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April is such a fun month in Bordeaux! It starts to be warm outside, everything blossoms and a lot of places are slowly opening up for the summer season. It’s also one of the best months to discover the surroundings of Bordeaux before they become too crowded with visitors from all around the world.

Before I give you the list of events taking place in April, I want to recommend a few articles for you to read before visiting the region. My detailed guide to Saint Emilion as well as my list of recommended chateaux to visit are two articles that have helped many tourists to properly discover this amazing little village. You should also take a look at my list of the best places to visit in Bassin d’Arcachon and the Guide to the most beautiful villages around Bordeaux.

Best things to do in Bordeaux in April
April in Bordeaux

Make sure to read my article about the best 50 things to do in Bordeaux. And if you have questions about other parts of the Southwest of France, be sure to join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France

If you live in the region or are planning to visit soon, you’d love to know that there are many fun and interesting events taking up this month so let’s discover what are the best things to do in Bordeaux in April 2024!

The best events in the Bordeaux region in April 2024

Territoires Sauvages – Nature festival

Territoires Sauvages is a nature festival that will take place at the Halle du Port in Teich (Arcachon Bay) from March 29 to April 1st. You’re invited to spend your Easter weekend discovering the natural treasures of the region. For more info click here

When: March 29- April 1/ Where: Halle du Port, 33470 Le Teich

Festival Cinémarges

Festival Cinémarges is an annual independent and queer film festival that explores issues of gender and sexuality. This year it takes place from March 31 to April 9 in venues like the Utopia movie theater and and the CAPC museum. Take a look at the program.

When: March 31- April 9/ Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

L’Orangeade celebrates its 10th anniverssay

L’Orangeade is a collective of passionate music lovers who have been organizing some of Bordeaux’s best music events in the last few years. This year the collective will be celebrating its 10th birthday with a huge party that will be taking place at Place des Quinconces on April 5-7. The program includes three electronic music stages, sportive activities, and games for kids. For more info click here.

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 32nd edition of the “Traveling Photographers Routes” festival will take place on April 3-28. During one month, 10 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque in Meriadeck, Espace Saint-Rémi, and others. Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

When: April 3-28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The first 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 to beautiful chateaux, and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend.

I will be updating all the best events taking place on Easter weekend around Bordeaux in my article, as well as in my newsletter (subscribe here).

Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion

Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion is a series of concerts and exhibitions taking at different wine chateaux in Saint Emilion. The events always include wine tasting which makes them even more attractive :). The first concert for this season will take place at Chateau de Ferrand on April 5th. You can see the program and book your tickets here.

A romantic winery accomofdation - Chateau de Ferrand in Saint Emilion
Chateau de Ferrand in Saint Emilion – Lost in Bordeaux

BLIB – the beer festival of Bordeaux 

The 8th edition of Bordeaux’s beer festival will take place on April 1-6 at Hangar 14 in Chartrons. In the last two days of the festival, the best artisanal beer producer from the region will be chosen. Check out the Facebook page of the event for more info. 

When: April 1-6 / Where: 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Open doors in Médoc

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open-door 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.
For more open-door events in Bordeaux – go to my Portes Ouverts guide.

When: April 6-7 / Where:  different locations (see the website of the event)

European days for arts and crafts professions

This April you have an opportunity to discover some of the arts and crafts of the region. It’s a week of demonstrations and workshops taking place in training centers and other craft places. You can enjoy a painting workshop in Arcachon, visit woodwork ateliers in Bordeaux, meet restoration specialists in Royan, and more. The events will be taking place on April 2-7, see the full program here.

Salon du Vintage

The annual vintage salon will take place in Darwin on April 6-7. This chic event will gather more than 50 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukeboxes, paintings, and more. For more details check the website of the event.

When: April 6-7 / Where:  87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Escale du livre

Escale du Livre is an annual book festival taking place in the center of Bordeaux. The program includes plenty of activities for kids and adults such as interviews with writers, workshops for kids, poem reading, and more. The event is taking place on April 5-7 at Square Dom Bedos in Bordeaux. See all the details and the full program here.

When: April 5-7 / Where:  Square Dom Bedos, 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 to the citadel by train or horse, and more. For the full program and tickets click here.

For more open-door events in Bordeaux – go to my Portes Ouverts guide.

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival
The Blaye Spring Wine Festival – Lost in Bordeaux

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

Week-end des Vins Vivants

On April 13 -14, the town of Monségur in Entre-deux-Mers is hosting a wine festival. The event is dedicated to organic and natural wines. See all the participating wineries here.

When: April 13-14/ Where: Halle de Monségur

Grande Brocante Antiquites À Rauzan

Every year the village of Rauzan in the Entre deux Mers region hosts one of the best brocantes (an antiques/ flea market) in the SW of France. This year the big market will take place on April 19-21. See all the details here

When: April 19-21 / Where: Village Antiquités in Rauzan

Open doors at Lalande de Pomerol

An open-door weekend at the châteaux of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation will take place on April 20-21. During the weekend, the châteaux of this appellation will offer plenty of activities such as guided tours, tastings, markets, an old cars exhibition, and many other activities. If you want to learn more about the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and its châteaux, click here

When: April 20-21/ Where: Lalande de Pomerol (the program with the chateaux list will be published soon)

For more open-door events in Bordeaux – go to my Portes Ouverts guide.

Bobine de fil 

A free kids theatre festival taking place at Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc in Bordeaux on April 18-21. See the program here.

When: April 18-21/ Where: cours de Luze 33100 Bordeaux

Salon Nautique d’Arcachon

The big Salon Nautique d’Arcachon will take place the weekend of April 19-21 at the Port de Plaisance d’Arcachon. More than 170 exhibitors will participate in the Salon, with 450 boats stationed all over the port. For more details click here.

When: April 19-21/ Where: Port d’Arcachon, 33120 Arcachon

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 27-28 at the Tauzia chateau in Gradignan. The popular event brings 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. See more details here.

When: April 27-28 / Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

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. 

Brocante de Bordeaux - one of the best events in Bordeaux
Brocante de Bordeaux – Lost in Bordeaux

The market is taking place from April 24 to May 14. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

When: April 24 – May 14 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Fete de la Lamproie

Sainte-Terre, the world capital of the Lamproie, will celebrate this creepy jawless fish with a fun, festive weekend. The event will take place on April 26 – 28. See the program here.

When: April 26 -28/ Where: Sainte-Terre

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers is a big event celebrating asparagus and its farmers. More than 8000 visitors are expected to stroll along with 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). The event is taking place on April 27-28 at the center of Etauliers. The full program will be published soon.

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers
La Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers

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

Big events in other parts of the SW of France 

Foire au Jambon à Bayonne

Like every year, Bayonne will celebrate its famous ham with a big fair called, Foire au Jambon. The event will take place on April 4-7. See all the details here

When: April 4-7 / Where: Center of Bayonne

Châteaux En Fête

Châteaux En Fête is one of the best evets the Dordgone department has to offer. 71 castles all over Dordogne will open their doors to visitors and offer guided visits, activities, and festive evenings. The Châteaux En Fête event will take place on April 13-28.  See the list of chateaux and their programs here.

When: April 13-28 / Where: different towns in Dordogne

Marché aux Fleurs 

The pretty town of Duras is hosting a big flower market on April 21. For more details click here.

When: April 21 / Where: Duras

Winestock Festival

The Winestock Festival is a new wine-gastronomic festival that will take place for the second time this year in the villages of Monestier and Thénac in Dordogne. The program of the event includes concerts, tastings, workshops, a wine fair, masterclasses, and more. The event will take place on April 26-28. See all the details here.

When: April 26-28 / Where: Monestier, Dordogne

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel 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.

If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂

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