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Biarritz, a resort town on the Atlantic ocean, was once the summer home of Napoleon III and his wife the Empress Eugénie de Montijo in the 1850s and later became the first surfing beach in Europe in the 1950s. While for a time people lost interest in this beautiful beach city, it eventually regained popularity and is now considered a hot vacation destination for many French. Many still visit Biarritz for its beaches but in recent years it has been developed into much more than just another resort town. Biarritz has one of the coolest food scenes, many nice little boutiques, a long promenade from where you can see the most beautiful sunsets and a proximity to many other great destinations in the Pays de Basques in the South of France.

I believe three days is ideal to properly enjoy all Biarritz has to offer, unless you’re coming to learn how to surf.  But don’t worry, even if you only have a day or two, it’s enough to get the vibe of the town.

In this article I have gathered all the info you need before going to Biarritz, from what to do and see to where to eat and shop. I don’t have a specific hotel to recommend but I do think that the market area is the best place to stay in Biarritz, as it’s close to all the bars and restaurants and at a walking distance from the beach.  Now that we cleared that out, let’s get started because the list is quite long 🙂

Here are the 25 things you should do, see and eat in Biarritz!

Along the coastline of Biarritz – the best beaches and spots

1. Take a long walk on the promenade

along the coast line of Biarrtz
Sand artist on the coastline of Biarritz

if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Biarritz but still want to see its best parts, you can follow the beautiful promenade all along the beaches of Biarritz and see most of the main sites (which I’ll be mentioning in this article). A large part of the promenade is located on several cliffs from which you have a beautiful view on Biarritz’s beaches. Take some time at these viewpoints to observe the coastline and to look for pretty moments such as the sand artist who’s making beautiful sketches on wet sand.

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2. See the view from the Lighthouse (Le Phare)

The view from Biarritz's lighthouse
The view from Biarritz’s lighthouse

if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Biarritz but still want to see its best parts, you can follow the beautiful promenade all along the beaches of Biarritz and see most of the main sites (which I’ll be mentioning in this article). A large part of the promenade is located on several cliffs from which you have a beautiful view on Biarritz’s beaches. Take some time at these view points to observe the coastline and to look for pretty moments such as the sand artist who’s making beautiful sketches on wet sand.

3. Go to the beach at the Grand Plage

Grande Plage in Biarritz
Grande Plage in Biarritz

Le Grand Plage is the main beach in Biarritz. It’s wide, close to most hotels and is comfortable for bathing. That’s also what makes it the most crowded beach during high season. If you want to enjoy the city beach vibe and you’re not into surfing this is a great place to spend your time while in Biarritz. If you fancy a new beach towel or a bathing suite, there’s a really nice shop on the beach called Aux Guides Baigneurs, that’s open everyday until 20:00.

Address: Aux Guides Baigneurs, Quai de la Grande Plage, 64200 Biarritz

4. Port des Pêcheurs

port des pecheurs biarritz
Port des pecheurs – a very romantic place for a dinner

A few minutes walk from the Grand Plage will bring you to one of the most romantic places in Biarritz. Port des Pêcheurs is a little harbor that was built by Napoleon III in the 1800s and previously served the fishermen of the city. You can still find the fishermen little colorful houses, some of which serve as restaurants with a beautiful view on the boats docking at the port.

If it’s seafood and fish you’re after then this is the place for you. The restaurants in the port will serve you fresh off the boat fish, a variety of seafood such as oysters and crabs and other classic dishes from the Basque cuisine. My favorite restaurant is Casa Juan Pedro, who offers delicious local dishes for affordable prices.

Address: 48 Allée Port des Pêcheurs, 64200 Biarritz

5. Sunset and wine

view from the Olatua bar
See the sun go down from the Ulatua bar in Biarritz

During your discovery of the coastline you will see a few exquisite little bars located on the headlands with the perfect ambiance for an early evening drink. These are the best places to see the sunset and accompany it with a glass of wine and slices of amazing Jamón. The place I found most charming was OLATUA, with a very chill atmosphere of friends meeting at the end of a working day. You can order some great snacks, such as the Charcuterie plate and you might have to wait a bit for a table with a good view, but it’s worth it.

Address: Olatua, Jardins de l’Atalaye, 64200 Biarritz

6. Rocher de la Vierge

rocher de la vierge
Rocher de la vierge – one of the hallmarks of Biarritz

Within a few minutes walk from the Ulatua bar you will find one of the most beautiful spots in Biarritz. Previously used as a platform for whale watching, today it’s one of the main viewpoints in the city from which you can see the Bay of Biarritz and the Côte des Basques (the surfing beach). You will recognize the Rocher de la Vierge by the metallic statue of the Virgin standing on the top of the rock.

7. The Aquarium of Biarritz

Another very popular attraction in Biarritz is the Musée de la Mer (the Aquarium) which is located in an art-deco building next to Rocher de la Vierge. The museum includes huge aquariums with fish, sharks and seals. You can also learn about the history of whales in Biarritz through a series of exhibits. This place is very popular with kids and can be a great escape for a rainy day.

Address:  Musée de la Mer, Plateau de l’Atalaye, 64200 Biarritz

8. Plage Port Vieux for a safe swim with kids

plage port vieux
Plage port vieux – for a safe swim

After you leave the aquarium or finish taking beautiful pictures from the Rocher de la Vierge,  continue walking along the coastline until you see a beautiful tiny beach from the top. Plage Port Vieux is perfect for those who come to Biarritz with little kids. It’s located on a tiny bay between two cliffs creating a very sheltered beach which makes it the safest place for kids and adults to swim. However, due to its nature it tends to be packed with families during the summer, so if you’re looking for a quiet beach continue down the road to the southern part of Biarritz.

9. Villa Belza

Villa Belza

Another charming spot on the coastline comes right after the Port Vieux beach. Villa Belza is a beautiful 19th century mansion located between the Rocher de la Vierge and the Côte des Basques. This mysterious house was used in the past as a setting for films and for cabaret evenings. Next to Villa Belza there’s a nice little cafe/bar, named the Eden Rock cafe with a beautiful view of the little Post Vieux beach. They have a DJ playing live music and it’s a great place for early evening cocktails.

Address: Eden rock café, 2-4 Espl. du Port Vieux, 64200 Biarritz

10. Surf at the the Côte des Basques

The Biarritz surfing scene is the main attraction for many European tourists. And while you will see many surfers all along the coastline, most of the surfers tend to come to Plage de la Cote des Basque which is actually the first surfing beach in Europe.

plage de la cote des basques
Cote des Basques – the beach that surfers like

If you need a break from surfing or tired from your long walk along the coastline, climb the stairs of the Square Jean Baptiste Lassalle to the very cool beach bar the Etxola Bibi. This open- air bar, located on the cliff with a beautiful view on the Côte des Basques beach, is a perfect spot for a beer on a sunny day or a game of pétanque with the locals. If you stay after sunset you get to enjoy live music shows as well.

Address: Etxola Bibi, Square Jean Baptiste Lassalle, 64200 Biarritz
Etxola Bibi
Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view on the Côte des Basques beach

11. Plage Marbella

Another much more isolated beach is the Marbella beach in the South of Biarritz.  With its high waves it has a more wild feel to it and is especially loved by experienced surfers.

plage mirbella
Plage Marbella

Have you noticed the pattern here? Every beach in Biarritz is accompanied by a cool little bar/cafe and Marbella is no different. On the cliff, before going down to the beach you will find the cute little open bar called, Debololo . This place has a fresh and local feel to it and besides very cold beers it serves some food as well (quiches, sandwiches etc. )

a bar on plage Marbella
a bar on plage Marbella
Address: Debololo, impasse Marbella, Biarritz, France 64200

12. Learn to surf

As you’ve already understood, surfing is one of Biarritz’s most important attractions. If you have never surfed before you can take surfing lessons in one of the many schools scattered around the city. Many of them are located on the promenade of the Plage de la Cote des Basques which is the most popular surfing beach in Biarritz.

surfing schools
Surfing schools at Cote des Basques

THE FOOD

The food was by far my favorite part in Biarritz! The rich basque cuisine and the proximity to Spain makes this place a paradise for foodies. Seafood restaurants, an amazing market, great burgers and awesome tapas bars, Biarritiz’s got everything and it’s all delicious.

13. Les Halles de Biarritz

Halles de Biarritz
Halles de Biarritz

This is one of the biggest surprises of Biarritz. This stylish type of markets became very popular in France and in recent years you can see them popping up in many cities around the county. Marché aux Halles de Biarritz, built in 1885, is not only the main local market but also a place to have a drink and meet friends. You can find everything you need there, fruits and vegetables organized and treated like diamonds, the best local products,meat, cheese, bakeries and a few nice places to eat.  The second and smaller part of the market is dedicated to fish and seafood where you can buy a plate of fresh oysters for 6 euros. You should know however that the market isn’t very cheap so don’t count on staying on budget when visiting there. The market tends to be very busy, especially on weekends, so try to come as early as you can. The market is open daily from 7:30 to 14:00 and also from 18:00 to 21:00 from mid July to the end of August.

Address: les Halles de Biarritz, Rue des Halles, 64200 Biarritz
Eat oysters in les halles de Biarritz
Eat oysters in les halles de Biarritz

14. Basque food and tapas places

You can feel the Spanish influence on the French Basque cuisine in many of Biarritz’s restaurants. The city is full of excellent tapas bars and plates with colorful pinchos is part of the Biarritz landscape. In general, I found that the market area is the food hub of the city and harbors the best tapas bars of Biarritz.

Bar Jean in Biarritz
Bar Jean – one of the food institutions of Biarritz

One of the oldest and busiest tapas places in Biarritz is Bar jean. Located just in front of the market, it’s usually full with both tourists and trendy locals gathering around the red bar with drinks and an impressive variety of dishes. They offer all the traditional Basque dishes as well as self severed pinchos from the bar (2 euros for one pincho). The food is indeed delicious, but the speed with which the waiters move makes for a slightly cold and impersonal service. Having said that I highly recommend spending at least one evening there.

Address: Bar Jean, 5 Rue des Halles, 64200 Biarritz
Le Comptoir du Foie Gras in Biarritz
Le Comptoir du Foie Gras

Another great tapas bar is Le Comptoir de fois gras, a perfect place to finish your market visit with. They offer a foie gras pincho as well as a great selection of Charcuterie that you can accompany with a bottle of wine or champagne while watching the people rush in and out of the market.

Address: Le Comptoir du Foie Gras, 1 Rue du Ctre, 64200 Biarritz

15. Burgers

Les CAB Biarritz
Les CAB – great place for a burger

Burgers became popular in Biarritz and you can find several american style places with good burgers in the city. My favorite was Le Comptoir à Burger, also known as Le CAB, located on rue Gambetta, which is yet another street full of great restaurants. Their super tasty burgers come with a variety of special toppings such as mozzarella, dry tomatoes and  homemade fries, very thinly sliced.

Address: Le CAB, 62 Rue Gambetta, 64200 Biarritz

16. Basque Patisserie

patisserie Adam
Taste amazing Basque patisserie in Adam

I find it amazing that every region you visit in France has its own local patisserie and the one thing in common is how beautifully they are presented (French aesthetics at its best). In Biarritz it’s the Gâteaux Basques (Basque cakes) that come in many flavours such as nougat, cream and pistachio. Another specialty is the local macaroon which is less pretty than the Parisian  one but loses no points on taste and texture. The basque patisserie is very much based on ground almonds, resembling a bit the taste of croissant aux amandes. My favorite patisserie place was definitely Patiserrie Adam, for its huge variety of basque cakes, the beautiful presentation of every pastry and chocolate and the very lovely service (they gave us a lot of chocolate to taste 🙂 ).

Address: Patisserie Adam, 27 Place Georges Clemenceau, 64200 Biarritz

Another much more famous one is Miremont, which is not just a patisserie place but rather a fancy tea house with beautiful desserts and chocolates and high prices accordingly.

Address: Miremont, 1B Place Georges Clemenceau, 64200 Biarritz

17. Buy local products

basque products
Buy local products

Biarritz is rich with typical and delicious Basque products, most of which you will try in the local restaurants. If you want to take some of the French basque flavors and specialties home with you, visit one of the many local products boutiques around the city. Some of the highlights of the Basque gastronomy are the Espellette peppers, the Basque cheese, Bayonne Ham, Basque cakes and chocolate and the Irouleguy wines (with a strong flavor). Most of the products can be found in the market as well as in one of the shops in front of the market, Etxe Peio. Another beautiful shop for Basque products is Les Gourmandises d’Amatxi Biarritz.

Addresses:
Etxe Peio, 10 Rue des Halles, 64200 Biarritz
Les Gourmandises d’Amatxi Biarritz, 22 Rue Mazagran, 64200 Biarritz

18. Good restaurants

I can go on and on about the amazing Basque cuisine and the endless list of great local restaurants in Biarritz. But for those of you who need some variety, here is a little list of other recommended restaurants in Biarritz.

Le B2 in Biarritz
Le B2 – Great French cuisine

Ragazzi da Peppone – amazing homemade Italian food.

Address: 10 Avenue Victor Hugo, 64200 Biarritz

Le B2 – for French cuisine – good food, great prices and a lovely atmosphere

Address: 5 Rue du Ctre, 64200 Biarritz

Bistro Le Pim’pi – For a good old-fashioned style French Bistro – French classic dishes with an innovative touch.

Address: 4 Avenue de Verdun, 64200 Biarritz

THE SHOPPING

Given to the relatively small size of the city, Biarritz offers a great shopping experience with a variety of famous French retail chains and local boutiques with an emphasis on beach wear and Biarritz related products.

19. Buy clothes

In general there are two main areas for shopping in the center of Biarritz. If you are looking for the big boutiques like Zadig et Voltaire and Morgan go to Avenue Edouard VII, a home to some of the biggest French and international boutiques. You can also head to Galerie la Fayette and find there all the biggest clothing and cosmetics brands.

Shopping street in Biarritz
Avenue Edouard VII – Shopping street in Biarritz

If you’re interested in smaller more local boutiques you can find some of them around the market (Les Halles de Biarritz), like rue Gambetta or rue Victor Hugo. You can also head to the very charming streets rue mazagran and rue du port vieux  – two little pedestrian streets full of boutiques, cafes, bars and galleries. One shop I particularly liked was Tentation, a clothing boutique with a very colorful style.

Address: Tentation, 35 Rue Mazagran, 64200 Biarritz

20. Buy Presents

presents from Biarritz
Some of the presents you can bring back home

If you are looking for a present or a memorabilia to bring from Biarritz, there are few special items that can be great presents. One of the most popular merchandise in Biarritz are the espadrilles, made in France slippers that come in all colors and can be a great present for the summer. They are sold in many shops around Biarritz, but if you want a huge selection go to the very chic Art of Soule shoe store or the more traditional Les Sandales d’Eugénie.

Les espadrilles
Espadrilles – a nice present to bring from Biarritz

Another very popular items are Biarritz’s aprons or the colorful little surfboards with cool graffiti or Biarritz’s scenery on them. One store that has a great selection of presents is Colibri.

Address: Colibri, 16 Rue Mazagran, 64200 Biarritz

Other things to do

21. Museums

There are a few interesting museums in Biarritz and although most people come here for the beaches, it’s good to have some interesting indoor places in case it rains.

Apart from the Aquarium mentioned above, there’s an entertaining museum called Cite de l’ocean, full of interactive activities and multimedia exhibits that allows you to learn about the relationship of Biarritz with the ocean in a very fun way. If you don’t feel like surfing in the real ocean, you can try the virtual reality surf experience in the museum. You can purchase tickets combining the museum with the Aquarium.

Address: Cite de l’ocean, 1 Avenue de la Plage, 64200 Biarritz

Another good museum is the Musée Asiatica, with several collections from China, Nepal and Tibet as well as a large gallery of Indian subcontinent art.

Address: Musée Asiatica, 1 Rue Guy Petit, 64200 Biarritz

22. Casino

Casino Barrière in Biarritz
Casino Barrière

Ever felt inadequate in a casino? well not in this one :). The Casino of Biarritz is located in an art deco building on the main beach, Le grande plage. It’s probably not the most extravagant casino you’ve ever been to, but maybe the relaxed feeling is what makes it nice. There is no real dress code to get inside, except that men need to wear long pants.

Address: Casino Barrière, 1 Avenue Edouard VII, 64200 Biarritz

23. See the architecture

Architecture in Biarritz
Architecture in Biarritz

One of the best ways to discover the city is by strolling on the streets and observing its architecture. When you visit Biarritz try to go beyond the few touristic streets and look for the unique houses and mansions. There are two noticeable places that you should pay attention to in your tour. First is the Hotel du Palais which was the summer palace of Eugénie (the last French empress) and is located between the Grande plage and Plage Miramar. And the other one is the Chapelle Imperiale which was Eugénie’s private chapel. If you have time, visit the chapel to see its beautiful interior. During the tourist season the opening hours are Thursday and Saturday (14-18).

24. Night life

Biarritz is not a party town and you won’t see streets full of clubs with people dancing till morning. The atmosphere here is relaxed and people just love to go out for a drink and eat well. Some of the bars/restaurants can be open quite late if you want to continue drinking after dinner. Two of them are located on one of the main streets in the center,  Rue de port vieux: the Ventillo caffe with live music in the evenings and the Basque bar with a younger vibe. Both are open after midnight which is not obvious in Biarritz.

night life around the market in Biarritz
night life around the market in Biarritz

The market area is another place that becomes alive in the evening. Locals love to have an apero in one of the many bars and you will see the places getting busy with groups of friends as the evening carries on.

25. Go to a day trip from Biarritz 

The Basque region is so rich with places to see that you’ll need a lot of time to visit its main destinations and I have many articles to write about all there is to do in the region. But if you have an extra day or two in Biarritz and you want to profit from the proximity of the town to other attractive destinations, it’s quite easy to do. The main popular places you can go to by train or bus from Biarritz are: San Sebastian, a resort town on the Spanish side of the border (50 km from Biarritz); Saint Jean de Luz, a beautiful little fishing town (20 km from Biarritz) and Bayonne, one of the biggest cities in the area known for its chocolate and ham (10 km from Biarritz).

I hope this long list of things to do and see and where to eat and shop was useful for those planning to visit Biarritz. If Biarritz is not on your travel destinations list, you should definitely add it as you don’t want to miss the beautiful beaches, the delicious Basque food and the chill ambiance of this place!

If you have more recommendations for restaurants, bars, shops or other gems in Biarritz please share them in the comments below. And please share this post with your friends and on social media, otherwise how can your friends discover one of France’s most fun and beautiful destinations? 🙂

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This weekend (June 14-18) Bordeaux will turn into a big wine celebration, marking the 20th year anniversary of “Bordeaux Fête le Vin”, one of the largest wine festivals in the world, a biannual event taking place in Bordeaux since 1998. Every two years, the banks of the Garonne are inviting wine lovers to five unforgettable days of events all dedicated to discovering the wines of Bordeaux and its region, Nouvelle aquitaine. But “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is much more than a wine celebration! Visitors will be able to enjoy many events like visiting the beautiful tall ships, daily fireworks and music concerts. In this post I packed all the details you’ll need to plan your visit.

So how does it work?

This event allows you to taste wines from more than 80 appellations from Bordeaux and the Nouvelle – Aquitaine area and meet the wine makers and other professionals from the domain. While the event is free, in order to actually taste the wines you will have to buy the “Pass dégustation” that will cost you 21 euros. You can use the pass for the whole event (5 days).

Pass dégustation for the fete le vin in Bordeaux
Pass dégustation for the Bordeaux wine festival

What does the pass include:

  • One wine glass with its red cute case to carry it around the festival
  • 12 wine tastings: one from each of the 11 pavilions and an additional one of your choice. The pass is not personal so if you don’t need 12 wine glasses share the pass with friends.
  • A workshop at the pavilion of the Bordeaux wine school.
  • A daily public transport ticket  (tram, bus, boat) that you can use in only one of the festival days
  • Participation in the festival raffle
  • Reduced prices to the guided wine themed exhibitions in Musée d’Aquitaine, Musée des Beaux- Arts and Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux.
  • The pass is valid from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:30 and on Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.

Where and when can I get the pass?

You can either purchas the pass online or buy it in one of the three information/selling points along the banks of the river. Either way in order to get the pass itself and the wine glass, you will have to reach one of these three points:

Locations: Chartrons, Quinconces, Cailhau (you will see them in front of the promenade).

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:00 and Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.

Hermoine in Bordeaux
See the ships parade in Bordeaux

What other activities are on?

la Fête du vin de Bordeaux is so much more than just wine tasting. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the wine festival 30 amazing tall ships are about to arrive to Bordeaux on Thursday the 14th, and you’ll get a chance to visit them.
Here is the list of all you can do besides tasting wine:

  • Visit the ships- For the five days of the Fête le Vin (June 14-18), 30 tall ships will be docking along the banks of the river, arriving from many different European destinations. About 20 of these are going to be open to the public where you could take a free tour on the decks and discover the ships and their equipment. You can learn more about these special ships and their stories here.
  • The ships parade– you can see the beautiful parade of all the 30 boats leaving Bordeaux on Monday the 18th at 11:00.
  • The crew parade – The crew of the Tall ships are coming to Bordeaux from England, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, India and different ports in France. Saturday the 16th at 16:00 the crews parade, from soldiers to young trainees will march along the quai from Miroir d’eau throug Cours du Chapeau rouge, Place de la Comédie and Colonne des Girondins and will finis at Place Munich.
  • Fireworks – every evening  at 23:30 the festival will welcome the night with an incredible pyrotechnic show that will be seen from the quais.
  • Sailing on the Garonne – three of the boats will offer one hour daily trips on the Garrone between Pont de Pierre to Pont Chaban-Delmas. The price is 15€ for adults and 8€ for kids. The sailing will take place June 14-17. See more info here.
  • Deck parties – two ships, la Caravelle Vera Cruz and le l’Étoile du Roy, will hosts evening parties of two hours from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) at 22:00. The ticket to the party includes two glasses of wine of Bordeaux or Nouvelle- Aquitaine, some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for kids. The price is 25 € for adults and 15 € for kids (5-15 years old) and free for kids under 5 years old.
  • Concerts – throughout the festival plenty of concerts and shows will take place all around the city. See the full list of concerts here.
  • LOVE-LOVE-LOVE event – Friday the 15th at 18:00, the National Opera of Bordeaux will give one concert in Darwin as part of the Bio wines celebration. See more info here. The price is 10€.
  • Big Wheel– if you’re coming to the festival with kids and they get a bit bored, take them to the big wheel installed at Place des Quinconces (5€).

big boats in Bordeaux -crew
Meet the crew of the big ships that arrived especially for the wine festival

Grand Crus Weekend

One of the most interesting events accompanying the Bordeaux wine festival is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place June 16-17. This event, organized by the the Union des Grands Crus (regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 120 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in these châteaux.

Read more about the event and the full program here.

 

“Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is probably the biggest event in Bordeaux, celebrating what this city is most famous for. This year the celebrations are going to be even larger than usual with the arrival of the beautiful tall ships that will be docking at the banks of the Garonne. You can see the the full program of events here and buy the pass here. For more updates follow the Lost in Bordeaux facebook page.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this incredible wine feast and don’t forget to share this post with friends on social media 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the events this weekend revolve around music and dance with some big festivals taking place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Eysines and Villenave d’ornon. But as usual Bordeaux has much more to offer and so we also get to enjoy a food truck festival, a street art exhibition and a film festival.

This is the list of things to do in and around Bordeaux this weekend (June 28-July 1):

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a set of  evenings of free concerts that are going to take place at different places and dates during this summer. The 9th edition of this festival will last about 3 months (May 30 to August 31) with performances by both local groups and international acts in many genres of music. The event on Friday evening (June 29) is part of the Eysines Goes Soul annual festival and includes a rich concerts program – check it out here. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When and Where: 
June 29- Domaine du Pinsan – 33320 Eysines
June 30- Salle des fetes Grand Parc- 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux
July 2- Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Food truck Festival

This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, with around 60 food trucks registered to participate in the five events of the festival, which are spread on different dates until the end of September this year. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and specialty food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more.

The next food-truck weekend will take place on June 30-July1 in Château Maucaillou. Although the event is generally free you will need tickets for some of the activities during that weekend- you can buy them here.  This weekend will also include: a wine workshop, a dj set, cars exhibition, dancing lessons on the quai, outdoor games, free concerts and many more. This time you can even take a tour on a helicopter to see the wineries from above. Bordeaux expats blog published an interesting article about the Bordeaux food truck festival – you can read it here.

See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.

food truck festival bordeaux

When: June 30- July 1
Where: Château Maucaillou, 25 Route de la Gare, 33480 Moulis-en-Médoc

Les Tropicales – film festival

The tropicales is a perfect festival for all cinema lovers and was created to stimulate people to share their thoughts and feelings about different movies. This year the festival includes both popular films from recent years and new movies that were premiered at the Cannes festival. The festival will take place from June 28- July 1 in three different locations in Bordeaux: Darwin,Cinéma Utopia, Place du Palais and the new Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc. Take a look at the full program.

When: June 28- July 1
Where:Different location, check out the program of the festival

Dance show by three famous choreographers

A co-production of the National Opera of Bordeaux and the Opera of Limoges presents an evening of three works by three famous choreographers: Petite Mort by Jiří KyliánLe Chant du compagnon errant by Maurice Béjart and Le Concert (ou Les Malheurs de chacun) by Jerome Robbins. The dance show will be performed in the Opera of Bordeaux, during nine nights from June 27 to July 6.

For more details and tickets see the website of the Opera.

When:  June 27 to July 6
Where: Grand Théâtre, place de la Comédie, 33000 BORDEAUX

Celebrating the opening of the salle des fêtes du Grand Parc

To celebrate its reopening , la salle des fêtes du Grand-Parc organizes three days of free events and activities that will take place on June 28-30. Up until it closed its doors 25 years ago, it used to be a very popular concert venue in Bordeaux. The program includes plenty of concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and activities for kids. Take a look at the full program here.

The inauguration event will take place Friday evening (20:00) with performances by Gamine, Tender Forever, Magnetix, Stalag, Les Stagiaires, Bolton, Mush, Strychnine, Stilettos and Les Cons.

When:  June 28-30
Where: Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc. cours de Luze33300 Bordeaux

Festival Les Z’Arpètes

This is the 16th editions of this outdoor arts festival that takes place this Friday and Saturday (June 29-30) in Villenave d’Ornon. This two festive days include a very rich program of concerts and performances on Friday (18:30 to 2:00) and Saturday  (14:30 to 4:00) as well as an artisans’ market and many activities for kids. Check out the full program here.
When:  June 29-30
Where: Plaine de Courréjean, Chemin de la Caminasse, 33140 – VILLENAVE D’ORNON

Discovery festival of the Bordeaux circus School

This weekend you have the opportunity to discover the circus school of Bordeaux with a host of performances and workshops. The discovery festival, that has started this Monday, will come to an end this Saturday (June 30) with a discovery workshop at 10:30 and shows in the afternoon. Pre-registration is required to participate in the workshop  (contact: [email protected] / 05 56 43 17 18). Some of the events are free and some require a ticket (10 euros) – check out the full program.

When:  June 25-30
Where: Centre Culturel des Arts du Cirque, 286 boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 BORDEAUX

Festival en Bonne Voix

This is the 12th edition of the Bonne Voix festival that takes place every year in Parc Razon in the center of Pessac and proposes a rich program of French music. This year the festival will take place on Saturday (June 30) and will include six concerts: BB brunes, Jil Caplan, Tom Frager, La Féline, Eskelina, Lila and les Pirates.

When:  June 30
Where: Parc Razon, 33600 Pessac

Dance Tango in Jardin Public

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango dance evenings in different location in the center of Bordeaux. This weekend you could join the first tango event of this summer on Sunday (July 1st) in Jardin Public. You can see the full list of events for this summer in the website of the association.

tango in Jardin public

When:  July 1st – 16:00
Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux

Swing In Kiosque

Tango is not the only dance we’re going to see this weekend in Jardin Public. If you’re more into a groovy pace then this event is for you. Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that take place once a month. This Sunday (July 1st) Swing In Kiosque will take place at 3pm in Jardin Public. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When:  July 1st – 15:00
Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux

La guinguette des enfants

An event for kids will take place this Saturday (June 30) in one of the coolest summer places in Bordeaux –  la Guinguette Chez Alriq. The tavern on the board of the Garonne will host you and your family for a special day that will include a sophrology session, a big family picnic and a dj set. The price is 5 euro for adults. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

When: June 30- 11:00
Where:ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that will host more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux.

For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.

When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

New exhibitions at the Musée de la Création Franche

Two new exhibitions have been presented at the Musée de la Création Franche in Bègles on June 15.

All I need is love is a thematic collection that will be presented until May 2019. Le Monde selon Carles Tolrà, is a personal exposition that will be presented at the museum until September 2. Check the program of events and exhibitions on the website of the museum.

Where: 58 Avenue Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 33130 Bègles

Latin Music by the National Choir of Bordeaux

The National Choir of Bordeaux will perform this Saturday (June 30) at the Opera of Bordeaux with a program that include Latin American songs, influenced by the time the head of the Choir spent in Buenos Aires. For tickets and more info click here.

When: June 30- 20:00
Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

 

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Have a great weekend!

This weekend it’s time to relax a bit after the fête du vin and fête de la musique. There are no big festivals but plenty of fun events and activities and a few incredible art exhibitions you should go see.

If you need a really calm weekend after the overload of events in Bordeaux in recent weeks, check out my list of the best places for a picnic in Bordeaux and choose the best spot to enjoy this sunny weekend!

This is the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (June 22-24):

Festivals and Events

Bordeaux Open Air #1

The first part of the third edition of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on June 24 in Parc Palmer in Cenon. Bordeaux Open Air is a series of summer free electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. The second and third parts of the festival will take place on July 22 and August 12 in Jardin Public and Parc Palmer, respectively.

See more info about the event on their website and facebook page.

Bordeaux Open Air festival
Credit: openagenda.com
When:  June 24
Where: Parc Palmer , 1 rue aristide Briand, 33150 Bordeaux, France

Refugee Food Festival

The Refugee Food Festival will take place on June 21-25 in several location across the city. Five restaurants in Bordeaux will open their kitchen to refugee chefs that will enrich their menus with special dishes from their countries. For more details check out the website and the facebook page of the event.

refugee food festival 2018

When:  June 21-25
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (check out the link above)

Fête de la Musique for kids 

Every year, on the weekend following the Fête de la Musique, kids get to celebrate their own music day in Parc Bordelais. The event proposes a large program of musical activities such as concerts of different music schools, a workshop of electronic music for kids, a concert of the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux and more. See the full program here.

fete de la musiques des enfants 2018 bordeaux

When:  June 24
Where: Parc Bordelais

Flashmob Studio Attitude 2018

Join the big Flashmob event that will take place this Saturday at the Miroir d’eau at 16:00, organized by Studio Attitude. You can learn the dance moves in the video bellow. See more details on the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24, 16:00
Where: Miroir d’eau

A zero waste festival will take place on June 23 at Place Sainte Bernadette in Merignac. During this event you’ll be able to do a no-waste shopping and gain new ideas you could implement in your day to day life in order to decrease waste. For more info check out the website of the event.

village zero dechet in Bordeaux

When:  June 23 (10:00 to 17:00)
Where: Place Sainte Bernadette. Merignac

Festival de Papa Yann from Enfant- Bordeaux

Papa Yann, the founder of the super helpful website Enfant-Bordeaux will host the first event for kids on Sunday (June 24). The event will take place at la Cabane de Raba in Talence and will include many activities and spectacles in its program. For more details check the website and the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24 – from 10:30 to 18:00
Where: 35 rue Remi Belleau , 33400 Talence
How much: 6 €

La Ferme des Halles

le Carreau des Producteurs, a group of farmers and a local producers located at the Halles de Bacalan will hold a fun event this Saturday (June 23), by the name of “La Ferme des Halles”. The event will include a little farm installed in place, a farming class and a market where you could meet the local producers. See more info here.

When:  June 23
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Banzaï Lab présente : Arrière Cour #3

Banzaï Lab invites you to spend a lovely afternoon this Sunday (June 24) at Les Vivres de l’Art. The program includes a Barbecue, different games, a magic show and more. See the full program on the facebook page of the event.

When:  June 24 from 12:00 to 22:30
Where: 2 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France
How much: 3 € (free for kids under 12 yo)

 

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Last chance to see the Street Color Exhibition

I know I have been saying that in the last three weeks, but this is really your last chance to see this amazing street art exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez, which will be presented until the end of this weekend (June 24). The expo includes some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more.

For more info and tickets.

color street exhibition at the institut culturel bernard magrez
photo by @lost_in_bordeaux
When:  until June 24
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Urban Legends Exhibition

“Legendes Urbaines” , an exhibition that will host more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux.

For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.

When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Corpus Focus – a journey of a dance

Corpus Focus is a dance project that has been running since March in different locations in Bordeaux. It brings together 4 renowned international choreographers with dancers (from the Adage dance school) that will perform their new creations. The forth edition of Corpus Focus is coming to an end with two performances this weekend, on June 22 (19:30) and June 23 (16:00) in Bordeaux and Saint-Macaire, respectively. The entry is free.

Read more about the project and the next two performances here.

Corpus Focus 2018

When: June 22-23
Where:  Bordeaux and Saint-Macaire, (check out the program of the event)

Last chance to see the Wine and Music Expo

The is the last chance to see the “Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords“ art exposition at la Cité du Vin, that will be presented until June 24. The exhibition reveals the relationship between wine and music through a visual journey that alternates between paintings, music and stage art. Around 150 pieces of art will be put in place from French and European collections: ceramics, paintings, music books , instruments and more.  For more details and tickets go here.

When:  until June 24
Where: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Shakira

Shakira will perform at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena  on June 24 –  buy tickets here.

Le Bruit des Corps – Festival

Le Bruit des Corps is a festival combining the arts of dance and theater, mixing both professional and amateur dancers. The festival will take place on June 21-30  in different venues in the city. The program of the festival includes concerts, workshops and conferences. For more info check out the website and the facebook page of the festival.

When: June 21-30
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux, take a look at the link above.

La Guinguette Chez Alriq

Enjoy a concert in front of the Garonne river at La Guinguette Chez Alriq. This cool place has live concerts every evening of the weekend with performances in many different music genres. See the full program for the weekend on their website.

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Do you have other events to add to the list? Please share them in the comments below so all of us could profit 🙂

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in June 2018.

Have a great weekend!

The Fête de la musique is a national day of music celebration that takes place on the longest day of the year – the 21st of June. This day is being celebrated in every neighborhood and city in France and in more than 120 other cities around the world who joined this amazing French initiative. On Fête de la musique free concerts are organized in almost every pub and public places, like squares and parks, and all you have to do is take a stroll around the city and choose the music you prefer to listen to.

Like anywhere else in France, Bordeaux is going to be very festive tomorrow with plenty of concerts, dj sets and musical free activities in each and every neighborhood. If you like to keep it close to home, Marie de Bordeaux prepared a detailed list of all the events that are about to take place in the following neighborhoods: Bastide, Chartrons/ Grand parc/ Jardin Public, Nansouty / saint Genes, Cauderan, Saint Augustin, Bordeaux Maritime, South of Bordeaux and the center of the city- you can see the full program here.

This list is a very long, full with big and small events which makes it very hard to choose and make the best out of that day.  So how do you know where to go tomorrow? That’s what I’m here for! I’ve prepared a list of 14 places with the biggest and most interesting events organized for la Fête de la musique, where you are promised to have a great time! Most of the events in the list are in the center of Bordeaux, but not only, there are some suggestions for those who prefer to stay out of the city on days like these. If you get to the end of the list there’s a bonus event –  fete de la musique for kids that will take place over the weekend.

Cour Mably

Délicieuse Musique association will hold an event that will take place at Cour Malby and will include concerts and Dj’s.
Music style: Funk, Groove, Electronic music, pop
Details: Cour Mably, 33000 Bordeaux at 16:00.

Musee des Beaux-Arts

The museum will host the choirs of the national conservatoire of Bordeaux for a concert that will take place at 18:00. This event requires prior reservation by phone – 05 56 10 25 15
Details: Musée des Beaux-Arts, 20 cours d’Albret, at 18:30.

Saint Michel

An evening full of concerts, organized by Allez Les Filles will take place in Saint Michel. For more info check out the facebook event.
Music style:  World Music, Reggae, Soul, Electronic music
Details: Place Meynard, 33000 Bordeaux – 18:00 to 01:00

Place Fernand Lafargue

Bordeaux Rock assocoation will hold a big party at Place Fernand Lafargue with concerts and DJ’s playing only vinyls. For more details check out the website of Bordeaux rock.
Music style:  Electronic music, funk. Groove, rock, soul.
Details: Place Fernand Lafargue 33000 Bordeaux- 19:00 to 01:00

Place du Palais

An evening of rock and psychedelic music will take place at Place du Palais with six concerts of different bands and dj’s:  L’Astrodøme + Musique d’Apéritif, Wizard (rock progressif psychédélique), Equipe de Foot (indie rock), Korto (kraut psychédélique space), LA Witch (psych rock garage) + guest, Dj set L’Astrodøme + Musique d’Apéritif.
Details: Place du Palais 33000 Bordeaux- 18:00 to 01:00

Place des Quinconces

Dj Lex MELOMIX et AKAPOULTEK will organize a trance party at Place des Quinconces
Music style:  Progressive and trance
Details: Place des Quinconces 33000 Bordeaux- at 18:00

Place Saint Projet

As special event will take place at Place Saint Projet on rue Saint Catherine that will gather an improvised jungle full of strange creatures presented by Les Amplitudes and Raibow Pony. The party will be accompanied by house music.
Music style:  house, funk, groove
Details: Place Saint Projet, 33000 Bordeaux- 17:00 to midnight

Cathédrale Saint André

The main Cathedrale of Bordeaux will host a choir for a concert of an hour and a half.
Details: Cathédrale Saint André, 33000 Bordeaux- 19:45 to 21:15

Saint Michel (rue du Mirail)

L’Eau and Super Daronne will unite forces for a great musical night of house, disco and funk at la cour du Crédit Municipal.
Details: La cour du Credit Municipal de Bordeaux , 29 rue du Mirail, 33000 Bordeaux- 18:00 to 01:00

Rocher de Palmer

FIP radio will celebrate the fête la Musique  at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon with concerts and a live broadcast.
Details: Rocher de Palmer, 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon- from 19:00 to midnight

South of Bordeaux (Square Dom Bedos )

An electronic music party will take place at Square Dom Bedos with the Dj’s Tplt and l’Orangeade getting together for a second collaboration.
Details: Square Dom Bedos 33000 Bordeaux- from 18:00

Parc Peixotto, Talence

An evening full of music will take place in Park Peixotto with concerts of French songs by Charole Meli-Melo and several groups playing pop, rock and funk music.
Details: Parc Peixotto, Talence 33400 Bordeaux- from 18:00

Pessac

Many concerts will take place in the center of Pessac (place de la Liberté, place de la Ve République, hall de l’Hôtel de Ville, esplanade Charles de Gaulle, rue des Poilus et église Saint-Martin) starting 18:15. Later in the evening (22:15) the group Tenue will take the stage at place de la Ve République and will make you dance to the greatest songs of disco, funk and rock of the 70s and 80s. For more details click here.

Conservatoire Jacques Thibaud de Bordeaux 

Conservatoire de Bordeaux invites you for a special day of music concerts and performances in different locations around the city. Check out the program of the festival:

  • Midi Musical at The Grande Théâtre at 12:30 (you can purchase the tickets through the Opera).
  • Colors of peace at Les Halle des Douves – 4 rue des Douves : 19:30
  • Mélodie des corps at Les Halle des Douves – 4 rue des Douves : 20:30
  • Concert musique et chant at La Cité du Vin : 20:00 (The concert is free but reservation is required through Cité du Vin)
  • Ceili Band – The Connemara Bar – 18 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux at 21:00
  • Concert des OPUS – L’Atelier du Conservatoire – rue jacques d’welles at 17:30

 

Bonus event – Fête de la Musique for kids – June 24th

This one has become a Bordelaise tradition. Every year, on the weekend following the Fête de la Musique, kids get to celebrate their own music day in Parc Bordelais. The event proposes a big program of musical activities such as concerts of different music schools, a workshop of electronic music for kids, a concert of the Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux and more. See the full program here.

Details: Parc Bordelais, June 24, 11:00 to 19:30. The event is free.

fete de la musiques des enfants 2018 bordeaux

 

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The main event this weekend is undoubtedly the Bordeaux wine festival- “Bordeaux Fête le Vin“. The festival is taking place on June 14-18 and includes an extensive program of events and activities. My recent post about the fête du vin will give you all the information you need to participate in the wine celebrations – prices, where to buy tickets, what activities are on and more. Be sure to check it out so you don’t miss any interesting events.

I think I’ve been talking enough about the wine festival in the last few days, so let me now just focus on all the other interesting events that are about to take place this weekend in and around Bordeaux.

Here is the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (June 15-17):

Festivals and Special events

Grand Crus Weekend

One of the most interesting events accompanying the Bordeaux wine festival is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place June 16-17. This event, organized by the the Union des Grands Crus (regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 120 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of organized dinners in these châteaux.

Read more about the event and the full program here.

When: June 16-17
Where: many locations, see the program

Festival Vie Sauvage

Vie Sauvage, is a music and gastronomy festival that takes place every year in Bourg. The seventh edition of the festival will take place June 15-17 and includes a long list of artists that will take the stage during the three days, you can see the full program here.  For more details check out the website of the event. The price is 25 euros for a day and 40 euros for the three days pass.

When: June 15-17
Where: 57, rue Valentin Bernard, 33710 Bourg-sur-Gironde

Jazz and Blues Festival in Leognan

The 23rd edition of the Jazz and Blues Festival of Leognan takes place as part of Leognan’s 300 years anniversary celebrations. Out of the six concerts in the program, two concerts are still to take place on June 15-16 in Saucats and in  Martillac. Take a look at the full program here.

When: June 7- 16
Where: See all the locations in the link above
How much: the prices in the link above

En avant la musique in Langon

An early celebration of the Fete de la musique will take place in Langon this Saturday (June 16) from 17:30 to 23:30. The event will start with the performance of Perry Gordon at the Place des Carmes and will continue from 21:00 on the quai with three performances of rock music. For more details click here.

When: June 16
Where: Place des Carmes & Esplanade des quais. Langon

Festival Regula à La Réole

Regula is a dance, music and equestrian art festival that will take place this Saturday (June 16) in la Réole. Through these forms of arts, the performers will interpret the theme of the third edition of the festival, which is “American Myths”. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

When: June 16
Where: Château des Quat’Sos ,Côte de Pirly, 33190 La Réole

See the FIFA World Cup in one of the open air bars around the city

From June 14 to July 15 the world will be glued to the screens to watch the FIFA World Cup games. While the open air screening were canceled this year due to security reasons, there are a few places around Bordeaux where you can see them on a large screen and some are in the open air. Two such places are the Factory in Talence and  L’Et-Cætera in Pessac.  See more pubs that will screen the games here.

The Factory: 246 bis avenue de Thouars, 33400 Talence

L’Et-Cætera : 81 rue du Général Leclerc, Pessac

 

RDV des Artistes

This Saturday (June 16) a big gathering of artists will take place at the Place de la Mairie in Le Bouscat neighborhood. “RDV des Artistes” will include live painting and exhibition of local artists.

le RDV des artistes

When: June 16 (10:00-18:00)
Where: Place de la Mairie, Le Bouscat

Latino Gartonomique festival

A gastronomic Latin American festival will take place on June 16 (2pm to 10pm) at Saint Augustin. Besides celebrating the gastronomic richness of Latin America the program will include concerts and different activities. See the facebook page of the event.

When: June 16 (2pm to 10pm)
Where: Place de l’Église Saint-Augustin, 33000 Bordeaux

Climb Up open doors

A huge climbing indoor space opened in Bordeaux yesterday and this weekend they invite you for an open door two days event. The event is for adults and kids over 3 years old, it’s free and will include climbing lessons. Take a look on the details of the event.

climb up bordeaux

When: June 16 – 17 (2pm to 10pm)
Where: 17 avenue Pythagore, 33700 Mérignac, Aquitaine, France

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Classic Ballet by the Bolshoi of Minsk

The prestigious Bolshoi of Minsk ballet company will perform parts taken from some of the best classics of ballet, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote, a beautiful event to take the kids to. The show will take place on June 17 (4pm) at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena.

For tickets and more details click here.

Les grands ballets classiques par le Bolchoï de Minsk

When: June 17
Where: Bordeaux Métropole Arena, 48-50 avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 FLOIRAC

Penas y Alegrías – traditional flamenco dance and music show

“Penas y Alegrías” offers you a high energy, colourful flamenco show.  This is a traditional flamenco performance as one would see in the peñas (flamenco clubs) of Andalucía. This show presents a wide variety of flamenco styles including the poignant and melancholy soléa to the lighter, mischevious alegrías.
Read about this beautiful show in my previous post about “Penas y Alegrías
Penas y Alegrías
When: Saturday, June 16- 8pm
Where: La Grande Poste, 7 Rue du Palais Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: Prices – 16€ / 20€

Still some time left to see the Street Color Exhibition

This is the last chance to see the excellent art exhibition that is being presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo includes some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more.

For more info and tickets.

Street Color Exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez
Street Color Exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez

When: until June 24
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Speedy Graphito – Urban Fever at Institut Bernard magrez

An exhibition by the famous French street artist, Speedy Graphito, will be presented at the Institut Bernard Magrez until July 15. The artist uses many forms of art –  painting, sculpture, photo, video and more to express his innovative and sometimes political ideas.

Check out the website of Speedy graphito to explore the works of the artist and the website of the museum for more information about the exhibition.

When: April 19– July 15
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Chromatic Shadow Exhibition

La Galerie D.X will be presenting the works of the French- American painter until July 13.

JÉRÔME LAGARRIGUE

When: June 8– July 13
Where: 10 Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

 

Hope you enjoyed the list! Now don’t be shy, share it with your friends!

Do you have other events to add to the list? Please share them in the comments so all of us can enjoy them 🙂

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in June 2018.

Have a great weekend!

If you are in town this weekend and looking for something special to do on Saturday evening, how about a flamenco dance and music concert? We are lucky enough to have our own very talented Flamenco dancer in Bordeaux, “La Caramelita”, that together with three flamenco artists will perform the “Penas y Alegrías” in La Grande Poste.
Penas y Alegrías  offers you a high energy, colorful flamenco show. The soulful singing and the wistful guitar solos alternate flawlessly and the public, ensnared by the dancer will not be able to resist the urge to cry “Olé!” The artists propose a traditional flamenco performance as one would see in the peñas (flamenco clubs) of Andalucía. This show presents a wide variety of flamenco styles including the poignant and melancholy soléa to the lighter, mischevious alegrías. The thundering footwork unites with the singer’s jaleos (cheers) and the syncopated rhythms of the guitar to offer you an intense moment of sensuality and spirit.
Penas y Alegrías

Intertwining dance and music of flamenco “jondo” (deep song), “Penas y Alegrías” represents the spectrum of life: a decomposition of emotions, from sorrow to joy. It is through her intense interpretation that Deborah “La Caramelita” awakens these feelings so familiar to flamenco. She is accompanied in by esteemed flamenco artists Guillermo Guillén (guitar), Alex Carrasco (percussions) and Alejandro Mendía (vocals).

After years of living in Andalucía it is in Bordeaux that these 4 artists converged and their desire to form a flamenco cuadro together took hold.
For more details check out the website and facebook page. Tickets available or at the door or online .
When: Saturday, June 16- 8pm
Where: La Grande Poste, 7 Rue du Palais Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: Prices – 16€ / 20€

Although there aren’t any huge events in the center of Bordeaux, like the wine festival next week, there is still a big variety of smaller fun events to entertain you and your families this weekend. Jazz lovers are going to enjoy this weekend with two Jazz festivals very close to Bordeaux. Other surprises in the music scene include the Open air festival in Cenon and the So Good festival in Canéjan. Of course it’s not all about music, there are food events, new art expos and even a Mojito festival.

For all of these events and many more, check out the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (June 7-10):

Festivals and other events

Bordeaux Open Air #1

The first part of the third edition of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on June 10 in Parc Palmer in Cenon. Bordeaux Open Air is a series of summer free electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. The second and third parts of the festival will take place on July 22 and August 12 in Jardin Public and Parc Palmer, respectively.

See more info about the event on their website and facebook page.

Bordeaux Open Air festival
Credit: openagenda.com

When:  June 10
Where: Parc Palmer , 1 rue aristide Briand, 33150 Bordeaux, France

Les Epicuriales

This is the last weekend of the event that has become an early summer Bordelaise tradition. For its 24th edition les Epicuriales festival transforms Allées de Tourny (next to the Opera) to a  gastronomic heaven with about twenty restaurants set up especially for the event. During the 16 days of the festival, the restaurants are open to the public for lunch and dinner.

The event takes place May 25 to June 9. See more details here.

Les Epicuriales food festival in Bordeaux
Les Epicuriales food festival – by lost in Bordeaux

When: May 25 – June 9
Where: Allées de Tourny 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Le Haillan Chanté

The 9th edition of the singing festival, Le Haillan Chanté, is taking place on June 5-9 in Le Haillan. French songs lovers will adore this event as it is full with performances of both current and more nostalgic songs. There is a long list of performers participating in the event, some of the names are: Michel Jonasz, Loïc Lantoine, Melissmell, Barbara Carlotti, Presque Oui, Wally, Hildebrandt, Jacques et Jacques, Hinamé, Marc Dessolas, Tiou, Eskelina, Buridane.  The two main venues where the events will take place are L’Entrepôt and the Théâtre de verdure.

To see the full program of the festival click here.

When:  June  5- 9
Where: 13 rue Georges clémenceau 33185 le haillan

Fete de mojito

La Fête du Mojito will take place this weekend (June 7-9) all over France with music, special activities and happy hour prices on Mojitos (up to 50% off). Bordeaux is not an acceptation and many bars in the city are going to participate is the festival with special evenings dedicated to the Cuban famous cocktail, among them La Tencha, The grizzly pub, the Bodega and Casa Latina. See the full list of the Bordelaise pubs participating in the events and the discount they are offering here.

You can see all the locations in France where Mojito will be celebrated here.

fete du mojito casa latina

When:  June 7-8
Where: See the full list of pubs in the link above

So Good Fest

Le So Good Fest is an electronic music festival of the Gironde department that takes place every year at Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan. The 8th edition of the festival will take place on June 8-9 and will include a two day lineup of French and international artists in the Electro, Dub and Techno music.
For more details and tickets check out the site of the festival.
When:  June 8-9
Where: Impasse de Calonge, 33610 Canéjan sur la ZA du Courneau, Canéjan
How much: 21 € for a day / 36 € for two days path

Jazz and Blues Festival in Leognan

The 23rd edition of the Jazz and Blues Festival of Leognan will take place as part of Leognan’s 300 years anniversary celebrations. Six concert nights will be given between June 7 and June 16 in four different towns in the area: Beautiran, Saucats, Martillac et Léognan. Take a look at the full program here.

When:  June 7- 16
Where: See all the locations in the link above
How much: the prices in the link above

la Fête de l’Huître

The 18th edition of la Fête de l’Huître will take place on June 8-9 in the center of Saint Augustin neighborhood in Bordeaux. During the day, you will see plenty of people who come to enjoy oysters and other goodies that the festival has to offer, while the ones who will stay for the evening will enjoy free concerts (LITTLE MONKEY, HS STREET BAND). See more info here.

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photo by: Sanson

When:  June 8-9
Where: Place de l’Eglise Saint Augustin, 33000 Bordeaux

The Hermione ship arrives to Bordeaux

Hermione, the impressive ship, once used by La fayette, will arrive to Bordeaux on June 8. The ship will pass under the Chaban-Delmas bridge at 14: 45 and after turning at the Miroir d’Eau, will dock next to Ponton Quai des Marques until it’s departure on June 14 (20:20). During its stay in Bordeaux you have the chance to visit the ship and meet the crew. The visit lasts up to 30 minutes and the price is 5 €  for adults and 2 € for 6-15 years old. For more details click here. Read more about the ship and its journey here.

When:  June 8-14
Where: Ponton Quai des Marques , 33000 BORDEAUX
How much:5 €  for adults and 2 € for 6-15 years old

Trajectoires

Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux. Six concerts will be given in Saint Genès this weekend (June 8-10) by the students of the Ancients instruments department of the Conservatoire de Bordeaux. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.  The entry is free.

Take a look on the full list of performances and details about all the events in June here.

When: June 8-10
Where: Chapelle de Saint-Genès La Salle

Festival Jazz 360

This is the 9th edition of the Jazz 360 festival whose goal is to support the creation of Jazz music. During the five days of the festival more than 50 professional and young artists will take the stage for nine free and four payed concerts. it will take place on June 7-10 in five different locations: Langoiran, Cénac, Camblanes-et-Meynac, Quinsac and Latresne.  For more details visit the site of the festival.

When: June 7-10
Where: see different locations here.

Fête Vigneronne

This Saturday (June 9)  Sainte-Croix-du-Mont invites you to the Fête Vigneronne. This is a gastronomic and a wine event in Château de Tastes, where visitors will  taste the wine of the château  and take part in different activities such as an art exposition, orchestra concert and a lunch prepared from the products of the region. For more details click here.

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photo by: le republicain Marmande et Langon

When: June 9
Where: Château de Tastes, 33410 SAINTE-CROIX-DU-MONT

Arty Garden Party

The town hall of the Nansouty Saint-Genès neighborhood is organizing a summer welcoming party that will include musical, cultural and sports events. The three days event will take place on June 8-19 at the Dames de la foi garden in Saint Genès. For more info click here

arty garden party 2018

When:  June 8-10
Where: Dames de la foi (jardin), Rue St Genès, 33000 Bordeaux

WITH KIDS

Big Bang- Air and Space Festival

The Big Bang festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles will take place on June 5-10. The third edition of the air and space festival is dedicated to art and science and is promised to be both educative and entertaining. The program includes art and science exhibitions, conferences, planetarium, flight simulator, films, concerts and much more. Check out the full program of the event.

Big Bang Festival 2017
Picture by: Big Bang

When:  June 5-10
Where: Le Carré des Jalles, Place de la République, 33160 SAINT-MEDARD-EN-JALLES

Le Printemps des Doudous

Le printemps des doudous is a  music festival for kids that will take place June 9 in the Bastide neighborhood. The program will include shows, workshops and sport activities for kids such as yoga, gym kids and more. The workshops and sport activities are all free, while the price of the shows is 5 euros for kids and 8 euros for adults. For more detail click here.

le printemps des doudous program

When:  June 9
Where: Jardin BoutaniqueEspl. Linné, 33100 Bordeaux

Bambino Party

This weekend (June 9-10) l’Île aux enfants in Hourtin will hold a kids festival for children up to 12 years old. The theme of the festival is the wild west and the kids will be turned to little cowboys and Indians. For more details click here.

CULTURE

Odyssée de L’espace – Auditorium de Bordeaux

For this final concert of the symphonic season, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux chose to take on a more cinematic sound. The concert is called the Space Odyssey and besides the theme from Kubrick’s famous movie will include other pieces celebrating space like Start Wars. The concerts will take place June 7-8 at the Auditorium of Bordeaux.

For more details and tickets click here.

When: June 7-8
Where: 8 – 13 cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000 Bordeaux

Belle Gueules de Bordeaux – Photography 

A photography exhibition by the name of Belle Gueules de Bordeaux, will be presented in La Cité du Vin from June 8 to September 2. The photographs present 51 portraits of men and women working in the vineyards in the Bordeaux area  during the period of  12 months, as was captured by the photographer, Guillaume BONNAUD. Most of the works are presented at the entrance hall of La Cité du Vin and thus do not require a ticket to the museum.

See more info here.

When: June 8 – September 2
Where: La Cité du Vin, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX

Still some time left to see the Street Color Exhibition

This is the last chance to see the excellent art exhibition that is being presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo includes some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more.

For more info and tickets.

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Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia
When:  until June 24
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Last chance to see the Wine and Music Expo

The art exposition at la Cité du Vin, named “Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords“, reveals the relationship between wine and music through a visual journey that alternates between  paintings, music and stage art. Around 150 pieces of art will be put in place from French and European collections: ceramics, paintings, music books , instruments and more. The exposition has been running from march and will be presented at the museum until June 24. For more details and tickets check here.

LE VIN & LA MUSIQUE, ACCORDS ET DÉSACCORDS

When:  until June 24
Where: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
How much: 8 €

Là bas – expo by Yakassum 

Art Social Club is an association created with the goal to connect between artists and art lovers. Every month the Art Social Club hosts different artists from different genres of arts. Currently (May 17 – June 17) “la bas”, a collective exposition by Yakassum, a group of three painters, is being presented at the club. For more info click here.

When: May 17 – June 17
Where: 39 rue Bouquière 33000 Bordeaux

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If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in June 2018.

Have a great weekend!