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Last Updated: 1 August 2023


The annual fun fair of the Tuileries is one of the major family-friendly summer events in Paris and takes place in the famous garden for two months in July and August.


The Fun Fair of the Tuileries

The fun fair of the Tuileries attracts more than 3 million tourists and Parisians every year, who come with family or friends to enjoy the rides or sample one of the fairground specialities.

Created nearly 20 years ago, the Fête Foraine des Tuileries is the second biggest Parisian funfair after the Foire du Trône.

Its central location – in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre – largely explains its success.

The list of attractions remains the same yearly, with a few exceptions. These include:

  • a ghost train
  • bumper cars
  • rides for the very young (merry-go-round with wooden horses, little train…)
  • trampolines
  • games of skill such as shooting, chamboule-tout and hook-a-duck games.
  • a Ferris wheel (see below)
Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Funfair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Funfair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Funfair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Funfair of the Tuileries © French Moments


The Paris Ferris Wheel

Since 2019, the funfair has been home to the Grande Roue de Paris, the tallest Ferris wheel in France, at 60 metres high and with 48 gondolas.

Tuileries. Photo Givaga via Envato Elements
The Ferris Wheel at the Tuileries. Photo Givaga via Envato Elements

This attraction dominated the Place de la Concorde for years until the Paris City Council voted for its non-renewal on 22 November 2017.

The structure was dismantled in May 2018 and reinstalled in the summer of 2019 in the Tuileries Gardens at Rue Saint-Roch for the funfair.

From the top of the Giant Ferris Wheel, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and the main monuments of Paris.

Tuileries. Photo bgodfroid via Envato Elements
View of the Tuileries from the Ferris Wheel. Photo bgodfroid via Envato Elements


Fun fair delights

As well as the rides, there are plenty of food stalls for visitors to enjoy.

Kids and grown-ups will enjoy candy flosses (barbes à papa), crêpes, waffles (gaufres), churros, beignets and caramel apples (pomme d’amour).

Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Funfair of the Tuileries © French Moments


Practical Information

  • Dates of the 2023 edition: from 1 July 2023 to 27 August 2023
  • Opening times: 11 am to midnight, until 12.45 am on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Recommended age: general public
  • Admission: Free entrance to the fair, but there is a charge for the rides. Prices are displayed in front of each ride.
  • Venue: Jardin des Tuileries, Allée des Feuillants, 1st arrondissement
  • Nearest Métro stations: Concorde, Tuileries


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English-French Vocabulary

Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments
Fun fair of the Tuileries © French Moments

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • bumper cars = autos-tamponneuses (f)
  • candy floss = barbe à papa (f)
  • caramel apple = pomme d’amour (f)
  • event = événement (m)
  • Ferris Wheel = grande roue (f)
  • fun fair = fête foraine (f)
  • garden = jardin (m)
  • merry-go-round = carrousel (m)
  • ride = attraction (f)
  • scary house = maison hantée (f)
  • summer = été (m)
  • waffle = gaufre (f)

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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