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This weekend (June 14-18) Bordeaux will turn into a big wine celebration, marking the 20th year anniversary of “Bordeaux Fête le Vin”, one of the largest wine festivals in the world, a biannual event taking place in Bordeaux since 1998. Every two years, the banks of the Garonne are inviting wine lovers to five unforgettable days of events all dedicated to discovering the wines of Bordeaux and its region, Nouvelle aquitaine. But “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is much more than a wine celebration! Visitors will be able to enjoy many events like visiting the beautiful tall ships, daily fireworks and music concerts. In this post I packed all the details you’ll need to plan your visit.

So how does it work?

This event allows you to taste wines from more than 80 appellations from Bordeaux and the Nouvelle – Aquitaine area and meet the wine makers and other professionals from the domain. While the event is free, in order to actually taste the wines you will have to buy the “Pass dégustation” that will cost you 21 euros. You can use the pass for the whole event (5 days).

Pass dégustation for the fete le vin in Bordeaux
Pass dégustation for the Bordeaux wine festival

What does the pass include:

  • One wine glass with its red cute case to carry it around the festival
  • 12 wine tastings: one from each of the 11 pavilions and an additional one of your choice. The pass is not personal so if you don’t need 12 wine glasses share the pass with friends.
  • A workshop at the pavilion of the Bordeaux wine school.
  • A daily public transport ticket  (tram, bus, boat) that you can use in only one of the festival days
  • Participation in the festival raffle
  • Reduced prices to the guided wine themed exhibitions in Musée d’Aquitaine, Musée des Beaux- Arts and Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux.
  • The pass is valid from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:30 and on Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.

Where and when can I get the pass?

You can either purchas the pass online or buy it in one of the three information/selling points along the banks of the river. Either way in order to get the pass itself and the wine glass, you will have to reach one of these three points:

Locations: Chartrons, Quinconces, Cailhau (you will see them in front of the promenade).

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) from 10:30 to 23:00 and Monday (June 18) from 10:00 to 18:00.

Hermoine in Bordeaux
See the ships parade in Bordeaux

What other activities are on?

la Fête du vin de Bordeaux is so much more than just wine tasting. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the wine festival 30 amazing tall ships are about to arrive to Bordeaux on Thursday the 14th, and you’ll get a chance to visit them.
Here is the list of all you can do besides tasting wine:

  • Visit the ships- For the five days of the Fête le Vin (June 14-18), 30 tall ships will be docking along the banks of the river, arriving from many different European destinations. About 20 of these are going to be open to the public where you could take a free tour on the decks and discover the ships and their equipment. You can learn more about these special ships and their stories here.
  • The ships parade– you can see the beautiful parade of all the 30 boats leaving Bordeaux on Monday the 18th at 11:00.
  • The crew parade – The crew of the Tall ships are coming to Bordeaux from England, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, India and different ports in France. Saturday the 16th at 16:00 the crews parade, from soldiers to young trainees will march along the quai from Miroir d’eau throug Cours du Chapeau rouge, Place de la Comédie and Colonne des Girondins and will finis at Place Munich.
  • Fireworks – every evening  at 23:30 the festival will welcome the night with an incredible pyrotechnic show that will be seen from the quais.
  • Sailing on the Garonne – three of the boats will offer one hour daily trips on the Garrone between Pont de Pierre to Pont Chaban-Delmas. The price is 15€ for adults and 8€ for kids. The sailing will take place June 14-17. See more info here.
  • Deck parties – two ships, la Caravelle Vera Cruz and le l’Étoile du Roy, will hosts evening parties of two hours from Thursday to Sunday (June 14-17) at 22:00. The ticket to the party includes two glasses of wine of Bordeaux or Nouvelle- Aquitaine, some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for kids. The price is 25 € for adults and 15 € for kids (5-15 years old) and free for kids under 5 years old.
  • Concerts – throughout the festival plenty of concerts and shows will take place all around the city. See the full list of concerts here.
  • LOVE-LOVE-LOVE event – Friday the 15th at 18:00, the National Opera of Bordeaux will give one concert in Darwin as part of the Bio wines celebration. See more info here. The price is 10€.
  • Big Wheel– if you’re coming to the festival with kids and they get a bit bored, take them to the big wheel installed at Place des Quinconces (5€).
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Meet the crew of the big ships that arrived especially for the wine festival

Grand Crus Weekend

One of the most interesting events accompanying the Bordeaux wine festival is the Grand Crus Weekend that will take place June 16-17. This event, organized by the the Union des Grands Crus (regional wine classification), aims to create an international meeting of wine lovers. The highlights of this weekend will include tasting wines from over 120 Grand Crus and meeting different chateaux owners as part of pre-organized dinners in these châteaux.

Read more about the event and the full program here.

 

“Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is probably the biggest event in Bordeaux, celebrating what this city is most famous for. This year the celebrations are going to be even larger than usual with the arrival of the beautiful tall ships that will be docking at the banks of the Garonne. You can see the the full program of events here and buy the pass here. For more updates follow the Lost in Bordeaux facebook page.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this incredible wine feast and don’t forget to share this post with friends on social media 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most gourmet events in Bordeaux, les Epicuriales, is about to start this weekend with sixteen Michelin star chefs surprising you with special dinners.   Also, it’s going to be a weekend full of music, with a variety of concerts and festivals taking place all over the city. Your kids will have the opportunity to learn the art of circus at the Festival Jubil’à Jongle. For that and more check out the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 25-27):

Festivals, Salons and Special events

Les Epicuriales

This event has become an early summer Bordelaise tradition. For its 24th edition les Epicuriales festival transforms Allées de Tourny (next to the Opera) to a  gastronomic heaven with about twenty restaurants set up especially for the event. During the 16 days of the festival, the restaurants will be open to the public for lunch and dinner. The highlight of the event is”Les Étoiles d’Épicure” , a restaurant that will host a different Michelin star chef every evening. Discover the full list of the participating chefs and their bio.

The event will take place May 25 to June 9. See more details click here.

When: May 25 – June 9
Where: Allées de Tourny 33000 Bordeaux

Motorium Art Ride Market

Motorium, a big motorbike fair will take place this weekend (May 25-27) in Darwin with a focus on the art of making motorbikes. The program of the event will include an exposition of more than 100 rare and exceptional motorbikes; meetings with professionals from this sector such as representatives of different brands and accessories dealers; night ride in the streets of Bordeaux, and other activities and concerts.

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

motorium darwin

When: May 25 -27
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Archibal Festival

Archibal is an annual festival taking place at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage, combining the electronic music scene with different expositions and activities. Most of the festival is organized by students and will include three music stages and two bars. The event will take place on May 26 at 2pm. For more info and tickets click here, to see the line-up click here.

When: May 26 – 2pm
Where:  740 Cours de la Libération BP 70109 33405 Talence
How much: full price is 18€/ student price is 15 €

Un jour, une nuit à la Bastide

This event is a unique way to discover the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. The event is organized by several key players in the neighborhood which prepared a rich program of activities for adults and kids. Five of the most popular places in la Bastide will host events, each will propose a two hours program.
The participating venues are: 2pm – Guinguette Chez Alriq, 4pm – Jardin Botanique,
6pm – Archives Bordeaux Métropole, 8pm – Les Chantiers de la Garonne / Darwin, 9:30pm– Foutrack Deluxe.

See the the full program on the website and the facebook page of the event.

When: May 26 – 2pm
Where:  Different locations in the Bastide neighborhood (see the program of the event)

Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves

Festival de Caves (Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 16-27 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in France.  So where are those city cellars you ask? Well that’s the whole idea, these events are being kept secret and the locations will be revealed to those who reserved a spot only on the day of the show.

Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.

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photo by: Compagnie Gbouillon
When: May 16-27
Where: locations are secret for now 🙂
How much: full price is 12€/ reduced price is 10€

Let your kids discover the art of circus at the Festival Jubil’à Jongle

The 12th edition of the festival will start with an inauguration evening on May 25, which will include magic and fire shows, different activities for kids and even a rock concert. The second day (May 26) of the festival will allow you and your kids to discover the art of circus and street entertainment through shows of juggling, magic, games and introductory workshops. The festival will take place at the Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort.

For more info click here.

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When: May 25-26
Where: 4 Parc de Fongravey in Blanquefort

Veggie World

The first Vegan fair, VeggieWorld, is coming to Bordeaux with 70 exhibitors displaying 500 vegan products, including food, cosmetics, hygiene and more. The event will take place on May 26-27 in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons).

For more info and tickets click here.

When: May 26 – 27
Where: Hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Latin America and the Caribbean week in France

As part of the national Latin America and the Caribbean week in France, Bordeaux will also make its homage to the Latin world.  The city of Bordeaux has collaborated with some of the best cultural venues in the city to organize a variety of activities (concerts, conferences and more) , among them la Cité du Vin, l’Institut Cervantes de Bordeaux, le Musée d’Aquitaine, la Bibliothèque de Bordeaux and more.

Check out the full program of events.

When: until June 29
Where: different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Fête de la nature

A market of gastronomic products and craftsmens will take place on May 25-26 on several streets around the Gross Cloche: Place Fernand Lafargue, Rue des Ayres, Rue Sainte Colombe, Rue Saint James, Rue Ravez et Rue Bouquières. The event will continue into the evening with concerts and a DJ.

Check out the full program on the facebook page of the event.

fete de la nature 2018

When: May 25-26
Where: Quartier Grosse Cloche

Rock Festival in Bacalan

A rock festival, ROCK IS BAC, will take place in the Bacalan neighborhood on May 26 (3 pm). You can see the long list of artists that will take the stage in the facebook page of the event. The event is free.

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When: May 26 – 3pm
Where: Place Adolphe Buscaillet 33 000 BORDEAUX

Shake Art Festival

This is the 20th edition of the Shake Art festival, an event connecting music with different forms of art such as photography, painting and sculpture. The program includes a DJ workshop and an exposition where you can meet all the artists.  The event will take place May 25-26 at the DJ Art School.

See more details.

When: May 25- 26
Where: 5 Rue Ligier, 33000 BORDEAUX

CULTURE

Trajectoires

Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux.

Take a look on the full list of performances and the details about all the events here.

When: May 22-27
Where: different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Pilleur de rêves- Philippe Mohlitz  

Philippe Moritz is a engraving Bordelaise artist. The exhibition (2 March – 4 June 2018) takes place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts art in Bordeaux and includes about 40 works of the artist.  For more info check out the site of the museum

When:  2 March – 4 June 2018
Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33 000 Bordeaux

Speedy Graphito – Urban Fever at Institut Bernard magrez

An exhibition by the famous French street artist, Speedy Graphito, will be presented at the Institut Bernard Magrez until July 15. The artist uses many forms of art –  painting, sculpture, photo, video and more to express his innovative and sometimes political ideas.

Check out the website of Speedy graphito to explore the works of the artist and the website of the museum for more information about the exhibition.

When: April 19– July 15
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

“Lueurs…” exhibition by a painter and a photographer

Lueurs is an exhibition by the artists Emmanuelle Leblanc (painter) and Yohann Gozard (photographer) that deals with light.  The exhibition will be presented at the Galerie DX until June 2.

See more details.

When:  Until 4 June 2018
Where: 10, place des Quinconces 33000 Bordeaux

Carrousel de Saint-Pétersbourg Exhibition

Carrousel de Saint-Pétersbourg is an exhibition that presents the works of 17 artists coming from Saint Petersbourg, painting in oil, watercolors, and engravings. The works of these artists embody the current trends in Russian figurative painting. The exhibition is presented in Espace Saint – Rémi from May 17 to May 27.

See more details.

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When:  May 17- 27
Where: 4 Rue Jouannet, 33000 Bordeaux

Last chance to see the Remigio ROSANI exhibition 

An Exhibition of the Italian artist Remigio Rosani is taking place at the Musée de la Création Franche in Begles (16 March- 28 May 2018). His brightly colored drawings are executed in oil pastel and the dominant theme in his work is hedonism and carnal relationships. See more info

When: March 16- May 28
Where: 58 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny ,33130 Bègles

 

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

And please share the post with your friends, thanks!

 

 

Having a picnic with your bottle of rosé and some fromage on a sunny day is one of the most French things you can do. If you ever tried to find a green spot in Bordeaux you’ve probably noticed that it’s not an easy task as there aren’t many parks in the center of town, especially comparing to Paris. But what many people don’t know is that there are actually quite a lot of green, magical islands between all these historical buildings, you just have to find them.

I gathered the top places where you can join other Bordolaise for a picnic with family, friends or maybe even solo with your book and a bottle of wine. I also added the location of nearby places to get some snacks and drinks, in case you didn’t bring your picnic from home. For those with kids I also added the locations of the nearest playgrounds. 

If you want to discover the best parks in Bordeaux Metropole go ahead and read my article about the most beautiful parks in Bordeaux

So here is my list of places to picnic in Bordeaux (see the full map at the end of the article):

Center of Bordeaux

Miroir d’eau

This is one of the most photographed places in Bordeaux, and rightly so. The reflection of Place de la Bourse on one side and the view of the Garrone on the other turns it into one of Bordeaux’s must-see spots. On a hot day, one of the most pleasant things to do is to splash your feet in the water and then catch a spot in the gardens surrounding the Miroir d’eau. The place is usually very crowded and there’s no shade, so it’s recommended to get there in the morning before it gets too hot and busy. 

Where to buy snacks: The closest supermarket to get your fruits or a bottle of rosé on a hot day is the Monop’ at Promenade St Catherine – cross the road to Place de la Bourse, continue strait on rue Saint-Rémi until you reach  Promenade St Catherine on your right. 

What’s for kids: While there is no playground next to the Mirior d’eau, the monument itself is probably one of the most enjoyable places for kids in Bordeaux. As part of its operating cycle, the level of the water goes up for several minutes creating a shallow pool, letting kids splash in the water.

picnic next to Miroir d'eau in Bordeaux
Le Miroir d’eau – one of the most photographed places in Bordeaux

Parc des Sports Saint-Michel

Parc des Sports is located just in front of quartier Saint Michel which is one of the most hip places in Bordeaux nowadays. Many people don’t pay much attention to this huge green spot in the city center,  which leaves the whole area for the locals to enjoy. The lawns of the park are wide enough to forget that you are actually one step away from the road. Also, the view of the Garonne is quite impressive so try to find a spot closer to the river. For more things to do in this neighborhood check out my article about Saint Michel.   

Where to buy snacks: A new Carfour city have just opened up on 12 Rue des Allamandiers, just next to the Saint Michel Basilica. There’s also a big food market taking place next to the Basilica every Saturday.

What’s for kids: As its name indicates, this place is very sport oriented. Besides a nice playground for kids, there are other sports facilities such as ping pong tables and a skate park.

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Parc des Sports – two steps from the hip Saint-Michel neighborhood

Jardin Public de Bordeaux

The largest park in the center of Bordeaux needs no introduction. Jardin Public invites you to spread your arms (and body) on its vast green planes. It attracts most of the picnickers wandering around the center of town.

What’s for kids: There is a very impressive playground in the park as well as a puppet theater and a lot of ducks in the lake (for little animal lovers).

Where to buy snacks: There are two supermarkets from both sides of the park, one is located in the Chartrons neighborhood (8 Rue Notre Dame) and a small casino on 76 Rue Lagrange.

jardin public in Bordeaux
Jardin public – beauty in the middle of the city

Parc Rivière

A green sprawling paradise in the midst of a residential neighborhood.
The vibe here is more wild and freestyle compared to the meticulously planned jardin publique.
You can find a lot of sweet spots to picnic beneath the trees. While strolling along you can visit the tiny cute castle and the Maison du jardinier et de la nature en ville, which holds gardening activities.

where to buy snacks : There’s a small Casino market between park Rivière and Jardin Publique on 76 Rue Lagrange or you can take a walk to Auchan market in the Centre Commercial de l’Europe, 19 Place de l’Europe.

what’s for kids: This is the main downside of this park. The playground is very small and older kids will be bored with it.

Parc Rivière in Bordeaux
Parc Rivière- green paradise in the midst of a residential neighborhood

Place des Martyrs de la Résistance

A small local garden which draws its atmosphere from the beautiful Basilique Saint-Seurin. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center but still stay close, this is a good spot. The green pasture is quite big and usually not very crowded.

where to buy snacks : to buy fruits for a picnic go ahead to Charlotte Clementine on 14 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, if you need to add some wine, there’s a carrefour city on rue Judaique, next to Place Gambetta.

what’s for kids: This little garden has a a very small playground, mostly for the younger ones.

Place des Martyrs de la Résistance
Place des Martyrs de la Résistance- when you need a quiet spot close to the city center

le Jardin de ta Soeur

The garden with a cute name and a very communal and cozy feeling is a hidden spot in Chartrons, usually frequented by the local neighbors.
The designed playground and sitting areas give it a special artistic vibe.

where to buy snacks : for snacks go to the nearest intermarche on 67 Cours Edouard Vaillant.

what’s for kids: This garden is mostly used by the local community and hence is very kids friendly. As part of the overall original design of the park, the playground too has an artistic vibe to it.

le Jardin de ta Soeur
le Jardin de ta Soeur – original landscape design

Quai des Chartrons

You can also get a picnic in style and get a little tipsy on a cozy wooden deck with a view on the river. Every Thursday and Sunday a great market takes place on Quai des Chartrons and you can have a tasty picnic with oysters, wine and local cheese.

where to buy snacks : At the market! Otherwise go to the Carrefour city at 8 Rue Notre Dame.

what’s for kids: This place is a heaven for kids! Right next to the market you’ll find both a playground and a big skate park.

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yours truly doing what you should

The green spaces of Rive droite

Parc aux Angéliques

The Rive Droite of Bordeaux is usually the calmer part of the city, far from the busy touristic east side of the Garonne, which makes it a perfect spot for a quiet afternoon picnic or nap.
Parc aux Angéliques on quai des Queyries offers a wide green space with a view of the most beautiful monuments in the center of Bordeaux.  Closer to Darwin, the vibe gets more hipstery.. farther away and it’s more of an extended family kind of atmosphere 😉

What’s for kids: Place des Droits de l’enfant, a large playground both for little ones and for older kidsis located In front of the park, just next to Jardin Botanique.

Where to buy snacks: Magasin Général in Darwin would be the closest place to get some bio fruits, cheese and wine. For a larger selection go to the Carrefour supermarket on Allée Serr.

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Parc aux Angeliques – quiet green space with a beautiful view of Bordeaux

Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux

Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux is a magical place of biodiversity and sustainable development, located in front of Quai des Queyries, in the middle of the Bastide neighborhood. There’s a big lawn in the middle of the park but if you are looking for a more intimate picnic, check out the western section where you can find cozy little green corners between the plant pools.

What’s for kids:  Place des Droits de l’enfant is a large playground  located just next to the park. Also, Jardin Botanique is a place where kids can explore rare and exotic plants and flowers, which can turn your outdoor activity into an educational one.

Where to buy snacks: The big  Carrefour supermarket is located just next to the park in zone d’activité commerciale Coeur De Bastide-Allée Serr

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Jardin Botanique – cozy little green corners for a more intimate picnic

The big Parks

Parc Bordelais

Parc Bordelais, the biggest parc in Bordeaux, is located in the northern part of the city in the Cauderan neighborhood. Although quite far from the city center,  making an effort to get there really pays off.  A lake, beautiful trees, huge green spaces and a lovely terasse cafe are only part of what parc Bordolais has to offer.

What’s for kids:  This is probably the most kids oriented place in this list. Besides two large playgrounds (for younger and older kids), there is a puppet theater and a little train that takes you on a tour of the park.

Where to buy snacks: The little superette on avenue Charles de Gaulle is located just one minute walk from the park. if you need a better selection you can walk a few minutes to Carrefour city on 10 Rue de Marseille.

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Parc Bordelaise- the biggest park in Bordeaux

Parc de Bourran

Parc de Bourran in Merignac is not officially in Bordeaux but is located along the tram’s A line making it a short ride from the city center. This park has a more foresty feeling to it. Besides picnicking on the big green lawn at the center of the park, you can also take lovely strolls along the many paths encircling this beautiful park and maybe find your own secret spot.

What’s for kids:  There are three separate playgrounds in the park for different age ranges.

Where to buy snacks: If you enter the park from rue Alfred de Musset, the big Auchan super market on 19 Avenue du Maréchal Gallieni, 33700  is not very far.

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Parc de Bourran – feels like a forest

Parc Peixotto

Another off Brodway candidate that you can reach with a short Tram B ride.
A very lovely park with a pretty little chateaux, a pond and lots of ducks.
A relatively big picnic area where you can mingle with the many students living and drooling around the park.

What’s for kids:  Peixotto is very well eqiped for kids. It has a playground, a carousel and a little lake where you can feed the ducks.

Where to buy snacks: There is a big Casino market just next to the park at  412 Cours de la Libération. Or just go-ahead to the fancy market at the Forum.

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Parc de Peixotto in Talence

Are you familiar with any other green spots in the city where you like to spend time with your friends? Please share your ideas in the comments below 🙂

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The full map of top picnic places in Bordeaux

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

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

Festivals and Salons

Brocante des Quinconces

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

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photo by: Lost in Bordeaux

When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

 

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

 Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 20-22 at the Tauzia chateau in Gradignan.  The event, which received a great amount of interest from the Bordelaise public last year, is full of events and activities for gardening enthusiasts. It will bring together more than 80 exhibitors specialized in the world of plants: plant producers, landscape designers, artists, collections, horticulturists and in general people with an exceptional knowledge of plants. You will be able to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the beautiful English park of Chateau Tauzia and also get advice from the specialists on how to maintain your garden.

TAUZIA FÊTE LES JARDINS
TAUZIA FÊTE LES JARDINS

When: April 20-22
Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan
How much: 7 euros, free for women with a name of a flower or a fruit and to all people named Olivier 🙂

 

Different activities

Cannele d’adresses – Launch event

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

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

le cennele d'adresses
le cennele d’adresses

When: April 21 (10:00 – 19:00)
Where: Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux

Urban Gardening in Parc aux Angéliques

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

For more info check out their site and facebook page.

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

 

Discover Black Kites at the Bouscat forest

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

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

Culture

Le M.U.R de Bordeaux

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

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

le mur de Bordeaux
le mur de Bordeaux

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

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

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

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

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

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

For more info and tickets.

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth

Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

 

With Kids

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

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

Explore the behind the scenes of the Opera 

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

For more details and reservations.

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

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Dining in the Dark

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

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

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

 

Open doors at Lalande de Pomerol

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

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

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

When: April 21- 22
Where: Lalande de pomerol

 

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

La Romance de Paris – Cabaret show

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

For more info.

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

Go for a concert and drink at Casa Latina

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

Where: 59 quai des chartron, 33300 Bordeaux

 

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

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

Culture

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

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

For more info.

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

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

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

For more info and tickets.

wall paintings in Montreal by SETH
photo by: Seth

Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

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

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

Photo by Jean Paul Lefret
Photo by Jean Paul Lefret

 

Festivals and Salons

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

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

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash

When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

Festival of urban cultures in Lormont

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

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

With Kids

Spring Break

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

skating on the quai in Bordeaux
photo by: @lost_in_bordeaux

Architecture workshops for kids

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

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

Explore the behind the scenes of the Opera 

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

For more details and reservations.

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

Explore dinosaurs 

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

 

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

Different activities

Le Printemps du Bourgailh

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

For more info.

printemps du bourgailh

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

Furniture Hospital

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

For more info.

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

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

Julien Dore

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

For more info and tickets.

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

Holidays on Ice

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

 

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Sounds of Science – Brunch Electronique

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

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

Vide Dressing so Chic à Bordeaux

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

For more info.

banner of vide dressing nomande bordeaux

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

 

Erasmus Festa do Brasil

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

for more info.

banner erasmus party

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

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

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

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

For the next two weeks (April 7-22) Cap Sciences invites your kids to discover and learn about the biggest mysteries of the universe. The planetarium will make a real time simulation of the night’s sky and will populate it with more than 3000 stars, planets and galaxies. The visit to the planetarium is limited to kids older than 8. For ages 3 to 5, they will offer storytelling sessions . It is recommended to reserve tickets online as the sessions for the planetarium are limited to groups of only 19 people.

stars
Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash

When: April 7-22 (14h15, 15h, 15h45)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Guided visit at the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design

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

For more info.

kids workshop
photo by: musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux

Address: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn Block Climbing

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

For more information see the site of blockout.

Address: 3 Rue Georges Barres, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Spectacle for kids

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

See the full program for the school vacation.

Gardening at the Maison du jardinier

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

huge cucumber
a cucumber that went out of control

Address: Maison du jardinier et de la nature en ville, Parc Rivière, rue Mandron, Bordeaux

Discover nature within the city

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

See  more details.

la réserve naturelle nationale de Bruges
la réserve naturelle nationale de Bruges

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

 

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

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

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

Special events

Open doors in Médoc 

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

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

When: April 7-8

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

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

The locations are

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

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

For more details.

vide greniers bordeaux 2018

Culture

Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez

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

For more info and tickets.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia

Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

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

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

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

04_©Didier Bizet_01
Photo by: Didier Bizet

When: April 6-7

Movie screening of Babette Mangolte

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

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

Artistes des 4 coins du monde

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

Artistes des 4 coins du monde

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

Festivals and Salons

Festival Musical Écran

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

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

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

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

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

For the full program and tickets.

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

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

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

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

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

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


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

Ice Hockey match

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

For more info and tickets.

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

Ensemble sax

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

The schedule of the event is the following:

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

With Kids

Ludofestival in Canejan

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

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

Planétarium in Cap Sciences

For the next two weeks (April 7-22) Cap Sciences invites your kids to discover and learn about the biggest mysteries of the universe. The planetarium will make simulations of the sky in real time and will reproduce it with more the 3000 stars, planets and galaxies. The visit to the planetarium is limited to kids older than 8. For ages 3 to 5, they will offer storytelling sessions . It is recommended to reserve tickets online as the sessions for the planetarium are limited to groups of only 19 people.

stars
Photo by Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash

When: April 7-22 (14h15, 15h, 15h45)
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Per Kilo sale in Amos

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

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

Atelier de Boulangerie

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

For more details and tickets.

50s and 60s music party

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

For more details.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

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

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

Festival Musical Écran

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

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

When: April 1-8
Where: see locations.
How much: 39 € for the whole festival

Bicycle spring sale

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

bourse velo Bordeaux

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

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

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

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

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

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

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash

When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

Brocante des Quinconces

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

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Ira Szmuk

When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

Art

Digital Abysses at Base Sous-Marine 

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

base sous marine
photo by: Ira Szmuk

Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Margez

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

For more info and tickets.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia

Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

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

For more info.

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

Concerts:

Lisa Stansfield

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

For more info and tickets

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

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

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


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

Imagine Dragons

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

For more info and  tickets

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Portes Ouvertes

Open doors in Médoc 

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

For details about all the participating chateaux.

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

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

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

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

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

Meetings

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

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

This Saturday is going to be a very busy day in Bordeaux with Saint Patrick’s celebrations, several workshops for kids and a carnival. Besides that the weekend is full of great events  such as swing and jazz festivals, a Swan Lake ballet and more. So here is the full list of the most interesting events for the weekend of 16-18 March.

CULTURE

Photography exhibition –  Valérie Belin

An expo of Valérie Belin, one of France’s greatest photographers is presented in Institute Culturel Bernard Magrez , which is a beautiful chateau in the middle of Bordeaux.  If you want to go with kids, better do it on Saturday (17 March) at 15:00, as the place will hold a creative workshop for kids and adults by the name of “Rêves animaliers”. The expo is  open until March 25, so hurry up.

ATELIER CRÉATIF ENFANT ET ADULTES - VALÉRIE BELIN

Address: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Remigio ROSANI – Exhibition 

An Exhibition of the Italian artist Remogio Rosani will take place at the Musée de la Création Franche in Begles (16 March- 28 May 2018). His brightly colored drawings are executed in oil pastel and the dominant theme in his work is hedonism and carnal relationships.

Address: 58 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny ,33130 Bègles

CONCERTS/ SHOWS:

Lac des Cygnes  

I already mentioned the famous Swan Lake ballet that was performed by the Saint-Petersburg Ballet on March 4  in my “What to do in March” post. For those who missed this beautiful ballet you now have a second chance to see it in Bordeaux. The Russian National Opera will perform the Swan Lake ballet on March 16 at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena.

le lac des cygnesc Russian opera

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Pleymo – metal concert in Cenon

Pleymo is a French metal group that raised to fame some two decades ago . For their 20th anniversary they will perform on March 16 at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon.

For tickets and more info.

Address: Rocher de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 CENON

 

FESTIVALS:

Swing Festival 

Every March in the last 11 years Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (16-18 March) when swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. However this festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshop and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. It will take place in and around Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free!

This year the concept of the festival is “Drink & Draw” with the aim to create an interaction between the dancers, the artists and the public and will feature a big vintage sale, different exhibitions of photography and design, plastic art workshops and more.

1,2,3 Musique! Festival

The 10th edition of this Classical music and Jazz festival takes place  in Talence on 13 – 24 March. This year the program of the festival includes acts like Irish Spirit,  “Nougaro Revival” by Garanou and a Beethoven evening with the Talence music school.

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (17-24 March) is a very unique humor festival  with more than 80 artists participating 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.

WITH KIDS

Atelier de Peinture sur céramique

Planète Céramique in Le Bouscat offers a great way to entertain the kids right before Paques.  In a ceramic workshop, that will take place on  March 17, kids  will color their own ceramic plate for Paques. The price is 16 euros, open to kids from 7 years old up.

atelier de peinture sur ceramique

Address:  172 avenue de la Libération 33110 Le Bouscat

Superheros Carnival in Langon

The annual carnival of Langon will take place on March 17 at 13:30 at Place des Carmes and continue with a parade, accompanied by the Brazilian band Ozabumba. This fun day will also feature dance, costumes and musical shows.

Take a look on the full program.

carnival langon

Address: place des Carmes, Langon, 33210

Drinking and Fooding:

 Fête du Printemps au Petit Grain

Le Petit Grain in quartier Saint-Croix are welcoming the spring on March 17 with special workshops , DIY events,  concerts , shows and a lot of food and drinks.  You can learn cooking, planting, fixing your bike, see a cabaret show and finish this busy day with a free meal.

See the full program.

Address: 3 Place Dormoy, 33800 Bordeaux

Workshop Brunch Scandinave

Kweezine (a platform  for culinary discoveries) is hosting a workshop of Scandinavian cuisine (18 March), which will combine a chef class and a Scandinavian themed brunch.

Kweezine

Address: 9 Rue André Darbon, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Saint Patrick’s day

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whisky while listening to good music. But since we are in Bordeaux and not in Dublin,  you should know where to go in order to enjoy the day.

Irish and English Pubs in Bordeaux

There are plenty of Irish and English Pubs in Bordeaux that have already announced they will hold Saint Patrick’s events. For that occasion, I’ve made a detailed post of all the places where you can celebrate that in Bordeaux.  See the full list of Pubs.

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

Fête de la Saint Patrick

Live Music in Espace d’Ornon 16 March.

B11 La Bodega

in Mérignac – will celebrate St. Patrick with the Booze Brother on 17 March.

 

Let us know in the comments if there are other interesting events in Bordeaux and its surrounding that we’ve missed! Or if you have suggestions for nice spots people can visit on the weekends, please share it with us 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

While Saint Patrick’s day is an Irish religious and cultural celebration held on March 17 , it’s a beloved holiday in many cities around the world, and Bordeaux is no different. Apparently the capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine has a substantial Irish community and a large Irish beer fan base and the amount of bars where you can get some Irish alcohol is quite surprising. So, with Saint Patrick’s day around the corner  we have decided to help you find all the places where you can celebrate  March 17 in Bordeaux.

Here is a list of all the Irish and English pubs in Bordeaux where you can grab a beer, watch a match, listen to some great music or just go celebrate with other Bordelais, expats or tourists.

The Rather Good Pub Company are hosting Saint Patrick’s events in their three bars:

The Houses of Parliament
11 rue Parlement Sainte Catherine
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 79 38 03

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

The Market Tavern 
15 Rue Rode
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 44 09 58

HMS Victory BDX
3 Place Général Sarrail
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 92 78 47

HMS Victory BDX

Other Irish and English bars in Bordeaux that announced Saint Patrick’s celebrations:

Connemara Irish Pub Bordeaux
14-18, Cours d`Albret
Bordeaux, France 33000
05 56 52 82 57
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

The Frog & Rosbif
23 rue Ausone
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 55 85

check out Saint Patrick’s event.

frog and rosbif bordeaux

Oxford Arms
9 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance
Bordeaux
05 56 51 41 48
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

16-18 rue Judaïque
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 51 22
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Sweeney Todd’s
2 cours d’Alsace et Lorraine
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 21 13
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Dick Turpin’s
72 rue du Loup
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 48 07 52
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

The Charles Dickens
9 Quai De La Douane
33000 Bordeaux
06 84 11 25 17
check out Saint Patrick’s event.

Other Irish and British bars you probably want to check out:

Le Molly Malone’s
83 quai des Chartrons
33000 Bordeaux
05 57 87 06 72

molly malone

The Black Velvet Bar
9 rue du Chai des Farines
33000 Bordeaux
09 51 34 28 73

The Blarney Stone
144 cours Victor Hugo
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 31 87 20

The Golden Apple
64 rue de la Pomme d’Or
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 79 03 83

Cock And Bull
23 rue Duffour Dubergier
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 81 63 62

Le Comptoir Irlandais:
This isn’t a bar, but if you’ve decided to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day at your place, this would be a good place to equip yourself with Irish food and drinks.

14, rue du Temple
33000 Bordeaux
05 56 01 17 40

If you live outside of Bordeaux and don’t want to drive into town for Saint Patrick’s day, here are two options in the suburbs:

Yorkshireman
The Yorkshireman is both an English pub and a Tea house with a great and cozy ambiance, located in Talence.
2 Rue Pacaris,
Talence 33400
06 25 17 03 30

The Irish lane

The Irish lane in Le Haillan is a paradise for all artisan beer lovers, with its impressive collection of Irish artisans beers.
30 Avenue Jean Mermoz
33185 Le Haillan
05 56 17 07 90

Do you know of any other Irish pubs or restaurants in Bordeaux or maybe a hidden gem in the suburbs of Bordeaux? Please comment below!