The big annual events proposed by Paris La Défense
Paris La Défense is a unique site in France, a place that concentrates large areas of offices and shops and welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every day.
An ultra-connected area just 10 minutes from the centre of Paris. But beyond this diversity, the Paris La Défense district is also a cultural, festive and lively area!
Events take place there all year round. With its open-air museum of contemporary art, its Parvis and Place de La Défense, its Agam fountain, its Takis basin and its green spaces, the Paris La Défense district offers a daily opportunity to escape and forget the hustle and bustle of the world around us for a few minutes or hours.
We can't tell you enough, culture is omnipresent there all year round and you can find, as the seasons go by, flagship exhibitions, festivals, entertainment and the largest Christmas market in the Paris Region.
Whether you are a simple visitor coming for shopping, a resident or an employee of one of the towers that have made its reputation, you will be able to discover the major annual events offered by the Paris La Défense public establishment, of which the 5 main ones are: the Extatiques, the Garden Parvis, the Urban Week, the Défense Jazz Festival and the Christmas Market.
We offer you a brief overview of all the activities that you can find in your neighbourhood according to your wishes.
Even if 2021 is a year which will not be like the others, you will be able to go to this not-to-be-missed event since 1977, we would of course like to talk to you about "La Défense Jazz Festival". A musical event which takes place in the open air, on the Parvis de La Défense. It is an opportunity to meet jazz artists and to celebrate the music festival on the Parvis on June 21st.
With the heat of summer, the "Garden Parvis" festival offers six weeks of open-air festivities, with concerts, activities and workshops for young and old. Enough to spend an unforgettable summer!
Moreover, when the softness of the summer has the scent of freshness and culture, you will be able to take advantage of it to get away from it all and discover the "Extatiques", the exhibition of works of art born from the imagination of Fabrice Bousteau.
The start of the new school year heralds the resumption of activities for the thousands of people who flock to the Parvis every day. The clement temperatures that bloom well at the end of the summer will be an opportunity to enjoy the "Urban Week Paris La Défense", a festival of urban art in all its forms and to live a unique and free experience. And don't forget that graffiti is not the only thing in life!
Finally, the largest Christmas market in the Paris Region takes place in the La Défense district with its 13,000 sq.m. surface area, 200 chalets and more than 350 exhibitors. It's an opportunity to rediscover the Christmas atmosphere and taste traditional products while shopping for your New Year's Eve purchases.
Let it be said, Paris La Défense is not only a city of towers that can be seen from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and shopping centres, it is also and above all a real place to live, a city within the city that over the years has known how to promote culture for the greatest number.
So, don't hesitate to take a few minutes of your time to discover all the activities offered throughout the seasons: and there is something for everyone!
Les Extatiques, the contemporary art exhibition of Paris La Défense © Martin Argyroglo
The contemporary art exhibition "Les Extatiques", organised by Paris La Défense and the Département des Hauts-de-Seine, which will be held for its fourth edition from June 2021, should once again offer a rich cultural offer with at least eight works in La Défense and five in the Seine Musicale.
Garden Parvis, the summer event at La Défense © Moma Events
The Parvis de La Défense will be blowing an early holiday breeze with the "Garden Parvis" festival, which will offer visitors and residents six weeks of open-air festivities: activities, workshops, concerts and DJs. All the ingredients to discover the Parvis in a different way!
The Urban Week, the street culture festival of Paris La Défense © Gilles Petipas
The Urban Week
The street culture festival "Urban Week Paris La Défense" is back for a new 2021 edition dedicated to urban culture in all its forms. Find Street Art and the urban trends of the moment in September.
La Défense Jazz Festival, unmissable event for jazz artists © Maxime Affre
La Défense Jazz Festival
The 44th edition of the "La Défense Jazz Festival" offers a week of free outdoor concerts on the esplanade of La Défense. The musical event has existed since 1977 and has become, over the years, an unmissable event for emerging jazz artists. To be listened to without moderation while respecting the barrier gestures.
La Défense Christmas Market
The Christmas market
The largest Christmas market in the Paris Region will once again take up its winter quarters at La Défense, an unmissable event for visitors and exhibitors alike, with a Christmas atmosphere at the gates of Paris to prepare for the festive season in complete tranquillity.