Credit: Que Faire a Paris

The annual Fête de la Musique will take place on Saturday, June 21 (the summer solstice). What started in 1982 in France has now become a global phenomenon, taking place in more than 100 countries around the world, from Beijing to Bogotá.

In big French cities like Paris and Lyon, you’ll find a rich programme of concerts spanning every musical genre (jazz, classical, pop, hip hop, funk, you name it). Organised events take place in prestigious venues (like the Palais Royal in Paris), while neighbourhood bands and amateur artists set up on every possible street corner. The longest day of the year is full of revelry and merriment for every age group. And the metro will run all night.

Don’t miss stars like Lana Del Rey at L’Olympia. For the full list of concerts, see the website Que Faire à Paris. Le Figaro also highlights the must-see concerts of this 33rd edition. A highlight for 2014 is a city-wide event called “Play Me I’m Yours”, which will be happening simultaneously. Fifty “street pianos,” personalised by different artists, have been set up in parks, popular squares and mythical touristic sites… all for your playing pleasure.

The best part of all? All the concerts are free.

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Mary Winston Nicklin
Based in Paris, Nicklin is the Web Editor of France Today. She is also the Editor of Bonjour Paris, the site's sister publication. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Rhapsody, Travel Agent Magazine, Luxury Travel Advisor, Afar and