The summer is barely over but I know that many already start planning their Halloween so I’m releasing the list early this year. Having said that, most places that usually host Halloween parties haven’t published their events yet, so please try to check this list in a week or so for more updates.
Here’s a list of Halloween events taking place in the Bordeaux region (and some in Dordogne) in 2023.
The Zombie Walk of Bordeaux is probably one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit. This year the event will take place on October 21, starting at 14:00 at la Place de la Victoire. See all the details here.
Thriller Party : Le Bal des Loups-Garous
Blonde Venus, located at the Bassin a Flot is hosting its annual Halloween party, this year’s theme is “Thriller – The Werewolf Ball”. The party will take place on October 31st, see all the details and tickets here.
Halloween Roller Party – Darwin
On October 31, Darwin is hosting a Halloween Roller Party. See all the details here.
Château de Vayres
Château de Vayres always hosts the best Halloween events! This year their Halloween weekend will take place on October 28-29 with all the Halloween classics: witches, phantoms, and werewolves. The two-day event will be accompanied by exceptional Halloween decorations and plenty of activities. For more details click here.
Also, throughout the upcoming school break (until November 3), the chateau will host afternoons for kids (3-12 years old) with workshops to create monsters and different surprises in the château and its beautiful gardens. For more info and reservation click here.
Halloween au Château de Villandraut
Château de Villandraut never disappoints and like every year they offer a great Halloween program. This year the events will take place f on October 29 -31 with a program that includes a treasure hunt, a murder party, and more. Check out all the details here and here.
Blonde Venus • Halloween: Kids Day monstrueux
Another fun Halloween event at the Blonde Venus (Iboat) is dedicated to kids! On October 22, they will be hosting a party with DIY mask workshops, music, and sweet surprises. See more details here.
Halloween brunch and kids party- Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter never misses a chance to celebrate Halloween! This year they are hosting a kids’ Halloween party on Saturday afternoon (October 28) and two Halloween brunches on Sunday (October 22 and October 29) – with a babysitting service included 🙂
Reservations are a must for both events. See more details here.
The Temple Halloween Party
A very cool costume party will take place on October 31 at the Temple gym in the Bastide neighborhood, with plenty of fun surprises for kids and adults.
You must reserve your spot, all the details are here.
Halloween au Château de Duras
Château de Duras will celebrate its annual Halloween party on October 31. The party is for adults and kids over 10 years old, you can buy tickets here. From October 21 to November 5 (the autumn school break) Château de Duras will also host plenty of activities and workshops for younger kids. See all the details here.
School of witches in Château de Bridoire
If you don’t mind traveling a bit then you would also enjoy this event. The Château de Bridoire in Dordogne, also known as the Castle of Games, is hosting a game called The School of Witches, which should be fun for both kids and adults. The activities are about to take place daily during the kids’ fall break from October 21 to November 5.
On the weekend of October 27 – 31, the château is also organizing Halloween nights with a murder party escape game. See all the details here.
Students Halloween Party
A big Halloween party for the students of Bordeaux organized by the International Students Network will take place on October 27. See all the details here.
Arcachon Fête Halloween
Like every year, the town of Arcachon is hosting a big Halloween event in the city center on October 28. All the details will be published here.
Halloween & fête de la citrouille
The town of Cadaujac is hosting a fun event on October 31 that will combine the two best things of this period: Halloween and pumpkins! Plenty of fun activities will be offered to kids depending on their age: games for the little ones and a more scary activity for older kids at the Chateau.Halloween et sa fête de la Citrouille will take place at Le Parc du Château. See all the details here.
Get your cameras ready as this weekend the quais of Bordeaux are going to be fun and creepy with the zombie walk of Bordeaux. This is definitely not the only event to mark the Halloween season: Halloween in a beautiful chateau, a mask workshop in Darwin and a zombie after party are only part of the events celebrating this great holiday. If you want to know what’s happening in Bordeaux on October 31, check out my post – “Where to celebrate Halloween in Bordeaux“. Apart from that we have a wine feast and a brocante in Chartrons, a night market in Bacalan, a flamenco show, a concert in the Saint Michel Basilica and plenty of exhibitions. Also, if you still have no idea what to do with your kids next week, check out my post on 10 great things to do with kids on school break.
This is the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 26-28):
Zombie walk de Bordeaux
The Zombie Walk of Bordeaux is probably one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit. The walk will take place on October 27 and will have the theme of “White walkers” , which is a nice surprise for Game of Thrones fans (however all zombie costumes are welcome). The event will start at 12:00 at l’Espace du Marché des Quais (The walk will leave from the skate park on the quai). The event is free but requires registration on the facebook page of the event or by emailing email@example.com.
When: October 27, at 12:00 Where: Espace du Marché des Quais, Bordeaux
The walking zombies will need a party to celebrate this creepy get together! The Open Air electronic Zombie party will take place the same day (October 27) starting 18:00 in the Bacalan district. The entrance to the party is free to disguised zombies and 2 euros for the rest. For more info click here.
When: October 27, at 18:00 Where: 30 rue Francis Garnier, 33300 Bordeaux
Fête du Vin nouveau & de la brocante
This weekend (October 27-28) the Chartrons neighborhood invites you to celebrate the Autumn with a festival of new wine and a brocante. During these two days, the main street, 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.
When: October 27-29 Where: Rue notre dame, 33000 Bordeaux
Foire aux Plaisirs
This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 12 to November 4. 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.
When: October 12 – November 4 Where:Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux
Noche Del Pintxo
Noche del Pintxo 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. This Friday (October 26) between 18:30 and 22:30 you’ll taste Pintxos and vote on the Pintxo of the month. One of the most fun things about these evenings are the prices: Pintxo = 2€, glass of wine = 2€. For more info check out the website of the market or the facebook page of the event.
When: October 26, starting 18:30- 22:30 Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux,
Start celebrating Halloween
We are warming up towards Halloween with some events and activities taking place this weekend, just a few days before the official celebrations next week. Check out my post about ” Where to celebrate Halloween in Bordeaux” to see what else is on next week.
Château de Vayres
Chateau de Vayres invites you to their 8th edition of their Halloween weekend on October 27-28 with all the Halloween classics: witches, phantoms and werewolves. The two days event will be accompanied by exceptional Halloween decorations and plenty of activities and will finish with a fireworks show. The event is free for kids under 4 yo, 10 € for kids between 5 and 12 years old and 12,50 € for those older than 12.For more details click here.
When: October 27 from 14:00 to 20:00 and October 28 from 13:00 to 19:30. Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres
Halloween in Arcachon
The city of Arcachon invites you this Saturday to celebrate Halloween with a great variety of activities. Les Maisons de Quartier will host a special make up activity, the market hosts a free decoration workshop, in the city center kids can play trick or treat and the Mauresque park will host everybody for fun games and activities. For more details click here.
When: October 27 Where: The center of Arcachon
Make your own mask in Darwin
If your kids still don’t have their Halloween costumes they can learn how to make their own in Darwin. A very fun and creative workshop will take place in Darwin on October 28, where your kids could learn how to make their own masks using a serigraph printing technique. The activity is adapted to kids over 5 years old. The price of the workshop is 15€. For more info click here.
When: October 28 from 11:00 Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Halloween in Ferme Exotique
la Ferme Exotique in Cadaujac invites you to celebrate Halloween with the animals of the farm during the two weeks of school break from October 20 to November 4. In the program: games, a pumpkin competition, Halloween make up and a phantom train. For more info click here.
When: October 20- November 31 Where: Domaine de la Roussie, 1932 Chemin du Port de l’Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac
Discover the Area
Visit the Bourgailh park in Pessac
Before it gets too cold and rainy it’s time to discover the beautiful spots of nature in the Bordeaux area. This weekend I encourage you to discover one of the most beautiful and surprising parks around Bordeaux, the Foret du Bourgailh in Pessac. This is not merely a nice park for a walk it’s a universe of plants, animals and beautiful design. The area of the Foret du Bourgailh includes a 2.6 km walking trail, the largest tropical greenhouse in the region, sports facilities, a skate park, an amphitheater, a zoo and one of the most beautiful playgrounds you have ever seen, which for me is the highlight of this park.
A visit to a Saffron Farm
La safranière du Cabanon in Béguey (close to Cadillac) is a farm producing all the saffron of the Sud Gironde area. This Saturday (October 27) you get to visit the place, accompanied by Chantal et Thierry who run the farm. Besides a guided visit of the Safranière, you can also taste all the products produced at the place. For more details and tickets click here.
When: October 27, Where: Chemin profond, 33410 BEGUEY
ART & CULTURE
NRITYA – Flamenco show
The Caramelita Flamenco Company is finishing their second creative residency session at the Cuvier in Artigues-pres-Bordeaux and will be presenting part of their new production, “NRITYA”, on Friday, October 26 at 20h30.
NRITYA (“emotion and storytelling created by movement” in Hindi) is a very personal project for flamenco dancer Deborah “La Caramelita”. It is the story of a first generation Canadian exploring her Indian background through flamenco dance. Unlike her first show, “Penas y Alegrías“, anchored in the traditional flamenco style, this new creation is strongly tinged with her cultural heritage. Through her dance and supported by the musicians who accompany her, she offers an initiatory journey and a search for parallels between her Indian roots and flamenco. There will be a Q&A session with the audience after the show. The price is 6€. For more info click here.
When: October 26,at 20:30 Where: Le Cuvier – Avenue de l’Île de France, 33370 Artigues-près-Bordeaux
New exhibition at the Base Sous Marine- Medio Acqua
It is no secret that the Base sous marine is one of my favorite places in Bordeaux so the fact that they’re about to open a new exhibition is making me very happy. The Medio Acqua exhibition includes installations by major French and intentional artists as well as a selection of video works by young emerging artists, recently graduated from the prestigious Fresnoy School. The main theme of the exhibition is inspired by the world of water, while the location and the structure of the base sous marine plays an important role in it.
When: October 26- January 6 Where: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux
First exhibition at the Musee de la Mer et de la Marine
The first exhibition of La Musee de la Mer et de la Marine has been finally presented this month. Although the museum itself is not due to open soon, it has decided to open an exposition room where a new photography expo will be presented between October 1st and April 30, 2019. The “Sous les mers, au-delà de l’image” exhibition consists of more than 100 photographs by Paul Nicklen and David Doubilet, two National Géographic photographers. Check more info on the site of the museum.
When: October 1 – April 30, 2019 Where:89 rue des étrangers, 33300 BORDEAUX
Street art exhibition in the Vibrations Urbaines Festival
Vibrations Urbaines is an annual urban festival organized by the city of Pessac, which includes exhibitions, a hip hop battle, urban sports, skating and more. As part of the festival, a street art exhibition is presented at the Médiathèque Jacques Ellul in Pessac (until November 4). The 15 works of art were selected in a national urban art competition. You can be a part of the competition and vote for the best artist. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday (between 13:30 to 18:30) and Saturday (10:00 to 18:00). For more info click here.
When: October 17- November 4 Where:Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac
Clock, Les Horloges du Vivant – exhibition for kids
All living creatures have a certain rhythm to their mechanism that allows them to adapt to their environment. This fascinating expo will allow your kids to discover the rhythm of different animals and to understand their world a little better. Why does the koala sleep 20 hours a day? How fast are the wings of the hummingbird? Does a baby breathe like an adult? These are only some of the questions the exhibition will answer. The exhibition has been presented in Cap Sciences for a while now, but this is your last chance to take your kids to see it as the last day will be November 4. See more info here. The minimum age for this expo is 6 years old.
When: until November 4 Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Eclair Circus celebrates its 30 anniversary
To celebrates its 30th anniversary Le Cirque Eclair invites you to a cool party full of concerts and fun! The party will take place this Saturday (October 27) and the lineup will include CIE MOHEIN (Eastern European music), Le Roi Rogomme (Punk). For more info click here.
When: October 27, starting 19:30 Where:65 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux, 33100 Bordeaux
An organ and accordion concert in Basilique Saint Michel
Christophe d’Alessandro (Organ) and Olivier Innocenti (Accordion) will perform at the Basilique Saint Michel this Sunday (October 28) at 17:00. Ticket price is 15€ and free for kids under 12 years old. For more info click here.
When: October 28, at 17:00 Where: Basilique Saint Michel, 33000 Bordeaux