Going to night markets (marchés nocturnes) in the southwest of France is one of the best ways to discover small villages in the region and to get a nice dose of French rural vibes. During market days, the beautiful villages of the Southwest of France suddenly become very lively and festive. Complete with regional food stalls, music, and happy tipsy locals 🙂
There are many markets taking place on a daily basis in the region but finding information about them is not an easy task. That’s why I did some research for you and came up with a relatively complete list of night markets taking place in Gironde, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, and Les Landes. Not all the info regarding night markets exists online so consult your local tourist office if you want to attend one closer to where you’re staying.
If you want more ideas for things to do this summer in the Bordeaux region check out my article about what to do this summer in Bordeaux. If you love visiting French markets check out my article about the best markets in Bordeaux. Also, if you want recommendations on what night market to go to you can join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France“, there are many locals there that can give you their opinion on the matter 🙂
NOTE – At the beginning of the summer the list was much longer but many markets were canceled due to COVID 19, which means that the markets I mention here could also be canceled at some point. I added links to every event I mention here so please be sure to check if there are any updates regarding the night market you want to attend.
Now let’s dive into the night markets of the Southwest of France.
Night Markets in Gironde and Les Landes
Tuesday – Arcachon (Every week until August 20 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Parentis en Born (Every week until August 25- info), Soulac Sur Mer (Every week until August 25- info), Lacanau ( August 11, 25- info), Salles (August 4 – info)
Saturday – Sanguinet (Every week until August 31 – info), Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info), Salles (August 15 – info), Ludon Medoc (August 29 – info), Saint Médard en Jalles (September 5 – info)
Sunday – Biscarrosse Plage (Every week until August 31 – info)
If you’re planning to go to the night market in Arcachon, check out my guide to Arcachon for more info on what to do and see there. You can also check my article about the most beautiful villages in Gironde for more ideas for places to visit in the region.
Night Markets in Dordogne
Monday – Sainte Mondane (every week until September 7 – info)
Wednesday – Issigeac (Every week until September 3- info)
Thursday – Sarlat (Every week until August 27 – info), Eymet (every week until end of August)
Saturday – Saint-Meard de Gurson (August 8 – info)
Sunday – Tamniès (Every week until August 30 – info)
*You can find more info about all the night markets in Gironde here.
Night Markets in Lot et Garonne
Monday – Mézin (every week until September 7 – info)
Tuesday – Nerac (every week until September 1 – info)
Wednesday – Francescas (every week until August 26 – info),
Saturday – Barbaste (Every week until August 22 – info)
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: