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Paris Jazz Festival
Every year Paris holds a year long Jazz Festival at Parc Floral. This park sets the stage for eight weekends of live music, workshops, and a festive atmosphere. Each weekend in June and July, concerts are put on stages throughout the park multiple times a day. Check out the main stage or the multiple smaller stages set up throughout the park to see what music you like best.
The Paris Jazz Festival is held at Parc Floral. Parc Floral, which means floral gardens is well know for its beautiful flowers. The park boasts more than 3,000 different types of plants. The park is large and spacious, with 22,000 square meters of space. The floral gardens are located within the larger area of Bois de Vincennes. This historic area is a large park that Parisians and tourists both enjoy. There is one main stage at the Paris Jazz Festival called the Delta stage. This is where the big name acts will have shows. There are also three smaller stages scattered throughout the park. This is where you will find more concerts as well as workshops and organized games to play. You will find people on blankets picnicking all throughout the park each weekend.
Parc Floral is located in the 12th arrondissement in Paris on the east side of the city. This sprawling park location is just outside of the central Paris neighborhoods but it is still very easy to access. The park can be accessed by Metro; the closest stop is Château de Vincennes. If you take the bus to the festival you would want bus 46 or 11. Finally the RER commute train stops at Vincennes as well.
The Paris Jazz Festival likes to pride itself on the fact that concerts are free. There is one catch. You have to pay admission to the park itself. The cost of attending the Paris Jazz Festival is very reasonable. It is five euro for adults, and children under age seven are free. You can also buy a season pass to the festival which means you can go every day for one price.
While the Paris Jazz Festival does focus on Jazz as the primary style of music, there are a lot of musical options. Musicians come to the festival from all over the world. They even come from places as far away as Cuba and Mali. Some of the styles of music that the festival features besides Jazz are funk, soul, big band, and even circus music. You can check the festival website before your visit and find out exactly who is playing and when.
Other Paris Jazz Festivals
If your visit to Paris does not fall during the summer there are other Jazz Festivals that you can attend. If you want to hear some Jazz during the spring you may want to check out the St-Germain-des-Pres Jazz Festival. Some events at this festival are free, all are located in the St-Germain neighborhood of Paris. At this festival and entire days' events are devoted to female musicians. The Banlieues Bleues Festival also takes place in the spring. This festival moves around all different locations in the northern suburbs of Paris. Tickets a little more expensive than some of the other festivals, but you can buy a pass that allows you to go to all the shows.
While picnicking is the most popular option for the Paris Jazz Festival, it is still helpful to know some restaurants in the area. Located inside the park is Restaurant Les Magnolias. Here you can get a meal of sandwiches or crepes. For an authentic French meal try nearby brasserie Bofinger. This upscale restaurant serves up traditional French food. Brasserie Bofinger spares no detail and the food looks as good as it tastes.