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This is the first long weekend in the French long weekends month, aka les ponts du mois de mai. The biggest even this weekend is the Open doors in Saint-Emilion, as it gives you the opportunity to visit some of the top châteaux  in the Bordeaux wine region. If you want to stay in town, there are plenty of things to do without ever taking the tram: les Vivres de l’Art are celebrating their 10th anniversary, the great Brocante of Bordeaux is back and much more.

Here is the list of things to do this long weekend in Bordeaux (April 27-May 1):

Festivals, Salons and Special events

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

An open doors weekend will take place on April 29 to May 1 at Saint-Emilion where 84 chateaux will hold open door events and will propose different activities to the visitors. Some châteaux (such as Château Fleur Cardinale) will start their open doors weekend April 28.

On the event website you can see the participating châteaux , the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – see more info.

When: April 28 – May 1

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen.  The 100th edition of the brocante has started on April 20 and will continue until May 8.

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

Les Vivres de l’Art avec 5 sens – 50h à Vivre

To celebrate their 10 year anniversary Les Vivres de l’Art, in the Bacalan neighborhood, will hold a weekend full of cultural experiences that will stimulate all your senses. In the program: cultural events, concerts, expositions, conferences, ateliers visits, circus workshop for kids and more. If you still haven’t had the opportunity to visit this incredible place, don’t miss the chance to do it now. The 50h à Vivre will take place from April 29 at 16:00 to May 1 at 18:00, the entrance is free.

To see the full program, check out the program of the event.

Les Vivres de l'Art in Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art – a magical place in the north of Bordeaux
When: April 29- May 1
Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers , that will take place on April 28-29, is all about celebrating the greatness of asparagus. More than 8000 visitors are expected to stroll along the 50 exhibitors of local delights and enjoy the activities offered to both adults and kids (make up sessions, mini farm, pony rides).

See the full program.

When: April 28-29
Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers

Spring Market in Lormont

The spring market is an annual festive event organized by several associations in Lormont. Besides bio products, you will find stands of local crafts, plants and more. The event will include food stands and tastings of local specialties and will be accompanied by different musical shows. It’s your chance to discover this little town on the bank of the Garonne.

marché de printemps Lormont
Marché de Printemps in Lormont in 2017
When: April 28
Where: Place Aristide Briand 33310 Lormont

Culture

Le Projet Télephone

Le Projet Télephone is a cross-cultural/cross-genre game of telephone featuring International and French artists living in Bordeaux. In September of 2017, a proverb was picked from a hat, and used as an initial inspiration for the first artist, who had two weeks to create something in their genre before passing it along. Seven months later, artists from nine different countries representing 10 different art forms have participated. Follow the proverb from writer to flamenco dancer to DJ to illustrator to songwriter to costume designer to theater company to filmmaker to painter and toast with the creation from the final artist, a mixologist when the proverb is revealed. Le Projet Telephone will be performed on April 29 at 9pm at Les Vivres de l’Art. Admission is free. Arrive early to get a seat.

For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: April 29, 9pm
Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

This is your last chance to see this amazing photography exhibition,  the “travelling photographers routes” which has been running this months in several locations across the city and will end on April 29. During the whole month, 17 photography expositions have been presented in the main cultural institutions of the city such as the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others.

Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs

Expolaroid- instant photography month

The Volcan is a new place in the Bacalan neighborhood dedicated to alternative art and culture. Starting April 27 they will hold a Polaroid exhibition that includes a long list of photographers.

For more details check out their facebook page.

volcan expolaroid

When: April 27
Where: 72 rue Bourbon, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design will present the works of the  designer Martin Szekely at the new exposition space, behind hôtel de Lalande (the house of the museum).  This is an opportunity to discover the variety of works of the artist, gathered around the theme of construction. The exhibition will be presented in the museum from April 26 to September 16.

For more info.

From the designs of Martin Szekely
When: April 26 – September 16
Where: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

With Kids

Open doors for kids in Château Cormeil-Figeac  

During the four days of the open doors weekend in Saint-Emilion, Château Cormeil-Figeac proposes a free activity for kids and their families. The event that will take place between April 28 and May 2 provides the future wine lovers the opportunity to get familiar with the wine production world. The parents will also benefit as they will be invited to taste two types of wine.

For more detail see the site of the chateau.

When: April 28- May 2 ( from 1oam-12am and from 2 pm to 7 pm).
Where: Château Cormeil-Figeac, 3 Cormeil, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Fête des Jardins

The garden festival in le Bouscat, that will take place April 28-29, is both a festive and an educational event that celebrates nature. The program includes a big market, gardening workshops (mostly for kids), sportive games, musical activities and much more.
For more details check out the facebook page of the event.
When: April 28- 29
Where: Parc de l’ermitage , Le bouscat, 33110

Le Printemps de Caudéran

The Cauderan neighborhood will also celebrate nature and gardening this weekend (April 28-29) in the beautiful park Bordelais. The event proposes a rich cultural and musical program, different stands, expositions, a skating class and workshops where both kids and adults can learn about plants and the nature in the park.
For more info check out the facebook page of the event.
When: April 28- 29
Where: Bordelais (parc), rue du Bocage 33000 Bordeaux

Do you have other events to add to that list? Please share them in the comments so all of us can enjoy them 🙂

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With the sunny weather outside, many of you will probably spend the weekend at a park, the beach or a terrace with oysters and cold white wine. But for those of you who love their weekends more active, there are plenty of things to do and you don’t want to miss them: big gardening events, the brocante of Quinconces, live painting on the M.U.R de Bordeaux and many more.

Here is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (April 19-22):

Festivals and Salons

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This spring is the 100th edition of the brocante and it will take place from April 20 to May 8.

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

 

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

 Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 20-22 at the Tauzia chateau in Gradignan.  The event, which received a great amount of interest from the Bordelaise public last year, is full of events and activities for gardening enthusiasts. It will bring together more than 80 exhibitors specialized in the world of plants: plant producers, landscape designers, artists, collections, horticulturists and in general people with an exceptional knowledge of plants. You will be able to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the beautiful English park of Chateau Tauzia and also get advice from the specialists on how to maintain your garden.
TAUZIA FÊTE LES JARDINS
TAUZIA FÊTE LES JARDINS
When: April 20-22
Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan
How much: 7 euros, free for women with a name of a flower or a fruit and to all people named Olivier 🙂

 

Different activities

Cannele d’adresses – Launch event

This Saturday (April 21) Cannele d’adresses, the free guide of Bordeaux, will launch its 9th edition in a big event that will take place at the Place Pey Berland. The program includes: concerts, social games for kids and adults, live art creation (live painting and creation of jewelry), catering facilities and more.

For more detail check out the facebook page of the event.

le cennele d'adresses
le cennele d’adresses
When: April 21 (10:00 – 19:00)
Where: Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux

Urban Gardening in Parc aux Angéliques

An event of urban agriculture will take place this weekend (April 21-22) at Parc aux Angéliques ( in front of la guinguette chez alriq) which is located on the quai of la Bastide neighborhood. Come make your own seed bomb, seeds and barter plants , exchange information about gardening books and the shared gardens in your neighborhood. If you’re a city person but gardening is your thing, this is your moment to join the urban agriculture community of Bordeaux.

For more info check out their site and facebook page.

When: April 21-22
Where: Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

 

Discover Black Kites at the Bouscat forest

An interesting tour will take place on April 21 at the Bois du Bouscat that will introduce you to the world of black kites and other birds of prey like hawks, owls and buzzards. The event requires a reservation: 05 57 22 27 62.

When: April 21 – 10:00
Where: Bois du Bouscat

Culture

Le M.U.R de Bordeaux

The work of Zarb, the street artist will be the one decorating the big graffiti wall, called le M.U.R de Bordeaux. You can meet him and see him perform his art on the wall on April 18-20.

For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

le mur de Bordeaux
le mur de Bordeaux
When: April 18-20
Where: place Paul et Jean-Paul Avisseau 33300 Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 28th edition of the “travelling photographers routes” festival is taking place April 1-29. During this month, 17 photography expositions will be presented in the main cultural institutions of the city such as the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others.

Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

 

With Kids

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

This is the last weekend (until  April 22) for the Planétarium in Cap Sciences, where your kids can discover and learn about the biggest mysteries of the universe. The planetarium will make a real time simulation of the night’s sky and will populate it with more than 3000 stars, planets and galaxies. The visit to the planetarium is limited to kids older than 8. For ages 3 to 5, they will offer storytelling sessions . It is recommended to reserve tickets online as the sessions for the planetarium are limited to groups of only 19 people.
When: April 7-22 (14h15, 15h, 15h45)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Explore the behind the scenes of the Opera 

Le Vin & la Musique, accords et désaccords” is an exposition currently presented at the Cité du vin, that makes various fascinating connections between music and wine as they are reflected in different works of art. Until the end of spring break (April 22) the museum will hold a workshop for kids that will allow them to enjoy this exhibition as well. Kids (ages 8-12) will discover the magic world of the Opera through its costumes and decorations. At the end of the workshop they will create their own opera decorations.

For more details and reservations.

LE VIN & LA MUSIQUE, ACCORDS ET DÉSACCORDS
When: April 7-22
Where: 1, esplanade de Pontac Bordeaux
How much: 9€

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Dining in the Dark

Tables Vatel restaurant invites you to a sensory experience of blind dining on April 21. This blind dinner will evoke all your other senses and intensify the taste and the odor.  The profits from the evening will go to the GIHP association  (Groupement d’Insertion des personnes Handicapées Physiques) and a few volunteers from the association will accompany you during the dinner.

Reservations can be made by phone  05 56 11 58 88 or on la fourchette, for more info.

When: April 21- 19:30
Where: 114-115 quais des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux, France
How much: 46€

 

Open doors at Lalande de Pomerol

An event of open doors at the Lalande de Pomerol appellation will take place on April 21-22. During the weekend, 28 Châteaux will offer tours, tastings and many other activities.

See the full list of Châteaux  and what they offer during the weekend.
See more information about all the  Châteaux.

LALANDE-DE-POMEROL-R°-IMPRESSION - open doors

When: April 21- 22
Where: Lalande de pomerol

 

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

La Romance de Paris – Cabaret show

La Coupole theater in Saint Loubès welcomes you to the romantic era of Paris with the most famous French chansons from the 50s, 60s and the 70s. 

For more info.

When: April 19
Where: La Coupole,36 chemin de Nice, 33450 Saint-Loubès
How much: 27 €

Go for a concert and drink at Casa Latina

Casa Latina hold concerts of different singers and bands almost every night. This weekend the program includes shows of two reggae bands.  Check out the full list of events.

Where: 59 quai des chartron, 33300 Bordeaux

 

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Last weekend was all about getting out of the city to discover chateaux and do some wine tastings. So before we get on to the more standard tipsy weekends, it’s time to take one weekend for more relaxed activities such as art and gardening. That is not the case however for our night program which is full of nice surprises.

This is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (April 13-15):

Culture

L’image livre-Czech avant-garde artists of the 20s.

The exhibition “L’image-livre” presents a private collection of Czech book covers from the graphic designer Pierre Ponant from the period of 1920 -1930. The exhibition offers a window to modern creation in the graphic world through  a collection of more than 100 pieces of art.

For more info.

When: January 25- May 5
Where: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 28th edition of the “travelling photographers routes” festival is taking place April 1-29. During this month, 17 photography expositions will be presented in the main cultural institutions of the city such as the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others.

Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

Photo by Jean Paul Lefret
Photo by Jean Paul Lefret

 

Festivals and Salons

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 14-15 in Hangar 14, which is located at Quai des Chartrons.  The program includes: a tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as juggling and brake-dancing.

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash
When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

Festival of urban cultures in Lormont

Festival des cultures urbaines in Lormont is taking place From March 31 to April 14. The festival revolves around urban culture and its artistic expressions with a program that includes concerts, workshops and activities of art, sport, dance and more.  Although the festival is close to its end, you can still enjoy some interesting shows this weekend so check out the program.

When: March 31- April 14
Where: Brassens Camus, Rue Henri Dunant, 33310 Lormont

With Kids

Spring Break

Spring Break in the Bordeaux area started almost a week ago and I know many of you are out of ideas for things to do to entertain the kids. If you need some help, check out my list of six things to do over Spring break.

skating on the quai in Bordeaux
photo by: @lost_in_bordeaux

Architecture workshops for kids

CIAP (the center of interpretation of world heritage) of Bordeaux will hold an architecture workshop for kids (aged 4-8) on April 14. And while your kids practice their skills, building with Kapla, you have the chance to discover the urban landscape of Bordeaux and the challenges of its evolution.

When: April 14, 10:30
Where: 4 place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 5€ (free for the parents)

Explore the behind the scenes of the Opera 

Le Vin & la Musique, accords et désaccords” is an exposition currently presented at the Cité du vin, that makes various fascinating connections between music and wine as they are reflected in different works of art. During the spring break (April 7-22) the museum added a workshop for kids that will allow them to enjoy this exhibition as well. Kids (ages 8-12) will discover the magic world of the Opera through its costumes and decorations. At the end of the workshop they will create their own opera decorations.

For more details and reservations.

When: April 7-22
Where: 1, esplanade de Pontac Bordeaux

Explore dinosaurs 

A fun activity for kids takes place this week at the commercial center of Bordeaux Lac (until April 14). Your kids will discover the dinosaurs world through a variety of activities such as virtual reality, dinosaur egg hunt, selfies with dinosaurs and more.

 

LES DINOSAURES DÉBARQUENT À BORDEAUX ! | AUSHOPPING BORDEAUX LAC
When: April 10-14
Where: Avenue Quarante Journaux, 33300 Bordeaux

Different activities

Le Printemps du Bourgailh

Le Printemps du Bourgailh is the must go event for all plant lovers, aspiring gardeners or just environmentally conscious citizens. The event will take place April 14-15,  at the heart of the 75 hectares of l’écosite du Bourgailh.  The program will include a plants market, gardening workshops for kids and grownups, a mobile farm and more.

For more info.

printemps du bourgailh

When: April 14-15
Where: 179, avenue de Beutre – 33600 Pessac
How much: free

Furniture Hospital

Les P’tits Gratteurs, a local association that organizes activities in the St Michel and St. Croix neighborhoods, invites you to repair your old furniture at their event “L’ Hôpital des Meubles” that will take place April 14. Come with your piece of furniture, that you have always wanted to fix but never had the time, and they will provide you with the right materials and equipment.

For more info.

When: April 14
Where: Place Pierre Renaudel, 33800 Bordeaux, France
How much: free

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

Julien Dore

Julien Dore, a talented French singer whose songs you may have heard over French radio,  will give one concert at Theatre Femina on April 13.

For more info and tickets.

When: April 13
Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 40€ to 60€

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place April 13 at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.
When: April 13
Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

 

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Sounds of Science – Brunch Electronique

Aux vivres de l’art will host an electro-music brunch on April 15. In the program: a food truck and a cool line up: Panic acoustik, C’Ams, Dunas, DJ Deep Rod Sepheu (South Africa).
For more info and tickets

When: April 15 at 14:00
Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Vide Dressing so Chic à Bordeaux

Come to participate in a big fashion sale of 30 friends that gathered their wardrobe at the “Vide Dressing so Chic” event that will take place on April 14 at Espace Nomade. If you want to make some space in your closet and donate some of you clothes, the Fringuette association will be happy to collect them.

For more info.

banner of vide dressing nomande bordeaux

Where: 39 rue du chateau d’eau, 33000 Bordeaux, France
When: April 14 (10am- 7pm)

 

Erasmus Festa do Brasil

For the students among you, or just people who like to party, Erasmus Bordeaux invites you this Friday (April 13) to their Festa do Brazil-  Samba, cocktails and a tropical vibe. The party will take place at the Torito Bar.

for more info.

banner erasmus party

Where: 47 cours alsace lorraine, 33000 Bordeaux, France
When: April 13

Le M restaurant, headed by the two talented chefs Arno and David invites you to their event Music by Night this Friday (April 13).  The evening will start with TRIO 180c and will continue into the night with DJ YOUCEED, accompanied by surprising cocktails and delicious tapas.  Come and join them in their celebration!

Where: 53 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon. 33000 Bordeaux
When: April 13

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Entertaining kids during a two weeks vacation can be a very demanding task. Although Spring vacation in the Bordeaux area started just a few days ago, some parents already feel exhausted by the daily search for interesting things to do with their kids. So if  you feel you have covered all the activities in the city and you don’t know what else to do with your kids in the next two weeks, here are six ideas for things to do in Bordeaux on vacances de Pâques 2018.

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

For the next two weeks (April 7-22) Cap Sciences invites your kids to discover and learn about the biggest mysteries of the universe. The planetarium will make a real time simulation of the night’s sky and will populate it with more than 3000 stars, planets and galaxies. The visit to the planetarium is limited to kids older than 8. For ages 3 to 5, they will offer storytelling sessions . It is recommended to reserve tickets online as the sessions for the planetarium are limited to groups of only 19 people.
stars
Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash
When: April 7-22 (14h15, 15h, 15h45)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Guided visit at the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative art and design hosts an exhibition of book cover designs. This week (April 11-13), the museum proposes a guided visit of the L’image-livre exposition for kids of 6-11 years old. The tour will be followed by a graphic workshop where kids will design a book cover, using the techniques they had just discovered on the tour. Three workshops will take place at the museum:  Wednesday – April 11 – 14h30; Thursday – April 12 – 14h30; Friday – April 13 – 14h30.

For more info.

kids workshop
photo by: musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux
Address: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn Block Climbing

Block’Out Bordeaux, the block climbing center, organized climbing courses during the school vacation. The climbing discovery courses will take place April 9-13, between 10:30 and 12:00. The price of a daily course is 15€.

For more information see the site of blockout.

Address: 3 Rue Georges Barres, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Spectacle for kids

Take your kids to a day show at one of the spectacles of Théâtre La Boîte à Jouer. The program includes different genres such as: comedy, drama, dance and even a puppet show. The shows of the theater are hosted in different places in Bordeaux, among them: Halle des Chartrons, le marché de lerme and vivres de l’art.

See the full program for the school vacation.

Gardening at the Maison du jardinier

La Maison du jardinier in  Parc Rivière  proposes free workshops of gardening for kids during the vacation. The next workshop, “l’atelier du petit jardinier écolo” will take place on April 18 ( 16:00) and will be open to kids of 6 to 14 years old.  It is advised to call them to reserve a spot (05 56 43 28 90).

huge cucumber
a cucumber that went out of control
Address: Maison du jardinier et de la nature en ville, Parc Rivière, rue Mandron, Bordeaux

Discover nature within the city

Let your kids discover one of the two French reserves in a peri-urban area, le Réserve Nationale de Bruges, which is located less than a 30 minutes drive from the center of Bordeaux. With more than 3500 species of plants and animals, the national reserve of Bruges offers a large space for playing and observing the natural life of the region. The reserve is spread over a large green area of 265  hectares. You and your family can go on a 2.5 km round trip, with observation posts on the lake.  le Réserve Nationale de Bruges is free and open Saturday to Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm.

See  more details.

la réserve naturelle nationale de Bruges
la réserve naturelle nationale de Bruges
Address: Lieu dit “Le Baron”, Avenue des 4 ponts , 33520 Bruges  Tel: 05 56 57 09 89

 

Do you have other ideas for things to do with kids during the vacation? Please share them in the comments below so that other parents could enjoy as well 🙂

There are a few big events and festivals this weekend, among them the open doors weekend in Médoc, the wine festival in Blaye and the vide greniers of Bordeaux which will take place  all around the city. This is also a great weekend for art, there’s an exciting street art exposition, a planetarium and a lot of photography.

There’s definitely a lot to wait for so without further ado, these are the things to do in Bordeaux in the weekend of April 6-8:

Special events

Open doors in Médoc 

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend where you’ll be able to visit all chateaux of the Medoc region and do a lot of wine tasting. The events will take place April 7-8.

To learn about all the events and the chateaux that will participate in the open doors weekend read my post Portes ouvertes in the chateaux of Médoc.

When: April 7-8

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers, discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. This weekend is a heaven for vide grenier fans. On April 8, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. The vide grenier on Barrière Judaïque will take place April 7-8.

The locations are

Bordeaux maritime: Place Saint Martial, Place Jean Cayrol (Ginko), Place Buscaillet

Chartrons – Grand Parc – Jardin public: Place Paul Doumer, Quai des Chartrons, Centre social du Grand-Parc, Cours Xavier Arnozan (côté Jardin Public), Rue Matignon
Centre ville: Barrière Judaïque (Saturday and Sunday), Place Pey Berland, Place des Martyrs de la Résistance
St Augustin – Tauzin – Alphonse Dupeux: Place Gaviniès,  Place de la République, Rue Tanesse, Place de l’église
Nansouty – Saint-Genès: Square Liotard (jardin des Barrières), Rue Tanesse, Place Nansouty
Bordeaux Sud: Rue des Douves,  Cours de l’Yser (entre 213 et 232), Place Dormoy, Rue Tanesse, Place Ferdinand Buisson
Caudéran: Parvis de l’église Saint-Amand, Parc Stéhélin, Barrière Judaïque (Saturday and Sunday).

For more details.

vide greniers bordeaux 2018

Culture

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 28th edition of the “travelling photographers routes” festival is taking place April 1-29. During this month, 17 photography expositions will be presented in the main cultural institutions of the city such as the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others.

This weekend you will have the opportunity to hear the stories behind the pictures. On April 6-7 all of the institutions will hold meetings with the participating photographers that will take you through their journey.

Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

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Photo by: Didier Bizet
When: April 6-7

Movie screening of Babette Mangolte

The CAPC (museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux) presents the works of  the French-American cinematographer Babette Mangolte as part of its program dedicated to film and video on April 4-8. The program will include the screenings of the  Roof Piece (1973/2017) and Roof Piece on the High Line (2012), about the American dancer Trisha Brown. The films will be accompanied by an exhibition that will include her first films. For more info.

When: April 4-8
Where: 7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux

Artistes des 4 coins du monde

Hotel de ville de Bordeaux is currently presenting a photography exhibition of French artists originating from other countries around the globe, or as the name of the expo suggests from 4 corners of the world. For more details.

Artistes des 4 coins du monde

When: Until April 12.
Where: Hôtel de ville – Palais Rohan, Place Pey Berland33000 Bordeaux

Festivals and Salons

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran ( April 1-8) is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. This year the program of the festival includes 20 films from four different countries.  While the festival already started last weekend there are still plenty of interesting films in the program for the upcoming weekend. The screenings of all the remaining films will be in Cinéma Utopia. 

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
When: April 1-8
Where: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux.
How much: up to 10 €

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival, will take place on April 7-8 at the Blaye Citadel. The annual wine festival brings together more than 80 winemakers with the goal to promote the diversity in the wine world. The program includes discovery workshops (introduction to tasting, mixing workshops and food and wine pairing), guided visits of the citadel, by train or horse and more. Childcare will be made available free of charge in order to allow also parents to enjoy this event.

For the full program and tickets.

When: April 7-8
Where: Citadelle de Blaye, 33390 Blaye

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre  is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and to support the creation of new literature. On April 6-8 they will hold a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and uncovering of pieces that haven’t been published yet.

When: April 6-8
Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

Virginia Rodrigues, the Brazilian singer with the amazing voice will give one concert at Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon on April 6.


When: April 6 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Ice Hockey match

Two Ice Hockey matches will be held on April 7-8 at the patinoire de mériadeck.

For more info and tickets.

When: April 7-8
Where:  95 Cours du Maréchal Juin, Bordeaux

Ensemble sax

More than 50  saxophonists will gather for four free concerts, conferences and masters classes at the “Ensemble sax” event  April 5-8.  Four of the 50  are famous personalities in the saxophone world: Dragan Sremec, Serge Bertocchi, Nicolas Prost, Frédéric Couderc.

The schedule of the event is the following:

April 5– 19h30- Conservatoire, salle Ravel : Sax Stories 
April 6– 20h00 – Marché des Douves 
April 7 – 19h30-  Marché des Douves : Les saxophones Nouvelle-Aquitaine 
April 8 – 17h00- Salle Saint-Maurice de Bègles

With Kids

Ludofestival in Canejan

The Ludofestival in Canéjan is a game festival, which will take place April 2-12 and will have an art theme. During the festival families can participate in various competitions, try different games, meet their creators and more. For more info and the schedule about the 12 days festival see here.

When: April 2-12
Where:  8 chemin de Barbicadge ,33610 Canéjan

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

For the next two weeks (April 7-22) Cap Sciences invites your kids to discover and learn about the biggest mysteries of the universe. The planetarium will make simulations of the sky in real time and will reproduce it with more the 3000 stars, planets and galaxies. The visit to the planetarium is limited to kids older than 8. For ages 3 to 5, they will offer storytelling sessions . It is recommended to reserve tickets online as the sessions for the planetarium are limited to groups of only 19 people.
stars
Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash
When: April 7-22 (14h15, 15h, 15h45)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Per Kilo sale in Amos

Amos, the solidarity shop will hold its annual per kilo sale in April 5-7 in their Marignac shop. The price of a clothing article will be defined by its weight: 5€ per kilo. See more details.

When: April 5-7
Where:  208 Avenue d’Arès, 33700 Mérignac

Atelier de Boulangerie

Learn how to make different types of bread: pain de campagne, bread with nuts, cereals, figs and more. In this workshop, hosted by Kweezine on April 7, you will learn how to knead, weigh, shape and bake bread. you will discover all the tricks that will enable you to recreate the recipes at home.

For more details and tickets.

50s and 60s music party

On April 7 There will be a Vicious Soul party at Quartier Libre. The party will be dedicated to 50s and the 60s music. The lovers of the period can enjoy some Rhythm and Blues, Rock’n’Roll, Soul music and punk from the 60s.

For more details.

When: April 7 at 9pm
Where:  30 rue des Vignes, 33800 Bordeaux

 

Hope you’ll have a productive weekend full of wine, art and shopping! Have fun and share your impressions from the events in the comments below. Thanks!

Whether you are into cycling or not, it is plain to see from the sheer number of cycling citizens that Bordeaux is a bike friendly city. Well actually, it’s a fact! Bordeaux is ranked the 6th most bicycle friendly city in the world by Copehagenize. So, whether you are already a cyclist or keen to give it a go Bordeaux is the place to be.

Bordeaux offers so many bicycle related activities, tours and places: dedicated bike paths that go through vineyards to the beach, English speaking bike tour companies and the Musette bicycle café where you can get your bike repaired or just have a delicious coffee, there’s something for everyone.

Today, our guest author Christopher, the owner of Musette bicycle café  and a cycling addict, gives us his take on the cycling scene in Bordeaux.

Bicycles and Coffee

Musette is a coffee shop and bicycle shop rolled into one, combining the best bits of both. Opened in 2017 by two Anglophone expats, it is the first bicycle café in Bordeaux. You can simply stop in to have some great coffee and home-made cake even if you don’t have a bike. They also do light lunches, beer and wine and they even have a cute little garden terrace. If you have a bike and need to get a quick repair, they do almost everything for you, from flat tire repairs to full revisions. If you don’t already have a bike and are looking to buy a gravel bike in Bordeaux then you should stop in and check out their stylish Genesis bikes that they display on the walls.

musette coffee shop bordeaux.
photo by: Christopher GJ Cooley

You’ll find Musette bicycle & coffee at 72 Cours de la Somme 33800 Bordeaux. 200 meters from the Victoire with the nearest tram-stop being Saint-Nicolas on the B line.

More information can be found on their website.

Bike Tours and Wine

If you are new in town and looking to discover the city one of the best ways to do it is by bike. Rustic Vines is an English speaking guided bike tour operator. Their Bordeaux by bike tour combines some of the best sights in Bordeaux brought to life with the stories behind them and of course a little drop of wine. If you would like to take it one-step further they also operate electric bike tours in Saint-Emilion, where they take you through the vineyards to explore different wine châteaux and provide a picnic lunch.

rustic vines birdeaux
photo by rustic vines

They can be found in person at 26 Rue de la Devise 33000 Bordeaux in the historic center or you can book directly on their website

Cycle Paths

If you have your own bicycle and want to enjoy a day in the open air, there are a few great options heading out of town. First, there is a dedicated cycle path that runs all the way to the beach at Lacanau. The path is all flat and mostly straight running through the pine forests. It will take you about 60km to get to the lake and Lacanau town and then another 10km to get to the actual beach but it makes for a great little adventure. To make a round trip there and back in one day requires a fairly high level of fitness, so it’s recommended to go back by bus ( if there’s a space for your bike in the boot of the bus of course).

 

Another bike path that is definitely worth riding is the Roger Lapebie Voie Verte. It runs from Bordeaux all the way to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne but a recommended day trip would be to the little Medieval village of Creon and back. You’ll see vineyards, forests and little lakes all the while being almost completely out of the way of motor traffic.

bike path Roger Lapebie Voie Verte
photo by: Christopher GJ Cooley

So now you can hop on your ‘bicyclette’ and ride, fix and drink in the biking scene in Bordeaux!

The author, Christopher GJ Cooley, is one of the owners of Mussette bycicle café in Bordeaux.

If you are living in France or just passing by and you wish to discover one of its most important regions, now is an excellent time to be heading to Médoc, one of the most famous wine growing regions in the world, located in the Gironde department, north of Bordeaux.  To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend on April 7-8, where you will be able to visit all the chateaux of the Médoc region and do a lot of wine tasting.

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

Sixty three châteaux (Château Clarke will eventually not be participating in the open house weekend) from eight different AOC (appellation d’origine contrôléewill participate in the Portes Ouvertes weekend:  MEDOC, HAUT MEDOC NORD, PAUILLAC, SAINT ESTEPHE,  SAINT JULIEN, LISTRAC, MOULIS, MARGAUX. The AOC is the French certification for geographical indications for agricultural products such as wine and cheeses. To see what châteaux are participating in the event, see the full list and the map below.

Although visiting the cellars and wine tastings are still at the heart of the event, today the various chateaux try to attract visitors with additional attractions such as the restaurant of the chateau, music, games, art expos and activities for kids. If you don’t have a specific chateaux in mind you can choose one according to the proposed activities . What follows is a listing of chateaux according to their proposed activities:

Fine dining

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

See the plan of the participating ChâteauxSaint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Chantelys – Castera – Tour des Termes –Tronquoy Lalande – St-Estèphe – Le Crock – La Rose Pauillac – Julia – Hourtin Ducasse – Cassana – La Tour Carnet – Lanessan – Lauga –Lamothe Bergeron – Malescasse – Reverdi – Baudan – Vignerons associés Grand Listrac – Fonréaud – Chasse Spleen – Meyre – Bellevue de Tayac  – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Ferrière – Lascombes – Marquis de Terme –  Prieuré Lichine – Desmirail – Dauzac – Larrieu-Terrefort – Belle-Vue – Clos la Bohème –  Maucamps – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – Taillan

chateaux desmiral

Art in the Chateaux

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

in Châteaux Saint Hilaire, for example, two Medoc artists will present their aquarelle paintings  and photographs. Châteaux Lanessan will give visitors the opportunity to see the family’s carriage collection, dated to the 19th century. And in Châteaux Castera, one of the most ancient chateaux of the region, you could see the permanent sculpture exposition “Les bouteilles de vincent libecq”. Follow the list of the participating chateaux to see the kind of art  on display.

castera chateaux
photo by: castera chateaux

See the plan of the participating ChâteauxSaint-Hilaire – La Tour de By – Saint-Christoly – Chantelys – Castera – Tour des Termes – Tour Sieujean – Lanessan – Moulin Rouge – Granins Grand Poujeaux – Chasse Spleen – Bellevue de Tayac – Clos La Bohème – Cantemerle – Paloumey – Ségur – Saint Ahon – Magnol

Visiting with kids

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

For example: Château Lamothe Bergeron will hold creative workshops as well as grape juice tasting for kids,  Château Hourtin-Ducasse will entertain your kids with activities like coloring, ping pong and comics; and Château Ségur  will hold an egg hunt and a mask coloring workshop.

See the plan of the participating ChâteauxSaint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Livran – Lilian-Ladouys – Julia– Hourtin-Ducasse – Lanessan – Lamothe Bergeron – Fonréaud – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Marquis de Terme – Prieuré Lichine – Clos La Bohème – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – du Taillan – Magnol

 

Getting to know the wine world

The world of wine is a huge body  of knowledge and many of the châteaux would like to see you experience more than just wine tasting. Some of them organize workshops and activities revolving around the production of wine. Those can come in the form of a demonstration of the different tractors they use (Château Maucamps), discovering your sensors in blind wine tasting (Château Ségur), a vines workshop (Château Chantelys) and more.

See the plan of the participating ChâteauxChantelys – Lilian-Ladouys – Hourtin-Ducasse – Lamothe Bergeron – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Prieuré Lichine – La Tour de Bessan – Dauzac – Maucamps – Paloumey – Ségur – Saint Ahon

A Map of all the Châteaux participation in the Portes ouvertes weekend:

 

Most of the Chateaux require prior reservation to the wine tasting and cellar tours, so if you found a chateaux you would like to discover this weekend, hurry up and make a reservation by email or phone. All the details, including the address, the activities proposed, the hours and the contact details appear in the link of the participating chateaux above. For more info, go to the site of the event.

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

UPDATE: If you want to know what’s happening in Bordeaux in April 2019 – click here.

Don’t let the rain get you down, spring is almost here and the Bordeaux area will soon start flourishing with interesting things to do.  Now all we need is the sun to come out so we can get our spring party started. Meanwhile, take a look at all the great events Bordeaux has to offer this month.

This is my list of things to do in April 2018 in Bordeaux and the surroundings. I didn’t want this list to be too long so I focused on the big events, however I do plan to publish updates so stay tuned.

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The first weekend of April is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers a great deal of activities to entertain you and your kids. Egg hunting, visits in beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend. To discover all Pâques events in and around Bordeaux read my article about “What to do in Bordeaux  in Easter 2018“.

Huge chocolate egg, easter in Bordeaux
photo by: Ramon Szmuk

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. This year the program of the festival includes 20 films from four different countries. The festival will be held April 1-8 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes, Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
When: April 1-8
Where: see locations.
How much: 39 € for the whole festival

Bicycle spring sale

Are you looking to buy or sell a bicycle, the big spring bicycle sale is just around the corner. Bordeaux bicycle stock exchange will take place  April 1 at Quai Louis XVIII. Those who wish to sell their bike can do it between 9:30 and 11am and the buyers will be able to start buying after 10am.
For more details.

bourse velo Bordeaux

When: April 1 (9:30 to 17:30)
Where: Quai Louis XVIII

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre  is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and to support the creation of new literature. April 6-8 they will hold a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and uncovering of pieces that haven’t been published yet.

When: April 6-8
Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 14-15 in Hangar 14, which is located at Quai des Chartrons.  The program includes: tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as jungling and brakedancing.

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash
When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This spring is the 100th edition of the brocante and it will take place from April 20 to May 8.

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Ira Szmuk
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

Art

Digital Abysses at Base Sous-Marine 

If you still didn’t have a chance to visit the incredible Base sous- Marine, it’s time to do it. The first exhibition, Digital Abysses, ( 9 March to 20 May 2018 ) is by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, which explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. The characteristics of this unique place with the combination of fixed works and interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

base sous marine
photo by: Ira Szmuk
Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Margez

An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.

For more info and tickets.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

The Luminopolis  exposition of Cap Sciences has been running from June 2017 and if you haven’t had the chance to go there yet, it’s time to do it now before the museum gets crowded with a lot of tourists. Luminopolis is a light exposition that have been structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out.
The expositions runs from June 2017 to September 2017 ,the ticket price is 8 euros and the minimum age is 6.

For more info.

Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Concerts:

Lisa Stansfield

The famous British 90s start, Lisa Stansfield will perform at Theatre Femina on April 28 at 20:00.

For more info and tickets

When: April 28/ Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

Virginia Rodrigues, the Brazilian singer with the amazing voice will give one concert at Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon in April 6.


When: April 6 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Imagine Dragons

The american rock band, Imagine Dragons, will stop by the Bordeaux Métropole Arena  on April 4 as part of their world tour. 

For more info and  tickets

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Portes Ouvertes

Open doors in Médoc 

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend where you’ll be able to visit all chateaux of the Medoc region and do a lot of wine tasting. The event will take place April 7-8.

For details about all the participating chateaux.

When: April 7-8
Where:  different locations (see the site)

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

An open door weekend will take place on April 29 to May 1 at Saint Emilion where 84 chateaux will hold open door events and will propose different activities to the visitors. Some châteaux (such as Château Fleur Cardinale) will start the open door weekend April 28.

On the event website you can see the participating châteaux , the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – see more info.

When: April 28 – May 1
Where: 7 Thibaud, 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse

Meetings

If you’re craving for some activity with other English speakers, like going to Utopia cinema or just having a coffee together , check out the monthly planning of the ICB (International Club of Bordeaux)- see agenda.

Do you have any interesting events you know about? Please share with us in the comments below.

Easter is always a great time to spend with friends and family as it’s full of activities that always involve some chocolate. The long weekend of Pâques offers a great way to discover the region, entertain your kids and eat delicious chocolate. So I decided to make a list of some of the things you can do with or without kids this weekend. To give everyone a chance to enjoy this fun holiday, the list includes activities both within and around Bordeaux such as parks, chateaux and more..

In the city

le Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

The museum of decorative arts and design of Bordeaux will hold its Paques activities on April 1-2 which will include a graffiti workshop (ages 8-12) and a chocolate treasure hunt (ages 6-12). The number of places is limited so if you are interested contact  the museum by phone 05 56 10 14 05 or by mail [email protected] .

Where: 39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
When: April 1-2
How much: 10 €

Egg Hunt in Bacalan

le K’fé des familles association will hold a big egg hunt at place Buscaillet  in the Bacalan neighborhood March 31. The participants will be divided into different age groups and will then go on a hunt for chocolate eggs, bunnies and  hens that are hidden in different spots in the neighborhood.

Registration is required- for registration, for more info.

La chasse aux œufs géante de Bacalan- le K’fé des familles

Where: 46 rue de New York, 33300 Bordeaux
When: March 31
How much: 2 €

Les Vivres de l’Art en chocolat

Les Vivres de l’Art will hold a free Easter event at place Victor Raulin (next to the cité du vin) on April 1. The program will include plenty of activities for every age: mask painting workshop, barbecue, card games and more.

For more info.

Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: April 1
How much: free

PIMP YOUR EGG with Hasnaâ

Hasnaâ Ferreira, renowned Bordeaux chocolatier, will hold several 15 minutes workshops for kids in Halles de Bacalan on April 1. During  the ‘Pimp your egg’ event, the kids will make a personal chocolate egg from her chocolate.

For more info.

pimp your egg Hasnaa

Where: Halles de Bacalan, 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux, France
When: Avril 1
How much: 10€

 

Around Bordeaux

Château de Vayres

The biggest egg hunt in Bordeaux is at Château de Vayres . The chateau hosts parents and kids for a big egg hunt event which includes a visit in the chateau and different activities for kids in the park. The event will take place April 1-2.

Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres
When: April 1-2
How much: free under 5/   5-14 year old : 10 €/ older than 15  : 12.50 €

Find the treasure at Pessac zoo

Like every year, the zoo of Pessac proposes different activities during Easter. This weekend (April 1-2) the participants will have to find the hints hidden at the alleys of the park in order to discover the treasure. Also, at 10 AM a team of makeup artists will transform the kids into little zebras, tigers and giraffes.

For more info.

Where: 3, rue du Transvaal – 33600 Pessac
When: April 1-2
How much: 16,50 € for adults / 12 € for kids

 

Pâques with the Woompa family

Come participate in a family riddle game at Château Pape Clément on March 31 and April 1. In Addition to the game the activity will include a visit to a mini museum of the family, chocolate tastings and even an aperitif for the parents.
for more info.

Woompa paques avec la famille

Where: 216 Avenue Dr Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac
When: March 31 and April 1
How much: free under 4 and 10 €/ 11 € with/without reservantion

Egg Hunt at Larrivet Haut-Brion

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion in Léognan invites families to their Paques celebration on March 31. The program for the day includes: Egg hunt, wine and chocolate workshops, cellar visits and the  Design and wine 2018 award ceremony.

For more info.

Where: 84, avenue de Cadaujac, 33850 Léognan
When: March 31 (14:30-17:00)
How much: 10€

Pâques en Musiques à l’Ecomusée de Marquèze

l’Ecomusée de Marquèze invites families to an egg hunt and music on April 1-2. After the traditional  egg hunt in the neighborhood the museum will hold a little party with music and snacks.

Where: Route de la Gare, 40630 Sabres
When: April 1-2

Egg hunt at Château de La Brède

To open the 2018 season, Château de La Brède will hold an egg hunt event on April 2. The event will also include a chocolate workshop and the participants can take an advantage of a free visit to the chateaux and the gardens.
Where: Château de La Brède, Avenue du Château, 33650 La Brède
When: April 2 (14:00-18:00)
How much: free

Easter in Jardins d’Eyrignac

Jardins d’Eyrignac organises Easter activities on April 1-2, which will include: treasure hunting for kids and riddle games for the adults. This is quite a ride to get there from Bordeaux but it can be a  good opportunity to discover these beautiful gardens.

For more info.

eyrignac jardins
photo: Eyrignac jardins
Where: les jardins du manoir d’eyrignac 24590 salignac
When: April 1-2
How much: Normal ticket: 12,50€ – Students : 10,50€ – 11-18 ans : 8,50€; kids (5-10 ans) : 6,50€

 

As you see, this weekend is full of great and yummy Paques activities in and around Bordeaux, now let’s just hope that the wet weather won’t ruin the egg hunts.

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Thanks for reading and happy Easter!

The main event in Bordeaux this weekend is definitely the Marathon of Bordeaux. For those who look for smaller events there are nice festivals and expos and even a big vinyl records salon, and for some of them you don’t even have to get into Bordeaux center.

These are the things to do in Bordeaux in the weekend of March 23-25:

Special events

Bordeaux Marathon

The Marathon  (24 March) takes place 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 🙂

Marathon in Bordeaux

 

Culture

“Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords” à La Cité du Vin

The art exposition at la Cité du Vin, named “Le vin & La musique, accords et désaccords“, reveals the relationship between wine and music through a visual journey that alternates between  paintings, music and stage art. Around 150 pieces of art will be put in place from French and European collections: ceramics, paintings, music books , instruments and more. The exposition will take place March 23-24 for the price of 8€.

LE VIN & LA MUSIQUE, ACCORDS ET DÉSACCORDS

Address: 134 – 150 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Festivals and Salons

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The international salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place March 24-25 in the Parc des expositions.  It’s the 57th edition of this festival that brings together 80 exhibitors from France and abroad and proposes all genres of music: rock, pop, soul, jazz, punk, reggae and more.

Price: Normal 3€50 / Student 2€ / free for kids.

Address: Parc des expositions de Bordeaux – Vélodrome

Cordes Sensibles 2018- Guitar Festival

The annual guitar festival, Cordes Sensibles will take place on March 23-25 in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles and this year will be mostly dedicated to duos. Besides the concerts the festival will include master classes, art expos and concerts of the music school of Saint-Médard-en-Jalles.

See the program of the festival.

les cordes sensibles- guitar festival

Address: Carré des Jalles, place de la République33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 

If you still haven’t attended, les Fous Rires de Bordeaux   is still on until March 24. It’s a very unique humor festival  with more than 80 artists participating and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival provides the opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as 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 program here.

Concerts/ Shows

Piano concert in Château de Cadillac

Piano voyageur, a concert performed by the pianist Jérôme Médeville will take place at Château de Cadillac on March 25, at 15:00.  Médeville will play classical music from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, and Liszt.  Ticket Price is 9€.

jerome medeville

Address: 4 Place de la Libération, 33410 Cadillac

Reggae concert and fundraising in Cenon 

On March 24, le Rocher de Palmer will hold an evening in support of the SOS Mediterranee association  denouncing the deplorable conditions in which refugees cross the Mediterranean, often risking their lives. The event will include a reggae concert of two and a half hours with the following artists: Yannis Odua, Natty Jean, Papa Style, Brahim.

The concert will start at 20:30, ticket price is 20€ (18€ online). For tickets and more details.

Address: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

With Kids

Early Easter egg hunt in Talence

The Taillade neighborhood in Talence organizes an early Easter egg hunt March 24, between 14:00 and 19:00. Once the baskets of chocolate are full, kids and their parent will be able to taste it together.

Address: salle les Mallerettes, 170-172 cours Galliéni – 33400 TALENCE

Festival Entre 2 Rêves 

The Entre 2 Rêves  Festival, organized by the Collectif Entre 2 Rêves, takes place between 21-31 March on the right side of the Garonne river ( Cénac, Langoiran, Cambes and other towns in the area). Those 10 days will be full of  shows of different genres: theater, music, circus and more. For the full program and tickets.

Prices: daily show 2.50€, evening show 5€.

festival entre 2 reves

Drinking and Fooding

Original Cocktail Tour 2018

The Original Cocktail Tour  takes place March 20-26 in five bars in Bordeaux: Madame Pang, Au Symbiose, Le Gabriel, Le Taquin, Au CanCan “Coquetels & Flonflons” . During these 7 days these five bars will propose a menu of special cocktails at reduced prices.

 

Hope this list will help you find some nice things to do during this rainy weekend in Bordeaux. And for all the Marathon runners, you are very brave and good luck to you 🙂