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Cognac is a beautiful town in the South West of France that is mostly known for its luxurious spirits. I’ve been living in France for years but somehow visiting Cognac has never crossed my mind until we moved to Bordeaux. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of the spirit itself, and I drink it only on special occasions. So prior to my visit there I was wondering what’s there to do in Cognac beyond the cellar tours? Luckily there’s plenty of things to do in Cognac! This little town will surprise you with its impressive architecture, delicious restaurants and remarkably nice people. In this article I gathered the top 10 things to do, see and eat in Cognac.

1. Discover the Old City of Cognac

Stroll the narrow paved streets of the city center to absorb the charm of Vieux Cognac (the old Cognac). The architecture will take you back in time to the early days of the salt trade that started the economic growth of the city. Many of the old houses date back to the 16th and 17h centuries, displaying the eclectic architectural style of the city. Most buildings have large windows, an indication of the wealth of the traders living in this area at that period of time. The “newer” part of the old city unveils the vibrant economic and cultural development of Cognac in the 19th century. That trail called the “Belle epoque” starts at Place Francois I and ends at the Jardin de l’hotel de ville. While the center is relatively small, there are plenty of charming streets and nice boutiques so give yourself some time to get lost.

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2. Take a tour in a Cognac distillery

With almost 200 Cognac producers in the area, this is definitely the main attraction of Cognac. The cognac houses include big names like Hennessy, Martell, Rémy Martin and Courvoisier. These four produce most of the Cognac exported to the world. Other known brands include Otard, Camus, Meukov and Delamain (located in the neighboring town of Jarnac). Many distilleries offer tours in French and English. However, if you need an English speaking tour, be sure to book in advance. Martell and Hennessy are very popular tours as well those by Otard where you get to visit the old Chateau de Cognac (place of birth of King François I). You should know, however, that many distilleries are closing for winter so consult their tours schedules before heading to Cognac.

We took the Hennessy tour and had a fabulous time. The company’s boat took us to the other side of the river to visit the cellars. Then we learned all about the processes of creating this luxurious spirit, from the terroir to the maturing and assembling processes. At the end of the tour you get to taste two different Cognacs and a Cognac-based liqueur (which to be honest, I loved the most). The price of the tour is 18 euros per person, you can book it here.

If you’re looking for a more authentic / boutique experience check out the “in the Terroir of Cognac” tour. This half day trip includes a visit to several artisan distilleries and a cognac co-operative. You will get to taste some of the best craft cognacs in the region and get a more diverse and full experience of Cognac.

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3. Walk along the Quai of the Charente river

Charente river - Cognac
The promenade by the Charente river in Cognac

For many years the river banks of the Charente river were the prime business center of the city. King François initiated the salt trade in Cognac, making the river an important economic player. Later, all the big Cognac houses would establish their main buildings on the riverfront. Walking on the elegant promenade you’ll pass by the port of Cognac, the Hennessy house, the Chateau de Cognac (now the Otard Cognac house) and the impressive Tours Saint Jacques, one of the only remainings left from medieval times. The promenade itself is very pleasant and makes for a nice tour on both sides of the Charente river.

4. Eat great local food

Do you really think that a place with such a reputation for its luxury alcohol wouldn’t master the gastronomic side as well? There are plenty of great restaurants in Cognac, both in the old city and on the other side of the river (in quartier Saint Jacques). The one we particularly liked was L’atelier des quais, where the delicious food was accompanied by an incredible view of the old part of Cognac. Their big terrace in front of the riverbanks makes it a perfect place for sunny days. Other recommended restaurants are: La Courtine, La Poulpette, L’arty show

5. Taste Pineau des Charentes

Although Cognac is the main star here, there’s another spirit you must taste if you’re in the Charente department. Pineau des Charentes is a fortified wine, created from the mix of grape juice and Cognac eau-de-vie, which then goes through a maturing process. This is a very popular aperitif in Charente but not very known in other parts of France. It’s really good so don’t miss the chance to taste it!

6. Visit the local market

the market in Cognac
The covered market in Cognac

I absolutely adore French markets so I was very happy to discover that there’s a covered market in Cognac. This market is not on my top 10 French markets list but it’s a nice place to buy some local products. One of the stands sells great local alcohol and cheese and you can even order a cheese plate and take it to the picnic area in the middle of the market.

7. Learn about Cognac in the Musée des Arts du Cognac

If you’re interested in learning more about the production of the spirit head to the Musée des Arts du Cognac. This great museum located in a 16th-century mansion, next to the quai, holds an impressive amount of articles, documents and an audio-visual exhibition that will help you learn everything you need to know about Cognac. The price is 5 euros and it’s open daily between 14:00 to 18:00. The address is: Les Remparts, Place de la Salle Verte, 16100 Cognac

8. Drink a Cognac cocktail

As Cognac became an international success it took a life of its own. A fair amount of Cognac-based cocktails have been developed outside of France, in particular in the US. Some cocktails can be ordered in bars and restaurants in Cognac and they are really worth a try. Some of the most popular ones are Classico, Sidecar, French75 and Le Cognac Summit (the tourist information even gives you the recipe, click here to learn how to make it).

9. Visit the villages around Cognac

Although Cognac is the main town of the region, it’s not the only place where the spirit is produced and definitely not the only one worth visiting. If you want to visit more distilleries go to Jarnac, the second distilling town in the area. There you can find Cognac houses like Courvoisier, Louis Royer, Hine and Delamain. And it’s also the place of birth of the former French president François Mitterrand. You can visit a nice museum with all the presents he received during his presidency. Other pretty villages in the area are Bassac and Bourg Charente.

10. A city of festivals

Although it’s a small sized city, there are plenty of cultural events and festivals taking place in the Cognac area throughout the year. In the summer the city hosts one of the biggest music festival in the region, the Cognac Blues Passion. The festival, taking place in July, attracts some of the biggest names in the Blues world. Another big summer festival is Fête du Cognac. The Cognac festival celebrates the spirits of the region, the Cognac, Pineau des Charentes and wines of the region. Another cool festival is Distillerie en fête which takes place during the winter. From December to February plenty of activities are put in place by the Cognac distilleries to help you discover the behind the scenes of Cognac production. For more info check out the tourist info website.

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Looking for more destinations in the South of France? Check out my guide to a weekend in Bordeaux and the 25 best things to do in Biarritz.

In this article, I want to share with you some of my favorite blogs about Bordeaux. There are several blogs about life here that I follow regularly and some of them are even in English! In this list, I chose three English blogs/websites and three in French for my French-speaking readers. Their content is quite different from what I usually post on my blog but all of them give great information about different aspects of life in this city.

Bordeaux expats

This is one website you should really follow if you live in Bordeaux or thinking of moving here. Mike Foster (who started the blog in 2010) and Chris Tighe, are two expats that created an amazing and supportive expats community in Bordeaux, with the blog and facebook group “Bordeaux expats”. The blog really covers everything you need to know about living in Bordeaux: How to look for jobs, where are the good neighborhoods, how does the tram system work and even where the swimming pools are. They also have a business directory of English speaking businesses so if you’re looking for an English speaking service, that’s the place to go. Check out the Bordeaux expat site here.

Invisible Bordeaux

Invisible Bordeaux was created in 2011 by Tim Pike, an Englishman who has been living in Bordeaux for a while. In his blog he documents many of the lesser known sights, landmarks and stories of Gironde (mostly in Bordeaux area). Some of the best articles include his trip to the Gironde estuary and the stories of different clocks of Bordeaux. Check out Invisible Bordeaux.

American mom in Bordeaux

If you want a more personal blog about life in Bordeaux, check out Jennifer’s blog – American mom in Bordeaux. Since moving to Bordeaux in 2011 she has been writing about her daily life with her family in Bordeaux and about the many places they have visited in the area. In the last few years she has been guiding tours in Bordeaux and a few other destinations in Gironde, so if you’re looking for an English speaking guide, check out her website.

A few blogs for the French speakers

Un Air de Bordeaux

This is the blog of Bordeaux’s tourist office and if you can read French you should really check it out. This is the best site to discover the hidden secrets of Bordeaux, the places only locals know. They regularly post about interesting events or things to do during kids school breaks. Read thier blog here.

Camille in Bordeaux

I started following Camille a few days after moving to Bordeaux and I can definitely give her the credit for a few of my first discoveries in the city. What I love about her is that she’s really authentic and you get a pick into the life of a local. Check out her blog.

Enfant-bordeaux

Enfant Bordeaux is a website created by Papa Yann in 2014 and since then became the go-to place for many French parents trying to entertain their kids. The website includes plenty of articles about kids friendly events, courses, theater shows and much more. Check out EnfantBordeuax website.

Hope you enjoyed my list! Do you have more blogs about Bordeaux or France in general that you enjoy reading? please share it with us in the comments below.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux, check out my guide to a weekend in Bordeaux.

After two amazing sunny weeks in the Bordeaux area, this weekend we’re going back to winter mode. We do however start to feel some spring vibes as there are more and more big events taking place in Bordeaux. One of them is the Carnaval of Bordeaux, a very colorful fun event for both kids and adults. Apart from all the other great events this weekend, don’t forget that it’s the first Sunday of the month, which is a day without cars in Bordeaux, and a great opportunity to discover the city.  Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 1-3).

Carnaval de 2 rives

Le Carnaval des 2 rives  (March 3)  takes place on both sides of the Garonne river. This is a modern festival (created in 1996) that has all the best features of a traditional carnival such as costumes, shows, and a big parade. The parade will start at 14:00 at the Allée Serr, on the right side of the river and will pass to the other side through Pont de Pierre ending at the Village Carnaval at Place Pey-Berland at 15:30. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00 with a big scene including dancers and demonstrations of augmented reality. For more details click here.

When: March 3 / Where:  Starts at Allée Serr, Bastide, 33000 Bordeaux

Les Puces Bordelaises

Les Puces Bordelaise is the spring brocante of Bordeaux, taking place this weekend (March 2-3) in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux Lac. Experts and antique lovers gather around in a happening of French antiques, second hand trade, vintage decoration and furniture. Entry ticket is 3 euros (free for kids under 18 years old).

When: March 2-3 / Where: Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Big Vide Dressing event

A big event of vide-dressing (second-hand clothes sale) will take place this weekend (March 2-3) at Les Vivres de l’Art. Come and refresh your closet with the most famous marks at affordable prices. See more details here.

When: March 2-3 / Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Les Toiles Filantes – kids cinema festival

Les Toiles Filantes is a cinema festival that invites kids aged 3-12 years to discover cinema through screenings, meeting with people from the industry, new movies contest and more. This year the Festival’s theme is “vive le sport”, meaning that all the movies and animation films will be in some way related to sports. The program includes movies like Karate kid, le ballon d’or, La Grande Course au fromage and more. The festival takes place at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac from February 25 to March 3. For more details see the website of the festival and their facebook page.

When: February 25 to March 3 / Where: 7 rue des Poilus 33600 Pessac

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 22 to March 24. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: February 22 to March 24 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Expo – Vente briques lego

A big lego sale will take place in Saucats this weekend (March 2-3). The entry is 2 € and free for kids under 6 years old. For more info click here.

When: March 2-3 / Where:  2 allée Montesquieu, 33650 Saucats

Soirée à l’Orientale

This Saturday (March 2) les Halles de Talence invites you to an oriental afternoon. The event will include Oriental music, henna tattoos and of course tasting delicious food. For more details click here.

When: March 2, 16:30 / Where:  Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence

Join a roller-blading ride group

If you’re into rollerblading or want to learn to rollerblade join the Airroller club. This weekend (like every first weekend of the month) there’s 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 14:15 (March 3). For more details click here.

When:  March 3, 14:15 / Where: Place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Free museums Sunday

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 exhibitions. Check out the full list of museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

Exposition Système de Nasti

Good news for street art fans! The amazing exhibition of Nasty (one of the most talented artist in this field) was extended until March 3rd! So if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must! The exhibition is presented at the Institut Bernard Magrez. For more about the artist click here.

Street art Nasty
NASTY – exhibition
When: until March 3 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Bengal stream – Exhibition

Bengal Stream is a beautiful architecture exhibition presented at the Erc en Rêve, the architecture center of CAPC (the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux). The exhibition presents pictures and models of tens of projects in Bangladesh, realized by emerging architects. Most projects had very little budget to work with, but with great imagination and the understanding of the local materials and weather conditions the final results are incredible. 
This project is a testimony to the extraordinary architecture of this country. For more info click here.

When: Until March 3  / Where:  galerie blanche, arc en rêve, 7 rue Ferrère, 33000
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This weekend many people are out of town due to the school break and there are thus fewer events than usual. For those staying in the city, there are some nice events and exhibitions on my list. Since it’s going to be hot this weekend you can also use it to discover Bordeaux and its parks. 

Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 22-24)!

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces  from February 22 to March 24. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Faire aux plaisirs Bordeaux
When: February 22 to March 24 / Where:Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

A cartoon festival for the little ones

Cinéma “Le Festival” in Bégles is hosting a film festival for the little ones. During the festival, many cartoons and movies for kids (3 to 6 years old) will be screened, allowing parents to take their kids to the movies, some of them for the first time. For the full program click here.

When: February 13-26 / Where:  151 Boulevard Albert 1er, 33130 Bègles

Festival Les Grenadines Givrées

La Boîte à Jouer association invites you to the Grenadines Givrées festival during the first week of school break (February 16-23). You can enjoy different cultural experiences, from theater to marionettes and storytelling. This is a great event for both kids and adults. For the full program click here.

When: February 16-23 / Where:  39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Fête des Boeufs Gras de Captieux

If you can’t make it to the big Fête des Boeufs in Bazas next Thursday, come to celebrate the Bazas cattle this Sunday (February 24) in Captieux. The festive event includes a parade, music and tastings of the delicious Bazasian meat. For more info click here.

When: February 24 / Where: 33840 CAPTIEUX

Time for a picnic

Parc Rivière in Bordeaux
Parc Rivière

With this beautiful weather, it’s a great opportunity to get the picnic basket out. If you want to discover new green spots before the official picnic season starts, be sure to check out my list of the best places for a picnic in Bordeaux.

Roller Night

Every last Friday of the month the AIR Roller association is organizing a fun roller night. The group meets next to Hotel de Ville at 20:30 for about an hour ride. Everyone is invited. For more details click here.

When: February 22 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Atelier Costumes Carnaval

We are just one week before Carnaval des 2 rives, that will take place on March 3. If you want to make your own costume for the carnival you are invited to the Carnival costumes workshop that will take place this Saturday (February 23). For more info click here.

When: February 23, 14:00 – 17:00 / Where: 308 avenue Thiers, 33100 Bordeaux

Concerts

Les Créants – dance show

Les Créants is an artistic improvisation collective. This Saturday (February 23) the collective will perform two of their works of art at the Vivres de l’Art. For more details click here.

When: February 23, at 20:30 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Louise Weber en Concert au Central do Brasil

The singer Louise Weber and her ukulele will take the stage of Central do Brasil this Saturday (February 23). For more info click here.

When: February 23 / Where: 6 rue du Port, 33800 Bordeaux, France

Exhibitions in Bordeaux

Last chance to visit the Kaléidoscope exhibition

This time it’s really the last chance to see the beautiful street art exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez. The Kaléidoscope exhibition is all about feminine art, hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. The exhibition will be presented until February 24. For more info click here and here.

institut bernard magrez
When: Until February 17/ Where:  16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Expo « Vivre l’Art-Déco » Bordeaux-Casablanca

Vivre l’Art-Déco is an exhibition presenting the footprint of Art Déco in the lives of people in Bordeaux and Casablanca in architecture, urban planning and their daily life. The items include photos, maquettes, objects and documents. The exhibition is presented at Salle capitulaire and cour Mably until February 23.

When: until February 23 / Where: 3 rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

Album Artworks Exhibition in Pessac

Album Artworks is an exhibition of five artists that have worked with Bordelaise bands and created both cd covers and accessories for music concerts. The exhibition will be presented at Sorti 13 in Pessac until Mars 3. For more info about the artists click here.

When: January 25 to Mars 3 / Where: Sortie 13 – rue Walter Scott, Rue Walter Scott, 33600 PESSAC

Exposition “Carnaval des 2 rives”

In two weeks Bordeaux will host the beautiful Carnaval Des 2 Rives. This year as part of the preparations to the festival, the organizers of the festival invite you to an exhibition with costumes and masks created for the carnival. The exhibition will be presented at le 308 (Bastide) from February 12 to March 29. For more details click here.

When: February 12 – March 29 / Where: Le 308, 308 avenue Thiers, 33100 Bordeaux

Exposition d’art au Château Pichon Bellevue

A big art exhibition is presented these days at the Château Pichon Bellevue in Vayres. The exhibition hosts four artists: Carole Collaudin (designer), Chantal Druet (photographer), Caroline Escaffit (painter) and Katrine Gaultier (sculptor). For more details click here.  

When: until April 30 / Where: 23 Avenue du stade, 33870 Vayres

That’s it guys!!!! You’re going to have an amazing sunny weekend!
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If you ate tons of heart-shaped chocolate for Saint Valentine’s today, you can continue the celebration with Bordeaux’s chocolate festival. Also, there are plenty of events for kids this weekend, such as a cartoon festival in Begles, a dance festival and more. I also added plenty of dance events and parties so it won’t be boring this weekend. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 15-17).

Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique

This tasty 10 days fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, is taking place at the Jardin Botanique until February 17. This year the theme is a vegetable garden and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.

When: February 8-17 / Where:  Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 BORDEAUX

Festival Pouce Bordeaux

Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, 8 dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floriac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents. Check out the full program here.

When: February 6-16 / Where:  different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)

A cartoon festival for the little ones

In the next two weeks, Cinéma “Le Festival” in Bégles will host a film festival for the little ones. During the festival, many cartoons and movies for kids (3 to 6 years old) will be screened, allowing parents to take their kids to the movies, some of them for the first time. For the full program click here.

When: February 13-26 / Where:  151 Boulevard Albert 1er, 33130 Bègles

Black Valentine Weekend

Black Valentine is a new festival by the Bordeaux Swing association, taking place this weekend (February 15-17) in Chartrons. The program of the festival includes plenty of lessons with professional dancers for both beginners and advanced dancers. On Friday and Saturday evening two swing concerts will take place, where you can practice all you’ve learned in class. For the full program and tickets click here.

When: February 15-17 / Where:  6 rue Ramonet, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Les Grenadines Givrées

La Boîte à Jouer association invites you to the Grenadines Givrées festival during the first week of school break (February 16-23). You can enjoy different cultural experiences, from theater to marionettes and storytelling. This is a great event for both kids and adults. For the full program click here.

When: February 16-23 / Where:  39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Ratatam – kids festival

This is the third edition of the Ratatam kids festival, taking place at the
Entrepôt du Haillan on February 12-17. The program includes concerts, animation movies, a painting contest, video games, meetings with cartoonists, a comics workshop and more. Check out the full program here.

When: February 12-17 / Where:  Entrepôt du Haillan, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Salon Spa

A spa salon with representatives from 70 establishments will take place on February 14-15 in Hangar 14. The program includes different conferences on health and thermal medicine. For the full program click here.

When: February 14-15 / Where:  Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Hip Hop Party

A hip hop party will take place this Friday (February 15) in one of the coolest places in town, Mama Shelter. For more details click here.

When: February 15, at 21:00 / Where:  19, RUE POQUELIN MOLIERE, 33000 Bordeaux

Swing Party

A swing concert and party will take place this Friday (February 15) at the Quartier Libre club in Saint Michel. The entry is free and a chic outfit is obligatory :). For more info click here.

When: February 15 , at 20:00 / Where: 30 rue des Vignes, 33800 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bayonne

If you’re in a mood for traveling this weekend, Bayonne is the place to go. This Saturday (February 16) it’s the Bayonne annual Carnival. This is a very traditional Basque festival with music and beautiful costumes. For more details click here.

When: February 16 / Where: Ville de Bayonne

Romanian weekend at the Cite du Vin

This weekend (February 15-17) la Cité du Vin celebrates the bond between France and Romania. It will be a big celebration of Carpathian wines with conferences, tastings and a concert. For more details and reservations click here.

When: February 15-17 / Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Exposition “Carnaval des 2 rives”

In two weeks Bordeaux will host the beautiful Carnaval Des 2 Rives. This year as part of the preparations to the festival, the organizers of the festival invite you to an exhibition with costumes and masks created for the carnival. The exhibition will be presented at le 308 (Bastide) from February 12 to March 29. For more details click here.

When: February 12 – March 29 / Where: Le 308, 308 avenue Thiers, 33100 Bordeaux

Go to the park

It looks like there’s finally some good weather this weekend and I really hope it’s here to stay. But February is tricky and this weekend could be just a short break from the cold. So before the sun disappears, you have a chance to get to know all the beautiful parks in the city and to prepare yourself for the summer picnics. Take a look at my list of the best parks in Bordeaux.

Winter Sales are coming to an end

Shopping alert! Les soldes d’hiver are about to end on February 19 so this is your last chance to enjoy them.

IKEA takes your old book

If you have a stock of books in your house that you want to get rid of this is a good opportunity. This Saturday (February 16) you can bring your books and get a coupon for 10 euros at IKEA. The books have to be in a good condition and it doesn’t include magazines. You have to have an IKEA family card to participate. For more details click here.

When: February 16 / Where: Avenue des 40 Journaux, 33049 Bordeaux

As usual, if you want to plan ahead check out my winter edition of things to do in Bordeaux. And if you’re not on my email list yet, join me and get more exclusive tips about Bordeaux – subscribe here

Have a wonderful weekend!

We have a great weekend full of events and this time your Sunday is going to be especially busy. We have some big events like the Chocolate fair and the Jumping International de Bordeaux but also plenty of nice smaller events for kids and adults. Don’t miss two beautiful exhibitions I recommend for this weekend and if you’re in a traveling mood, don’t miss the big Playmobile in Mios. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 8-10).

Jumping international de Bordeaux

Jumping International de Bordeaux is a big riding equestrian event that includes competitions, spectacles and a fun fair. The event takes place on February 7 -10 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. More than 250 exhibitors will present their horses at the event which will include activities such as the Jumping world cup, amateurs competition, Equine Health Forum, a show of Iberian horses and more. For more details click here.

When: February 7-10 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique

This tasty 10 days fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, will take place at the Jardin Botanique on February 8-17. This year the theme is a vegetable garden and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.

When: February 8-17 / Where:  Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 BORDEAUX

Play Mios – Playmobile day

A Playmobil exhibition will take place this Saturday (February 9) in Mios. The event will include more than 50 exhibitors from all over the Bassin d’Arcachon presenting more than 43,000 Playmobil figures. The exhibition will include 17 dioramas of different themes such as Game of Thrones, Astérix and Star Wars. The program also includes nice activities for the little ones. For more info click here.

When: February 9 / Where:  Salle polyvalente Marc Daurys, Place Dominique Mayonnade, 33380 Mios

Green Market au Château des Tours, Bouscat

A green market will take place this Saturday (February 9) in Château des Tours in le Bouscat. The market will host local producers of organic fruit and vegetables, patisserie, natural cosmetics and more. Check out the full list of merchants here. The entry is free.

When: February 9, from 10:30  / Where:  246 Avenue de la Libération Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

Grande fête enfantine à Pessac

La grande fête Enfantine is coming back this Sunday (February 10) with plenty of activities for kids. The program includes music, snacks, makeup sessions and many other surprises. The event will take place at Parc Cazalet in Pessac. For more details click here.

When: February 10, 14:00- 18:00  / Where:  Parc Cazalet, Avenue de Beutre, 33610 Pessac, France

Braderie d’Hiver

Every winter the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux winter Braderie. If you’re in town for winter sales 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. The Braderie will take place on February 6-8.

When: February 6-8 / Where: Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils

Troc party vêtements

As part of the “not buy anything new” challenge, the Maison Ecocitoyenne of Bordeaux organizes this Sunday (February 10) a clothes party. You can come and exchange, buy or sell second-hand clothes. The event is free but requires prior registration. Click here for more info and registration.

When: February 10, 14:00- 17:00  / Where:  Maison écocitoyenne de Bordeaux, Quai Richelieu, 33000 Bordeaux

Last chance to visit the Kaléidoscope exhibition

You have only two weeks to see the beautiful street art exhibition in Institut Bernard Magrez. The Kaléidoscope exhibition is all about feminine art, hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. This is one of the most beautiful exhibitions presented in Bordeaux these days so go see it! The exhibition will be presented until February 24. For more info click here and here.

Institut Bernard Magrez Bordeaux
Institut Bernard Magrez
When: Until February 17/ Where:  16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Bengal stream – Exhibition

Bengal Stream is a beautiful architecture exhibition presented at the Erc en Rêve, the architecture center of CAPC (the contemporary art museum of Bordeaux). The exhibition presents pictures and models of tens of projects in Bangladesh, realized by emerging architects. Most projects had very little budget to work with, but with great imagination and the understanding of the local materials and weather conditions the final results are incredible.
This project is a testimony to the extraordinary architecture of this country. For more info click here.

When: Until March 3  / Where:  galerie blanche, arc en rêve, 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 BORDEAUX

Festival Pouce Bordeaux

Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, 8 dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floriac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents and kids and professional dancers day on February 13. Check out the full program here.

When: February 6-16 / Where:  different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)

Villenave Trail Urbain

This Saturday a sportive event for kids will take place in Villenave d’ornon. Villenave Trail Urbain includes two hiking tracks for kids from 6 to 14 years old. The tracks will start from Espace D’Ornon and will go through several chateaux in the area. For more details and registration click here.

When: February 9, 14:30 – 20:00 / Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

Surfrider clean up in Ambés

This Saturday (February 9) the Surfrider Gironde association is organizing a large clean up on the banks of the rivers in Ambés. This is a very nice and educative activity to do with the kids. Check out the program for the day here.

When: February 9, at 10:30 / Where: Route du Burck, Ambés – Bus stop “Le Marquis”

Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux

This is a great show for motorbike and action lovers. Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux will take the stage of Arkéa Arena this Saturday (February 9). The show will include plenty of acrobatic stunts and amazing urban decoration. For tickets and more details click here.

When: February 9, 20:30 / Where:  Arkéa Arena, 48-50 avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 FLOIRAC

Recital at the Opera of Bordeaux

The American Opera singer and Soprano, Renée Fleming, will take the stage of the Opera of Bordeaux this Sunday (February 10). She will be accompanied by the German pianist Hartmut Höl. For more details and tickets click here.

When: February 10, 20:00  / Where:  Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, place de la Comédie, 33000 BORDEAUX

Underground electronic music

Les Vivres de l’Art is hosting a long line up of underground electronic music concerts every weekend until February 15. Three nights full of concerts will take place this weekend (February 8-10). The concerts include some big names from the international underground scene.  Check out the full program here.

When: February 1-15 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France