Cool Things to Do in Lyon in July and August 2018


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!


This is Lyon's Top Summer Picks

shishi no kaisha charles freger at musee des confleunces in lyon

Discover Yokainoshima: Spirits of Japan at Musée des Confluences

Japanese spirituality from the beginning to now.

wine and transat in lyon in 2017

Catch the Final Days of Adel Abdessemed’s “L’Antidote” at the Lyon MAC

Abdessemed’s exhibit highlights the struggle against injustice.

Argentine Tango Balls in Lyon from July 1 to August 26

Argentine tango initiations all summer long in Lyon.

the galerie de la tour has an expo of 3 painters and 1 sculptor

Four-Artist Exhibition at La Galerie de la Tour July 16-31

3 painters and a sculptor fill the Galerie de la Tour.

outdoor yoga sessions with Narayan in Lyon

Free Outdoor Yoga with Narayan July 7 to August 30

Take exercise into the fresh air this summer with free outdoor yoga.

Fêtes Escales in Vénissieux on July 13-15

Multi-cultural and inter-generational activities for the Fête Nationale weekend.

Bastille Day in France: Fireworks in Lyon

Fête Nationale Fireworks Ball on the Banks of the Saône July 14

Head to the banks of the Saône for a night of music, dance, and fireworks.

guill en fetes in guillotiere in lyon 3 2017

Guill’en Fêtes Summer Festival in Guillotière June 26-July 10

Guillotière celebrates summer with neighborhood festivities.

Jazz à Vienne Takes Over the City June 28-July 13

One of the most awaited festivals of the year is back with jazz from all corners of the world.

outdoor theater at the dimanches de l'ile barbe in Lyon in 2017

Les Dimanches de l’Île Barbe Return July 8 to 22

Head to the island for free theater and concerts.

production of don giovanni

Mozart’s Don Giovanni plays at Opera de Lyon June 25-July 11

Mozart and Da Ponte’s classic collaboration is brought to life at the Lyon opera house.

Summer Sessions at the Transbordeur June 27 to July 27

Come for the apéro and stay for the concerts and art displays.

Bibi Prod Festival Brings Four Saturdays of Music to Lyon This Summer

The Bibi Prod Festival turns the Parc de la Cerisaie into a musical playground.

The Rallye des Gones near Lyon on July 13-15

Vintage scooter bikes near Lyon in July!

ZOO Art Show in Lyon from June 2 to July 31

An intrusion of street culture in a bourgeois apartment.

Discovery Bike Ride around the Lakes of Miribel-Jonage on August 5

Learn more about the lakes and ponds of the Grand Parc in Miribel-Jonage.

20th Woodstower Music Festival on Aug 30-Sep 2

Four days of festivities in Miribel-Jonage.

Swimming in Lyon and nearby

Where to swim in Lyon and around Lyon? Here’s a selection of swimming pools, aquatic parks and natural sites to enjoy with friends and families.

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