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Bordeaux is a very touristic city and as such it’s packed with boutique and budget hotels. However, not all of them offer good value for your money and finding a good hotel can be a hard task. That’s why I gathered this list of hotels to help you out.
This list includes hotels from the city center and from surrounding districts. I included both basic hotels and beautifully designed boutique ones so the price range is quite big and you can easily find a place that fits your budget and needs. If this is your first visit to France, read my short article about things you should know before ordering a hotel in France.

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Hotels in the center of Bordeaux – from budget to luxury

Mama Shelter

A super stylish central hotel with a great atmosphere and an incredibly good value for your money. Mama Shelter is part of a chain of hotels, located in several cities in France. It has 97 colorful and funky rooms designed by Philippe Starck. The hotel is located next to Hotel de Ville and so it’s very close to the historic center of the city. You’re at a walking distance from all the bars, boutiques and monuments the city has to offer. It has a great restaurant and one of the best rooftop bars, with an amazing view of Bordeaux. The price is really affordable, especially if you book in advance.

Address: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière

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Le Boutique hotel

boutique hotel in Bordeuax

The Boutique Hotel is a 4- star luxury hotel which is quite popular among Bordeaux tourists. It’s located in the elegant district of Triangle d’Or, at just a few minutes walk from the Opera. The owners designed the rooms themselves with a lot of charm, combining the historic elements of the building with a more modern design. Each of the 27 rooms and suites reveals a different atmosphere and is named after one of the region’s famous chateaux. If you come with kids there are a few large apartment style rooms available.  The rooms come with a view of Bordeaux’s rooftops or the green courtyard which also has a beautiful wine bar. Parking is not provided but you have a reduced price in the parking lot next to the hotel.

Address: 3 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon

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Hôtel Majestic

hotel majestic bordeaux

Hôtel Majestic is another establishment located close to the Opera of Bordeaux. The 4-star hotel, situated in a beautiful 18th-century building has 47 rooms, each with its own specific decor. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the Miroir d’eau and the historic center. But as it’s in the north part of the center it’s also quite close to Jardin Public which is perfect for sunny days. All the chic wine and chocolate boutiques are located just a few steps away. Private parking is available in the hotel.

Address: 2 Rue de Condé

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Hôtel de sèze

hôtel de sèze bordeaux

Hôtel de sèze is a 4-star hotel, located in the fancy Triangle d’Or district next
to many luxury boutiques and wine and chocolate shops. Situated in a beautiful 18th-century building, the hotel has 55 rooms with 18th-century decor that gives it a very elegant look. It also harbors a spa (not commonly seen in Bordeaux’s hotels), a beautiful library and a golf course (15 minutes by shuttle).

Address: 23 Allées de Tourny

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Best Western Premier Bordeaux Bayonne Etche-Ona

Best Western Premier Bordeaux Bayonne Etche Ona

This is a 4-star hotel with 33 rooms complete with a late 20s art-deco atmosphere. The hotel is made of two beautiful houses dating from the 18th century, the Bayonne and the Etche-Ona, with an interesting story behind each one. A perfect location, just a minute walk from the Opera and next to le Marche des Grands-Hommes where you can buy some delicious souvenirs to bring back home. If you need a good coffee in the morning, Kuro is just a minute away. Parking requires prior reservation.

Address: 4 Rue Martignac

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Quality hotel

quality hotel bordeaux

This hotel is located in the Saint Pierre district of Bordeaux, probably the best location you could think of.  It’s the heart of Bordeaux’s historic center and the best bars and restaurants are just around the corner. The hotel itself is a simple 3-star hotel but it’s very clean and has everything you need for a nice stay. This is a great value considering its location. It’s important to note that the hotel doesn’t have a parking space but they do have a partnership with the parking lot of the Grand Hommes (5 minutes walk) with reduced prices at around 15 euros a day. The parking is closed on Sunday.

Address: 27 Rue Parlement Sainte-Catherine

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Hotel Gambetta

hotel gambeta bordeaux

A very basic 2-star hotel, perfectly located just a few minutes walk from the hotel de Ville and the opera. There’s nothing very special about the decor or its atmosphere but it’s clean and very affordable. And as a bonus, you have one of the best coffee places in Bordeaux, L’alchimiste, just next door. The parking is a six minutes walk from the hotel and requires prior reservation.

Address: 66 Rue de la Porte Dijeaux

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Hôtel Acanthe

acanthe hotel Bordeaux

A 2-star hotel located at the heart of the historic center of Bordeaux. It’s a basic hotel with small but clean rooms. The location is perfect! It’s situated on rue saint Remi, a street full of bars and restaurants, and just two minutes from the Miroir-d’eau, one of Bordeaux’s main attractions.
It’s a great value if you want to stay in the city center.

Address: 12 Rue Saint-Rémi, 33000 Bordeaux

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La Maison du Lierre

la maison du lierre bordeaux

This is a 3-star boutique hotel situated in a beautiful 18th-century house. La Maison du Lierre was named after the 200 years old ivy covering its terrace. It’s located on a quiet street, away from the hustle but just a few minutes walk to the opera of Bordeaux. The rooms are small but very nice and clean and it has a beautiful terrace which is a real upgrade.

Address: 57 Rue Huguerie

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Where to stay in the surrounding districts of Bordeaux center

Villa Victor Louis

hotel victor louis Bordeaux

Villa victor Louis is a charming boutique hotel with beautiful decor that combines 18th-century  furniture with a contemporary style. You have a wonderful outdoor space where you can relax on sunny days. It’s located in the quiet Saint Seurin neighborhood, a few minutes walk from the main park of Bordeaux and the elegant Triangle d’Or district. While you won’t be located in the heart of the historic center (a 15 min walk), you’ll benefit from being a few minutes away from one of the best patisseries in Bordeaux, Maison Lamour.

Address: 42 Rue Rodrigues-Pereire

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Seeko’o Hotel

seekoo hotel bordeaux

A 4-star hotel located in the north of the Chartrons neighborhood. A bit out of the historic center but a good location nonetheless. The Seeko’o hotel has 44 spacious rooms with a chic and urban style, very different from the classic hotels in the city center. Some of the rooms’ windows turn to the bassin-a-flot, an old port with plenty of boats and a very unique architecture. The hotel also offers a sauna and a hammam which is a lovely bonus. The parking requires a reservation as there are only 10 places available.

Personal note: if it’s a short stay and you really want to feel the vibe of the center of Bordeaux, then this hotel is a bit far. If you don’t mind walking 20 minutes to the city center (or taking the tram) then it could be a great option. It’s located at the southern border of the Bacalan neighborhood, which is now one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city, with a beautiful covered market, the wine museum and plenty of street art so you will enjoy your stay nontheless. Discover this funky district with my post about the best things to do in Bacalan.

Address: 54 Quai de Bacalan

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Ibis Styles Bordeaux Centre Mériadeck

ibis styles meriadeck bordeaux

There’s nothing fancy about this one but it’s a decent clean nicely designed hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned which is a big bonus if you’ll be staying in Bordeaux during the summer. It’s located at the Meriadeck district about 15 minutes walk from the historic center of Bordeaux. Not far from the hotel you can find the Meriadeck, the only shopping mall in the city center, and the ice skating rink of Bordeaux.

It’s the administrative district of Bordeaux and it’s not very chic, so if you really have the urge to feel the vibe of the historic center when you go out of the hotel, look at some of the hotels at the begining of this article. If you need a good coffee place, Gusco is perfect and nearby. All-in-all It’s a nice hotel and because the location isn’t perfect the price is usually affordable.

Address: 54 Rue Joseph Abria

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Maison Fredon – Tupina

maison fredon bordeaux

Maison Fredon is a little boutique hotel located in a renovated beautiful 18th-century building. There are only five rooms in this hotel, all uniquely designed to combine modern decor with the classic style of a bourgeois bordelaise house. The rooms are very spacious which is uncommon in French hotels. It’s located in Saint Michel, an old neighborhood just outside the historic center of Bordeaux, a special place by itself. In recent years it gained popularity having plenty of bars and restaurants open up on a monthly basis. In the same property you’ll find a very popular restaurant, Tupina, serving delicious French food.

On a personal note: This is a perfect gourmet location. It’s only 5 minutes walk from the main market of Bordeaux and has five restaurants on the same street. It’s also a few minutes walk from the train station, which can be great from those of you traveling by train. discover the Saint Michel neighborhood check out my post about the best things to do in Saint Michel.

Address: 7 Rue Porte de la Monnaie

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Where to stay next to the train station of Bordeaux

Many people are looking for accommodations next to the train station as they are traveling to the area by train. That’s why I added two affordable hotels just next to gare Saint-Jean, although I’m not a big fan of this area.

Hôtel Mercure de la Gare Saint-Jean

The first one is hôtel Mercure de la gare Saint-Jean, one of the best options in the area. While the hotel is a bit old the rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff is very welcoming. It’s a 4-star hotel but very affordable. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the station but very close to one of the most beautiful churches in Bordeaux, L’église Sainte-Croix.

Address: 28 – 30 Rue de Tauzia

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Ibis gare saint jean

ibis gare saint jean bordeaux

If you’re on a limited budget, Ibis gare saint jean could be a good solution as well. It’s not the most charming hotel but it’s definitely a good value for its price. It’s a 3-star hotel with nice clean rooms and it’s located 300m from the station.

Address: 19 Quai de Paludate

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I hope this post was helpful for finding accommodation on your next trip to Bordeaux! Just remember that Bordeaux is not a huge city so all of these hotels are relatively close to the center. If you found a hotel that interests you, it’d be amazing if you book it through the links on my site. It’ll add absolutely nothing to your cost and will allow me to continue writing more fun and useful articles about things to do in Bordeaux and Southwest France!

One last thing before I go, if it’s your first visit to Bordeaux, check out my ultimate guide to a weekend in Bordeaux.

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 If you want to discover the Medoc area, one of France’s most famous wine routes, this is an excellent time for a visit.  On April 6-7, the region celebrates the beginning of spring with an open doors weekend, hosted by the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac. It’s an incredible event that allows you to visit most of the chateaux of the Médoc region and taste a lot of wine. 

Chateaux Livran

Le Week-end Portes Ouvertes (open doors weekend) in Médoc is an annual event that officially starts the tourist season in the wine region of southwest France. The first time that vineyards have collectively decided to open their doors to the public was in 1991 and it was an immediate success. The Week-end Portes Ouvertes has seen tens of thousands of visitors and the open house tradition was copied to other chateaux in France. This tradition has grown so much that it became a challenge to pick the best chateaux to visit during this weekend.

More than 70 châteaux from eight different AOC (appellation d’origine contrôléewill participate in the Portes Ouvertes weekend:  MEDOC, HAUT MEDOC, PAUILLAC, SAINT ESTEPHE,  SAINT JULIEN, LISTRAC, MOULIS and MARGAUX. The AOC is the French certification for geographical indications of agricultural products such as wine and cheeses. Click here to see which châteaux are participating in the event.

Although visiting the cellars and wine tastings are still at the heart of the event, today the various chateaux try to attract visitors with additional activities such as music, wine workshops, food, art expos and games for kids. If you don’t have a specific chateau in mind you can choose one according to the proposed activities. I gathered a list of activities to help you choose one:

Fine dining

Wines are not the only product the Médoc region does well, it is also famous for its gastronomic specialties, such as: l’agneau de Pauillac (Pauillac lamb), l’entrecôte cuite aux sarments (entrecote cooked with wine shoots), les chocolats de Mademoiselle de Margaux and more. In addition to in-house restaurants, some of the chateaux offer gourmet markets, food trucks and bars. So, besides tasting great wine you are guaranteed to have a great culinary experience.

These are the châteaux offering a lunch or a dinner during the portes ouvertes: Saint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Pierre de Montignac-  Chantelys – Tour des Termes -St-Estèphe – Le Crock- Julia – Hourtin Ducasse – Lanessan- La tour Carnet -Reverdi – Baudan – Chasse Spleen – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Desmirail – Kirwan -Siran – Larrieu-Terrefort – Les Barraillots –  Maucamps – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – Taillan

Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the ones offering dining options.

Art in the Châteaux

Some of the châteaux will host exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photographs of both local and international artists.

In Châteaux Saint Hilaire, for example, two Medoc artists will present their aquarelle paintings and photographs. Châteaux Chasse Spleen will open its art center that includes modern and contemporary art works. And in Châteaux Castera, one of the most ancient chateaux in the region, you could see the permanent sculpture exposition “Les bouteilles de vincent libecq”. 

castera chateaux
photo by: castera chateaux

These are the chateâux displaying art during the portes ouvertes: Saint-Hilaire – La Tour de By – Saint-Christoly – Chantelys – Castera – Tour des Termes – Tour Sieujean – Larose Trinaudon – Lanessan – de Lauga – Arnauld- Chasse Spleen – Brillette – La tour de Bessan – Prieure Lichine – Siran – Les Barraillots – Bellevue de Tayac – Cantemerle – Paloumey – Ségur – Saint Ahon

Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the exhibitions displayed in every château.

Visiting with kids

Many people take the chance to make the châteaux visit a family trip, and rightly so as kids can also appreciate the charming châteaux and their gardens.  Nonetheless, having to look after your little kids while wine tasting can definitely undermine the experience. That is why some of the châteaux propose activities to entertain your kids while you are tasting wine.

Château Saint- Esthepe offers a coloring corner for kids. In château Julia you will find a trampoline and swings. Château Hourtin-Ducasse will entertain your kids with activities like coloring, ping pong and comics. And château Lamothe Bergeron will hold a creative workshop and grape juice tasting. 

These are the châteaux offering activities for kids : Saint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Livran – St Estephe – Le Crock – Julia- Hourtin-Ducasse – Larose Trintaudon – Camensac- Lanessan – Lamothe Bergeron – Fonréaud – Brillete- Bellevue de Tayac – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Marquis de Terme – Prieuré Lichine -Prieuré Lichine – Siran- Les Barraillots – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – du Taillan

Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the activities they propose.

Getting to know the wine world

Wine is a multi-faceted experience and many of the châteaux would like you to experience more than just wine tasting. Some organize workshops and activities revolving around the production of wine. 

These are all the châteaux offering workshops and wine-related activities: Carmenère – Saint-Hilaire  – Les Ormes Sorbet – Chantelys – Loudenne – Tronquoy Lalande – Clerc Milon – Pédesclaux- Hourtin-Ducasse – Camensac – Lamothe Bergeron – Arnauld – Anthonic – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – La Tour de Bessan – Siran- Belle Vue – Paloumey – Ségur

Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the activities they propose.

Most of the châteaux require a prior reservation for the wine tastings and cellar tours, so if you found a château you would like to discover this weekend, hurry up and make a reservation by email or phone. All of the details, including the address, the activities proposed, the hours and contact details appear on the individual web page of each of the participating châteaux. For more info, simply go to the site of the event and choose a château by name to see its corresponding details.

If you’re coming to Bordeaux especially for this occasion, be sure to check up my list of recommended hotels in Bordeaux center.
If you want to get updates about the portes ouvertes, join my email list here and I’ll send up-to-date info closer to the event.

Enjoy your glass of wine and the official beginning of Spring in the region!

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

Open doors in Médoc

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

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

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

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

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

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

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

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

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

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux

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

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

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

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

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

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

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

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

Festival Musical Écran

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

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

Holidays on Ice

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

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

Ludofestival in Canejan

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

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

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

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

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

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

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

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

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

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

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

EXHIBITIONS

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

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

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

The Reopening of the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux

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

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

D’un soleil à l’autre

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

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

As you see it’s going to be a great month in the Bordeaux area. I hope my list will help you plan you weekends ahead.
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I must admit that this weekend is not as exciting as the events waiting for us starting April (you can check some of them in my latest post). But it doesn’t mean it’s going to be boring! We have a monsters carnival for kids, a circus, music and great exhibitions. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 29-31).

Carnaval des monstres

This Saturday (March 30) a monsters carnival will take place in Parc Peixotto in Talence. The program of the event includes makeup sessions for kids, games, costume contest and more. For more details click here.

When: March 30 / Where: Parc Peixotto, Talence

The European short film festival

The 22nd edition of the European Short Film festival (festival européen du court métrage de Bordeaux) will take place on March 27-29 at the UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux.  The festival includes a program of about thirty movies from all over the world and a jury of famous personalities from the French cinema industry, from actors to directors and screenwriters. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or their facebook page.

When: March 27-29 / Where: 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Cirque « Dans ton cœur » par la Cie Akoréacro

La Cie Akoreacro is a very popular and entertaining circus. This weekend (March 29-31) they will perform their latest creation “Dans ton cœur ” at Esplanade des Terres Neuves in Begles. For more info click here.

When: March 29 -31 / Where: Esplanade des Terres Neuves à Bègles

Meet Professionals from the Nouvelle Aquitaine cinema industry

Cap Science invites you to three days (March 28-30) of meetings with professionals from the cinema industry of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Do you wonder how the decor and costumes are chosen in a movie? How special effects are made? How are the images and sound put together? Now you have the opportunity to have the answers right from the industry professionals. The entry is free. For more details click here.

When: March 28-30 / Where: Hangar 20 Quai de Bacalan 33000 Bordeaux

The inauguration of the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux

After years of renovations, the museum of natural history of Bordeaux will open its doors on March 31. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. To celebrate it’s reopening, the museum invites you to a free and festive inauguration day this Sunday (March 31). For more details click here.

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

Festival La Fourchette

La Fourchette is a site that allows you to enjoy discounts in restaurants all over France. This year they organized their first food festival. You have three weeks (until April 21) to enjoy up to 50% discounts in many restaurants in France, some of them are located in Bordeaux. Check out my friends’ delicious restaurant, Le M, that was added to the list since the last time I wrote about this festival. You can see the full list of participating restaurants here.

When: until April 21 / Where: different restaurants in Bordeaux

L’Apéro musical Volotea

The Volotea airline company invites you to a musical Apero that will take place this Friday (March 29) at Le Café Francais. It will be a fun evening of music and culinary discoveries and you can even win flight tickets! For more details click here.

When: March 29 at 16:00  / Where: 5–6 place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Swing on the streets

Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that are taking place in Jardin Public once a month. This weekend the event will take place on March 31. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When: March 31 at 15:00 / Where: Jardin Public, 33000 Bordeaux

The Big Plants Sale

A big plants sale will take place this weekend (March 29-31) at the Promenade Sainte-Catherine. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with winter plants. For more details follow the facebook page of the event.

When: March 29-31 / Where: 25 rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Noche Del Pintxo

Noche del Pintxo is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. This Friday (March 29) between 18:30 and 22:30 you’ll taste Pintxos and vote on the Pintxo of the month. One of the most fun things about these evenings are the prices: Pintxo = 2€, glass of wine = 2€.  For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

Noche Del Pintxo bacalan
When: March 29, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 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: March 29 / Where: Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Concert Afro Social Club

As part of the African cultural month in Bordeaux, the Bordelais group Afro social club will take the stage of le Rocher de Palmer this Friday (March 29). For more info and tickets click here.

When: March 29 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

When art and design take on glass

A new temporary exhibition was inaugurated at the Cité du Vin several weeks ago. The exhibition beautifully combines the wine and design worlds. It includes the works of several designers who all modified and reinvented wine glasses. For more details click here.

When: March 15 – June 30 / Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 quai de Bacalan,33300 Bordeaux

Interactive special effects exhibition

Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.

When: until August 26 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 BORDEAUX

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Many cool events are taking place in Bordeaux this weekend. For the foodies among you, we have the Basque food fair and a farmers’ market in a fancy chateau. Also, you can enjoy a headphones party, a posters fair in Darwin, a kids’ book salon and more. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 22-24).

Les Basques à Bordeaux

A big celebration of Basque food and culture will take place in Bordeaux (Hangar 14) on April 28-29. The event will include plenty of food stands featuring all the traditional basque products such as piment d’Espelette, jambon de Bayonne, les pintxos de Guipuzcoa, the famous Bayonne chocolate, regional wines and more. The cultural program includes concerts, different activities of crafts and sports as well as cooking workshops. For more details click here.

When: April 28-29 / Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The international salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place March 23-24 in the Parc des Expositions. It’s the 59th edition of this festival that brings together 80 exhibitors from France and abroad and proposes all genres of music: rock, pop, soul, jazz, punk, reggae and more. For more details click here. Price: Normal 3€50 / Student 2€ / free for kids.

When: March 23-24 / Where: Stadium-vélodrome, Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000
Bordeaux

Le marché des producteurs in a château

The famous Château Pape Clément invites you this Sunday (March 24) to their first farmers’ market of the year. The event will include free wine tasting (the Bernard Magrez wine), for which you have to reserve a spot (for reservations call 05 57 26 38 34). For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: 216 Avenue du Docteur Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac

Carnaval d’Arcachon

This is the weekend of the big Carnival of Arcachon taking place on Sunday (March 24). The event starts in the morning at Place des Marquises with shows and activities for kids. In the afternoon (15:00) a grand parade will take place on the streets of the city (the route: casino de la plage, boulevard de la plage, rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, cours Lamarque, avenue Gambetta, boulevard de la plage, place des Marquises). In the evening a party will take place at place des Marquises. For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: Place des Marquises, Arcachon

Village Festival – Posters sale

The European short film festival will start in Bordeaux in a week ( see more details about the event in my post on things to do in March). This Sunday (March 24), Darwin will open the Festival village with a big sale of movie posters. The event will also include stands and activities related to board games, virtual reality and more. For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

La Fête des Ruches à Bordeaux !

la Ruche qui dit Oui is a big French association that organizes local markets all over France, allowing you to buy products directly from farmers. This Saturday (March 23) the association invites you to celebrate sustainable food at a party that will take place at La soupe au caillou. The event will include music, workshops, exhibitions and tastings of local products that will be introduced by the farmers themselves. For more details click here.

When: March 23/ Where: 6 place du Maucaillou, 33800 Bordeaux

Gaspi’Halles

Halles de Bacalan invites you this Saturday (March 23) to a day of responsible food. The Gaspi’Halles event will include a workshop where you will learn how to reuse your food for other dishes, a workshop about compost, meeting with ecological startups and games for kids. For more details click here.

marche de bacalan in Bordeaux
When: March 23 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Vide-dressing for charity

This Saturday (March 23) a big second-hand sale will take place at the Maison Rose. The sale will include everything from clothing to bags, shoes, stylish accessories and more. The profits from the sale will go to La Maison Rose, an association supporting women diagnosed with cancer. For more details click here.

When: March 23/ Where:  9 Rue de Condé, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du livre jeunesse

The 18th edition of the kids’ books salon will take place this weekend (March 22-23) at the Médiathèque La Source in Bouscat. This year it’s dedicated to space! The event will include plenty of activities for kids, such as storytelling, book signings and access to the planetarium.  For more details click here.

When: March 22-23 / Where: Place Gambetta 33110 Le Bouscat

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage and Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

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.

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

Silent tropical Party

Finally, the concept of headphone parties is arriving to Bordeaux. If you’re not familiar with it yet, it’s a completely silent party where you hear the music only through your headphones. A silent electronic party will take place this Friday (March 22) at Les Vivres de l’Art. For more info click here.

When: March 22 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Classic music at Saint André

This Friday (March 22) a classic concert will take place at Saint André. The Choir of la Maîtrise de Bordeaux will open the musical season in the main church of Bordeaux with the music of Vivaldi and Zelenka. For more details click here.

When: March 22/ Where:  Place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

D’un soleil à l’autre – New exhibition at the Base sous marine

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

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

Important notice for all you wine lovers, the open doors weekend at the châteaux of Medoc is in two weeks and I have all the details in my latest post.

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This weekend there are several very nice events in Bordeaux, such as the Swing festival and the annual humor festival. But you don’t need much to be entertained this time as Saint Patrick’s day is on Sunday. Many bars and covered markets are organizing celebrations with plenty of alcohol involved. If you want a calmer activity head to the new design exhibition at the cité du Vin. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 15-17).

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. The event will take place in Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17 / Where:  10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

The Italian Spring Festival

Le printemps italien is an Italian literature festival taking place on March 14-16 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 14- 16 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage. Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

Printemps du sport 2019

A big sports day will take place this weekend (March 16-17) in Pessac. The program includes dance shows, discovery workshops of martial arts, a sports village and more. For the full program click here. The event will take place at the Stade André Nègre and at Piscine Caneton.

When: March 16- 17/ Where: Avenue des Provinces 33600 Pessac

SoliFest OFF Festival

Solifest is a associative festival that will take place this Saturday (March 16) at the Garage Moderne in the Bacalan district. The program includes a lineup of Djs, an art exhibition, workshops and food made at the restaurant of the Garage Moderne. For the full program and more information click here.

When: March 16 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux  

Base – opening night

Big news for Bordeaux’s nightlife! Le Base, one of the biggest night clubs in Bordeaux is about to open its doors this Friday (March 15). It’ll be a big opening night with a Cabaret show that will include 20 dancers and performers. The entry is 10€. For more details and reservations click here.

When: March 15 / Where:  287, boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Gala de fin d’année

Le club d’œnologie de Sciences Po Bordeaux Vins/20 invites you to its traditional end of the year gala. The event will take place this Friday (March 15) at Palais de la Bourse. It’s a great evening of Bordeaux wine tastings. The entry is 25€. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where:  17 Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Visit the Sam Simon ship

This weekend (March 16-17) you have the chance to embark on the Sam Simon ship, which will be docking next to Place des Quinconces. The beautiful ship belongs to Sea Shepherd, an organization devoted to ocean preservation. For more details click here.

When: March 16-17 / Where: Quai de Bordeaux, next to Place des Quinconces

Saint Patrick’s day

The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux
Photo by: The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whiskey while listening to good music. This year the celebrations will take place on Sunday (March 17) so there will be a weekend of nice events in many bars. If you’re looking for a bar to celebrate the Saint Patricks’s day check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux. Here are some Saint Patrick’s day parties and events taking place this weekend in Bordeaux:

Les Halles de Talence- see more details.
La Boca FoodCourt- see more details.
The Connemara Irish Pub- see more details.
The Houses of Parliament- see more details.
HMS Victory- see more details.
Mama Shelter- see more details.

When art and design take on glass

A new temporary exhibition will be inaugurated at the Cité du Vin this Friday (March 15). The exhibition beautifully combines the wine and design worlds. It includes the works of several designers who all modified and reinvented wine glasses. For more details click here.

When: March 15 – June 30 /Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 quai de Bacalan,33300 Bordeaux

Récital de piano : Natasha Roque Alsina

This Friday (March 15), l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez invites you to a piano concert of the pianist Natasha Roqué Alsina. The concert will be followed by the Bernard Magrez wine tastings at the salon of Château Labottière. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to a Samba concert in Central Do Brasil

A concert of Nosso Destino will take place this Friday (March 15) at Central Do Brasil. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 22:00 / Where: 6 rue du Port, 33800 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bergerac 2019

After the carnival of Bordeaux earlier this month, it’s time for Bergerac to celebrate. Carnaval de Bergerac will take place this Sunday (March 17) at place de la République. For more details click here.

When: March 17 / Where:  97 Rue Neuve d’Argenson, 24100 Bergerac

Carnaval de Saucats

Another nice carnival for kids will take place this Sunday (March 17) in Saucats. The theme of the carnival is Venise with princesses and superheroes. For more info click here.

When: March 17, at 15:00 / Where:  center of Saucats, 33650

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 15 things not miss in March in Bordeaux.

This weekend, when not busy discovering boutique wines, you can enjoy a vintage fair or go see a great exhibition. If you didn’t make it to last week’s carnival you still have some little ones around the city. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 8-10).

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.


When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

Salon des vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux

The Salon des vins of the Bordeaux independent winemakers will take place on March 8-10 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. Wine producers from the region will present their wines and will invite you to a free taste. This event is not focused on professionals but rather on all wine lovers! This year the salon celebrates its 20th anniversary and they promised it will be bigger than ever. Come prepared to drink a lot. For more info click here.


When: March 8-10 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du Vintage

The annual vintage salon will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on March 9-10. This chic event will gather more than 150 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukeboxes, paintings and more. Just outside of Hangar 14, plenty of food trucks will wait for you during lunch. For more details check the facebook page and the website of the event. Entry is 5€ and free for kids under 12 years old.

When: March 9-10 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival La Fourchette

La Fourchette is a site that allows you to enjoy discounts in restaurants all over France. This year they organized their first food festival. For the next month and a half (from March 5 to April 21), you can enjoy up to 50% discounts in many restaurants in France, 25 of them are located in Bordeaux. You can see the full list of participating restaurants here.

When: March 5 – April 21/ Where: different restaurants in Bordeaux

Elles font bouger le vin

While wine is still a  male-dominated world there are more and more women who are taking the front seat at the game. This Friday (March 8), la Cité du Vin invites you to celebrate the international women’s day at the “Elles font bouger le vin” event. This comes to celebrate the successful women in the wine industry with a conference, a documentary screening and a networking cocktail. For more info and tickets click here.

When: March 8 at 17:00 / Where: 1, esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Belle Brocante Antiquités

L’association des Brocanteurs du Carrousel invites you this weekend (March 9-10) to the 4th edition of “Belle Brocante Antiquités”. The Brocante will take place at Caserne Lamarque in Libourne. For more info click here.

When: March 9-10 / Where: 15 place Joffre, 33500 Libourne

Voir & Avoir – handmade fair

This is the third edition of Voir & Avoir, a handmade fair in Talence. The event will take place this weekend (March 9-10) in château de Thouars. For more details click here.

When: March 9-10 / Where: avenue de Thouars, 33400 Bordeaux

Carnaval des Halles de Bacalan / Boom des Kids

Les Halles de Bacalan invites you to their own carnival this weekend (March 9-10). The program includes a baking workshop with the La P’tite Boulangerie de Bacalan, a makeup session, music and activities for kids. For more details click here.

When: March 9 -10 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval La Teste de Buch

Another carnival will take place in La teste de Buch this Saturday (March 9). A parade will leave Hotel de Ville at 15:00 and arrive at the Place du Marché at 16:00. For more details click here.

When: March 9 at 15:00 / Where: 1 Rue Edmond Doré, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Carnaval Lumineux de Pessac

The last carnival for this weekend is the one in Pessac. Carnaval lumineux will take place this Saturday (March 9). The parade will leave from château Bellegrave at 18:30 and will arrive at place de la Ve République at 19:30. This year the theme of the festival is the sea and all families are encouraged to come disguised. For more details click here.

When: March 9 at 18:30 / Where: avenue du Colonel Jacqui, 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. 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.

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

D’un soleil à l’autre – New exhibition at the Base sous marine

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

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

Festins – new exhibition

Institut Bernard Magrez will be presenting its new exhibition in a few days (March 7) and it looks awesome. Festins is an exhibition by two artists, Gérard RANCINAN  and Caroline GAUDRIAULT, that have been working together in the last 20 years and have now agreed to present their works at the museum. For more details click here and here. The exhibition will be presented at the institute until June 9. On March 8, in honor of the international women’s day the entry for women is free. This place never disappoints!

When: March 7 – June 9 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Discover the Bacalan district

It’s time to go out of your comfort zone in the historic center of Bordeaux and discover one of the liveliest districts in Bordeaux, Bacalan. It’s charactarizes by a unique infrastructure that is brilliantly transformed into places of emerging art, music and food. If you want to get to know the “cool” Bordeaux, check out my post about the best things to do in the Bacalan district.

bassins a flot

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The spring is here and the city is coming back to life with sunny beautiful days with plenty of interesting events. So what is waiting for you in March 2019? Dance, wine, antiques, cinema and more. Now get your diaries ready and follow my list of things to do this month in Bordeaux!

Salon des vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux

The Salon des vins of the Bordeaux independent winemakers will take place on March 8-10 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. Wine producers from the region will present their wine and will invite you to a free taste . This event is not focused on professionals but rather on all wine lovers! This year the salon celebrates its 20th anniversary and they promised it will be bigger than ever. Come prepared to drink a lot. For more info click here.

When: March 8-10 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du Vintage

The annual vintage salon will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on Marche 9-10. This chic event will gather more than 150 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukebox, paintings and more. Just outside of Hangar 14, plenty of food trucks will wait for you during lunch. For more details check the facebook page and the website of the event. Entry is 5€ and free for kids under 12 years old.

When: March 9-10 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. The event will take place in Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17 / Where:  10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

The Italian Spring Festival

Le printemps italien is a an Italian literature festival that will take place on March 14-16 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 14- 16 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage. Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whisky while listening to good music. Although it’s not Dublin, there are quite a lot of Irish and English bars in Bordeaux. Most of them make a big Saint Patrick’s day celebration with music and a lot of drunk and happy people. Check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux and choose one for March 17!

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.

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

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The international salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place March 23-24 in the Parc des expositions. It’s the 59th edition of this festival that brings together 80 exhibitors from France and abroad and proposes all genres of music: rock, pop, soul, jazz, punk, reggae and more. For more details click here. Price: Normal 3€50 / Student 2€ / free for kids.

When: March 23-24 / Where: Stadium-vélodrome, Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 BORDEAUX

The European short film festival

The 22nd edition of the European Short Film festival (festival européen du court métrage de bordeaux) will take place on March 27-29 at the UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux.  The festival includes a program of about thirty movies from all over the world and a jury of famous personalities from the French cinema industry, from actors to directors and screenwriters. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or their facebook page.

When: March 27-29 / Where: 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux, France

SHOWS

Lac des Cygnes

The Russian National Opera will perform the Swan Lake, one of the most famous ballets in the world on March 16 at the Bordeaux Arkea Arena. For tickets and more info click here.

When: March 16 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Tango Pasion

Tango Pasion is coming back to France after more than 3000 shows around the world. Six world renowned couples of amazing dancers will take the stage of the Arkea Arena on March 28. There aren’t many tickets left so hurry up. For more info and tickets click here.

When: March 28 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Celtic Legends

Celtic Legends will perform their new show “Connemara Tour 2019” at the Arkea Arena on March 27 (two shows). For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 27 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Exhibitions:

D’un soleil à l’autre – New exhibition at the Base sous marine

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

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

Festins – new exhibition

Institut Bernard Magrez will be presenting its new exhibition in a few days (March 7) and it looks awesome. Festins is an exhibition by two artists, Gérard RANCINAN  and Caroline GAUDRIAULT, that have been working together in the last 20 years and have now agreed to present their works at the museum. For more details click here and here. The exhibition will be presented at the institute until June 9. On March 8, in honor of the international women’s day the entry for women is free. This place never disappoints!

When: March 7 – June 9 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image-  Musee de la Mer et de la Marine

“Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” is a photography exhibition presented at the new Musee de la Mer et de la Marine until April 30. The expo consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic  photographers. Check out more info on the site of the museum.

When: Until April 30 / Where: 89 rue des étrangers, 33300 BORDEAUX

That’s it guys!!! I do this list so you won’t miss the best events and concerts taking place during the month. If there are other things you would like to see in my monthly lists please feel free to leave a comment below!