Spring is officially here! little white flowers are blooming, locals have been spotted on every terrace in the city and Bordeaux is ready to take on spring with plenty of events and exhibitions. So what do we have going on in April? Wine tastings at the châteaux of Médoc, a treasure hunt on Easter weekend, brocantes and garage sales, cinema, books and plenty of exhibitions. Here is the list of 15 amazing things you can do in Bordeaux in April. 

Open doors in Médoc

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend on April 6-7. During the weekend you can visit plenty of châteaux in the Medoc region and taste some of the finest wines in the world. For details about all the participating chateaux click here.

If you want to know more about the event you should read my post about the Open doors weekend.

When: April 6-7 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On April 7, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. The vide grenier on Barrière Judaïque will take place on April 6-7. Check out the list of all the locations here.

When: April 7 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 5-7 at the Tauzia chateau in Gradignan. The event, which received a great amount of interest from the Bordelaise public last year, is full of events and activities for gardening enthusiasts. It will bring together more than 80 exhibitors specialized in the world of plants: plant producers, landscape designers, artists, collectors, horticulturists and in general people with exceptional knowledge of plants. You will be able to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the beautiful English park of Chateau Tauzia and also get advice from the specialists on how to maintain your garden. See more details here.

When: April 5-7 / Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 6-7 in Hangar 14, which is located at Quai des Chartrons. The program includes a tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as juggling and breakdancing. For more info click here.

When: April 6-7 / Where: Hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and support the creation of new literature. They invite you on April 5-7 to take part in a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and discovering pieces that haven’t been published yet. For more info click here.

When: April 5-7 / Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix , Bordeaux

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival will take place on April 13-14 at the Blaye Citadel. The annual wine festival brings together more than 80 winemakers. The program includes discovery workshops (introduction to tasting, mixing and food and wine pairing), guided visits of the citadel by train or horse and more. For the full program and tickets click here.

Blaye
Blaye – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 13-14 / Where: Citadelle de Blaye, 33390 Blaye

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on April 7-14 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes and Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire. For the program and all the details click here.

When: April 7-14 / Where: different locations, see the program

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place on April 16-17 at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.

When: April 16-17 / Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Ludofestival in Canejan

The Ludofestival in Canéjan is an indoor game festival, which will take place on April 8-19. During the festival, families can participate in various competitions, try different board games, meet their creators and more. For more info and the schedule about the 12 days festival see here.

When: April 8-19 / Where:  8 chemin de Barbicadge ,33610 Canéjan

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The third weekend of April is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers plenty of activities to entertain you and your kids. Egg hunting, visits in beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do on this weekend. I will put more updates on specific events as we’ll get closer to the date, but for now, I’m just going to mention a few interesting ones:

  • A treasure hunt and activities for kids on April 20-21 at the beautiful  château de vayres – for more details click here.
  • A treasure hunt in Saint Emilion on April 21 – for more info click here.
  • Écomusée de Marquèze celebrates Easter on April 21 in nature with concerts and lots of chocolate – for more details click here.

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers, that will take place on April 27-28, is all about celebrating the greatness of asparagus. More than 8000 visitors are expected to stroll along the 50 exhibitors of local delights and enjoy the activities offered to both adults and kids (make-up sessions, mini farm, pony rides and more). See the full program.

When: April 27-28 / Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antiques market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 19 to May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

EXHIBITIONS

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others. Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

The Reopening of the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux

After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux will open its doors on March 31. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in france with more than a million specimens. The bordelaise are very excited about it and so should you 🙂

When: Starting March 31 / Where: 5 place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

D’un soleil à l’autre

In the D’un soleil à l’autre exhibition artists present their poetic journey in space. Aspects like elastic distances, weightlessness, dazzling, infinitely large landscapes and incandescent materials are beautifully translated into contemporary digital art. La Base sous marine is known for the phenomenal use of their unique space for art, so don’t miss this one. The exhibition will be presented at the museum from March 9 to May 19. For more info click here.

When: March 9 – May 19 / Where:Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

As you see it’s going to be a great month in the Bordeaux area. I hope my list will help you plan you weekends ahead.
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