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This weekend is heaven for geeks, with three days of the Bordeaux Geek Festival taking place at the Parc des Expositions. But there are more great events for those staying in town, such as the ODP music festival in Talence, the European Museums Night and the Portuguese market. If you want to leave the city you have a Picnic at the Vineyards festival.
The program is very long as you can see, so let’s start. Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 18-21):

Festivals, Salons and Special events

Bordeaux Geek Festival

Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place May 19-21 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community 🙂 The BGF will bring together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. The festival will include four big contests with quite impressive awards: BGF E-Sport, BGF Awards, BGF Makers and  BGF Comics.  Check out the full program for these three days.

For more details and tickets.

When: May 19-21
Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux

ODP Music Festival in Peixotto

This is the fourth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on  May 18-20 in Park Peixotto, in the center of Talence. Here is a list of some of the acts that will perform at the festival: NTM, alt-J, Ibeyi, Coeur de Pirate, BALOJI, Dätcha Mandala, Laurent Lamarca, Da silva officiel, Gauvain Sers, Les Négresses Vertes

The prices go from 35€ to 45€  for a day ticket, 60€ to 70€  for a two days pass and  100 € for a 3 days pass – see tickets.

For more details and tickets go to the website of the festival and the facebook page.

ODP festival peixotto 2018

When: May 18- 20
Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence

European Museums Night

Like every year, thirteen museums and cultural establishments in Bordeaux will open their doors this Saturday (May 19) to the public for free exhibitions and activities. For the 14th edition of the European Museums Night the participating institutions invite the visitors for a cultural journey in 10 destinations: England, Italy, Spain, Greece, Island, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands, which is a great opportunity to explore the relations of Bordeaux with its neighbors.

This is the list of the participating museums:

BASE SOUS-MARINE
CAP SCIENCES
CAPC
CENTRE D’INTERPRÉTATION BORDEAUX PATRIMOINE MONDIAL – CIAP
JARDIN BOTANIQUE DE LA BASTIDE
LA CITÉ DU VIN
MUSÉE D’AQUITAINE
MUSÉE D’ETHNOGRAPHIE DE BORDEAUX
MUSÉE DE LA CRÉATION FRANCHE
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS ET DU DESIGN
MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS
MUSÉE DES COMPAGNONS DU TOUR DE FRANCE
MUSÉE NATIONAL DES DOUANES
All the museums will have a special program organized only for that night. The very cool Base Sous Marine for example, hosts DJ Chloé, a big name in the French techno music world. For the full program and the different hours in every museum check out this site.
This video covers some of the museums you have the chance to visit during that night, so take a look to get the feeling of the event:
When: May 19 – 6pm until midnight
Where: in all the museums listed above

Saint-Emilion by night

The European museums night event gives you a rare opportunity to discover Saint Emilion in a different way – a night tour. On May 19, the night watchman of Saint-Emilion will be waiting for you at Place du Clocher  with a lantern in hand for a night discovery of the village. The guide will walk you through the narrow streets, tell you the history of the medieval city and take you to the famous underground monuments. For more info.

When: May 19 at 21:00
Where:  Place Clocher, 33300 Saint- Emilion

Take your picnic to the Vineyard

Wine and picnics are two favorite French activities, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau, however this month you will have an opportunity to bring your own picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment.

Around 400 different wine domains are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend of May 19-21. More than 1000 activities are proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialty of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more.

There are 17 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area-  See the list
To find a chateaux in other areas in France click HERE. 
The places are limited so reserving a spot as soon as possible is recommended.

picnic between the vines of Bordeaux area

When: May 19-21

Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves

Festival de Caves (Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 16-27 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in France.  So where are those city cellars we are talking about you ask? Well that’s the whole idea, these events are being kept secret and the locations will be revealed to those who reserved a spot only on the day of the show.

Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.

festival-de-caves-theatre-souterrain
photo by: Compagnie Gbouillon
When: May 16-27
Where: locations are secret for now 🙂
How much: full price is 12€/ reduced price is 10€

Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Salon de l’agriculture  of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten days event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different information stands and activities. For example, a farm space with many animals and plants will be put in place and will provide interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region.

The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on May 12-21 in Parc des Expositions. For more  info check out the website, for tickets click here.

salon de l'agriculture bordeaux

When: May 12-19
Where: Parc des Expositions
How much: 8 euros/ 20 euros for a family pass ( at least 4 people).

Portuguese Art and Gastronomy Market

Musicians, artists and craftsmen, are coming to Cenon from the north of Portugal to introduce their culture during  this three day festival.  The program includes tasting  of Portuguese local products, stands of traditional art, concerts and more. The event will take place May 18-20 in Domaine Du Loret  and will include an area for kids. Check out the full program  or the facebook page of the event.

Portugues market in cenon 2018

When: May 18-20
Where: Domaine Du Loret, 33150 Cenon

Le Marché des créateurs

The 29th edition of the creators market (Marché des créateurs) will take place on May 18-19 at Place Camille Jullian (next to Utopia cinema). This market proposes a great variety of items giving everyone a chance to find something fitting their taste and budget: clothes, accessories, jewelry, decorations, kids accessories, toys and more.  Just a few days before mother’s day, this will be the perfect place to look for creative, original  and handmade gifts.  For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

Le Marché des Créateurs

When: May 18-19
Where:  Place Camille Jullian, 33000

Les Cogitations

Les Cogitations is a mocking art festival that will take place in the L’entrepot in Lehaillan on May 16-19. Check out the full list of the performers on the site of L’entrepot

les cogitations

When: May 16-19
Where: 13 rue Georges Clémenceau – Le Haillan

CULTURE

Last chance to see the Digital Abysses expo 

If you still didn’t go to the incredible Base sous- Marine to see the currently running exhibition, this is your last chance. The Digital Abysses exhibition, by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, will be presented until May 20, so hurry up.  His fantastic work of art explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. Combining the characteristics of this unique place with the interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

See more details.

Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

CAPC

Two new exhibitions of the artists Danh Vo and Daphné Le Sergent will be presented this week at the CAPC, Bordeaux’s museums of contemporary art. The vernissage will take place on May 19 at 6pm as a part of the Museums Night event and is open to the public and free. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

vernissage CAPC

When:  May 19 – 6pm
Where: Entrepôt Lainé. 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Pilleur de rêves- Philippe Mohlitz  

Philippe Moritz is a engraving Bordelaise artist. The exhibition (2 March – 4 June 2018) takes place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts art in Bordeaux and includes about 40 works of the artist.  For more info check out the site of the museum

When:  2 March – 4 June 2018
Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33 000 Bordeaux

Exhibition by Rodolphe Martinez

An exhibition of the artist Rodolphe Martinez about Venice takes place at Institut Bernard Magrez on May 10-20. Martinez has created around 40 pieces of art (paintings, designs, photographs and other mixed techniques) that is intended to describe his relationship with the city of Venice. See more info in the site of the museum.

venise institute bernard magrez bordeaux

When: May 10-20
Where:  16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Florilège – Jardin Boutanique

La bibliothèque du Jardin Botanique invites you to discover their special collection of ancient plants from several European countries and the herbarium from its collections.  The exhibition will run from May 15 to September 2. For more info.

jardin boutanique expo

When: May 15-September 2
Where: esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux

TIC TAC – Play with time

Cap- Sciences invites you and your family to play and experiment with time. This special day (May 19) is proposed as part of the Clock’, les horloges du vivant  exhibition, with many activities such as: Hourglass, stop-motion, and cooking workshops, artistic creations, games  and more. The activities are open to kids older than 6 years old.
For more info and tickets check out the site of the museum.

cap sciences tic tac

When: May 19 2pm – 7pm
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

 

Just Fun

Les Chantiers de la Garonne

Les Chantiers de la Garonne, a perfect spot on the rive droite of the Garonne, where you can bury your feet in the sand and eat delicious food, is open for the summer. It seems like it’s going to be a sunny weekend and so a beach atmosphere, with a cold beer and an amazing view on Bordeaux seems  like time well spent.

LES CHANTIERS DE LA GARONNE

When: Wednesday to Friday (12-15 and 18:30- 23:30), Saturday (12-23:30), Sunday (12-19)
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

The royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is going to take place in England  this Saturday (May 19). If you don’t want to miss out on one of the biggest events in the world this weekend, go and celebrate with the Brits at the House of Parliament.  For more info check out the facebook page of the bar.

royal wedding

When: May 19-20
Where: 11, Rue du Parlement St Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux, France

 

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This May, holidays are so nicely spread that it feels like there’s no time to work. Some of you will be taking little ‘ponts’ and going away for a long weekend, but for those of you staying in the area, don’t be discouraged, there are great things to do this weekend.
Here is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (May 4-6):

Festivals, Salons and Special events

The opening of La Guinguette chez Alriq

One of the best places to spend a sunny weekend is about to reopen for the summer season. La Guinguette chez Alriq is a bar at la Bastide neighborhood, on rive droite of the Garonne. On a sunny day you can enjoy a cold beer,  nice food and daily concerts with a magnificent view of the Garonne river. The  opening weekend will take place on May 3-6 and 4 festive opening nights have already been announced, with music shows dedicated to different music genres.

See the full program for the weekend HERE.

chez alriq la guinguette
Photo by: Chez Alriq la Guinguette
When: May 3-6
Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

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.  The dealers of the 100th edition of the brocante  will present their furniture, paintings, dishes and other antiques until May 8, so if you’re hunting for a nice piece to decorate you apartment, use this long weekend, as your next opportunity will be in November.

brocante des quinconces
photo by: Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

Burdi’Color run in Pessac

La Burdi’Color is an annual event of running (5km), color and music taking place in Pessac. This event is not about competition but rather an entertaining way to encourage sports. What does color has to do with it? during a color run natural color powder is thrown at you by other participants and the runners end up looking like running rainbows.  The event will take place on May 5 and will cost 24 euros per ticket. To participate in the run, you will have to purchase your tickets in advance – for tickets and more info.

https://fullevent.fr/event/index/burdi-color-2018

When: May 5
Where: The festival village will be located in front of the BEC, next to la maison des arts, PESSAC (33600).

Banzai Lab- an independent music festival

This is the 10th edition of the Banzai – Lab, the independent music festival of Bordeaux that takes place in Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon on May 4-5. To celebrate its anniversary le Rocher de Palmer invites you to two full days of concerts of different genres: Hip-hop, Electro, Dub and more.

See the full program,  and buy tickets here.

For more info about the artists see the website of the festival.

When:May 4-5
Where:1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Robot Makers’ Day

The robotic Festival of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is taking place this week (May 3-5) in Talence. The first two days of the festival are open only to  robotics companies, students and anyone from the robotics domain. The last day (May 5) however is open to the public and it’s free. This is a nice opportunity to discover cool robotics technology by attending the Open RoboCupJunior France competition, discovering the stands of the participating companies and associations and participating in coding activities. Moreover, for kids over 4 years old, free coding workshops will be put in place. You never know if there is a robotics geek hidden inside your child waiting to get out 🙂

For more info check out the site of the festival and the list of the companies.

robotic festival nouvelle aquitaine

When: May 5 (9am-6pm)
Where: INP ENSEIRB-MATMECA,  33400 Talence. Parking at; 12 avenue de Collegno 33400 Talence

 

Culture

Speedy Graphito – Urban Fever at Institut Bernard magrez

While the street art exhinition is still running at the beautiful chateau of Institut Bernard Magrez, a new expo has started just two weeks ago, all dedicated to the French street artist Speedy Graphito. The artist is globally considered as one of the biggest names of his generation in street art. He uses many forms of art –  painting, sculpture, photo, video and more to express his innovative and sometimes political ideas. The exhibition will be presented until July 15.

Check out the website of Speedy graphito to explore the works of the artist and the website of the museum for more information about the exhibition.

When: April 19– July 15
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Exhibition of the designer Martin Szekely 

Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design will present the works of the  designer Martin Szekely at the new exposition space, behind hôtel de Lalande (the house of the museum).  This is an opportunity to discover a variety of the artist’s works, gathered around the theme of construction. The exhibition will be presented in the museum from April 26 to September 16.

For more info.

From the designs of Martin Szekely
When: April 26 – September 16
Where: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

Exhibition by the painter Olivier Specio

An exhibition by the painter Olivier Specio will be presented between May 4 and May 19 at the Laboratiore Bx, the center of contemporary art. Olivier Specio, is an artist working in Bordeaux and Berlin, whose works are being presented in different galleries in many cities in Europe and the US.  The vernissage of the expo will take place this Friday (May 4) at 7pm with the presence of the painter himself. The entry is free.

For more info about the expo check out the facebook page. To learn more about the gallery, take a look on their website.

olivier Specio laboratoire bx 2018

When: May 4-19
Where: 4 Bis Rue Buhan, 33000 Bordeaux.

Expolaroid- instant photography month

The Volcan is a new place in the Bacalan neighborhood dedicated to alternative art and culture. This week (until May 6) they hold a Polaroid exhibition with a long list of photographers you’d want to check out.

For more details click here.

volcan expolaroid

When: April 27- May 6
Where: 72 rue Bourbon, 33300 Bordeaux, France

TOUS À L’OPÉRA 2018

The National Opera of Bordeaux invites you to discover ballet. A Full day of Activities and meetups are planned for Sunday (May 6) where you can get to know the new director of the Opera, Eric Quilleré, meet the dancers, try a ballet class and get familiar with the process of creating a choreography. The program includes public rehearsal, performances, workshops for kids and more. The events will take place form 11 am to 6:30 pm, some of them require prior registration.

For more info check out the site of the Opera.

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Photo by Michael Afonso on Unsplash
When: May 6 (11am- 6:30pm)
Where: Place de la Comédie, 30000 Bordeaux, France

STARMANIA- Artistic show on ice 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ice skating sports in Bordeaux a special show will be given at la Patinoire Mériadeck on May 5. Around 280 dancers and skaters will take place in an event to perform different choreographies from different disciplines of ice skating.

For more info and tickets click HERE.

ice skating concert meriadeck

When: May 6 (11am- 6:30pm)
Where: Place de la Comédie, 30000 Bordeaux, France

 

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UPDATE: If you want to know what’s happening in Bordeaux in April 2019 – click here.

Don’t let the rain get you down, spring is almost here and the Bordeaux area will soon start flourishing with interesting things to do.  Now all we need is the sun to come out so we can get our spring party started. Meanwhile, take a look at all the great events Bordeaux has to offer this month.

This is my list of things to do in April 2018 in Bordeaux and the surroundings. I didn’t want this list to be too long so I focused on the big events, however I do plan to publish updates so stay tuned.

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The first weekend of April is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers a great deal of activities to entertain you and your kids. Egg hunting, visits in beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend. To discover all Pâques events in and around Bordeaux read my article about “What to do in Bordeaux  in Easter 2018“.

Huge chocolate egg, easter in Bordeaux
photo by: Ramon Szmuk

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. This year the program of the festival includes 20 films from four different countries. The festival will be held April 1-8 in different places in Bordeaux: Cinéma Utopia, Cour Malby, Bibliothéque Mériadeck, Institut Cervantes, Université de Bordeaux Campus Victoire.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution
When: April 1-8
Where: see locations.
How much: 39 € for the whole festival

Bicycle spring sale

Are you looking to buy or sell a bicycle, the big spring bicycle sale is just around the corner. Bordeaux bicycle stock exchange will take place  April 1 at Quai Louis XVIII. Those who wish to sell their bike can do it between 9:30 and 11am and the buyers will be able to start buying after 10am.
For more details.

bourse velo Bordeaux

When: April 1 (9:30 to 17:30)
Where: Quai Louis XVIII

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre  is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and to support the creation of new literature. April 6-8 they will hold a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and uncovering of pieces that haven’t been published yet.

When: April 6-8
Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux 

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 14-15 in Hangar 14, which is located at Quai des Chartrons.  The program includes: tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as jungling and brakedancing.

a girl with tattoos
Photo by Timothy Paul Smith on Unsplash
When: April 14-15
Where: hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 15 € /day

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: Ira Szmuk
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces

Art

Digital Abysses at Base Sous-Marine 

If you still didn’t have a chance to visit the incredible Base sous- Marine, it’s time to do it. The first exhibition, Digital Abysses, ( 9 March to 20 May 2018 ) is by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, which explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. The characteristics of this unique place with the combination of fixed works and interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.

base sous marine
photo by: Ira Szmuk
Address:  Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Street Color at Institut Bernard Margez

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.

seth-street-art merapi indonesia
Seth street art-Merapi Indonesia
Address:  16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

The Luminopolis  exposition of Cap Sciences has been running from June 2017 and if you haven’t had the chance to go there yet, it’s time to do it now before the museum gets crowded with a lot of tourists. Luminopolis is a light exposition that have been structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out.
The expositions runs from June 2017 to September 2017 ,the ticket price is 8 euros and the minimum age is 6.

For more info.

Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Concerts:

Lisa Stansfield

The famous British 90s start, Lisa Stansfield will perform at Theatre Femina on April 28 at 20:00.

For more info and tickets

When: April 28/ Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Virginia Rodrigues in Cenon

Virginia Rodrigues, the Brazilian singer with the amazing voice will give one concert at Le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon in April 6.


When: April 6 / Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Imagine Dragons

The american rock band, Imagine Dragons, will stop by the Bordeaux Métropole Arena  on April 4 as part of their world tour. 

For more info and  tickets

Address: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Portes Ouvertes

Open doors in Médoc 

To celebrate the beginning of the spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend where you’ll be able to visit all chateaux of the Medoc region and do a lot of wine tasting. The event will take place April 7-8.

For details about all the participating chateaux.

When: April 7-8
Where:  different locations (see the site)

Open doors in Saint-Emilion

An open door weekend will take place on April 29 to May 1 at Saint Emilion where 84 chateaux will hold open door events and will propose different activities to the visitors. Some châteaux (such as Château Fleur Cardinale) will start the open door weekend April 28.

On the event website you can see the participating châteaux , the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – see more info.

When: April 28 – May 1
Where: 7 Thibaud, 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse

Meetings

If you’re craving for some activity with other English speakers, like going to Utopia cinema or just having a coffee together , check out the monthly planning of the ICB (International Club of Bordeaux)- see agenda.

Do you have any interesting events you know about? Please share with us in the comments below.