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The rentrée is on! with plenty of stuff happening in the city this weekend! if you’re looking for a big event check out the climax festival taking place this weekend. If you’re into more of a local vibe, this weekend is a paradise of activities, from a picnic with your neighbors to a plants sale and a furniture building event. Don’t even get me started on all that is happening around Bordeaux this weekend: the Médoc marathon, a food truck festival, music and cycling festivals and plenty more. Enjoy and please subscribe to my newsletter if you don’t want to miss more of my updates about things to do in Bordeaux.

Events in Bordeaux 

Climax Festival 

The Climax festival taking place in Darwin focuses on environmental issues and climate change. Conferences and debates will take place throughout the four day festival (September 6-9) and will be accompanied by art and cultural activities. Every night, a rich lineup of electronic music will make the festival more attractive and dynamic. This is one of the biggest festivals in the center of Bordeaux and its location only adds to its attractiveness. Take a look at the full program on the site of the festival, for tickets click here.

When: September 6-9
Where: CASERNE DARWIN (87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux) and ROCHER PALMER (1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon)

The March for the Climate

Bordeaux’s Climate March will take place this Saturday (Sep 8) at 12:00. The event will start at le Miroir d’eau with a light picnic. The march itself will begin at 13:00 and will finish at Darwin. The dress code for the event is a white short. For details and updates click here.

When: September 8
Where: Miroir d’eau

Vign en Ville

This is the 3rd edition of Vign en Ville, an event dedicated to the know how of wine making. During the weekend of September 8-9, wine makers from the Bienvenue à la ferme network will teach you all about wine production through a series of workshops and activities. The event will take place in Jardin Public and besides wine activities will include a special lunch (on Sunday) with products coming from different farmers in the area.  The event is free and open to everyone. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: September 8-9
Where: Jardin Public

Get to know your neighbors at the Pique-nique des Quartiers 

Do you ever feel like you have no idea who is living around you? Well this is your chance to socialize a bit with your neighbors. This Friday (Sep 7) Pique-nique des quartiers with take place all around Bordeaux. The picnics were organized by the local associations operating in the neighborhoods. Find the event near you in the list published by the town hall.

Pique-nique des Quartiers 
Credit: Sud Ouest
When: September 7 at 19:00
Where: Different locations in Bordeaux, check out the program

The Pavillon d’été of L’Orangeade

The summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps on the right bank of the Garonne is a great way to enjoy your evenings during the hot Bordelaise summer days. The pavilion, organized by the Orangeade association, is hosting free music and gastronomy events every Friday and Saturday until September 22. Take a look at the program for this Friday (Sep 7) and for this Saturday (Sep 8).

When: September 7-8, starting 6pm
Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux

The Medieval Festival in Bouliac

The 20th edition of the Medieval Festival will take place this weekend (Sep 7-8) in Bouliac. The festival will kick off with a medieval night on Friday evening, an event that requires prior reservation (price is 25 euros). The festival which is free to the public will continue with two days of fun activities such as a camp of knights, a street theater, medieval games, a fire show, a market and much more. For more details check out the facebook page and the website of the festival.

medieval festival Bouliac

When: September 7-8
Where: Place Chevelaure, 33270 Bouliac

Fix your furniture or build a new one

Do you have a furniture you love and been wanting to fix for some time now? This is a good opportunity to learn how to do it.  This Saturday (Sep 8) les P’tits Gratteurs association will hold an event called L’ Hôpital des Meubles, where they invite you to come fix your furniture or even build new ones. The association will provide you all the materials you may need and guide you so you can easily realize your project. Fore more info click here.

When: September 8 at 10:00
Where:Place Pierre Renaudel, Bordeaux

The Big Plants Sale

Halle des Chartrons will hold a plants sale this Saturday (Sep 8), starting at 9am. 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: September 8 from 9am to 7pm
Where: 10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Buy clothes at the Grande Braderie

Le Relais Gironde will hold a clearance sale this Saturday (Sep 8) where you can buy clothes, shoes, bags and more. This event is quite big and you can find many interesting and useful item for very cheap prices. For more details click here.

grande braderie solidaire Relais Gironde

When: September 8 from 10am to 6pm
Where:517 boulevard Alfred Daney, Bordeaux

Have a drink at the night market

Have a drink at the night market of Halles de Bacalan to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. This Friday (Sep 7) at 18:00 the market will hold an event with music and long tables where you can have a drink and enjoy the tastes of this gastronomic market. Part of the menu (like a cheese plate, tartar and more) will be offered at the price of only 10 €.  For more details click here.

When: September 7 from 6pm
Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Events around Bordeaux 

Medoc Marathon

Running 42km is only a small part of the Medoc Marathon experience. It is mostly about enjoying great wine, food and the great scenery. No wonder that it’s considered the longest marathon in the world. This year the marathon will take place in the vineyards of the Médoc region on September 8 and will include plenty of activities such as: musical breaks, wine tasting stops and eating a steak at the 39th km (try finishing the race after that stop 🙂 ). You don’t have to run to enjoy this event, many activities will take place on the day of the marathon and the day before, follow the program here.  For more info check out the website of the marathon and the facebook page of the event.

When: September 6-8
Where: the Marathon will start in Pauillac

Bordeaux Food truck Festival

This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, with around 60 food trucks registered to participate in the five events of the festival, which are spread on different dates until the end of September. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and specialty food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and much more. The next food truck event will take place this weekend (September 8-9 ) in Château Léognan. See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.

When: September 8-9
Where: Château Léognan 88, Chemin du Barp, 33850 Léognan

Ouvre La Voix Festival

Ouvre La Voix Festival gives you the opportunity to discover the beautiful Entre-Deux-Mers region in Gironde in a special way. The  three day program of the festival (September 7-9) combines concerts, wine and gastronomy with biking routes taking you to places like Créon, Frontenac, Sauveterre de Guyenne and more. Concerts and gastronomy events will take place in the towns on the bike trail. Most of the concerts are free, some activities (including the shuttle from Bordeaux to Créon) require reservation. See more details and the full program here and updates on the facebook page of the festival.

When: September 7-8
Where: Different places at the Entre-Deux-Mers region (check out the program)

Festival des Gueilles de Bonde in Macau

This is the 16th edition of the Festival des Gueilles de Bonde that will take place Friday and Saturday (Sep 7-8) in Macau, Médoc. The program of this free festival varies from music concerts, street theater and even a big gastronomic market. Check out the program of the festival here.

When: From September 7 at 18:30 to September 8 at 23:30
Where:place de la Mairie, MACAU, 33460

Festival des Coteaux Bordelais

Festival des Coteaux Bordelais is the annual music festival of Fargues Saint-Hilaire (a small town located just a few minutes ride from Bordeaux). The festival will take place this Saturday (Sep 8) at la Plaine de Fargues Saint-Hilaire. Check out the lineup of the performing artists here.

When: September 8 at 18:00
Where: Plaine de Fargues Saint-Hilaire (behind the salle du Carré des Forges)

Festival Teste à Têtes

Teste à Têtes festival, organized by the circus school Komonò Circuc, will take place this weekend (Sep 7-9) in La Teste de Buch. For three days you could enjoy plenty of activities dedicated to street arts and music concerts. You can see the full program here and more details here.

When: September 7-9
Where: Different locations, see the program.

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

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Have a great weekend!

Finally the spring is getting near and we can start planning the early spring weekends of March. As usual, Bordeaux gives us plenty of options to eat, drink, dance, expositions and kids activities. While I plan to update you weekly with detailed  activities in Bordeaux , this list summarizes the main events in March 2018 so that you can plan your weekends ahead of time.

Carnaval des 2 rives 2018

Le Carnaval des 2 rives  (4 March)  takes place on both sides of the Garonne river. This is a modern festival (created in 1996) that has all the best features of a traditional carnival such as costumes, shows and a big parade. This year the artistic side will be in the hands of a famous French graphic artist and designer named Guillaumit, who has released an app for the festival that will allow the public to participate in the design of the costumes of the dancers, masks, posters and more. You can download the app here.

The parade will start at 14:00 at the Allée Serr, on the right side of the river and will pass to the other side through Pont de Pierre ending at the Village Carnival at Place Pey-Berland at 15:30. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00 with a big scene with dancers and demonstrations of augmented reality.
This a perfect event for kids!

 carnaval des 2 rives banner

 

La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces  from 23 February to 25 March. 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 entry to the fair is Free and it’s open daily from the 14pm.

Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux

 

Les Puces Bordelaises 

Les Puces Bordelaise  (3-4 March) is the spring brocante of Bordeaux which will take place in the first weekend of March in Parc des expositions. Experts and antique lovers gather around in a happening of French antiques, second hand trade, vintage decoration and furniture. 

 

Salon des vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux 

The Salon des vins of the Bordeaux independent wine makers  (2-4 March) will take place on the first weekend of March in the Congrés et Expositions de Bordeaux in the Bordeaux Lac area. Wine producers from the region will present their wine and will invite you to a free taste . This event is not focused on professionals but rather on all wine lovers! Come prepared to drink a lot.

Bordeaux Beer Festival 

This is the first beer festival in Bordeaux (8-10 March) , organized by the Beer Family, which is a group of partners (bars, restaurants, clubs and local French shops) such as  Le Sherlock ,  La Casa, Le Théâtro and the Bordeaux Beer Factory.
The festivals is full of fun activities such as workshops of beer makers, concerts in the partner bars and sale of special beers that you wouldn’t normally find in your local bar.

You can find all the prices and the places where tickets can be purchases on the facebook page of the event.

Swing Festival 

Every March in the last 11 years Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (16-18 March) when swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. However this festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshop and a get together of many people from all around the world to celebrate this sweeping dance. It will take place in and around Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free!

This year the concept of the festival is “Drink & Draw” with the aim to create an interaction between the dancers, the artists and the public and will feature a big vintage sale, different exhibitions of photography and design, plastic art workshops and more.

 

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux 

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (17-24 March) is a very unique humor festival  with more than 80 artists participating and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival provides the opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as on stage, in pictures and even  through cooking!!

There are two parts to the festival:
Festival IN, with well known artists on stage.
Festival OUF– that proposes free activities during the whole week of the festival such as workshops, happenings, entertaining children in hospitals and more.

See the program here.

Bordeaux Marathon

The Marathon  (24 March) takes place in the historic city center, allowing the runners to cross all the historic sites and some of Bordeaux’s biggest wineries. The Marathon will start at 20:00 which makes it even more special as runners can see the city by night with special decorations just for the event.  Most of us are probably not in shape for the 10km run, but that should not prevent us from enjoying the atmosphere in the city as well as seeing others run 🙂

 

Marathon in Bordeaux

Concerts and shows:

With the opening of the beautiful new Bordeaux Métropole Arena in Floriac this January, the cultural life in Bordeaux has been flourishing.  The opening show was no other than Depeche mode and since then the list of the most popular acts has been growing from day to day. Here are some of the most popular acts scheduled for March. French people love their cultural life and the tickets are selling fast, so hurry up if you want to see one of these shows.

Lac des Cygnes  

The famous Swan Lake ballet (4 March), performed by the Saint-Petersburg Ballet Theater will arrive in Bordeaux for one show at the Bordeaux Métropole Arena. Swan Lake is one the symbols of Russian ballet, making it a great cultural experience. 

lake Swan in Bordeaux

Jamel Debbouze 

Jamel Debbouze, one of France’s most successful comedians today will give a stand-up show at the new Bordeaux Métropole Arena (7 March).

Dirty Dancing  

Those of us brought up in the 80s and the 90s cannot escape the nostalgic feeling when hearing the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, so what’s better than seeing those sexy moves on stage (22 March). I admit that hearing the dialogues in French might be  a bit strange, but I’m sure that the music, the costumes and the dance routines will make up for it. The musical will be performed at the Bordeaux Arena as well.

There are many other great shows, concerts and musicals in the Bordeaux Métropole Arena, so check out their program of events.

 Art

Pilleur de rêves- Philippe Mohlitz  

Philippe Moritz is a engraving Bordelaise artist. The exhibition (2 March – 4 June 2018) that will take place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts art in Bordeaux will include about 40 works of the artist.  

Base Sous-Marine 

After 4 months of renovation the incredible Base sous- Marine reopens its doors to the public on March 9, with a launch of a new exhibition and a new space of 480m2.  This is one of the most unique places you can find in Bordeaux. Built by the Germans during the second World War, this old submarine has been converted into a space dedicated to contemporary arts, which allows you to enjoy the space itself no less than the art presented there. The program this year varies between digital arts, street art and visual arts.

Saint Patrick’s day

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whisky while listening to good music. But since we are in Bordeaux and not in Dublin,  you should know where to go in order to enjoy that day. Among the many places that will probably celebrate it in some way, there are two that have already announced live music and lots of beer specially for Saint Patrick’s day:

Fête de la Saint Patrick

in Espace d’Ornon – 16 March.

B11 La Bodega

in Mérignac – will celebrate St. Patrick with the Booze Brother on 17 March.

As we’ll approach the St. Patrick’s day more bars will probably announce some special events. In any case, closer to that date we’ll publish a full list of Irish bars in and around Bordeaux were you’ll be able to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. So keep an eye on our next posts to be updated.

 

These are some of the biggest and interesting events that will take place in Bordeaux in March, so as you see the schedule is quite packed. However, if you know of any other event, concert, festival or exhibition that I’ve missed please let us know in the comments bellow!

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