France. The festival emerged as a way to celebrate this cultural heritage and showcase both established and emerging jazz artists. It will take place in various venues throughout the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, including historic jazz clubs, theatres, churches, and outdoor stages. Each venue offers a unique ambiance and contributes to the festival’s dynamic and diverse atmosphere. There’ll be a diverse lineup of performances spanning various styles and traditions within the jazz genre. Audiences can expect to enjoy a mix of traditional jazz, bebop, fusion, Latin jazz, and more, performed by both local and international artists. The festival often includes concerts, jam sessions, workshops, masterclasses, and other special events designed to engage and entertain jazz enthusiasts of all ages.

La Nuit Des Musées, Saturday 18th May 

La Nuit des Musées is not limited to France; in fact, it’s a tradition all around Europe. This year marks the 20th edition of la Nuit Européenne des Musées, which falls on the 18th this year. Museums and galleries all over France (and Europe) will open from nightfall to midnight to welcome art-lovers for free. Here are some of the museums partaking in La Nuit des Musées in Paris: 

What to do in France in May 2024

La Bourse de Commerce (https://www.pinaultcollection.com/fr/boursedecommerce)

Le musée de l’Orangerie (https://www.musee-orangerie.fr/fr)

Le musée National Picasso (https://www.museepicassoparis.fr/fr)

Le Centre Pompidou (https://www.centrepompidou.fr/fr/)

Le musée du Luxembourg (https://museeduluxembourg.fr/fr)

Le musée d’Orsay (https://www.musee-orsay.fr/fr)

Le Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (https://www.mam.paris.fr/)

La Fondation Louis Vuitton (https://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/fr)

La Maison de Balzac (https://www.maisondebalzac.paris.fr/)

The key to making the most of La Nuit des Musées is to plan! There are so many museums to choose from, but make sure to check: 

  1. Whether you need to reserve online. 
  2. The opening hours – some museums will only let in visitors until 10pm. 
  3. Your journey to the museum, and then the journey on to the next one! Why not try to fit more than one into your evening?

Roland-Garros (French Open)

The Internationaux de France de tennis, or the French Open in English, is held at the Stade Roland-Garros in the French capital, always in late May. Due to the clay courts at Roland-Garros, the French Open is generally regarded as the most challenging of the four major tennis tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open). 

This year may be Rafael Nadal’s last Roland-Garros, which he hopes to win for the 15th and final time. Make sure to tune in online if you were not able to get tickets back in March. 

What To Do in France in May 2024

We Love Green, 31st May 

After a hiatus during COVID, Festival We Love Green is back for the third year in a row. The three-day festival will be set up in the Bois de Vincennes, and will welcome tens of thousands of festival goers. Ninho, the renowned French rapper, is headlining the festival and will be performing alongside global artists such as SZA, Troye Sivan, and Peggy Gou. The festival aims to be ‘écolo’, or eco-friendly in English, with a limited carbon footprint. While we cannot guarantee the weather, this festival will certainly be a great day or long weekend. It is equally a chance to escape the city and surround yourself in a bit of nature. 

There are still a few tickets available… run, don’t walk, to the billeterie

Friday 31 May 

  • NINHO
  • HAMZA
  • SHAY
  • BURNA BOY

Saturday 1 June

  • JUSTICE
  • KAYTRANADA
  • L’IMPÉRATRICE
  • JOSMAN

Sunday 2 June 

  • SZA
  • TROYE SIVAN 
  • PEGGY GOU
  • OMAR APOLLO

‘parcours Mode, Bijoux, Design,’ Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, April – November

For fans of haute couture and jewellery, this exhibition is one to make time for this May. At the Musée des art décoratifs on rue de Rivoli, famous fashion houses and jewellery designers are on display, specifically names such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Household names (at least, for those interested in high-fashion) like Paco Rabanne and Rick Owens will be part of the ensemble, as well as pieces from the most iconic houses… think Christian Dior by John Galliano. The relationship between jewellery and couture is explored through parallels in design, and as ever, this exhibition is free for residents and EU citizens under 26. Do reserve your slot online though, especially if you’re looking to go on a weekend.

What to do in France in May 2024