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The Cité du Vin is one of the most popular attractions on the tourist trail in Bordeaux. In the last couple of years, it has become one of Bordeaux’s most iconic institutions even though it’s quite new. The Cité du Vin was inaugurated in 2016 with the goal of celebrating wine and educating people about its production and history. The spectacular building can be seen from afar and uplifts the grungy port of Bassin a Flot, where the museum is located. Its shape is inspired by the movement of wine swirling in a glass. What’s inside the 55m giant and why do so many people rush to visit it? In this article, I’ll offer you a glimpse into what is considered to be the best wine center in the world. I’ll explain what you’ll experience in the main exhibition, what other attractions are offered and why it’s worth visiting even if you’re not a wine lover. Step with me into Bordeaux’s fascinating wine world.

What will you find in Cité du Vin in Bordeaux 

My good friend Julie calls the Cite du Vin an amusement park for wine lovers, and that in my opinion, describes it the best. It’s an interactive journey into the wine world offering anything from videos, touch screens, sensory tables and more. On your journey you will discover all the important wine regions in the world, learn about the different types of grapes, the fermentation process and on the history of wine in different areas across the globe.

The permanent exhibition includes 19 sections divided into six areas. The first area is dedicated to the wine regions of the world and welcomes you with huge screens portraying breathtaking images from the world’s most famous wine regions. It’s a beautiful video getting you into the mood to learn everything you can about wine. 

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The most beautiful wine regions in the world – all photos by lost in Bordeaux

The second part is much more technical and will teach you about the whole process of how grapes turn into wine. Although there are quite a lot of technical explanations involved, the Cité du Vin made it interactive and entertaining enough to intrigue even those not obsessed with wine. One of the best sections in this area is the wine portraits. Flat touch screens, surrounded by gigantic wooden bottle shaped statues, help you explore the major wine types, from red to sweet whites and onto the sparkling ones. 

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An interactive way to learn about different types of wine at the Cité du Vin

The third area is about wine and civilization. Here you’ll learn the history of wine routes and how the sea voyages of wine transportation used to look like. The fourth part is dedicated to imagination and has a magnificent space where you can lay down, listen to music, close your eyes and think of wine. 

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The buffet of the five senses

The fifth area is called “wine and you”, and includes my favorite part in the museum, the “buffet of the five senses”. Plenty of different food items from fruits to honey and cookies are presented in front of you on two big tables, allowing you to explore different wine aromas. The sixth and last area is dedicated to the hosting city, Bordeaux. Here you will learn about the wine history of the biggest wine region in France and the tale of the city itself. 

When you finish exploring the exhibition, you will move to one of the best parts of the visit – the wine tasting. For that, you need to go back to the ground floor and take another elevator to the 8th and last floor of Bordeaux’s wine museum. The floor is called the Belvedere and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Bordeaux. You can choose one wine from one of the regions the exhibition is currently focusing on and take your glass to the balcony to admire the view. A perfect ending to this enriching experience. 

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wine tasting at the end of the tour

How to explore Bordeaux’s wine museum?

The permanent exhibition is so big that you need at least half a day to cover it all and let’s face it, some people don’t have the time nor the patience for that. If you have only two-three hours to visit the cite du vin you have four trails you can follow. The museum offers four self-guided theme tours that focus on different aspects of the wine world. 

The Essentials tour

This tour is supposed to take up to an hour and a half (If you follow their recommendations) and will get you familiar with some of the most famous wine regions in the world. You will meet winegrowers (virtually of course) that will tell you about their traditions, the grapes they use and the volumes of their production. Just touch the screen on one of the tables dedicated to Argentina, Georgia, Italy, France and more. You will then explore the design aspect of wine with videos of beautiful wine cellars and trendy wine bars. The trail also includes the senses table and wine portraits that allow you to acquire a lot of new knowledge about the different types of wines. Their guide instructs you on how much time to spend on every station so you can actually end the tour on time.

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Meet the winemakers of the world

The Making wine tour

Besides the “wine of the world” area, this trail includes the “E-Vigne” section that is dedicated to the grapes and their selection by winegrowers. This is a very interactive station with some kids’ trivia questions about winemaking. Most of this route focuses on the “metamorphoses of wine” section, which will teach you all about the vats, fermentation and aging in barrels. The tour takes about an hour.

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Learn everything about winemaking

Feast your eyes tour

Another shorter visit can be done with the “Feast your eyes” trail which leads you through some of the more colorful sections with screens and music. This one is particularly recommended to those who are not very interested in wine and just came for the flashy experience. 

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A fun place even if you don’t like wine

Did you know that a visit to the Cité du Vin can be kids friendly?

Last but not least is the Juniors tour for kids ages 7-12 years old. This trail will help your kids discover the wine world. It includes all the sections where they can touch, smell, look, feel and play. They will smell the aromas on the senses table, answer trivia questions about grapes, watch an amazing cartoon about the wine journey in the sea and discover the history of Bordeaux through an interactive game. 

What else is there to do at the wine museum? 

When you finish the permanent exhibition don’t be in a rush to leave the Cité du Vin, you still have a lot of things to do there. First of all the ticket includes access to the temporary exhibition as well. The Museum regularly hosts great exhibitions that focus on different aspects of the wine world. At the time of writing this article, the temporary exhibition was dedicated to the wine of Argentina while previously there was a beautiful exhibition that portrayed the relationship of wine and glass. The temporary exhibition is located on the first floor where you will also find a beautiful library of wine-related books. 

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Great temporary exhibitions at the cite du vin – glass and wine

The first floor is also where the wine tasting workshops are taking place. Several modern rooms dedicated to daily wine workshops in French, English and Spanish (mostly during the high season). The English workshop is mainly dedicated to Bordeaux wines while those in French are varied. You can choose workshops about specific wine regions or learn how to match wine with cheese or chocolate. 

If you’re looking for other places in Bordeaux to taste and learn about the wines of the region, you should check my article about wine tasting in Bordeaux.

Wine tasting workshop at the cite du vin
Wine tasting workshop at the cite du vin

On the first floor, you will also find the amazing wine shop that includes around 800 bottles, with 600 of them representing non-French wines. The seventh floor is the fancy Le 7 Restaurant that offers a beautiful view of Bordeaux.

All the practical details you need to know before going to Cite du Vin

Tickets and prices

The ticket are a bit pricey but definitely worth the one-time experience. A regular ticket that includes the permanent and temporary exhibition and one glass of wine costs 20 euros for an adult, 9 euros for kids and free for kids under 6 years old (you have to present something to prove it). A family pack is 50 euros and worth buying if you are two adults and two kids. 

The museum is very popular and sometimes the lines to buy tickets can be quite long. To avoid that you can purchase the tickets online in advance and head straight to the entrance door when you arrive. Click here to reserve your tickets in advance. 

Opening hours

The opening hours of Cité du Vin are Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday – Sunday and bank and school holidays from 10am to 7pm. The hours change in the high season so check them out on the site of the museum before going. 

How to get to the wine museum

The easiest way to get to Cité du Vin is by tram B that passes through the center of Bordeaux. The station is called “Cité du Vin” and it’s located just next to the museum. If you come from the other side of the Garonne river you can also take the public transport boat (BAT 3). It accepts the same ticket as a tram but you get there in a more stylish way 🙂 For more information about the hours and stations of the BAT3 – click here.

Another option is taking the city bikes from one of the V3 stations that are spread all over the city. The ride from the city center to the wine museum is one of the best things to do when visiting Bordeaux. I’ve even included it in my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux in one day

What else is there to do next to the wine museum

If you don’t have anything planned after your visit to the museum don’t rush to leave this cool neighborhood. As you will see, Bassin a Flot, the port of Bordeaux has a totally different feel and look than the elegant center of Bordeaux. This is one of the rising districts of Bordeaux with plenty of street art, bars, music venues and even a chic market. If you want to learn more about the neighborhood around the museum check out my article about the north district of Bordeaux

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The Bacalan district in Bordeaux

If you want to explore the Bordeaux wine region more in-depth check out my articles about the best wineries in Saint Emilion and about traveling in the Medoc wine region.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

The Croissant, Saint Honoré and Éclair are familiar names when it comes to French patisserie and desserts. But did you ever hear of canelé or puits d’amour? It’s time for you to meet the local sweet specialties of Bordeaux. Bordeaux harbors a unique pastry scene with delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else in France. So if you’re a foodie like me you wouldn’t want to miss it when visiting the region. In this article, I’m going to tell you about the best local desserts, pastries and chocolates you can find in Bordeaux and where to buy them. If you want me to personally take you to my favorite places in Bordeaux (sweets and others) you should check out my food tours :). Now let’s go and discover the sweet world of Bordeaux :). 

Canelé

canele in Bordeaux
Canelé

We cannot talk about Bordeaux’s specialties without mentioning the most famous local dessert, the Canelé. The little brown striated pastry became one of Bordeaux’s symbols and can be found in many sizes all over the city. Like many other things in Bordeaux, the story of Canelé is related to the wine world. Legend has it that the first canelés were made by nuns at the Couvert de L’Annociade de Bordeaux at the end of the 17th century. The original canelé didn’t have the sweet flavor it has today and was made out of flours and egg yolks that were given to nuns by winemakers who used egg whites to purify the wine. It wasn’t until the 20th century that Canelés reappeared as a dessert when an unknown pastry chef decided to upgrade the recipe with rhum and vanilla. Traditionally the canelé’s mold was waxed with bee’s wax to make the pastry crispy from the outside and soft from the inside. Today, however, many use butter instead. You can usually find them in three different sizes and in some places they are even filled with different sweet or savory flavors. In Bordeaux, you have many places specialized in Canelé and almost every bakery will offer them. While the biggest and most famous canelé producer is Baillardan, I think the best one is offered by La toque cuivrée. You can find two of their boutiques on rue Sainte Catherine and many others in different districts of Bordeaux. 

Puits d’Amour

Le Puit d’amour, or “well of love” in English, is a local little pastry that you can’t find anywhere outside the Bordeaux region. The pastry was created in 1952 by Maison Seguin in a little town South of Bordeaux called Captieux. It is made out of pâte à choux (light pastry dough) topped with crème Chiboust (a mix of crème pâtissière and an Italian meringue). You can enjoy the perfect bite-size pastry at the Capucins market or in Maison Seguin in the Cauderan district (address: 160 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, 33200 Bordeaux).

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les Puits d’amour

discover more places to eat at the market check out my article about the Marche des Capucins

Les dunes blanches

Les dunes blanches
Les dunes blanches

One of Bordeaux’s most popular pastries actually comes from Cap Ferret. The delicious dunes blanches were created in 2008 by the pastry chef Pascal Lucas, or should I say by his son. One night, 12 years ago the young man came back home from a party very early in the morning and was really hungry. Knowing that by that time his dad would already be at the bakery he headed there to find something sweet to satisfy his appetite. At the bakery, he found a chouquette (Choux pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar) and a cream his father had prepared for another dessert and simply mixed the two. The result became an immediate success and Pascal opened dedicated shops for the dunes blanches in Arcachon, Bordeaux and now even Paris. In the center of Bordeaux, you can find them at 7 Rue de la Vieille Tour, 33000 Bordeaux

The macarons of Saint Emilion

If you ever visited Paris you probably tasted the famous macaroons of Ladauree or the fancy ones of Pierre Herme. But did you know that the original macaron actually comes from Saint Emilion? The macaroons of Saint Emilion are produced since 1620 when the Ursulines sisters established their convent in Saint Emilion. The recipe is being passed from generation to generation and hasn’t been changed ever since. As opposed to the colorful two-cookies macarons you can find in the rest of France these have only one cookie that is made from almonds, egg whites and sugar. After wine, it’s the second most famous produce of Saint Emilion. You can find them at the little “Fabruque de macarons” shop in the center of Saint Emilion. Address: 9 rue Guadet, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France

Le Jésuite

Le Jésuite
Le Jésuite

This yummy triangle pastry is rare to find anywhere outside of the Bordeaux region. It’s a puff pastry (just like mille-feuille) stuffed with frangipane cream and shaved almonds on top. Some chefs add a bit of creme patissiere to it, in order to lighten the heavy frangipane texture. The strange name comes from its shape. Originally the jésuites were covered with pralines or chocolate icing which created a look of a hat with raised edges, just like those of the Jésuites. The original Jésuites are a catholic order of the Catholic Church founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola from the Spanish Pyrenees. When in Bordeaux, don’t waste your calories on a simple croissant, instead try the local Jesuit in one of the bakeries in the city. I buy my Jesuits at the bakery in Saint Michel.
Address: 51 Rue des Faures, 33000 Bordeaux

Les Guinettes de Chocolats

When you stroll the streets of Triangle d’Or, the fancy district of Bordeaux you will come across a handful of chocolate shops. However, there’s only one chocolate that’s truly identified with Bordeaux and it’s called les guinettes. The guinette is a cherry macerated in alcohol and then encased in dark chocolate. In Bordeaux you can find them in two tastes, Kirsh which is a cherry liqueur or in Armagnac which is an excellent local Brandy from the South West of France. 

Bouchon du Bordeaux

Bouchon de Bordeaux is a traditional dessert, much less known than others on this list. It was created in 1965 by the patissier- chocolatier Jacque Ponquet who wanted to create a pastry that would highlight the wine specialty of the region. In 1976, a discovery of almond trees in Saint Emilion inspired him to use almonds with raisins to create an alcoholic dessert. The dessert is created in his factory in Bruges and sold in several shops in Bordeaux specializing in products of the Southwest. 

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

Now that it’s getting chilly and rainy outside it’s time to warm up with some good food and wine and enjoy the indoor festivals that Bordeaux has to offer. The chateaux of Margaux and Sauternes will host you at their properties and Darwin will introduce you to the organic wines of the region. There are quite a few music and dance events in November, among them the Bordeaux Piano festival and the Tango Festival at the Opera of Bordeaux. Remember that if it’s raining you can always find something to do in my article about places to go to when it’s raining in Bordeaux. If you’re reading this article in October you may still want to check out what’s on in October in Bordeaux, so here it is. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in November 2019, Enjoy!

Vibrations Urbaines Festival in Pessac

This is the 22nd edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international BMX contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival will take place from October 29 to November 3 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.

When: October 29 – November 3 / Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac

Bliss Yoga Festival

The Bliss Yoga festival will take place on November 8-10 in Darwin. The program of the festival includes 45 courses aiming to make you discover different types of yoga no matter what level you are. Although yoga is the main event, there will be other activities such as workshops, different information stands, a well-being space, a children’s area, a photography exhibition, organic products and more. For more info check out the website of the festival and the facebook page of the event.

When: November 8-10 / Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac

Sauternes et Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On November 9-11 many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover thein estates and taste their wines. The program includes wine tastings, tours in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts and activities for kids. The participating chateaux will be published later this month and I will laster add them to this article for you to have all the information you need. For now, take a look at the general list of the wineries of the area here. Also, check out the event at the Maison Du Sauternes on November 9-11. 

When: November 9-11 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program (will be updated soon)

Halles de Bacalan – 2 years anniversary 

Halles de Bacalan invites you to celebrate their second anniversary with a super gourmand event on the weekend of November 8-10. This fun market is one of the best places for drinks with friends, especially on rainy weekends, so this event is guaranteed to be good. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

marche de bacalan in Bordeaux
When: November 8-10 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Foire de la Saint Martin

Another fun place to visit on the long weekends of November is Duras. Foire de la Saint Martin will take place there on November 11 with more than 250 exhibitors and stands of local gastronomy, clothing, cars, a big vide Grenier and more. For more info click here

When: November 11 / Where: the village of Duras

La Rochelle Swing festival 

If you were planning to go to La Rochelle in the near future, this is a good opportunity. On the long weekend of November 8-11 the LaRochelle swing festival will take place at the Lentrepot-Cabaret. For more details click here.

 When: November 8-11 / Where: 3 Rue Augustin Fresnel, 17180 Perigny

Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion – this event was canceled

Montgolfiades is an annual festival of balloon flights organized by Le Ciel est à Toi association. The flights will take place on November 15-17 above Saint Emilion and the vineyards around it, so the sight is promised to be breathtaking. For more info click here.
Before you go be sure to check out my article about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion.

When: November 15-17 / Where: in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, just follow the balloons

Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Jazz Festival in Caudéran

The annual Jazz festival of Caudéran is taking place on November 14-16. For three nights, the Pergola Theater will host six international Jazz players. For more info about prices and the full program click here.

When: November 14-16 / Where:  La Pergola Theater, Rue Fernand Cazères, 33200 Bordeaux

Margaux Saveurs 

The annual festival, Margaux Saveurs will take place on November 15-17. The idea of the festival is to make you discover the great wines of the Margaux appellation and present to you all the winemakers, merchants and restaurants of this gourmet area. During the weekend you can enjoy special workshops in the different wine domains and enjoy fun activities and special menus made only for this weekend. For more details click here. If you’re attending this event be sure to read about other places to visit in the area in my article about the Medoc region.

When: November 15-17 / Where: different locations in Margaux

Bordeaux Cata Raid

The 7th edition of the Catamaran race will take place this weekend (November 19-20) in the Garonne river, just next to the central bank. This beautiful event, organized by the ‘les Marins de la Lune’ club includes tens of crew members that will pass next to the quai to honor the city. The view is guaranteed to be spectacular. For more details click here.

When: November 19-20 / Where: starts at 103 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Salon Ob’Art

Le salon Ob’Art (Objets de créateur) is a creator fair with a rich pedagogic program of activities, workshops, and demonstrations. The motivation for the event is to create a dialog between artists, craftsmen and the wide public in order to transfer their know-how and to make the young generation discover a variety of professional vocations. Le Salon Ob’Art will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 15-17. Entry is free for kids under 18 and 6.5€ for adults (free on the first day). For more info check out the website of the event.

When: November 15-17 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival Tango à l’Opéra Bordeaux

The third edition of the Festival Tango à l’Opéra will take place at the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux on November 22-24. The rich program includes shows, dance workshops, exhibitions and a big inauguration evening on November 22nd. For more details and tickets click here and the full program here

When: November 22-24 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Organic Wine Market in Darwin 

Les Barriquades is the biggest market of bio wines in the region, an event that will take place on the weekend of November 23-24 in Darwin. On the menu, a huge selection of organic wines from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and many other wine regions of France. The entry is free. For more info click here.

Darwin Bordeaux
Darwin Bordeaux
When: November 23-24 / Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du monde, will take place on November 13-24 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, book stores, cinemas and more. You can enjoy this festival even if you don’t speak French as most of the writers participating in the lectures are coming from all over the world. For more details go here.

When: November 13-24 /Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

International History films festival

The theme of the 30th edition of the Festival international du film d’histoire of Pessac, taking place on November 18-25, is Latin America. The rich program of the festival includes debates and lectures with several historians as guests and screenings of more than a 100 movies, from classics to works of heritage, rare or unpublished films, previews, fiction and documentaries. For more info and the full program click here.

When: November 18-25 / Where: several venues in Pessac center – check out the end of the program

les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras

In the last twenty years, Loupiac has been hosting the Loupiac & Foie Gras event that allows people to get familiar with the sweet wines of Loupaic and meet the farmers of the department and taste their gourmet production. This year the event will take place on November 23-24 and will include workshops, guided tours in the participating chateaux, tastings, exhibitions and more. On Saturday evening a big gourmet cocktail event will be hosted by two chefs from the Maison Claude Darroze. To reserve a spot for the dinner check out the facebook page of the event, the info will be updated there. For general info about the event click here.

When: November 23-24 / Where: Different chateaux in Loupiac-De-Cadillac

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux (antique/flea market) is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This fall edition of the brocante will take place from November 22 to December 8. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 22- December 8 / Where: Place des Quinconces

The Salon Bien-être

The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of November 29- December 1 at the Palais des Congrès. The event has 120 stands and  65 conferences all focused on different ways of improving the quality of life. The exhibitors are varied and come from all facets of daily life: food, home decor, therapies and beauty. For more info click here.

When: November 29- December 1 / Where: Palais des Congrès, Cours J.-G. Domergue 33300 Bordeaux

Exhibitions

Sam Dougados exhibition

If you ever visited Biarritz you’ve surely seen the amazing works of Sam Dougados on the beach. Sam’s Beach art, as he calls it, has appeared in many places around the world, from Maroco to South Africa and Spain. Now l’Institut Bernard Magrez is presenting the photographs of his best works at their atelier that is dedicated to promoting local talent. The exhibition will be presented until November 24th. For more details click here

Beach art Biarritz
Beach art Biarritz
When: Until November 24 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Robots in Cap Science

Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at the Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.

When:  Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel 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.

Boulangerie chartrons Bordeaux

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

The theme of this long weekend is obviously Halloween. France is slowly following the US, making this fun holiday their own so don’t be surprised if you hear kids nocking on your door asking for a trick or treat.  Apart from Halloween parties there a street art festival in Pessac, a chocolate fair in Gradignan, a beer festival all over Bordeaux and more. 
If you want to see what other events are happening in Bordeaux in the next few weeks visit my article about events taking place in Bordeaux in November. This week I also released an article about Chrismas markets in Bordeaux, if you missed it, you can readt it here
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 1-3)

Celebrate Halloween

Today’s list of events may seem shorter than usual but that’s just because many of the events are dedicated to Halloween and I gathered them in a separated article. So if you what to know what Halloween parties and events are taking place from October 31 to November 3 click here.

Vibrations Urbaines Festival in Pessac

This is the 22nd edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international BMX contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival is taking place from October 29 to November 3 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.

When: October 29 – November 3 / Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac

BLIB – the beer festival of Bordeaux 

This is the 5th edition of Bordeaux’s beer festival taking place from October 29 to November 2. During the five days of the festival, you can attend and participate in plenty of activities around craft beer in cellars, bars, restaurants and breweries. The grand finale (November 2) of the festival will gather all the brewers in one event. Check out the facebook page of the event for more info. 

When: October 29 to November 2 / Where: Different places in Bordeaux

Salon du Chocolat in Gradignan

This is the 10th edition of the Salon du Chocolat, a great event for chocolate lovers, where about thirty exhibitors will present their products to the public. The event is taking place this weekend (November 1-3) at the Salle du Solarium in Gradignan. Apart from chocolate stands the program includes a fashion show of dresses made of chocolate and workshops for kids. The Salon is organized by an association working with ill and disabled children and all funds raised will be used to carry out activities and treatments for these kids. A sweet event with a good cause! For more info click here.

When: November 1-3 / Where: Salle du Solarium, Chemin du Solarium, 33170 Gradignan

Citrouille et Compagnie

This Sunday (November 3) Forêt du Bourgailh in Pessac will host a pumpkin party where the resident gardeners will present plenty of different types of squash. This colorful event will get you into the cozy winter spirit :). For more info click here

When: November 3 / Where: 160 avenue de Beutre, 33600 Pessac

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the last weekend of Foire aux Plaisirs, taking place at Place des Quinconces until November 3. 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, candyfloss and more. See more info about the fair here.

When: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (November 2) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  November 2 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

La Raisin d’Or

La Raisin d’Or is a sportive event taking place every year in the vineyards of Sauternes. The event includes different sports activities from Nordic walking to Mountain biking. The goal of the event is to introduce people to this beautiful region and its chateaux through sports and fun activities. The event is taking place this weekend (November 2-3). For details about all the activities taking place that weekend in Sauternes click here

When: November 2-3 / Where: Château Filhot, Route de Filhot, 33210 Sauternes

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museum 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.

musee des beaux arts bordeaux

Très Toucher – an exhibition for kids

If you have little kids and you still haven’t been to the museum of natural history, it’s time to check it out. While the whole museum is beautifully designed and very interesting, the temporary exhibition is the most fun part for kids. The Très Toucher exhibition is dedicated to kids 3-6 old (although all ages will love it) and is focused on the sense of touch. Every section is an experience where kids get to touch different materials and discover textures with or without seeing them. It is very interactive and I highly recommend it. The exhibition will be presented until November 3rd so it’s your last chance to see it! The exhibition is on level (-1) of the museum so go straight down when you arrive. For more info click here

Très Toucher exhibition
When: Until November 3 / Where: 5 place Bardineau – 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

The fact that its quite cold and rainy in Bordeaux doesn’t mean we can’t continue to party! Several parties and festivals are taking place this weekend in Bordeaux, among them a magic festival and an open-air music festival in Talence. Although most Halloween celebrations are taking place next week, some cool events start coming in among them the Hallowing party at Chateau de Vayres and the kids’ party on the IBOAT. If you want the full list of Halloween events for this year, go to my latest article about where to celebrate Halloween in Bordeaux. Before we start this weekend’s list I just wanted to wish good luck to all the Bordeaux Marathon runners! If you want to see what events are taking place in Bordeaux in November, you can read it here.  Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 25-27)

Bordeaux Marathon

Finally, after a long delay, the Bordeaux Marathon is back! The Marathon will take place on October 26 in the historic city center, allowing the runners to cross all the historic sites and some of Bordeaux’s biggest wineries. The Marathon will start at 20:00 which makes it even more special as runners can see the city by night with special decorations just for the event.  Most of us are probably not in shape for the 42km run, but that should not prevent us from enjoying the atmosphere in the city as well as seeing others run 🙂 For more info about the activities on that day click here

When: October 26  / Where: starting Palais de la Bourse

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia fête les Jardins, taking place this weekend ( October 25-27 ) in Gradignan, is one of the most beautiful plant celebrations in the south of France. A three-day event that gathers plants growers, professional gardeners, landscape architects and artists. The rich program of the festival includes plenty of workshops, conferences, activities for kids such as painting and music in the garden, creating a bamboo palisade, creating a herbarium, plastic art in the garden for kids and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 25-27 / Where: 216 cours du général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Portes ouvertes dans les châteaux

This weekend (October 26-27) it’s the turn of the Fronsac & Canon Fronsac wine appellations to hold the annual portes ouvertes weekend. 34 wineries will open their doors to the public with guided tours at their properties and wine tastings. See the list of chateaux and more info here

When: October 26-27 / Where: take a look at the program

Open Air Arts & Métiers : L’Évasion

The students of Bordeaux don’t seem to give in to the rainy weather. This Friday (October 25) Vie Étudiante Arts&Métiers association is hosting an open-air party with the theme of California in the 70th. The entry is free. For more details click here

When: October 25, 19:00- 01:00 / Where: Esplanade des Arts et Métiers, 33400 Talence

Open Air • BDE BAF / Bruit Rose Music

Les Vivres de l’Art is also hosting its last “summer” party this Sunday (October 27). Come and enjoy a fun afternoon with music and drinks at this special place in the Bacalan district. For more info click here

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: October 27, 13:00 – 18:00 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Festival Escapade Magique

Festival Escapade Magique, taking place this Saturday (October 26) in Martignas sur Jalle, is a festival dedicated to the world of magic and witchcraft. The program includes an escape game, quidditch, quizzes for kids and adults, board games and more. Part of the activities are free and some require a ticket (5 euros). For more info click here

When: October 26 / Where: Espace Dolange (next to the Jean Castagnet school), Martignas sur Jalle

What’s in the woods 

What’s in the woods is a local rock festival taking place in Begles this weekend (October 25-26). The program includes eight local bands, Dj sets and exhibitions. For more info and tickets click here

When: October 25-26 / Where: Rue du 11 Novembre, 33130 Bègles

Halloween at Château de Vayres

Chateau de Vayres invites you to their Halloween weekend on October 26-27 with all the Halloween classics: witches, phantoms and werewolves. The two days event will be accompanied by exceptional Halloween decorations and plenty of activities and will finish with a firework show. For more details click here.

Also throughout the school break (until October 31), the chateau will host a kids afternoon (3-12 years old) with workshops to create monsters and different surprises in the château and its beautiful gardens. For more info and reservation click here.

When: October 25-27 / Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres

IBOAT • Le mini club des zombies

Last weekend the IBoat was hosting a zombies party and this weekend its the turn of the little zombies to come and have some fun. This Sunday (October 27) the IBoat is hosting a Halloween party for kids with workshops, make up for kids and other cure surprises. For more details click here

When: October 27, 15:00-19:00 / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

Portes Ouvertes au Château de La Dauphine

Le Château de La Dauphine in Fronsac, is one of the most beautiful chateaux in our region. This weekend (October 26-27) the chateau invites you to its open doors weekend where you will visit the impressive mansion, enjoy good food and taste wine of course. The entry is free. For more info click here.

When: October 26-27 / Where: rue Poitevine, 33126 Fronsac, Aquitaine, France

A street art creative workshop

Have you already seen Seth’s amazing street art exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez?. If you haven’t this weekend is the last opportunity to do that. This Saturday (October 26) the museum will host a creative workshop where you will recreate one of Seth’s famous works. The workshop is open to adults and kids older than 5 years old. For more details and tickets click here.

Seth - institut Bernard Magrez
When: October 26, at 15:00 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Séance de dédicace du set fossiles de dinosaures LEGO IDEAS

This Friday afternoon (October 25) the Lego store at Promenade Sainte Catherine invites you to a nice event where you will meet the creator of the new Dinosaur Fossils lego. For more info click here

When: October 25, at 17:00 / Where: Promenade Sainte Catherine, Rue Guiraude, 33000 Bordeaux

Fête du Piment d’Espelette

What to eat in Espelette
Beautifully designed restaurant with traditional Basque food

This event is maybe a bit far from Bordeaux but it’s an excellent excuse to travel to the region. Piment d’Espelette is the red pepper that decorates every market in the Basque country and every shop selling Basque products. Like every important ingredient in the French kitchen, this little pepper needs a “fête”. Fête du Piment d’Espelette is taking place on October 26-27 in the beautiful village of Espelette. The program includes a big parade, a huge market with more than 200 stands of basque products, musical concerts, activities for kids, a mass with the choir of Espelette and more. For more details click here
If you want to know what else there’s to see and eat in Espelette read about my visit to Espelette this summer.

When: October 26-27  / Where: Espelette, 64250

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (October 26) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  October 16 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 11 to November 3. 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, candyfloss 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: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Pintxo Gaua

Pintxo Gaua 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. Finish your week this Friday (October 25) with Pintxos, wine and a Dj set. For more info click here

When: October 25, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Mama’s Party

Enjoy the last party nights at Mama Shelter, the coolest rooftop in Bordeaux. This weekend (October 25-26) Mama Shelter invites you to three DJ nights starting from 21:30. For more info click here.

When:  October 25-26 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

My main event this weekend was supposed to be the hot air balloon festival in Saint Emilion, but it was unfortunatelly canceled due to bad weahter 🙁
But let’s be positive and focus on all the other excellent events that are about to take place this weekend, among them the open doors weekend in Graves, the wine and Brocante festival in Bordeaux and the Bordeaux swing festival. This weekend I also published the list of events taking place in November, you can read it here
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 18-20).

Fête du Vin nouveau et de la Brocante

This weekend (October 19-20) the Chartrons neighborhood invites you to celebrate Autumn with a new wine and brocante festival. During these two days, the main street in Chartrons, rue Notre-Dame, will be transformed into a brocante (a mix between antique and flea markets) with wine stands and roasted chestnuts. Come and spend a festive weekend on one of the most interesting streets in Bordeaux. For more info click here.

Chartrons Bordeaux
Fête du Vin nouveau et de la Brocante
When: October 19-20 / Where: Rue Notre Dame, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Swing Festival

The international festival of Lindy hop (part of the Swing family) is taking place this weekend (October 18-20) in Bordeaux and this year their main guests are Jonathan Stout and his campus five and Hot Swing Sextet. Two swing parties will take place at the beautiful le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, with a battle between the two bands. The program of the festival also includes 7 hours of classes with 11 international teachers. For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: October 18-20 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the full program

FIFIB- Bordeaux international festival of independent movies

Bordeaux Independent Films Festival is taking place on October 15-21 at Rue Malby in the center of Bordeaux. The program includes film screenings, concerts, and meetings with special guests. Every evening, the festival village transforms into an open cinema theater and a dance floor. The event is free and open for all. See the full program on the site of the festival and more details on their facebook page.

When: October 15-21 / Where: Le Village du FIFIB, 3 rue Mably, 30000 Bordeaux

Open doors in the Chateaux of Graves

Graves, one of the wine regions in the Bordeaux wine area, invites you to an open doors weekend, allowing you to discover its wines and châteaux. During the weekend (October 19-20) 67 châteaux will open their doors to visits, wine tastings, wine workshops and different activities for kids and adults. See the full program of the event and the list of participating châteaux here.

When: October 19-20 / Where: Graves area – chose your chateau from the program

Zombie walk de Bordeaux

The Zombie Walk of Bordeaux is probably one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit. The walk will take place this Saturday (October 19) and will have the theme of “superhero zombies”. The event will start at 14:00 at Place de la Victoire. For more info click here.

When: October 19, at 14:00 / Where:  Place de la Victoire, Bordeaux

Zombie party

The walking zombies will need a party to celebrate this creepy get together! This year the IBoat is hosting the Zombie party on October 19 starting from 18:00. For more info click here.

When: October 19, at 18:00 / Where:  Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

Fest’O’Tone

The 5th edition of the Fest’O’Tone festival will take place this Saturday (October 19) in the Salle Socio Culturelle in Listrac Médoc. The festive evening will include a line-up of concerts, a sculpture exhibition, a bar and a wine tasting space. For more info and tickets click here.

When: October 19,  20:00 to 1:30 / Where: Chemin du stade, 33480 Listrac-Médoc

SUNDUB Session

SUNDUB is a music event dedicated to Reggae & Dub music with a great lineup of free concerts. The event will take place on Sunday (October 20) at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in Pessac. For more details click here

When: October 20, from 13:00 / Where: Esplanade des Antilles, Domaine Universitaire, 33607 Pessac

Mascaret festival Occitan de Bordeaux

Mascaret is an annual festival of Occitan culture in Bordeaux. Every weekend during the fall there are concerts and markets taking place in different places in Bordeaux to celebrate the Occitan culture. This Saturday (October 19) an Occitan market will take place at Place Fernand Lafargue, accompanied by different activities and music concerts. For more info click here

When: October 19 / Where: Place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux

Le salon du Bien-Etre de Cenon

The fair of well being of Cenon will take place this weekend (October 19-20) at the Cenon La Morlette sports club. The program includes 80 exhibitors, conferences and workshops. For more info click here

When: October 19-20 / Where: 3 Rue Du Docteur Roux, 33150 Cenon

Venez Cueillir Vos Pommes

Here’s a cool activity to do with your kids – apple picking!  Vergers De Peyreton, a farm located about an hour from Bordeaux, invites you this Sunday (October 20) to pick your apples and spend a fun day at their place. For more details click here

When: October 20 / Where: Lieu-dit Peyreton, 47180 Sainte-Bazeille

Jazz weekend

A weekend of Jazz music will take place this weekend (October 18-19) at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. Two acknowledged Jazz musicians, the French Guillaume Perret and the Israeli Yaron Herman will take the stage on Friday and Saturday nights. For more details click here and here.

When: October 18-19 / Where: Rocher de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 11 to November 3. It’s a perfect activity for kids and 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, candyfloss 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: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (October 19) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  October 19 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Le Salon d’Automne

Saint Emilion will host a big art exhibition with works by 24 artists from photographers to graffiti artists, sculptors, and many painters. The exhibition will be presented in Salle des Dominicains and Salle Gothique until October 20. For more details click here

When: October 4-20 / Where: rue Guadet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Mama’s Party

Enjoy the last party nights at Mama Shelter, the coolest rooftop in Bordeaux. This weekend (October 18-19) Mama Shelter invites you to three DJ nights starting from 21:30. For more info click here.

When:  October 18-19 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.



The tradiotional Bordeaux fair starts this weekend so it’s a really fun weekend for kids which will also enjoy the huge game hall in Villenave d’Ornon and the science village and libraries nights all over the metropole. For adults there’s a big book festival, a second wine fair, the Asian pop culture festival and plenty of other surprises. If you missed my latest article, I wrote in detail about my experience in the amazing Cité du Vin. Also, if you want to see what else in on this months check out my article about things to do in October in Bordeaux. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 11-13).

Nuit des Bibliothèques

La Nuit des Bibliothèques will take place on October 12, and it’s the best opportunity to discover the libraries across the city. 24 libraries in 20 different towns in Bordeaux Metropole will participate in this event and will offer such activities as concerts, theater shows, science workshops, games for kids and more. See the full programs here.

When: October 12 in the evening / Where: Bordeaux, Merignac, Pessac and more – check out the full program

Planet Jeux 

Every October Espace d’Ornon is transformed into a huge game hall with games for every age. Logic games, sports, strategic games and plenty of other genres coming from all over the world.  Besides a huge game area, part of the space will be dedicated to babies and toddlers and will help parents entertain their little ones (kids under 5 years old). The event will take place this weekend (October 12-13), entry is 3 euros.  For more info check out the website and the facebook page of the event.

When: October 12-13 / Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon

Festival Animasia

Animasia is a festival of Asian pop culture bringing together many elements like J-POP music, Yosakoi dance, karaoke and Cosplay performances. The place will also include thematic areas with martial arts, video games, board games and more. The festival will take place on the weekend of October 12-13 at the Parc des Expositions. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or the facebook page of the event.

When: October 12-13 / Where: Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux

Village des Sciences

As part of the Fête de la Science events this month, Cap Sciences invites you this weekend (October 12-13) to the Science village. This year the village will be all about robots and the place they take in our day to day life. The program includes two exhibitions, several competitions, demonstrations of different robots, workshops, conferences and more. See the full program here and for more details look here. The event is free.

When: September 12-13, 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Foire aux Seconds Vins

More than 50 important Bordeaux wine producers will present their second wines at the Foire aux Seconds Vins this Saturday (October 12). Many wine producers in the region produce the second label wines from the grapes that were not used for their Grand Vin. This is a great opportunity to taste and buy wine from the best chateaux in the region at the best prices. The event will take place in Hangar 14. For more details click here

When: October 12 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Lire en Poche – books festival 

Lire en Poche is a pocketbooks festival that will take place in Gradignan on October 11-13. Besides a huge book sale, a wide range of activities are offered to the participants, among them: reading sessions, theater shows, music, games, workshops for kids and more. The entrance to the festival is free, however, some activities are paid and/or require a prior reservation – click here to register.  For more info click here.

When: October 11-13 / Where: Théâtre des Quatre Saisons et à La Médiathèque Jean Vautrin, 32 route de Léognan – 33170 Gradignan

Eufonia, festival international chant chorale

Eufonia is an international choir festival taking place in Bordeaux on October 4-13. The festival will host choirs from all over the world taking the stage on some of Bordeaux’s most iconic places. For the full program click here

When: October 4-13 / Where: Check out the different locations in the program.

Très Toucher – an exhibition for kids

If you have little kids and you still haven’t been to the museum of natural history, it’s time to check it out. While the whole museum is beautifully designed and very interesting, the temporary exhibition is the most fun part for kids. The Très Toucher exhibition is dedicated to kids 3-6 old (although all ages will love it) and is focused on the sense of touch. Every section is an experience where kids get to touch different materials and discover textures with or without seeing them. It is very interactive and I highly recommend it. The exhibition will be presented until November 3rd so hurry up! The exhibition is on level (-1) of the museum so go straight down when you arrive. For more info click here

Très Toucher exhibition
by lost in Bordeaux
When: Until November 3 / Where: 5 place Bardineau – 33000 Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 11 to November 3. 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, candyfloss 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: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

FAB – International art festival

FAB is the annual International art festival of Bordeaux Metropole taking place this year on October 4-20. As one of Europe’s biggest art festivals, it attracts some known names from the international contemporary art scene. During the three weeks of the festival, more than 30 shows will take place in more than 20 different locations in Bordeaux, from the TnBA theater to the Opera of Bordeaux and the CAPC. Among the shows this weekend you can find:

Le Grand DébarrasOctober 11-12 at Plaine des sports, Saint-Michel, 33000 Bordeaux
Cria (dance show) – October 11-12 at Carré, Place de la République 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles
Blue Tired HeroesOctober 11-12 at QG Quai de la grave 33000 Bordeaux

Click here to see the full program of the festival.

When: October 4-20 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the program

Vide dressing d’automne

This weekend (October 12-13) Darwin invites you to a huge clothes sale with more than 90 stands of merchants and creators. The event will also include a kids’ corner, a workshop of DIY clothes, food trucks and a place where you can donate your old clothes. For more details click here.

When: October 12-13 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Pop n’Break Digital Battle

A hip hop dance battle will take place this Saturday (October 12) at the Pôle Culturel [email protected] in Ambarès-Et-La Grave. More than 40 dancers will take part in this cool event. For more details click here

When: October 12, at 14:00 / Where: Place de la république, 33440 Ambarès-Et-La Grave

Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses – a vintage sale

“Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses” is coming back for yet another edition of second-hand chic. The big vintage sale will take place in Chartrons on October 1-26 hosting many vintage merchants with furniture, toys, art and plenty of accessories. For more details click here.

When: October 1-26 / Where: 8 rue Cornac 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (October 12) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  October 12 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Le Salon d’Automne

Saint Emilion will host a big art exhibition with works by 24 artists from photographers to graffiti artists, sculptors and many painters. The exhibition will be presented in Salle des Dominicains and Salle Gothique from October 4 to October 20. For more details click here

When: October 4-20 / Where: rue Guadet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Mama’s Party

Enjoy the last party nights at Mama Shelter, the coolest rooftop in Bordeaux. This weekend (October 11-13) Mama Shelter invites you to three DJ nights starting from 21:30. For more info click here.

When:  October 11-13 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

If it’s raining and you don’t find anything on this list that you want to do just check out my articles about things to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining or about free things to do in Bordeaux. I’m sure you can find plenty of activities there 🙂 And if you just want a laid back weekend go to the Capucins market for some oysters and white wine. If you want more suggestions about what to eat at the market, you can read it here.

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

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This week there are several art events taking place in and around Bordeaux, the main one is the International art festival. Also, the space month is starting this weekend, so you have something nice to take your kids to. Bordeaux Open-air surprised us with one last party for this season so it’s not going to be boring this weekend!. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 4-6).

La Grande Transhumance Urbaine

Don’t be surprised if on the first weekend of October you’ll suddenly see plenty of sheep crossing your street, that’s the Grande Transhumance Urbaine. The idea behind the event that will take place on October 6th is to connect city people to agriculture. Seven breeders and their sheep will lead the 9 km march passing through different locations in Villenave d’Ornon. You can enjoy the festival even if you don’t want to make the walk, just attend the events at one of the points on the way. See the full program of events related to this festival here and the map of the march here.

When: October 6 / Where: Villenave d’Ornon (see exact locations in the program and map)

FAB – International art festival

FAB is the annual International art festival of Bordeaux Metropole taking place this year on October 4-20. As one of Europe’s biggest art festivals, it attracts some known names from the international contemporary art scene. During the three weeks of the festival, more than 30 shows will take place in more than 20 different locations in Bordeaux, from the TnBA theater to the Opera of Bordeaux and the CAPC. Click here to see the full program of the festival.

When: October 4-20 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the program

Space month 

The city of Mérignac will host a whole month dedicated to space discovery with workshops, exhibitions, conferences, parties and more. Here’s a sneak peek at the rich program they offer in October:
ASTRALALA exhibition – a fun exhibition for kids that will allow them to learn a lot about astronomy through a journey in the solar system – October 2-23  at the Médiathèque de Mérignac.
A visit at the planetarium – October 7 at MJC Mérignac Centre
L’Espace en fête – an afternoon space party with plenty of activities for kids – on October 5 at Côté sciences Air&Espace.
This is only a small part of what is planned by the townhall of Merignac and Cap Sciences. For the full program and registration details click here. For more details and updates check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 2-23 / Where: Different locations in Merignac – see the program

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (October 5) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  October 5 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries

Fête du Vin à Caudéran

On Saturday (October 5) the Cauderan neighborhood will celebrate its Fête du vin at the Chartreuse Saint André. Plenty of wine producers will gather to present their wines to the public accompanied by delicious regional food. For more details click here

When: October 5 / Where: 198 avenue de Lattre de Tassigny 33200 Bordeaux

Nollywood – Nigerian film industry festival

l’Institut des Afriques invites you to a three days festival that will focus on Nollywood – the Nigerian film industry. In recent years, Nollywood has become one of the biggest film industries in the world and has a strong following in the African diaspora community in Europe. The program of the festival, that will take place on October 2-5, includes concerts, film screenings and debates about the Nollywood industry in Africa and other places. To see the full program check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 2-5 / Where: Different locations in the center of Bordeaux, check out the program.

Journée Portes Ouvertes – Kfe des Familles

Kfe des Familles is a cute associative café that allows parents to spend time with their kids while also enjoying a coffee or lunch. This Saturday (October 5)  Kfe des Familles invites you to an open doors brunch where you can discover their activities through workshops, games and more. For more info click here

When: October 5  from 10:00 to 15:00 / Where: 46 rue de New York, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Eufonia, festival international chant chorale

Eufonia is an international choir festival that will take place in Bordeaux on October 4-13. The festival will host choirs from all over the world taking the stage of some of Bordeaux’s most iconic places. For the full program click here

When: October 4-13 / Where: Check out the different locations in the program.

Marché Zéro Déchet

Marché Zéro Déchet is an event that aims to make you reflect on the changes you can make in your life to reduce your waste to its bare minimum. The market includes many stands and demonstrations of recycling ideas and objects like clothing, toys, cosmetics and more. The event will take place this weekend (October 5-6) in ATELIER d’éco SOLIDAIRE. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: October 5-6 / Where: 7 rue de la Motte Picquet, 33300 Bordeaux

Le Salon d’Automne

Saint Emilion will host a big art exhibition with works by 24 artists from photographers to graffiti artists, sculptors and many painters. The exhibition will be presented in Salle des Dominicains and Salle Gothique from October 4 to October 20. For more details click here

When: October 4-20 / Where:  Guadet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Vide Grenier et Dressing d’Automne

This Sunday (October 6) big vide Grenier will take place on Place Aristide Briand in the Saint Genes district. For more details click here

When: October 6  / Where: Barrière Saint-Genès, 33560 Bordeaux, France

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.

Fête de la Récup

This Saturday (October 5)  the Sictom du Sud-Gironde association in Langon invites you to the Fête de la Récup. The goal of the event is to show and share solutions that will considerably decrease your daily waste. The program includes a recycling market, a repairing space where you can come with broken items from home, a textile space where you can be creative with your old clothes and more. For more info click here

When: October 5  / Where: 5, rue Marcel Paul, 33210 Langon, Aquitaine, France

Le Frac fête la rentrée

This is the first anniversary of MECA. To celebrate it, FRAC, the regional contemporary art museum invites you to a weekend of lectures and meetings with artists that are now or in the past have presented their works in the museum. On Saturday  (October 5) you can participate in all the events for free, you only have to buy the ticket to the main exhibition. For the full program click here.

When: October 5 -6  / Where: MÉCA, 5 Parvis Corto Maltese, 33800 Bordeaux

Mama’s Party

Enjoy the last party nights at Mama Shelter, the coolest rooftop in Bordeaux. This weekend (October 4-6) Mama Shelter invites you to three DJ nights starting from 21:30. For more info click here.

When:  October 4-6 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

The Big Plants Sale

A big plant sale will take place this weekend (October 4-6) in Hangar 15-19. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with summer plants. For more details follow the facebook page of the event.

When: October 4-6 / Where:  Hangar 15 à 19 – Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay 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.

Lost in Bordeaux helps you enjoy the city and region in many ways so be sure to follow us on facebook/Instagram for more daily updates on things to do and see. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.

Until just recently many expatriates were struggling to find something fun to do on Halloween, whether it be a costume party to attend to or just fun activities for kids. Luckily it looks like the French are getting into the Halloween spirit! You can see plenty of Halloween decorations in many shops and bakeries as early as September.  There are some amazing events for everyone, from parties in Chateaux to creative workshops and horror parties. This year, Halloween won’t be boring, I can promise you that! In this post I gathered some of the best things to do this Halloween for kids and adults in and around Bordeaux. Enjoy 🙂

Zombie walk de Bordeaux

The Zombie Walk of Bordeaux is probably one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit. This year the walk, that will take place on October 27, will have the theme of  “White walkers” , which is a nice surprise for Game of Thrones fans (however all zombie costumes are welcomed). The event will start at 12:00 at the l’Espace du Marché des Quais (The walk will leave from the skate park on the quai). The event is free but requires registration on the facebook page of the event or by [email protected]

When: October 27, at 12:00
Where: Espace du Marché des Quais, Bordeaux

Halloween in a Chateau

Château de Vayres

Chateau de Vayres invites you to their 8th edition of their Halloween weekend on October 27-28 with all the Halloween classics: witches, phantoms and werewolves. The two days event will be accompanied by exceptional Halloween decorations and plenty of activities and will finish with a firework show. The event is free for kids under 4 yo, 10 €  for kids between 5 and 12 years old and  12,50 €  for those older than 12. For more details click here.

chateau de vayres halloween

When: October 27 from 14:00 to 20:00 and October 28 from 13:00 to 19:30.
Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres

Château de Villandraut

Chateau de Villandraut invites you to 4 days of Halloween celebrations, full of perfect activities and games for kids. The event will take place on October 30- November 2. Just to give you a taste of the long program of this event: a decoration workshop for kids (7-12 year olds), a murder party, Game of Crowns, masks creation workshop, scary story telling and much more. All the activities require prior registration by phone:  05.56.25.87.57 . The price is  3€ /day for most activities. For more info click here.

When: October 30 – November 2
Where: Rue Lafon Isore, 33730 Villandraut,

Celebrate it with kids

The Temple Halloween Party 

A very cool costume party will take place at the Temple gym in the Bastide neighborhood, with plenty of fun surprises like  dancing games, tombola, pinata and more. Don’t forget to bring a candy bucket and a bag of candy to share 🙂 Entries are by reservation only.   For further information and/or reservations, you can contact: [email protected] or 06.68.77.33.33. Check out the facebook page of the party.

halloween temple

When: October 31, at 18:00
Where: 3 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Halloween in Ferme Exotique

la Ferme Exotique in Cadaujac invites to celebrate Halloween with the animals of the farm during the two weeks of school break from October 20 to November 4. In the program: games, a pumpkin competition, Halloween make up and phantom train. For more info click here.

When: October 20- November 31
Where: Domaine de la Roussie, 1932 Chemin du Port de l’Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac

Journée Halloween chez Youpi parc

Youpi Parc, the soft play center in Langon will host a Halloween day on October 31, with creative workshops for kids during the day and a big Halloween party in the evening with a special Halloween menu. See more details here.

When: October 31 from 10:00 to 22:30
Where:Lieu Dit Pied Mourteau, Monsieur Christophe Sery, 33210 Langon

Make your own mask in Darwin

If your kids still don’t have their Halloween costumes they can learn how to make their own in Darwin. A very fun and creative workshop will take place in Darwin on October 28, where your kids will learn how to make their own masks using a serigraph printing technique. The activity is adapted to kids over 5 years old. The price of the workshop is 15€. For more info click here.

When: October 28 from 11:00
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Halloween parties in Bordeaux Bars and restaurants:

Darwin

Darwin will host a “Welcome to the Dark Side” Halloween party on October 31, with a rock and techno live music. Entrance is 15€, you can buy tickets online or at the entrance. For more info and tickets click here.

When: October 31 starting 19:00
Where: 87 quai des queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Horror Party in Mama Shelter

Especially for Halloween, Mama Shelter transforms into a horror movie. A Demonic DJ, scary atmosphere, a lot of cocktails and a costume contest (with prizes) will all be part of the horror party that will take place on October 31.  For more info click here.

When: October 31 starting 20:00
Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux,

Bar Brasserie Des Châteaux

Bar Brasserie Des Châteaux will host a Halloween party in Pessac on October 27, with a techno music lineup and costumes. For more info click here.

When: November 27, from 19:00
Where: 23 Place de la Vème République, 33600 Pessac