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The summer is fully on in Bordeaux and with it come open air events where you can dance and enjoy being outdoors with your friends and family. One of the biggest events is the Weekend de L’art Contemporain with more than 150 artists presenting their works all over Bordeaux. If you’re fed up with the city center, there are plenty of great festivals in different parts of the metropole you can go to. If you’re more into art this weekend, check out my new article about the best exhibitions to see this summer in Bordeaux. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (July 5-7): 

Weekend de L’art Contemporain 

The contemporary art weekend will take place on July 5-7 in different art institutions in Bordeaux.  During three days, 40 locations in Bordeaux metropole will open their doors to the public and present artworks from more than 150 contemporary artists. The inauguration evening will take place on July 4 on the IBoat, see more details here. For the full program click here

When:  July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux (see the program)

Zinefest

Zinefest is a festival dedicated to comics, illustrations, photography and poetry. The festival includes several expositions and concerts by both French and international artists and will take place in several venues in the south of Bordeaux. Check out the full program of events here.

When: July 1-7 / Where: Different locations next to Marché des Douves in Bordeaux Sud (check out the program).

Jalles House Rock

Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free (they do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event). This year the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles takes place on July 4-6. For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: July 4-6 / Where: 1 chemin de Cantelaude, 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles

Festival Rues et Vous

This is the 12th edition of Festival Rue et Vous, a performance art festival taking place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival will take place on July 5-7 and will include a rich program of theater, dance, circus and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

When: July 5-7 / Where: Rions

Summer of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The concerts will take place on July 3-12. See the full program here.

When:  July 3 -12 / Where: Different locations, see program above

Les 24h du Swing

This is the 30th edition of ‘les 24h du Swing’, a swing festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7)  in Monségur. More than 40 concerts will take place at different locations like Bastide Monséguraise, des Tilleuls à la Halle and different bars and restaurants in Monségur. For more info and tickers click here

When:  July 5-7  / Where: several locations in Monségur

INSITU – Lire le Monde

INSITU is a fun literature festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7) in different places in Bordeaux metropole. The concept of the festival is a marathon of events where texts, written by foreign authors, are read by French comedians in surprising locations like a chocolate shop, a synagogue, a greenhouse and more. For the full program and list of locations click here. The reading events are free but require prior reservation (click here to register). 

When:  July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux metropole

Bordeaux Open Air

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. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (July 7) in Jardin public. For more details click here.

When:  July 7 / Where: Jardin Public, Bordeaux

Senefesti

Senefesti is a festival celebrating African culture through dance and music performances. The event will take place this Saturday(July 6) in Parc Palmer in Cenon. For more details click here.

When: July 6/ Where: Parc de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and families to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The events will take place throughout the summer from July 5 to August 31 and are free. For the specific program of each event, follow my weekend posts about what to do in Bordeaux. For more details click here.

When:  From July 5 to August 31 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Relache Festival

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 two events are about to take place this weekend (July 5 -7) at Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos. For the lineup and more details click here.

When:  July 5-7 / Where: Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux 

Journee de l’elevage et des produits du terroir in Bazas

The traditional day of local products and animal farming is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in the historic town of Bazas. A big exhibition of animals will take place on place de la Cathédrale among them cows, sheep, horses and more. The program also includes a cattle competition, concerts, local food, sheep shearing and more. For more info click here

When:  July 6, 11:00 – 23:00  / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas 

Larrostréa

Larrostréa is an event in Gujan-Mestras celebrating the oyster cabanes and the traditional oyster farming boats. During three days (July 5-7) plenty of nice activities will take place on Port de Larros such as a  boat parade, art exhibitions, concerts and more. For more details click here

Port Larros - Gujan Mestras
Port Larros – Gujan Mestras
When: July 5-7 / Where: Port de Larros, 33470 Gujan-Mestras, France

Micro-Festival Balterno!

Micro-Festival Balterno is a music event that is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in Parc de Mussonville in Bègles. It’s a free event with nine hours of non-stop music with six concerts and an art exhibition, all in a fun atmosphere in a charming park. For more info click here

When:  July 6, starting 16:00  / Where: Avenue Alexis Labro, 33130 Bègles

Pétanque Electronique in Canéjan 

If you love to play Petanque, this is your weekend. Pétanque Electronique is an event taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Canéjan. The program includes a petanque competition (in groups of three), concerts and food. For more info click here. Bring your own petanque balls 

When:  July 6-7 / Where: Avenue du Barricot, 33610 Canéjan

Festival PLAY in Gradignan 

PLAY is a free sports festival taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Gradignan. During two days plenty of sportive, artistic, digital and cultural activities will take place in different locations in the city, among them Parc de l’Ermitage, Conservatoire de Musique de Gradignan, trocké Caféand Gymnase Toupiac.  For the full program click here

When:  July 6-7 / Where: different location in Gradignan

Foire aux Rosés

The Foire aux Rosés is the perfect event for this hot summer. 47 Rosé producers from all over France will offer tastings and great deals on their wines. The event will take place this Saturday (July 6) in Hangar 14 on quai des Chartrons. For more details click here

When:  July 6  / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Lacanau fête l’été

Lacanau Ocean will celebrate this Saturday (July 6) a day of activities for the whole family, an oyster buffet and salsa dancing in the evening. For more details click here. 

When: July 6  / Where: the main beach of Lacanau-Océan

Soirée Blanche

Another summer celebration is happening this Friday (July 5) at the Restaurant du StadeBordelais in Le Bouscat. To celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation they initiated a white evening with Dj sets and a lot of tapas. The dress code is white of course 🙂 For more details click here

When:  July 5, starting 19:00  / Where: 2 rue Ferdinand de Lesseps, 33110 Le Bouscat

If you want to see art this weekend check out my post about the best exhibitions in Bordeaux this summer.

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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This is going to be a very musical weekend with a lot of music festivals in Pessac, Bacalan, different parks in Bordeaux and the big one, the GaroRock in Marmand. Also, the sales have started this weekend, so it’s a good opportunity to hit the stores. If you want to travel a bit, there are quite a lot of activities in Saint Emilion this weekend, with celebrations of the 20 years to the Unesco declaration. You can also just go traveling to the Medoc area by following my new guide to the Medoc wine region.

Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (June 28-30).

Saint Emilion celebrates 20 years in Unesco

In 1999, Saint Emilion was the first vineyard to enter the UNESCO  world heritage list. This year, to marks the 20th anniversary of this nomination, Saint Emilion invites you to a weekend full of fun events in the village and the châteaux around it. The program includes concerts, markets, guided tours, open doors at the wineries and more. For more details click here and for the full program here. The event will take place on June 28-30.

If you’re wondering which wineries you should visit while there, check out my recent post about the best châteaux to visit in Saint Emilion.

When: June 28-30 / Where: Saint Emilion

Les Tropicales – film festival

The Tropicales is a cinema festival created to encourage people to share their thoughts and feelings about different movies. This year’s program includes many popular films as well as new movies that were premiered at the Cannes festival, outdoor screenings, debates and more. The festival will take place on June 27-30 in Cinéma Utopia and Place du Palais. Take a look at the full program.

When: June 27-30 / Where: Cinéma Utopia and Place du Palais, Bordeaux

Festival Les Z’Arpètes

This is the 17th edition of this outdoor arts festival that takes place this Friday and Saturday (June 28-29) in Villenave d’Ornon. the two-day festival includes a very rich program of concerts and performances as well as an artisans’ market and many activities for kids. Check out the full program here.

When:  June 29-29 / Where: Plaine de Courréjean, Chemin de la Caminasse, 33140 Villenave d’Ornon

Festival en Bonne Voix

This is the 13th edition of the Bonne Voix festival, a free event that takes place every year in Parc Razon in the center of Pessac and proposes a rich program of French music. This year the festival will take place on Saturday (June 29) and will include artists like Sinclair, Léa Paci, Delta, Bancal Chéri and others. For more info click here

When:  June 29 / Where: Parc Razon, 33600 Pessac

Festival Mur du Souffle – Street art live

Mur du Souffle is an artistic association that fights against the Cystic fibrosis disease. This weekend (June 29-30) they invite you to a live street art festival in Bruges. during two days, four street artists (Rouge, DACO, KARTE and MIKA) will paint in three different locations in the city. The program also includes a music concert, food and activities for kids. For more info click here

When:  June 29-30 / Where: Bruges – Tram C – Arrêt Ausone

Festival des arts et des cultures Grand Parc en Scène

The Grand Festival was created to reunite people through art and culture. The artistic program includes culinary activities, workshops, circus, dance, DJ sets and more. For more info click here. The free festival will take place this weekend (June 28-29) at Place de l’Europe.

When:  June 28-29 / Where: Place de l’Europe, 33300 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Open Air

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. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The first event this summer is taking place this Sunday (June 30 ) at Square Dom Bedos. The locations of the following events have not been published yet. For more details click here.

When:  June 30 / Where: Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux

Fête de la pirogue

Fête de la pirogue is a fun festival that celebrates the Tahitienne culture and gastronomy with activities like traditional dance, an artisan village, traditional food and more. The event will take place this weekend (June 29-30) on Plage du Moutchic at Lacanau lake.  For more info click here

When:  June 29-30 / Where: Plage du Moutchic, 33680 Lacanau

Week-end découverte des plantes sauvages comestibles médicinales

A discovery weekend of wild, edible and medicinal plants will take place this weekend (June 29-30) at Ferme d’Hortélie in Saint-Sauveur. The program includes a discovery walk of wild plants, lunch in the farm, workshops on aromatic plants and oil fabrication and more. Check out the full program here

When:  June 29-30 / Where: 12 bis route de la Garosse – 33250 Saint-Sauveur

Festival Garorock

One of the biggest music festivals in our region is taking place on June 27-30  in Marmande (about an hour drive from Bordeaux). Garorock is an international festival with 5 big stages that will host more than 50 French and international artists. For more info and tickets click here.

When:  June 27-30 / Where: Plaine de la Filhole, 47200 Marmande

If you want to discover other festivals taking place in the region, check out my post about the best music festivals around Bordeaux.

Festival Connexion Brasil

This fun event is about to take place this weekend (June 29-30) in different locations in Bacalan. During the two days, plenty of fun activities related to music and dance from Brazil will take place in locations like Les Vivres de l’Art, Halles de Bacalan and others. For more info click here

When: June 29-30 / Where: Different location in Bacalan, Bordeaux

Meeting de l’Air de Cazaux

La base aérienne 120 de Cazaux is one of the biggest economic actors in the region. This weekend (June 29-30) the airbase opens its doors to the public with plenty of demonstrations of their airplanes. For tickets and more info click here

When: June 29-30 / Where: Base aerienne 120 – BP 70413, 33260 Cazaux

Eysines Goes Soul 

The annual soul festival in Eysines will take place this Friday (June 28)  at the Domaine du Pinsan. You are invited to bring your picnic to the park and celebrate the summer with concerts of soul, rock, funk and blues. The evening will end with a fireworks show. For more details and the lineup click here. The event is free. 

When:  June 28 / Where: Domaine du Pinsan, Eysines

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 28) at Chartreuse Saint-André. For the full program click here.

When:  June 28 / Where: Chartreuse Saint-André, Bordeaux

Soirée dj set croisière

How about a party on a boat, sounds nice, right? That’s exactly what you can do this Sunday afternoon (June 30). The boat-restaurant SICAMBRE invites you to get on board and enjoy three hours of music, wine, snacks and a guided tour of Bordeaux on the water. The tour starts at Quai des Chartrons. For tickets and more details click here

When:  June 30 / Where: Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux

SUNDUB Session

SUNDUB is a music event dedicated to Reggae & Dub music with a great lineup of free concerts. The event is taking place once a month from June to October. This month Sundub will take place on Sunday (June 30) at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in Pessac. For more details click here

When: June 30, from 14:00 / Where: Esplanade des Antilles, Domaine universitaire, 33607 Pessac,

PIK NIK ZIK – free concerts

Pik Nik Zik is a series of free concerts organized by the Les P’tits Gratteurs association, that will take place every last Sunday of the Month from April to August. This week the event will take place on Sunday (June 30) at the Quai des sports Saint-Michel. For more details click here.

When: June 30, starting 17:00 / Where: Quai des sports Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

Last chance to see the “When art and design take on glass” exhibition

This is the last chance to see this beautiful glass exhibition at the Cité du Vin. 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

That’s it for this weekend 🙂

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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This weekend the events are really varied so everyone can easily find something they like. We have a dance and circus festival, a climate change mega concert, a comics festival, a rosé party and more. If you’re heading to Arcachon this weekend, check out my latest post about things to do and eat in Arcachon. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (May 24-26).

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)

WISFEST – Climate change festival

Wisfest is a climate change event that will take place this weekend (May 24-25) in the center of Bordeaux. The event includes plenty of debates on the most burning topics related to environmental and climate change. The climax of the event is the mega concert that will take place Friday night (May 24) at Place des Quinconces, with an incredible lineup of artists such as Mika, Tom Walker and more. You can see more details here and purchase tickets here.

When: May 24-25 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

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 24-26. 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

Le Mai talençais

A super fun and free event for kids will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in park Peixotto in Talence. The program includes concerts, a creators market, activities for kids and fireworks on Saturday night. For more details click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: Parc de Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Festival de la BD in La Teste de Buch

Festival de la BD, a comics fair, will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in La Teste de Buch at the Bassin d’Arcachon. The event will host about 40 professionals from the illustration world. Among them cartoonists, writers and colorists. For more details click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: 18 Rue du 14 Juillet, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Sous les pavés la vigne

Sous les pavés la vigne is a natural wine fair taking place this weekend (May 25-26) at Le Garage Moderne. More than 50 producers of wine, beer and other spirits will present their organic products during the two-day event. For the full program of the event click here.

When: May 25-26 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux

Les Cogitations

Les Cogitations is a mocking art festival taking place in the L’entrepot in Lehaillan on May 22-25. Check out the full list of the performers here.

When: May 22-25 / Where: 13 rue Georges Clémenceau – Le Haillan

Le grand Apérosé

This Saturday (May 25), Les Vivres de l’Art will host a fun Apérosé event. Rosé and music in one of the coolest places in Bordeaux, what more do you need on a weekend? For more details click here.

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: May 25, from 12:00 to 20:00 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Festival Escape Game et Imaginaire

An escape game festival will take place this weekend (May 25-26) in the charming village of Saint Macaire. Tens of different activities such as escape games, workshops and parties will take place in the first edition of the festival. For more info click here.

When: May 25 – 26 / Where: the center of Saint Macaire

Marché de créateurs et producteurs

Especially for the French mothers’ day, a creators market will take place this Saturday (May 25) in Parc du Castel in Floriac. For more details click here.

When: May 25 / Where: Parc du Castel 33270 Floirac

Caravansérail

Caravansérail is a design event that brings together creators and craftsmen from all over the world. Among the stands, you’ll find home decoration, candles, bags, jewelry and more.  The sale takes place on May 22-26 at Chineurs du monde, the brocante shop in the Saint Michel neighborhood. For more details click here.

When: May 22-26 / Where: Boutique Chineurs du Monde, 75 Rue Camille Sauvageau, Bordeaux

Foire de Printemps in Noaillan

A fair of gastronomy and crafts will take place this Sunday (May 26) in Noaillan. The event will also include a big vide grenier. For more details click here.

When: May 26 / Where: Lieu-dit Antonion, 33730 Noaillan

PIK NIK ZIK – free concerts

Pik Nik Zik is a series of free concerts organized by the Les P’tits Gratteurs association, that will take place every last Sunday of the Month from April to August. This week the event will take place on Sunday (May 26) at the Quai des sports Saint-Michel. For more details click here.

When: May 26, starting 17:00 / Where: Quai des sports Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

Quatre Tendances – Dance show

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

Jazz concert

The Thelonious Jazz bar in Chartrons will host two Jazz nights this Friday and Saturday (May 24-25). Check out their program here.

When: May 24-25 / Where: 18 rue Bourbon, Bordeaux

Le M.U.R de Bordeaux Performance

A-MO is the Bordelaise artist whose work will decorate the M.U.R de Bordeaux. You can meet him and see him perform his art on the wall this Friday (May 24). For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24, at 18:00 / Where: place Paul et Jean-Paul Avisseau 33300 Bordeaux

Noche Del Pintxo

Noche del Pintxo is a fun event taking place in Halles de Talence once a month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. The event will take place this Friday (May 24). For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24  18:30- 22:30 / Where: Place Alcala de Henares, 33400 Talence

Mama’s Brunch

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

When: May 26 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

Swing on the streets

Swing In Kiosque is a series of improvised dance events that are taking place in Jardin Public once a month. This weekend the event will take place on May 26. Take a look at the full program of events on their facebook page.

When: May 26 at 15:00 / Where: Jardin Public

Journées Portes & Bouteilles Ouvertes

An open doors event will take place this weekend (May 25-26) at Château de Bel located on the board of the Dordogne river. For more details click here.  

When: May 25-26 / Where: Château De Bel, 1 Malbâtit, 33500 Arveyres

The Big Plants Sale

A big plants sale will take place this weekend (May 24-26) on Quai des Marques Bordeaux. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with summer plants. For more details follow the facebook page of the event.

When: May 24-24 / Where: Hangar 15 à 19 – Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s all for this weekend! If you want to leave Bordeaux for the weekend check out my posts about the best day trips from Bordeaux and the best chateaux to visit in Saint Emilion. If you want to have a super foodie experience, check out the Lost in Bordeaux food tours 🙂

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If you want to know what other events are taking place next month in the city, check out my post about the best things to do in June in Bordeaux.

Have a great weekend!

Bordeaux is a very lively city with plenty of restaurants, boutiques, and interesting places to visit. So if you want to fully enjoy all this city has to offer, choosing the right hotel or apartment location is crucial. The most vibrant and central neighborhood in Bordeaux is Saint Pierre and if you don’t have a tight budget or other constraints (kids, noise, vicinity to the train station, etc.) it’s a great area to stay in. But you shouldn’t limit yourself to Saint Pierre, there are lots of good neighborhoods in Bordeaux.

In this guide, I’ll help you discover the best areas to stay in Bordeaux: lively neighborhoods, hipster districts, and the best areas for families visiting the city. I also added a few recommended hotels to some of my district descriptions in case you’re not an Airb&b kind of person 🙂 If you need more recommendations for hotels in the city center, check out my post about the best hotels in Bordeaux for every budget. If you’re planning to do a weekend in Saint Emilion, here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in the Saint Emilion region

Let’s dive in!


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Central Areas in Bordeaux

Saint Pierre and Saint Paul – The historic center of Bordeaux

Saint Pierre and Saint Paul districts represent the historic heart of the city. These are the most vibrant and lively areas in Bordeaux, where you stroll by paved narrow streets, charming squares, and several famous monuments (the Miroir d’eau, place de la Bourse, and others). it’s also the heart of the gastronomic scene in Bordeaux, with plenty of amazing restaurants, cocktail bars, and hip cafés. Many are concentrated around the Place Fernand Lafargue, especially on rue Saint James. In Saint Pierre, almost every street has a good restaurant, but the best bars are on rue Parlement Saint Pierre and rue Parlement Sainte Catherine.

The neighborhoods are bounded by the Opera of Bordeaux from the north and rue Victor Hugo from the South. Going east you can enjoy a pleasant stroll on the gorgeous promenade of the Garonne River. The western border of the historic center is marked by rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe hosting all the main retail stores as well as several smaller boutiques.

You can find plenty of Airbnb apartments in this area but they will usually be more expensive. Also, you should know that some of the streets can be a bit noisy at night.
There are lots of little hotels in this touristy area. If you’re looking for something very simple but with good value for money I recommend staying at Hôtel Acanthe. Another good option is the Quality hotel, which is a very nice 3- star hotel.
You can see more recommendations for hotels in the Saint Pierre district in my post about the best places to stay in Bordeaux.  

Pey Berland and Meriadeck – the administrative district of Bordeaux

Bordering the historic center is the Pey Berland neighborhood, home to the main Cathedral of Bordeaux, Saint André and the city hall (Hotel du Ville). This is one of Bordeaux’s central neighborhoods located within a walking distance from all the main monuments in Bordeaux. Pey Berland is also known as the museum district of Bordeaux with several good museums worth visiting: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design and the Musée d’Aquitaine (a regional history museum).

Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux
Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux

This district is also a hub for the new wave of hip quality cafés emerging around Bordeaux such as SIP, The Blacklist, l’Alchimiste and Gusco. If Sainte Catherine left you hungry for more shopping, this district will not disappoint you. Plenty of clothing boutiques and art galleries are located between the town hall, place Gambetta and Cours de l’independance. On rainy days, you can also visit the Mériadeck, the only shopping mall in the center of Bordeaux. If you’re looking for accommodation in this area but still want to feel the historic vibe of Bordeaux, try choosing a place to the east side of Cours d’Albret.

In this district, you can find the coolest hotel in town  – the Mama Shelter. Stylish rooms, a good restaurant and a super chic rooftop bar with the best view of Bordeaux. What more do you need? If you’re traveling with kids, Novotel can be a good option for you. It’s located within 10 minutes walk from the center of Bordeaux and they offer big rooms that will fit your whole family.

Quinconces and Triangle d’Or – The fancy area of Bordeaux

Opera of Bordeaux
The Opera of Bordeaux

To the north of the historic center, we find the Triangle d’Or district, where the architecture mostly dates back to the 18th century. You’ll immediately notice the contrast in scenery coming from the narrow paved streets of old Bordeaux to the wide boulevards and elegant facades of the Triangle d’Or. This is the fancy part of Bordeaux, abundant with luxury boutiques and some of the best chocolatiers in Bordeaux.

The neighborhood also borders Jardin Public, the biggest park in the center of Bordeaux, making it a very kid-friendly area. Triangle d’Or is also the home of the Opera of Bordeaux as well as the Esplanade des Quinconces, one of the biggest squares in France. Several times a year, different fairs take place at the square or on the Allée de Tourney. Among them are the Christmas market, the big brocante (flea and antique market) of Bordeaux and an amusement park. In my blog I cover all the main events taking place in the city during the year, so for more updates follow my monthly and weekly lists.

This district is home to the more fancy and prestigious hotels. Hôtel de Sèze is a beautiful 4-star hotel that also has a Spa. Another option would be the very popular Le Boutique Hotel. They have a few very chic rooms and a great bar where they offer wine tastings (you can read more about it here).

Chartrons – the posh area of Bordeaux

Chartrons in Bordeaux
The Chartrons district in Bordeaux

The Chartrons district, neighboring esplanade des Quinconces, starts the northern part of Bordeaux. It’s quite a big district but the more interesting part of it lies next to the riverfront and around the long rue Notre Dame, one of the poshest streets in Bordeaux. This central street and the little ones surrounding it are full of excellent restaurants, trendy boutiques and antique shops.

The Chartrons riverfront is characterized by warehouses once used by foreign merchants to age and store wine. It gives the neighborhood a vibe different than the rest of the city. Also, every Sunday a big market takes place on Quai des Chartrons, gathering many tourists and locals from all parts of the city. So even if you don’t stay there, don’t miss this charming neighborhood.

In the Chartrons district, you can stay at Casa Blanca, a very cozy and stylish B&B with a yummy breakfast. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the main square of this chic neighborhood and is also super close to the main park of Bordeaux, Jardin Public. 

Saint Michel, Saint Croix and Victoire  – the Cosmopolitan areas of Bordeaux

Saint Michel in Bordeaux
Saint Michel in Bordeaux

If you’re looking to lower your budget or change the scenery from classic Bordeaux, the southern districts of the city are a great option. Saint Michel, Saint Croix and Victoire are the cosmopolitan districts of the city. A very mixed population lives in these neighborhoods, you could find international students, artists and immigrant merchant families. The area has a lively culinary scene, from the main market of Bordeaux to local bars and cute little restaurants. If you’re a foodie, check out my food tours in the main market of Bordeaux.
Although it’s only a few minutes walk from the city center, apartments in this area are considerably cheaper than the neighboring Saint Paul district.

The best known hotel in this district is Maison Fredon, a little boutique hotel located in a beautifully renovated 18th-century house. There are only five rooms in this hotel, all uniquely designed to combine modern decor with the classic style of a bourgeois bordelaise house.

Click here to read more about things to do in Saint Michel.

Jardin Public and Saint Seurin – the quiet and green area of Bordeaux

Jardin Public and Saint Seurin are two residential neighborhoods, located quite close to the city center. If you’re planning a trip to Bordeaux with kids, these neighborhoods are perfect as they are calm and close to the main park of Bordeaux, Jardin Public. They are within a short walking distance from the Opera of Bordeaux and some of the best restaurants in the city so you won’t feel isolated.

If you decide to stay in this area, Villa Victor Louis is your place. A charming boutique hotel with beautiful decor and a nice little garden which is just perfect to spend your summer days.

The more distant neighborhoods in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is not a big city and you can easily reach the center from several other more distant districts. So if the center of Bordeaux is a bit out of your budget, consider some of the following areas. Another option would be to look for something on one of the tramlines as those are very regular, as opposed to buses in Bordeaux. Here is the map of the tramline in Bordeaux, to make it easier for you to do your search.

Bastide – the other side of the river

LES CHANTIERS DE LA GARONNE
The hip area of Bordeaux

While most of the historic monuments are located on the west side (rive gauche) of the Garonne, rive droite has its own charm and can be a good place to stay in Bordeaux. By crossing the central bridge of Bordeaux (Pont Pierre) you arrive at the Bastide neighborhood. Until quite recently it was a sleepy residential neighborhood but in the last decade, it transformed into a hip area where many locals love to spend their weekends.

This district is especially charming from May to October when you can enjoy all its green areas and all the summer bars and restaurants on the riverfront which are then open for the summer season. Bastide is still much cheaper then the center of Bordeaux and can be a great option if you’re on a budget. However, to still feel like you’re close to the city center, search for a hotel or apartment close to Tram A. This line will take you through Pont Pierre to Hotel du Ville in just a few minutes ride.

There is a new cool eco-friendly hotel in this neighborhood, named Eklo. It has a very young design and it’s located just next to Darwin. However, I would mainly recommend it to young travelers or families with kids who want to sleep in the same eco-friendly room 🙂

Bacalan – The grungy area of Bordeaux

bassins a flot
The grungy part of Bordeaux

Neighboring Chartrons from the north is the Bacalan district, located about 30 minutes walk from the center of Bordeaux. They are a far not only in their geographical distance but also in their landscape. The Bacalan neighborhood is built around the port of Bordeaux and has a very grungy look to it as opposed to the classic city center. In recent years, the city of Bordeaux has been transforming this neighborhood into one of the most interesting areas in the city. Apart from the magnificent Cité du Vin, it also houses some of the best music venues and has a thriving street art scene. If you chose to stay in this area, be sure to stay in the Southern part (close to the Chartrons district) and as close as possible to the tramline (Tram B) that will take you to the city center in a few minutes.

The best option in Bacalan, in my opinion, is the Seeko’o Hotel which has a very urban and cool design to it. It’s located just next to the riverfront and within a few minutes walk from the big wine museum of Bordeaux. Another great option is the Radisson Blu hotel which is located on the Bassin a Flot and has one of the best rooftop bars in town.

If you want to learn more about things to do in the Bacalan neighborhood, click here.

Gare Saint Jean – next to the train station

Saint-Jean isn’t one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Bordeaux and in some parts can be a bit shady. However, if you need to catch a train early in the morning staying there can be quite practical. And it’s also much more affordable than the center of Bordeaux, which you can easily reach with the Tram Line C. There are some nice hotels on the way from the train station to the riverfront (the quai) and, generally speaking, this is the nicer part around Gare Saint-Jean. Also, Quai des Paludate is home to some of Bordeaux’s night clubs and to the new Boca food market. Gradually and with a lot of investment from the city of Bordeaux, this area is becoming more popular and the stay can indeed be quite nice.

Hôtel Mercure is a good option if you want to stay next to the train station. It’s not very new but the rooms are comfortable and clean. If you’re looking for something fancier, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel is also within a few minutes walk from the station. It is however located a bit further from the city center so take that into consideration.

Saint Agustin

One of the most family friendly neighborhoods in Bordeaux is Saint Augustin. It’s a small quiet neighborhood, located about 20 min (by tram) from the city center and a walking distance from two beautiful parks in Bordeaux, Parc bourran and Parc Bordelais. The neighborhood has a little center with a few restaurants and a weekly market.

Saint Genes and Nansouty

South to the center, you can find Saint Genes and Nansouty. These are two quiet neighborhoods bordering Place de la Victoire from the South. There isn’t much to do here but it’s only about a 15 minutes walk from the center and it’s conveniently placed on the tram line B that takes you to all the main spots  in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Lac

The Bordeaux Lac district is located in the north, quite far from the center of Bordeaux. Apart from cheaper rates, its main advantage is being close to the parc des expositions, where many of Bordeaux’s fairs and salons take place. So if you come to Bordeaux for a conference this will be a good option for you. Also, if the shopping in the city center was not enough, Bordeaux Lac has one of the biggest shopping centers in the region.

As its name suggests, the neighborhood has a big lake with a popular beach that is open to the public during the summer. You can reach the exhibition park, the shopping center and the beach by line C from the center of Bordeaux.  

I hope this article covers everything you need to know about the different neighborhoods you can stay in when visiting Bordeaux. If you need more specific recommendations, check out my post about the best hotels in the city center.

If it’s your first time visiting Bordeaux, here are a few other articles you’ll find useful:
Things to do in Bordeaux, France – the ultimate guide
10 day trips from Bordeaux by train
30 things to do in Bordeaux with kids

If you’re moving to Bordeaux, be sure to check out the Bordeaux Expats website which is full of valuable knowledge for newcomers.  

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This weekend you’ll find a lot of artistic events in the program as well as gardening activities because after all, it’s springtime. The biggest event this weekend is the Wine festival in Blaye, which is a beautiful place that you should definitely go to if you can. If you’re interested in boats don’t miss the big Salon Nautique in Arcachon. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (April 12-14).

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival will take place on April 13-14 at the Blaye Citadel. The annual wine festival brings together more than 80 winemakers. The program includes discovery workshops (introduction to tasting, mixing and food and wine pairing), guided visits of the magnificent citadel by train or horse and more. For the full program and tickets click here.

When: April 13-14 / Where: Citadelle de Blaye, 33390 Blaye

Salon Nautique d’Arcachon

The big Salon Nautique d’Arcachon will take place this weekend (April 12-14) at Port de Plaisance D Arcachon. This is a fabulous event for boat lovers. More than 150 exhibitors will participate in the Salon, with 450 boats stationed all over the port. The event will also include a night show a triathlon, and an exposition of an exceptionally big vessel. For more details click here.

When: April 12-14 / Where:14 Quai Goslar, 33120 Arcachon

Salon des Vins de France & Gastronomie du Sud-Ouest

This weekend (April 13-14) a fair of French wine and south west gastronomy will take place at the beautiful Château Malromé. The fair includes meetings with 25 wine makers and four local producers, tastings of some of the best French wines and a master class of food matching. For more details click here.

When: April 13-14 / Where: Château Malromé, 33490 Saint-André-du-Bois

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on April 7-14 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes and Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire. For the full program and all the details click here.

When: April 7-14 / Where: different locations, see the program

Bordeaux International Barrel Aged Festival

This is the first edition of the International Barrel Aged Festival that will bring together 20 different breweries and 10 distilleries from 14 countries. It’s a good opportunity to meet the best producers of beer and Gin, coming from Ireland, Finland, Spain and more. The evening will take place on Friday (April 12) at Mille et Une Bières Bordeaux. The program includes plenty of alcohol, a dj set and a food truck. For more details click here.

When: April 12, from 18:00 / Where: 42 Rue Edmond Besse, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Semaine de l’art 2019

On April 12-20 an art week will take place at the Abbaye de Verneuil in the médoc region. Six artists (a sculptor, a photographer, a graphic designer and more) will present their exhibitions at the abbey. The evening program includes plenty of concerts. For tickets and more info click here.

When: April 12-20 / Where: 2 Place Saint-Pierre, 33180 Vertheuil

Fête des Jardins

spring in Bordeaux
flowers in our garden 🙂

The 10th edition of the big celebration of gardening in le Bouscat will take place this weekend (April 13-14). More than 30 exhibitors and associations will help you flower your balconies, gardens and terraces. The event will also include activities for kids, exhibitions, concerts a market and more. For more details click here.

When: April 13-14 / Where: Parc de l’Ermitage, Rond-point de l’Ermitage – 33110 le Bouscat

Festival Lier

Festival Lier is an event that brings together several artists from different disciplines for an evening of cultural diversity. The program includes music from the balkans, afrobeat, French rock, beatbox and more. The event will take place this Saturday (April 13) at the Salle des fêtes Bordeaux Grand Parc at 18:00. For more info click here.

When: April 13, from 18:00 / Where: Salle des fêtes Bordeaux Grand Parc

Troc aux Plantes

This Saturday (April 13) a day dedicated to plants and gardening will take place at Place du Marché des Chartrons. There will be stands and activities aimed to teach you everything you need to know about gardening. For more info click here.

When: April 13 / Where: 7 Place du Marché des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Printemps des Artistes

Printemps des Artistes in the city of Langon reunites 15 artists for a family friendly event dedicated to visual art. The program includes workshops, exhibitions, performances and a painting contest. The event will take place at the Centre Culturel des Carmes 33 on April 13. For more details click here.

When: April 13 / Where: 8 place des Carmes, 33210 Langon

Mably Afro Acid w/ Maryisonacid

This Friday (April 12) cour Mably hosts a big free party that will include a dj-sets by Maryisonacid and Ana al Fabet. For more details click here.  

When: April 12, from 19:00 / Where: 3 rue Mably à Bordeaux

Students March for climate change

Join the students of Bordeaux for this important event. A student March for climate change will take place this Friday (April 12) at 14:00. The march will leave from Place de la Victoire. You can see more updates on their instagram page.

When: April 12 / Where: Place de la victoire

Le Bordeaux préféré de mon guide

This is a great opportunity to discover some hidden spots in Bordeaux. Every Sunday afternoon a guide from the Bordeaux tourist office will take you through an off the beaten track tour of Bordeaux where you will discover lesser known places in the city. For reservations and more info click here.

When: April 14 / Where: Bordeaux tourist office

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others. Get the full list of artists and more info about the event here.

photography exhibition at espace saint remi bordeaux
photo by : Gaelle Abravanel

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

D’un soleil à l’autre

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 from March 9 to May 19. For more info click here.

When: March 9 – May 19 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

If you need some ideas for things to do this weekend check out my new post about 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux.

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 15 things not miss in April in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux attracts many tourists coming for the wine, fine dining, and beautiful architecture. But many are unaware that it’s also a family-friendly city with plenty of things to do with kids. Beautiful gardens, adventure parks, climbing, biking and even discovering the wine world, the Bordeaux area has it all. In this list, I gathered 30 things you can do in Bordeaux and its surroundings with both small and big kids (including visiting wineries). My long list includes both outdoor and indoor activities (for those rainy days) in Bordeaux city as well as all over Gironde. I hope it will give you some ideas you didn’t think about! Let’s dig in!

Things to do with kids in Bordeaux center

Splash in the Miroir d’eau

The biggest water mirror in the world is one of the best things to do with kids when the temperatures rise in Bordeaux. Every 15 minutes the water rises and creates a very shallow pool where kids can run and splash in the water. When tired you can have a picnic at the little garden right next to it.

Eat in a kids friendly restaurant

Bordeaux is the city of restaurants but we all know how exhausting it can be with kids. That’s why you must have a list of a few good kids friendly restaurants you can go to when you start recognizing those kids hunger tantrums :). Here are a few kids friendly restaurants in Bordeaux: Osteria pizzeria de bartolo and It for Italian food, Santosha next to the Grosse Cloche for Thai food, Kokomo for hamburgers, Horace and Cofete B for coffee and cake and a light lunch, Mama Shelter for a more chic experience.

Cap Sciences

Cap Sciences is a kids science museum and one of the most fun and educative places in Bordeaux. The museum proposes interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science. Another interesting feature of the museum is the kids’ workshops arranged by different age groups. Among them you can find photography, molecular cooking, eco-citizens and more. For more details click here.
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Take a scooter or bicycle and go to the quai

One of the main accomplishments of Bordeaux’s makeover in the last decade is the beautiful new dock on the left bank of the Garonne river. A pedestrian only 4.5 km quais stretches out between Gare Saint Jean and Bassin a flot in the north of the city. When it’s sunny outside you can see plenty of families with bikes, scooters or skates riding the paths. You also have an amazing view of the river on one side and the beautiful architecture of Bordeaux on the other. If you don’t have bicycles you can take the (almost) free city bike, all you need is a credit card. Check out all the station in Bordeaux here.


Puppet show in the parc

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry show in France which holds daily spectacles for kids in the 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.
Where: Rue du Bocage, 33000 Bordeaux

Picnic in the park (Jardin public and many others)

A picnic in the park is one of the easiest ways to spend some time outside with your kids. You can enjoy your bottle of rosé while they run around the park. When in Bordeaux, many people head straight to Jardin Public, and while it’s a beautiful park, it’s far from being the only green spot in the city. To help you get familiar with the green parts of the city, I gathered a list of the best places to have a picnic in Bordeaux, which include both big parks and little gardens and some necessary playgrounds – click here to read the post.

parc Bordelais in Bordeaux
Parc Bordelais by Lost in Bordeaux

Take the little train to tour the city

If you want to discover Bordeaux in a fun way, take the little train which departs from the tourists’ office. This 45 minutes tour passes by the main sites of the historic city like place des Quinconces and Place de la Bourse (with Scripted commentaries available in 8 languages). The train leaves every two hours from the Tourist information office, where you also buy the tickets. For more details and tickets click here.

Natural History Museum

After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux has finally opened its doors on March 2019. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. Besides the new design and the incredible collection, one of the new features in the renovated museum is the “Early Years Museum” for kids under 6 years old.
Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to the pool

There are several kids friendly pools in Bordeaux metropole, two of them are not very far from the city center. Next to the Meriadeck, you’ll find the piscine Judaique located in a beautiful art deco building. A bit farther from the center is Piscine du Grand Parc. Both are very kids friendly with facilities like kids pool, water slides, floats and more.

Go ice skating at the meriadeck

La Patinoire de Mériadeck is a sports complex in Bordeaux center that hosts hockey games as well as many different concerts. However, several days a week the place is open to the public and you can come with your family and enjoy ice skating in this huge arena. As the Patinoire hosts many different events during the year, it’s opening hours might change from time to time, so before heading there with your kids, check out the schedule.  It is usually closed during the summer vacation.
Where: 95 Cours Maréchal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Artistic workshop in institut Bernard Magrez

Institut Bernard Magrez is one of the best places in the city for art lovers. They present beautiful street art exhibitions several times a year and frequently hold kids creative workshops around the theme of the exhibition. To be updated on their future workshops follow them on facebook.
Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Surfing in a coffee place

This is a super cool activity for kids (over 8 yo). The Wave Surf Café is the first indoor cafe where you can surf! The Big artificial wave in the middle of the coffee shop imitates the ocean waves and allows you to feel like a professional surfer in the city center :). It’s a nice experience for kids who don’t live next to the sea and don’t have the opportunity to surf. For more details click here.
Where: 174 Cours du Médoc, 33300 Bordeaux

Go rollerblading with the whole family

Kids love rollerblades so if you’re looking for a fun family time, why not do it with them?  You can join the Airroller club association that organizes a big family ride once a month. You don’t have to be a member to join the ride, but if you do, you can enjoy skating lessons adapted to all levels and ages. For more info about the activities of the association click here.  

Skating

There are two great options for kids who like to skate. One is the skatepark on Quai des Chartrons which is a great facility. For those heading to the Sunday market on the quai, that would be a great break for the kids. If you need a change of scenery from the center of Bordeaux, cross the river to Darwin. It’s a super cool urban space that has a skateboard park made from recycled materials and a special cultural landscape of street art and electronic music. This is a good option for rainy days.
Where: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

skating on the quai in Bordeaux
photo by: @lost_in_bordeaux

Shopping in one of the malls

Who doesn’t love shopping, right? Well I personally don’t but I know that quite a lot of teenagers see it as legitimate site seeing in the city. So where do we shop in Bordeaux? The main shopping street is rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian street in France. Very close to it you have the Meriadeck which is the only shopping center in the city center. But if you’re looking for bigger malls, with plenty of clothing retailers, you’ll have to go a bit further to the shopping centers in the surrounding towns such as Rives d’Arcins in Begles, Aushopping in Bordeaux lac or Mérignac Soleil.

Spend time at the main library

If your kids are interested in books, the Bibliothèque in Mériadeck has a library for kids between 0 and 13 years old. The place includes novels, comics, manga, music, movies and even a coloring space for the little ones. Apart from books the Meriadeck library also hosts different events such as little shows for kids, story time and video games in groups.
Where: 85 Cours Maréchal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Things to do with kids in Bordeaux –  outside the city center

Go to a kids cinema

It’s not always easy to find movies for little kids, so I was happy to find a cinema fully dedicated to mini me’s. The cinéma Le Festival in Begles specializes in animation movies and special effects. Plenty of animated movies and cartoons, accessible to kids over 3 years old are screened every day.  Check out their website for all the details and the program.
Where: 151 Boulevard Albert 1er, 33130 Bègles

Go to the beach at Bordeaux Lac

The beach is the perfect summer spot for kids and if you’re in Bordeaux you don’t have to go very far for it. The cute beach of Bordeaux Lac has everything you need: a sandy clean beach with beautiful clear and calm water and a lot of shade from the nearby trees for those who don’t really like the sun. The beach is open to the public daily from June 1st to August 31 and starting July 1st it offers water and beach activities such as sailing, kayaking, mini-golf and more. Check out the list of daily activities here.

Bordeaux lac
Bordeaux lac by Lost in Bordeaux

Soft play

When you really need your kids to let off some steam the best place to go is a soft play and there are several of those in Bordeaux: Yopi park Royal kids in Pessac, Happy park in Begles and Kidooland in Bordeaux Lac where you can actually have lunch while someone is watching your kids.

Kfe des familles – Café associative

Kfe des Familles is a cute associative café that allows parents to spend time with their kids while also enjoying a coffee or lunch. Besides a nice little restaurant, the place has a room for kids’ workshops as well as a space for the little ones, where they can play accompanied by their parents. The cafe organizes plenty of activities and events throughout the year. For more info click here.
Where: 46 rue de New-York 33300 Bordeaux

Ferme urbaine des Iris

The Iris animal farm in Lormont is a magical place that allows you to spend a fun day with your kids in nature. In the farm your curious kids can learn about animals and feed them. They have  a big variety of animals, among them rabbits, donkeys, and goats. The farm is closed for groups on school vacations. For more info click here.
Where: 8 Rue Sourbes, 33310 Lormont

Discover the city on a canoe

The Bordeaux Canoe company offers you a fantastic tour on a canoe or a SUP. During the two hours tour you will discover the wild islands on the Garonne river, the traditional cabane on the riverbanks, and the river’s history. The starting point of the tour changes according to the flow of the river. The tour is adapted to kids over 10 years old on the Canoe and 14 on the SUP. For more info click here.
Where: 21 Parc d’Activités des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Climbing

Indoor climbing has become extremely popular in Bordeaux and there are numerous facilities where you can do that with kids. These are the climbing centers in or close to Bordeaux: Arkose, Block’out Roc’ Altitude and the newest one – Climb up.

Adventure park in Talence  

The Loisirs et Aventures company runs an adventure park in Bois de Thouars in Talence where kids can practice treetop walking. The company offers six courses for different ages, starting from 4 years old. The adventure park is open on Wednesdays and during the weekend from April to October and every day on July and August. For more details click here. Where: Bois de Thouars, Avenue de la Marne – 33400 Talence

Go to the zoo

The zoo of Bordeaux, which is actually located in Pessac, is a beautiful family friendly place. It allows you to discover more than 250 different animals from monkeys to giraffes and white tigers. The zoo organizes plenty of events for kids throughout the year. For more details click here. Where: 3 Rue du Transvaal, 33600 Pessac

A bit farther – things to do around Bordeaux

Route du vin with kids

Coming to Bordeaux with kids doesn’t mean you can’t discover the incredible wine of this region. Children are welcomed to many Bordeaux wine estates (wine chateaux) but some of them organize activities that will make it a super kids-friendly visit. I have recently released an article where I gathered all my recommendations for kid-friendly chateaux in the Bordeaux wine region.

Discover contemporary art in the forest

How about combining nature with art? One of the best ways to discover the massive forest of Landes de Gascogne in the south of Gironde is by following the map of la foret d’art contemporain. This is a cool project that aims to promote contemporary art by placing it in different spots in the forest. Around 20 different pieces of art were placed in all parts of the forest, usually close to one of the smaller towns, to allow you to discover the more rural parts of Gironde. Follow the map of the project – here.

la foret d'art contemporain

La Ferme Exotique

La Ferme Exotique is a charming animal farm located in Cadaujac, about 20 minutes from Bordeaux. There are almost 1000 animals in the farm, coming from all over the world and in all sizes. It’s a unique experience as they allow kids to really connect with the animals and even help feed some of them. For more details click here.
Where: Domaine de la Roussie, 1932 Chemin du Port de l’Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac

The inflatable water park in Biscarrosse

Bordeaux is just one hour away from the biggest inflatable water park in the world! 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

Take the kids to an amusement park

Parc de la coccinelle is an amusement park in Gujan-Mestras, on the Bassin d’Arcachon. This park is a perfect day out that your kids will definitely enjoy. It has everything from water slides, roller coasters, trampolines and even an animal farm where you can feed baby goats. It’s open from April to the beginning of November, however, it’s not open every week, so check out the schedule before going. For more info click here. If you need more ideas on what to do with kids when going to Arcachon, check out my post about day trips from Bordeaux.
Where: Parc de loisirs, La Hume, 33470 Gujan-Mestras

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We’re back again to a weekend filled with interesting and fun events. And the timing is great as it’s supposed to be a bit cold this weekend, so going to the beach isn’t going to be an option. So what do we have this weekend? A lot of wine, coffee and sales of clothes, bicycles and antiques. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (April 5-7).

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 on April 6-7. During the weekend you can visit plenty of châteaux in the Medoc region and taste some of the finest wines in the world. For details about all the participating chateaux click here.

If you want to know more about the event, you should read my post about the Open doors weekend.

When: April 6-7 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On April 7, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. The vide grenier on Barrière Judaïque will take place on April 6-7. Check out the list of all the locations here.

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

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 5-7 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, collectors, horticulturists and in general people with 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. See more details here.

When: April 5-7 / Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Festival Porcelaine caféinée

A fun café festival is about to take place this weekend in Bordeaux (April 5-6). The festival is dedicated to the famous Limoges Porcelain and to the growing scene of specialty coffee in Bordeaux. During these two days many coffee workshops, meetings and interesting conferences will take place at the Rez de Chaussee (a creative space in Chartrons) as well as in many coffee places in Bordeaux such as Cofete B, L’alchimiste, Kuro, Cafe Laiton and more. For more info and registration to the workshops click here.

I have recently written an article about some of these great coffee shops, so if you want to know more about the coffee scene in Bordeaux then click here.

piha cafe bordeaux
photo by: Laura Macias
When: April 5-6 / Where: different locations around the city

Le Grand Air

A big skateboard competition will take place this Saturday (April 6) in Darwin. The competition includes three categories: Junior (- de 18 ans),  Senior (+ de 18 ans) and Master (+ de 40 ans) and it will start at 10:30. The event will open its doors to the wide public at 13:30 for a fun afternoon with music and different skateboard related activities. For more info click here.

When: Apri 6 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux

The international tattoo convention in Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 6-7 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 break-dancing. For more info click here.

When: April 6-7 / Where: Hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Marché des Créateurs Recycleurs

This weekend (April 5-7) a creative market will take place at the Atelier d’éco Solidaire. All the designers selling their creations at the event create their products from recycled materials so it’s a very environmentally friendly event. For more details click here.

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

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and support the creation of new literature. They invite you on April 5-7to take part in a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and discovering pieces that haven’t been published yet. For more info click here.

When: April 5-7 / Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix , Bordeaux

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on April 7-14 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes and Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire. For the program and all the details click here.

When: April 7-14 / Where: different locations, see 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.

Musee des beaux arts  in Bordeaux
Musee des beaux arts in Bordeaux

Bicycle spring sale

Are you looking to buy or sell a bicycle, the big spring bicycle sale is just around the corner. The Bordeaux bicycle stock exchange will take place this Sunday(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 click here. Check on leboncoin before you go, as prices are not always cheap..

When: April 7 (9:30 to 13:30) /Where: Quai Louis XVIII

Marché aux fleurs à Eysines

This Saturday (April 6) the city of Eysines will host its first flower market at la Grande Place du Bourg. For more details click here.

When: April 6 / Where: Grande place du bourg

Buy clothes at the Grande Braderie

Le Relais Gironde will hold a clearance sale this Saturday (April 6) where you can buy clothes, shoes, bags and more. This event is quite big and you can find many interesting and useful items for very cheap prices. For more details click here.

When: Apri 6 / Where: 517 boulevard Alfred Daney, Bordeaux

EXHIBITIONS

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, 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.

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

The Reopening of the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux

After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux opened its doors on March 31. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in France with more than a million specimens. Everyone seems to be very excited about it so check it out.

When: Starting March 31 / Where: 5 place Bardineau, 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

If you’re into travelling this weekend, get inspired by my post about day trips you can do from Bordeaux by train.

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 15 things not miss in April in Bordeaux.

Spring is officially here! little white flowers are blooming, locals have been spotted on every terrace in the city and Bordeaux is ready to take on spring with plenty of events and exhibitions. So what do we have going on in April? Wine tastings at the châteaux of Médoc, a treasure hunt on Easter weekend, brocantes and garage sales, cinema, books and plenty of exhibitions. Here is the list of 15 amazing things you can do in Bordeaux in April. 

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 on April 6-7. During the weekend you can visit plenty of châteaux in the Medoc region and taste some of the finest wines in the world. For details about all the participating chateaux click here.

If you want to know more about the event you should read my post about the Open doors weekend.

When: April 6-7 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On April 7, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. The vide grenier on Barrière Judaïque will take place on April 6-7. Check out the list of all the locations here.

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

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 5-7 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, collectors, horticulturists and in general people with 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. See more details here.

When: April 5-7 / Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 6-7 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 breakdancing. For more info click here.

When: April 6-7 / Where: Hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and support the creation of new literature. They invite you on April 5-7 to take part in a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and discovering pieces that haven’t been published yet. For more info click here.

When: April 5-7 / Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix , Bordeaux

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival will take place on April 13-14 at the Blaye Citadel. The annual wine festival brings together more than 80 winemakers. The program includes discovery workshops (introduction to tasting, mixing and food and wine pairing), guided visits of the citadel by train or horse and more. For the full program and tickets click here.

Blaye
Blaye – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 13-14 / Where: Citadelle de Blaye, 33390 Blaye

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on April 7-14 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes and Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire. For the program and all the details click here.

When: April 7-14 / Where: different locations, see the program

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place on April 16-17 at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.

When: April 16-17 / Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Ludofestival in Canejan

The Ludofestival in Canéjan is an indoor game festival, which will take place on April 8-19. During the festival, families can participate in various competitions, try different board games, meet their creators and more. For more info and the schedule about the 12 days festival see here.

When: April 8-19 / Where:  8 chemin de Barbicadge ,33610 Canéjan

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The third weekend of April is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers plenty 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 on this weekend. I will put more updates on specific events as we’ll get closer to the date, but for now, I’m just going to mention a few interesting ones:

  • A treasure hunt and activities for kids on April 20-21 at the beautiful  château de vayres – for more details click here.
  • A treasure hunt in Saint Emilion on April 21 – for more info click here.
  • Écomusée de Marquèze celebrates Easter on April 21 in nature with concerts and lots of chocolate – for more details click here.

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers, that will take place on April 27-28, 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 and more). See the full program.

When: April 27-28 / Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers

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. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antiques market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 19 to May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

EXHIBITIONS

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, 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.

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

The Reopening of the Museum of Natural History of Bordeaux

After years of renovations the museum of natural history of Bordeaux will open its doors on March 31. Created in 1971, the museum has one of the biggest collections in france with more than a million specimens. The bordelaise are very excited about it and so should you 🙂

When: Starting March 31 / Where: 5 place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

D’un soleil à l’autre

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 from March 9 to May 19. For more info click here.

When: March 9 – May 19 / Where:Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

As you see it’s going to be a great month in the Bordeaux area. I hope my list will help you plan you weekends ahead.
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Many cool events are taking place in Bordeaux this weekend. For the foodies among you, we have the Basque food fair and a farmers’ market in a fancy chateau. Also, you can enjoy a headphones party, a posters fair in Darwin, a kids’ book salon and more. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 22-24).

Les Basques à Bordeaux

A big celebration of Basque food and culture will take place in Bordeaux (Hangar 14) on April 28-29. The event will include plenty of food stands featuring all the traditional basque products such as piment d’Espelette, jambon de Bayonne, les pintxos de Guipuzcoa, the famous Bayonne chocolate, regional wines and more. The cultural program includes concerts, different activities of crafts and sports as well as cooking workshops. For more details click here.

When: April 28-29 / Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon International du Disque de Bordeaux

The international salon of vinyl and cd records of Bordeaux will take place March 23-24 in the Parc des Expositions. It’s the 59th 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. For more details click here. Price: Normal 3€50 / Student 2€ / free for kids.

When: March 23-24 / Where: Stadium-vélodrome, Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000
Bordeaux

Le marché des producteurs in a château

The famous Château Pape Clément invites you this Sunday (March 24) to their first farmers’ market of the year. The event will include free wine tasting (the Bernard Magrez wine), for which you have to reserve a spot (for reservations call 05 57 26 38 34). For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: 216 Avenue du Docteur Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac

Carnaval d’Arcachon

This is the weekend of the big Carnival of Arcachon taking place on Sunday (March 24). The event starts in the morning at Place des Marquises with shows and activities for kids. In the afternoon (15:00) a grand parade will take place on the streets of the city (the route: casino de la plage, boulevard de la plage, rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, cours Lamarque, avenue Gambetta, boulevard de la plage, place des Marquises). In the evening a party will take place at place des Marquises. For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: Place des Marquises, Arcachon

Village Festival – Posters sale

The European short film festival will start in Bordeaux in a week ( see more details about the event in my post on things to do in March). This Sunday (March 24), Darwin will open the Festival village with a big sale of movie posters. The event will also include stands and activities related to board games, virtual reality and more. For more details click here.

When: March 24 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

La Fête des Ruches à Bordeaux !

la Ruche qui dit Oui is a big French association that organizes local markets all over France, allowing you to buy products directly from farmers. This Saturday (March 23) the association invites you to celebrate sustainable food at a party that will take place at La soupe au caillou. The event will include music, workshops, exhibitions and tastings of local products that will be introduced by the farmers themselves. For more details click here.

When: March 23/ Where: 6 place du Maucaillou, 33800 Bordeaux

Gaspi’Halles

Halles de Bacalan invites you this Saturday (March 23) to a day of responsible food. The Gaspi’Halles event will include a workshop where you will learn how to reuse your food for other dishes, a workshop about compost, meeting with ecological startups and games for kids. For more details click here.

marche de bacalan in Bordeaux
When: March 23 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Vide-dressing for charity

This Saturday (March 23) a big second-hand sale will take place at the Maison Rose. The sale will include everything from clothing to bags, shoes, stylish accessories and more. The profits from the sale will go to La Maison Rose, an association supporting women diagnosed with cancer. For more details click here.

When: March 23/ Where:  9 Rue de Condé, 33000 Bordeaux

Salon du livre jeunesse

The 18th edition of the kids’ books salon will take place this weekend (March 22-23) at the Médiathèque La Source in Bouscat. This year it’s dedicated to space! The event will include plenty of activities for kids, such as storytelling, book signings and access to the planetarium.  For more details click here.

When: March 22-23 / Where: Place Gambetta 33110 Le Bouscat

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage and Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 22 to March 24. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: February 22 to March 24 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Silent tropical Party

Finally, the concept of headphone parties is arriving to Bordeaux. If you’re not familiar with it yet, it’s a completely silent party where you hear the music only through your headphones. A silent electronic party will take place this Friday (March 22) at Les Vivres de l’Art. For more info click here.

When: March 22 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Classic music at Saint André

This Friday (March 22) a classic concert will take place at Saint André. The Choir of la Maîtrise de Bordeaux will open the musical season in the main church of Bordeaux with the music of Vivaldi and Zelenka. For more details click here.

When: March 22/ Where:  Place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

D’un soleil à l’autre – New exhibition at the Base sous marine

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 and 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 from March 9 to May 19. For more info click here.

When: March 9 – May 19 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

Important notice for all you wine lovers, the open doors weekend at the châteaux of Medoc is in two weeks and I have all the details in my latest post.

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This weekend there are several very nice events in Bordeaux, such as the Swing festival and the annual humor festival. But you don’t need much to be entertained this time as Saint Patrick’s day is on Sunday. Many bars and covered markets are organizing celebrations with plenty of alcohol involved. If you want a calmer activity head to the new design exhibition at the cité du Vin. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (March 15-17).

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. The event will take place in Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17 / Where:  10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

The Italian Spring Festival

Le printemps italien is an Italian literature festival taking place on March 14-16 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 14- 16 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (16-23 March) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures and even through cooking!

There are two parts to the festival: Festival IN, with well-known artists on stage. Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more. See the full program here.

When: March 16-23 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

La compagnie Panik

La compagnie Panik is a circus incorporating horses as well as dance, body theater and mime techniques as integral parts of the show. The theater will install their blue tent at the Quai de Queyries on March 8- 31 and will perform two different shows:  “Cabaret de Côté” and “Cirque Bleu”. For more details and tickets click here.

When: March 8-31 / Where:  Quai de Queyries 33000 Bordeaux

Printemps du sport 2019

A big sports day will take place this weekend (March 16-17) in Pessac. The program includes dance shows, discovery workshops of martial arts, a sports village and more. For the full program click here. The event will take place at the Stade André Nègre and at Piscine Caneton.

When: March 16- 17/ Where: Avenue des Provinces 33600 Pessac

SoliFest OFF Festival

Solifest is a associative festival that will take place this Saturday (March 16) at the Garage Moderne in the Bacalan district. The program includes a lineup of Djs, an art exhibition, workshops and food made at the restaurant of the Garage Moderne. For the full program and more information click here.

When: March 16 / Where: 1 rue des Etrangers, 33300 Bordeaux  

Base – opening night

Big news for Bordeaux’s nightlife! Le Base, one of the biggest night clubs in Bordeaux is about to open its doors this Friday (March 15). It’ll be a big opening night with a Cabaret show that will include 20 dancers and performers. The entry is 10€. For more details and reservations click here.

When: March 15 / Where:  287, boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Gala de fin d’année

Le club d’œnologie de Sciences Po Bordeaux Vins/20 invites you to its traditional end of the year gala. The event will take place this Friday (March 15) at Palais de la Bourse. It’s a great evening of Bordeaux wine tastings. The entry is 25€. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where:  17 Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Visit the Sam Simon ship

This weekend (March 16-17) you have the chance to embark on the Sam Simon ship, which will be docking next to Place des Quinconces. The beautiful ship belongs to Sea Shepherd, an organization devoted to ocean preservation. For more details click here.

When: March 16-17 / Where: Quai de Bordeaux, next to Place des Quinconces

Saint Patrick’s day

The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux
Photo by: The Houses of Parliament Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whiskey while listening to good music. This year the celebrations will take place on Sunday (March 17) so there will be a weekend of nice events in many bars. If you’re looking for a bar to celebrate the Saint Patricks’s day check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux. Here are some Saint Patrick’s day parties and events taking place this weekend in Bordeaux:

Les Halles de Talence- see more details.
La Boca FoodCourt- see more details.
The Connemara Irish Pub- see more details.
The Houses of Parliament- see more details.
HMS Victory- see more details.
Mama Shelter- see more details.

When art and design take on glass

A new temporary exhibition will be inaugurated at the Cité du Vin this Friday (March 15). The exhibition beautifully combines the wine and design worlds. It includes the works of several designers who all modified and reinvented wine glasses. For more details click here.

When: March 15 – June 30 /Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 quai de Bacalan,33300 Bordeaux

Récital de piano : Natasha Roque Alsina

This Friday (March 15), l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez invites you to a piano concert of the pianist Natasha Roqué Alsina. The concert will be followed by the Bernard Magrez wine tastings at the salon of Château Labottière. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 20:00 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Go to a Samba concert in Central Do Brasil

A concert of Nosso Destino will take place this Friday (March 15) at Central Do Brasil. For more details click here.

When: March 15, at 22:00 / Where: 6 rue du Port, 33800 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bergerac 2019

After the carnival of Bordeaux earlier this month, it’s time for Bergerac to celebrate. Carnaval de Bergerac will take place this Sunday (March 17) at place de la République. For more details click here.

When: March 17 / Where:  97 Rue Neuve d’Argenson, 24100 Bergerac

Carnaval de Saucats

Another nice carnival for kids will take place this Sunday (March 17) in Saucats. The theme of the carnival is Venise with princesses and superheroes. For more info click here.

When: March 17, at 15:00 / Where:  center of Saucats, 33650

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If you want to know what other events are taking place this month in the city, check out my post about the 15 things not miss in March in Bordeaux.