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


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.


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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