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For many years Bordeaux was considered a bit of a shady town, where you would stop by on your way to the wine regions in the south of France. In the last decade however, Bordeaux has gone through a massive makeover, making tourism its highest priority and becoming one of the most beautiful and interesting destination in Europe. With it’s 362 historic monuments (second only to Paris), an extraordinary gastronomic scene and a vibrant city life, it’s no wonder this beautiful town was named the European Best destination in 2015.

There are plenty of articles, suggesting lists of things to do in Bordeaux. However my objective for creating yet another one was to offer you a detailed step by step guide to all the must see things in the city from a local’s perspective.This article is primarily meant for first time visitors in Bordeaux and can be done in 2-3 days if you’re in shape 🙂

If it isn’t your first time in Bordeaux you’ve probably visited most of the things in the list, but Bordeaux is beautiful enough to see it twice and you might have missed some of the items mentioned here. I still enjoy revisiting these sites when making tours with my guests.

Although this guide proposes a specific route to follow, feel free to take whatever you want from the list and adopt it to your style of travelling. You can switch the order of places you’re planning to visit but pay attention to things that are taking place only on Saturdays or Sundays. This list is quite dense so if you come for more than two days, feel free to reduce the pace and take some time to visit the city more calmly, enjoy its cafés and the general atmosphere.

One last thing before we dive in. If you’re looking for a hotel to stay in during your visit here, check out my post about the best places to stay in Bordeaux. I’ve included some beautiful boutique hotels and several more affordable ones.

First Day

Place de la Victoire

Start your day from Place de la Victoire, an impressive square which is recognized by the 18th century arc and the marble obelisk at its center. The square, located at the southern part of central Bordeaux, connects some of the biggest streets in the city, among them the popular Sainte Catherine street. It’s proximity to the busiest street in the city, the University campus and the numerous cafes and bars on and round the square creates a very happy and busy vibe. I wouldn’t necessarily put this place on my “5 top things to see in Bordeaux” list, but this beautiful arc is a very good place to start your Bordeaux tour with due to t’s central location.

Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux

If you don’t have much time in the Bordeaux and you really want to see only the main sights of the city you can skip to number 4 where I lead you to the center and more chic part of Bordeaux. But if you want to taste the local vibe, continue with me to number 2 on our list.

Marché des Capucins

If it’s not too early in the morning for starting your gastronomic experience in Bordeaux, I highly recommend going to Marché des Capucins. This is the biggest daily market in Bordeaux and has everything from stands of fruits and vegetables, sweets, spices and a bunch of lively cafés and restaurants. It’s a covered market so you can enjoy it on the city’s numerous rainy days. Most cafes and restaurants also have tables outside where you can have a coffee or an early lunch. During the weekend, the market is packed with locals, who gather to eat oysters accompanied by white wine. Be sure to come early to be able to catch a table.

Marche des Capucins
Marché des Capucins – for an early lunch with the locals

Before you go, be sure to check out my article about the best places to eat at the Marché des Capucins. The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, however, be aware that not all the restaurants and stands are open on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you need help in discovering the market, I offer a market tour where you will taste and get familiar with the flavors of the southwest of France. So if you’re into starting your day with a foodie experience check out my food tours page.

Now after opening the morning at the market we can start touring Bordeaux and admire its beautiful architecture. If you followed my advice and went to the market, your next destination should be Saint Michel. From Place des Capucins continue to rue Clare which will bring you to the heart of the Saint Michel neighborhood. As I said before, if you don’t have much time you can skip it and go straight to number 4. but from my experience even a short tour in Saint Michel is quite worth it.

Discover the Saint Michel neighborhood

Until quite recently Saint Michel was not the most welcoming place and was quite ignored by the tourists arriving to Bordeaux. In recent years a younger population moved to the neighborhood and gave it a second life. Today the interesting mix of chic cafes and shops of immigrants makes it a great authentic place.

There are many things to do and see in this area and if you have more than two days and would like to spend some time in Saint Michel, check out my detailed guide to Saint Michel. If, however you are short in time and just want the “best of”, this is what I suggest:

  • The Basilica of Saint Michel – classified as a world heritage of UNESCO in 1998 stands at the heart of this lively neighborhood. It is located on the main square, Place Meynard, surrounded by plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars.
  • la Flèche Saint-Michel – Just next to the basilica you’ll find the Saint Michel bell tower, one of the main monuments of the city. I highly recommend climbing it to see a magnificent view of Bordeaux.
  • The market on SaturdayEvery Saturday there’s a local market around the Basilica. Even if you don’t need to buy anything I’d still recommend going there on a Saturday morning just for the atmosphere
  • Antiquesif you love antiques markets, whether it’s to buy or just to have a look, you’re at the right place. This neighborhood have several antique places that are open daily. Check out my guide to Saint Michel for a detailed list with addresses.
The view from la Flèche Saint-Michel
The view from la Flèche Saint-Michel

From here we will be entering the historic center of Bordeaux- Follow me 🙂

Grosse Cloche

From Place Meynard take rue des Faures to get to one of the main streets in the center of Bordeaux (rue Victor Hugo), which will lead you from the Saint Michel neighborhood to the Quartier de la Grosse Cloche (see the beautiful gate on your right).  The charming paved streets of this small neighborhood will definitely leave their charm on you. This area is full of chic cafés and boutiques and is one of the most popular places among the locals. The Grosse Cloche, a bell tower through which you’ll enter the neighborhood is one of the most prominent symbols of Bordeaux and was used to be the gateway to the city (and at some point functioned as a prison).  

grosse cloche

Rue Saint James

The first street you encounter when entering through the Grosse Cloche is Rue Saint James. This is one of the most charming streets in the neighborhood, with beautiful coffee shops (such as books and coffee with its elegant decor and beautiful cakes) chic boutiques and specialized shops. Take some time to discover this street as well as the lovely narrow streets around it.

Continue on the street until you get to Place Fernand Lafargue. A long time ago this square used to be the city’s market and today it’s one of the best spots for a nice Lunch. The square and the emerging streets are a real food hub with plenty of cafes, bars and a variety of restaurants from hamburgers to Sushi and Ramen soup.

Few of my recommendations are: Apollo bar for a drink, Un chateau un ville for a glass of wine, Frida restaurant for a brunch on a nice terrace, Kokomo for a great hamburger and Piha for a great coffee.

After you finish strolling around the Grosse Cloche continue on Cours d’Alsace et Laurent until you get to rue Sainte Catherine.

Shop on rue Sainte-Catherine

This is the longest pedestrian street in France, full of clothing boutiques and one of the only places in the center where you can find all the main clothing retail stores. If you followed my list you would have entered the street somewhere in the middle of it. If you go left, in the direction of Place de la Vicoire you will mostly find cheap clothing shops and a huge variety of fast food. If you fancy a great naan kebab, this is the street for you (and yes, it’s a thing in Bordeaux).  If you choose to go right, you will find all the big chains such as  Mango, H&M, Fnac as well as the best canelé (a Bordelais pastry) in Bordeaux -La Toque Cuivrée. When you finish your shopping go back to Place Saint Projet and through rue des Trois Colis continue to the main cathedral of Bordeaux on Place Pey Berland.

rue sainte Catharine Bordeaux
Sainte Catharine – the main shopping street in Bordeaux

Place Pey Berland

Place Pey Perland is one of the most central places in Bordeaux and the home to the town hall and one of the biggest Cathedrals in Bordeaux. Located very close to two of the main museums of the city (see item #7 on the list for details), Pay Berland is also full with great coffee shops and restaurants.

Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux

Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux

The big Cathedral on the main square of Pey Berland is a Roman Catholic church, the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux and is labaled as a national monument of France. In the evening the Cathedral often hosts concerts of classical music, choirs and an organ festival during the summer. You can check out more info about the concerts here

Tour Pey Berland

Just next to the Cathedral you’ll find its 15th century bell tower – la Tour Pey Berland. On the top of the tower you can see the statue of Notre-Dame d’Aquitaine rising to the height of 66 m and three bells which are still operating today as the bells of the Cathedrale.  A “short” climb of 231 stairs of the tower will take you to one of the best views of the city. A ticket to the bell tower is 6 euros and free to people below 26 years old. I recommend climbing it only if the weather is good, otherwise you won’t see much.

Opening hours: June – September 10:00 – 13:15 and 14:00-18:00/ October to may  10:00 – 12:30 and 14:00-17:30.

Good places for a coffee break:

Although I’m not a big fan of French coffee, somehow Bordeaux has figured out the secrets of a great brew. Some of the best coffee places in the city are actually in this central neighborhood, among them : Sip, Black list and l’alchimiste café. If you’re a coffee lover check out my article about Five coffee places in Bordeaux you don’t want to miss.

Follow the tram line to discover two of the most interesting streets of the Pay Berland neighborhood

From Place Pey Berland continue on rue Vital Carles, alongside the tram B line which goes through the main spots of the center of Bordeaux. One of the most noticeable things on this street is ,Librairie Mollat, a Bordelais establishment since 1896 which is the first independent book store in France. Apart from the huge literature selection, the bookshop ads to its charm by having employees write little notes on the books they recommend, making it an intimate shopping experience. Another point worth mentioning is Porte dijeaux, which you will see on your left. This pretty arc is another gate to the historic center of Bordeaux and has been classified as an historic monument in 1921.

Museums 

There are three museums in this neighborhood, which are nice if you have a lot of time to spend in Bordeaux, but I wouldn’t put them on my priority list when coming only for a weekend. Nevertheless, if you must visit a  museum during your visit or it’s raining outside and you need a getaway, here they are:

Musée des Beaux-Arts: is the fine-art museum of Bordeaux and one of the largest art galleries in France outside Paris.

20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

Museum of Decorative Arts of Bordeaux – installed in a beautiful chateau, the museum is a home to collections of furniture, ceramics and many other objects dated from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also has a nice outdoor coffee place in the beautiful courtyard of the building

Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux
Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux
39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Musée d’Aquitaine – If you want to learn about the history and archaeology of Bordeaux and its region (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), this is your best source.

20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

If you skipped the museums continue walking on Vital Carles street and be ready for a beautiful surprise. At the end of the street you will turn right to one of the most impressive streets of Bordeaux Cours de l’independance. This is a wide street which really conveys the feeling of Bordeaux – historic, beautiful and very calm- just stand there and take a breath for a second. Continue on Cours de l’independance until you get to Place de la Comedie

Grand Théâtre

The beautiful 18th century building on Place de la Comedie will be hard to miss. This is one of the most impressive buildings in the city and is home to the National Opera of Bordeaux. If you have the chance, try to book tickets to one of the concerts of the Opera or the national ballet. If you didn’t have a chance to see a concert you can still have a tour inside this impressive building (the tour is in French). The tours take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 14:30 – 16:00 – 17:30 costing 6 € (free under 26 years old). There are no tours during the summer period.

Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

Have a fancy meal

If you want to have a fancy meal while in Bordeaux, Place de la Comedie and its surrounding streets is one the main spots for fine dining in Bordeaux. My favorite restaurant, when I’m in a bit of a luxury mood is le Quatrième Mur, which has a lunch menu of 35 € (relative to the quality of the restaurant and the popularity of the chef this price is quite low). The restaurant is located inside the Opera of Bordeaux complete with all its lavish decor.

Place des Quinconces

Next on our list is Place des Quinconces, the largest city square in France and one of the biggest ones in Europe. On one of the sides of this enormous square you will find the beautiful monument dedicated to the Girondins (members of a political faction) who were killed during the French Revolution. Throughout the year the square hosts many different events, festivals and fairs such as the Brocante de Quinconces. I tend to write a lot about the events that take place on Place des Quinconces so be sure to check out my monthly and weekly updates about things to do in Bordeaux for up to date recommendations.

The tram passing Place de Quinconces
The tram passing Place de Quinconces

If you’ve been following my guide so far, you’ve probably walked quite bit. This would be the perfect time for a rest in one of Bordeaux’s most beautiful green spots.  From Place des Quinconces continue to Cours du Marechal Foch until you get to Jardin Public.

Do a picnic in Jardin Public

Jardin Public is the largest park in the center of Bordeaux with more than 300 trees and vast green planes – a perfect place for a picnic in the park. Besides being visually stunning, it has a large pond (with ducks and geeses!), great favilities for kids and even a nice and coffee place. If you’re traveling with kids, it’s really worth visiting the new Natural history museum that is situated in the park.

Jardin Public Bordeaux
Jardin Public – a green island in the city

If you want to know more about parks and gardens in Bordeaux check out my article with plenty of  places for picnics in Bordeaux.

Now back to the city and to the last location on the first day of discovering Bordeaux – the Chartrons neighborhood. Leave the park from Cours Xavier Arnozan and continue towards the Garonne river. Turn left on rue Notre Dame to enter the Chartrons neighborhood, but before doing so, on your right you’ll see the CAPC, which is the Contemporary art museum of Bordeaux. This beautiful building was previously used as a warehouse for colonial foodstuffs and today is the house of contemporary art in Bordeaux, curating many exhibitions. Now turn left on rue Notre Dame to enter our next destination.

Visit the northern chic district of Bordeaux –  Les Chartrons

Although it’s not part of the center of Bordeaux, this northern district is a popular place with a high concentration of fashionable boutiques, antique stores and restaurants, most of which are located on the main street – rue Notre Dame. At one point on your left you will see Eglise Saint-Louis des Chartrons, a 19th century Neo-Gothic church.

Turn left straight after the church to get to the heart of the neighborhood- Halle des Chartrons. There are plenty of restaurants around the central square, mostly French and Italian, most offer good lunch menus. The Halle des Chartrons in the center of the square often hosts activities and exhibitions, so check it out. 

Second Day

Start the day at Place du Palais Station (Tram A) to enter the Saint Pierre Neighborhood.

Enjoy the squares of Saint Pierre neighborhood

This neighborhood is the touristic heart of  Bordeaux. There aren’t any major monuments to see in this part of town but the little narrow paved streets and the beautiful lively squares are what makes it one of the more pleasant places in Bordeaux. I’ll mention some of the best things to do in this neighborhood, but I really recommend to just take a few hours to get lost in the beautiful little streets and get a feel of historic Bordeaux.

Porte Cailhau

From Cours d’Alsace et Lorraine turn left to place du Palais. This is the first of many squares you’ll see while touring the neighborhood and probably the most special one. The magnificent Porte Cailhau, a monument that looks like it has been taken from a fairy tale cannot be missed. This gate was built in 1495 to commemorate the glory of king Charles VIII. On the square itself you’ll find a few nice cafes and restaurants that have an incredible view on Porte Cailhau. For a light lunch try La Cagette restaurant.

Porte Cailhau on Place de Palais
Porte Cailhau on Place de Palais

There are three other squares worth mentioning in this neighborhood, all of which are beautiful and full of nice cafes with tables outside for sunny days. Each and every one of them is quite unique and worth a visit, but if you don’t have much time don’t feel obligated to visit all the squares.

Place Camille Julian

One of the busiest squares in towns and one of the rare places where you can find food quite late at night. The most interesting thing to see on the square is Utopia, a church turned into a cinema with a varied program of both blockbuster movies and small independent films.

Place Saint Peirre

Place Saint Peirre is not that interesting by itself but what makes it special is the Gothic Flamboyant styled Saint Pierre church. This church was previously the main praying temple of the craftsmen and traders living in the area and today is classified as an historic monument.

Place du Parlement

Another beautiful square in this lovely neighborhood is Place du Parlement, which was classified as an historic monument in 1952. This is yet another spot with many cafés with tables outside which are perfect for a sunny Bordelaise day. This square is located just a few steps from one of the biggest and most special squares of Bordeaux – Place de la Bourse.

place du parlement bordeaux
Place du Parlement

Miroir d’eau

From Place du Parlement continue to rue Fernand Philippart to Place de la Bourse which is facing one of the most popular attractions in Bordeaux – le Miroir d’eau! This modern monument, built in 2006, is the world’s largest reflecting pool. located on the quay of the Garonne river. The surface is made from blue granite covered in water reflecting the 18th century Place de la Bourse.

Miroir d'eau bordeaux
le Miroir d’eau – the world’s largest reflecting pool

During the summer months the system of le miroir d’eau operates in cycles of 15 minutes creating a shallow pool where you can wet your feet and a fog at the end of the cycle when the water is coming down. The sight of little kids running in the water creates one of the most beautiful and photogenic moments that you can experience in Bordeaux.

Take a walk on the quai (promenade)

The promenade on the board of the Garonne is one of Bordeaux’s highlights. In recent years, since the renovation of the area, the quai became one of the city’s most central spots, hosting many events and festivals during the summer. The 4.5 km promenade is also perfect for a walk or a bicycle tour. The most interesting part of it is between the two bridges of Bordeaux – Pont Saint Pierre in the center and Pont Chaban Delmas in the north of the city, which includes the miroir d’eau as well as big playgrounds for kids, restaurants with a view on the river and the Chartrons Market, which is our next stop.

Wine Festival on the quai in Bordeaux
Wine Festival on the quai

Shop and dine at the Chartrons market

Every Sunday morning dozens of food stalls with the best oysters of the region, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, fish and plenty of food trucks are installed on the Quai de Chartrons. The market is usually quite busy with both locals and tourists, especially if you come towards noon, but it’s still worth the visit. Besides the local products you can buy at the market it’s simply a very nice spot to have an early lunch. For many visitors, the main attraction are the few stalls with oysters which cost around 6 euros a dozen and come with a glass of white wine, this plate kind of embodies life in the region 🙂

Pont Chaban Delmas

Pont Chaban Delmas is a modern bridge, named after the previous mayor of the city which was inaugurated in 2013. It’s the longest vertical-lift bridge in Europe and seeing it elevating to let the tall ships pass is a very impressive sight. On the way there you will pass by several hangars that were turned into restaurants, boutiques and a fantastic science museum for kids (Cap Sciences).

Cite du vin

Cité du vin in Bordeaux

What comes after the bridge is hard to miss. The cité du vin is a “must” place for any wine lover and can also be very interesting and enjoyable for people who don’t drink at all. This extraordinary building is the wine museum of Bordeaux, a one of a kind cultural center, all dedicated to discovering the wine world. Through its interactive exhibition, It offers a journey to both French and global wine history. You will learn about wine making, see movies and interviews with wine producers and then smell and taste wine. The cite du vin allows you to discover a selection of wines from all over the world in its spectacular wine shop and to see the best panoramic view of Bordeaux.

Book your visit at La Cité du Vin

Read more about visiting the world’s best wine museum in my article about the Cité du Vin.

Marché des Bacalan

This covered market is new in Bordeaux (Opened in November 2017). It’s not a must visit place if you’re short on time but it’s a great place for drinks with friends and a nice way to discover part of the Bacalan neighborhood. This impressive 950m2 hangar is located just in front of the famous Cité du vin and hosts 23 different artisans and traders that were chosen for the quality of their products (85% of which are produced in the South-West region of France).

Marché de Bacalan
Les Halles de Bacalan – a new covered market

If you have time, you can stay a bit longer and explore one of the rising beighborhoods the city. Read about it in my article about the Bacalan district.

Take a boat to the other side of the Garonne

Now it’s time to discover the other side of the Garonne river – the Bastide neighborhood. To do that you can either cross the bridge (it’s a very nice walk but will take some time) or take a boat. Since 2013 the public transport system in Bordeaux has introduced a ferry (navette fluviale)  that will cross you over to the other side. The ferry that operates from 7am to 7pm, stops at five stations: Stalingrad, Quinconces, les Hangars, La Cité du Vin and Lormont. If you followed my guide up to now, take the navette at La Cité du Vin and get down at Stalingrad (on the other side of the river).

Take a look at the ferry time table here.

Jardin Botanique

Arriving from Place de Stalingrad your first stop would be Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux, a beautiful little park that can be a great spot for a pause. Jardin Botanique was created to allow the wide public to discover the world of plants, biodiversity and sustainability. If you’re not really interested in plants and have no need for a break continue straight to Darwin which is located a few minutes walk from the park.

Darwin

Darwin is probably one of the most surprising places in Bordeaux. An old military base turned into an urban space with a work space/incubator for startups, a skate park for all ages, a restaurant and many other surprises, all with an agenda of ecological awareness. Whether alone or with kids you can spend hours in Darwin. One of the buildings hosts the restaurant and the Darwin products store with a huge selection of different bio products from pastry to beer and even soap. Also, Darwin is one of the most extraordinary places for street art and includes some amazing works by a lot of talented artists on every one of its buildings. They host many cool events so don’t be surprised if suddenly you see an artisan market or a collection of old cars on display.

Darwin
Darwin – one of the coolest places in Bordeaux

This is the end of our weekend journey in Bordeaux! Before I leave you, here are some useful links:

Useful links and info

Bordeaux expats blog is great if you need more info about the tram system as well as recommendations on restaurants and other interesting places given by expats who live in Bordeaux.

The site of the tourist office in Bordeaux have loads of information about all the points of interest in the city as well as about most of the main events, although not all in English unfortunately. They also offer a lot of tours in and around Bordeaux – so check it out here.

The official site of Bordeaux offers a lot of interesting info about the places you will see (in French)- read it here.

I’m sure that by now, like many people coming for a visit, you have fallen in love with Bordeaux. I hope you’ve been able to see most of the places I’ve suggested, and if not then you should definitely come back as there are plenty of other things to do in and around Bordeaux. If you only have one day, these are the sites I consider “the must see”: Grosse Cloche, Cathédrale Saint-André, The Opera building and Miroir d’eau.

If you have a bit more time to tour the area, check out my list of 10 day trips from Bordeaux you can do by train.

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Summer in Bordeaux is pure fun and you don’t really need much to entertain yourself here. But with so many events, festivals and activities scheduled for August, it’s good to be up to date so you don’t miss out on something special. This month I also added some info about fun locations in Bordeaux where you could spend your summer days doing nothing (swimming pools, a bar on the beach etc..). So here we go, this is the list of things to do in August in and around Bordeaux.

Summer events in Bordeaux Metropole

Starry Night in the Observatory of Bordeaux 

The theme of the 28th edition “Nuit des Etoiles” event, that will take place on August 3,  is ” Mars, the little sister of planet earth”. The program of the evening includes observing stars,  a planetarium, an expo and more. The entrance to the event is free. See the full program here  and more details here.

When:  August 3
Where:13 avenue Pierre Curie à FLOIRAC (33270)

Open Air 

The third part of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on August 12 in Parc Palmer and will include a lineup of three djs. Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them.

See more info about the event on their facebook page.

When:  August 12
Where: Parc Palmer, 33150 Cenon

Dance on the Quai 

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing styles like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily until August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, badminton evening (July 14th) and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed for kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

International Mojito Festival

Sometimes all you need on a hot summer day is a refreshing alcoholic drink , and there isn’t much that beats a cold Mojito. The international Mojito Festival is a three days event (August 24-26) in which you could drink tasty Mojitos and dance salsa in many bars in Bordeaux. To participate in the festival you will have to purchase a 6€ pass.
To buy tickets click here.  For more info follow the facebook page of the festival.

When: August 24 – 26
Where: Different bars in Bordeaux – follow their facebook page for updates.

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. This is the last month of the 9th edition of this festival and it will be full with performances by both local groups and international acts in many genres of music. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When: until August 31
Where: different locations in Bordeaux, take a look at the program above.

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy are taking place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.

When:  Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Puppets Theater for Kids

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry in France which holds daily spectacles for kids in Parc Bordelais during the summer  (July and August). The show usually starts at 16:00 but can be cancelled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. Read more about the theater here.

When: Daily during July – August at 16:00
Where: Parc Bordelais

Festival international d’orgues

This is a one of a kind festival in France, proposing numerous organ concerts during the summer in three of the biggest churches of Bordeaux. The concerts will take place between July 10 and August 31 in the following locations:

  • Every Tuesday in Cathédrale Saint André
  • Every Wednesday in Abbatiale Sainte Croix
  • Every Thursdday in Basilique Saint-Michel

You can see the full list of performances here.

cathedrale saint andre
Cathédrale Saint André by: Lost in Bordeaux
When:  July 10- August 30 at 18:00
Where: Cathédrale Saint André,  Abbatiale Sainte Croix, Basilique Saint-Michel

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Every summer in the last four years the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with great weekly events that all music and gastronomy lovers will appreciate. The association calls their summer village “un espace de bonheur partagé  (a space of shared happiness) and invites you every Friday and Saturday until September 22 to a musical and culinary journey. For the specific program of each event, follow my weekly weekend posts about what to do in Bordeaux.

When:  Until September 22
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Les Chantiers de la Garonne – a sandy beach in the middle of the city

If you want to stay in the city but still have a beach atmosphere, this hidden gem is exactly what you need. Les Chantiers de la Garonne is a bar/ restaurant located on the right bank of the Garonne (in front of Darwin) with a beautiful view on the river and historic Bordeaux. While the interior of the restaurant is beautiful, I personally prefer the outside beach with low tables that create a very laid back and cool atmosphere. If you choose to sit outside you can order delicious oysters from the cold menu. This place is open only in the summer so don’t miss out.

summer in Bordeaux
photo by Lost in Bordeaux
When: open daily between 12-14:30 and 19″30 -22:00
Where:
21 Quai de Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Go to one of the city pools 

The temperatures in August tend to get very high in Bordeaux and if you come with kids it can be a challenge to keep them busy outside. The pool is a great solution for that. There are several pools in Bordeaux with slides and plenty of other cool stuff for kids and adults. Check out the list of the best pools in this great post in the Bordeaux Expats blog- “Swimming with kids around Bordeaux“.

Summer events around Bordeaux

Reggae Sun Ska music festival

The 22nd edition of this fun reggae festival will take place at the Domaine Equestre de Nodri in Vertheuil, which is located in the Medoc area (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the first weekend of August (3-5). The impressive long line up includes tens of performers from the reggae scene. You can check out the full line up here.
Although it’s a bit far from Bordeaux you don’t have to own a car to enjoy the festival, you could get there by train (Lesparre ou Pauillac stations) or a bus (line 703).  For more info check out the facebook page of the festival and for tickets click here.

When: August 3-5
Where:  1 rue du Maquis, 33180 Vertheuil, Aquitaine, France

Arcachon En Scene

Archachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful town. This year’s program includes Claudio Capeo (July 27), Martin Solveig and Ofenbach (August 1st) and IAM (August 3). For more info check out the facebook page of the event, for tickets click here.

When: July 27, August 1st and 3rd
Where: Stade Vélodrome d’Arcachon

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a a big music festival that will take place in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the weekend of August 10-12.  The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, including some big names such as Shaka Ponk, Gaël Faure and Matmatah – to see the full program click here. For more info and tickets check out the facebook page of the festival.

When:  August 10-12
Where: Les Cigales – 273 rue des écoles, 40430 Luxey, Aquitaine

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place on more than 10 evenings during the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions and workshops of medieval art and more. For more info and tickets check out here and here.

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When: Until August 25
Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

Exhibitions in Bordeaux

Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts 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. The exhibition follows the evolution of street art from the 80s until today and presents different art styles from graffiti, to video art, vitrage paintings, works on wood, fabric and much more. This is a must for any street art lover.

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

Exhibition dedicated to Jack London

A photography exhibition that follows the life and work of the famous author, Jack London, will be presented in the Musée d’Aquitaine from May 29 to December 2. Besides photographs, the museum will put on display many objects and documents from his journey through the islands of the South Pacific, San Francisco and Sydney between 1907 and 1909. See more info on the site of the museum.

When:  May 29 to December 2
Where: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

New exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

“Par delà les frontières” is a new exhibition displaying materials representing relations and cooperations of American and Bordelaise artists, such as photographs, design pieces, interviews, videos and more. The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of fine arts from June 30 to September 16. For more info click here.

Par delà les frontières
Credit: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
When:  June 30- September 16.
Where: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

This is the last chance to see the Luminopolis exhibition that has been running since June 2017 in Cap Sciences.  Luminopolis is a light exposition structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out. The exhibition is a perfect activity if you come to Bordeaux with kids (over 6 years old) and will be presented in the museum until the end of the month, price ticket in 8 euros. See more info here.

Cap-Sciences Bordeaux
credit: Cap-Sciences Bordeaux
Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

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Enjoy the Summer!

Besides the big summer events happening in the last two weeks (like dancing and sports on the quai and the Relache festival), there are a few new summer activities taking place this weekend in the area, among them the Arcachon music festival, the Castillon battle spectacle and the RullaHoop Party. Most of the events I mention here are also kids friendly so don’t hesitate to let your little ones discover the awesomeness of this city.

Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 27-29):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Every summer in the last four years the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with great weekly events that all music and gastronomy lovers will appreciate. The association calls their summer village “un espace de bonheur partagé  (a space of shared happiness) and invites you every Friday and Saturday until September 22 to a musical and culinary journey. Take a look at the program for this Friday (July 27) and for this Saturday (July 28). All the events are free.

When:  July 27-28, from 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

RullaHoop Party in Darwin

Last week I wrote about a very cool series of skating events taking place during the summer in Darwin. This week they took the awesomeness one step further – a RullaHoop event! If you like skating and hula-hoop then join the Hoopera, Moovens and le collectif SkateXpress for a special weekend combining both. The weekend includes events such as: rollerdance, hoopdance and roller party all taking place in Darwin this Friday and Saturday (July 27-28). The ticket price is 12 € if you buy it in advance and 15€ on the spot, you can buy tickets here and here. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

rollahoop darwin

When: July 27-28
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Banzaï Land

Banzai Land invites you to a weekend of music and fun activities right in the center of Bordeaux. From Friday to Sunday (July 27-29), dj sets and live music concerts will take place next to place Gambetta and will be accompanied by an art expositions and different games. For more info click here.

When: July 27, – 29
Where: 87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from July 14 to August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

So what is waiting for you this weekend? Reggaeton, house dance, Russian Tzigan dance, Argentinian tango, salsa and a Latin night.  See the full program.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts 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. The exhibition follows the evolution of street art from the 80s until today and presents different art styles from graffiti, to video art, vitrage paintings, works on wood, fabric and much more. This is a must for any street art lover.

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

base sous marine - street art exhibition
When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event for kids and teenagers that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program for this month is extremely varied  and includes things like climbing for kids, beach volleyball, basketball and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events.

So what’s on this weekend? An obstacle course, golf, Capoeira, athletics, archery, boxing,  and more. For adults some more relaxing activities are offered, among them meditation, massage and Pilates.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues 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 next evening will take place this Friday (July 27) in Sortie 13 in Pessac and  Saturday (July 27) at Les vivres de l’art. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When and Where: July 27 in Sortie 13 in Pessac and July 28 at Les vivres de l’art

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy will take place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before. Some of the activities proposed this weekend are:

  • En Route – street art tour for kids in Bacalan (see next item about the tour)– Sunday at 14:30 (July 29)
  • Gastronomy event at the market at Jean Dupérier parking in Saint Medard en Jalles – Saturday at 11:00 (July 28)
  • Sound laboratory – learn how to be a dj in the Etablissement pour l’animation des jeunes in Gradignan  – Sunday at 14:30 (July 28) – for more details and reservation click here.

Check out the full program of events here.

Artistic city tour for kids

Sometimes, we walk by beautiful and meaningful urban art and in many cases don’t even notice it. En Route is a guided tour for kids (ages 5 to 12) that will help them discover the works of art that are part of our public space. The tour will start at les Chartrons tram station and require reservation, you can reserve a spot for your kids by mail: [email protected] For more info check out the facebook page of the association standing behind the tours.

When: Sunday (July 29) at 14:30
Where:Place Avisseau, Bordeaux

Open air Festival combined with a food market

This Saturday (July 28) a very cool event will take place at the Union Saint Jean association combining a food market and a lineup of electronic and disco music. Other activities will include body painting the SKINJACKIN  collective and games such as Beer Pong and Pétanque. For the full program and more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: July 28
Where: 97, rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux, France

Events around Bordeaux

Arcachon En Scene

Archachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful town. This year’s program includes Claudio Capeo (July 27), Martin Solveig and Ofenbach (August 1st) and IAM (August 3). For more info check out the facebook page of the event, for tickets click here.

When: July 27
Where: Stade Vélodrome d’Arcachon

Music Festival in Lacanau

Lacanau Tribute To is a music festival with a vintage touch to it, making an homage to some of the best rock bands of the 70s. The groups Back to The Police, Fire Straits and Fuzz Top will take the stage this Friday (July 27) at port de Lacanau and will play some of the greatest songs that marked this generation. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: July 27, 6:30
Where:Avenue du Lac, 33680 Lacanau, France

 

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place on more than 10 evenings during the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place enriched the whole event with many activities and events revolving the big show, among them: tours of the city, exhibitions and workshops of medieval art. For more info and tickets check out here and here.

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When: July 27- 28
Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

 

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Bordeaux is fully prepared for the summer with plenty of events for adults and kids. So if you didn’t leave for your  summer vacation yet, take advantage of all the things the city has to offer this weekend: plenty of sportive, music and cultural activities along the quais, a food truck festival in a beautiful château, electronic music in the park and more.

Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 20-22):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Every summer in the last four years the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with great weekly events that all music and gastronomy lovers will appreciate. The association calls their summer village “un espace de bonheur partagé  (a space of shared happiness) and invites you every Friday and Saturday until September 22 to a musical and culinary journey. Look at the program for this Friday (July 20) and for this Saturday (July 21). All the events are free.

When:  July 20-21, from 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, Franc

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from July 14 to August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

So what is waiting for you this weekend? Reggaeton, Swing, Salsa, Balkan dance, Jazz dance, Zumba and a Latin night- see the full program.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Open Air 

The second part of the third edition of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on July 22 in Jardin Public and will include a lineup of four djs. 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 third part of the festival will take place on August 12 in Parc Palmer.

See more info about the event on their website.

When:  July 22, from 3pm to 8pm
Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts 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. The exhibition follows the evolution of street art from the 80s until today and presents different styles from graffiti, to video art, vitrage paintings, works on wood, fabric and much more. This is a must for any street art lover.

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

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program for this month is extremely varied  and includes things like climbing for kids, beach volleyball, basketball and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events.

So what’s on  this weekend? Kids can enjoy activities like table tennis, rollerblading, athletics, karate, boxing, football and more. For adults some more relaxing activities are offered, among them meditation, massage and Pilates.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues 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 next evening will take place this Friday (July 20) at Square Dom Bedos and  Saturday (July 21) in Sortie 13 in Pessac. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When and Where: July 20 at Square Dom Bedos and July 21 in Sortie 13 Pessac

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy will take place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before. Some of the activities proposed this weekend are:

  • Tour in the observatory of Floriac – Saturday at 10:00 (July 21)
  • Gastronomy event at the  Marché Place du Centre in Bourg – Saturday at 11:00 (July 21)
  • Sound laboratory – learn how to be a dj in Le Dôme in Talence – Saturday at 16:00 (July 21) – for more info and reservations click here.

Check out the full program of events here.

When: Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Skating in Darwin

Summer is a fun time for roller skating and if you’re not familiar with that sport, Darwin’s Roller Derby Bordeaux Club will introduce you to it with its weekly introductory sessions to roller skates. Until the end of August, Darwin will host skating sessions on Wednesdays (19:30 to 22:00) and Saturdays (10:30- 13:30). For tickets and more info check out the site and the facebook of the event.

When:  Saturday July 21 – 10:00
Where: Darwin (rive droite – 87 Quai de Queyries, 33000 Bordeaux

Summer Braderie

During the next three days several streets in the city center will be filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the annual Bordeaux summer Braderie. If you are in town for summer sales (which will last until August 7), take the opportunity to check out the stands of more than 250 merchants on rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils.

When:  July 19-21
Where: Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils

Listen to a Jazz concert at the Caillou

A jazz concert and a drink in an outdoor bar is a great thing to do on a summer night and Bordeaux has the Caillou bar especially for that. Like every summer, the Caillou had set up their summer stage and presents a long list of performances that will take place every weekend and some weekdays until the end of the summer. For more details and the full program check out their facebook page.

When:  July 20-21
Where: Caillou Du Jardin Botanique, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Fête Champêtre in Bassens

Three festive days are about to take place in the sports center of Griffons Séguinaud in Bassens with a vide grenier,  a market, sports activities, funfair, activities for kids, a mini farm, escape games and plenty of music concerts. The grande finale of this festival will be a musical fireworks show on Sunday evening. See the full program here.

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When:  July 20-22
Where: Chemin du grand came 33530 Bassens

En Plein Arts Festival 

The city of Talence invites you to the annual festival in the Thouars forest (around the Dome) that will take place this Saturday (July 21). Come with your family and take part in many cultural and artistic activities such as a puppet theater, beatbox, acrobatics, music concerts and much more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event and for the full program click here.

When:  July 21
Where: Avenue de Thouars, 33400 Talence (next to the Dome)

Events around 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 much more.

The next food-truck weekend will take place on June 22 in Château Castéra. Besides plenty of food trucks the event includes many activities for adults and kids: a jeep tour in the vineyards, free wine tastings, games for kids, escape games, a music concert and an art expo. See the full program of the event on their website and facebook page. The event is free but requires prior reservation – you can do it here.

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

When: July 22
Where: Château Castéra, Rue du Bourg, 33340 Saint-Germain-d’Esteuil

Jazz Festival in Saint Emilion

This is the 7th edition of this Jazz festival in the beautiful town of Saint Emilion which will take place July 20-22. During the three days of the festival Saint Emilion will offer a great mix of jazz concerts, wine tastings and tasty food. In the festival area you will find a wine bar with the wines of Saint Emilion and a gourmand market with local products and food trucks. For more info and the full program check out the website of the festival. For those of you living in Bordeaux, a bus will be offered from Les Quinconces to Saint Emilion at the price of 9 euros (both ways).

When:  July 20-22
Where: Douves du Palais Cardinal, Saint-Emilion.

Symphony Orchestra Festival 

Festival Entre 2 Airs is an international festival of young Symphony Orchestras that takes place in the  Entre Deux Mers region. This is the last few days of the eight days (July 14- 21) festival that is taking place in 25 different locations with the participation of more than 400 young musicians from seven different countries. For more info about the concerts, the locations and the tickets check out the site of JOSEM (Jeune Orchestre Symphonique de l’Entre-deux-Mers),

When: until July 21
Where: Entre deux mers (see the locaion of each concert in the program)

 

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There’s no doubt that the two main events this weekend are France’s national day this Saturday (July 14) and the World Cup final with France playing against Croatia. In this article I’ll brief you on the July 13-14 celebrations (fireworks and more!) and where you could join other Bordelais this Sunday to support the national team. If you’re not at all into football and national days, there are plenty of other suggestions for you in this list. Here are the things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 13-15):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

Celebrate the French National Day

July 14th is the French national day which is being celebrated in every city in France. Like every year, Bordeaux will hold a series of popular events and parties, the main ones are:

  • Military parade at Quai des Chartrons –  18:30
  • The traditional dance party at Placette de Munich – Quai Louis XVIII (in front of Quinconces)- 20:30
  • Fireworks show above the Garonne river between Pont de Pierre and Place de la Bourse – 22:30

Most towns around Bordeaux will also hold firework shows (full list):

July 13:

  • Lormont – Place Aristide – 23:00
  • Mérignac – Stade Robert Brettes – 23:00
  • Gradignan – Parc de Mandavit – 22:30
  • Bouliac – Parc de Vialle Bété – 22:30
  • Bruges – Esplanade Charles de Gaulle -23:00
  • Blanquefort– Parc de Fongravey- 23:00

July 14

  • Pessac  –  Parc de Cazalet –  23 :00
  • Cenon – Parc Palmer –  23 :00
  • Talence – Parc Peixoto – 23 :00

Apart from the traditional national day events, plenty of other parties will take place on July 13-14 to celebrate this day, you can see some of them here. For more info about different activities in Parks around Bordeaux Metropole click here.

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Support France at the World Cup Final

The Bordeaux municipality is opening Stade Chaban-Delmas and invites you to come and support the French National team as they play against Croatia at the World Cup final game this Sunday (July 15). From 14:30 a happening with different boutiques, activities and a DJ set will take place at the stadium and the screening of the game will begin at 17:00. Allez les Bleus! See more details here.

France world cup

When: July 15 – from 14:30
Where: Stade Chaban-Delmas. Place Johnston 33000 Bordeaux

Dance on the Quai 

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from July 14 to August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, climbing for kids, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, badminton evening (July 14th) and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues 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 next evening will take place this Friday (July 13) at Place Saint Michel. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When: July 13. 18:00-01:00
Where: Place Saint Michel, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn how to Tango

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. The next evening will take place this Friday (July 13) at Place de Quinconces. The rest of the events will take place during the summer (until September 7 ) – you can see the full list of events for this summer on the website of the association.

When:  July 13 (21:00-midnight)
Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy will take place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.

Ete metropolitain Bordeaux
credit: Bordeaux Metropolitain
When:  Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Events around Bordeaux

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in South Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. During the months of July (July 1-28) 17 events will take places in 15 towns in the Gironde department: Bassanne, Bazas, Bernos-Beaulac, Cadillac, Cazalis, Cudos,Gajac, La Réole, Podensac, Preignac, Saint-Macaire, Saint-Michelde-Castelnau,
Saint-Symphorien and Villandraut. The program includes a variety of activities such as: concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and all the info about the locations here.

Nuits Atypiques program

When:  July 1-28
Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Symphony Orchestra Festival 

Festival Entre 2 Airs is an international festival of young Symphony Orchestras that will take place inthe  Entre Deux Mers region. Le Josem (Jeune Orchestre Symphonique de l’Entre-deux-Mers) invites you to eight days (July 14- 21) of concerts in 25 locations and more than 400 young musicians from seven different countries. For more info about the concerts, the locations and the tickets check out the site of JOSEM and the facebook page of the event.

When: July 14-21
Where: Entre deux mers (see the locaion of each concert in the program)

Summers of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The last out of the seven concerts of the festival will be performed on July 13 at Centre Pénitentiaire de Bordeaux Gradignan See the full program here.

When:  July 13
Where: 36 Rue du Bourdillat, 33170 Gradignan

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Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts 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

Exhibition dedicated to Jack London

A photography exhibition that follows the life and work of the famous author, Jack London, will be presented in the Musée d’Aquitaine from May 29 to December 2. Besides photographs, the museum will put on display many objects and documents from his journey through the islands of the South Pacific, San Francisco and Sydney between 1907 and 1909. See more info on the site of the museum.

When:  May 29 to December 2
Where: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

New exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

“Par delà les frontières” is a new exhibition displaying materials representing relations and cooperations of American and Bordelaise artists, such as photographs, design pieces, interviews, videos and more. The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of fine arts from June 30 to September 16. For more info click here.

Par delà les frontières
Credit: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
When:  June 30- September 16.
Where: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

 

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

Have a great weekend!

 

 

This week we have an opening of a new park in Pessac, many new exhibitions and plenty of music festivals from rock to classical and African music. This is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 6-8):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series 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 next evening will take place this Friday (July 6) at Bergonie in the Saint Genès neighborhood. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.
relache restival in bergonie

When: July 6. 18:00-01:00
Where: 181 Cours de l’Argonne, 33000 Bordeaux

Inauguration of the new park in forêt du Bourgailh

This Saturday (July 7)  a new park will be inaugurated in the Forêt du Bourgailh in Pessac. The park includes many facilities such as a fitness area, an open- air theater, a skate park, wall climbing and more. Several events and activities will take place during the day, among them a guided tour that will start at the kids’ new playground and will finish at the zoo of Pessac. Two music concerts will take place starting 18:00 with the bands Royals (pop-rock) and Bazars et bémols (classic jazz). See more details on the site of the town of Pessac.

jeux-foret-bourgailh- pessac
credit: M.Bosredon/20Minutes
When:  July 7
Where: Forêt du Bourgailh, Pessac

Senefesti

Senefesti is a festival celebrating African culture through dance and music performances. The next two events of the festival will take place at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. On Saturday (July 6) a new photography exhibition will be presented and on Sunday (July 7) an African music festival will take place from 14:00 to 2:00. For more details check out here. 

When: July 6-7
Where: Le Rocher de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Zinefest

Zinefest is a festival dedicated to comics, illustrations, photography and poetry. The festival includes several expositions and concerts by both French and international artists and will take place in several venues in south Bordeaux. The festival is taking place this week (July 4-8). Look at the full program of events here.

When: July 4-8
Where: Different locations next to Marché des Douves in Bordeaux Sud (check out the program).

Puppets Theater for Kids

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry in France which holds daily spectacles for kids in Parc Bordelais during the summer  (July and August). The shows usually starts at 16:00 but can be cancelled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. Read more about the theater here.

When: Daily during July – August
Where: Parc Bordelais

Vide Dressing

A big event of vide- dressing (second hand clothes sale) will take place at the Grande Poste this Sunday (July 8). Come and refresh your closet with the most famous marks at affordable prices. See more details here.

vide dressing grande poste

When: July8  – starting  10:00
Where: 7 Rue du Palais Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn how to Tango

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. The next evening will take place this Friday (July 6) at Place de Quinconces. The rest of the events will take place during the summer (until September 7 ) – you can see the full list of events for this summer on the website of the association.

tango in Jardin public

When:  July 6 (21:00-midnight)
Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

 

Events around Bordeaux

Jalles House Rock

Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free (they do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event). The 11th edition of the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles will take place on July 5-7 and includes bands like Circa Waves, Dewolff, Burning Heads and Himalayas.

For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: July 5-7
Where: 1, chemin de Cantelaude, 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

Festival Rues et Vous

This is the 12th edition of Festival Rue et Vous , a performance art festival that takes place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival was expanded to three days (July 6-8) and will include a rich program of theater, dance, circus and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

When: July 6-8
Where: Rions
How much: 12.80€ /one day 16.80€ /two days 24.80€/ 3 days

Sous les Oliviers à Langon

Sous les Oliviers is a series of events organized by the city of Langon and the cultural center Carmes taking place over six evenings in July. The first event takes place this Friday (July 6) and will be dedicated to French songs. See the full program for the summer here.

When:  July 6 (19:00)
Where: Centre Culturel Des Carmes,  8 Cours des Carmes, 33210 Langon

Sentout Festival

Every summer the Sentout festival creates three magical evenings where you get to enjoy the worlds of music, wine and gastronomy combined. The festival will take place on July 5-7 in the little village of Lignan de Bordeaux which is located at the entrance to  the Entre deux Mers area (the wine region of Bordeaux). Every evening the program offers a different music style: on the first evening you get to dance to the Peruvian Cumbia, then listen to French rock on the second night and finish with Swing and Jazz. The menus proposed by the chef Jacinthe Dos Santos will be inspired by the the musical program. To see the full program of concerts check out the facebook page of the event.

Sentout Festival

When: July 5-7
Where: Santout, 43 Route de la Lande, 33360 Lignan-de-Bordeaux

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in South Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. During the months of July (July 1-28) 17 events will take places in 15 towns in the Gironde department: Bassanne, Bazas, Bernos-Beaulac, Cadillac, Cazalis, Cudos,Gajac, La Réole, Podensac, Preignac, Saint-Macaire, Saint-Michelde-Castelnau,
Saint-Symphorien and Villandraut. The program includes a variety of activities such as: concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program for the upcoming weekend here and all the info about the locations here.

Nuits Atypiques program

When:  July 1-28
Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Summers of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. Seven concerts will be performed in different châteaux Between July 3 and July 13 – See the full program here.

When:  July 3-13
Where: See the location of every concert in the program

CULTURE

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 last show will be presented at the Opera of Bordeaux on July 6.

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

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

Painting of Bordeaux at Cour Malby

An expo of paintings of the streets of Bordeaux will be presented at la Cour Malby until July 8. The paintings are part of a contest organized by Agora des Arts.

When:  until July 8
Where: Salle Capitulaire de la Cour Mably, 3 rue Mably, 33000 BORDEAUX

Chromatic Shadow Exhibition

La Galerie D.X will be presenting the works of the French American painter Jérôme Lagarrigue until July 13.
See more details on the galerie’s website.

JÉRÔME LAGARRIGUE

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

Exhibition dedicated to Jack London

A photography exhibition that follows the life and the work of the famous author, Jack London, will be presented in the Musée d’Aquitaine from May 29 to December 2. Besides photographs, the museum will put on display many objects and documents from his journey through the islands of the South Pacific, San Francisco and Sydney between 1907 and 1909. See more info on the site of the museum.

When:  May 29 to December 2
Where:20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

New exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

“Par delà les frontières” is a new exhibition displaying materials representing relations and cooperation of American and Bordelaise artists, such as photographs, design pieces, interviews, videos and more. The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of fine arts from June 30 to September 16. For more info click here.

Par delà les frontières
Credit: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
When:  June 30- September 16.
Where: 20 Cours d’Albret, 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 July 2018.

Have a great weekend!

UPDATE – if you’re looking for information about events taking place in July 2019 go to my new article – what to do in Bordeaux in July 2019.

There are so many festivals, new exhibitions and special events that take place this month in the Bordeaux area that it was quite hard to choose the best ones. Eventually, I selected the biggest events and the exhibitions that are not going to be presented much longer and that I believe you should really go see. Also, just because it started to be so hot in Bordeaux I added a little getaway place where you could go when it’s too hot for any of the events I offer here.
I hope you enjoy these events and places and if you do, show me some love and share it with your friends 🙂

This is the list of 20 things to do in and around Bordeaux in July 2018:

1. Jalles House Rock 

Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free (they do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event). The 11th edition of the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles will take place on July 5-7 and includes bands like Circa Waves, Dewolff, Burning Heads and Himalayas.

For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: July 5-7
Where: 1, chemin de Cantelaude, 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

2. Zinefest

Zinefest is a festival dedicated to comics, illustrations, photography and poetry. The festival includes several expositions and concerts by both French and international artists and will take place in several venues in the south of Bordeaux. Look at the full program of events here.

When: July 4-8
Where: Different locations next to Marché des Douves in Bordeaux Sud (check out the program).

3. Festival Rues et Vous

This is the 12th edition of Festival Rue et Vous , a performance arts festival that takes place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival was expanded to three days (July 6-8) and will include a rich program of theater, dance, cirque and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

When: July 6-8
Where: Rions
How much: 12.80€ /one day 16.80€ /two days 24.80€/ 3 days

4. Sentout Festival 

Every summer the Sentout festival creates three magical evenings where you get to enjoy the worlds of music, wine and gastronomy combined. The festival will take place on July 5-7 in the little village of Lignan de Bordeaux which is located at the entrance to  the Entre deux Mers area (the wine region of Bordeaux). Every evening the program offers a different music style: on the first evening you get to dance to the Peruvian Cumbia, then listen to French rock on the second night and finish with Swing and Jazz. The menus proposed by the chef Jacinthe Dos Santos will be inspired by the the musical program of that night. To see the full program of concerts check out the facebook page of the event.

Sentout Festival

When: July 5-7
Where: Santout, 43 Route de la Lande, 33360 Lignan-de-Bordeaux

5. Senefesti

Senefesti is a beautiful festival celebrating the African culture with dance and music performances. The next two events of the festival will take place at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon: Saturday (July 6) a new photography exhibition will be presented and on Sunday (July 7) an African music festival will take place from 14:00 to 2:00. For more details check out here. 

When: July 6-7
Where: Le Rocher de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand33150 Cenon

6. 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

7. 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. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When and Where: 15 concerts and events will take place over the month of July in different location in and around Bordeaux (check out the program link above).

8. Celebrate the French National Day

July 14th is the French national day which is being celebrated in every city in France. Like every year, Bordeaux will hold a series of popular events and parties, the main ones are:

  • Military parade at Quai des Chartrons –  18:30
  • The traditional dance party at Placette de Munich – Quai Louis XVIII (in front of Quinconces)- 20:30
  • Fireworks show above the Garonne river between Pont de Pierre and Place de la Bourse – 22:45

Apart from the traditional national day events, plenty of other parties will take place on July 13-14 to celebrate this day, you can see some of them here.

LE 14 JUILLET 2015 / A BORDEAUX / PLACE DES QUINCONCES / LE
Credit: Sud Ouest

9. Jazz Festival in Saint Emilion

This is the 7th edition of this Jazz festival in the beautiful town of Saint Emilion which will take place July 20-22. During the three days of the festival Saint Emilion will offer a great mix of jazz concerts, wine tasting and tasty food. In the festival area you will find a wine bar with the wines of Saint Emilion and a gourmand market with local products and food trucks. For more info and the full program check out the website of the festival. For those of you living in Bordeaux, a bus will be offered from Les Quinconces to Saint Emilion at the price of 9 euros (both ways).

When:  July 20-22
Where: Douves du Palais Cardinal, Saint-Emilion.

10. Bordeaux Open Air 

The second part of the third edition of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on July 22 in Jardin Public and will include a lineup of four djs. 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 third part of the festival will take place on August 12 in Parc Palmer.

See more info about the event on their website.

When:  July 22
Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux, France

11. Arcachon En Scene

Archachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful town. This year’s program includes Claudio Capeo (July 27), Martin Solveig and Ofenbach (August 1st) and IAM (August 3). For more info check out the facebook page of the event, for tickets click here.

When: July 27, August 1st and 3rd
Where: Stade Vélodrome d’Arcachon

12. Dance on the Quai 

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from mid- July to mid – August. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

13. Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy  will take place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.

Ete metropolitain Bordeaux
credit: Bordeaux Metropolitain
When:  Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

14. Festival international d’orgues

This is a one of a kind festival in France, proposing numerous organ concerts during the summer in three of the biggest churches of Bordeaux. The concerts will take place between July 10 and August 31 in the following locations:

  • Every Tuesday in Cathédrale Saint André
  • Every Wednesday in Abbatiale Sainte Croix
  • Every Thursdday in Basilique Saint-Michel

You can see the full list of performances here.

cathedrale saint andre
photo by: Lost in Bordeaux
When:  July 10- August 30 at 18:00
Where: Cathédrale Saint André,  Abbatiale Sainte Croix, Basilique Saint-Michel

15. Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in South Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. During the months of July (July 1-28) 17 events will take places in 15 towns in the Gironde department: Bassanne, Bazas, Bernos-Beaulac, Cadillac, Cazalis, Cudos,Gajac, La Réole, Podensac, Preignac, Saint-Macaire, Saint-Michelde-Castelnau,
Saint-Symphorien and Villandraut. The program includes a variety of activities such as: concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and all the info about the locations here.

Nuits Atypiques program

When:  July 1-28
Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

16. Learn how to dance Tango

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango dance events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. The events will take place between July 1st and September 7 – you can see the full list of events for this summer in the website of the association.

tango in Jardin public

When:  July 1st – September 7
Where: Jardin Public,  place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste.

17. Free concerts at the Musée des arts décoratifs 

In parallel to the “Construction” exhibition by Martin Szekely that is currently being presented in the new space of the Musée des arts décoratifs, the museum has collaborated with IBOAT to organize free concerts every Thursday evening (18:00 to 21:00) until July 26. The concerts will take place in the inner courtyard of the museum (the access is from 3 rue Boulan). See more details here.

musee des art decoratifs bordeaux

When: June 14- July 26
Where: 3 rue boulan, Bordeaux

18. Go to the beach at Bordeaux Lac

The best thing you can do when it’s getting really hot in Bordeaux is to go to the beach. If you don’t have a car or you just don’t want to drive to the ocean, you can always go to the beach of Bordeaux Lac. This small cute beach has everything you need: a sandy clean beach with beautiful clear water and even a lot of shade from the trees for those who don’t really like the sun. the beach is open to the public daily from June 1st to August 31 and starting July 1st you even have  water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

plage du lac Bordeaux
Photo by: Lost in Bordeaux
When: June 1- August 31
Where: Boulevard Jacques Chaban Delmas, 33520 BRUGES

Exhibitions you should see

19. Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts 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

20. Last chance to see the Urban Fever

exhibition by Speedy Graphito Exhibition

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

If you know of any other interesting events in and around Bordeaux, please let me know in the comments below and I will gladly add them to my weekly list of things to do in Bordeaux.

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