Events in Versailles

by Sharon Santoni

Everyone knows of Versailles as the fabulous Palace, with unending gardens, hall of mirrors and incredible architecture.  But did you know that as well as visiting the palace and gardens during the day, you can also attend evening events?  It’s a great way of visiting this tourist attraction , without actually feeling like a tourist!

 

The Opera at Versailles:

The Royal Opera in Versailles is an absolute bijoux.     It is quite small and intimate, and lit with twinkling chandeliers.    For me, it is one of the most stunning elements in the whole Palace.     But rather than just spending a few minutes here while on a guided tour, why not take in a ballet, an opera or a concert?  In June there are performances of Swan Lake, open to the public, you just need to buy the tickets in advance.

Opera hall at Versailles Palace | My French Country Home

Look closely above and you’ll see that there are boxes on the second level. This is how they look inside… The interior perfectly in line with the grandeur of the setting.

Opera hall at Versailles Palace | My French Country Home

 

Masked Costume Ball

Every year in June there is a masked ball at the Orangerie building in Versailles. It starts at dusk with fireworks and ends at dawn with brioche and macarons in the gardens, harkening back to when parties such as these were held at the palace in the 18th century.

Possibly even more exciting than being at a ball such as this is deciding what to wear! Everyone is required to come in period costume with a mask. There are a lot of powdered wigs to be seen, along with fluttering fans.  This is a very special event, for all ages.

Versailles Masked Ball | My French Country Home

© Geoffrey Hubbel

Every hour or so there is a special performance that takes place on different stages placed throughout the venue. The music ranges from classical songs to modern jams to keep the party alive even in the wee hours of the morning.

The Orangerie garden is open throughout the event in case you fancy a stroll in your gown at 3am. It’s certainly a once and a lifetime event.

 

Saturday evenings in the Hall of Mirrors:

Every Saturday evening from June to September there is a Royale Serenade, a special tour at dusk through the King’s apartments and into the Hall of Mirrors. Along the way musicians in baroque dress bring to life the surroundings, and to finish it off, in the Hall of Mirrors, there is a performance by dancers in baroque costumes.

Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace

Dancers in the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace

by Agathe Poupeney

Dancers in the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace

by Agathe Poupeney

The Queen’s Theatre

It is very unusual for the Queen’s theatre to be opened to the public for a performance.  In June this year, they will show the theatrical play The Soothsayer, which will be played in French.   Even if you don’t understand every word, the unique setting would make it into a grand occasion.

On their website, you can actually search by the location of the event (Crusader’s room, marble terrace). Certainly fun! https://en.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr

Have you ever been to the opera or a concert at Versailles, or do you plan to attend one of the events at Versailles soon!  I’d love to know!

12 comments

Alice Genzlinger April 1, 2019 - 7:04 pm

Can you imagine strolling the Orangie at 3:00 in the morning in your ballgown? Keep on dreaming

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Sandy Jones April 1, 2019 - 8:04 pm

Imagine using your jetlag to stay up all night in Versailles and go home to sleep for the day!!!!

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Sandy Jones April 1, 2019 - 8:05 pm

Imagine using your first day jetlag in Paris to stay up all night at the spectacular setting of Versailles????

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Steven April 1, 2019 - 8:20 pm

We (my wife and I) have strolled the gardens in the spring (lovely), summer (warm but beautiful), fall (brisk), and in a soft snowfall just before Christmas (breathtaking and enchanting) – but I didn’t know about these events. Thanks for sharing!!

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Taste of France April 1, 2019 - 9:48 pm

I stayed at the Trianon Palace in Versailles, which was a total delight. Your photos are just amazing. I can almost hear the music.

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Roberta April 2, 2019 - 1:27 am

What a wonderful experience that would be, yes breathtaking and enchanting. Your photography is stunning! Thank you for sharing.

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Debbie April 2, 2019 - 5:35 am

How wonderful that would be. Am watching the tv series Versailles and loving it. All the intrigue with the goings on in the salons to the passages that allowed those at the court to wander at night etc. Have seen movies set in present that showed various events held in rooms there. How lovely it would be rent a room or two for a cocktail party or wedding.
Debbie

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Terra April 2, 2019 - 7:05 am

These photos are wonderful and capture the mood of how Varsaille looked back in the day; I would love to attend these events you describe.

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RITA E PARKER April 2, 2019 - 3:25 pm

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IS GORGEOUS. HOW WONDERFUL THAT WOULD BE TO ATTEND AN EVENT THERE, AND CERTAINLY A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. THANKS FOR SHARING.
RITA

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Lorrie April 2, 2019 - 7:09 pm

I made my children laugh once by saying that if I lived in France I’d have a season’s pass to Versailles so I could visit as often as possible. To attend one of these events would be like living in a dream. Grand as the palace is, my ultimate dream is to have free rein in Le Petit Trianon – such a gem of a place.

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Victoria Savu April 3, 2019 - 7:58 pm

Visiting Paris this fall. Spending a day at Versailles. But I will be with a tour and have to follow their schedule. Maybe I will miss the bus back to Paris. My first trip overseas but I already know it will not be my last. It is my treat for my 70th birthday. I will have to treat myself when I turn 71. Agree?

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Joanna April 8, 2019 - 7:17 pm

Wow! Absolutely incredible! This goes on the bucket list…

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