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With the latest news of the cancellation of the curfew in France it really starts to feel like a summer party in Bordeaux. While doing my research for this article I was positively surprised that many of the annual summer events are back this year. So what do we have this month? An electronic party in a chateau, a museums’ night, music festivals, and many 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 🙂

Now let’s start my list of all the events and fun things you can do in Bordeaux in July 2021.

European Museums Night

On July 3 some of the best museums and cultural establishments in Bordeaux will open their doors to the public with free exhibitions and activities. See the full list of museums and events here.

Natural history museum in Bordeaux
When: July 3 – 6 pm until midnight / Where: Different museums around the metropole

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac

Sauternes and Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On July 10-11 many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover their estates. The program includes wine tastings, tours in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts, and activities for kids. You can find the full program with the list of chateaux here

When: November 10-111 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program

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

Festival Rues et Vous

Rue et Vous is a performance arts festival that takes place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival will take place on July 7-11 and will include a rich program of theater, dance, cirque and music shows for both adults and kids. The first two days will take place in towns near Rions. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.

When: July 6-8 / Where: Rions

Dance on the Quai

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from July 17 to August 1st. Many of the lessons and events this year require prior reservation, for more details and the full program see here.

When:  Daily from July 17 to August 1st / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Tour de France

On July 16-17 Saint Emilion and Libourne will host the cyclists of the famous Tour de France. For more info click here.  

When:  July 16-17 / Where: Saint Emilion and Libourne

Durassic Festival

An electronic festival will take place in one of the most beautiful castles in our region, Chateau de Duras. The event will take place on July 16-18. For more details and tickets click here

When:  July 16-18 / Where: Chateau de Duras

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city 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 familiar 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.

Summer Sales

Don’t we all need to refresh our closet after this long period of being stuck at home? Summer sales are a great opportunity to enjoy good deals on clothes, shoes, electric supplies, toys and more. This summer the soldes d’été will take place from June 30 to July 27.

Summer of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The concerts will take place from June 30 to July 15. See the full program here.

When:  June 30 – July 15 / Where: Different locations, see program above

Les Nouvelles Saisons – music festival

Les Nouvelles Saisons is a classic music festival taking place in Bordeaux on July 15-22 at Cour Mably and la Cathédrale de Bordeaux. The festival was created by the violoncellist Jeremy Genet and the composer Christian Lauba offering a great variety of musical styles (baroque, romantic, modern and more). For more details and tickets click here.

When: July 15-22 / Where: Different location in Bordeaux

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

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992.  From June 4 to July 25, more than 20 events will take place in different towns of south Gironde. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, and more. Check out the full program here.

When:  July 4- July 25 / Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

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. 

Visit the huge Labyrinth of Gironde

Popcorn Labyrinth is a huge Labyrinth in Cestas that has opened its doors last year and will reopen again this year on July 3rd. During the summer the Labyrinthe will be open every day and even has several night sessions. You can see the hours and prices in this link. 

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 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

Puppet Theater for Kids

Le Guignol Guérin, founded in 1853, is the oldest puppetry show in France with daily spectacles for kids 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

If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check up my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, that will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visits in Bordeaux. To help you to 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

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