If this February is even slightly similar to last year, we might have some sunny and warm days coming soon. You can use the opportunity to discover the region! Visit some of the beautiful villages around Bordeaux, go eat oysters in Arcachon, or just spend one day in Bordeaux like a tourist.
In this article, I wanted to update you on some of the best events taking place in Bordeaux (and the region) in February. But if you need more ideas for fun things to do, here’s an article about the best things to do here in the winter.
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If it’s your first time in Bordeaux I recommend reading my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux and about the best districts in Bordeaux in case you’re still looking for accommodation.
The best things to do in Bordeaux and the region in February 2024
See the stunning Vin Gogh exhibition at Les Bassins de Lumières
Les Bassins de Lumières will finally be hosting the stunning Vin Gogh exhibition that has been traveling the world for a few years. And even if you’ve already gone to this expo elsewhere in the world, I still recommend going to the Bassins de Lumières just to experience it in this special location. The visual arts space is situated in an old submarine base built during WWII. The reflection of the works of art of the most notorious artists in the world in the water of the basin just makes it a very immersive and special experience. You can see a video I took in their previous exhibitions just to get the vibe.
The new exhibition will be presented from February 16, 2024, to January 5, 2025. You get your tickets here.
Les Nuits Au Musée
The CAPC Museum in Bordeaux in collaboration with the IBOAT team is organizing a big electronic music weekend. See the full program here.
Jumping International de Bordeaux
Jumping International de Bordeaux is a big riding equestrian event that includes competitions, spectacles, and a fun fair. The event will take place February 1 -4 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. For more details click here.
Fête des Boeufs Gras de Captieux
Fête des Boeufs Gras is a festive day celebrating the famous Bazas cattle in the southeast of Gironde. There are two places where celebrations usually take place. This year the first one will be Captieux where the Fête des Boeufs Gras will take place on February 4, followed by Bazas (you’ll read about it next). The festive event includes a parade, music, and a tasting of delicious meat. For info click here.
Fête des Bœufs Gras de Bazas
Since 1283, the Thursday before Mardi Gras, the city of Bazas has been hosting the famous “Fête des Bœufs Gras” that celebrates the Bazas Beef. An Oxen parade takes place on the central streets of the town which will be judged by a jury of experts.
The day ends with a banquet where you can taste the famous meat. The event will take place on February 8. See more details here.
Ratatam – kids festival
The Ratatam Kids Festival is taking place at the Entrepôt du Haillan until February 13-18. The program includes concerts, animated movies, a painting contest, video games, meetings with cartoonists, a comics workshop, and more. Check out the full program here.
Bordeaux Electronic Week-end
Bordeaux Electronic Week-end 2024 is a fun music festival taking place on Feb 23-25. The long lineup of DJS will perform in many places in Bordeaux such as the IBOAT, Les Vivres de l’art, the Warehouse, and more. You can find the program and tickets here.
Les Toiles Filantes – Kids Cinema festival
Les Toiles Filantes is a cinema festival allowing kids to discover cinema through screenings, meetings with people from the industry, new movie contests, and more. The festival takes place at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac from February 26 to March 3. For more details see the website of the festival.
Party at Blonde Venus
The Blonde Venus is a fun space on the Bassin a Flot with plenty of cool events taking place on weekends. They organize everything from vintage markets to kids’ dance parties and DJ sets. See the full list of events here.
Truffles market in Saint Emilion
Truffles are one of the most identified products of the Southwest of France. Usually, Dordogne is the one to take most of the credit when it comes to truffle markets, but Gironde is giving a fight. Every Saturday morning in February a truffles farmers market will take place at la Maison Espace Gaudet in Saint Emilion. See more info here.
Check out my article about what to do and see in Saint Emilion if you decide to go.
Go to a concert at Arkea Arena
Arkea Arena is one of the biggest concert venues in Bordeaux, hosting a great variety of shows from French mega starts to dance shows and spectacles for kids. It’s a great option for the cold days of February. See the full program here.
Is it your first time in Bordeaux?
If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.
If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂
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: