Summer in Lyon can be a bit of an odd time. July brings sticky days, long nights, and tourists while August brings trips to the beach and the mountains, leaving the city feeling a bit like a ghost town.
A lot of stores and restaurants start to close for summer holidays, and life generally slows to a lazy crawl. But there’s no reason that has to be boring! Here at This is Lyon we’ve been busy compiling tons of things to do to keep you going all summer long, even when everyone deserts in August.
From one-off fireworks and bike rides to the summer-long “Fêtons l’été” (events every day of the summer! Say what?!) Lyon still offers plenty of ways to fill those long summer afternoons. Learn to rollerblade, dance to the music of hundreds of free concerts, or test out some new swimming spots when the sun’s really beating down.
We’ll see you out there!
Japanese spirituality from the beginning to now.
Meet wine-growers and pair wine with tapas.
Abdessemed’s exhibit highlights the struggle against injustice.
Argentine tango initiations all summer long in Lyon.
3 painters and a sculptor fill the Galerie de la Tour.
Take exercise into the fresh air this summer with free outdoor yoga.
Multi-cultural and inter-generational activities for the Fête Nationale weekend.
Head to the banks of the Saône for a night of music, dance, and fireworks.
Guillotière celebrates summer with neighborhood festivities.
One of the most awaited festivals of the year is back with jazz from all corners of the world.
Mozart and Da Ponte’s classic collaboration is brought to life at the Lyon opera house.
Get some free rollerblading lessons all week long.
Come for the apéro and stay for the concerts and art displays.
The Bibi Prod Festival turns the Parc de la Cerisaie into a musical playground.
Learn more about the lakes and ponds of the Grand Parc in Miribel-Jonage.