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Bordeaux may not be France’s fashion capital but the Bordelais are actually quite stylish. And just like everybody else, they also love to buy some of their items in second hand shops. However, these are not so easy to spot without some guidance. That’s why I decided to gather a list of the best vintage and second-hand shops in Bordeaux. The guide includes both trendy boutiques with special items from the 80s as well as more day to day shops where you can find cheap and beutiful items. Second-hand shops are chic and environmentally friendly so I’m totally for it! Let’s start with our list!

Second-Hand shops in Bordeaux city center

Freep’show

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Freep’show the funky second-hand shop in Bordeaux

This is one of the funkiest shops in Bordeaux. Once you take your eyes off the big Slash mannequin in the entrance, you can spot plenty of second-hand items from the 80s and 90s that will make you instantly nostalgic. The shop is not big but the selection of plaid shirts, short jeans, and colorful dresses is really impressive. Freep’show has a hipster vibe to it. Stylish employees moving to the beat of the music played in the shop decorated with vinyl records (you get the picture..). The prices are very low, you can find plenty of items for 10 euros or less. 

Address: 80 Rue du Loup, 33000 Bordeaux

Chamade

Chamade second hand Bordeaux
Chamade – here you can also sell your clothes

Chamade looks like a fancy boutique from outside but it’s actually another beautiful vintage shop on rue du Loup. They have an impressive collection of women’s wear, a lot of stylish skirts and button-down shirts. They also have a big collection of beautiful jewelry, which is not second-hand but complements their vintage clothes perfectly. This store also buys second-hand clothes so if you have some stylish items to get rid off you may make some money on the way. 

Address: 76 Rue du Loup, 33000 Bordeaux

Jolie Mome

Jolie Mome
Jolie Mome – chic store in Bordeaux center

Jolie Mome is a super stylish second-hand boutique with a very young vibe to it. They have a big selection of trendy outfits and the store has a very similar design to other fashion boutiques in the city center, so it’s hard to tell from the outside that it’s a second-hand shop. They sell only women wear, offering a lot of beautiful dresses you could wear on events as well as nice accessories like bags and scarves. The prices are really good with a lot of items at around 20 euros. 

Address: 22 Rue du Pas-Saint-Georges, 33000 Bordeaux

Madame plus 

Madame Plus Bordeaux
Madame Plus – a good store for women and kids

Another good second-hand shop is Madame Plus, which has a big selection of women wear but also a nice section dedicated to kids and babies. It’s very well organized and you can find plenty of casual items from dresses to jeans and bags. I found the shopping experience there very pleasant. 

Address: 22 Rue Castillon, 33000 Bordeaux

Backstage

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Backstage – luxury second hand shop

This is the most high-end vintage store in Bordeaux. From first glance, it looks more like a luxury bridal shop than a second hand one. There are lots of special vintage items like designer dresses, bags and beautiful hats. The prices are quite high but if you’re on a hunt for a special item for an event, this is a good store to stop by. 

Address: 14 Rue Maucoudinat, 33000 Bordeaux

Vintage Paradise

Vintage Paradise Bordeaux
Vintage Paradise – plenty of colorful shirts

A very colorful shop with a huge selection of shorts and jeans for both men and women.  You won’t find elegant dresses or bags in this shop but rather plenty of casual wear. The items are very fashionable with a lot of reference to the 90s. The prices in the shop are really affordable with most of the items ranging between 10 and 20 euros. 

Address: rue 33000, 2 Rue Tustal, 33000 Bordeaux

Amos

Amos - solidarity shop
Amos – a solidarity shop with chic

Amos is an association that employs people going through reintegration into society and all of the clothes you’ll see in their stores are coming from donations. They have several stores in Bordeaux with the most central and stylish being the one on rue Sainte Catherine. All the shops have women, men and kids wear, with some offering also toys and books. The prices are very low and it’s nice to be able to take part in a social project. If you have clothes that you don’t use anymore, you can donate them to Amos. Their containers marked AMOS, are spread all over the city (click here to see where the containers are located). 

Address: 146 Rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Mad Vintage

Mad vintage second hand Bordeaux
Mad Vintage – a good selection for men

Mad Vintage is a big second-hand store on rue Sainte Catharine that looks like a regular clothes store rather than a thrift shop. The shop is very well organized with a big selection of basic t-shirts and jeans and a section of 90s jackets, with some looking like they have been taken from the set of the Fresh Prince of Bel-air. This store has one of the best collections for men in Bordeaux, as opposed to many other second-hand shops that sell only women clothes. 

Address: 142 Rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Platine Vintage

Platine Bordeaux
Platine – 90’s chic

Platine is a small store in one of the chicest areas in Bordeaux, located just next to the Grosse Cloche. It has a very strong 90’s vibe, offering a big selection of jeans jackets, belt pouches, polaroid cameras, and more. While I did find some nice 90’s accessories in the shop, I believe that in the clothing section it has a better selection for men than for women.

Address: 4 Rue Bouquière, 33000 Bordeaux

Help

This is not one of those chic shops you go to for the second-hand shopping experience but rather a big shop where you go to dig in piles of clothes to find that one special item. It’s an outlet store and next to some second-hand items you can find plenty of clothes from retail stores and designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Prada and more. The prices are very low and you can find anything from coats to women lingerie, kids wear and ties for men. The store doesn’t look big from outside but it’s actually huge once you go inside. 

Address: 187 Rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Second-hand shops in Saint Michel and Victoire, Bordeaux

Declic

Declic Bordeaux
Declic – my favorite style

Declic is one of the most stylish vintage shops in Bordeaux. The boutique, located next to the Victoire square, is beautifully designed, offering a great shopping experience. If you’re looking for something to wear to an event that would be the best shop to start with. On the display, you can find plenty of beautiful dresses, stylish bags, belts and hats. The owner has already made the work for you by creating some beautiful combinations that you can see on the store’s walls. The prices here are a bit more elevated as its a vintage shop with very carefully selected items, but you can still find a lot of items at around 20 euros. 

Address: 17 rue des Augustins, 33000 Bordeaux

Steack-Fripes

Steack- Fripes is one of the most popular second-hand shops in Bordeaux. It offers a very eclectic style from vintage dresses from the 20s to old costumes and hats, all organized by color code. The owners are pretty good at selecting a lot of special items so if you want to add a twist to your look, you should definitely check out this store. 

Address:  62 Rue du Mirail, 33000 Bordeaux

Boutique Marcelle

Boutique Marcelle, located in the Victoire neighborhood is more of a thrift store, meaning that you’ll have to work a bit to find the more stylish items. It’s packed with clothes, bags and shoes for both women and men. It’s not a very fashionable shop but it offers plenty of items with very eclectic styles. So if you have the time for some digging you might find great bargains here.

Address: 55 Rue du Mirail, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Fil a Retordre

Le Fil a Retordre in Saint Michel
Le Fil a Retordre – a small shop with everything you need

Le Fil a Retordre is a cozy little second-hand shop in the Saint Michel neighborhood. It looks small but has everything you need, clothes, shoes, books, toys, house decor and even some original designs of clothes and bags recycled from old items, all in very good condition. It’s owned by a nice lady who has owned several second-hand shops in Saint Michel in the last 35 years.

Address: 9 rue des Faures, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it! If you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred location.

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Bordeaux isn’t one of France’s cheapest cities but there are quite a lot of things you can enjoy here for free (or at a very low price). In this article, I gathered plenty of ideas for you to enjoy the city and the area around Bordeaux without spending a dime. Following my list, you will learn how to dance, discover amazing art, visit beautiful beaches and do most of it completely free. If you’re coming with kids, this post will give you some nice ideas for entertaining them without breaking the bank. Many of the offered attractions in this article are available during the summer season but some things you can do during winter as well. So let’s start with the list of free things to do in Bordeaux!

Free things you can do all year long in Bordeaux 

Stroll the historic city

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The Girondins monument

You don’t need much to enjoy this amazing city. The exceptional architecture is present on almost every street. The old gates to the city, the romantic streets leading to lively squares, the wide beautiful promenade on the river banks will all leave a great impression on you. After Paris, Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved historical buildings in France. No wonder that its historic part was declared as an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble by UNESCO. If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you can read about the most important monuments in my guide to a weekend in Bordeaux

Darwin – hipster paradise

Darwin Bordeaux
Darwin Bordeaux

If you want to take the off-beaten track go to where the locals love to hang out. Darwin is an old military base on the right bank of the river converted into an urban space with a very cool vibe to it. It has a very chic restaurant and several shops but you don’t really need to spend money to enjoy it. You can stroll around the hangars, check out the charity shop, see plenty of street art and just embrace the hipster vibes :). Darwin and the associations it hosts are very active and offer plenty of free events. I tend to write quite a lot about it, so check out my weekend posts.  You can also have a picnic at the Parc aux Angéliques located just in front of Darwin.  

Address:  87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Free museums Sunday

Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux
Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux

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.

Free galleries in Bordeaux 

Discover the local art in the many galleries spread in the city, many of them you can visit without a reservation. Here are some of the best galleries in Bordeaux: Galerie D.X., Bouillon d’art, A deux pas d’ici (photography), Cox gallery (street art). For contemporary art, head to FRAC which is located at the new MECA, an interesting architectural attraction by itself. 

For more exhibitions check out my list of exhibitions to see this summer in Bordeaux

Take a city bike

biking-in-Bordeaux

One of the best ways to discover the city is by bike and you don’t even have to pay much to do that in Bordeaux. There are city bikes (V³) stations spread all over the city and they cost only 1.7 euros for 24 hours. You have to return it to the station every 30 minutes and you can immediately take another one to continue your journey. You can also pay 2 euros per hour and return it later if you want to make a longer ride to areas without city bikes stations. See the location of the stations here.

See Bordeaux’s most ancient monument

Palais Galien
Palais Galien

Strolling the city center you’ve probably noticed a lot of impressive monuments dating back to the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries such and the Grosse Cloche or the Saint Michel Basilica. But Bordeaux’s oldest monument is actually located outside of the old city walls. Palais Galien is the ruins of a Gallo Roman amphitheater dating back to the second century when Bordeaux was called Burdigala. The site is located a few minutes walk from Jardin public and you can see all of it from the street. There are guided tours to Palais Galien during the summer season. You can book them calling this number +33 5 56 00 66 00.

Bordeaux churches

Bordeaux Metropole is rich with many basilicas and churches, decorating almost every big square in the city. Its history is blended with religion and the churches are a testament to the development of the city. One of the best things about them is that they are always free and open every day. Bordeaux is an old city so you get to explore religious temples from various periods in time, carrying very different styles. Some examples are the amazing Saint Andres on Place Pey Berland that is built in a Gothic Style or the church of Notre Dame with its Baroque style. Other impressive and interesting churches and Basilicas include Saint Croix, Saint Michel and Saint Bruno. 

Free events

Carnival-in-Bordeaux
The Carnival of Bordeaux

There are free events taking place every weekend, from concerts on the street to huge brocantes, street art events, dance lessons and more. All you need to do is follow my weekend list to be updated on what’s happening in the city at the moment. 

Drink at the Capucins Market

One of the main attractions in Bordeaux is Marché des Capucins, Bordeaux’s main market. Eating at the market definitely isn’t free (although very affordable) but you don’t have to eat there to feel the vibe. You can just sip a glass of cold white wine at Chez Jean Me (only 2 euros a glass) and absorb the sounds and smells of the market. If you need more recommendations check out my post about the best restaurants at the Capucins market

Discover the street art

Like many other cities, Bordeaux too has the street art fever, with numerous talented local artists. One of the best things about street art is that it’s usually free, you just need to put some effort to find it. Darwin is one of the places that have the largest concentration of street art by local artists in Bordeaux. Other spots in the city include the Bassin a Flot district, rue du Loup with a beautiful work by Nasty, rue Bourrard, quai des platitudes, the Mur in Chartrons, rue Bergeret. One of the most beautiful works, in my opinion, is located just next to Pessac’s train station. The street art scene is always evolving so again you’ll have to get back here for updates 😉

Brocante in Saint Michel

Antiques and flea markets are a popular attraction in many cities. Some people go there to hunt for special bargains to take home and others see it as a way to discover more about the place through the pieces on display. Bordeaux is quite rich with Brocantes and Vide Greniers (a local version of a garage sale) and you can find many of them both in the center and the villages around it. The most famous one is located in Passage Saint Michel, a hangar that gathers about twenty brocanteurs (second-hand goods dealer) together. Just in front of it, on the main square in Saint Michel, you will find the Sunday Brocante with much cheaper items for sale. Another neighborhood to visit is Chartrons, with plenty of more expensive Antique boutiques. If you want to experience a local and cheaper “flea market” you should attend a Vide Grenier in one of the suburbs or the villages next to Bordeaux. To discover when are the next vide greniers taking place check out this site.

Take a free tour in Bordeaux

If reading about the history of Bordeaux feels like a daunting task to you, you can just take a tour and let a professional guide tell you all about it. Free walking tours offer free tours in the city center and you can tip them at the end as you want. 

What to do for free in Bordeaux during the summer

Go to a free music concert

Bordeaux open air festival in Jardin Public
Bordeaux open air festival by Lost in Bordeaux

The summer in Bordeaux is one big music festival with plenty of free concerts and parties scattered all over the city. There are several associations that organize free concerts from June to the end of September in many different styles and locations. Bordeaux Open Air offers amazing electronic festivals in the parks of Bordeaux almost every summer. Relache will make you rock with free rock concerts on different squares of Bordeaux. Banzai lab has amazing parties on the weekend of July and the Pavillon d’été welcomes you to enjoy free music concerts on the right bank of the river. For more information follow my post about things to do in July and August as well as my what to do this weekend post that I publish every Wednesday/ Thursday.  

Learn how to dance 

Dansons sur les quais
learn how to dance with Dansons sur les quais

If dance classes are too expensive for you, in Bordeaux you can learn it for free! The main dance festival in the summer is Dansons sur les quais, with free dancing lessons on the promenade. The lessons are taught by professional teachers and it’s quite an amazing experience for both kids and adults. However, this is not the only place to take free dance classes in Bordeaux during the summer season. You can also learn how to dance Tango with Tango Bordeaux association and Swing with the Swing In Kiosque at Jardin Public.

Have a picnic at the Park

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chateau peixotto in Talence

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a proper French meal or snack. Just buy some cheese and wine, add to it a crispy baguette from the boulangerie and head to one of Bordeaux magical picnic spots. Many of you probably heard about the beautiful Jardin Public, but this is far from being the only park in Bordeaux. Check out my list of the best picnic places in Bordeaux where I also included information about playgrounds for kids and the closest supermarkets. 

Listen to music and dance at la Guingette chez Alriq

La Guinguette chez Alriq is one of the best summer places in Bordeaux with plenty of concerts in the open air. During the summer they host amazing bands from Thursday to Sunday. While on most evenings the concerts cost 6 euros on Sunday afternoon the concerts are free! 

Adress: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Go to one of the beaches in the city

One of the best free attractions to do during the Bordelaise summer is going to a beach. There are many lakes in the area and two of them happen to be in the city and you can even reach them by public transport. Bordeaux Lac is a fantastic little beach in the north of the city. Unfortunately, the direct line to the beach (line c) from the city center is going through some works until September so going to the beach will take more time than usual. The second city beach is located in the southern suburb of Bordeaux, Bègles. Bègles plage can be reached by line c within 25 minutes from the train station.  

Fun stuff to do (almost) for free with kids in Bordeaux

Chill at the Miroir d’eau 

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The best free attraction for kids (and adults) in Bordeaux is definitely Mirroir d’eau. Kids absolutely love splashing in the water, especially on hot summer days. When tired you can have a picnic at the little garden right next to it. 

Go to the pool

Going to the pool is not really free in Bordeaux but it’s very affordable and you can spend the whole day there. There are several kids friendly pools in Bordeaux metropole, two of them are not very far from the city center. Next to the Meriadeck, you’ll find the piscine Judaique located in a beautiful art deco building. A bit farther from the center is Piscine du Grand Parc. Both are very kids friendly with facilities like kids’ pool, water slides, floats and more. 

Skateboarding on the quai

If your kids love skating be sure to bring the skateboard with you when coming to Bordeaux. One of the best skateparks in the city is located on Quai des Chartrons and it’s free. For those heading to the Sunday market on the quai, that would be a great break for the kids.

For more activities with kids in Bordeaux check out my list of the best 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux

Enjoy the free scenery of the South of Gironde

There are plenty of amazing day trips you can go to when visiting the Bordeaux area. It’s not entirely free of course as you have to rent a car but it gives you the chance to discover plenty of amazing places around Bordeaux without paying a dime. Also, If you make sure to rent it a few months before your arrival rental prices are fairly low. If you prefer to go by train, check out my list of the 10 day trips you can do by train from Bordeaux

Discover the beautiful châteaux of the Medoc region

Chateau d'Arsac
Château d’Arsac by Lost in Bordeaux

Even if you don’t want to spend money on a wine tour I highly recommend doing the route du Vin, just for the beautiful châteaux all along the way. If you don’t want to rent a car you can do most of the trip by bike. While in many wineries you’d have to pay for a guided tour, some will offer you to taste their wine for free. For more information check out my article about the wine road in Medoc

Go to one of Bordeaux’s beautiful beaches

Plage de la Hume
Plage de la Hume on the Bassin d’Arcachon

Above I’ve mentioned two beaches that are located within the city but with a car, Gironde is a paradise for beach lovers. Plenty of beautiful sandy beaches surround the Bordeaux Metropole. The more kids friendly ones are located on the lakes, such as lac Lacanau or lac Cazaux and on the Bassin d’Arcachon. Surfers will definitely fall in love with the beaches on the Atlantic coast. If you need help in choosing the best beaches, I just recently released a post about the best beaches near Bordeaux.

Visit medieval villages 

Rions
Rions

To its south and east, Bordeaux is surrounded by amazing medieval villages which you can reach within less than an hour drive. One of the most famous villages in our area is Saint Emilion, but it’s not the only charming village in the area, others include, Bazas, Saint Macaire, La Reole, Rions and more. For more information about some of these destinations check out my article about day trips from Bordeaux.

I hope I convinced you that a trip to Bordeaux can be quite cheap when you have so many incredible free things to do. Hope you enjoyed the list! 

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Apart from luxurious wine, the Bordeaux area is also known for its beautiful beaches. On sunny days many tourists rush to the coast of Arcachon without knowing that there is actually a great deal of amazing beaches near Bordeaux. In this article, I want to share ten beaches in the area that I find absolutely stunning. The list includes both lake beaches, ocean beaches and of course the best beaches on the Bassin d’Arcachon. There are many more gorgeous beaches in the Southwest of France but I made sure to include only those that are located within a reasonable distance from the center of Bordeaux. Hope you’ll enjoy the article and the beaches around Bordeaux 🙂

Lake beaches near Bordeaux 

Plage du Lac d’Hostens – South of Gironde

Plage du Lac d'Hostens
Plage du Lac d’Hostens – by lost in Bordeaux

Hostens lac is one of the highlights of the South Gironde region. Domaine des Lacs d’Hostens is located at the heart of the Landes de Gascogne forest (50km from Bordeaux) and has one of the most beautiful beaches in our area. This place is much more than just a nice place to swim. Hostens offers plenty of water activities such as kayaks and pedaling as well as hiking trails, mountain bike trails and more. There are actually 5 lakes at the domain but the beach is located on the shores of lake of Lamothe. There’s also a restaurant and a snack bar next to the beach so no worries if you didn’t come prepared. You can get more information about the activities at the tourist information point which is located next to the parking at the entrance to the Domain or read some of it here.

Bordeaux Lac – in Bordeaux city

Bordeaux lac
Bordeaux lac by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re in Bordeaux and prefer to avoid renting/using a car, this beach is perfect for you. Bordeaux Lac has everything you need, a sandy clean beach and a lot of shade from the nearby trees for those who don’t really like the sun. the beach is open to the public daily from June 1st to August 31 and starting July 1st it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

La Plage du Moutchic – Lacanau

La Plage du Moutchic - a fun beach near Bordeaux
La Plage du Moutchic by lost in Bordeaux

Plage du Moutchic is located on the banks of Lacanau lake, about 50 km from Bordeaux. This beach has a nice supervised swimming area, a shaded picnic area and sports facilities like boat rentals, windsurfing, canoes and paddle boats which makes it very popular with families from the region. In case you forgot to bring food (god forbid), there’s a snack bar and two restaurants with a beautiful view on the lake.  For those who don’t like sand (my hubby including 🙂 ), part of the beach is covered with soft green grass. There’s big free parking behind the beach.

Plage Laouga – Close to Arcachon

Plage Laouga on Lac Cazaux is a fine sandy beach located about 400 m from the main beach of this beautiful lake (Plage Cazaux). Its calm warm water makes it one of the best places for families. This part of the lake is sheltered by the pine forest of Landes de Gascogne, which creates a lot of shaded spots on the beach (a must in the South-west summer). The beach is supervised during the summer season (mid June- mid September) and has free parking just next to it. Plage Laouga is located about 70 km from Bordeaux.

Beaches on the Arcachon Bay – close to Bordeaux

Le Moulleau beach

Day trip from Bordeaux

Le Moulleau, while officially a part of the city of Arcachon, feels like a completely separate little resort town with its own center, beaches and restaurants. It’s a very popular beach that attracts both families and many young people. The Moulleau is located midway between the center of Arcachon and the famous Dune du Pilat which is always a great spot to finish your day. There are a few bars and restaurants very close to the beach so you can easily spend the whole day in this resort. You can also take a ferry and check the beaches on the other side of the Bassin at Cap ferret. The beach can be reached by car, bike or a bus from the train station of Arcachon.

If you’re going to Arcachon for the day check out my guide to the best things to do and eat in Arcachon.

Plage Pereire in Arcachon

Plage Pereire, one of the most popular beaches in Arcachon, is located in Ville de Printemps (the winter city of Arcachon) about 67 km from Bordeaux. It’s a beautiful three km long beach with white sand and an amazing view of the Cap Ferret peninsula on the other side of the bay. This beach is equipped with many sports facilities, a cycle path and green lawns for people to have a picnic on. When coming from Arcachon center, one of the best ways to get there is cycling. A flat cycle path, stretched from the central beach to the Dune du Pyla, passes through Plage Pereire and other Arcachon beaches. On a hot summer day, you can enjoy a cold rosé at the bar-restaurant du soleil located on the beach. 

Andernos les bains

A  more isolated beach in Andernos les bains
A more isolated beach in Andernos les bains

Andernos les bains at the north of the Bassin d’Arcachon is one of the most attractive towns in the area, especially during the summer season. It has a cute little center leading to the main beach that is abundant with restaurants, ice cream shops and beach clothing boutiques. While the main beach is really nice, if you want a more isolated and relaxed atmosphere you should continue in the direction of the oysters port and go the remarkable nature reserve of les Quinconces. After a short walk from the port into the reserve, you’ll discover a beautiful beach with the forest as your background. This beach is quite isolated so there are no facilities here and it’s not supervised. Andernos les bains is located about 50 km from Bordeaux. 

Plage de la Hume – Gujan Mestras 

Plage de la Hume
Plage de la Hume on the Bassin d’Arcachon

Plage de la Hume is a family friendly beach located at the touristic part of Gujan Mestras, a little town known as the capital of oyster farming on the Bassin d’Arcachon. Its location on the bay makes the water very calm and easy to swim in. However, if you’ve come for more than the beach itself and really want to swim, check the tide hours first. They are changing daily and in some hours of the day, you can barely see any water. Click here for the daily hours. The beach is supervised in July and August (from 10:00 to 19:00), which makes it a very safe place for kids. Plage de la Hume is located just next to the ports that Gujan Mestras is famous for, so if you’re getting hungry you can always stop in one of the cabanes on the port for fresh oysters. 

Beaches at the Atlantic coast

Plage du Grand Cohort – Lège Cap-Ferret

Grand Cohort beach is located on the Ocean side of the Cap Ferret peninsula. As opposed to the more calm water on the side of the Bassin d’Arcachon, on the ocean side, the waves are strong which makes it a surfing paradise. This beautiful white sand beach attracts both kite surfers and families that love to swim in the ocean.  In the summer the beach tends to be quite busy and sometimes parking can be an issue so try to come early. If you’re coming with kids, this beach is supervised during the summer. This beach is located about 60 km from the center of Bordeaux.

Lacanau Ocean beaches

Lacanau-Ocean - surfing beach near Bordeaux
Lacanau-Ocean main beach

If your idea for a beach day is a more active one, this is the beach for you. The Lacanau Ocean beach begins right at the end of Boulevard de la Plage at the Lacanau Ocean town, which is located about 55km from Bordeaux. It is one of the longest beaches in the Aquitaine area, spreading to 15 km of white sand. The beach is considered a perfect place for surfing and windsurfing and it has become known for surfing competition and events. This long beach is also a great place for bathing in the sea with your family and has all the facilities you need, including many restaurants and shops in its little center. 

There are plenty of other amazing beaches near Bordeaux but I think that these ten beaches will give you a sense of how beautiful and magical the Gironde region is! 

For more places to visit around Bordeaux check out my guides about day trips from Bordeaux by car and by train.

This year Bordeaux launched a fascinating cultural program named Liberté. As the name suggests, many of the exhibitions inaugurated in the last few weeks have the common theme of Freedom. In this article, I decided to gather a list of the best exhibitions being presented in Bordeaux this summer. The exhibitions are very diverse, from street art to design and contemporary art. I must say that this summer the cultural institutions in Bordeaux have done a great job bringing interesting and diverse exhibitions to the city.  So here we go with the list of the best art exhibitions in Bordeaux this summer (2019).

Institut Bernard Magrez – Two street art exhibitions

May 28 – September 1st and July 5 – October 6

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth

Two amazing street art exhibitions are going to be presented at the Institut Bernard Magrez throughout the summer. The first one (from May 28 to September 1st) is called Instincts, an exhibition by Mika which is one of Bordeaux’s most prominent street artists. The other one (July 5 – October 6) is an exhibition by one of the most famous street artists in the world, Seth (Julien Mallard) who also happens to be French. For more details click here.

Address: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Galerie des beaux arts – La passion de la liberté. Des Lumières au romantisme

June 20 – October 13

For those looking for classic arts in Bordeaux, there are some exciting news this summer. Le Musée des Beaux-Arts and le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design are presenting a collection from le Musée du Louvre. This exhibition is marking an unprecedented partnership between Bordeaux and the prestigious art institution. ‘La passion de la liberté – Des Lumières au romantisme’ exhibitions hosting works of art from different departments in the Louvre museum, bringing together more than one hundred works – paintings, sculptures and graphic works – created mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition revolves around the concept of Freedom (liberté) which is the theme of all the cultural events in Bordeaux this summer. The idea is to make the public reflect on philosophical, political, ideological, social and economic aspects of freedom through famous works of art. The exhibition will be presented at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts. For more details click here

Address: Place du Colonel Raynal – 33000 Bordeaux

Muséum de Bordeaux – Rire! 

June 24 – January 26, 2020

According to scientific research, we laugh 18 times a day on average. Laughter, however, is not unique to us human beings, different animal species also have different expressions of laughter is their language. The new and super fun exhibition at the natural history museum in Bordeaux offers different activities that provoke laughter. It’s a very interactive and kids friendly exhibition that includes videos, sounds, games, and painting. If you haven’t visited this museum yet, you definitely should! For more details click here.

Address: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jadin public)

Musée d’AquitaineLa déferlante surf

June 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The Atlantique coasts of the south-west of France are a popular destination for surfers these days and it looks like this sport has always been here. But did you know that surfing was actually introduced to Europe through our region in the 50s? Thus it only makes sense that Musée d’Aquitaine, which explores the history of the region, will also explore the surfing culture in Aquitaine. The new exhibition, La déferlante surf, deals with different aspects of surfing from the sport itself to its economic and environmental influences. Among others, the items presented include videos, sounds, different traditional objects, images from different beaches and more. For more details click here

Address: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design (Madd) – Memphis – Plastic Field 

June 22 – January 5, 2020

Memphis is a movement founded in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass,  an Italian architect and designer, which united many young artists who dreamed of shattering the codes of modernism and rationalism. The works of this movement had a great effect on the European design landscape in the past three decades. It has radically changed the language of shapes and colors, focusing on the presence of the object rather than its functionality. This summer the geometric shapes and bright colors of the movement are being hosted by the Madd museum in Bordeaux. For more details click here

Address: 39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

le Musée Mer Marine –  Sempé en liberté

May 29 – October 6

For its second exhibition, le Musée Mer Marine is hosting about 300 works of the famous cartoonist, Jean-Jacques Sempé who was born in Pessac. Sempé is mostly known for its illustrations in Frech classical kids book series Petit Nicolas and from publications in big magazines like the New Yorker and Paris Match. The sea museum finally opened its doors on June 21, so now you can go see the permanent exhibition as well. See more details here

Address: 89 Rue des Étrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Rivages et Vertigo Sea – a new exhibition

June 20 – September 22

The Base sous-marine is hosting a new and intriguing exhibition this summer. It is, in fact, a combination of two exhibitions addressing the themes of sea and shore. Rivages is a photography exhibition by the artist Harry Gruyaert and Vertigo Sea is a video installation by the director John Akomfrah. For more information about the exhibition click here.

Address: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Frac – Il est une fois dans l’Ouest

June 29 – November 9

Frac Bordeaux
Il est une fois dans l’Ouest exhibition’ (Frac) by Lost in Bordeaux

Frac is a cultural institution with a mission to promote contemporary art in Nouvelle Aquitaine. After almost two years of hiatus, it finally opened its doors to the public in the new MECA building. The new exhibition ‘Il est une fois dans l’Ouest’ hosts 15 artistic projects of artists and art curators who are originally from or operate in Nouvelle Aquitaine. I didn’t find all the art installations very interesting but many of them were very good and it was great to discover the artists of the region and the new exhibition space. For more details click here

Address: 54 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux

That’s it my art-loving friends! I’m still exploring the art in the region so with time I’ll add more exhibitions to the list. Meanwhile, you can also check out the list of events taking place in July in Bordeaux. Also if you’re here during the weekend check out my weekend list.

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On the beach, in the forest, on the riverfront or in the park, no matter where you go in August, there will be music everywhere! We have a big festival in the forest of South Gironde, a reggae festival in Medoc, an Oysters festival in Cap Ferret and more. Like always, all the big summer events such as  dancing and sports on the quai are going to continue throughout most of August. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in August 2019.

Dance on the Quai

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

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Reggae Sun Ska music festival

The 22nd edition of this fun reggae festival will take place at the Domaine Equestre de Nodri in Vertheuil, which is located in the Medoc area (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the first weekend of August (2-4). The impressive long lineup includes tens of performers from the reggae scene. You can check out the full lineup here.  For more info and details check out the facebook page of the festival.

When: August 2-4 /  Where:  1 rue du Maquis, 33180 Vertheuil

If you want to discover other places you can visit in Medoc, check out my article about the Medoc region

Fête de la Presqu’île in Cap Ferret

Every year in August Lege Cap Ferret celebrates its oyster farming with a big event called Fête de la Presqu’île. The three day event includes plenty of oysters, concerts, activities for kids and fireworks on the last night. The event will take place on August 2-4 in Claouey. For more info click here.

When:  August 2-4 / Where: Claouey, Place de Bertic, 33950 Lege – Cap Ferret 

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a big music festival taking place in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on August 15-17.  The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, including some big names such as Orelsan, Patti Smith and Patrick Bruel – to see the full program click here. For more info and tickets check out the facebook page of the festival.

When:  August 15-17 / Where: Les Cigales – 273 rue des écoles, 40430 Luxey, Aquitaine

Bordeaux Food-truck Festival

If you like the Bordeaux food truck festival events, you’ll be happy to hear that another one is coming up on August 10-11. The food truck festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. Visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and the specialties of food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more. The program of the festival also includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. One of the events will take place on August 10-11 at the Maison du Tourisme in Pauillac. The events are free but require prior reservation – you can do it here. For more details click here.

When:  August 10-11 / Where: La Verrerie, 33250 Pauillac

The Fest’Arts Festival

A three day celebration of street art will take place on August 8-9 in Libourne. The Fest’Arts festival was created almost 30 years ago to honor street performing artists. The center of Libourne will be turned into a big promenade and plenty of performances will take place on the pretty streets of the city. Check out the full program here

When: August 8-10 / Where: The center of Libourne

Les Fêtes de la Mer in Arcachon 

It’s that time of the year when sailors and Arcachon lovers gather to celebrate the sea with les Fêtes de la Mer. During two days you can enjoy plenty of activities in the center of Arcachon, from music concerts on the beach to flee markets and a huge picnic. It’s also a religious event so a few big masses will be held on both days. For more info click here

When: August 14-15 / Where: center of Arcachon

Les Odyssées

Les Odyssées is a free stage arts festival taking place every year in Ambès, about 30 minutes from Bordeaux. The festival will take place on August 24 at Parc de Cantefrène. Check out the full program here

When:  August 24 / Where: Parc de Cantefrène, 33810 AMBES

Festival Musical’Ocean 2019

Festival Musical’Ocean is a classical music festival taking place at Lacanau-Ocean, a beautiful coastal town, about an hour drive from Bordeaux. The program of the festival is aiming to combine big names with new talents in classical music. The festival will take place on August 23-28 in Salle l’Escoure. For more info click here

When:  August 23-28 / Where: Avenue de l’Europe, 33680 Lacanau Océan

Bordeaux Open Air

Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. After a few successful events in July, the festival continues into August with parties taking place on August 11th, 18th and 25th. The locations haven’t been published yet, so be sure to follow my weekend posts for updates. For more info click here

When:  August 11, 18, 25 / Where: Follow the website for the exact location

Go to the beach

If you’re coming here for the summer I’m sure that going to the beach is on your list. This area is abundant with beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic coastline as well as on the many lakes surrounding the city. If you want to discover some new beaches around bordeaux check out my article about the best beaches near Bordeaux

Plage de la Hume
Plage de la Hume on the Bassin d’Arcachon

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Enjoy the summer parties of the Orangeade association at the Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood). Like every year their free summer events include concerts, workshops, activities for kids and more. The events take place every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00) from July 5th to August 31. For more details click here.

When:  From July 5 to August 31 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy will take place between June 20 and August 31. These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’Observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.

When:  Daily from June 20 to August 31 / Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 13 to August 11) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel. The program includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, beach wrestling and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed for kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 13 to August 11 / Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux

Puppet Theater for Kids

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

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

La Bataille de Castillon

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

When: July 19 – August 24 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

Dance at la guingette chez Alriq

La Guinguette chez Alriq is a tavern at the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. During the summer the place is full with locals who escape the more touristy rive gauche and come to enjoy live concerts on the river bank. The Guinguette is open from Thursday to Sunday. For the concerts program of July click here.

When: all summer / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Garden Party – on one of the nicest terasses of Bordeaux 

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

When: every Sunday at 17:00 / Where: 27-29 rue Buhan, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn how to Tango

Every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. This year public tango events will take place on August 4th, 9th and 18th. See more details as well as a full list of events for this summer here

When:  August 4th ,9th ,18th / Where: Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste

Go see an exhibition

There are some amazing exhibitions presented this summer at various museums in Bordeaux. I gathered the best exhibition you should see this summer in one of my recent articles, read it here.

seth - Institut Bernard Magrez
1.2.3 soleil exhibition by Seth

If you’re reading this article in July be sure to check my guide about the best things to do in Bordeaux in July. Enjoy!!!

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Plenty of Jazz festivals are taking place this weekend around Bordeaux. If you prefer to stay in town, as usual there are cool summer parties happening all over the city and they are all included in this post. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (July 26-28).

Andernos Jazz Festival 

One of the best Jazz festivals in the Gironde region is taking place this weekend (July 26-28) in Andernos les Bains. Nineteen concerts will take place on four different scenes in this beautiful town on the Arcachon Bay.  For more details about the Andernos Jazz Festival click here and the full program here

When: July 26-28 / Where: the center of Andernos les Bains

Talence Estival

A fun event for kids is taking place this weekend (July 26-28) at the Peixotto park in Talence. There will be two separated spaces, one for the very little ones and one for bigger kids. For more info click here.

When: July 26-28, from 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: Peixotto park, Talence

Bordeaux Open Air

Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (July 28) at Parc aux Angéliques. For more details click here.

When:  July 28, starting 15:00 / Where:   Parc aux Angéliques, Bordeaux

Arcachon En Scene

Arcachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful town. This year’s program includes Amir and Kimberose (July 29) and GIMS  (August 2). For more info check out the facebook page of the event, for tickets click here.

If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, check out my article about things to do and eat in Arcachon.

When: July 28 29, August 2 / Where: Stade Vélodrome d’Arcachon

Jazz in Marciac

Marciac is a nice little village in the Gers department (about 2 hours drive from Bordeaux) that hosts one of the biggest Jazz festivals in the region. The festival takes place for three weeks (from July 27 to August 15) and has a very impressive lineup of international Jazz artists. The tickets are sold separately to each and every concert. Check out the full program here

When: July 27 to August 15 / Where: Marciac

Banzaï Land – Plein Air

Banzaï Land invites you to a weekend full of concerts at the old Casteja police station (close to Gambetta). The event will take place from Friday to Sunday (July 26-28), check out the full program here

Banzai land Bordeaux
When: July 26-28 / Where:  87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux

Jazz in Sanguinet

Another cool festival this weekend (July 25-28) will take place in Sanguinet, just next to Biscarrosse lake. This is a fun and free event with plenty of concerts and exhibitions. For more info click here

When: July 25-28 / Where: Espace Gemme, Avenue du Born, 40460 SANGUINET

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next events are taking place this Friday (July 26) at the Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc and Saturday (July 27) at Place du Palais. For the lineup and more details click here and here.

When:  July 26-27 / Where:  Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc and Place du Palais, 33000 Bordeaux 

Go see an exhibition

There are some amazing exhibitions presented this summer at various museums in Bordeaux. I gathered the best exhibitions I think you should see in one of my recent articles, read it here.

Guided English tour in Musée D’Aquitaine 

The Musée D’Aquitaine is offering English guided tours of the entire permanent collection every Sunday until the end of August. The tour covers pre-history to the modern ages with a focus on the museum’s highlights, including the Laussel Venus, the statue of Hercules, the cenotaph of Michel Montaigne and more. The visits are on Sunday at 11 am, admission is 5€ full price, 3€ reduced, the tour is included with the entry price.

When:  every Sunday at 11:30 / Where:  20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Verger Grand Format

Les Vivres de l’Art is hosting a fun afternoon party this Saturday (July 27) with a lineup of DJs from all over the world. If you still haven’t visited this beautiful place in Bacalan, it’s time to do just that. For more info click here

When: July 27/ Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

La Bataille de Castillon

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

When: July 19 – August 24 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Dansons sur les Quais is taking place every day until August 18. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

dancing classes on the riverfront
When:  Daily from July 14 to August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event taking place every summer (July 13 to August 11) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, beach wrestling and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed at kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 13 to August 11 / Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and family to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The next event will take place this weekend (July 26-27), for more details click here.

When:  July 26-27 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Rétro mobile du Bazadais

This Sunday (July 28) Bazas will host its annual ancient cars salon. The event is taking place next to the city hall of Bazas. For more details click here.  

When: July 28/ Where: Hôtel de ville de Bazas

La Guinguette de L’Hippodrome

La Guinguette de l’Hippodrome is yet another nice spot for summer nights in Bordeaux. The tavern in le Bouscat is inviting you to its weekend parties taking place every Friday and Saturday until October. For more details click here

When: July 26-27/ Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Skatopiak Festival

Skatopiak is a reggae festival taking place this weekend (July 27-28) in Saint-Jean-d’Illac. The program includes a lineup of seven concerts. For more details click here

When: July 27-28/ Where: Parc de l’Eglise, Saint-Jean-d’Illac

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Yet another active summer weekend in Bordeaux with several music festivals and dancing events is ahead of us. If you don’t mind travelling a bit there are plenty of amazing festivals taking place in the area this weekend, among them the Jazz festival in Medoc and the huge festival in Mont de Marsan. If you’re ready to plan your weekends ahead, check out my recent post about the best things to do in Bordeaux in August. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux ( July 19-21).

BDX Food-Truck Festival

Another event of the Bordeaux food truck festival is taking place this Sunday (July 21) at Château Castera. As always, the program of the festival includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. For more details about the event click here

food truck festival chateau castera
When: July 21 / Where:  Rue du Bourg, 33340 Saint-Germain-d’Esteuil

Banzaï Land – Plein Air

Banzaï Land invites you to a weekend full of concerts at the old Casteja police station (close to Gambetta). The event will take place from Friday to Sunday (July 19-21), check out the full program here

When: July 19-21 / Where:  87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux

Les Nouvelles Saisons – music festival

Les Nouvelles Saisons is a classical music festival taking place in Bordeaux on July 16-25 in three locations: Cour Mably, Cathédrale de Bordeaux, and la Grande Poste. The festival was created by the violoncellist Jeremy Genet and the composer Christian Lauba offering a great variety of musical styles (baroque, romantic, modern and more). For more details and tickets click here.

When: July 16-25 / Where: Different location around Bordeaux

En Plein Arts Festival 

The city of Talence invites you to the annual festival in the Thouars forest (around the Dome) taking place this Saturday (July 20). The program includes many cultural and artistic activities such as music performances and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When:  July 20 / Where: Avenue de Thouars, 33400 Talence (next to the Dome)

Jazz de Lesparre

The Lesparre Jazz festival will take place this Friday and Saturday (July 19-20) next to the Tour de l’Honneur. This year the music festival is going to be extra fun as it’s hosting the Bordeaux food truck festival. The event is free, check out the program here. See more info about the Food truck festival here

When: July 19-20 / Where:  Tour de l’Honneur, Lesparre-Médoc, France

Sardinade, bal populaire

Sardinade, bal populaire is a fun event of dancing, food and wine taking place this Saturday (July 20) in Gujan Mestras on the Bassin d’Arcachon. For more details click here

When: July 20, starting 20:00 / Where:  Port De La Hume, Gujan Mestras

The Amazing Nina Simone – L’Été de Musical Écran

 L’Été de Musical Écran is one of the events of the Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer. Outdoor screenings of music-related movies are taking place throughout the summer in different locations around Bordeaux. This Sunday (Sunday 21) the Banzai land festival is hosting a screening of the movie ‘The Amazing Nina Simone’. For more details click here

When: July 21 at 19:00 / Where:  87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux

Braderie d’été

Every summer the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux summer 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 July 17-20. For more details click here.

When: July 17-20 / Where: at the Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils

La Bataille de Castillon

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

When: July 19 – August 24 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Dansons sur les Quais is finally starting this Sunday (July 14) and will take place on the quai almost daily until August 18. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event taking place every summer (July 13 to August 11) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, beach wrestling and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed at kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 13 to August 11 / Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux

Fêtes de la Madeleine

Fêtes de la Madeleine is the big festival of Mont de Marsan, in the Landes department, celebrating the Gascogne culture. The five days event transforms the city into a big carnival with plenty of concerts, food, shows and activities for kids. The festival is taking place on July 17-21. Check out the long list of events here

When: July 17-21 / WhereMont-de-Marsan

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and family to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The next event will take place this weekend (July 19-20), for more details click here.

When:  July 19-20 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Go see an exhibition

There are some amazing exhibitions presented this summer at various museums in Bordeaux. I gathered the best exhibition you should see this summer in one of my recent articles, read it here. It’s a great way to escape the heat 🙂

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This is the weekend of 14 Juillet (French national day) so many events in and around Bordeaux will be dedicated to that. Two big summer festivals are also starting this weekend, one will make you dance during the summer and the other will keep you and your kids fit. Before we dig into this weekend’s list, I wanted to remind you to take a look at what else is on this month in my July list.
Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (July 12-14).

Celebrate French National Day

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

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

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

July 13:

  • Cenon – Parc Palmer –  23 :00
  • Mérignac – Stade Robert Brettes – 23:00
  • Gradignan – Parc de Mandavit – 22:45
  • Bouliac – Parc de Vialle Bété – 22:00
  • Bruges – Esplanade Charles de Gaulle -23:00
  • Blanquefort– Parc de Fongravey- 23:00

July 14

  • Pessac  – Parc de Cazalet –  23 :00
  • Talence – Parc Peixoto – 23 :00
  • Lormont – Place Aristide – 23:00
  • Arcachon – next to the sea – 23:00 

Bal Pompiers

Bal Pompiers are traditional firemen parties that take place in many cities in France on July 13 and 14. Bordeaux’s firemen will also celebrate the national day with a few parties of their own. One of the biggest ones will take place at the Ornano Fire Academy (Meriadeck) on July 13, check more details here. Another big party is Bal de la Benauge that will take place on July 13 at the Benauge fire station, Check more details here

When:  July 13 / Where: see the addresses of the fire stations in the links above

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event taking place every summer (July 13 to August 11) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, beach wrestling and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed at kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer.  Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 13 to August 11 / Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Dansons sur les Quais is finally starting this Sunday (July 14) and will take place on the quai almost daily until August 18. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to the beach

In case you missed it on my facebook page, a few days ago I published an article about the best beaches near Bordeaux. So if you were planning to discover a new beach this weekend this article will give you some great ideas. I included beaches on lakes, on the ocean and on Bassin d’Arcachon.

Bordeaux Open Air

Bordeaux open air festival in Jardin Public
Bordeaux Open Air festival by Lost in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (July 14) at Square Dom Bedos. For more details click here.

When:  July 14, starting 15:00 / Where:  Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux

Raphaëlle Boitel – Horizon

Horizon is a dance and acrobatic artwork by the French choreographer Raphaëlle Boitel. The piece pays tribute to the emblematic architecture in Bordeaux by using the Opera building as its stage. The show will take place on Place de la Comedie on Friday and Saturday (July 12-13) at 20:00. For more details click here

When:  July 12-13 / Where: Place de la comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and families to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The next event will take place this weekend (July 12-13), for more details click here.

When:  July 12-13 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Zanzibar – Opening

This weekend Darwin will open their summer bar. This year the bar takes inspiration from East Africa and will pay tribute to Afro-Caribbean and South American music. You can join the opening event on Friday and Saturday (July 12-13) with plenty of cocktails and concerts. See the full program here.

When:  July 12-13 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Go to see an exhibition

Mika Bordeaux
Mika at Institut Bernard Magrez

There are some amazing exhibitions presented this summer at various museums in Bordeaux. I gathered the best exhibition you should see this summer in one of my recent articles, read it here. It’s a great way to escape the heat 🙂

L’Eté de l’Escale du livre

Plenty of free activities for kids will take place this Thursday and Friday (July 11-12) in front of la Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. Check out the full program here.

When:  July 11-12 / Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Music O Teich

Music O Teich will take place this weekend (July 12-14) at the port of Le Teich in Bassin d’Arcachon. The event includes a big creators market and free concerts every night. For more info click here

When: July 12-14 / Where: 33470 Le Teich, Aquitaine, France

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A note for newcomers to Bordeaux 🙂

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

The summer is fully on in Bordeaux and with it come open air events where you can dance and enjoy being outdoors with your friends and family. One of the biggest events is the Weekend de L’art Contemporain with more than 150 artists presenting their works all over Bordeaux. If you’re fed up with the city center, there are plenty of great festivals in different parts of the metropole you can go to. If you’re more into art this weekend, check out my new article about the best exhibitions to see this summer in Bordeaux. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (July 5-7): 

Weekend de L’art Contemporain 

The contemporary art weekend will take place on July 5-7 in different art institutions in Bordeaux.  During three days, 40 locations in Bordeaux metropole will open their doors to the public and present artworks from more than 150 contemporary artists. The inauguration evening will take place on July 4 on the IBoat, see more details here. For the full program click here

When:  July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux (see the program)

Zinefest

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

When: July 1-7 / Where: Different locations next to Marché des Douves in Bordeaux Sud (check out the program).

Jalles House Rock

Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free (they do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event). This year the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles takes place on July 4-6. For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: July 4-6 / Where: 1 chemin de Cantelaude, 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

Festival Rues et Vous

This is the 12th edition of Festival Rue et Vous, a performance art festival taking place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival will take place on July 5-7 and will include a rich program of theater, dance, circus and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

When: July 5-7 / Where: Rions

Summer of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The concerts will take place on July 3-12. See the full program here.

When:  July 3 -12 / Where: Different locations, see program above

Les 24h du Swing

This is the 30th edition of ‘les 24h du Swing’, a swing festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7)  in Monségur. More than 40 concerts will take place at different locations like Bastide Monséguraise, des Tilleuls à la Halle and different bars and restaurants in Monségur. For more info and tickers click here

When:  July 5-7  / Where: several locations in Monségur

INSITU – Lire le Monde

INSITU is a fun literature festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7) in different places in Bordeaux metropole. The concept of the festival is a marathon of events where texts, written by foreign authors, are read by French comedians in surprising locations like a chocolate shop, a synagogue, a greenhouse and more. For the full program and list of locations click here. The reading events are free but require prior reservation (click here to register). 

When:  July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux metropole

Bordeaux Open Air

Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (July 7) in Jardin public. For more details click here.

When:  July 7 / Where: Jardin Public, Bordeaux

Senefesti

Senefesti is a festival celebrating African culture through dance and music performances. The event will take place this Saturday(July 6) in Parc Palmer in Cenon. For more details click here.

When: July 6/ Where: Parc de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and families to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The events will take place throughout the summer from July 5 to August 31 and are free. For the specific program of each event, follow my weekend posts about what to do in Bordeaux. For more details click here.

When:  From July 5 to August 31 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next two events are about to take place this weekend (July 5 -7) at Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos. For the lineup and more details click here.

When:  July 5-7 / Where: Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux 

Journee de l’elevage et des produits du terroir in Bazas

The traditional day of local products and animal farming is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in the historic town of Bazas. A big exhibition of animals will take place on place de la Cathédrale among them cows, sheep, horses and more. The program also includes a cattle competition, concerts, local food, sheep shearing and more. For more info click here

When:  July 6, 11:00 – 23:00  / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas 

Larrostréa

Larrostréa is an event in Gujan-Mestras celebrating the oyster cabanes and the traditional oyster farming boats. During three days (July 5-7) plenty of nice activities will take place on Port de Larros such as a  boat parade, art exhibitions, concerts and more. For more details click here

Port Larros - Gujan Mestras
Port Larros – Gujan Mestras
When: July 5-7 / Where: Port de Larros, 33470 Gujan-Mestras, France

Micro-Festival Balterno!

Micro-Festival Balterno is a music event that is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in Parc de Mussonville in Bègles. It’s a free event with nine hours of non-stop music with six concerts and an art exhibition, all in a fun atmosphere in a charming park. For more info click here

When:  July 6, starting 16:00  / Where: Avenue Alexis Labro, 33130 Bègles

Pétanque Electronique in Canéjan 

If you love to play Petanque, this is your weekend. Pétanque Electronique is an event taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Canéjan. The program includes a petanque competition (in groups of three), concerts and food. For more info click here. Bring your own petanque balls 

When:  July 6-7 / Where: Avenue du Barricot, 33610 Canéjan

Festival PLAY in Gradignan 

PLAY is a free sports festival taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Gradignan. During two days plenty of sportive, artistic, digital and cultural activities will take place in different locations in the city, among them Parc de l’Ermitage, Conservatoire de Musique de Gradignan, trocké Caféand Gymnase Toupiac.  For the full program click here

When:  July 6-7 / Where: different location in Gradignan

Foire aux Rosés

The Foire aux Rosés is the perfect event for this hot summer. 47 Rosé producers from all over France will offer tastings and great deals on their wines. The event will take place this Saturday (July 6) in Hangar 14 on quai des Chartrons. For more details click here

When:  July 6  / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Lacanau fête l’été

Lacanau Ocean will celebrate this Saturday (July 6) a day of activities for the whole family, an oyster buffet and salsa dancing in the evening. For more details click here. 

When: July 6  / Where: the main beach of Lacanau-Océan

Soirée Blanche

Another summer celebration is happening this Friday (July 5) at the Restaurant du StadeBordelais in Le Bouscat. To celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation they initiated a white evening with Dj sets and a lot of tapas. The dress code is white of course 🙂 For more details click here

When:  July 5, starting 19:00  / Where: 2 rue Ferdinand de Lesseps, 33110 Le Bouscat

If you want to see art this weekend check out my post about the best exhibitions in Bordeaux this summer.

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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