If you’re planning a trip to France, Lyon is a must-visit. I probably have a biased opinion since I live here, but it’s a great city. Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s starting to wind down.
There is plenty to do throughout Lyon during summer, with family-friendly events happening every weekend. Bars and restaurants will set up their “terrasse,” an outdoor patio area. They’ll reserve their spaces on the streets and usually purchase the parking spots in front of their shops and set up for the summer time.
June 21st was the official start of Summer with Le Fete de la Musique, a music celebration throughout France, and it doesn’t disappoint. I would compare it to, Summer Solstice back home. The city comes alive and as the music pulses through the crowds, everyone either has a pint of beer or a glass of wine. You’re bound to find mini-concerts in almost every square in the city. Along the Rhône river, family and friends can enjoy a picnic on the grass underneath the night sky.
Towards the end of June, we had the Festival de la Croix Rousse, which is free to the public. The Festival focuses on the culture and music of Lyon. During the day, there are creative and artistic events and in the evening music and DJ’s playing around the Croix Rousse. There’s also the Croix-Rousse en Fete, which is a street fair for local artisans who can show-case and sell their work. The Festival is designed to keep the rich history of the local artisans within Lyon.
I also experienced Bastille Day for the first time. There’s a vast firework show over the La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. They’ll close off Pont Alphonse Juin bridge and everyone can sit, eat and drink while we wait for the show to start. You can also catch a music concert in front of the Opéra de Lyon. Music fans can enjoy a drink and listen to different musicians from all over the world. I was able to watch a show by a Venezuelan band who played a mix of salsa and merengue.
The Cinema Sous Les Etoiles, which translates, cinema under the stars, how lovely is that, plays movies on a blow-up screen, right next to The Abbey of Ainay located in the 2nd arrondissement. The entrance is free and you can buy beers for about five euros and a plate of food as well.
That’s just a handful of events that have happened this summer. If you do plan on visiting Lyon, there are informative websites to check out and see what’s happening during your summer visit. This is Lyon, Only Lyon and on Facebook as well. It’s a great way to experience a city like a local.