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I finally finished my August list! let’s just hope for a less rainy month than July. Apart from the general fun summer vibes in the region, this year we have a food festival in Langon, a street art festival in Libourne, a music festival in Lacanau, and much more.  If you’re new to this site, I also share quite a lot of events and things happening in the region on my mailing listInstagramFacebook, and Facebook group. So be sure to follow me 🙂
Also, check out my recent article about the best 50 things to do in and around Bordeaux.
An important note before we start! Due to the latest government announcement, many of the places and events mentioned in this article might want to see your Pass Sanitaire (health passport), so make sure you have one if you’re planning to attend them.

Here are some of the best things you can do in Bordeaux in August 2021!

Open-air Cinema 

Every Wednesday during the month of August, the Iboat will host an open-air cinema event. You can see the program here, booking in advance is recommended. 

When: every Wednesday / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

If you want to discover other things to do in the Bassin a flor district, check out my article about the North of Bordeaux.

The Fest’Arts Festival

A five-day celebration of street art will take place on August 3-7 in Libourne. The Fest’Arts festival was created about 30 years ago to honor street performing artists. The center of Libourne will be turned into a big promenade and plenty of performances will take place on the pretty streets of the city. Check out the full program here. You must book your tickets before July 30. 

When: August 3-7 / Where: The center of Libourne

Go to a night market in Arcachon

A night market is taking place in the center of Arcachon every night (Tuesday to Friday) from July 6 to August 27. For more details click here. Check out my full guide to Arcachon before going.

Arcachon Market
Arcachon market

When: July 6 August 27 / Where: Place des Marquises, 33120 Arcachon

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a big music festival taking place every year in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux), this year the festival will be taking place from July 7 to August 4.  You can see the lineup and all the other details here and here

When: July 27 – August 4 / Where: Luxey

Paille & Ripaille Festival 

Paille & Ripaille is a local gastronomy festival taking place every year in Langon. The objective of the festival, which will take place on August 27-29 in Parc des Vergers, is to support local food producers. The program includes concerts, farm animals, and a lot of local specialties. See more details here

When: August 27 – 29 / Where: Parc des Vergers, Langon

Les Odyssées

Les Odyssées is a free stage arts festival taking place every year in Ambès, about 30 minutes from Bordeaux. The festival will take place on August 28 at Parc de Cantefrène. Check out the full program here

When:  August 28 / Where: City center, 33810 Ambes

Festival Musical’Ocean 

Festival Musical’Ocean is a Jazz and classical music festival taking place at Lacanau-Ocean, a beautiful coastal town, about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux. The festival will take place on August 24 -29 in Salle l’Escoure. For more info click here

When:  August 24-29 / Where: Avenue de l’Europe, 33680 Lacanau Océan

Go for a drink in one of Bordeaux’s summer bars

Plenty of rooftops, terrace cafes, and open bars are surging all over the city starting from the end of May / beginning of June. Some are more posh and chic, others simple and chill but they are all super fun to hang out in during the summer in Bordeaux. Check out the list of the best summer bars in Bordeaux.

Les Planches Éphémères summer bar in Bordeaux

See the new exhibition: Monet, Renoir… Chagall, Voyages en Méditerranée

Last summer Les Bassins de Lumières (Base sous-marine) invited us to see one of the best cultural experiences to ever arrive in Bordeaux, the Klimt exhibition. This year they are doing it again with Monet, Renoir, Chagall, and others. The exhibition is taking place from May 19 to January 2nd. You must book your tickets in advance. 

When: Until January 2, 2022 / Where: 284 Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

A beautiful 4D show on Chateau de Duras

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday during the summer (July 1st to August 31) the beautiful chateau of Duras is hosting an amazing 4D spectacle where they screen the history of the chateau and a fun story for kids at the end. The show is really well done and the location itself makes the drive from Bordeaux well worth it. The show starts at 22:30 but If you’ve never visited the chateau before, make sure to come earlier in the day so you’ll have the chance to visit the rooms and see the stunning view from the top. See more details here

When: July 1st to August 31 / Where: Chateau de Duras

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year, Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. This year tens of activities from music to dance, public reading, theater, circus, and gastronomy will take place between July 10 and August 29. The events are taking place in all 28 towns of Bordeaux metropole which is a great opportunity to get families with the less known parts of this city. Check out the full program of events here.

When:  Daily from July 10 to August 29 / Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Go to the beach

If you’re coming here for the summer I’m sure that going to the beach is on your list. This area is abundant with beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic coastline as well as on the many lakes surrounding the city. If you want to discover some new beaches around Bordeaux check out my article about the best beaches near Bordeaux

begles plage

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place during the course of several weeks in the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving around the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions, and workshops of medieval art, and more. For more info and tickets click here.

When: July 16 – August 21 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 Castillon-La-Bataille

Puppet Theater for Kids

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry show in France with daily spectacles for kids taking place in Parc Bordelais during the summer  (July and August). The show usually starts at 16:00 but can be canceled or postponed when it’s raining or getting too hot. Read more about the theater here.

When: Daily during July – August at 16:00 / Where: Parc Bordelais

For more ideas for activities with kids, check out my article about 30 things to do with kids in Bordeaux.

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, which will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visits 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 choose your preferred location.

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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