While Saint Patrick’s day is an Irish religious and cultural celebration held on March 17 ,it’s a beloved holiday in many cities around the world, and Bordeaux is no different. Apparently the capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine has a substantial Irish community and a large Irish beer fan base and the amount of bars where you can get some Irish alcohol is quite surprising. So, with Saint Patrick’s day around the corner we have decided to help you find all the places where you can celebrate March 17 in Bordeaux.
Here is a list of all the Irish and English pubs in Bordeaux where you can grab a beer, watch a match, listen to some great music or just go celebrate with other Bordelais, expats or tourists.
In this article, I want to share with you some of my favorite blogs about Bordeaux. There are several blogs about life here that I follow regularly and some of them are even in English! In this list, I chose three English blogs/websites and three in French for my French-speaking readers. Their content is quite different from what I usually post on my blog but all of them give great information about different aspects of life in this city.
This is one website you should really follow if you live in Bordeaux or thinking of moving here. Mike Foster (who started the blog in 2010) and Chris Tighe, are two expats that created an amazing and supportive expats community in Bordeaux, with the blog and facebook group “Bordeaux expats”. The blog really covers everything you need to know about living in Bordeaux: How to look for jobs, where are the good neighborhoods,how does the tram system work and even where the swimming pools are. They also have a business directory of English speaking businesses so if you’re looking for an English speaking service, that’s the place to go. Check out the Bordeaux expat site here.
Invisible Bordeaux was created in 2011 by Tim Pike, an Englishman who has been living in Bordeaux for a while. In his blog he documents many of the lesser known sights, landmarks and stories of Gironde (mostly in Bordeaux area). Some of the best articles include his trip to the Gironde estuary and the stories of different clocks of Bordeaux. Check out Invisible Bordeaux.
American mom in Bordeaux
If you want a more personal blog about life in Bordeaux, check out Jennifer’s blog – American mom in Bordeaux. Since moving to Bordeaux in 2011 she has been writing about her daily life with her family in Bordeaux and about the many places they have visited in the area. In the last few years she has been guiding tours in Bordeaux and a few other destinations in Gironde, so if you’re looking for an English speaking guide, check out her website.
A few blogs for the French speakers
Un Air de Bordeaux
This is the blog of Bordeaux’s tourist office and if you can read French you should really check it out. This is the best site to discover the hidden secrets of Bordeaux, the places only locals know. They regularly post about interesting events or things to do during kids school breaks. Read thier blog here.
Camille in Bordeaux
I started following Camille a few days after moving to Bordeaux and I can definitely give her the credit for a few of my first discoveries in the city. What I love about her is that she’s really authentic and you get a pick into the life of a local. Check out her blog.
Enfant Bordeaux is a website created by Papa Yann in 2014 and since then became the go-to place for many French parents trying to entertain their kids. The website includes plenty of articles about kids friendly events, courses, theater shows and much more. Check out Enfant– Bordeuax website.
Hope you enjoyed my list! Do you have more blogs about Bordeaux or France in general that you enjoy reading? please share it with us in the comments below.
If you want to discover the Medoc area, one of France’s most famous wine routes, this is an excellent time for a visit. On April 6-7, the region celebrates the beginning of spring with an open doors weekend, hosted by the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac. It’s an incredible event that allows you to visit most of the chateaux of the Médoc region and taste a lot of wine.
Le Week-end Portes Ouvertes (open doors weekend) in Médoc is an annual event that officially starts the tourist season in the wine region of southwest France. The first time that vineyards have collectively decided to open their doors to the public was in 1991 and it was an immediate success. The Week-end Portes Ouvertes has seen tens of thousands of visitors and the open house tradition was copied to other chateaux in France. This tradition has grown so much that it became a challenge to pick the best chateaux to visit during this weekend.
More than 70 châteaux from eight different AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) will participate in the Portes Ouvertes weekend: MEDOC, HAUT MEDOC, PAUILLAC, SAINT ESTEPHE, SAINT JULIEN, LISTRAC, MOULIS and MARGAUX. The AOC is the French certification for geographical indications of agricultural products such as wine and cheeses. Click here to see which châteaux are participating in the event.
Although visiting the cellars and wine tastings are still at the heart of the event, today the various chateaux try to attract visitors with additional activities such as music, wine workshops, food, art expos and games for kids. If you don’t have a specific chateau in mind you can choose one according to the proposed activities. I gathered a list of activities to help you choose one:
Wines are not the only product the Médoc region does well, it is also famous for its gastronomic specialties, such as: l’agneau de Pauillac (Pauillac lamb), l’entrecôte cuite aux sarments (entrecote cooked with wine shoots), les chocolats de Mademoiselle de Margaux and more. In addition to in-house restaurants, some of the chateaux offer gourmet markets, food trucks and bars. So, besides tasting great wine you are guaranteed to have a great culinary experience.
These are the châteaux offering a lunch or a dinner during the portes ouvertes: Saint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Pierre de Montignac- Chantelys – Tour des Termes -St-Estèphe – Le Crock- Julia – Hourtin Ducasse – Lanessan- La tour Carnet -Reverdi – Baudan – Chasse Spleen – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Desmirail – Kirwan -Siran – Larrieu-Terrefort – Les Barraillots – Maucamps – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – Taillan
Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the ones offering dining options.
Art in the Châteaux
Some of the châteaux will host exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photographs of both local and international artists.
In Châteaux Saint Hilaire, for example, two Medoc artists will present their aquarelle paintings and photographs. Châteaux Chasse Spleen will open its art center that includes modern and contemporary art works. And in Châteaux Castera, one of the most ancient chateaux in the region, you could see the permanent sculpture exposition “Les bouteilles de vincent libecq”.
These are the chateâux displaying art during the portes ouvertes: Saint-Hilaire – La Tour de By – Saint-Christoly – Chantelys – Castera – Tour des Termes – Tour Sieujean – Larose Trinaudon – Lanessan – de Lauga – Arnauld- Chasse Spleen – Brillette – La tour de Bessan – Prieure Lichine – Siran – Les Barraillots – Bellevue de Tayac – Cantemerle – Paloumey – Ségur – Saint Ahon
Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the exhibitions displayed in every château.
Visiting with kids
Many people take the chance to make the châteaux visit a family trip, and rightly so as kids can also appreciate the charming châteaux and their gardens. Nonetheless, having to look after your little kids while wine tasting can definitely undermine the experience. That is why some of the châteaux propose activities to entertain your kids while you are tasting wine.
Château Saint- Esthepe offers a coloring corner for kids. In château Julia you will find a trampoline and swings. Château Hourtin-Ducasse will entertain your kids with activities like coloring, ping pong and comics. And château Lamothe Bergeron will hold a creative workshop and grape juice tasting.
These are the châteaux offering activities for kids : Saint-Hilaire – Saint-Christoly – Livran – St Estephe – Le Crock – Julia- Hourtin-Ducasse – Larose Trintaudon – Camensac- Lanessan – Lamothe Bergeron – Fonréaud – Brillete- Bellevue de Tayac – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – Marquis de Terme – Prieuré Lichine -Prieuré Lichine – Siran- Les Barraillots – Paloumey – Agassac – Ségur – Saint Ahon – du Taillan
Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the activities they propose.
Getting to know the wine world
Wine is a multi-faceted experience and many of the châteaux would like you to experience more than just wine tasting. Some organize workshops and activities revolving around the production of wine.
These are all the châteaux offering workshops and wine-related activities: Carmenère – Saint-Hilaire – Les Ormes Sorbet – Chantelys – Loudenne – Tronquoy Lalande – Clerc Milon – Pédesclaux- Hourtin-Ducasse – Camensac – Lamothe Bergeron – Arnauld – Anthonic – Haut-Breton Larigaudière – La Tour de Bessan – Siran- Belle Vue – Paloumey – Ségur
Choose one of these châteaux from the menu in this link to see the activities they propose.
Most of the châteaux require a prior reservation for the wine tastings and cellar tours, so if you found a château you would like to discover this weekend, hurry up and make a reservation by email or phone. All of the details, including the address, the activities proposed, the hours and contact details appear on the individual web page of each of the participating châteaux. For more info, simply go to the site of the event and choose a château by name to see its corresponding details.
If you’re coming to Bordeaux especially for this occasion, be sure to check up my list of recommended hotels in Bordeaux center.
If you want to get updates about the portes ouvertes, join my email list here and I’ll send up-to-date info closer to the event.
Enjoy your glass of wine and the official beginning of Spring in the region!
“Bordeaux gets a bad rap. When I told the French people I knew in New York I was moving to Bordeaux, I got the same reaction, ‘Bordeaux est jolie, mais fermée. Tres fermée.’ I’m not sure how it used to be, but after living here for three years, I couldn’t find anything further from the truth,” Melissa Rindell, Artistic Director of Le Projet Téléphone, said.
If Bordeaux had a reputation for being closed before, times are changing, as artists like Rindell and the other participants of Le Projet Téléphone will argue. Le Projet Téléphone is a cross-genre artistic game of telephone, involving artists from 9 different countries working in ten different disciplines. The first artist picked a proverb from a hat as a point of inspiration, and had two weeks to create something before passing the work along. Each artist only saw the work of the artist before them and the line-up includes: a writer/actor – Rindell, flamenco dancer – Deborah Dawson, DJ Jowen, illustrator – Ita Duclair, songwriter – I AM STAMGRAM, costume designer – Helina Raak, theater company – Collectif OS’O, filmmaker – Fred Cavender, painter – Kelly Allison and mixologist – Timothé Seguin-Medrinal. Their work will be presented in a cohesive performance at Les Vivres de l’Art on April 29th at 9pm.
“When I saw Electric Pear Productions do ‘Synesthesia’ (The show Le Projet Téléphone is based on) in New York I was blown away. As an audience member, you’re dropped into the middle of the artistic process and it’s impossible not to engage. You find yourself looking for meaning, finding ideas, evaluating what’s being expressed, thinking how you would have done it differently and having a vested amount of interest in what comes next. I talked to Ashlin Halfnight, the originator of the concept and got the green light. This show has been done in New York and LA, but this will be its European premiere and I can’t think of a better place to launch it than Bordeaux.”
“Projects like this are a blast in Bordeaux,” Le Projet Téléphone’s filmmaker, Fred Cavender, of Tuperhero said. “It’s a big town, so you have access to a lot of things, but not so big that the business side would take over. People are nice, and open to things like this, which makes it easier to ask for help, favors and support.”
Cavender, isn’t a newcomer to the Bordeaux scene, he has spent the last 28 years of his 33 years in France, but found himself reaching out the expat community after deciding to make a short film in English every month in 2017. Tuperhero’s films were screened monthly at the HMS Victory and garnered praise from the UK Film Review.
“After the twelfth film at the end of the year, we were out having drinks and at one point I looked around and realized that I didn’t know any of the people I was with a year ago and it wasn’t weird, it wasn’t uncomfortable. It was cool. They were all friends.”
On his experience on Le Projet Téléphone, Cavender said, “That was a bit weird because they (French Theater Company Collectif OS’O) had gotten together to do a theater piece for me. So I was alone watching this theater piece. It was a bit overwhelming in the sense that I felt a lot of pressure to understand as much as I could, so I could then write a film, but at the same time I was thinking, ‘Oh! Wow, it’s funny being in the garden watching this theater piece just for me. Oh! I wonder how they came up with this,’ so there were lots of things going on, but it was fun. I thought the theater piece was really good, almost too good so I have a bit of pressure to live up to it.”
Cavender’s experience was unusual in Le Projet Téléphone, most of the other artists have done their exchanges publicly, highlighting iconic Bordeaux locations like Le Jardin Public, Place de la Bourse, Place de la Comédie, La Chappelle du CROUS Bordeaux, Plage l’Horizon at Cap Ferret, Musette, and Frida, as part of a documentary being made about the project by Azerbaijani filmmaker, Emil Karimov.
“My favorite location was probably the beach (Plage l’Horizon at Cap Ferret). It was cold and pretty challenging, but it was a nice sunny day and the whole thing with costume and setting was pretty otherworldly,” Karimov said of filming Estonian Designer, Helina Raak, wearing her costume and doing a cat walk on an abandoned, graffiti-covered bunker in February.
4 months earlier, after performing a flamenco dance for the DJ following her, Deborah Dawson stood in front of Le Grand Theatre, and looked around at the field trip of kids who had temporarily forgotten their treasure hunt and gathered around. When asked if she thought Bordeaux’s reputation for being closed was merited. Dawson, a Canadian, who was recently awarded a residency at Le Cuvier in Artigues-près-Bordeaux, to develop a flamenco show exploring her Indian roots, smiled and shook her head, ‘no.’
“Bordeaux is buzzing. There’s an influx of expats and French artists from other parts of the country that are coming to live here. It’s incredible, the depth of art this city has, and the amount of support it’s getting, especially from places like Le Cuvier, La Grande Poste and Les Vivres.”
“ I love Les Vivres de l’Art,” Rindell said. “ It reminds me of Salvador Dahli’s house in Portlligat. It’s not just a place, it’s an entire world. The imagination of Jean-Francois Buisson is present in every detail and what a gift, to have a place like that open to the public. I saw a show there, emailed Jean-Francois about Le Projet Téléphone and he offered me a spot in his event, ‘Les Vivres de l’Art avec 5 sens.’ To get a spot at a venue like this would have taken years and a considerable amount of money in New York. Les Vivres de l’Art truly is, ‘Le Domaine du Possible.’”
Le Projet Téléphone will be perform as part of “Vivre de l’Art Avec 5 Sens” on Sunday, April 29th at 9pm, admission is free on a limited first-come basis, arrive early to guarantee admission.
How do you usually discover a new city? Many tourists prepare themselves before visiting a new location, they read a bit on Wikipedia, some leading blogs or at least “the best places to visit in X” on Trip Advisor. Then, when they actually arrive at the city and take a regular tour, they feel as if they are already familiar with some of the stories.
I believe that taking a tour by foot, by bike, on a boat, or on a horse (if that’s your thing), is very important as the pretty sites you see all over the city receive a deeper meaning and you discover details and the history behind them. However, the traditional tours usually show only the most prominent stories about a city. Wouldn’t you like to also hear some original tales that are not necessarily available on the internet? That is exactly what I felt I needed when I joined the “Free Ghost Tour” this last weekend.
So what is so special about that tour, you ask? Well, the main feature is you will hear stories you probably never heard before on traditional guided tours. The main objective is to tell you some scary stories, some of which have happened in the past and others that are considered part of Bordeaux’s myth. For example, did you ever hear about the werewolf of Bordeaux? Do you know what was found under Fléche Saint Michel during the French revolution? Do you know what was the venue of the Frog and Rosbif Pub used for in the past (think about it next time you have a drink there 🙂 )? The tour is not very long, it takes about an hour and a half in which you get to see a small part of Bordeaux (some parts of quartiers saint Michel and the Grosse Cloche) but Hubert, the guide and creator of the tour, has a story to tell about almost every little street you pass by.
Hubert, the founder of HUBordeaux, proposes several different tours, some in English and some in French. Previously, Hubert worked as a journalist so he’s no stranger to storytelling and he does it well by finding interesting stories and by attracting the audience to participate with questions and funny anecdotes. As someone who studied history at the university, he’s very knowledgeable, not only about Bordeaux but about the history of France in general.
After living abroad for several years, Hubert decided to come back to his native city, Bordeaux. “I just love Bordeaux and want to tell stories about it” he tells me when I ask him why he decided to open his company. Hubert’s company has two types of free tours in English: the general Bordeaux tour, where you will see all the important monuments and learn the most essential details of the city’s history, such as the slave trade, the water mirror and many more; and the ghost tour, which gives an extra spicy view of the city with stories from different eras and another perspective on Bordeaux’s society. For the ghost tour, the company offers simultaneous Spanish translation as well. The tour is free and Hubert says he hopes people will enjoy his tours enough to leave a tip, and it looks like they sure do.
You can find all the information about the upcoming tours and the dates on hissite or on hisfacebook page. So if you are ready to discover a spooky side of Bordolaise history follow the green umbrella 🙂
Do you have other great tours to recommend? Please share them in the comments below!
This weekend (June 14-18) Bordeaux will turn into a big wine celebration, marking the 20th year anniversary of “Bordeaux Fête le Vin”, one of the largest wine festivals in the world, a biannual event taking place in Bordeaux since 1998. Every two years, the banks of the Garonne are inviting wine lovers to five unforgettable days of events all dedicated to discovering the wines of Bordeaux and its region, Nouvelle aquitaine. But “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is much more than a wine celebration! Visitors will be able to enjoy many events like visiting the beautiful tall ships, daily fireworks and music concerts. In this post I packed all the details you’ll need to plan your visit.
So how does it work?
This event allows you to taste wines from more than 80 appellations from Bordeaux and the Nouvelle – Aquitaine area and meet the wine makers and other professionals from the domain. While the event is free, in order to actually taste the wines you will have to buy the “Pass dégustation” that will cost you 21 euros. You can use the pass for the whole event (5 days).
What does the pass include:
One wine glass with its red cute case to carry it around the festival
12 wine tastings: one from each of the 11 pavilions and an additional one of your choice. The pass is not personal so if you don’t need 12 wine glasses share the pass with friends.
A workshop at the pavilion of the Bordeaux wine school.
A daily public transport ticket (tram, bus, boat) that you can use in only one of the festival days
Participation in the festival raffle
Reduced prices to the guided wine themed exhibitions in Musée d’Aquitaine, Musée des Beaux- Arts and Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux.
The pass is valid from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:30 and on Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.
Where and when can I get the pass?
You can either purchas the pass online or buy it in one of the three information/selling points along the banks of the river. Either way in order to get the pass itself and the wine glass, you will have to reach one of these three points:
Locations: Chartrons, Quinconces, Cailhau (you will see them in front of the promenade).
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:00 and Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.
What other activities are on?
la Fête du vin de Bordeaux is so much more than just wine tasting. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the wine festival 30 amazing tall ships are about to arrive to Bordeaux on Thursday the 14th, and you’ll get a chance to visit them.
Here is the list of all you can do besides tasting wine:
Visit the ships- For the five days of the Fête le Vin (June 14-18), 30 tall ships will be docking along the banks of the river, arriving from many different European destinations. About 20 of these are going to be open to the public where you could take a free tour on the decks and discover the ships and their equipment. You can learn more about these special ships and their stories here.
The ships parade– you can see the beautiful parade of all the 30 boats leaving Bordeaux on Monday the 18th at 11:00.
The crew parade – The crew of the Tall ships are coming to Bordeaux from England, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, India and different ports in France. Saturday the 16th at 16:00 the crews parade, from soldiers to young trainees will march along the quai from Miroir d’eau throug Cours du Chapeau rouge, Place de la Comédie and Colonne des Girondins and will finis at Place Munich.
Fireworks – every evening at 23:30 the festival will welcome the night with an incredible pyrotechnic show that will be seen from the quais.
Sailing on the Garonne – three of the boats will offer one hour daily trips on the Garrone between Pont de Pierre to Pont Chaban-Delmas. The price is 15€ for adults and 8€ for kids. The sailing will take place June 14-17. See more info here.
Deck parties – two ships, la Caravelle Vera Cruz and le l’Étoile du Roy, will hosts evening parties of two hours from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) at 22:00. The ticket to the party includes two glasses of wine of Bordeaux or Nouvelle- Aquitaine, some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for kids. The price is 25 € for adults and 15 € for kids (5-15 years old) and free for kids under 5 years old.
Concerts – throughout the festival plenty of concerts and shows will take place all around the city. See the full list of concerts here.
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE event – Friday the 15th at 18:00, the National Opera of Bordeaux will give one concert in Darwin as part of the Bio wines celebration. See more info here. The price is 10€.
Big Wheel– if you’re coming to the festival with kids and they get a bit bored, take them to the big wheel installed at Place des Quinconces (5€).
Grand Crus Weekend
One of the most interesting events accompanying the Bordeaux wine festival is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place June 16-17. This event, organized by the the Union des Grands Crus (regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 120 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in these châteaux.
Read more about the event and the full program here.
“Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is probably the biggest event in Bordeaux, celebrating what this city is most famous for. This year the celebrations are going to be even larger than usual with the arrival of the beautiful tall ships that will be docking at the banks of the Garonne. You can see the the full program of events here and buy the pass here. For more updates follow the Lost in Bordeaux facebook page.
Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this incredible wine feast and don’t forget to share this post with friends on social media 🙂
With more and more people moving to the area, it’s undeniable that Bordeaux is becoming a very popular city. Apart from rising housing prices, the buzz around Bordeaux has a positive side, the opening of many cool and exciting places all over the city!
This post is an update on the biggest and most exciting places opened (or about to be) in 2018 that will make this city even more attractive. So here we go!
La Boca Foodcourt
The first French food court will open in November 2018 in Quartier Euratlantique, just a few minutes walk from Gare Saint Jean. The food court will be part of the la Halle Boca, a shopping and catering center of 6767 m2. This project is aiming to gather 15 local restaurants with different specializations, from sea food to Pizza and Asian food. But food is not the only fun part about this place, it will also include a wine and cocktail bars as well as a self service beer stand. La Boca foodcourt will be open daily between 10:00 to midnight during week days and until 2:00 on weekends. For more details click here.
Address: Quai de Paludate 33000 Bordeaux
Atelier de la Création
Good news to all the creative people in Bordeaux! Atelier de la Création, a big store of craft and design products opened its doors last Friday just a few steps from Hôtel de Ville. After the success they had with their shop in Paris, Boulogne-Billancourt and Lyon, the two Parisian founders have decided to conquer the South of France with a 70 m2 store of pure fun. The brand will offer a wide range of designer fabrics, wool, ribbons, sewing patterns, natural and organic knitting yarns and much more. The store is open from Tuesday to Saturday (10:00 to 19:00)
Address: 41 Rue cheverus 33000 Bordeaux
The first skydive simulator in Nouvelle Aquitaine
Do you want to discover how parachuting feels without actually jumping from an airplane? Now you can do just that near Bordeaux. In May 2018, Venturizone opened a skydive simulator in Gujan-Mestrass. If you’re into adrenaline, you’re welcome to enter the 11 meters long glass tube with wind blowing on you at 280km/h, to simulate the feeling of jumping from an airplane. The participants will be given two free falls of one or two minutes each, depending on the plan you take. The prices range between 39€ – 55€ euros for kids (5 to 12 yo) and 55€ -85€ for adults (up to 85 yo). There are special prices for groups and nice promotions from time to time, so check out their site for updated prices. The opening hours are Wednesday to Friday (13:00 to 19:00) and Saturday- Sunday (9:00-12:00 and 13:00- 19:00).
Address: 4 Avenue de l’Actipôle, Gujan-Mestras
The biggest Virtual Reality room in France
The concept of a virtual room, a (kind of) futuristic version of an escape room, has become very popular in France in the last few years. Largely thanks to a very successful French start-ups, Virtual Room – Tech&Co, that opened tens of Virtual spaces in more than seven countries. Now they are about to conquer Bordeaux, with a 240m2 virtual room that is about to open up in the Bacalan neighborhood in October 2018. The place will be open for online reservations soon, meanwhile for more info follow the facebook page of Virtual Room Bordeaux.
Address: 7 Sente de la Nancy , 33000 Bordeaux
Halles des Talence – a new covered market
After the success of les Halles de Bacalan, Biltoki is about to open another covered market in Bordeaux metropolitan and this time in the center of Talence. The market will include stands of fruits, vegetables, fish, cheese, meet, a boulanger and of course a coffee place, which is very much needed in the center of Talence. The place is planned to open at the end of 2018. Fore more info about the opening of the market follow their facebook page.
Address: Place Alcala de Henares 33400 Talence
The biggest Climbing center in France
Climb Up, a climbing center of more than 2000m2, was opened in June 2018 in the Décathlon village inMérignac. The center includes a huge climbing surface with walls rising to 15 meters, more than 200 different tracks and 60 lines of rope. There’s also a dedicated blocs zone for kids (over 3 years old) allowing them to climb in a secured space. Climb Up is open daily from 9:00 to 23:00. See more info and prices on their site.
Address: 17 Avenue de Pythagore 33700 Mérignac
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Another long weekend is ahead of us with plenty of amazing events all over Gironde. I really hope it’ll be sunny this weekend as the list of outdoor events is super long! We have music festivals in Talence and Canejac, open parks event, plenty of Jazz and more. If you want to plan ahead for the rest of the month, check out my list of things to do in Bordeaux in June. If big events are not your thing, you can enjoy the weekend in Marche des Capucins. I just wrote an article about my favorite places there, so check it out. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (June 7-10).
Rendez-vous aux Jardins
Nature lovers will love this weekend! On June 7-9 plenty of parks and gardens in Nouvelle Aquitaine will welcome you and your family for three days of fun activities. The events include guided visits, exhibitions, gardening workshops for kids and more. This is an amazing opportunity to visit one of the 366 parks (out of those 255 are private) that will be open for the public this weekend. For the full list of parks and gardens click here.
When: June 7-9 / Where: choose a park from the list above
ODP Music Festival in Peixotto
This is the fifth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on June 7-9 at Peixotto Park in the center of Talence. That’s one of the best music festivals in Bordeaux metropole and always has a great lineup. For more details and tickets go to the festival’s website and their facebook page.
When: June 7-9 / Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence
Festival ODP KIDS
The organizers of the ODP music festival didn’t forget to entertain the little ones as well. Before the concerts in the evening, park Peixotto will host plenty of activities for kids such as creative workshops, hip hop workshop, escape games and more. The activities are free and will take place on June 8-9 until 16:00, when the music festival starts. For more details click here.
When: June 8-9, 10:00 to 16:00 / Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence
Take your picnic to the Vineyard
Wine related activities and picnics are two favorite French pastimes, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau. However this weekend you have an opportunity to bring your picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment. Around 400 different wine domains from all over France are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend (June 8-10). More than 1000 activities will be proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialties of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more. There are 18 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area – see the list here. To find a chateau in other areas in France click HERE. The places are limited so I recommend reserving a spot as soon as possible!
When: June 8-10 / Where: Different châteaux around Bordeaux and France
Bordeaux Geek Festival
Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place June 8-10 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community. The BGF brings together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. For more details and tickets click here.
When: June 8-10 / Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux
So Good Fest
The So Good Fest is an electronic music festival of the Gironde department that takes place every year at Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan. The 8th edition of the festival will take place on June 7-8 and will include a two-day lineup of French and international artists in the Electro, Dub, and Techno genres. For more details and tickets check out the site of the festival.
When: June 7-8 / Where: Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan
Open doors at the chateaux of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
If you didn’t make it to the Open doors in Saint Emilion last month, you can make up for it with another wine area in the Bordeaux region: Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux. An open doors weekend will take place on June 8-9, with 45 different chateaux hosting you for wine tastings and other activities. For the full list of chateaux click here.
When: June 8-9 / Where: different locations around Cadillac (see program)
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten-day event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different activities. For example, a farm area with many animals and plants will be put in place, offering interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space, which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region. The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and is taking place on June 1-10in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.
When: June 1-10 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux
la Fête de l’Huître
La Fête de l’Huître (oysters celebration) will take place on June 7-8 at the center of the Saint Augustin neighborhood in Bordeaux. During the day, plenty of people will come to enjoy oysters and other goodies that the festival has to offer, while the ones staying for the evening will enjoy free concerts. For more info click here.
When: June 7-8 / Where: Place de l’Eglise Saint Augustin, 33000 Bordeaux
Portuguese Art and Gastronomy Market
Musicians, artists, and craftsmen, are coming to Cenon from the north of Portugal to introduce their culture during this three-day festival. The program includes tastings of Portuguese local products, stands of traditional art, concerts and more. The event will take place on June 7-9 in Domaine Du Loret and will include an area for kids. See the full program here.
When: June 7-9 / Where: Domaine Du Loret, 33150 Cenon
This weekend (June 8-9) l’Île aux enfants in Hourtin (Medoc Atlantic) will hold a kids festival for children up to 12 years old. This annual kids celebration will host plenty of artistic workshop and sportive activities. For more details click here.
When: June 8-9 / Where: L’Île aux Enfants, 33990 Hourtin
Festival Le Haillan Chanté
The 10th edition of the singing festival, Le Haillan Chanté, is taking place on June 4-8 in Le Haillan. French songs lovers will adore this event which is full of performances of both current and more nostalgic songs. To see the full program of the festival click here.
When: June 4-8 / Where: 13 rue Georges clémenceau 33185 Le haillan
Jazz and Blues Festival in Leognan
The 24th edition of the Jazz and Blues Festival of Leognan will take place on June 6-15. Six concert nights will be given in four different towns in the area: Beautiran, Saucats, Martillac et Léognan. Take a look at the full program here.
When: June 6- 15 / Where: See all the locations in the program above
Festival Jazz 360
This is the 10th edition of the Jazz 360 festival that was initiated to support the creation of Jazz music. During the six days of the festival, tens of professional and young artists will take the stage in several different towns and villages in Gironde. The festival will take place on June 5 -10in six different locations: Langoiran, Saint-Caprais-de-Bx, Cénac, Camblanes-et-Meynac, Quinsac, and Latresne. For more details visit the site of the festival.
When: June 5-10 / Where: see different locations here.
Heures d’été in Caudéran
Heures d’été is a series of musical evenings taking place every Friday in different parks in the Cauderan neighborhood in Bordeaux. This week the musical evening will take place on Friday (June 7) in Parc de Lussy and will include a line up of three concerts. For the full program click here.
When: June 7 / Where: Parc de Lussy, Bordeaux
Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next event will take place this Thursday (June 7) at Place Saint Michel. For the lineup and more details click here.
When: June 7, at 18:30 / Where: Place Saint Michel, 33800 Bordeaux
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This is a long weekend for many of us with four full days to enjoy the great events taking place in the region! This time, some of the more interesting stuff takes place outside the city, so the long weekend could be a good excuse to wander beyond the walls of Bordeaux. This week we have the first Bordeaux food truck festival of 2019, the big agricultural fair, a Jazz festival in the north of Medoc, a new cool exhibition and more. Here’s the list of things to do this long weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 30 – June 2).
This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Tens of different food trucks will spread around the Gironde department in five events taking place between June and September. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and the specialties of food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more. The program of the festival also includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. The first food-truck weekend will take place on June 1-2 in Château de Portets in Graves. To purchase tickets for the different events in the Château click here. See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.
When: June 1-2 / Where: Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten-day event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different activities. A farm area with many animals and plants will be put in place, offering interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another attraction is the Gastronomy and Wine space, highlighting the exceptional heritage of the region. The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on June 1-10in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.
When: June 1-10 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux
This is a great event for all electronic music lovers who want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an electronic music festival and still stay in the region of Bordeaux. Festival Millesime takes place in a beautiful town, La Réole, located about 40 minutes drive from Bordeaux. The festival hosts more than 30 electronic artists on three stages located on the banks of the Garonne river. The festival will take place this weekend (May 31- June 1) – click here for more details.
When: May 31 – June 1 / Where: Lieu-dit Mijema, 33190 La Réole
Biotope Festival in Saint Emilion
This weekend (May 29- June 1) the Biotop festival will take place all over the Saint Emilion area. The main goal of this festival is to raise awareness of the preservation and protection of the environment and the heritage of wine. This year the theme of the festival is “ The Power of plants”. The program includes plenty of conferences, workshops, concerts, shows for kids, discovery walks and more. For the full program click here. To purchase tickets to different events in the festival click here.
When: May 29 – June 1 / Where: all over Saint Emilion
Village du Mexique et de l’Amérique latine
This week we have the Latin America and the Caribians week in Bordeaux. One of the main events, the Mexican village, takes place this weekend (May 31 – June 1) at Placette de Munich. You are invited to take part in two happy days of concerts, dance classes, pinatas workshops for kids, tastings of Mexican food and more. For more details click here.
When: May 31 – June 1 / Where: Placette de Munich, Bordeaux
Festival Vagabonde Art&Ocean 2019
Vagabonde is a festival that celebrates the link between art and the ocean. Check out the full program, including the concerts and exhibition, here. The festival will take place this weekend (May 30 to June 2) at Cour Malby.
When: May 30 – June 2 / Where: 3 rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux
Les P’tits Gratteurs is a local association that organizes activities in the St. Michel and St. Croix neighborhoods. This Sunday (June 2) they invite you to the Fermesse event that will take place at Square Dom Bedos. This fun afternoon will include a mobile farm with animals, creative workshops for kids, a games space for families, a plants market and more. The event will end with a musical show that will start at 17:00. For more details click here.
When: June 2, from 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: rue Jacques d’Welles, 33800 Bordeaux
If you want to travel a bit this weekend, this little festival is just for you. The Soulac 1900 jazz festival will take place this weekend (May 31 – June 2) in the charming town of Soulac sur Mer located in the north part of the Medoc area. The idea of the festival is to get you into the vibe, art and culture of the 1900s. All the events and concerts will take place on the streets of the town and the access is free. For more details click here.
When: May 31 – June 2 / Where: 1 rue Foch, 33780 Soulac-sur-Mer
Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next event will take place this Thursday (May 30) at Square Dom Bedos. For the lineup and more details click here.
When: May 30, at 18:30 / Where: Rue Jacques d’Welles, 33800 Bordeaux
Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux. This weekend (May 31 – June 1) the event Musica da Camera will take place at the L’Atelier du Conservatoire with a program that includes the students of the Conservatoire of Bordeaux. Take a look at the full list of performances and details about all the events here.
When: May 31- June 1 / Where: Conservatoire de Bordeaux, 22 quai Sainte Croix, Bordeaux
Nuits Atypiques Festival
This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. From June 1 to July 21, 22 events will take places in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and info about the locations here.
When: July 1- July 21 / Where: South Gironde – check out the exact location of every event in the program.
Free museums Sunday
Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.
Instincts – an exhibition of Mika
Another exciting exhibition is taking place at the Institut Bernard Magrez, a place dedicated to street art. This week a vernissage of the Instincts exhibition by Mika, one of Bordeaux’s most prominent street artists, took place at the museum. The exhibition will be presented until September 1st. For more details click here.
When: May 28 – September 2 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
Last chance to see the Interactive special effects exhibition
Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.
When: until June 10 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 Bordeaux
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There are several important events related to wine about to take place this May in Bordeaux. One of them is the Open doors in the chateaux of Saint Emilion, a great opportunity to visit this magical village. We all know, however, that Bordeaux is not all about wine and so this month we’ll also have several festivals of arts, dance, and circus as well as cultural events like the European museums night. All you have to do to get up-to-date about things to do in Bordeaux this May is to keep on reading…
Open doors in Saint-Emilion
An open door weekend will take place on May 4-5 in Saint Emilion where 81 wine producers will open their chateaux to the public. The weekend will include many activities such as wine tastings, visits to the chateaux, games for kids and bike rides. Check out the full program for the participating châteaux, the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – here.
When: May 4-5 / Where: different locations around Saint Emilion
The opening of La Guinguette chez Alriq
The best place for sunny weekends in Bordeaux is about to reopen for their summer season. La Guinguette chez Alriq is a taverne at the la Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. On a sunny day you can enjoy a cold beer, nice food and daily concerts with a magnificent view of the Garonne. The opening night will take place on May 2 with a concert of Bojan Krstic. See the full program for the weekend here.
When: Starting May 2 / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux
Let your kids discover the art of circus at the Jubil’à Jongle festival
The 13th edition of the festival will start with an inauguration evening on May 3, which will include magic and fire shows, different activities for kids and even a rock concert. On the second day of the festival (May 4), you will discover the art of circus and street entertainment through shows of Juggling, magic, games and introductory workshops. The festival will take place at the Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort. For more info click here.
When: May 3-4 / Where: 4 Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort
Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante
The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. The brocante started on April 19 and will continue until May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.
When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux
Bordeaux Tango Festival
The 7th edition of the Bordeaux Tango Festival will take place on May 7-12. This hot festival connects Bordeaux and the place where Tango was born, Buenos Aires. A variety of activities will be offered to celebrate the link between these two cities, such as dance, music, art, literature and even food. Most of the events will take place in Espace St. Remi and Rocher Palmer in Cenon. See the program of the festival.
When: May 7-12 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux
Vinexpo is one of the most famous wine-related events in Bordeaux, intended for professionals in the wine world. The program includes master classes, wine tastings, conferences, and networking events. The fair will take place at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux on May 13-16. For the full program and more details click here and for tickets click here.
When: May 13-16 / Where: Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux, France
European Museums Night
On May 18 some of the best museums and cultural establishments in Bordeaux will open their doors to the public with free exhibitions and activities. This year the event will have a 90’s vibe to it and the organizers encourage you to dress up in a 90’s style: so pull out your high jeans and too colorful clothes, you know the drill :). Besides exhibitions, the museums will host lots of kids friendly activities, concerts and more. See the full list of museums and events here.
When: May 18 – 6pm until midnight / Where: Different museums around the metropole
Big Bang – Air and Space Festival
The Big Bang festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles will take place on May 14-18. This year the cultural and scientific festival is dedicated to the moon. The program includes art and science exhibitions, conferences, films, concerts and much more. Check out the full program of the event.
When: May 14-18 / Where: Le Carré des Jalles, Place de la République, 33160 Saint-Medard-En-Jalles
Le Marché des créateurs
The 29th edition of the creators market (Marché des créateurs) will take place on May 18-19 at Place Camille Jullian (next to Utopia cinema). This market proposes a great variety of items giving everyone a chance to find something fitting their tastes and budget: clothes, accessories, jewelry, decorations, kids accessories, toys and more. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.
When: May 18- 19 / Where: Place Camille Jullian, 33000
Belem, the famous French vessel arrives to Bordeaux
Belem, the oldest big French vessel (launched in 1896, 51 meters long) will arrive in Bordeaux for five days and will be open to the public. The beautiful ship, classified as a historic monument, will dock at Quai Richelieu on May 16-20. Follow the facebook page of Belem for updates about the hours you can visit the vessel.
Festival de Caves (the Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 11-25 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in Aquitaine. The festival will premier on May 11 (at 18:30) at the Maison Cantonale. Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.
When: May 11-25 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux
Festival Echappée Belle in Blanquefort
The Echappée Belle festival is a great entertaining event for the whole family merging theater, dance, circus and other forms of art. The festival will take place from May 23-26 in Blanquefort, starting in Parc Majolan and continuing for the weekend in Parc de Fongravey. See the full program here.
When: May 23-26 / Where: Different locations in Blanquefort (see the program)
Grand Crus Weekend
One of the most anticipated events in Bordeaux’s wine world is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place on May 23-26. This event, organized by the Union des Grands Crus (the regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 110 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in the châteaux. Read more about the event and the full program here.
When: May 24-26 / Where: many locations in Gironde, see the program
Take your kids to an inflatable water park in Biscarrosse
The huge inflatable water park in Biscarrosse (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) is about to reopen for the Summer at the beginning of May. The AquaPark is equipped with water ziplines, several diving boards of different heights, trampolines, catapults, climbing walls, slides and more. The park is accessible to kids over 4 years old. For more details and tickets click here.
Where: Port Maguide, 18 Chemin de Maguide, 40600 Biscarrosse
The Iboat, mostly known as a concert venue, is a three-level ferry spanning 687m2, anchored to one of the docks of Bassins a flot. One of the special features of the place is the Upper deck where events and exhibitions are held during the evenings. Every Wednesday at 19:00 the Iboat hosts the SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE, an after-work party with very creative cocktails :). For this and other events taking place at the Iboat click here.
Quatre tendances is a collaboration between several ballets groups and choreographers. Like every two years, Quatre tendances will take the stage for several nights to perform a number of contemporary choreographies. This year the national ballet of Bordeaux will collaborate with Ballet Preljocaj – CCN d’Aix-en-Provence, le Malandain Ballet Biarritz and le CCN-Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin. Four choreographies will be performed during nine shows, taking place on May 22-31. For more details and tickets click here.
When: May 22-31 / Where: Grand Théâtre, place de la Comédie, 33000 BORDEAUX
Last chance to see the D’un soleil à l’autre exhibition
In the D’un soleil à l’autre exhibition artists present their poetic journey in space. Aspects like elastic distances, weightlessness, dazzling, infinitely large landscapes and incandescent materials are beautifully translated into contemporary digital art. La Base sous marine is known for the phenomenal use of their unique space for art, so don’t miss this one. The exhibition will be presented at the museum until May 19. For more info click here.
When: March 9 – May 19 / Where:Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux
When art and design take on glass
A new temporary exhibition was inaugurated at the Cité du Vin in March. The exhibition beautifully combines the wine and glass worlds. It includes the works of several glass designers who all modified and reinvented wine glasses and bottles. For more details click here.
When: March 15 – June 30 / Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Les chōchin du Japon- exhibition
This is the last chance to see the Les chōchin du Japon exhibition at the Musée des art décoratifs that is dedicated to special lamps that were declared a “traditional craft knowledge” in Japan. The exhibition will be presented at the museum until May 19. For more info click here.
When: untilMay 19 / Where: Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
Festins – a funky exhibition at the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute
Yet another great exhibition is presented these days at the Institut Bernard Magrez. Festins is an exhibition by two artists, Gérard RANCINAN and Caroline GAUDRIAULT, that have been working together in the last 20 years and have now agreed to present their works at the museum. For more details click here. The exhibition will be presented at the institute until June 9.
When: March 7 – June 9 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
If you’re visiting Bordeaux for one of the wine events, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, that will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visits in Bordeaux. Also, if you have more days to spend in our beautiful region, check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux.
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