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A long weekend is ahead of us! I bet that those of you who haven’t left town for the weekend need some plans for these rainy days. This weekend we have plenty of indoor events to keep you warm like the Salon du Vintage, Art Fair, Salon du chocolat and more. For the sunny moments it’s the last weekend of the Foire des Plaisirs. Most of the events are taking place on Saturday and Sunday so if you need something for the next two days check out les Salon Vivons, the urban festival in Pessac and the Halloween event in Villandaut.

If you don’t find anything to do in this gray weather, check out my post about things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux and Things to do with kids when it’s raining.

This is the list of things to do this long weekend in Bordeaux (November 1-4):

Fairs and Events

Vibrations Urbaines festival in Pessac

This is the 21st edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, that is organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international bmx contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival will take place from October 31 to November 4 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.

When: October 31 – November 4
Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac

Salon du Vintage 

The annual vintage salon will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 3-4. This chic event  will gather more than 150 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukebox, paintings and more. For more details check the facebook page and the website of the event. Entry is 5€ and free for kids under 12 years old.

When: November 3-4 from 10:00 to 19:00
Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Les Salons Vivons

Les Salons Vivons is a huge life style event that will take place in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux from October 31 to November 4. The event includes 5 fairs:

Vivons Maison – all about designing your home with DIY workshops, forum of ideas, consultations and exhibitions of furniture, wood works, decorations,  kitchens and more.

Vivons Auto – a vehicular exhibition (family, sport, city cars and more), a huge space dedicated to 2 wheels (bicycles, scooters, motorcycles and more) and a trial center where you can actually test the cars.

Vivons Camping Cars – more than 250 different camping cars will be presented with all the innovations in that domain.

Vivons 100% Sports  – with three spaces dedicated to sports equipment, winter sports and to presenting all the different sport venues in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Vivons Art – a huge contemporary art fair with more than 3000 works of art – check out the next item for more details.

Entry is 5.5€, the same ticket is valid for all the other events of Salon Vivons. For more info check out the website  of the event.

When: October 31 – November 4
Where: Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, 33000

Salon Vivons Art

Vivons Art, the fair of contemporary art will take place in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux from October 31 to November 4 and is part of the Salons Vivons event. This is a great event for art lovers and collectors with around 200 exhibitors (local, national and European), presenting more than 3000 works of art. Vivons Art aims to shake up the codes of the art world by giving the stage to a big variety of artists, allowing them to present their works to the wide public and to make art more accessible to all. For more info check out the website and the facebook page of the event. Entry is 5.5€, the same ticket is valid for all the other events of Salon Vivons taking place at the exhibition park.

When: October 31 – November 4
Where: Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, 33000

The last weekend of the Foire aux Plaisirs

This weekend is your last chance to enjoy the fall edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces (until November 4). It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. The last day of the fair (November 4) is a discount day with prices going down to 1 to 3 euros, depending on the attraction. See more info about the fair here.

Foire aux Plaisirs Bordeaux
Foire aux Plaisirs in Bordeaux
When: October 12 – November 4
Where:Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Foire de La Toussaint

The big fair of Toussaint will take place this weekend (November 1-4) on the banks of the Garonne river in La Reole. An ancient tradition in La Reole that brings together hundreds of local exhibitors and merchants. This is one of the biggest events in La Reole, fun for both kids and adults. For more info click here.

When: November 1-4
Where: Quais, 33190 LA REOLE

Salon du Chocolat in Gradignan

This is the 9th edition of the Salon du Chocolat, a great event for chocolate lovers, where about thirty exhibitors will present their products to the public. The event will take place this  weekend (November 2-4) at the Salle du Solarium in Gradignan. Apart from chocolate stands the program includes a fashion show of dresses made of chocolate and workshops for kids. The Salon is organized by an association working with ill and disabled children and all funds raised will be used to carry out activities and treatment for these kids. A sweet event with a good cause! Entry is  4€ and free for kids under 10 years old. For more info click here.

When: November 2 from 14:00 and November 3-4, from 10:00
Where: Salle du Solarium, Chemin du Solarium, 33170 GRADIGNAN

Salon de Peinture in La Reole

This is the 62nd edition of the Painting Salon, taking place in l’Abbaye des Bénédictins of La reole from October 31 to  November 11. Both professional and amateur painters were invited to present their works of oil paintings, aquarelle, inks, chalks, pastels, prints, acrylics and more.

When: October 31 to  November 110
Where: Abbaye des Bénédictins, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, 33190 LA REOLE

The Big Plants Sale

A big plants sale will take place this weekend (November 3-4) at the Promenade Sainte-Catherine. The prices are guaranteed to be quite low (from 2€ to 10€) so it’s a good opportunity to fill your house with winter plants. For more details follow the facebook page of the event.

When: November 3-4
Where: 25 rue Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Corsica Week

The 5th edition of la Semaine Corse will take place at the Cantina restaurant on November 1-5. This is a great opportunity to discover the Corsican culture and cuisine with a varied program that includes tasting of the local food, meetings with Corsican producers and creators, Corsican music and exhibitions. One of the main events during the week is le Marché des producteurs & artisans Corse (The market of Corsican producers and craftsmen), that will take place this Saturday (November 3) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bacalan. See more info here.

When: November 1-5
Where: 14 rue des Bahutiers 33000 Bordeaux, The market will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel (63 Rue Lucien Faure, Bordeaux)

Halloween at Château de Villandraut

Chateau de Villandraut invites you to 4 days of Halloween celebrations, full of perfect activities and games for kids. The event will take place on October 30- November 2. Just to give you a taste of the long program of this event: a decoration workshop for kids (7-12 year olds), a murder party, Game of Crowns, masks creation workshop, scary story telling and much more. All the activities require prior registration by phone:  05.56.25.87.57 . The price is  3€ /day for most activities. For more info click here.

When: October 30 – November 2
Where: Rue Lafon Isore, 33730 Villandraut

Join a roller-blade ride group

If you are into Rollerblading or want to learn to rollerblade join the Airroller club. This weekend (like every first weekend of the month) there is a big family ride called la Rando des Familles where both kids and adults roll together. The ride will start from the Hotel de Ville at 14:15 (November 4). For more details click here.

rollerblades group

When:  November 4, 14:15
Where: Place Pey Berland, 33,000 Bordeaux

ART & CULTURE

Motorama – concert

The Russian Indie-rock band, Motorama will preform at the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon on November 1st. For more info and tickets click here.

When:  November 1  at 20:30
Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, Cenon 33150

Free museums Sunday

Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museums day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most of the exhibitions. Check out the full list of the museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.

Base sous marine - entrance
La Base sous-marine museum in Bordeaux

L’image 2018 – photography exhibition

An exhibition by 15 artists that focuses on the image of cars will be presented in Darwin this Sunday (November 4). The exhibition will include photography, illustrations and videos. The idea behind the exhibition is to reflect on the different interpretation each artist gave to the same subject. See more details here.

When: November 4
Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

 

New exhibition at the Base Sous Marine- Medio Acqua

It is no secret that the Base sous marine is one of my favorite places in Bordeaux so the fact that they’re about to open a new exhibition is making me very happy. The Medio Acqua exhibition includes installations by major French and intentional artists as well as a selection of video works by young emerging artists, recently graduated from the prestigious Fresnoy School. The main theme of the exhibition is inspired by the world of water, while the location and the structure of the base sous marine plays an important role in it.

When: October 26- January 6
Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Clock, Les Horloges du Vivant – exhibition for kids

All living creatures have a certain rhythm to their mechanism that allows them to adapt to their environment. This fascinating expo will allow your kids to discover the rhythm of different animals and to understand their world a little better. Why does the  koala sleep 20 hours a day? How fast are the wings of the hummingbird?  Does a baby breathe like an adult? These are only some of the questions the exhibition will answer. The exhibition has been presented in Cap Sciences for a while now, but this is your last chance to take your kids to see it as the last day will be November 4. See more info here. The minimum age for this expo is 6 years old.

When: until November 4
Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Mass Choir – concert

A concert of the Bordeaux Mass Choir will take place this Sunday (November 4) at the Casino Barriere. More than 50 singers together with the head of the choir,  Fonegna Copie, will take the stage to perform gospel songs from their first album.

When: November 4, 17:00
Where: Rue du Cardinal Richaud, 33300 Bordeaux

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in November 2018.

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Two big events are starting this weekend in Bordeaux: the International art festival and Space month. Besides these two, other exciting events are waiting for us this weekend, among them: a plants festival in Gradignan, a vintage sale in Bacalan, a color run and a march with sheep across the Metropole. As usual, I added some concerts and exhibitions to enrich your cultural agenda 🙂

Here is the list of things to do in Bordeaux this weekend (October 5-7):

FAB – International art festival

FAB is the annual International art festival of Bordeaux Metropole taking place this year on October 5-24. As one of Europe’s biggest art festivals it attracts some known names from the international contemporary art scene. During the three weeks of the festival more than 30 shows will take place in more than 20 different locations in Bordeaux, from the TnBA theater to the Opera of Bordeaux and the Base Sous Marine. Click here to see the full program of the festival.

When: October 5-24
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the program

La Grande Transhumance Urbaine

Don’t be surprised if on the weekend of October 5-7 you’ll suddenly see plenty of sheep crossing your street, that’s the  Grande Transhumance Urbaine. The idea behind this three day event is to connect city people to agriculture. Seven breeders and their sheep will lead the march that will start in Blanquefort, continue through the center of Bordeaux and finish in Villenave d’Ornon. People are welcome to participate in this 33km march or parts of it. Based on the success this event has had in the last few years, more than 1500 are expected to follow the breeders.  You can still enjoy the festival even if you don’t want to make the walk, just attend the events in every town that’s on their way. See the full program of events related to this festival here.

When: October 5-7
Where: Blanquefort, Bordeaux Lac, Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux and Villenave d’Ornon (see exact location in the program)

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia fête les Jardins is one of the most beautiful plant celebration in the south of France. The fifth edition of this fantastic event in Gradignan will take place on October 5-7. A three day event that gathers plant growers, professional gardeners, landscape architects and artists. The rich program of the festival includes plenty of workshops, conferences, activities for kids such as painting and music in the garden, creating a bamboo palisade, creating a herbarium, plastic arts in the garden for kids and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 5-7
Where: 216, cours du général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

PROXIMA exhibition

The Proxima exhibitions is one of the main events of the space month in Bordeaux and will be presented at the Médiathèque de Mérignac from October 5th to October 26. Through the exhibition you will discover how astronauts prepare for their mission in space, the effects of weightlessness on their body and how their daily life look while they’re on mission. For more details check out the facebook page of the exhibition. Click here to see what other events are part of the space month in Bordeaux.

When: October 5-26
Where: 19 Place Charles de Gaulle, 33700 Mérignac

L’Espace en fête

An afternoon of space workshops for little astronaut apprentices will take place on October 6 at Côté sciences Air&Espace. The event will include workshops such as satellite design, discovery of the solar system, making and launching water rockets and more. The event is free and open to kids older than 6 years old, See more details here.

When: October 6, 14:30-18:30
Where: 74, avenue des Marronniers, 33700 Mérignac

Color obstacle rush

The color obstacle rush is a feast of music, color and sports. Live DJs, a fun cardio warm-up, a 5-km course consisting of 5 color stations, 20 music zones, and 20 new obstacles including giant slides, bouncy castles, tunnels, foam, kangaroo balloons – just to name a few! The event is a bit pricey and requires prior registration  – buy your tickets here. To read more about the Color Obstacle Rush click here. The event will take place on October 6 at the Bordeaux Hippodrome.

When: October 6
Where: Hippodrome Bordeaux, 8 Avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Les Campulsations

Les Campulsations is a student festival, celebrating the beginning of the new academic year in different locations in the Aquitaine region: Bordeaux, Talence, Pessac, Gradignan, Bayonne, Biarritz, Périgueux, Agen and Pau. In Bordeaux Metropole the events will take place in many different locations from university campuses to museums and theaters. The program is very varied and includes such events as a brocante party, music concerts, theater shows, exhibitions and more- check out the full program and find an event near you. The festival will take place from September 27 to October 6.

When: September 27 to October 6
Where: Different locations, consult the program.

Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses- a vintage sale

polichineuses

After the success they had with their first event last May, “Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses” is coming back for a second edition in Halles de Bacalan. The big vintage sale that will take place this weekend (October 5-7) will host many vintage merchants with furniture, toys, art and plenty of accessories. For more details click here  or here. It’s promised to be stylish and fun 🙂

When: October 5-7
Where: Les Halles de Bacalan, 149 quai de bacalan, Bordeaux, 33300

Planet Jeux 2018

Every October Espace d’Ornon is transformed into a huge game hall with games for every age. Logic games, sports, strategic games and plenty of other genres coming from all over the world.  Besides a huge game area, part of the space will be dedicated to babies and toddlers and will help parents entertain their little ones ( kids under 5 years old). The event will take place this weekend (October 6-7), entry is 3 euros.  For more info check out the website and the  facebook page of the event.

When: October 6-7
Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon

Festival du Kebbé

An oriental festival will take place this Friday evening (October 5) in Salle des fêtes du Grand Parc. The festival will start with a play “Les âmes cimentées” that deals with two immigrant workers in France. And will be followed by a concert of Bab Assalam, a French – Syrian band playing world music.  For more details click here.

When: October 5 at 17:00
Where: cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Jazz weekend at the Caillou

If you want to keep it simple this weekend, head to the Caillou for a Jazz concert with a pretty view of Jardin Botanique. Like every weekend in their fall program, different  musicians and groups will take the stage of this beautiful bar.  This weekend the program includes the Perry Gordon trio on Friday (October 5) and the Golino & Tarot quartet on Saturday (October 6).

When: October 5-6, at 20:30
Where: Le Caillou du Jardin Botanique, Esplanade Linné, 33000 BORDEAUX

Symphony at the Auditorium of Bordeaux

The National Opera of Bordeaux recently published its annual symphony concerts program and there’s a lot to wait for. This weekend (October 4-5) the Marie-nicole Lemieux, the Canadian contralto, will perform with the Orchestra of Bordeaux to the sounds of Boulanger, Elgar and Mahler. For more details and tickets click here.

When: October 4-5
Where:Auditorium de Bordeaux, 9-13 cours Georges Clemenceau, 33000 BORDEAUX

Festival Gospel En Cathedrale

A concert of gospel music will take place in Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux on October 7 at 17:30. For more details click here.

When: October 7 at 17:30
Where: place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Exhibitions to see this weekend:

First exhibition at the Musee de la Mer et de la Marine

La Musee de la Mer et de la Marine is finally about to present its first exhibition, just a few months after the cancellation of the Monet exhibition. Although the museum itself is not due to open soon, it has decided to open an exposition room where a new photography expo will be presented between October 1st and April 30, 2019. The “Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” exhibition consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic  photographers. Check more info on the site of the museum.

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When: October 1 – April 30, 2019
Where:89 rue des étrangers, 33300 BORDEAUX

Exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez

l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez is one of the cultural gems of Bordeaux, surprising us with new and inspiring exhibitions every few months. This time they host the painter Guillaume Toumanian, with an exhibition of 20 paintings called “De la lumière”.  The expo will be presented at Château Labottière until October 28. For more info check out the website of the museum.

When: until October 28
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 BORDEAUX

 

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in October 2018.

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Have a great weekend!

The program of October proves that the Bordelaise summer is officially over. Outdoor music concerts and food truck festivals were replaced with new exhibitions, indoor events scattered across the city and some interesting outdoor activities such as a color run and an agricultural march. And yet again we see how Bordeaux can offer activities come rain or shine 🙂
From an art festival to space month and balloon flights, this is the list of the best things to do in and around Bordeaux in October 2018:

FAB – International art festival

FAB is the annual International art festival of Bordeaux Metropole taking place this year on October 5-24. As one of Europe’s biggest art festivals it attracts some known names from the international contemporary art scene. During the three weeks of the festival more than 30 shows will take place in more than 20 different locations in Bordeaux, from the TnBA theater to the Opera of Bordeaux and the Base Sous Marine. Click here to see the full program of the festival.

 

When: October 5-24
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the program,

Space month 

The city of Mérignac will host a whole month of space discovery with workshops, exhibitions, conferences, parties and more. Here’s a sneak peek at the rich program of October:

PROXIMA exhibition – discover how astronauts prepare before going to space – October 5-26  at the Médiathèque de Mérignac.

A visit at the planetarium October 8 at MJC Mérignac Centre

L’Espace en fête – an afternoon of space workshops for little astronaut apprentices – October 6 at Côté sciences Air&Espace

This is only a small part of what is planed for you by the Town hall of Merignac and Cap Sciences. For the full program and registration details click here. For more details and updates check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 1-31
Where: Different locations in Merignac – see the program

La Grande Transhumance Urbaine

Don’t be surprised if on the weekend of October 5-7 you’ll suddenly see plenty of sheep crossing your street, that’s the  Grande Transhumance Urbaine. The idea behind this three days even is to connect city people to agriculture. Seven breeders and their sheeps will lead the march, that will start in Blanquefort, continue through the center of Bordeaux and finish in Villenave d’Ornon. People are welcome to participate in this 33km march or parts of it. Based on the success this event has had in the last few years, more than 1500 are expected to follow the breeders.  You can still enjoy the festival even if you don’t want to make the walk, just attend the events in every town that’s on the way. See the full program of events related to this festival here.

When: October 5-7
Where:Blanquefort, Bordeaux Lac, Place de la Victoire in Bordeaux and Villenave d’Ornon (see exact location in the program)

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia fête les Jardins is one of the most beautiful plant celebration in the south of France. The fifth edition of this fantastic event in Gradignan will take place on October 5-7. A three day event that gathers plants growers, professional gardeners, landscape architects and artists. The rich program of the festival includes plenty of workshops, conferences, activities for kids such as painting and music in the garden, creating a bamboo palisade, creating a herbarium, plastic arts in the garden for kids and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 5-7
Where: 216, cours du général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Color obstacle rush

The color obstacle rush is a feast of music, color and sports. Live DJs, a fun warm-up, a 5-km course consisting of 5 color stations, 20 music zones, and 20 new obstacles including giant slides, bouncy castles, tunnels, foam, kangaroo balloons – just to name a few! The event is a bit pricey and requires prior registration  – buy your tickets here. To read more about the Color Obstacle Rush click here. The event will take place on October 6 at the Bordeaux Hippodrome.

When: October 6
Where: Hippodrome Bordeaux, 8 Avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Les Campulsations

Les Campulsations is a students festival, celebrating the beginning of the new academic year in different locations in the Aquitaine region: Bordeaux, Talence, Pessac, Gradignan, Bayonne, Biarritz, Périgueux, Agen and Pau. In Bordeaux Metropole the events will take place in many different locations from university campuses to museums and theaters. The program is very varied and includes such events as a brocante party, music concerts, theater shows, exhibitions and more- check out the full program and find an event near you. The festival will take place from September 27 to October 6.

When: September 27 to October 6
Where: Different locations, consult the program.

Festival Gospel En Cathedrale

A concert of gospel music will take place in Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux on October 7 at 17:30. For more details click here.

When: October 7 at 17:30
Where: place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux,

FIFIB- Bordeaux international festival of independent movies

Bordeaux Independent Films Festival will take place on October 9-15 at Rue Malby in the center of Bordeaux. The program of the festival includes films screening, concerts and meeting with special guests. Every evening, the festival village will transform into an open cinema theater and a dance floor. The event is free and open for all. See the full program on the site of the festival and more details on the facebook page.

When: October 9-15
Where: Le Village du FIFIB, 3 rue Mably, 30000 BORDEAUX

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces  from October 12 to November 4. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: October 12 – November 4
Where:Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Speen Festival

The Speen festival is a performance art festival mixing dance music and theater. Throughout the weekend of the festival (October 13-14) many performances will take place on  Place de la Comédie and Cours du châpeau rouge, among them: a Brazilian music concert, dance performances, a jazz concert, improvisation theater and more. Check out the full program here and more details on the facebook page of the festival.

When: October 13-14
Where: Place de la Comédie and Cours du châpeau rouge, 33000 Bordeaux

Lire en Poche – books festival 

Lire en Poche is a pocket books festival that will take place in Gradignan in October 12-13. Besides a huge books sale, a wide range of activities are offered to the participants, among them: reading sessions, theater shows, music, games, workshops for kids and more. The entrance to the festival is free, however some activities are paid and/or require prior reservation, which will start on October 6 at 8:00 – click here to register.  For more info click here.

When: September 12-14
Where: Théâtre des Quatre Saisons et à La Médiathèque Jean Vautrin, 32 route de Léognan – 33170 GRADIGNAN

Salon ABC Kidz

A big event dedicated to future parents and young families will take place on October 13-14 in Hangar 14. Salon ABC kids is the annual gathering of all the important companies and organizations related to babies and little kids from clothing to room decoration, toys and different services like child care companies and health providers. The event allows young parents to meet all the relevant products and services in one place. Many activities will take place at the Salon to make it more entertaining, among them a massage space, workshops for kids, soft play for toddlers and more. For tickets and more info click here.

When: October 13-14
Where: 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Nuit des Bibliothèques

Have you ever visited some of Bordeaux libraries? If you think of it as only a place storing books, think again, as the libraries in this city are much more than that. Throughout the year they propose plenty of events, courses and activities for kids. Nuit des Bibliothèques will take place on October 13, and is your opportunity to discover the libraries across the city. 25 libraries in 20 different towns in Bordeaux Metropole will participate in this event and will offer such activities as concerts, theater shows, science workshops, games for kids and more. See the full list of all the participating institutions here.

When: October 13 – evening
Where: Bordeaux, Merignac, Talence, Pessac and more – check out the full program

Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion

Montgolfiades is an annual festival of balloon flights organized by Le Ciel est à Toi association. The flights will take place October 19-21 above Saint Emilion and the vineyards around it, so the sight is promised to be breathtaking. For more info click here.

When: October 19-21
Where: Bordeaux, Merignac, Talence, Pessac and more – check out the full program

Bordeaux Swing Festival

The international festival of Lindy hop (part of the Swing family) will take place on October 19-21 in the Bordeaux region and this year they have invited a special guest, one of biggest stars in the the New York swing scene- Gordon Webster. Two swing parties will take place at the beautiful le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, with a battle between the Gordon Webster Hot Swing Sextet bands. The program of the festival also includes 7 hours of classes with 11 international teachers. For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: October 19-21
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the full program

Fête du Vin nouveau & de la brocante

On the last weekend of this month (October 27-28) the Chartrons neighborhood invites you to celebrate the Autumn with a festival of new wine and a brocante. During these two days, the main street, rue Notre-Dame , will be transformed into a brocante with wine stands and roasted chestnuts. Come and spend a festive weekend on one of the most interesting streets in Bordeaux.

When: October 27-29
Where: Rue notre dame, 33000 Bordeaux

First exhibition at the Musee de la Mer et de la Marine

La Musee de la Mer et de la Marine is finally about to present its first exhibition, just a few months after the cancellation of the Monet exhibition. Although the museum itself is not due to open soon, it has decided to open an exposition room where a new photography expo will be presented between October 1st and April 30, 2019. The “Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” exhibition consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic  photographers. Check more info on the site of the museum.

When: October 1 – April 30, 2019
Where:89 rue des étrangers, 33300 BORDEAUX

New exhibition at the Base Sous Marine- Medio Acqua

It is no secret that the Base sous marine is one of my favorite places in Bordeaux so the fact that they’re about to open a new exhibition is making me very happy. The Medio Acqua exhibition will include installations by major French and intentional artists as well as a selection of video works by young emerging artists, recently graduated from the prestigious Fresnoy School. The main theme of the exhibition will be inspired by the world of water, while the location and the structure of the base sous marine plays an important role in it.

When: October 26- January 6
Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

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This weekend  the European Patrimony Days will take place all over France (and Europe actually). Like in all the major cities, Bordeaux offers a rich program of more than 100 historical locations to discover. Many famous places such as the Opera of Bordeaux will be open to the public. However, popularity means big lines, so if you want to enter one of those places be prepared to wait patiently. There are also plenty of great tours offered by the Bordeaux Metropole but many of them require a prior reservation and finding one that hasn’t been fully booked yet is quite a daunting task.

But fear not, I’m here to make your life easier and help you plan this weekend. While you might miss some of the more popular venues, there are plenty of gems in the city with less buzz around them or that do not require a reservation which are still worth visiting.

This is the list of 10 places we recommend you visit this weekend in and around Bordeaux (none of them require prior registration):

CAPC – the museum of contemporary art

During the weekend the Museum of contemporary art will hold tours of ongoing exhibitions with access to special areas, workshops and body painting activities. In addition to the regular tour the CAPC will also offer an opportunity to rediscover the work  made by Keith Haring for the museum in 1985. For more info check out the website of the museum

When: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 18:00
Where: 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux

Restaurant le Chapon Fin

Established in 1825, Le Chapon Fin is one of the first restaurants to receive the 3 michelin stars in the history of the guide. Upon its establishment the main clients visiting the restaurant were wealthy travelers and Bordelaise merchants and was regarded as an English Café. Today however, Le Chapon Fin became a French institution of fine food, beautifully decorated by the architect Cyprien Alfred-Duprat. This Sunday you have a chance to admire this beautiful restaurant from within without having an expensive meal. For more info check out the site of the restaurant or contact 05 56 79 10 10. 

When: Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30
Where: 5  rue Montesquieu, Bordeaux

Synagogue de Bordeaux

There are plenty of beautiful churches in Bordeaux and you have probably entered at least some of them while discovering Bordeaux. How about discovering the structures dedicated to other religions? This Sunday you can visit the synagogue of Bordeaux and learn about the history of the Jewish community in this city. Conferences on the construction of the synagogue and the history of the community since the 3rd century will take place at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

When: Sunday 9:30 to 18:00
Where: 8 rue du Grand Rabbin Joseph Cohen, Bordeaux

Chantier Naval Nicolas

Cross the river to the other side to visit the Nicolas Shipyard, heritage listed for its expertise and specialisation in the restoration of traditional wooden boats. For more info click here or call 06 11 45 93 71.

When: Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
Where:21 Quai des Queyries, Bordeaux

Le Cimetière de la Chartreuse

Discover Bordeaux’s oldest and largest cemetery, with remarkable tombs sculpted by several renowned sculptors. Francisco Goya, Flora Tristan, Charles Delacroix are some of the big names buried in the cemetery that is located in the center of Bordeaux. The agents in place will be able to provide you with details about the noteworthy tombs.  

When: Saturday 8:30 – 17:30 Sunday  9:00 – 17:0
Where: 180 rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux

Gardening on the quai

Share a moment along the quays with the gardeners of the city’s Parks and Gardens Directorate! Exchanges of plants, tips for ecological gardening, plant propagation workshop, games for children, safeguarding tree heritage, flowered footpaths and more. For more information: call the Maison du jardinier et de la nature en ville  – 05 56 43 28 90.

When: Sunday 10am – 6pm
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, Placette de Munich, Bordeaux

Grosse Cloche

This beautiful monument can’t be missed when touring Bordeaux. The Grosse Cloche is the city’s former belfry and one of the last monuments remaining from the defensive wall built in the 14th century. The tower will be open to free visits during the weekend, however the visit is limited to 5 people at a time. The queue is expected to be quite long so be sure to come early.

When: Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 19:00
Where: 45 Rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux

Académie Nationale des Sciences Belles lettres et Arts de Bordeaux

Hotel Calvet, or Hotel des Sociétés Savantes, is one of the prominent examples of a 19th century Bordeaux mansion, with a spacious staircase, reception rooms and a library. Today it is the home of the National Academy of Science, Literature and Art of Bordeaux, founded by Louis XIV. This weekend academics from the institution will be there to answer all of your questions during your free visit.

When: Saturday and Sunday from 13:30 to 18:00
Where: Hôtel des Sociétés Savantes, 1 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux

Château de Laurenzane in Gradignan

The beautiful Château de Laurenzane in Gradignan was built in the 18th century and is now the town hall of Gradignan. The Chateau is surrounded by a large park with ponds and bridges and sculptures by the artist Bigata Escale, which definitely make the visit worthwhile.

When: Saturday from 10:00
Where: Allée Gaston-Rodrigue, 33170 Gradignan

The logistics center of Médecins Sans Frontières

This may not be related to the history of Bordeaux and its region but it’s nevertheless a great opportunity to witness the work of one of the most important humanitarian aid organizations in the world and its operations in Bordeaux. By visiting its huge hangar in Merignac you’ll get to see the aid packages sent to the main areas of humanitarian intervention and the innovative and unique platform dedicated to humanitarian logistics.

When: Saturday every hour from 9:00 to 18:00 (the last visit starts at 17:00).Where: 3 rue du Domaine de la Fontaine, 33700 Mérignac

 

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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.

brocante des quinconces
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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