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This is the long Easter (Paque) weekend in France and so a big part of the weekend list will be dedicated to treasure hunts in beautiful locations around Bordeaux. If you’re not into that, you have plenty of art and the big Brocante of Bordeaux starting this weekend. Let’s dig in!

Treasure Hunt on Pâques Weekend

The long weekend of Easter is always full of great activities for families. Egg hunting, visiting beautiful chateaux and chocolate workshops are only some of the activities you could do this weekend. Here’s a very comprehensive list of Easter related events taking place this weekend around Bordeaux.

Miroir d’eau

Citizenkid organizes two days of treasure hunts in one of the most popular places in Bordeaux, le Miroir d’eau. It will take place on Sunday and Monday (April 21-22) with three sessions each day. The game is for kids under 12 years old and prior registration is required. For more info click here.

Kfé Des Familles

One of the traditional treasure hunts in Bordeaux, organized by Kfe des Familles, will take place this Saturday (April 20). The kids will be divided into several groups according to their age and will try to find the treasures around la Place Buscaillet in the Bacalan neighborhood. The places are limited so come early to register. For more details click here.

Lormont

Parc de l’Ermitage in Lormont will host a free treasure hunt on Monday (April 22). The event will end with a snack at the ferme des Iris. The event is for kids older than 8 years old. For reservations click here.

Château de Vayres

A great event for the whole family will take place this weekend (April 20-21) at Château de Vayres. The program includes a visit to the chateau, chocolate tastings, games for the little ones and a big treasure hunt for the whole family. For more details click here.

Where:  63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres

Saint Emilion

This Sunday (April 21) the tourist office in Saint Emilion will organize two treasure hunts. One will start at 10:00 at Tour du Roy in Saint Emilion and the second one at 14:00 at the Jardin de la Lamproie in Sainte-Terre. The activities are free.  for more info click here.

Écomusée de Marquèze

This weekend (April 21-22) the Écomusée de Marquèze, in Landes de Gascogne organizes a fun Easter day that will include a big treasure hunt for the whole family and concerts of Gascony music. For more details click here.

Where: route de la gare, 40630 Sabres

Château de Villandraut

The magical chateau of Villandraut will host two treasure hunts on Monday (April 22). The first one will start at 14:00 for kids 7-12 years old. The second one is for the little ones (less than 7 years old) and will take place at 16:30. Both require prior reservations, for details click here.

Château de Portets

Château de Portets in the Graves region celebrates Easter this Saturday (April 20) with a big treasure hunt, games for kids and wine and chocolate tastings. For the full program click here

Where: Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets.

Château Soutard

one of the most visited chateaux in Saint Emilion will host a treasure hunt on Monday (April 22) at 15:30. For more details click here.

Where: Soutard, 33330 Saint-Émilion

Printemps de la Forêt du Bourgailh

Like every year, the city of Pessac invites you to celebrate spring at the Forêt du Bourgailh. The event, that will take place on April 20-21, will revolve around nature and gardening, with a plants market, a crafts market, guided visits at the beehives and more. This is also an opportunity to see all the new park facilities. See the full program here and more details here.

Foret du Bourgailh in Pessac

Forêt du Bourgailh – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 20-21/ Where: 160 avenue de Beutre, 33600 Pessac

Territoires Sauvages – Nature festival

Territoires Sauvages is a nature festival that will take place at the Réserve Ornithologique du Teich on April 19-22. 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 21). For more info click here.

When: April 19 –22/ Where: Devant la réserve ornithologique du Teich, Rue du Port, 33470 Le Teich

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. The merchants are very nice and are open to negotiations. The brocante is taking place from April 19 to May 5. For more info and the list of exhibitors click here.

brocante Bordeaux
Brocante in Bordeaux – by Lost in Bordeaux
When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Wine and Ham Fair

This year you won’t be hungry at the Brocante of Bordeaux as it will be accompanied by la Foire aux Jambons & vins (wine and ham fair). The fair will take place at the Place des Quinconces from April 19 to May 5.

When: April 19 – May 5 / Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Semaine de l’art 2019

An art week is taking place on April 12-20 at the Abbaye de Verneuil in the médoc region. Six artists (a sculptor, a photographer, a graphic designer and more) present their exhibitions at the abbey. The evening program includes plenty of concerts. For tickets and more info click here.

When: April 12-20 / Where: 2 Place Saint-Pierre, 33180 Vertheuil

Vernissage exposition Forêt

A new exhibition will be presented at the Groupe des Cinq cultural center from April 19 to June 14. Six artists will present their works, with forest-related themes. The vernissage will take place this Friday (April 19). For more info click here.

When: April 19 / Where: 121 avenue Alsace Lorraine, 33200 Bordeaux, France

Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival

The 29th edition of the “traveling photographers routes” festival is taking place on April 2-28. 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. Get the full list of all artists and more info about the event here.

When: April 2 -28 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux (see program)

Swing Party

A swing concert and party will take place this Friday (April 19) at the Quartier Libre club in Saint Michel. It will start with a swing lesson at 20:00 and continue with a Hot Swing Sextet concert. For more info click here.

When: April 19, at 20:00 / Where: 30 rue des Vignes, 33800 Bordeaux

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This weekend Bordeaux hosts the big foodies festival, S.O. good. It’s also a good weekend to be heading to Bassin d’Archachon where two interesting festivals are about to take place: the Geek festival and the Gees Festival (they kind of sound the same, now that I think of it :)). Darwin is always a perfect solution for the weekend and this time they are hosting an organic wine market. Other events this weekend include a piano festival, Cirque du Soleil shows, a literature festival, concerts, exhibitions and more. The list is long so let’s get started on things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 16-18):

S.O. Good Festival

This is one of the biggest events to take place during fall in Bordeaux. The S.O Good festival is a gastronomic happening that aims to highlight the talent found in the Nouvelle Aquitaine gastronomic scene and to celebrate local products. The event will take place at Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 16-18. The festival’s program includes more than 100 local producers hosted by the Hangar, many chef workshops in the city center, a night feast on Saturday and a farmers’ brunch on Sunday. This festival is not exclusively French, the opening event in Palais de la Bourse will be dedicated to Italian cuisine. This is one of the most important culinary events in the region and many Michelin star chefs are taking part in it. The price of the festival pass is 12€ and 10€ on pre-sale. For tickets and the full program click here.

When: November 16-18
Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Organic Wine Market in Darwin 

Les Barriquades is the biggest market of bio wines in the region, an event that will take place this weekend (November 17-18) in Darwin. On the menu, a huge selection of organic wines  from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Jurançon and other regions in France such as Alsace, Fitou, Minervois and more. The entry is free. For more info click here.

When: November 17-18
Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Piano Festival

The 9th edition of the Festival L’esprit du Piano is currently taking place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux (until November  26). This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists like Chick Corea, Yefim Bronfman, Deszo Ranki and Bertrand Chamayou and others, some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. One of the biggest names to take the stage of the Auditorium is the Jazz legend, Abdullah Ibrahim. See the program of the festival here and info about tickets here.

When: November 9-26
Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33 000 Bordeaux

Cirque du Soleil 

The magnificent Cirque du Soleil are coming to Bordeaux with the show, Ovo, a tale about insects with original music and beautiful new costumes. The circus will give six shows on November 14-18 at the Arkea Arena in Floriac. For tickets click here and for more info about the show look here.

When: November 14-18
Where:  Arkéa Arena, 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac.

Bassin Geek Festival

If you enjoyed the Bordeaux Geek Festival a few months ago, it’s time for the winter edition with the Bassin Geek Festival. The program includes all the things the geek community loves:  comics, sci-fi, web culture, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries and more. The festival will take place at the Parc des Expositions de La Teste De Buch on November 17-18. Check out the full program and all the details here  and ticket prices here.

When: November 17-18
Where: 940 Avenue de l’Europe. 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Burdigame Games Festival 

Come share your passion for games at the annual Burdigame Games Festival taking place this weekend (November 17-18) in Lormont. Cooperative , construction, board and outdoor games, this festival has it all. It’s a chance for you to discover new games and to get nostalgic with old childhood games. Entry is 2 € and the family pass is 4 €.For more info click here.
When: November 17-18
Where: Pôle Brassens Camus, Rue des Gravières 33310 Lormont

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du monde, will take place on November 16-25 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 around the world, from Yemen to Syria, Spain and Haiti. For the full program click here and for more details here.

Mollat book store Bordeaux

When: November 16-25
Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

Bordeaux Cata Raid 2018

The 6th edition of the the Catamaran race will take place this weekend (November 16-18) in the Garonne river, just next to the central quais. This beautiful event, organized by the les Marins de la Lune club include 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 16-18
Where: starts at 103 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux, France

Geese Festival

Every winter more than 50,000 gees find refuge in the Arcachon area. The gees festival (Festival de la Bernache), taking place on November 17- 25, gives you a unique opportunity to discover this species in a festive atmosphere.  In the program: boat trips, guided tours, conferences, concerts, workshops on comics creation, photo exhibition and more. The activities of the festival will be held in different places on the Bassin, among them: Gujan-Mestras, Andernos-les-Bains, Arès, Lanton, Arcachon, La Teste-de-Buch and more. Don’t forget to reserve a spot for the different activities here. For more info click here.

When: November 17-25
Where: Different places on the Bassin d’Arcachon

L’Arche de Noël – creators market

L’Arche de Noël is a creators market taking place in the Chartrons neighborhood every weekend until Christmas (December 22-23 is the last event). Each week a group of local talented craftsmen and artists will present their original creations. This weekend (November 17-18) the stands will include jewelry, kids toys and clothes, textiles, bags and more.

See more details here.

When: November 17-18
Where: 23 Rue Minvielle, 33000 Bordeaux

Second hand toys market

If you are planning to travel in the South of Gironde, stop by the charming village of  Villandraut, where a second hand market for toys will take place this Saturday (November 17). For more info click here.

When: November 17
Where: Salle Des Fetes, 1 Place Paul Dunesme, 33730 Villandraut

Kids books and comics festival 

The annual kids books and comics festival will take place this Saturday (November 18) at the Halles de Gascogne in Leognan. More than 3000 books will be presented at the event which  also includes spectacles, activities for kids, games and more. Many authors and editors will take part in the event and will sign books. See the full program here. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.

When: November 17
Where: Place Joane, 1 Rue Louise Michel, 33850 Léognan

Arrested Development at the Rocher de Palmer

Arrested Development, a hip hop group that gained world popularity in the 90th with its hit “People Everyday” will take the stage of Rocher Palmer this Sunday (November 18 at 20:30). Tickets range between 23 € and 28 € – click here for more info and tickets.

When: November 18 at 20:30
Where: 1 Rue Aristide Briand, 33152 Cenon

Open Stage at the Grande Poste

This Saturday (November 17) the Grande Poste will host professional and amateur musicians, comedians and dancers for an open stage evening. Come and enjoy an evening of music and fun around drinks and a piano. The event is free and open for all. For more info click here.

When: November 17 starting 21:00
Where: 7 Rue du Palais Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux

Kaléidoscope – Street art exhibition

One of my favorite art venues in Bordeaux, l’Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, is about to open a new art exhibition this month. The Kaléidoscope exhibition is all about feminine art, hosting nine female street artists to present their works in a genre that is usually considered more masculine. The exhibition will be presented until February 17. For more info click here and here

When: November 13- February 17
Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Exposition 3/1 – Espace Saint-Rémi

La Spirale association invites you to a collective exhibition by three local artists: Magalie Darsouze (visual artist), Benjamin Monteil (engraver) and Chris Pillot (painter). The exhibition will be presented at the beautiful Espace Saint-Rémi on November 7-17. The entrance is free. See more info here.

When: November 7-17
Where: 4 rue Jouannet à Bordeaux

 

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in November 2018.

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Until just recently many expatriates were struggling to find something fun to do on Halloween, whether it be a costume party to attend to or just fun activities for kids. Luckily it looks like the French are getting into the Halloween spirit! You can see plenty of Halloween decorations in many shops and bakeries as early as September.  There are some amazing events for everyone, from parties in Chateaux to creative workshops and horror parties. This year, Halloween won’t be boring, I can promise you that! In this post I gathered some of the best things to do this Halloween for kids and adults in and around Bordeaux. Enjoy 🙂

Zombie walk de Bordeaux

The Zombie Walk of Bordeaux is probably one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit. This year the walk, that will take place on October 27, will have the theme of  “White walkers” , which is a nice surprise for Game of Thrones fans (however all zombie costumes are welcomed). The event will start at 12:00 at the 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 [email protected]

When: October 27, at 12:00
Where: Espace du Marché des Quais, Bordeaux

Halloween in a Chateau

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 firework 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.

chateau de vayres halloween

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

Château de Villandraut

Chateau de Villandraut invites you to 4 days of Halloween celebrations, full of perfect activities and games for kids. The event will take place on October 30- November 2. Just to give you a taste of the long program of this event: a decoration workshop for kids (7-12 year olds), a murder party, Game of Crowns, masks creation workshop, scary story telling and much more. All the activities require prior registration by phone:  05.56.25.87.57 . The price is  3€ /day for most activities. For more info click here.

When: October 30 – November 2
Where: Rue Lafon Isore, 33730 Villandraut,

Celebrate it with kids

The Temple Halloween Party 

A very cool costume party will take place at the Temple gym in the Bastide neighborhood, with plenty of fun surprises like  dancing games, tombola, pinata and more. Don’t forget to bring a candy bucket and a bag of candy to share 🙂 Entries are by reservation only.   For further information and/or reservations, you can contact: [email protected] or 06.68.77.33.33. Check out the facebook page of the party.

halloween temple

When: October 31, at 18:00
Where: 3 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Halloween in Ferme Exotique

la Ferme Exotique in Cadaujac invites 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 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

Journée Halloween chez Youpi parc

Youpi Parc, the soft play center in Langon will host a Halloween day on October 31, with creative workshops for kids during the day and a big Halloween party in the evening with a special Halloween menu. See more details here.

When: October 31 from 10:00 to 22:30
Where:Lieu Dit Pied Mourteau, Monsieur Christophe Sery, 33210 Langon

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 will 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 parties in Bordeaux Bars and restaurants:

Darwin

Darwin will host a “Welcome to the Dark Side” Halloween party on October 31, with a rock and techno live music. Entrance is 15€, you can buy tickets online or at the entrance. For more info and tickets click here.

When: October 31 starting 19:00
Where: 87 quai des queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Horror Party in Mama Shelter

Especially for Halloween, Mama Shelter transforms into a horror movie. A Demonic DJ, scary atmosphere, a lot of cocktails and a costume contest (with prizes) will all be part of the horror party that will take place on October 31.  For more info click here.

When: October 31 starting 20:00
Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, 33000 Bordeaux,

Bar Brasserie Des Châteaux

Bar Brasserie Des Châteaux will host a Halloween party in Pessac on October 27, with a techno music lineup and costumes. For more info click here.

When: November 27, from 19:00
Where: 23 Place de la Vème République, 33600 Pessac

 

Hope my list of things to do in Halloween helped you choose a cool event in Bordeaux. Also if you have kids and you haven’t yet figured out what to do with them on school break, check out my list of 10 great activities for the upcoming fall break. ENJOY!!