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Normally, at this time of the year, a lot of my content revolves around Paque (easter in Eglish), whether it’s about the best easter chocolate in Bordeaux or egg hunts in beautiful chateaux in the region. While this year you can’t go out on chocolate hunting it doesn’t mean you have to give up the beautiful tradition of Easter. On the contrary, take it as an opportunity to discover great chocolatiers in Bordeaux. There are even several chocolatiers that will be delighted to deliver their Paque creations to the doorsteps of your home or at least your neighborhood. In this article, I present you with five excellent chocolate boutiques in the Bordeaux Metropole, where you can order chocolate for easter. Let’s start the sweetest list of the year. 

Micielo Patisserie

If you still haven’t discovered this little wonderful patisserie, located right outside the center of Bordeaux, confinement is a great time to do just that. I won’t talk about their regular yummy pastries (I’ll do that after the confinement) but I will just say that their easter menu looks fab. They have delivery points in many of the neighborhoods and suburbs of Bordeaux. You can see the list of products and all the details here.

Micielo Patisserie in Bordeaux

Franck Labasse Patisserie

If you want to take the opportunity to discover some of the great patisseries and chocolatiers around the Metropole, this is your chance. Franck Labasse’s pastry shop is located in the center of Pessac. While the shop is currently closed to the public, the pastry chef prepared a beautiful easter chocolate collection and provides a delivery service. You have to be quick with your order as it can only be done until Wednesday night (April 8). You can see all the details and the order form in this post

easter collection Franck Labasse Pessac

Chocolaterie Lalere

Chocolaterie Lalere in the center of Bordeaux is run by a young talented chocolatier Xavier Lalère. The chocolate store offers a great collection of chocolates for easter that can be delivered around the metropole. The order has to be done by tomorrow evening (April 8 ). You can see all the details here.

Chocolaterie Lalere in Bordeaux

Hasnaâ – chocolat grand cru

Hasnaa is one of the most famous young chocolatiers in Bordeaux. Like every year she released a collection of chocolates for easter and you can order it on her website. Hurry up as many of the chocolates are already gone.

Hasnaa - last year's collection
Hasnaa – last year’s collection

David Capy

The MOF (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France) David Capy is one of the most celebrated chocolatiers in Bordeaux, with shops in Bordeaux center, Cauderan, Gradignan and Eysines. His chocolate shops are open during the confinement so if you’re in the mood to invest in top-notch chocolate, give him a visit. His paque (easter) collection is absolutely stunning including everything from cute bunnies to huge chocolate strawberries, fish and potato heads. Find the collection as well as the shops’ details here.

David Capy Bordeaux

If you’re in a mood to read more about the sweet world of Bordeaux check out my article about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux.

Happy sweet easter everyone!!!

small businesses in Bordeaux

For two years now I have been writing only about happy events in the beautiful region of the Southwest of France. I would look forward every month to publishing my “what to do this month in Bordeaux” list, hoping to make people’s weekends and trips to the region a fun experience. Unfortunately, my events lists will have to wait for better times!  However, I feel that it’ll be a shame not to use the platform I’ve built for a good cause. So I’ve decided to help those local businesses that stay open during confinement by promoting them here for free. This article contains a list of several platforms through which you can order food from local farmers as well as a list of other local businesses who deliver what I consider as food for the soul 🙂 I will continue updating the list as I’ll discover new businesses in the food industry (write to me if you are one of them!)  You can also check my Instagram account where I’ll regularly post stories of these local businesses. Even if at this point you cannot support these businesses financially, think about supporting them virtually – follow them on social media, like and share their posts – that’s something that helps small businesses grow (I’m talking from experience 🙂 ). Let’s start!  

Buy food from local farmers and artisans in Nouvelle Aquitaine 

If you’re desperately looking for a food delivery service to avoid going out for shopping, don’t forget that many farmers and artisans are still working and many have delivery services. And now more than ever they need your support. Here’s a list of some of the platforms where you can order vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, and other fresh products. 

Plateforme Solidaire pour les producteurs de Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The Nouvelle Aquitaine region is now working on a fantastic initiative that is supposed to connect people to local food producers providing delivery services. The online platform is going to be launched on March 31 – you’ll find the map of all the registered food producers here.

Currently, they are in the process of registering as many farmers and artisans as possible, so if you want your business to be listed please register here:  Produits locaux de Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

help local farmers in the southwest of France

My Farmers – order fresh products online 

My Farmers is a Bordeaux based company whose online platform allows you to order local produce directly from farmers. You can get top-quality meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables delivered to your doorsteps. Go on their site http://www.myfarmers.fr and choose the option of “food lover” when subscribing. Currently, the service is available only in Bordeaux.

The Aquitaine Travel guide farms list

My friends Anne and Simona from Aquitaine Travel guide have curated a very long list of farms in the region, including the south of Gironde, Arcachon and Bordeaux Metropole. Some offer delivery services and some require a self pick-up of the products, Eather way, It’s a very detailed list where you are sure to find a farm close to your place.
https://aquitainetravelguide.com/helping-local-farms-aider-nos-fermes-locales/fermes-pres-de-bordeaux-et-des-environs/

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui is a great concept that I recommend to anyone living in Bordeaux (or almost any other city in France). There are weekly assemblies in many locations in Bordeaux, and in some smaller towns in Gironde. Choose the one closest to your home to see the farmers and the products you can choose from. You then order all your products online, everything from fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, meat, wine and more. There is no home delivery, you have to go to the dedicated location to pick your weekly products. Go to their site to see all the info on their website.

Make yourself happy with a bottle of wine

The chic Bordeaux wine shop, Cousin & Compagnie offers a delivery service in Bordeaux for orders above 50€ TTC.  ⁣⁣You can see all the details in their Facebook post or just contact them via email: [email protected]⁣⁣. 

Support local tourism

I know that planning trips may seem irrelevant right now but this is my industry so the topic is close to my heart and I need to address it here. There are some amazing tour guides in this region. People who are passionate about the history, culture, gastronomy and wine of the southwest of France. Some of them I know personally and some virtually, but their passion and knowledge never cease to amaze me. As you can imagine, all of us tour guides have lost our income for the next few months. So how can you help? If you know for sure that you will be arriving in the region during the summer or fall, you can order a tour in advance. Some tour guides offer great discounts if you order the tours now. Otherwise, you can like and comment on our posts on social media so we can at least grow in the virtual world, which will help us in the future. So here is a list of some of my favorite guides in the region 🙂 

Aquitaine Travel guide – Anne and Simona, are two passionate foodies that offer amazing farm to table tours in the south of Gironde. Check out their website here

Wine and history tour – Jennifer offers super interesting and fun tours that focus on the history and wine in Bordeaux center and it even includes a glass of Bordeaux wine in the end. Check out all the info here

Bordeaux walking tours – one of the best tour companies in Bordeaux, owned by the wonderful Hela. They offer a great variety of guided tours, from walking to running and fashion tours in Bordeaux. Check out their website here

Bordeaux – Cognac tour guide – While I haven’t met Marie personally, I have been learning from her on a daily basis. She posts so many interesting facts about Bordeaux, wine, Cognac, and more that you should follow her even if you have been living here for a while. Check out her Facebook page here

Taste of Toulouse – I usually write about Nouvelle Aquitaine but if you’re planning on visiting Toulouse over the summer, I have a great recommendation there as well. Jessica is an American food tour guide living in Toulouse. She offers amazing foodie journeys in Toulouse’s patisseries, chocolatiers and its main market. She offers a special code that is only good through the end of April. Use code ILOVELOCALBIZ to get 20% off any tour or gift voucher. Read about her and the tours here:  https://www.tasteoftoulouse.com/

Lost in Bordeaux – well this is me of course 🙂 Like everyone, I cannot do tours right now. But I am still posting quite a lot of content here and on my Facebook page and Instagram account so you’re welcome to follow, share, like and comment 🙂  

Lost in Bordeaux food tours

Support local businesses in the art, sport and lifestyle

Here’s a list of more local businesses that can improve your mood and health during this complicated period. Even if you don’t have the means or the mood to purchase art or design your house, you can still support them by liking their social media accounts and sharing them. 

Use the time to redesign your house

Cassandra is a Belgian-American home design coach and home stager that now offers consultation sessions online.  How does it work? You send her picture(s) and or video(s) of the room you want to redecorate, and she will send you her advice by e-mail. Price: 20€ per room, 30€ for 2 rooms. Here are her contact details: E-mail address: [email protected], Phone: 06 45 32 72 43, Website: www.coast33.com, www.meublimo.fr

Amazing local artist

If you decided to invest the time (and money) to redesign your house during the lockdown, how about adding some local art to your walls? Ed Williamson is a super talented British artist living in Saint Emilion. I have attended one of his exhibitions a year ago and I must say that his works are absolutely stunning. Visit his site here

Online workout membership by local coach

Cloë, an Aussie mum living in Bordeaux is a  mind body performance coach. She offers an online holistic membership that provides pre-recorded virtual workout videos from mat pilates, bands, weights, running plans, HIIT videos and programs, recipes, mindset coaching, yoga and stretching videos etc all available 24/7 anywhere, anytime. The membership is normally 42€ per month but is now offered to Bordeaux and EU locals 50% off for only 20€ per month. You can read more info and sign up:  https://powerzenbycloe.com/on-demand-bdx/

Holistic Health Coach

Daniela is a Holistic Health Coach helping people to get into a healthier lifestyle thanks to nutrition, stress management, movement and general lifestyle changes. Currently, she offers consultations over video. You can contact her through her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lettucebloom

That’s it for now, I will continue updating this list during the confinement period (when my kids will finally let me have a moment for myself)

I really hope that soon enough all of this will be behind us and I can get back to writing about traveling in this amazing region. 
In the meanwhile, stay home and safe everyone 
Love
Ira

coronavirus-france-lockdown
source: AFP/Ludovic Marin

Yesterday evening, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has announced new and strict measures to combat the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid 19) in France. Since Friday, the president had already announced that all daycares, schools and universities will be closed starting Monday (March 16). Then adding this Saturday that all the nonessential shops will be closed starting Sunday (March 15) – you can see the list of all the businesses that will stay open at the end of this post. 

Yesterday, however, Macron has declared that France will enter lockdown for a period of at least 15 days, stating that “we are at war against the virus”. If you missed the speech or just confused by the new restrictions, this is how it’s going to work.
Starting today (March 17) at noon, all residents of the French territories are obliged to stay at home. You will be allowed to leave the house for one of the following reasons: 

  1. Work when working from home is not possible (you should have a permanent certificate from your employer if you have to go to work)
  2. Grocery shopping
  3. Health treatment –  go to a doctor/hospital/pharmacy
  4. imperative family reasons – assistance to vulnerable people or childcare. Parents who share custody also have the right to continue to do (exit homes to pick up or drop off) so per their agreements.
  5. Short physical activity or taking you animal for a walk – this should be done in your neighborhood (not more than a few hundred meters from your house) and alone.

This is the most important part! 

When you leave your house you must carry a certificate indicating the reason for your trip. You can see the certificate in the picture below – download it here.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, you can write it by hand (be sure to put the date and time). Filling it wit an adobe reader app is not allowed. Anyone caught outdoors without the certificate faces a fine of 135 €. 

What will stay open during the emergency period (stage 3)?

On Saturday evening Macron announced that all non-essential businesses will stay closed including restaurants, bars, museums, cinemas and more. The businesses that will continue to operate are: pharmacies, medical cabinets, banks, gas stations, supermarkets and any grocery stores, bakeries, Tabac stores, hotels and post offices.  Many restaurants can still do deliveries so think of ordering some food to support local businesses :). 

You can see the full detailed list of all kinds of shops that are allowed to operate during this period in this government link

Travel ban

Starting this noon, the European Union is closing all external borders for 30 days. nevertheless, residents of the European Union will be allowed to go back to their countries. So far it seems that UK citizens can also travel back there from France.
Many European counties have imposed their own border closures, which means that you’ll have to check each individual country’s restrictions if you must go there.

Note from me

If you have a business in the southwest of France that is operating during this period, please send me a description of your business and all the practical info (opening hours, address, website) to [email protected] so I can add it to the post I’m currently working on. 

Stay home, safe and healthy!

Ira

So if we’ll survive the coronavirus we are going to have quite a lot to wait for in April this year. Many of the events are taking place in beautiful locations around Bordeaux like the wine salon in Blaye or the open doors in the wineries of Medoc. Besides that, there are great events like the big brocante of Bordeaux, the Easter weekend with plenty of activities for kids and a lot of great exhibitions.

If you’re reading the article in March you may also want to check my March list, just to make sure you don’t miss any of the cool events taking place this month. For those of you who are new to this site – I publish a post with events taking place every weekend in Bordeaux, so check it out to stay up to date. If the weather is good, April is a great month to start discovering our region and for that, you can check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux and my Facebook group Travel in the southwest of France. Here’s the list of things to do in April 2020 in Bordeaux.

Open doors in Médoc

To celebrate the beginning of spring the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac will hold an open doors weekend on April 4-5. During the weekend you can visit plenty of châteaux in the Medoc region and taste some of the finest wines in the world. For details about all the participating chateaux click here.

If you want to know more about the event you should read my post about the Open doors weekend.

When: April 4-5 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Bicycle spring sale

Are you looking to buy or sell a bicycle, the big spring bicycle sale is just around the corner. The Bordeaux bicycle stock exchange will take place on April 4 at Quai Louis XVIII. Those who wish to sell their bike can do sot between 11:00 and 13:00  and the buyers will be able to start buying after 14:00. For more details click here. Check on leboncoin before you go, as prices are not always cheap..

When: April  4 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII

Printemps du sport 

A big sports day will take place on April 4-5 in Pessac. The program includes dance shows, discovery workshops of martial arts, a sports village and more. For the full program click here. The event will take place at the Stade André Nègre and at Piscine Caneton.

When: April 4-5 / Where: Avenue des Provinces 33600 Pessac

Convention Tattoo Bordeaux

The international tattoo convention of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of April 4-5 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 breakdancing. For more info click here.

When: April 4-5 / Where: Hangar 14, 115 Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Esclave du livre (literature festival)

Esclave du livre is a literature association whose goal is to promote reading and support the creation of new literature. They invite you on April 3-5 to take part in a literature festival that will bring together authors and illustrators for debates, public readings, performances and discovering pieces that haven’t been published yet. For more info click here.

When: April 3-5 / Where:  Place Renaudel – Quartier Ste Croix , Bordeaux

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia is a gardening festival that takes place on April 4-5 at the Tauzia chateau in Gradignan. The event, which received a great amount of interest from the Bordelaise public last year, is full of events and activities for gardening enthusiasts. It will bring together more than 80 exhibitors specialized in the world of plants: plant producers, landscape designers, artists, collectors, horticulturists and in general people with exceptional knowledge of plants. You will be able to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the beautiful English park of Chateau Tauzia and also get advice from the specialists on how to maintain your garden. See more details here.

When: April 4-5 / Where: Château de Tauzia, 216 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The second weekend of April (April 10-13) is the long weekend of Easter in France and the area of Bordeaux offers plenty 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 on this weekend. I will put more updates on specific events as we’ll get closer to the date, but for now, I’m just going to mention a few interesting ones:

  • A treasure hunt and activities for kids on April 12-13 at the beautiful  château de Vayres – for more details click here 
  • Château de Villandraut – the beautiful castle will host a treasure hunt on April 13 – for more info click here
  • Château Larrivet Haut- Brion in Leongan will host a treasure hunt for kids on April 11 – for more details click here
  • Écomusée de Marquèze celebrates Easter on April 12-13 in plain nature with concerts and lots of chocolate – for more details click here.

Territoires Sauvages – Nature festival

Territoires Sauvages is a nature festival that will take place at the Réserve Ornithologique du Teich on April 10-13. You’re invited to spend your Easter weekend discovering the natural treasures of the region. The festival’s program includes guided tours at the reserve, exhibitions, a big treasure hunt for kids and concerts on Sunday (April 12). For more info click here.

When: April 10-13 / Where: In front of the réserve ornithologique du Teich, Rue du Port, 33470 Le Teich

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on April 12-19 in different places in the special Cinéma Utopia. For the program and all the details click here.

When: April 12-19 / Where: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival

The Blaye Spring Wine Festival will take place on April 18-19 at the beautiful Blaye Citadel. The annual wine festival brings together more than 80 winemakers. The program includes discovery workshops (introduction to tasting, mixing and food and wine pairing), guided visits of the citadel by train or horse and more. For the full program and tickets click here.

Blaye
Blaye – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 18-19 / Where: Citadelle de Blaye, 33390 Blaye

Salon Nautique d’Arcachon

The big Salon Nautique d’Arcachon will take place on April 17-20 at Port de Plaisance D’Arcachon. This is a fabulous event for boat lovers. More than 150 exhibitors will participate in the Salon, with 450 boats stationed all over the port. The event will also include a night show, a triathlon, and an exposition of an exceptionally big vessel. For more details click here.

When: April 17-20 / Where: 14 Quai Goslar, 33120 Arcachon

Semaine de l’art

An art week is taking place on April 17-25  at the Abbaye de Verneuil in the médoc region. The program of the event with all the participating artists will be published soon. For tickets and more info click here.

When: April 17-25 / Where: 2 Place Saint-Pierre, 33180 Vertheuil

Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais

la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers, that will take place on April 25-26, is all about celebrating the greatness of asparagus. More than 8000 visitors are expected to stroll along the 50 exhibitors of local delights and enjoy the activities offered to both adults and kids (make-up sessions, mini farm, pony rides and more). See the full program.

When: April 25-26 / Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers

Festival Animasia

Animasia is a festival of Asian pop culture that brings together many elements like Manga, karaoke, Cosplay performances, martial arts and more. The event will take place on April 25 at L’Entrepôt du Haillan. The entry is free, for more details click here.

When: April 25 / Where: 13 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Le Bord’Osmose Festival

Le Bord’Osmose Festival celebrates Bordeaux’s art and culture. The festival will take place on April 25-26 at La Guinguette Chez Alriq, just before its big reopening on April 30. The program includes performances and concerts of local artists, exhibitions by some of the best Bordelais artists and plenty of great food trucks. You don’t want to miss this one!! For more details click here.

When: April 25-26 / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Search for beautiful antiques at the Brocante

The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. It’s the biggest brocante event in the area and the selection is huge, from vintage home decor, to paintings, antique furniture, garden accessories and more. While some items can be pricey, you can still find plenty of affordable pieces at this antique market. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 24 to May 10. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

brocante Bordeaux
Brocante in Bordeaux – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 24 – May 10 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Fete de la Lamproie

Saint-Terre, the world capital of the Lamproie, will celebrate this creepy jawless fish with a fun, festive weekend. The full program will be published here closer to the event. The event will take place On April 24-26

When: April 24 – 26 / Where: Saint-Terre

SHOWS

Forsythe / Preljocaj / Smith les grands classiques d’aujourd’hui

The ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux invites you to a show with three classic choreographies by three famous choreographers: Forsythe, Preljocaj and Smith, each has a different style and evokes different emotions. For more info and tickets click here. The show will be performed 8 times between April 3-12. 

When: April 3-12 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

 La Belle et la Bête 

A modern ballet interpretation of the beauty and the beast by the choreographer Thierry Malandain will be performed by the Malandin Ballet Biarritz on April 8 at Pin Galant in Merignac. For more info click here

 When: April 8 / Where: 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 MERIGNAC

EXHIBITIONS

Gustav Klimt – D’or et de couleurs

If you were looking for more reasons to come to Bordeaux, you’ve got one! An amazing exhibition of Gustav Klimt is going to take place at the Bassins de Lumières (previously known as the Base sous-marine) starting April 17! This is a very special place (an old German submarine base converted into art space) and is worth a visit all by itself. For more details click here.

Gustav Klimt Bordeaux
 When: April 17- January 3 / Where: Impasse Brown de Colstoun, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 30th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 1-30. During one month, 18 photography exhibitions will be presented at the main cultural institutions in the city, among them, the Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, the Bibliothèque Grand Parc, Espace Saint-Rémi and others. More info about the event will be published here.

When: April 1-30 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Boire avec les dieux – exhibition

A new exhibition named Boire avec les dieux will be presented in Cite du Vin starting April 10. The interactive exhibition will focus on the relationship between Greek gods and wine. For more details click here

When: April 10 – August 30/ Where: 150-134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Robots in Cap Science – last chance to see it

Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.

When:  Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20

Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition

The museum of natural history in Bordeaux opened its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here

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When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)

That’s it for things to do in April 2020 my friends! You can see the smaller events taking place in and around Bordeaux in my weekend list and also on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux -the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

March in Bordeaux is a great month for brocante lovers with two big events related to antiques and garage sales which are a good build up to the main brocante of Bordeaux that will take place in April. Also, like everywhere in France, Bordeaux hosts its annual carnival this month, a really fun event. Apart from that, there are plenty of other great events like the kids’ cinema festival, the swing festival, the vintage salon and more. If you’re reading the article in February you may also want to check my February list, just to make sure you don’t miss any of the cool events taking place this month. For those of you who are new to this site – I publish a post with events taking place every weekend in Bordeaux, so check it out to stay up to date.
If the weather is good, March is a great month to start discovering our region and for that, you can check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux and my Facebook group Travel in the southwest of France.
Here’s the list of things to do in March 2020 in Bordeaux.

Festivals, Fairs and Brocantes in Bordeaux

Vide-greniers des Bordelais

One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On March 1st, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. Check out the list of all the locations here.

vide grenier in Bordeaux
When: March 1st / Where:  different locations (see the link)

Les Toiles Filantes – kids cinema festival

Les Toiles Filantes is a cinema festival that invites kids aged 3-12 years old to discover cinema through screenings, meeting with people from the industry, new movie contests and more. This year the Festival’s theme is “Sur la route”, meaning that all the movies and animation films will be in some way related to traveling journeys. The festival takes place at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac from March 2-8. For more details see the website of the festival

When: March 2-8 / Where: 7 rue des Poilus 33600 Pessac

Festival de 2 rives

Le Carnaval des 2 rives (March 8)  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. 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 16:00. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00 with a big scene including dancers and demonstrations of augmented reality. For more details click here.

When: March 8 / Where:  Starts at Allée Serr, Bastide, Bordeaux

Salon du Vintage

The annual vintage salon will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on March 7-8. This chic event will gather more than 150 exhibitors with a great selection of accessories, furniture, vinyl records, classic cars, jukebox, paintings and more. Just outside of Hangar 14, plenty of food trucks will wait for you during lunch. For more details check the Facebook page and the website of the event. Entry is 5€ and free for kids under 8 years old.

When: March 7-8 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Swing Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 6-8) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. This festival is much more than just swing dancing, it’s three days of live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, 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! For more details click here.

When: March 6-8 / Where: 10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

Voir & Avoir – handmade fair

This Voir & Avoir is a handmade fair taking place every year in Talence. This year the event will take place on March 7-8 in château de Thouars. For more details click here.

When: March 7-8 / Where: avenue de Thouars, 33400 Bordeaux

Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux

The Salon des Vins of the Bordeaux independent winemakers will take place on March 13-15 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. Wine producers from the region will present their wines and will invite you to a free taste. This event is not geared towards professionals but rather to all wine lovers. For more info click here.

When: March 13-15 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s day

Saint Patrick’s day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whiskey while listening to good music. Although it’s not Dublin, there are quite a lot of Irish and English bars in Bordeaux. Most of them make a big Saint Patrick’s day celebration with music and a lot of drunk and happy people. Check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux and choose one for March 17!

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (March 14-21) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live 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 full program here.

When: March 14-21 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Salon du Jardin

This big gardening fair will take place on March 20-22 in Hangar 14 on quai des Chartrons. This great spring event will focus on six domains: horticulture, gardening, landscape, outdoor recreation, spas and swimming pools and crafts and new technologies. For more details click here

When: March 20-22 / Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Beer Festival 

The second edition of the Bordeaux beer festival will take place on March 21-22. The festival is 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. More details about the events taking place during the festival will be published on the Facebook page of the event

When: March 21-22 / Where: different bars in Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. 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: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, and you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Faire aux plaisirs Bordeaux
When: February 21 – March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux

The European short film festival

The 23d edition of the European Short Film festival (festival européen du court métrage de Bordeaux) will take place on March 26-27 at the UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux. The festival includes a program of about thirty movies from all over the world and a jury of famous personalities from the French cinema industry, from actors to directors and screenwriters. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or their Facebook page.

When: March 26-27 / Where: 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux

South Town Jazz Festival 

The South Town Jazz festival is an annual festival taking place in Soustons, a charming beach town in the Landes department. The festival will take place on March 24-29. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 24-29 / Where: Soustons, Aquitaine

Big Vide Dressing event

A big event of vide-dressing (second-hand clothes sale) will take place on March 28-29 at Les Vivres de l’Art. Come and refresh your closet with the most famous marks at affordable prices. See more details here.

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: March 28-29 / Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Les Puces Bordelaise

Les Puces Bordelaise is the spring brocante of Bordeaux, taking place on March 28-29 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux Lac. Experts and antique lovers gather around in a happening of French antiques, second-hand trade, vintage decoration and furniture. Entry tickets are 3 euros (free for kids under 18 years old). For more info click here

When: March 28-29 / Where: Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

The Italian Spring Festival

Le Printemps Italien is an Italian literature festival that will take place on March 19-29 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 19-29 / Where: different locations around Bordeau

Concerts in Bordeaux

La Belle au Bois Dormant

The Saint-Petersburg Ballet Theatre will perform the amazing ballet “The sleeping beauty” on March 8 at Arkea Arena. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 8 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Le Cirque Alfonse

Alfonse, the circus from Quebec arrives to Bordeaux for one show in Pin Galant in Merignac. The show will take place on March 10. For more info click here.

When: March 10 / Where: Pin Galant, 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 Merignac

Le Ballet National de Sibérie a Bordeaux

This month is full of beautiful shows! The National Ballet of Siberia will perform one show at the Casino Théâtre Barrière on March 11. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 11 / Where: Rue du Cardinal Richaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Opéra “Roméo Et Juliette”

On March 7-15 the Opera of Bordeaux will put on stage four shows of Romeo and Juliet. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 7-15 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Béjart Ballet Lausanne

The Béjart Ballet Lausanne will give three performances in Bordeaux. The shows will take place on March 25-27 in Pin Galant in Merignac. For tickets click here

When: March 25-27 / Where: Pin Galant, 34 av. du Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, 33700 Merignac

Holidays on Ice

A musical spectacle on ice will take place on March 31 – April 1st at the Meriadeck rink. For info and tickets.

When: March 31 – April 1 / Where: 95, cours du Marechal Juin, 33000 Bordeaux

Exhibitions to check out in Bordeaux

Matth Velvet expo at the Institut Bernard Magrez

Matth Velvet, a talented street artist that lives and works in Bordeaux, presents his beautiful works at the Institute Bernard Magrez, some of which you may have seen on building walls in the city. The exhibition is being presented at the museum from January 23 to March 23. For more details about the artist see here

When: January 23 – March 23 / Where:  16 rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux

Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition

The museum of natural history in Bordeaux has presented its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here

When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)

L’intelligence De L’œil. Hommage À Robert Coustet, Collectionneur Au Musée Des Beaux-arts À Bordeaux

This year the museum of fine arts of Bordeaux plays tribute to Robert Coustet, an art historian and an important figure in the cultural life of Bordeaux that passed away last year. An exhibition of artworks from his private collection will be presented at the museum until August 31. For more info click here

When: March 7 – August 31 / Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux

That’s it for things to do in March 2020 my friends! You can see the smaller events taking place in and around Bordeaux in my weekend list and also on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux -the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

After a slightly sleepy January, Bordeaux is waking up to a stream of fun events taking place in February. We have the Spa Salon, a dance festival, a kids’ festival, shopping, concerts and more.
I know that it’s the middle of the winter, but last year we had a week in February when the temperatures went up to 25°C, so in case it happens again here’s an article about the best beaches around Bordeaux.
If you missed it on the Lost in Bordeaux Facebook page, last month I opened a group called Travel in the Southwest of France where me and other people living and traveling in the region share their recommendations and beautiful photos – it’s a super fun group so you should join and invite your friends of course 🙂 
Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in February 2020!

Hors Piste – ski in the city

Hors Piste is a cool winter event in Darwin where they transform one of the Hangars into a ski station with fun free activities. The event will take place on February 1st. For more details and the full program click here.

When: February 1 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Last days of winter Sales

Soldes d’hiver are several weeks in the winter during which you can find really good deals on clothes, shoes, electric supplies, toys and more. Les soldes d’hiver will take place until February 4 so you still have a few days to shop in February.

Disney on ice

One of the most popular events for kids in Bordeaux is happening again! All the popular Disney characters reunite for an ice skating spectacle. Disney Sur Glace includes three shows during this weekend (February 7-9) at the Arkea Arena.  For tickets and more details click here.

When: February 7-9 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Salon Spa

A spa salon with representatives from 70 establishments will take place on February 7-8 in Hangar 14. The program includes different conferences on health and thermal medicine. For the full program click here.

When: February 7-8 / Where:  Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux

Braderie d’Hiver

Every winter the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux winter Braderie. If you’re in town for winter sales take the opportunity to check out the stands of more than 250 merchants on rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils. The Braderie will take place on February 6-8.

braderie bordeaux
When: February 6-8 / Where: Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils

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 on February 6-9 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. More than 250 exhibitors will present their horses at the event which will include activities such as: Jumping world cup, amateurs competition, Equine Health Forum, a show of Iberian horses and more. For more details click here.

When: February 6-9 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux

Villenave Trail Urbain

Villenave Trail Urbain is a sportive weekend taking place in Villenave d’Ornon on February 8-9. The weekend includes four different running/ hiking trails in the landscape of Villenave d’Ornon, starting with a Nordic night walking trail on February 8 and three other trails ranging from 5 to 21km. On February 9, there will also be two hiking trails tracks for kids: the Cross du CAV for kids from 11 to 14 years old and the Pouss’cross for ages 6 to 10. The tracks will start from Espace D’Ornon and will go through several chateaux in the area. You can see all the details and the inscription forms here

When: February 8-9 / Where: 147, route de Léognan 33140 Villenave d’ornon, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

Green Market au Château des Tours, Bouscat

A green market will take place on  February 9 in Château des Tours in le Bouscat. The market will host local producers of organic fruit and vegetables, patisserie, natural cosmetics and more. Check out the full list of merchants here. The entry is free.

When: February 9, from 10:30  / Where:  246 Avenue de la Libération Charles de Gaulle, 33110 Le Bouscat

Festival Pouce Bordeaux

Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, many dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floirac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. This year the festival will take place on February 11-21. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents and kids on January 26. Check out the full program here

When: February 11-21 / Where:  different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)

One Night of Queen – Tribute

If you enjoy tribute concerts you may really like this one. Garry Mullen and The Works will pay tribute to Freddy Mercury and Queen at a special concert in Arkea Arena that will take place on February 12. For tickets and more details click here. 

When: February 12 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Lara Fabian in Bordeaux 

Lara Fabian will take the stage of the Arkea Arena on February 13. For the tickets click here

When: February 13 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Game In Jeux Vidéo

Union Saint Jean invites you to a weekend dedicated to video games on February 15-16. This year the event has a  “games from the 80s” theme. The program for kids includes a family space with kids makeup, paper toys, arcade games, big puzzles and more. The adults can enjoy a game museum, board games and more. Check out the long program on the facebook page of the event.

When: February 15-16 / Where: 97 Rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux

Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique

This tasty chocolate fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, is taking place at the Jardin Botanique on February 14-16. This year the theme is “Fruit time” and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.

When: February 14-16 / Where:  Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux

Ratatam – kids festival

The fourth edition of the Ratatam kids festival will take place at the Entrepôt du Haillan on February 18-23. 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.

When: February 18-23 / Where:  Entrepôt du Haillan, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Fête des Bœufs Gras 

Bazas in the Southern part of Gironde is a beautiful town that attracts many people with its weekly market. But what Bazas is mostly known for is its Beef. Since 1283, on the Thursday before Mardi Gras, the city of Bazas hosts the famous “Fête des Bœufs Gras” that celebrates the Bazas Beef. An Oxen parade takes place on the central streets of the town with the Oxen 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 20.

Fête des Bœufs Gras in Bazas
When: February 20 / Where:  Place de la Cathédrale, Bazas, Gironde

Tour of Bazas and Local Foods Tasting

if you’re planning to go to Bazas for Fête des Bœufs Gras you have to read this one! This year two amazing English speaking guides Anne JORDAN and Simona PALENGA of Aquitaine Travel Guide will take for a two hours tour in Bazas. They will take you for a walk around the village of Bazas and show you the highlights of this UNESCO gem. You will discuss the history and importance of the Bazadais cattle and Boeuf Gras and finish with a tasting of local wine and foods, from foie gras to Bazadais saucisson. Tours offered Wednesday, February 19th at 3pm and Thursday, February 20th at 930am and 1030am. Meeting Point : Le Hotel Rodin / 3 Rue Charles de Gaulle Price is 10 EURO pp (cash only, kids under 10 free).

For all the details and reservation click here.

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Bordeaux once again with its new spectacle Corteo. Three shows will be performed on February 21-23 at the Arkea Arena. For tickets and more info about the show click here

When: February 21-23 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Black History Month in Bordeaux

The third edition of the Black History Month in Bordeaux is taking place from January 9 to February 18. It is a month of reflection on the dark history of slavery that Bordeaux was part of as well as a celebration of black culture in France and around the world. The program of the Black History month includes conferences, music concerts, exhibitions and more. This time the main two themes are the one hundred years mark to the sinking of the “French Titanic” with 192 Senegalese workers onboard and the role Boxing played in the Black liberation.  For more info and the full program click here.

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. 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: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Foire aux Plaisirs Bordeaux
Foire aux Plaisirs in Bordeaux
When: February 21 to March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

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 Logis de Malet 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. 

When: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Where: rue des anciennes écoles, in front of la maison du vin), Saint-Émilion

Plenty of concerts at the IBOAT

If you’re looking for a cool music venue in Bordeaux, Iboat is your place. Tens of concerts are planned to take place in this chic boat in Bassin a Flot. For the full program click here.

When: February / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bayonne

If you’re in a mood for traveling a bit in February, Bayonne is a good option as on February 22  the city will celebrate its annual carnival. This is a very traditional Basque festival with music and beautiful costumes. The program of the Carnaval has not been updated yet, I will update it here once it goes online.

When: February 22 / Where: Ville de Bayonne

Escape the rain

If it’s cold and raining and you’re not in a mood for an event, you can always choose one of the cool places on my list of things to do when it’s raining in Bordeaux.

Discover the foodie streets of Bordeaux 

Staying in foodie mood, you can also explore some of the foodie streets in Bordeaux. These are the places where you can find the best bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops and more. They are not always on the tourist trail and not always easy to find and that’s why I decided to write an article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux.

cafe chartrons bordeaux

Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums

Last but not least, if it’s too cold outside, going to a museum is always a good idea! Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux.

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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.

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A happy new year to all my wonderful readers! It’s the first month of the year, a moment for new resolutions and some fresh energy!. And what better way to do it than a good shopping session and a lot of music ;). The winter sales are taking place this month together with several music events and beautiful spectacles. If you want to go to one of the shows mentioned on my list, be sure to book now! If you’re looking for more recommendations of things to do in the Southwest of France region, you can join my new and very active Facebook group, Travel in the Southwest of France – join here. Here’s what you can do in Bordeaux in January 2020. Enjoy!!!

Winter Sales

Who cares if it’s raining and cold? January is the winter sales month!!
Soldes d’hiver are several weeks in the winter during which you can find really good deals on clothes, shoes, appliances, toys and more. This year the winter sales were shortened to 4 weeks from the previous six weeks period. But from my experience even if you come to Bordeaux a week or two after the sales many shops will still have a lot of items on discount. Les soldes d’hiver will take place from January 8 to February 4.

winter sales in Bordeaux

Arcachon still celebrated Christmas

If you’re moody about Christmas being over there is one place that continues the Christmas spirit just a little bit longer. The Christmas market in Arcachon will be open until January 5th and it even has an ice skating rink, so it’s a great place to go to with kids. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux

This is a great show for motorbike and action lovers. Trial Indoor International de Bordeaux will take the stage of Arkéa Arena this Saturday (January 10). The show will include plenty of acrobatic stunts and amazing urban decorations. For tickets and more details click here.

When: January 10, 20:30 / Where:  Arkéa Arena, 48-50 avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac 

Tremplin de 2 Rives

This is the 7th edition of the Tremplin de 2 rives festival which aims to promote the musical talents of Bordeaux. The festival includes eight evenings from January 10 to February 8 in different districts of Bordeaux. For more details click here.

When: January 10- February 8 / Where:  See location in the program of the festival

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux

Le Salon du Livre Ancien de Bordeaux brings together more than 40 French exhibitors for the biggest ancient books event in the Southwest of France. Every year more than 3000 people attend this event to look for rare pieces of literature and discover old books from every genre: fiction, kids’ books, old magazines and more. The event will take place at Cours Mably on January 18-19. Read more about the book fair here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Cours Mably, 33000 Bordeaux

Le monde des dinosaures au parc des expositions de bordeaux

If your kids love dinosaurs they will be happy to hear that this month the exhibition “The world of Dinosaurs” is coming to Bordeaux. The exhibition will present 25 species of dinosaurs, among them the huge T-REX measuring 13/5 m long and 4.5 m tall. The exhibition will take place on January 18-19 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. For more info click here

When: January 18 -19 / Where:  Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux, Cours Charles Bricaud, 33000 Bordeaux

Trente Trente – Emerging arts Festival

Trente Trente is an annual festival, created to promote emerging artists in Bordeaux and Nouvelle Aquitaine in general. The festival includes more than twenty performances by artists from all genres, with some experimenting with interdisciplinary arts. Check out the full program that includes dance, music, theater, circus and more. The festival takes place on January 21-February 1st in different theaters and cultural spaces across the metropole (see the full list here).

When: January 21 – February 1st / Where: Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

Bordeaux rock Festival

Bordeaux Rock festival is the big gathering of independent and alternative bands that takes place every year in Bordeaux. This year it will take place on January 22-26 in different music venues in Bordeaux like the Iboat and Salle des fêtes du grand parc. For the full program and tickets click here. Some of the events are free.

When: January 22-26 / Where:  Different venues in the Bordeaux area (check out the full program)

International magic festival

The international magic festival will take place in Théâtre Fémina on January 25-26. This year seven world-class artists (magicians and illusionists) will offer you breathtaking spectacles that you wouldn’t want to miss. For more info and tickets click here.

When: January 25-26 / Where:  10 Rue de Grassi, 33000 Bordeaux

Hostens Trails 2020

Every year the Gironde department organizes plenty of sporting events that are open to the public. The first one in 2020 will take place on the weekend of January 25-26 in Hostens. The event offers several trails for both runners, walkers and Nordic walkers. The price varies according to the trail and prior registration is mandatory. For more info click here.

When: January 25-26 / Where: Secteur de la Base Nautique Hostens

La nuit des conservatoires

This Friday (January 31) le Conservatoire de Bordeaux invites you to a special night with concerts and performances from all the disciplines taught at the conservatory. Besides concerts, the night includes workshops and lectures. The concert is free and open to all. For more info click here

When: January 31 / Where:  Jacques Thibaud 22 quai Sainte-Croix, Bordeaux

Coulisses des Sciences 

Coulisses des Sciences is a week dedicated to different scientific themes, organized by Dealers de Science. The program of the event includes debates, conferences, a movie and debate night and more. As usual, the event will end with the Marché des Connaissances, a special fair taking place at Cour Mably that will reunite different scientific associations and players in the cultural scientific scene in Bordeaux. The event will take place on January 21-25. For more details click here

When: January 21-25 / Where:  Different locations in Bordeaux

Truffles markets in Dordogne

January is the middle of winter truffles season with many truffles markets in the region taking place during the month. Dordogne is known as the capital of truffles of the Southwest of France and starting mid-December it hosts several truffles markets in its different villages. You can see the full list of truffles markets taking place from December to the end of January here

Festival Bouche à Bouche – Bordeaux

Following the success of the event in Paris, the Bouche à Bouche festival is arriving this year to Bordeaux for the first time. During the two nights of the event you will discover the signature dishes of five Bordeaux chefs like Jérôme Billot from Madame Pang and Julien Camdeborde of L’avant comptoir du palais. The event that will take place on January 17-18 also includes a lot of music, shows and street art. For more info click here.

When: January 17-18 / Where:  See the program of the event

Go to the Opera

This January the Opera of Bordeaux invites everyone to come and enjoy a big variety of concerts from dance, to Jazz and Classical music. See the full list of January concerts and shows here

When: January / Where:  Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Black History Month in Bordeaux

The third edition of the Black History Month in Bordeaux will take place from January 9 to February 18. It is a month of reflection on the dark history of slavery that Bordeaux was part of as well as a celebration of black culture in France and around the world. The program of the Black History month includes conferences, music concerts, exhibitions and more. This time the main two themes are the one hundred years mark to the sinking of the “French Titanic” with 192 Senegalese workers onboard and the role Boxing played in the Black liberation.  For more info and the full program click here.

EXHIBITIONS:

La déferlante surf – last chance to see it

The Atlantic coast of the south-west of France is a popular destination for surfers these days and it looks like this sport has always been here. But did you know that surfing was actually introduced to Europe through our region in the 50s? Thus it only makes sense that Musée d’Aquitaine, which explores the history of the region, will also explore the surfing culture in Aquitaine. The déferlante surf exhibition deals with different aspects of surfing from the sport itself to its economic and environmental influences. Among others, the items presented include videos, sounds, different traditional objects, images from different beaches and more. The exhibition will be presented until January 5th. If you go to the museum on January 5th the entry will be free. For more details click here

surf musee daquitaine

When: Until January 5th / Where:  20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

Muséum de Bordeaux – Rire! 

According to scientific research, we laugh 18 times a day on average. Laughter, however, is not unique to us human beings, different animal species also have different expressions of laughter in their language. The super fun exhibition at the natural history museum in Bordeaux offers different activities that provoke laughter. It’s a very interactive and kids friendly exhibition that includes videos, sounds, games, and painting. This is your last chance to see the exhibition as it ends on January 26! For more details click here.

When: until January 26 / Where:  5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jadin public)

Robots in Cap Science

Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at the Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.

Cap Sciences
by Lost in Bordeaux
When:  Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

Basque food in Bordeaux

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.

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Before we start with the weekend list, I want to take this chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a happy Hanukkah 🙂 This is the official Christmas season so you probably won’t be surprised that most events this weekend are Christmas related. But that’s the last one I promise 🙂 For those of you spending your Christmas vacation here in Bordeaux I added a few suggestions of things you can do that are not Christmas related. You can also check out my “Weekend in Bordeaux” guide with all the must-do and see in Bordeaux.  

A traditional marionette theater

Guignol Guérin is the oldest family-run marionette theater in France. While their well-known show runs in the summer, the theater’s winter edition is only two years old and plays at the center of Bordeaux. Their traditional spectacle takes place in Théâtre l’Inox between December 26 and January 5. For more details click here.

When: December 26 to January 5 / Where: 13 Rue Fernand Philippart, 33000 Bordeaux

Cinderella at the Opera

The ballet of Bordeaux will perform a special version of Cinderella for kids, with the choreography of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The show will take place on Friday, December 27 at 15:00. You can purchase tickets here

When: December 27 / Where:  Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Pintxo Gaua

Pintxo Gaua is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. Finish your week this Friday (December 27) with Pintxos, some wine and a Dj set. For more info click here

When: November 27, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux 

The last days of the traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will take place this weekend  (December 27-29). This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys and local products. Even if you don’t intend to buy any gifts at the market you can still enjoy the Christmas spirit with some hot wine and roasted chestnuts.  For more info click here.

Christmas market in Bordeaux
When: until December 29 from 10:30 to 21:30 / Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

Arcachon fête Noël

The city of Arcachon invites you to its traditional Christmas celebration with a Christmas market and an ice skating rink. The event will take place daily until January 5 on Place Thiers. For more details click here

When: December 14 – December 5 / Where: Place Thiers, Arcachon

Drôle de Noël in Talence

This year Talence celebrates the 10th edition of their Drôle de Noël, a big Christmas celebration taking place every year at the Peixotto Parc. Drôle de Noël will run until December 29 with different activities for kids.  For more info click here.

When: December 20-29 / Where: Parc Peixotto, 33400 Talence

Noël à Langon

The city of Langon celebrates Christmas with a week of activities and free concerts. The festive week is taking place on December 21-29 in the city center. See the full program here

When: December 21-29 / Where: City center of Langon

Exposition artisanale & Marché de Noël

Issigeac, a lovely little town in the Dordogne, celebrates Christmas with its traditional Christmas market from December 19 to January 2. For more info click here

When: December 19 – January 2/ Where: Issigeac center

Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE

This weekend Mama Shelter expands its Sunday DJ set & Live line to a Dj set weekend. Every evening from December 26-31 (not including December 30) one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here

When: December 26-31 (not including the 30th) / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Mama’s Brunch

Another fun event this Sunday is Mama’s Brunch. Mama Shelter invites you to its big buffet brunch which is a bit pricey (39 euros per person) but includes almost four hours of activities and artistic workshops for kids, so it’s like brunch with a babysitter :). For more details and the menu click here.

When: December 29 / Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux

Ateliers Light painting

This Sunday the Base sous Marine invites you to a workshop of light painting as part of the Light Painting exhibition that is currently being presented there. The workshop is free but you must register in advance. For more details click here

When: December 29, at 15:00 / Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33000 Bordeaux

Atelier Enfants Vacances | Dali Et Ses Rêves Surréalistes

This Saturday (December 28) Institut Bernard Magrez will host a creative workshop for kids. The theme of the workshop is Dali and his surrealist dreams. The workshop is open to kids over 5 years old. For more details and registration click here

When: December 28, at 14:30 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

More things you can do while in Bordeaux

Explore the main market in Bordeaux 

Capucins is the main market of Bordeaux and its a real treat for foodies with plenty of cafes, restaurants and stalls with local produce. If none of the events this weekend interest you, you can always spend your time there, sipping white wine with oysters from Arcachon. When heading there check out my article about the best places to eat at Marche de Capucins

Chez-jean-mi-capucins-market-in-Bordeaux
Chez Jean Mi

Eat the sweet specialties of Bordeaux 

The Christmas weekend is a good time to discover the local sweets of the region. Bordeaux offers a variety of pastries and chocolates that you can find only in the southwest of France. If you want to discover these sweet spots you can follow my article about the sweet specialties of Bordeaux

Discover the foodie streets of Bordeaux 

Staying in foodie mood, you can also explore some of the foodie streets in Bordeaux. These are the places where you can find the best bakeries, coffee shops, cheese shops and more. They are not always on the tourist trail and not always easy to find and that’s why I decided to write an article about the foodie streets of Bordeaux.

Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums

Last but not least, if it’s too cold outside, going to a museum is always a good idea! Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux.

That’s it for this year! See you all in 2020!!!

Now that it’s getting chilly and rainy outside it’s time to warm up with some good food and wine and enjoy the indoor festivals that Bordeaux has to offer. The chateaux of Margaux and Sauternes will host you at their properties and Darwin will introduce you to the organic wines of the region. There are quite a few music and dance events in November, among them the Bordeaux Piano festival and the Tango Festival at the Opera of Bordeaux. Remember that if it’s raining you can always find something to do in my article about places to go to when it’s raining in Bordeaux. If you’re reading this article in October you may still want to check out what’s on in October in Bordeaux, so here it is. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in November 2019, Enjoy!

Vibrations Urbaines Festival in Pessac

This is the 22nd edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international BMX contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival will take place from October 29 to November 3 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.

When: October 29 – November 3 / Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac

Bliss Yoga Festival

The Bliss Yoga festival will take place on November 8-10 in Darwin. The program of the festival includes 45 courses aiming to make you discover different types of yoga no matter what level you are. Although yoga is the main event, there will be other activities such as workshops, different information stands, a well-being space, a children’s area, a photography exhibition, organic products and more. For more info check out the website of the festival and the facebook page of the event.

When: November 8-10 / Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac

Sauternes et Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On November 9-11 many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover thein estates and taste their wines. The program includes wine tastings, tours in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts and activities for kids. The participating chateaux will be published later this month and I will laster add them to this article for you to have all the information you need. For now, take a look at the general list of the wineries of the area here. Also, check out the event at the Maison Du Sauternes on November 9-11. 

When: November 9-11 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program (will be updated soon)

Halles de Bacalan – 2 years anniversary 

Halles de Bacalan invites you to celebrate their second anniversary with a super gourmand event on the weekend of November 8-10. This fun market is one of the best places for drinks with friends, especially on rainy weekends, so this event is guaranteed to be good. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

marche de bacalan in Bordeaux
When: November 8-10 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Foire de la Saint Martin

Another fun place to visit on the long weekends of November is Duras. Foire de la Saint Martin will take place there on November 11 with more than 250 exhibitors and stands of local gastronomy, clothing, cars, a big vide Grenier and more. For more info click here

When: November 11 / Where: the village of Duras

La Rochelle Swing festival 

If you were planning to go to La Rochelle in the near future, this is a good opportunity. On the long weekend of November 8-11 the LaRochelle swing festival will take place at the Lentrepot-Cabaret. For more details click here.

 When: November 8-11 / Where: 3 Rue Augustin Fresnel, 17180 Perigny

Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion – this event was canceled

Montgolfiades is an annual festival of balloon flights organized by Le Ciel est à Toi association. The flights will take place on November 15-17 above Saint Emilion and the vineyards around it, so the sight is promised to be breathtaking. For more info click here.
Before you go be sure to check out my article about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion.

When: November 15-17 / Where: in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, just follow the balloons

Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival here and info about the tickets here.

When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux

Jazz Festival in Caudéran

The annual Jazz festival of Caudéran is taking place on November 14-16. For three nights, the Pergola Theater will host six international Jazz players. For more info about prices and the full program click here.

When: November 14-16 / Where:  La Pergola Theater, Rue Fernand Cazères, 33200 Bordeaux

Margaux Saveurs 

The annual festival, Margaux Saveurs will take place on November 15-17. The idea of the festival is to make you discover the great wines of the Margaux appellation and present to you all the winemakers, merchants and restaurants of this gourmet area. During the weekend you can enjoy special workshops in the different wine domains and enjoy fun activities and special menus made only for this weekend. For more details click here. If you’re attending this event be sure to read about other places to visit in the area in my article about the Medoc region.

When: November 15-17 / Where: different locations in Margaux

Bordeaux Cata Raid

The 7th edition of the Catamaran race will take place this weekend (November 19-20) in the Garonne river, just next to the central bank. This beautiful event, organized by the ‘les Marins de la Lune’ club includes tens of crew members that will pass next to the quai to honor the city. The view is guaranteed to be spectacular. For more details click here.

When: November 19-20 / Where: starts at 103 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Salon Ob’Art

Le salon Ob’Art (Objets de créateur) is a creator fair with a rich pedagogic program of activities, workshops, and demonstrations. The motivation for the event is to create a dialog between artists, craftsmen and the wide public in order to transfer their know-how and to make the young generation discover a variety of professional vocations. Le Salon Ob’Art will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 15-17. Entry is free for kids under 18 and 6.5€ for adults (free on the first day). For more info check out the website of the event.

When: November 15-17 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux

Festival Tango à l’Opéra Bordeaux

The third edition of the Festival Tango à l’Opéra will take place at the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux on November 22-24. The rich program includes shows, dance workshops, exhibitions and a big inauguration evening on November 22nd. For more details and tickets click here and the full program here

When: November 22-24 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 Bordeaux

Organic Wine Market in Darwin 

Les Barriquades is the biggest market of bio wines in the region, an event that will take place on the weekend of November 23-24 in Darwin. On the menu, a huge selection of organic wines from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and many other wine regions of France. The entry is free. For more info click here.

Darwin Bordeaux
Darwin Bordeaux
When: November 23-24 / Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du monde, will take place on November 13-24 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, book stores, cinemas and more. You can enjoy this festival even if you don’t speak French as most of the writers participating in the lectures are coming from all over the world. For more details go here.

When: November 13-24 /Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

International History films festival

The theme of the 30th edition of the Festival international du film d’histoire of Pessac, taking place on November 18-25, is Latin America. The rich program of the festival includes debates and lectures with several historians as guests and screenings of more than a 100 movies, from classics to works of heritage, rare or unpublished films, previews, fiction and documentaries. For more info and the full program click here.

When: November 18-25 / Where: several venues in Pessac center – check out the end of the program

les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras

In the last twenty years, Loupiac has been hosting the Loupiac & Foie Gras event that allows people to get familiar with the sweet wines of Loupaic and meet the farmers of the department and taste their gourmet production. This year the event will take place on November 23-24 and will include workshops, guided tours in the participating chateaux, tastings, exhibitions and more. On Saturday evening a big gourmet cocktail event will be hosted by two chefs from the Maison Claude Darroze. To reserve a spot for the dinner check out the facebook page of the event, the info will be updated there. For general info about the event click here.

When: November 23-24 / Where: Different chateaux in Loupiac-De-Cadillac

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux (antique/flea market) is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. This fall edition of the brocante will take place from November 22 to December 8. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.

When: November 22- December 8 / Where: Place des Quinconces

The Salon Bien-être

The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of November 29- December 1 at the Palais des Congrès. The event has 120 stands and  65 conferences all focused on different ways of improving the quality of life. The exhibitors are varied and come from all facets of daily life: food, home decor, therapies and beauty. For more info click here.

When: November 29- December 1 / Where: Palais des Congrès, Cours J.-G. Domergue 33300 Bordeaux

Exhibitions

Sam Dougados exhibition

If you ever visited Biarritz you’ve surely seen the amazing works of Sam Dougados on the beach. Sam’s Beach art, as he calls it, has appeared in many places around the world, from Maroco to South Africa and Spain. Now l’Institut Bernard Magrez is presenting the photographs of his best works at their atelier that is dedicated to promoting local talent. The exhibition will be presented until November 24th. For more details click here

Beach art Biarritz
Beach art Biarritz
When: Until November 24 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Robots in Cap Science

Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at the Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.

When:  Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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.

Boulangerie chartrons Bordeaux

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Although summer is officially over I was happy to see that many of the events taking place in October in Bordeaux are still outdoors. One of the most beautiful ones is definitely the hot air balloon festival in Saint Emilion. Other interesting events include the international art festival, a swing festival, Space month and more. 
If you want to check out events in September check out my Septmber list. Now here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in October 2019.

La Grande Transhumance Urbaine

Don’t be surprised if on the first weekend of October you’ll suddenly see plenty of sheep crossing your street, that’s the Grande Transhumance Urbaine. The idea behind the event that will take place on October 6th is to connect city people to agriculture. Seven breeders and their sheep will lead the 9 km march passing through different locations in Villenave d’Ornon. You can enjoy the festival even if you don’t want to make the walk, just attend the events at one of the points on the way. See the full program of events related to this festival here and the map of the march here.

When: October 6
Where: Villenave d’Ornon (see exact locations in the program and map)

FAB – International art festival

FAB is the annual International art festival of Bordeaux Metropole taking place this year on October 4-20. 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 CAPC. Click here to see the full program of the festival.

When: October 4-20 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the program

Space month 

The city of Mérignac will host a whole month dedicated to space discovery with workshops, exhibitions, conferences, parties and more. Here’s a sneak peek at the rich program they offer in October:
ASTRALALA exhibition – a fun exhibition for kids that will allow them to learn a lot about astronomy through a journey in the solar system – October 2-23  at the Médiathèque de Mérignac.
A visit at the planetarium – October 7 at MJC Mérignac Centre
L’Espace en fête – an afternoon space party with plenty of activities for kids – October 5 at Côté sciences Air&Espace.
This is only a small part of what is planned for you by the townhall of Merignac and Cap Sciences. For the full program and registration details click here. For more details and updates check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 2-23 / Where: Different locations in Merignac – see the program

Nuit des Bibliothèques

La Nuit des Bibliothèques will take place on October 12, and it’s the best opportunity to discover the libraries across the city. 24 libraries in 20 different towns in Bordeaux Metropole will participate in this event and will offer such activities as concerts, theater shows, science workshops, games for kids and more. See the full programs here.

When: October 12 – evening / Where: Bordeaux, Merignac, Pessac and more – check out the full program

Festival Animasia

Animasia is a festival of Asian pop culture bringing together many elements like J-POP music, Yosakoi dance, karaoke and Cosplay performances. The place will also include thematic areas with martial arts, video games, board games and more. The festival will take place on the weekend of October 12-13 at the Parc des Expositions. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival or the facebook page of the event.

When: October 12-13 / Where: Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux

Village des Sciences

As part of the Fête de la Science events this month, Cap Sciences invites you this weekend (October 12-13) to the Science village. This year the village will be all about robots and the place they take in our day to day life. The program includes two exhibitions, several competitions, demonstrations of different robots, workshops, conferences and more. See the full program here and for more details here. The event is free.

When: September 12-13, 14:00 to 19:00 / Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Lire en Poche – books festival 

Lire en Poche is a pocketbooks festival that will take place in Gradignan on October 11-13. Besides a huge book sale, a wide range of activities are offered to the participants, among them: reading sessions, theater shows, music, games, workshops for kids and more. The entrance to the festival is free, however, some activities are paid and/or require prior reservation, which will start on October 5 at 8:00 – click here to register.  For more info click here.

When: October 11-13 / Where: Théâtre des Quatre Saisons et à La Médiathèque Jean Vautrin, 32 route de Léognan – 33170 GRADIGNAN

Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion

Montgolfiades is an annual festival of balloon flights organized by Le Ciel est à Toi association. The flights will take place on October 18-20 above Saint Emilion and the vineyards around it, so the sight is promised to be breathtaking. For more info click here.
Before you go be sure to check out my article about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion.

When: October 18-20 / Where: in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, just follow the balloons

Fête du Vin nouveau et de la Brocante

On the last weekend of this month (October 19-20) the Chartrons neighborhood invites you to celebrate Autumn with a new wine festival and a brocante. During these two days, the main street in Chartrons, rue Notre-Dame , will be transformed into a brocante with wine stands and roasted chestnuts. Come and spend a festive weekend on one of the most interesting streets in Bordeaux. For more info click here.

Brocant Chartrons Bordeaux
When: October 19-20 / Where: Rue Notre Dame, 33000 Bordeaux

Bordeaux Swing Festival

The international festival of Lindy hop (part of the Swing family) will take place on October 18-20 in the Bordeaux region and this year their main guests are Jonathan Stout and his campus five and Hot Swing Sextet. Two swing parties will take place at the beautiful le Rocher de Palmer in Cenon, with a battle between the two bands. The program of the festival also includes 7 hours of classes with 11 international teachers. For more details check out the website of the festival.

When: October 18-20 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux – check out the full program

FIFIB- Bordeaux international festival of independent movies

Bordeaux Independent Films Festival will take place on October 15-21 at Rue Malby in the center of Bordeaux. The program includes film screenings, concerts and meeting with special guests. Every evening, the festival village will transform into an open cinema theater and a dance floor. The event is free and open for all. See the full program on the site of the festival and more details on the facebook page.

When: October 15-21 / Where: Le Village du FIFIB, 3 rue Mably, 30000 Bordeaux

Open doors in the Chateaux of Graves

Graves, one of the wine regions in the Bordeaux wine area, invites you to an open doors weekend, allowing you to discover its wines and châteaux. During the weekend (October 19-20) 67 châteaux will open their doors to visits, wine tastings, wine workshops and different activities for kids and adults. See the full program of the event and the list of the participating châteaux here.

When: October 19-20 / Where: Graves area – chose your chateau from the program

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 11 to November 3. 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: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, candyfloss and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses – a vintage sale

polichineuses

“Les Rendez-vous des Polichineuses” is coming back for yet another edition of second-hand chic. The big vintage sale will take place in Chartrons on October 1-26 hosting many vintage merchants with furniture, toys, art and plenty of accessories. For more details click here.

When: October 1-26
Where: 8 rue cornac 33000 Bordeaux Quartier des Chartrons

Les Campulsations

Les Campulsations is a students festival taking place from September 26 to October 5, celebrating the beginning of the new academic year in different locations in the Aquitaine region: Bordeaux, Talence, Pessac, Gradignan, Bayonne, 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 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.

When: September 26 to October 5 / Where: Different locations, consult the program.

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia fête les Jardins is one of the most beautiful plant celebrations in the south of France. The fifth edition of this fantastic event in Gradignan will take place on October 25-27. A three-day event that gathers plants 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 art in the garden for kids and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 25-27 / Where: 216 cours du général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

BLIB – the beer festival of Bordeaux 

This is the 5th edition of Bordeaux’s beer festival taking place from October 29 to November 2. During the five days of the festival, you can attend and participate in plenty of activities around craft beer in cellars, bars, restaurants and breweries. The grand finale of the festival (November 2) will gather all the brewers in one event. Check out the facebook page of the event for more info. 

When: October 29 to November 2 / Where: Different places in Bordeaux

Fête du Piment d’Espelette

Piment d’Espelette is the red pepper that decorates every market in the Basque country and every shop selling Basque products. Like every important ingredient in the French kitchen, this little pepper needs a “fête”. Fête du Piment d’Espelette is taking place on October 26-27 in the beautiful village of Espelette. The program includes a big parade, a huge market with more than 200 stands of basque products, musical concerts, activities for kids, a mass with the choir of Espelette and more.
I know it’s technically not in the region but I love everything about the Basque country and it’s just two hours away so consider going anyway 🙂 For more details click here

When: October 26-27  / Where: Espelette, 64250

Argentina, Terres de contrastesexhibition

Several times a year the Cite du Vin puts one country on the spot and dedicates an exhibition to honor its wine and gastronomic heritage. This time the chosen country is Argentina, to which Cite du Vin dedicated its current temporary exhibition, Argentina, Terres de Contrastes. The exhibition takes you through a journey in six wine regions in Argentina, exploring their history, gastronomy and culture in an interactive way. The exhibition will be presented until November 17. For more info click here

When: Until November 17 / Where: Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.

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 Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux 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.

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