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While September is packed with great events, this “la rentrée” weekend, in which the French take some time to relax from their vacation before going back to work, is light on events in the city. But for those of you who are still looking for something interesting to do, there are some very nice suggestions; from a festival in Cadaujac to antique cars and free concerts in the center of Bordeaux. Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux:

Tribus Libres Festival

Tribus Libres festival in Cadaujac invites you to celebrate the end of the summer with more the 50 hours of musical, cultural and culinary discoveries and activities. The program includes theater and circus shows and street art, a market with products produced in Gironde, creative workshops and game spaces for kids. Check out the full program and the details about the festival here , for tickets click here. The festival will take place from August 31 to September 2.

tribus libres festival

When:  August 31 – Sep 2
Where: Parc du Château, 33140 CADAUJAC

Antique cars Exhibition

An exhibition of antique cars  and motorbikes will take place this weekend (Sep 1-2) at Place des Quinconces. This annual event is always fun for vehicle amateurs and is accompanied by activities like a car elegance competition, a vintage village, aperitifs and concerts.  For details and updates check out the facebook page of the event. The name of the event is “15éme Traversée de Bordeaux en véhicules anciens et d’exception”  and you can read the story behind it here.

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When:  Sep 1-2
Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Open Air Festival

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. The next event will take place on September 2 at Square Dom Bedos and will be dedicated to Djs from Lyon.

See more info about the event on their facebook page.

When: September 2, 15:00
Where: Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux

A free concert at the Pavillon d’été of L’Orangeade

The summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps on the right bank of the Garonne is a great way to enjoy your evenings during the hot Bordelaise summer days. The pavilion, organized by the Orangeade association, is hosting free music and gastronomy events every Friday and Saturday until September 22. Take a look at the program for this Friday (August 31) and for this Saturday (Sep 1).

When: August 17-18, from 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux

A free cinema at  Cour Malby

The Agora des Arts association will screen La La Land in Cour Malby this Saturday (Sep 1) at 21:00. If you haven’t had the chance to see the movie yet (and even if you have) this is a great musical to see and sing along with plenty of other strangers. See more details here.

When:  Sep 1 , 21″00
Where: 3 Rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

Free museum day

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most of the exhibitions. Check out the full list of the museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux
Musée des arts décoratifs bordeaux

Join a roller-blade ride group

If you are into Rollerblading or want to learn to rollerblade join the Airroller club. This weekend (like every first weekend of the month) there is a big family ride called la Rando des Familles where both kids and adults roll together. The ride will start from the Hotel de Ville at 14:45. For more details click here.

rollerblades group

When:  Sep  2, 14:45
Where: Place Pey Berland

Guided visit at Darwin

Most of you probably have been to Darwin more than once. It’s by far one of the most surprising and fun places in Bordeaux. But do you know the story behind this urban treasure and what else is there in Darwin besides food and tons of graffiti? If you are interested to get to know it a little better, join the guided tour in Darwin that will take place this Saturday ( Sep 1) at 15:00. For more details and registration (obligatory) click here.

When: Sep 1 at 15:00
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Classic music on Sunday morning

Are you feeling cultural this weekend? How about dressing up and attending a classic music concert at the Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux on Sunday morning? In the program: Dimitri Chostakovitch Quintette op. 57 and Georges Enesco Octuor. To reserve your spot call 06 87 32 35 16 (Christine).

When: Sep 2 at 10:00
Where: 2 place de la Comedie, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Garden Party – in one of the nicest terasses of Bordeaux 

A nice collaboration is taking place this summer between Frida, a restaurant with a beautiful inside garden, and the French Gin producer G’Vine Gin. Every Sunday during the summer a cocktail party takes place at Frida, with a selection of special cocktails and a discount price of 6 euros for Gin and Tonic. For more info click here.

When: September 2 , 17:00
Where: 27-29 rue Buhan, 33000 Bordeaux, France

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Have a great weekend!

This weekend we have free concerts on the banks of the Garonne, Jardin Public and at the charming port town of Andernos les Bains. Other than that, there are some interesting exhibitions for those of you looking to hide from the sun as well as plenty of ideas to enjoy the Bordelaise summer without spending a dime.

Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (August 18-19):

Enjoy a concert at the summer pavilion on the Garonne

The summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps on the right bank of the Garonne is a great way to enjoy your evenings during the hot Bordelaise summer days. The pavilion, organized by the Orangeade association, is hosting free music and gastronomy events every Friday and Saturday until September 22. Take a look at the program for this Friday (August 17) and for this Saturday (August 18).

When:  August 17-18, from 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux

Open Air Festival

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. The next event will take place on August 19 in Jardin Public and will be dedicated to Djs from London.

See more info about the event on their facebook page.

When:  August 19, 15:00
Where: Jardin Public, place du Champ de Mars, 33000 Bordeaux

Dance Tango at the Grande Poste

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes public tango dance in different location in the center of Bordeaux.  Join their tango party at the Grande Poste this Sunday (August 19), see more info on the facebook page of the event.

When:  August 18– 16:00
Where: 7 rue du palais gallien, 33000 Bordeaux

Brasilian Funk in charming Andernos les Bains

Bate Funk Brasileiro is a group of 13 musicians playing tribute to Brazilian music from the Rio Black Power of the 70s to the Samba Funk of today. The concert will take place this Saturday (August 18) at the beautiful port town of Andernos les Bains. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When:  August 18– 21:30
Where: Esplanade de la jetée andernos

Go to the beach at Bordeaux Lac

The beach is the perfect summer spot and if you’re in Bordeaux you don’t have to go very far for it. The cute beach of Bordeaux Lac has everything you need: a sandy clean beach with beautiful clear water and a lot of shade from the nearby 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 it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

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

Dance on the Quai

This is the last weekend of Dansons sur les Quais, 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 are 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 are taking place daily on the quai until August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily until August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Hide from the sun in the beautiful Parc Bordolais 

Parc Bordelais, the biggest parc in Bordeaux, is located in the northern part of the city in the Cauderan neighborhood. Although a bit far from the city center,  making an effort to get there really pays off.  A lake, beautiful trees, huge green spaces and a lovely terrasse café are only part of what parc Bordolais has to offer. This park is one of the best places for kids in Bordeaux.  Besides two large playgrounds (for younger and older kids), there is a puppet theater and a little train that takes you on a tour around the park. If you want to discover more parks in Bordeaux check out my list of the best picnic locations in the city.

parc Bordelais in Bordeaux
Parc Bordelais by Lost in 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. More than 100 activities including 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.

Exhibition at the beautiful Espace Saint Rémi

Espace Saint Rémi is a beautiful place to go see exhibitions and cultural events in the center of Bordeaux.  During the next ten days (August 16-26) the place will host an exhibition by three different artists: Léonard Lahoz (porcelain design), Twotom (aquarelle painting), Anne d’Aressy (pastels). A meeting with the artist Léonard Lahoz  will take place this Friday at 18:00.

When:  August 16-26
Where:Espace Saint-Rémi – 4 rue Jouannet – 33000 Bordeaux

Join the guided visit of the Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts more than 50 street artists, is beeing 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. If you want to learn more about the meaning behind these fascinating pieces of art, join the guided tour that will take place this Saturday (August 18) at 16:00. The tour doesn’t require prior reservation and is limited to 30 people (price is 3 euros). For more details about the tour click here.

When: August 18, 16:00
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Garden Party – in one of the nicest terasses of Bordeaux 

A nice collaboration is taking place this summer between Frida, a restaurant with a beautiful inside garden, and the French Gin producer G’Vine Gin. Every Sunday during the summer a cocktail party takes place at Frida, with a selection of special cocktails and a discount price of 6 euros for Gin and Tonic. For more info click here.

When: August 19, 17:00
Where:27-29 rue Buhan, 33000 Bordeaux, France

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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 August 2018.

Have a great weekend!

This list of things to do includes many events and activities taking place in and around Bordeaux. But for many people, summer is a time to just relax and enjoy the city. So I also added some indoor places you could visit to just feel Bordeaux’s summer spirit while you run away from direct sunlight (preferably into some AC). Let’s get started!

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

Have a picnic in one of Bordeaux’s beautiful parks

If you want to enjoy those summer days in a French way, do what locals really love to do – have a picnic. Get your bottle of rosé and some baguette and fromage and head to one of Bordeaux’s parks or gardens. It’s also a nice way to discover the city as many fine spots are located outside of Bordeaux’s center. If you want to know where are all the best places for a picnic and where to buy your snacks around them check out my list of all the best green spots in the city.

Parc Rivière in Bordeaux
Parc Rivière

Go for a concert and a beer on the board of the river

Drink, dance and listen to live music on the banks of the Garonne river at the la Guinguette chez Alriq, a tavern located in the Bastide neighborhood. This entertaining place, opens up only for the summer, hosts musicians from all around the world with daily concerts from Thursday to Sunday. The Bordealaise  band, Le Festin, will take the stage this Saturday evening (August 11). For more detail click here

Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 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 styles like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities are 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 are taking 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:  until August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

If you stay with kids in Bordeaux, this is your last opportunity to enjoy the Quai des Sports, a series of sportive events and activities for kids that have been taking place since mid July at the Parc des sports Saint Michel. The program is rich and includes all kind of sports form fitness and beach volleyball to yoga and meditation. The last day will take place on August 12.  Check the full program here.

When: until 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 next event will take place this Saturday (August 11) at the Ponton Yves Parlier on the right side of the river. For more details click here.

When:  August 11, from 6pm
Where: Ponton Yves Parlier

All you can eat BBQ on the rooftop of mama shelter

The rooftop of Mama Shelter is one of the best places for a drink during the hot Bordelaise summer nights. If you’re having a carnivore mood this weekend, join Mama Shelter for their Sunday ‘all you can eat’ BBQ. Take a look at the menu and all the details on the facebook page of the event.

When:  August 12, from 12-16
Where: 19, RUE POQUELIN MOLIERE, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is 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 battle reenactment festival running during more than 10 evenings in 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

 

Few indoor ideas if it gets too hot:

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

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

This is the last chance to see the Luminopolis exhibition that has been running since June 2017 at 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 is 8 euros. See more info here.

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

Have a drink at the covered market of Bacalan

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). The fact that it’s a covered market with a great selection of food and drink stands makes it great place to hide from the sun.

Address: 149 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

For more indoor activities in Bordeaux check out my list of things to do when it’s raining. While it’s not the same kind of weather, both require an indoor place where you can still enjoy what Bordeaux has to offer.

 

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 August 2018.

Have a great weekend!

The post about things to do in August in Bordeaux , that was released this week, is full of events and activities for the last month of this summer. So this weekend the list of things to do will be a bit shorter and will focus only on the biggest events of Saturday and Sunday (August 4-5).  This time we have a reggae festival, a picnic in the forest, a great beach close to city center and more. Let’s get started:

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 can 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

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

A few weeks ago the Orangeade association opened its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) hosting weekly events for music and gastronomy lovers. 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 (August 3) and for this Saturday (August 4). All the events are free.

When:  August 3-4, from 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 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 until August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily until August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

Like every summer the Parc des sports Saint Michel hosts plenty of sportive activities for kids and teenagers. The daily programs are extremely varied  and include things like climbing for kids, beach volleyball, basketball and more. The event will take place until August 12. Check the full program here.

When: Daily until August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

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:

  • Ligne Art– guided tour on the tram to Merignac to discover the art on that route– Sunday at 14:00(August 5)
  • Biking tour in Bacalan – Sunday at 17:00 (August 5)
  • En Route – L’eau Bourde- Biking tour that starts in Pessac –  Sunday at 9:00 (August 5)
  • Tour in the observatory of Floriac – Saturday at 10:00 (August 4)

Check out the full program of events here (the full list with the dates is in the end of the PDF)

Picnic in the Forest

If you haven’t visit the beautiful park of Bourgailh in Pessac this weekend is a great opportunity is a great opportunity to do just that. This Sunday (August 5) the park will host a big picnic event, and if you don’t bring your food, don’t worry, a new super delicious Toast food truck will be there to feed you. For more details click here.

When: Sunday August 5
Where: Ecosite du Bourgailh, 179 avenue de beutre, 33600 Pessac

Music festival in Le Barp

Festival Country Rock will take place this weekend (August 3-5) in Le Barp (about 30 minutes from Bordeaux). Besides three days of concerts the program of the festival includes activities for kids, food trucks, bike tours and many stands with rock-country clothes. For more info click here and for the full program here. Ticket price is 5-7 euros.

When: August 3-5
Where: Plaine des sports, 33114 Le Barp

Bègles plage

If it’s getting too hot and you feel like making it beach day you don’t have to go far. Bègles beach is a few minutes drive from city center and you can even get there by tram (Tram C – Terres Neuves station). It’s a nice, very local little beach, with a great play ground for kids and a perfect spot to end your day when the temperatures are rising in the afternoon.

begles plage

Where: Bègles plage, rue Mendès France, 33130 Bègles

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 August 2018.

Have a great weekend!