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.


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



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


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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Last weekend was all about getting out of the city to discover chateaux and do some wine tastings. So before we get on to the more standard tipsy weekends, it’s time to take one weekend for more relaxed activities such as art and gardening. That is not the case however for our night program which is full of nice surprises.

This is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (April 13-15):


L’image livre-Czech avant-garde artists of the 20s.

The exhibition “L’image-livre” presents a private collection of Czech book covers from the graphic designer Pierre Ponant from the period of 1920 -1930. The exhibition offers a window to modern creation in the graphic world through  a collection of more than 100 pieces of art.

For more info.

When: January 25- May 5
Where: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux

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

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.

Photo by Jean Paul Lefret
Photo by Jean Paul Lefret


Festivals and Salons

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: a tattoo contest, expositions, live concerts and different activities such as juggling and brake-dancing.

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

Festival of urban cultures in Lormont

Festival des cultures urbaines in Lormont is taking place From March 31 to April 14. The festival revolves around urban culture and its artistic expressions with a program that includes concerts, workshops and activities of art, sport, dance and more.  Although the festival is close to its end, you can still enjoy some interesting shows this weekend so check out the program.

When: March 31- April 14
Where: Brassens Camus, Rue Henri Dunant, 33310 Lormont

With Kids

Spring Break

Spring Break in the Bordeaux area started almost a week ago and I know many of you are out of ideas for things to do to entertain the kids. If you need some help, check out my list of six things to do over Spring break.

skating on the quai in Bordeaux
photo by: @lost_in_bordeaux

Architecture workshops for kids

CIAP (the center of interpretation of world heritage) of Bordeaux will hold an architecture workshop for kids (aged 4-8) on April 14. And while your kids practice their skills, building with Kapla, you have the chance to discover the urban landscape of Bordeaux and the challenges of its evolution.

When: April 14, 10:30
Where: 4 place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 5€ (free for the parents)

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. During the spring break (April 7-22) the museum added 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.

When: April 7-22
Where: 1, esplanade de Pontac Bordeaux

Explore dinosaurs 

A fun activity for kids takes place this week at the commercial center of Bordeaux Lac (until April 14). Your kids will discover the dinosaurs world through a variety of activities such as virtual reality, dinosaur egg hunt, selfies with dinosaurs and more.


When: April 10-14
Where: Avenue Quarante Journaux, 33300 Bordeaux

Different activities

Le Printemps du Bourgailh

Le Printemps du Bourgailh is the must go event for all plant lovers, aspiring gardeners or just environmentally conscious citizens. The event will take place April 14-15,  at the heart of the 75 hectares of l’écosite du Bourgailh.  The program will include a plants market, gardening workshops for kids and grownups, a mobile farm and more.

For more info.

printemps du bourgailh

When: April 14-15
Where: 179, avenue de Beutre – 33600 Pessac
How much: free

Furniture Hospital

Les P’tits Gratteurs, a local association that organizes activities in the St Michel and St. Croix neighborhoods, invites you to repair your old furniture at their event “L’ Hôpital des Meubles” that will take place April 14. Come with your piece of furniture, that you have always wanted to fix but never had the time, and they will provide you with the right materials and equipment.

For more info.

When: April 14
Where: Place Pierre Renaudel, 33800 Bordeaux, France
How much: free

Concerts/ Shows/ Games

Julien Dore

Julien Dore, a talented French singer whose songs you may have heard over French radio,  will give one concert at Theatre Femina on April 13.

For more info and tickets.

When: April 13
Where: 10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux
How much: 40€ to 60€

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place April 13 at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.
When: April 13
Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux


Drinking/ Fooding/ Shopping

Sounds of Science – Brunch Electronique

Aux vivres de l’art will host an electro-music brunch on April 15. In the program: a food truck and a cool line up: Panic acoustik, C’Ams, Dunas, DJ Deep Rod Sepheu (South Africa).
For more info and tickets

When: April 15 at 14:00
Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Vide Dressing so Chic à Bordeaux

Come to participate in a big fashion sale of 30 friends that gathered their wardrobe at the “Vide Dressing so Chic” event that will take place on April 14 at Espace Nomade. If you want to make some space in your closet and donate some of you clothes, the Fringuette association will be happy to collect them.

For more info.

banner of vide dressing nomande bordeaux

Where: 39 rue du chateau d’eau, 33000 Bordeaux, France
When: April 14 (10am- 7pm)


Erasmus Festa do Brasil

For the students among you, or just people who like to party, Erasmus Bordeaux invites you this Friday (April 13) to their Festa do Brazil-  Samba, cocktails and a tropical vibe. The party will take place at the Torito Bar.

for more info.

banner erasmus party

Where: 47 cours alsace lorraine, 33000 Bordeaux, France
When: April 13

Le M restaurant, headed by the two talented chefs Arno and David invites you to their event Music by Night this Friday (April 13).  The evening will start with TRIO 180c and will continue into the night with DJ YOUCEED, accompanied by surprising cocktails and delicious tapas.  Come and join them in their celebration!

Where: 53 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon. 33000 Bordeaux
When: April 13


Enjoy the weekend!