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As many people have left the city for school break, there aren’t as many events this weekend compared to the rest of March. But there are still a few nice things to do. My favorite one this weekend is the Vide-greniers des Bordelais with garage sales taking place all over the city. It looks like it’s going to be a rainy weekend so my article about what to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining is going to be quite useful. If the weather is nice you can always escape for a day trip to Arcachon, for that you can follow my new article about the best places to visit on the Arcachon Bay. If you want to see what else is taking place this month don’t forget to read my March list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 28 – March 1).

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On March 1st, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. Check out the list of all the locations here.

vide grenier in Bordeaux
When: March 1st / Where:  different locations (see the link)

Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums – it’s free Sunday

It’s the first Sunday of the month meaning that many of Bordeaux’s museums have free entrance to all their exhibitions. Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux. In my article, I also mention which are the free ones this Sunday.

Musee d'Aquitaine Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

The spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: February 21 to March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Activities for kids during school break

During the two weeks of the school break, Cap Sciences, Bordeaux’s science museum is running plenty of activities and exhibitions for kids, and this weekend is no exception. You can see the full program here

Cap Sciences Bordeaux
When: the school break / Where:  Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Mama’s night out – Carnaval

This Friday (February 28) Mama shelter will host its own carnival with a strong Latino atmosphere. For more info click here

When: February 28 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

FIMEB : Circuit Court • Darwin

This Saturday (February 29) Darwin will host an electronic party with a line up of DJs from different local collectives like the Bordeaux Open-air and the Electrocorp. The party will start at 18:00, no entries are allowed after 23:00. For more details click here

When: February 29, starting 18:00 / Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Les Véhicules de l’Amour

Les Véhicules de l’Amour is an exhibition by the artist Jonas Laclasse that takes you on a journey in ex-Yougoslavia combining graffiti and linguistics. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art from February 13 to February 29. For more details and other events taking place during the exhibition check out the Facebook page of the event

If you want to discover more places in this cool neighborhood check out my article about the Bacalan district.

When: February 13-29 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival les Granadines Givrées 

Festival les Granadines Givrées is a great event for both kids and adults taking place over several days (February 22- 29) at La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. The program of the festival includes plenty of fun activities like dance workshops, kids’ palace, musical theater, lectures for adults and more. For more details click here

When: February 22- 29 / Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bergerac

Like Bordeaux, Bergerac also likes celebrating its carnival. Le Carnaval de Bergerac will take place on March 1st at place de la République. For more details click here.

When: March 1 / Where:  97 Rue Neuve d’Argenson, 24100 Bergerac

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 (February 28) with Pintxos, some wine and a DJ set. For more info click here

When: February 28 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Matth Velvet – expo at the Institut Bernard Magrez

Matth Velvet, a talented street artist that lives and works in Bordeaux, presents his beautiful works at the Institute Bernard Magrez, some of which you may have seen on building walls in the city. The exhibition is being presented at the museum from January 23 to March 23. For more details about the artist see here

When: January 23 – March 23 / Where:  16 rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux

Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition

The museum of natural history in Bordeaux has presented its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here

When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)

Carnaval Englouti – Exhibition

The big carnival of Bordeaux will take place on March 8 and this year the designer of the festival is the artist Guillaumit. Like every year, the organizers of the festival will let us see the design process of the costume in a special exhibition that will be presented several weeks prior to the carnival itself. This year the exhibition takes place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.

When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Go to a Jazz concert

Winter is a perfect time to discover some Jazz bars in Bordeaux and one of the best ones is Thélonious in Chartrons. This weekend (February 28-28) two Jazz concerts will take place in the bar. See the program and all the details here

When: February 28-29 / Where: 18 Rue Bourbon, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it for this weekend! I frequently post about weekend events on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, so be sure to check it out. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux – the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

The Bassin d’Arcachon or the Arcachon Bay has become one of the most popular destinations in France with more than half a million visitors heading there during July and August alone. While some people rent a house close to the beach, most tourists go there for day trips from Bordeaux, which is located about an hour’s drive from the bay.If you look at the map you’ll see that the Arcachon bay is quite a big place with plenty of villages and activities so how do you choose where to go? That’s what I’m here for! In this article I’m going to introduce you to some of the best destinations for a day trip or a weekend on Bassin D’Arcachon. The places with the most unique atmosphere, the best beaches, interesting activities for you and your kids and spots where you can enjoy the famous Arcachon oysters. 

We can roughly divide the bay into two parts, the north and south of the Bassin. When I’m in the mood for a beautiful village or an unspoilt  beach I tend to go to the northern part of Arcachon bay. There, you have the most charming villages on the Arcachon Bay like L’herbe, Le Canon, Andernos les Bains and others. However, if I’m in a more active mood, I’d usually go to the southern part of the bay where you can climb the incredible dune de Pilat, visit the oysters museum, spend a day in a huge birds reserve and kayak on the Eyre river. 

Before we start, here are a few other articles you might want to read when you’re traveling around Bordeaux:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc- Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also join my Facebook group “Travel in the southwest of France” where many enthusiasts of the region share their recommendations for places to visit and things to do in the southwest of France.

Now let’s start discovering some of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit on the Arcachon Bay!

Andernos les Bains a perfect day trip to the Arcachon Bay

Andernos les Bains is not a prime tourist destination like some of its better-known neighbors on the Bassin d’Arcachon and that, in a way, makes it even more attractive. With an old prehistoric site, 19th-century villas and a long sandy beach overlooking the Bassin, it’s not hard to spend a pleasant day in this seaside resort. Like other towns on the Arcachon bay, Andernos les Bains is also known for oyster farming, and a wealth of restaurants serving delicious oysters and seafood garnish its shores. Most restaurants are located next to the port from which you can take a nice promenade on the longest pier in France. My favorite spot for oysters is Cabane 21 Station des Gus, which is also very kids friendly. But mind you, it’s a spot for real seafood lovers as you won’t find anything else on the menu (except wine of course). Andernos les Bains is also known for its fun events and festivals such as the Festival Cabanes en Fête (an oysters and wine celebration) in December and the  Andernos Jazz Festival in July.

eating oysters at Andernos-les-bains

How to get from Bordeaux to Andernos les Bains: The best way to get there is by car but if you have no other choice you can also take Bus 601 (Trans Gironde) from Bordeaux center.

L’Herbe – the best-hidden gem on the Arcachon bay

L’herbe is a traditional oyster farming village located on the Cap Ferret Peninsula. Here you won’t find the characteristics of a typical French village, there’s no church nor a central square with a bakery and a restaurant. Nonetheless, you can easily say that it is one of the most beautiful villages in the southwest of France. 

L'herbe - a beautiful village on the Arcachon Bay

There’s something raw and authentic about L’herbe. You get to walk between the colorful cabins of oyster farmers and see them in action on their special workboat. If you like oysters, you’re going to love this place. Plenty of oyster restaurants are spread along the beach serving only the freshest oysters, pork paté and white wine. This is a perfect destination for a sunny half-day trip from Bordeaux, or a full day trip if you add a visit to the beach as well. 

How to get from Bordeaux to L’herbe: Same as with Andernos les Bains, a car is the best way to get here as the bus is not a direct one and it takes almost two hours to get to L’herbe. But if you have no choice you can also take Bus 601 (Trans Gironde) from Bordeaux center. 

Cap Ferret – dreamy beaches and the best oysters on the Arcachon bay

Cap Ferret is a little town located on the Western part of Bassin d’Arcachon and has been traditionally known as a summer getaway for the French upper class. Although it’s been recently gaining popularity among tourists visiting the south of France, it has yet to lose its relaxing beach village atmosphere, especially if compared to the more southern towns of Arcachon bay. 

Cap Ferret - one of the best day trips to Arcachon Bay

Cap Ferret is shaped like a narrow tongue with a long string of beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic ocean and a view of the eastern side of the Bassin. Apart from its dreamy beaches it’s also known for its ostréiculture industry, which produces some of the best oysters in France. Dozens of oyster cabins and restaurants with a view on the Bassin give Cap-Ferret a unique character that’s worth a visit and a taste.

Another fun thing to do in Cap Ferret is to bike along the beaches and through the pine forest that covers a large part of the Cap Ferret peninsula. There are plenty of bike rentals in Cap Ferret, one of them is Bike rental Cap Gyro (7 Boulevard de la Plage, 33970 Lège-Cap-Ferret).

How to get from Bordeaux to Cap Ferret: The same 601 bus can take you to Cap Ferret but it’ll take you at least two hours to get there, so a car is definitely a better option here. If you’re near Arcachon or le Moulleau, you can see the schedule here

Arcachon – the city 

It’s not my favorite destination on the bay mostly due to it being a town rather than a village. Having said that there are plenty of great things to do in and around the town of Arcachon and if you have the time it’s worth a visit. 

ville d'hiver - something to discover on your day trip to the Arcachon Bay

The town of Arcachon is divided into four districts, named after the seasons of the year. Ville d’Été, covering the touristic center, main beach, restaurants and boutiques. Ville d’Hiver – the historic center adorned with glamorous 19th-century villas. Ville de Printemps in the west is closer to the most beautiful and less crowded beaches of Arcachon and Ville d’Automne is the beautiful port area packed with great fish restaurants. A visit to Arcachon can easily take the whole day but many tend to combine it with a visit to the Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe and one of the most popular destinations in France. 

le moulleau on Bassin d'arcachon

Another reason to go to Arcachon is the beautiful beaches located on the south part of the bay. Two that I particularly like are petit Nice and La Corniche where you can also grab a drink at the fancy La corniche hotel /restaurant. A fun way to discover that part of the bay is by bike. You can hire one in the center of Arcachon city and just follow the cycling route along the beach. 

In my guide to Arcachon city, you can find all the details about things to do, places to eat, where to hire a bike and what beaches are the best ones to go to in Arcachon. 

How to get from Bordeaux to Arcachon: Arcachon is the easiest one to get to by train directly from Bordeaux. A train leaves almost every hour from the main station in Bordeaux and the station of Pessac centre. Beware that if you come by car, free parking is not easy to find, so taking the train is advisable during the touristic season. You have more details about parking in my article about Arcachon

The Magnificent dune du Pilat in Teste de Buch

If there’s one thing in this list I consider a “must” it’s definitely this one. The gigantic sand dune is one of the wonders of the area, with its 60 million metric cubes of sand it’s quite astonishing the first time you see it. Dune du Pilat is Europe’s tallest sand dune, rising to an impressive 110 m high.  It’s also 500 meters wide and 2.7 km long so you’ll have plenty of room to wander. You can climb the dune by stairs that are installed from the end of May to early November. If you come during the low season or just feel energetic, you can just climb straight up the sandy slopes.

Dune du Pilat Arcachon

Once you reach the top, a stunning panoramic view will be revealed with the Cap Ferret peninsula on one side, a huge pine forest on the other and the magnificent Banc d’Arguin nature reserve just in front.  After working so hard climbing the dune, you can slide to the other side (when the sand is not too hot of course) and go straight to the beach. If you’re not in a rush you can easily spend the day here, have a nice picnic and swim in the crystal clear water. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this site in words, you really must see it for yourself.

Dune du Pilat Arcachon

How to get from Bordeaux to dune du Pilat: If you’re coming by public transport, line 1 (Baia company) will take you from the Arcachon train station to Dune to Pilat.  Otherwise, you can get there by car and park in the paid parking of the site.

Lanton – a beautiful promenade

If you’re looking for a beautiful quiet place for a long walk, Lanton is the perfect spot for you. You can start your walk from plage de Suzette, which is a little port with a few restaurants on it and just follow the trail that starts next to the boats. If you’ve ever been to the Bassin d’Arcachon you know that the view changes a lot depending on the tide. This trail goes along the bay and that’s why, depending on the time you arrive, it may feel like walking along the beach or in an apocalyptic desert. If you want to escape the crowds in the summer head to Lanton as the scenery and tranquility are just magical.

Lanton - take a walk on the Arcachon Bay

The birds’ reserve in Teich

The Teich Ornithological Reserve is a protected nature reserve located some 50km from Bordeaux, where you can watch thousands of wild birds from up-close. 110 hectares of wooded areas, saltmarsh, reed beds and meadows stretch out between the mainland and the Bassin d’Arcachon coastline, offering a perfect habitat for many birds. Some stay here permanently and some just pass by.

The Teich Bird Reserve is explored on foot along a 6 km long circular path (with a shorter route proposed to visitors with young kids). The path goes through a rich diversity of natural habitats, giving a great overall picture of the site and its surrounding areas. I would highly advise taking a binocular with you. Many of the birds stay quite far from the designated Viewpoints and are just too distant to observe. Doing the same route with a binocular made the visit much more interesting in my view. 

The Reserve Ornithologique du Teich is open all year long except on December 25, and can even be reached by train (the Teich train station is located about 15 minutes walk from the reserve). For more info see the website of the reserve: https://www.reserve-ornithologique-duteich.com/en/

Gujan Mestras – the capital of oysters

Gujan-Mestras is a little town known as the capital of oyster farming on the Bassin d’Arcachon. It has seven oyster ports which you can visit and watch oyster farmers’ work. You can even join one of the farmers and take part in their work for a few hours. Find the list of farmers providing that experience on the tourist office website

You can also visit the “Maison de Huitre”, an interactive museum where you discover everything about oyster farming. And finally, don’t forget to taste the freshest oysters in one of the cabanes along the coastline, many of which are located at the famous Port de Larros. Gujan-Mestras also has a beautiful beach called Plage de la Hume. Due to its interior position on the Arcachon bay, there are almost no waves and it feels more like a lake than a sea beach, which makes it very kids friendly. 

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

The town hall of Gujan-Mestras is quite active and hosts plenty of nice events for kids and adults in the summer, you can find them all on their site:  https://www.gujanmestras.com

How to get to Gujan Mestras? The same train that goes to Arcachon also stops in Gujan Mestras so you can easily get there by train if you don’t want to drive. 

These are some of my favorite spots on the Arcachon bay, and I hope it will encourage you to get out and spend at least one day in this magical place. 

For more tips about things to do in Bordeaux, day trips from the city, vineyards, markets, brocantes and more check out the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“. 

This weekend the carnival season officially starts with carnivals all over Gironde. Another event you don’t want to miss is the international guides day with plenty of certified guides welcoming you to a free tour in places like Bordeaux, Arcachon and Cadillac. Happy news also for the kids, Foire aux Plaisirs, the traditional fair of Bordeaux will open up this Friday and will stay at Place des Quinconces for a whole month. If you want to plan your weekends ahead, check out my March list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 21-23).

Journée Internationale des Guides

This Friday (February 21) is the official International guides day which means that many of the wonderful accredited guides of the region will offer free tours in Bordeaux as well as in other interesting places like Arcachon, Saint Emilion and Cadillac. You can see more info about all the tours in Bordeaux that will take place on both Friday and Saturday in this link. For all the info about the free tours on Bassin d’Arcachon click here. Other tours include Saint Emilion, Libourne, and Cadillac
If you’re planning a day trip to one of these places here are my articles about things to do and eat in Arcachon and Saint Emilion.

place du parlement bordeaux
Place du Parlement
When: February 21-22 / Where: Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion, Libourne, Cadillac (see the links above)

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Foire aux Plaisirs Bordeaux
Foire aux Plaisirs in Bordeaux
When: February 21 to March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Festival les Granadines Givrées 

Festival les Granadines Givrées is a great event for both kids and adults taking place over several days (February 22- 29) at La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. The program of the festival includes plenty of fun activities like dance workshops, kids’ palace, musical theater, lectures for adults and more. For more details click here

When: February 22- 29 / Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Ratatam – kids festival

The fourth edition of the Ratatam kids festival will take place at the Entrepôt du Haillan on February 18-23. The program includes concerts, animated movies, a painting contest, video games, meetings with cartoonists, a comics workshop and more. Check out the full program here.

When: February 18-23 / Where:  Entrepôt du Haillan, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Bordeaux once again with its new spectacle Corteo. Three shows will be performed on February 21-23 at the Arkea Arena. For tickets and more info about the show click here

When: February 21-23 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Carnaval de Pessac

As I already mentioned last weekend, the carnival season has officially started and this week in the Metropole, Pessac is the one hosting its Carnival. The Carnaval de Pessac will take place this Saturday (February 22) and will start at 18:00 at Château Bellegrave from where the parade will proceed to Place de la Ve République. For more info click here

When: February 22 / Where: château Bellegrave (avenue du Colonel Jacqui), Pessac

Carnaval Gujan Mestras

Another carnival is taking place this Saturday (February 22) in Gujan Mestras, one of the fun towns of Bassin d’Arcachon. Le Carnaval de Gujan Mestras will start with a makeup session at 14:30 at the Place de la Claire and that’s where the parade will leave from at 15:15. The parade will then arrive at Place de la Mairie for more fun activities. For more info click here.

 When: February 22, at 14:30 / Where: Place de la Claire, Gujan Mestras

The Cap Ferret Carnival

Another fun carnival will take place on Saturday (February 22) in Cap Ferret. The event will take place at Place du Marche at 14:00. For more info click here.

When: February 22, at 14:00 / Where: Place du marché, Cap Ferret

Carnaval de Langon

Last but not least, Langon is also celebrating its carnival this Saturday (February 22). The activities will start at 13:30 at Place des Carmes from where the parade will leave at 15:30. The celebrations will then continue at the Esplanade des Quais. For the full program click here and for more details see here

When: February 22, at 13:30 / Where: Place des Carmes, Langon

Les Véhicules de l’Amour

Les Véhicules de l’Amour is an exhibition by the artist Jonas Laclasse that takes you on a journey in ex-Yougoslavia combining graffiti and linguistics. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art from February 13 to February 29. For more details and other events taking place during the exhibition check out the Facebook page of the event

If you want to discover more places in this cool neighborhood check out my article about the Bacalan district.

When: February 13-29 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval Englouti – Exhibition

The big carnival of Bordeaux will take place on March 8 and this year the designer of the festival is the artist Guillaumit. Like every year, the organizers of the festival will let us see the design process of the costume in a special exhibition that will be presented several weeks prior to the carnival itself. This year the exhibition will take place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.

When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bayonne

If you’re in a mood for traveling a bit in February, Bayonne is a good option as on February 22  the city will celebrate its annual carnival. This is a very traditional Basque festival with music and beautiful costumes. You can see more details about the event here.

If you’re traveling in the French Basque country check out my articles about things to do in Biarritz and my visit to Espelette.

When: February 22 / Where: Ville de Bayonne

That’s it for this weekend! I frequently post about weekend events on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, so be sure to check it out. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux – the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

March in Bordeaux is a great month for brocante lovers with two big events related to antiques and garage sales which are a good build up to the main brocante of Bordeaux that will take place in April. Also, like everywhere in France, Bordeaux hosts its annual carnival this month, a really fun event. Apart from that, there are plenty of other great events like the kids’ cinema festival, the swing festival, the vintage salon and more. If you’re reading the article in February you may also want to check my February list, just to make sure you don’t miss any of the cool events taking place this month. For those of you who are new to this site – I publish a post with events taking place every weekend in Bordeaux, so check it out to stay up to date.
If the weather is good, March is a great month to start discovering our region and for that, you can check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux and my Facebook group Travel in the southwest of France.
Here’s the list of things to do in March 2020 in Bordeaux.

Festivals, Fairs and Brocantes in Bordeaux

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On March 1st, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. Check out the list of all the locations here.

vide grenier in Bordeaux
When: March 1st / Where:  different locations (see the link)

Les Toiles Filantes – kids cinema festival

Les Toiles Filantes is a cinema festival that invites kids aged 3-12 years old to discover cinema through screenings, meeting with people from the industry, new movie contests and more. This year the Festival’s theme is “Sur la route”, meaning that all the movies and animation films will be in some way related to traveling journeys. The festival takes place at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac from March 2-8. For more details see the website of the festival

When: March 2-8 / Where: 7 rue des Poilus 33600 Pessac

Festival de 2 rives

Le Carnaval des 2 rives (March 8)  takes place on both sides of the Garonne river. This is a modern festival (created in 1996) that has all the best features of a traditional carnival such as costumes, shows, and a big parade. The parade will start at 14:00 at the Allée Serr, on the right side of the river and will pass to the other side through Pont de Pierre ending at the Village Carnival at Place Pey-Berland at 16:00. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00 with a big scene including dancers and demonstrations of augmented reality. For more details click here.

When: March 8 / Where:  Starts at Allée Serr, Bastide, Bordeaux

Salon du Vintage

The annual vintage salon will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on March 7-8. This chic event will gather more than 150 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukebox, paintings and more. Just outside of Hangar 14, plenty of food trucks will wait for you during lunch. For more details check the Facebook page and the website of the event. Entry is 5€ and free for kids under 8 years old.

When: March 7-8 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 6-8) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. It will take place in and around Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 6-8 / Where: 10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

Voir & Avoir – handmade fair

This Voir & Avoir is a handmade fair taking place every year in Talence. This year the event will take place on March 7-8 in château de Thouars. For more details click here.

When: March 7-8 / Where: avenue de Thouars, 33400 Bordeaux

Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux

The Salon des Vins of the Bordeaux independent winemakers will take place on March 13-15 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. Wine producers from the region will present their wines and will invite you to a free taste. This event is not geared towards professionals but rather to all wine lovers. For more info click here.

When: March 13-15 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day

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

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (March 14-21) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!
There are two parts to the festival:
Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage.
Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 14-21 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Salon du Jardin

This big gardening fair will take place on March 20-22 in Hangar 14 on quai des Chartrons. This great spring event will focus on six domains: horticulture, gardening, landscape, outdoor recreation, spas and swimming pools and crafts and new technologies. For more details click here

When: March 20-22 / Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Beer Festival 

The second edition of the Bordeaux beer festival will take place on March 21-22. The festival is organized by the Beer Family, which is a group of partners (bars, restaurants, clubs and local French shops) such as Le Sherlock, La Casa, Le Théâtro and the Bordeaux Beer Factory. More details about the events taking place during the festival will be published on the Facebook page of the event

When: March 21-22 / Where: different bars in Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, and you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Faire aux plaisirs Bordeaux
When: February 21 – March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

The European short film festival

The 23d edition of the European Short Film festival (festival européen du court métrage de Bordeaux) will take place on March 26-27 at the UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux. The festival includes a program of about thirty movies from all over the world and a jury of famous personalities from the French cinema industry, from actors to directors and screenwriters. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or their Facebook page.

When: March 26-27 / Where: 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux

South Town Jazz Festival 

The South Town Jazz festival is an annual festival taking place in Soustons, a charming beach town in the Landes department. The festival will take place on March 24-29. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 24-29 / Where: Soustons, Aquitaine

Big Vide Dressing event

A big event of vide-dressing (second-hand clothes sale) will take place on March 28-29 at Les Vivres de l’Art. Come and refresh your closet with the most famous marks at affordable prices. See more details here.

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: March 28-29 / Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Les Puces Bordelaise

Les Puces Bordelaise is the spring brocante of Bordeaux, taking place on March 28-29 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux Lac. Experts and antique lovers gather around in a happening of French antiques, second-hand trade, vintage decoration and furniture. Entry tickets are 3 euros (free for kids under 18 years old). For more info click here

When: March 28-29 / Where: Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

The Italian Spring Festival

Le Printemps Italien is an Italian literature festival that will take place on March 19-29 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 19-29 / Where: different locations around Bordeau

Concerts in Bordeaux

La Belle au Bois Dormant

The Saint-Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform the amazing ballet “The sleeping beauty” on March 8 at Arkea Arena. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 8 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Le Cirque Alfonse

Alfonse, the circus from Quebec arrives to Bordeaux for one show in Pin Galant in Merignac. The show will take place on March 10. For more info click here.

When: March 10 / Where: Pin Galant, 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 Merignac

Le Ballet National de Sibérie a Bordeaux

This month is full of beautiful shows! The National Ballet of Siberia will perform one show at the Casino Théâtre Barrière on March 11. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 11 / Where: Rue du Cardinal Richaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Opéra “Roméo Et Juliette”

On March 7-15 the Opera of Bordeaux will put on stage four shows of Romeo and Juliet. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 7-15 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Béjart Ballet Lausanne

The Béjart Ballet Lausanne will give three performances in Bordeaux. The shows will take place on March 25-27 in Pin Galant in Merignac. For tickets click here

When: March 25-27 / Where: Pin Galant, 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 Merignac

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place on March 31 – April 1st at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.

When: March 31 – April 1 / Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Exhibitions to check out in Bordeaux

Matth Velvet expo at the Institut Bernard Magrez

Matth Velvet, a talented street artist that lives and works in Bordeaux, presents his beautiful works at the Institute Bernard Magrez, some of which you may have seen on building walls in the city. The exhibition is being presented at the museum from January 23 to March 23. For more details about the artist see here

When: January 23 – March 23 / Where:  16 rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux

Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition

The museum of natural history in Bordeaux has presented its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here

When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)

L’intelligence De L’œil. Hommage À Robert Coustet, Collectionneur Au Musée Des Beaux-arts À Bordeaux

This year the museum of fine arts of Bordeaux plays tribute to Robert Coustet, an art historian and an important figure in the cultural life of Bordeaux that passed away last year. An exhibition of artworks from his private collection will be presented at the museum until August 31. For more info click here

When: March 7 – August 31 / Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it for things to do in March 2020 my friends! You can see the smaller events taking place in and around Bordeaux in my weekend list and also on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux -the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

This weekend “rive gauche” is simply killing it! There are several events that make it worthwile to cross the Garonne to the hipster part of Bordeaux. The carnival exhibition will be inaugurated this weekend, there’s a block party in Darwin to end the black history month and of course the annual chocolate fair at Jardin Botanique (could be a great idea for valentines’ day). Other than that, there’s a kids dance festival, an event dedicated to games, concerts, exhibitions and more. If you want to see what else is on in Bordeaux soon, go to my February list or my March list, which I just released, so it’s fresh from the oven. My Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France” is also a good place to check out other events taking place in the region, people there seem to be very knowledgable.  Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 14-16).

Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique

This tasty chocolate fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, is taking place at the Jardin Botanique on February 14-16. This year the theme is “Fruit time” and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.

When: February 14-16 / Where:  Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux

Festival Pouce Bordeaux

Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, many dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floirac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. This year the festival is taking place on February 11-21. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents and kids on January 26. Check out the full program here

When: February 11-21 / Where:  different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)

Game In Jeux Vidéo

Union Saint Jean invites you to a weekend dedicated to video games on February 15-16. This year the event has a  “games from the 80s” theme. The program for kids includes a family space with kids makeup, paper toys, arcade games, big puzzles and more. The adults can enjoy a game museum, board games and more. Check out the long program on the facebook page of the event.

When: February 15-16 / Where: 97 Rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux

Darwin Block Party

To close to Black history month in Bordeaux, Darwin will host a Block party this Saturday (February 15) starting at 11:00. The program includes exhibitions, concerts, musical activities, conferences and more. For more details click here

Darwin
Darwin – one of the coolest places in Bordeaux
When: February 15 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Les Véhicules de l’Amour

Les Véhicules de l’Amour is an exhibition by the artist Jonas Laclasse that takes you on a journey in ex-Yougoslavia combining graffiti and linguistics. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art from February 13 to February 29. For more details and other events taking place during the exhibition check out the Facebook page of the event

When: February 13-29 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval Englouti – Exhibition

The big carnival of Bordeaux will take place on March 8 and this year the designer of the festival is the artist Guillaumit. Like every year, the organizers of the festival will let us see the design process of the costume in a special exhibition that will be presented several weeks prior to the carnival itself. This year the exhibition will take place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.

When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Truffles market in Saint Emilion 

Truffles are one of the most identified products of the Southwest of France. Usually, Dordogne is the one taking most of the credit when it comes to truffle markets, but Gironde is also giving a fight. Every Saturday morning in February a truffles farmers market will take place at Logis de Malet in Saint Emilion. See more info here.

Check out my article about what to do and see in Saint Emilion if you decide to go. 

When: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Where: rue des anciennes écoles, in front of la maison du vin), Saint-Émilion

Joss Bari en Live au Café Brun

This Sunday (February 16) the Brun cafe is hosting Joss Bari and his band for a concert of soul and hip-hop. For more details click here

When: February 16, at 18:00 / Where: 45 Rue Saint-Rémi, 33000 Bordeaux

Trombone À La Nouvelle-orléans, Des Années 20 À Nos Jours

The Trombone association of Nouvelle Aquitaine invites you to a fun concert with the title “ Trombone in New Orleans -from the 20s to present”. The concert will take place on Sunday (February 16) at 15:30 at Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. For more details and tickets click here

When: February 16, at 15:30 / Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

Carnival in Salle

The carnivals season is approaching and the first one in our region is taking place this Saturday (February 15) in Salle at the Landes and Gascogne forest. The event will take place at the Salle des fêtes du Bourg and the program includes makeup and fun workshops for kids, a little parade and a kids’ music show and more. For more details click here

When: February 15, from 14:00 to 17:00 / Where: salle des fêtes de Salles, 33770 Salles

Exposition Humans – last chance to see it

For the first time in Bordeaux, L’institut Bernard Magrez will reunite some of the best contemporary artists of China in one exhibition. Exposition Humans deals with the representation of the human body at the heart of the evolution of Chinese society in the last few years. The exhibition includes more than 50 works of photographers, sculptors, painters and more. The exhibition will be presented until February 16. For more details click here.

When: Until February 16 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE

Another DJ set & Live weekend is taking place this weekend in Mama Shelter. Every evening from February 13-16 one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here

Mama shelter bordeaux
When: February 13-16 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Concert de l’Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux

l’Orchestre d’Harmonie is one of Bordeaux’s emblematic cultural heritage institutions. This Saturday  (February 15) at 17:15  you have the chance to see them perform at the Salle Quintin Loucheur. For more details click here

When: February 15 / Where: 96 rue de la Béchade, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it for this weekend! I frequently post about the events of the weekend on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, so be sure to check it out. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux -the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

The list this week is very kids friendly with events like the Disney on ice show, a sportive event in Villenave (Trail Urbain) and the Jumping Bordeaux that both adults and kids will love. If you start planning any short weekends from Bordeaux this Spring ckeck out my adticles about the best things to do in Biarrtiz and Cognac. If you want to see what’s going on in the next few weeks check out my February list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 7-9).

Jumping International de Bordeaux

Jumping International de Bordeaux is a big riding equestrian event that includes competitions, spectacles and a fun fair. The event will take place on February 6-9 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. More than 250 exhibitors will present their horses at the event which will include activities such as Jumping world cup, amateurs competition, Equine Health Forum, a show of Iberian horses and more. For more details click here.

When: February 6-9 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

Disney on ice

One of the most popular events for kids in Bordeaux is happening again! All the popular Disney characters reunite for an ice skating spectacle. Disney Sur Glace includes three shows during this weekend (February 7-9) at the Arkea Arena.  For tickets and more details click here.

When: February 7-9 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Salon Spa

A spa salon with representatives from 70 establishments will take place on February 7-8 in Hangar 14. The program includes different conferences on health and thermal medicine. For the full program click here.

When: February 7-8 / Where:  Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Braderie d’Hiver

Every winter the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux winter Braderie. If you’re in town for winter sales take the opportunity to check out the stands of more than 250 merchants on rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils. The Braderie will take place on February 6-8.

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

Villenave Trail Urbain

Villenave Trail Urbain is a sportive weekend taking place in Villenave d’Ornon on February 8-9. The weekend includes four different running/ hiking trails in the landscape of Villenave d’Ornon, starting with a Nordic night walking trail on February 8 and three other trails ranging from 5 to 21km. On February 9, there will also be two hiking trails tracks for kids: the Cross du CAV for kids from 11 to 14 years old and the Pouss’cross for ages 6 to 10. The tracks will start from Espace D’Ornon and will go through several chateaux in the area. You can see all the details and inscription forms here

When: February 8-9 / Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

Green Market au Château des Tours, Bouscat

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

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

Truffles market in Saint Emilion 

Truffles are one of the most identified products of the Southwest of France. Usually, Dordogne is the one taking most of the credit when it comes to truffle markets, but Gironde is also giving a fight. Every Saturday morning in February a truffles farmers market will take place at Logis de Malet in Saint Emilion. See more info here.

the streets of Saint Emilion
the streets of Saint Emilion

Check out my article about what to do and see in Saint Emilion if you decide to go. 

When: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Where: rue des anciennes écoles, in front of la maison du vin), Saint-Émilion

Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition

The museum of natural history in Bordeaux has presented its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here

When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)

Jazz Concert at Auditorium de l’Opéra

This Saturday (February 8) the Auditorium of Bordeaux will host a Jazz concert of the Jean-Marc Montaut Quartet. For more details click here.

 When: February 8, 20:00 / Where: 9-11 Cours Clemenceau, 33000 Bordeaux

Mama’s Brunch

Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.

When: February 9 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

Exposition Humans – Exhibition

For the first time in Bordeaux, L’institut Bernard Magrez will reunite some of the best contemporary artists of China in one exhibition. Exposition Humans deals with the representation of the human body at the heart of the evolution of Chinese society in the last few years. The exhibition includes more than 50 works of photographers, sculptors, painters and more. The exhibition will be presented until February 16. For more details click here.

When: Until February 16 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Explore the Region

I love February so far, the weather has been so lovely! But we all know that in this region it’s not going to last long. So before the rain strikes back, use the beautiful days to explore Gironde. In my article about the best trips from Bordeaux, you can find plenty of ideas for places to see around Bordeaux, from beautiful wine chateaux to beaches and charming villages. If you need more ideas just go to my Travel in the southwest of France group.

Bourg sur gironde

Discover the foodie streets of Bordeaux 

Staying in foodie mood, you can also explore some of the foodie streets in Bordeaux. These are the places where you can find the best bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops and more. They aren’t always on the tourist trail and not always easy to find and that’s why I decided to write an article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend list and if you need help with some Bordeaux basics check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux that will help you get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. Also, don’t forget to join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here.