News and events in the La Défense district

Aerial view of the Paris La Défense business district

If one had to compare it with a conurbation, Paris La Défense would be a city within the city. With its 42,000 inhabitants, its living district straddling four communes where residents, employees, students and millions of annual visitors live side by side, it is a living district in perpetual motion !

The La Défense district is constantly being transformed and modernised and every day offers a multitude of events for young and old alike!

Art is omnipresent! Throughout the year and throughout the seasons, you will find flagship exhibitions, festivals, entertainment, a large Christmas market and so much more.

In June, "La Défense Jazz Festival", a not-to-be-missed event for jazz artists, takes place in the open air on the square in front of La Défense. Every year, awards (Group Prize, Instrumentalist Prize) are given to a large number of musicians who have become leaders on the French and international scene.

In the summer, on more than 5,600 sq.m. of grounds, the "Garden Parvis" festival offers residents and visitors six weeks of open-air festivities. An outdoor living space with a programme of concerts and DJs, activities and workshops for adults and children, all in an atmosphere that smells like the holidays.

During the summer season, you will find a new edition of the contemporary art exhibition "Les Extatiques". Born from the imagination of Fabrice Bousteau, this extraordinary artistic journey between the area and the artists can be visited in the gardens of the Seine Musicale and on the esplanade of Paris La Défense.

At the start of the school year, take part in the street culture festival or "Urban Week" which, as its name suggests, is dedicated to urban culture in all its forms. And remember that graffiti is not the only thing in life!

At the end of the year, the largest Christmas market in the Île-de-France region is taking place in the La Défense district. A must-see event since 1995, the Christmas village covers more than 13,000 sq.m., with 200 chalets and more than 350 exhibitors offering gift ideas, festive decorations, local or traditional products, hot spots where you can eat and experience the Christmas atmosphere.

Paris La Défense is also an area of mutual aid and commitment. The environment, sustainable development and sharing are at the heart of the district with its label "Paris La Défense acts", and tend towards more responsible and solidarity-based consumption. The aim is to fight against great precariousness by setting up actions that enable sustainable action to be taken on environmental and societal concerns.

Developing the place of nature in the city is also one of Paris La Défense's ambitious objectives, and the wager is on the way to success with its 37 hectares of green zones. Today, 35% of the district's pedestrian area is green.

Every day, find on our website all the practical information you need to attend events in Paris La Défense, all the news and the agenda of all the events in the area.

Garden Parvis, the summer event at La Défense © Moma Events

The major events of Paris La Défense

Major events are organised in and by Paris La Défense, making the district an unmissable area for living and culture.

Aerial view of the Paris La Défense business district

All news from Paris La Défense

Find all the news from the La Défense district: the unmissable art and culture events and activities taking place there. Access daily information on transport and land use planning, as well as information related to the environment and solidarity. Not forgetting all the practical information on COVID-19.

Live concert during the Urban Week at La Défense © Nicolas Auzeine

The Paris La Défense agenda

All the meetings and events, classified by theme, that are currently taking place or will take place at Paris La Défense in the coming months.

Work on a tower in La Défense

Construction site news from the La Défense district

La Défense is in perpetual motion: rehabilitation of real estate, management of green spaces, parks and gardens, work on roads and footpaths. There is always a worksite in progress that transforms, modernises and energises the neighbourhood.

Respect for barrier gestures in the catering industry

The COVID-19 news

To welcome you with complete peace of mind, La Défense has deployed a whole series of hygiene measures in compliance with the recommendations of the health authorities and will accompany you on a daily basis in the management of these measures and in the fight against COVID-19.