Summer in Bordeaux is pure fun and you don’t really need much to entertain yourself here. But with so many events, festivals and activities scheduled for August, it’s good to be up to date so you don’t miss out on something special. This month I also added some info about fun locations in Bordeaux where you could spend your summer days doing nothing (swimming pools, a bar on the beach etc..). So here we go, this is the list of things to do in August in and around Bordeaux.
Summer events in Bordeaux Metropole
Starry Night in the Observatory of Bordeaux
The theme of the 28th edition “Nuit des Etoiles” event, that will take place on August 3, is ” Mars, the little sister of planet earth”. The program of the evening includes observing stars, a planetarium, an expo and more. The entrance to the event is free. See the full program here and more details here.
When: August 3
Where:13 avenue Pierre Curie à FLOIRAC (33270)
The third part of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on August 12 in Parc Palmer and will include a lineup of three djs. Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them.
See more info about the event on their facebook page.
When: August 12
Where: Parc Palmer, 33150 Cenon
Dance on the Quai
Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing styles like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily until August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.
When: Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux
Quai des Sports
This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel. The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, badminton evening (July 14th) and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed for kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer. Check the full program here.
When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel
International Mojito Festival
Sometimes all you need on a hot summer day is a refreshing alcoholic drink , and there isn’t much that beats a cold Mojito. The international Mojito Festival is a three days event (August 24-26) in which you could drink tasty Mojitos and dance salsa in many bars in Bordeaux. To participate in the festival you will have to purchase a 6€ pass.
To buy tickets click here. For more info follow the facebook page of the festival.
When: August 24 – 26
Where: Different bars in Bordeaux – follow their facebook page for updates.
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. This is the last month of the 9th edition of this festival and it will be full with performances by both local groups and international acts in many genres of music. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.
When: until August 31
Where: different locations in Bordeaux, take a look at the program above.
Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer
Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy are taking place between July 8 and September 25. These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.
When: Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.
Puppets Theater for Kids
Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry in France which holds daily spectacles for kids in Parc Bordelais during the summer (July and August). The show usually starts at 16:00 but can be cancelled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. Read more about the theater here.
When: Daily during July – August at 16:00
Where: Parc Bordelais
Festival international d’orgues
This is a one of a kind festival in France, proposing numerous organ concerts during the summer in three of the biggest churches of Bordeaux. The concerts will take place between July 10 and August 31 in the following locations:
- Every Tuesday in Cathédrale Saint André
- Every Wednesday in Abbatiale Sainte Croix
- Every Thursdday in Basilique Saint-Michel
You can see the full list of performances here.
When: July 10- August 30 at 18:00
Where: Cathédrale Saint André, Abbatiale Sainte Croix, Basilique Saint-Michel
The summer pavilion on the right side of the river
Every summer in the last four years the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with great weekly events that all music and gastronomy lovers will appreciate. The association calls their summer village “un espace de bonheur partagé (a space of shared happiness) and invites you every Friday and Saturday until September 22 to a musical and culinary journey. For the specific program of each event, follow my weekly weekend posts about what to do in Bordeaux.
When: Until September 22
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France
Les Chantiers de la Garonne – a sandy beach in the middle of the city
If you want to stay in the city but still have a beach atmosphere, this hidden gem is exactly what you need. Les Chantiers de la Garonne is a bar/ restaurant located on the right bank of the Garonne (in front of Darwin) with a beautiful view on the river and historic Bordeaux. While the interior of the restaurant is beautiful, I personally prefer the outside beach with low tables that create a very laid back and cool atmosphere. If you choose to sit outside you can order delicious oysters from the cold menu. This place is open only in the summer so don’t miss out.
When: open daily between 12-14:30 and 19″30 -22:00
Where: 21 Quai de Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Go to one of the city pools
The temperatures in August tend to get very high in Bordeaux and if you come with kids it can be a challenge to keep them busy outside. The pool is a great solution for that. There are several pools in Bordeaux with slides and plenty of other cool stuff for kids and adults. Check out the list of the best pools in this great post in the Bordeaux Expats blog- “Swimming with kids around Bordeaux“.
Summer events around Bordeaux
Reggae Sun Ska music festival
The 22nd edition of this fun reggae festival will take place at the Domaine Equestre de Nodri in Vertheuil, which is located in the Medoc area (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the first weekend of August (3-5). The impressive long line up includes tens of performers from the reggae scene. You can check out the full line up here.
Although it’s a bit far from Bordeaux you don’t have to own a car to enjoy the festival, you could get there by train (Lesparre ou Pauillac stations) or a bus (line 703). For more info check out the facebook page of the festival and for tickets click here.
When: August 3-5
Where: 1 rue du Maquis, 33180 Vertheuil, Aquitaine, France
Arcachon En Scene
Archachon en Scene is a popular music festival that brings big French and international acts to perform in this beautiful town. This year’s program includes Claudio Capeo (July 27), Martin Solveig and Ofenbach (August 1st) and IAM (August 3). For more info check out the facebook page of the event, for tickets click here.
When: July 27, August 1st and 3rd
Where: Stade Vélodrome d’Arcachon
The Musicalarue is a a big music festival that will take place in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the weekend of August 10-12. The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, including some big names such as Shaka Ponk, Gaël Faure and Matmatah – to see the full program click here. For more info and tickets check out the facebook page of the festival.
When: August 10-12
Where: Les Cigales – 273 rue des écoles, 40430 Luxey, Aquitaine
La Bataille de Castillon
La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place on more than 10 evenings during the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions and workshops of medieval art and more. For more info and tickets check out here and here.
When: Until August 25
Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE
Exhibitions in Bordeaux
Urban Legends Exhibition
Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux. The exhibition follows the evolution of street art from the 80s until today and presents different art styles from graffiti, to video art, vitrage paintings, works on wood, fabric and much more. This is a must for any street art lover.
For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.
When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux
Exhibition dedicated to Jack London
A photography exhibition that follows the life and work of the famous author, Jack London, will be presented in the Musée d’Aquitaine from May 29 to December 2. Besides photographs, the museum will put on display many objects and documents from his journey through the islands of the South Pacific, San Francisco and Sydney between 1907 and 1909. See more info on the site of the museum.
When: May 29 to December 2
Where: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux
New exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts
“Par delà les frontières” is a new exhibition displaying materials representing relations and cooperations of American and Bordelaise artists, such as photographs, design pieces, interviews, videos and more. The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of fine arts from June 30 to September 16. For more info click here.
When: June 30- September 16.
Where: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux
Luminopolis at Cap Sciences
This is the last chance to see the Luminopolis exhibition that has been running since June 2017 in Cap Sciences. Luminopolis is a light exposition structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out. The exhibition is a perfect activity if you come to Bordeaux with kids (over 6 years old) and will be presented in the museum until the end of the month, price ticket in 8 euros. See more info here.
Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
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