After quite a sleepy August in our region, September seems to welcome back many of the events the region is known for. This September you can visit many wineries at open door weekends, go to a dance festival, a street arts festival, discover the heritage of the region and more. 

Due to COVID-19 many events are going to be in a modified format so make sure to always click on the links I add to the description of every event before going there. And most importantly don’t forget to put on a mask and keep the necessary distance from other people. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in September 2020.

Go see the amazing Gustave Klimt exhibition – D’or et de couleurs

If you still haven’t seen the long-awaited Gustave Klimt exhibition at the Bassins de Lumières (previously known as the Base sous-marine), it’s time to finally dedicate a day for that 🙂 . This is one of the most stunning exhibitions to ever arrive in Bordeaux and a visit there is a must! Whereas previously the quays of the Base sous-marine were used only to access the exhibition, this time all four pools, the quais, and the bridges are all used to screen the animated paintings of Klimt and his friends in the Vienna Secession movement. The result is mesmerizing! Important information: tickets must be bought in advance (here’s the link) and masks are obligatory. 

When: until January 3, 2021  / Where: Impasse Brown de Colstoun, 33300 Bordeaux

Dance at la Guinguette chez Alriq

La Guinguette chez Alriq is a tavern in the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. During the summer the place is full with locals who escape the more touristy rive gauche and come to enjoy live concerts on the river bank. The Guinguette is open from Thursday to Sunday. For the concerts program of September click here.

When: every weekend during September / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Portes Ouvertes de l’Appellation Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

The first weekend of September (September 5-6) the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux appellation will host its annual open doors event. The chateaux of this small appellation welcome you to a weekend of guided tours, tastings, and wine-related activities. For all the details click here.  

When: September 5-6 / Where: chateaux of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

Festival Teste à Têtes

Teste à Têtes festival, organized by the circus school Komonò Circus, will take place this weekend (Sept 4-6) in La Teste de Buch. For three days you can enjoy plenty of activities dedicated to street arts and music concerts. For more details click here.

When: September 4-6 / Where: Different locations in La Teste de Buch, see the program.

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival all dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on September 6-13 in Cinéma Utopia. For the full program and all the details click here.

When: September 6-13 / Where: 5 Place Camille Jullian, 33000 Bordeaux

The Big Scooter Race

The Nire Laguna Thomas association organized a wonderful event to help raise funds for research on pediatric cancer. A kid’s scooter race will take place on September 12 on the Quai of Bordeaux, starting from la Maison Eco-citoyenne. The race is open to kids age 5 -10 years old, register here.

When:  September 12 10:30 to 16:30 / Where: la Maison Eco-citoyenne , 33000 Bordeaux

Open doors in Médoc

Like many other events in the region, the famous open doors event in the chateaux of Medoc that was scheduled to take place in April had to be postponed. This month (September 12-13) the event is finally taking place and I really recommend dedicating it at least one full day. During the weekend of the open door event, 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 12-13 / Where:  different locations (see the site)

Fête de la Navigation

Fête de la Navigation is an annual navigation celebration taking place on September 12-13 in Lacanau. The program includes navigation-related workshops, guided tours, workshops for kids, and more. For more info click here

When: September 12-13 / Where: Voile Lacanau Guyenne, 24 Allée du Club de Voile, 33680 Lacanau

Grand Marché BIO du Bourgailh

A big organic market will take place this Sunday (September 20) in the Bourgailh park in Pessac. This is a great park with one of the most beautiful playgrounds in Bordeaux so this can be a fun event for kids as well. For more info click here

When: September 20 / Where: 179 Avenue de Beutre , 33600 Pessac

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine

The European Heritage Days are a great opportunity to discover some of Bordeaux’s most beautiful and interesting buildings. During the weekend of September 19-20, many public and private edifices will open their doors to the public and allow you to peak into parts of this city’s history otherwise hidden from our daily view. Some of the most interesting places to visit during the weekend are the Opera of Bordeaux, Grosse Cloche, and many more. You can see the full list of the places that will be open to visits here.

When: September 19-20 / Where: Many places across the city, check out the program above.

 Summer Rock in Bouliac

The annual “Bouliac on the Rock” event will take place this year on  September 19. The program of the event includes an American car exhibition, a rock concert, a raffle, vinyl discs, and food stands. The festival is free, see more info here.

When:  September 19, starting at 11:00 / Where: Parking du stade, Bouliac

Festival Cadences d’Arcachon – the event has been canceled

Festival Cadence is a dance festival taking place every year in Arcachon. The program of the festival is known for its diversity including classic, contemporary, hip-hop, flamenco, and more. The festival will take place on September 25-27, for the full program click here, and see more info here

When: September 25-27 / Where: Arcachon

Festival Arts Mêlés – the event has been canceled

Arts Mêlés is a festival of magic and supernatural experiences organized by the town of Eysines. As always the program is full of magic shows, illusionists, acrobats, and more making it super fun for kids. The event is free and will take place on the weekend of September 26-27. Check out the full program here

When: September 26-27/ Where: Different locations in the center of Eysines

Enjoy Classical music under candle lights

During the last week of September (December 27-29) several classical music concerts will take place at Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux. The concerts however have a special twist to them, they are performed under candle lights. If you were looking for romantic ideas for September, this is your event. Tickets must be bought online in advance. For more details click here

When: September 27-29 / Where: Palais de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Classical music in the Cathedral 

During the last weekend (September 26-28) of September, Saint-André, the main Cathedral of Bordeaux will host several classical music concerts. You can see the full program here

When:  September 26-28 / Where: Place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux

Discover the markets of Gironde

September is a great market to discover some of the great markets of Gironde and taste local produce. Some of the best markets in Gironde are the big market of Bazas taking place every Saturday and the Sunday market in Bassens.  If you fancy a great Friday market, go to Libourne, where one of the best markets of Gironde is taking place weekly. A bit farther towards Dordogne you can explore one of the best markets in the region, the Saturday market in Sainte Foy la Grande. 

Here’s the list of the best markets in Bordeaux metropole

Finally, time to enjoy Arcachon again

September is probably the best month to visit Arcachon. It’s much less busy than during the summer but the weather is still perfect for a beach day. Arcachon is quite big, with a lot of beaches, villages, and natural gems to discover, so whether you’re into surfing, hiking, or oyster eating, you will find plenty of fun things to do there. To get some ideas of places to visit you can read my article about the best places to visit in Arcachon.

oysters in arcachon

Discover the most charming villages in Gironde

Bordeaux itself is a beautiful and lively city but some of the best architectural treasures are spread around Gironde. The biggest department in France has some of the most charming villages in the Southwest of France. Bastide towns with arched squares, medieval towns with narrow streets, historic chateaux, and citadels are all part of the incredible heritage of this region. In my article about the most beautiful villages in Gironde, I listed all my favorite villages around Bordeaux.  

Afrique, Savane Sauvage –  Exhibition

A beautiful exhibition of the wild Savannah in Africa is currently presented at the museum of natural history in Bordeaux. The temporary 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

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

If you’re looking for more ideas for day trips in the Bordeaux region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
The best beaches around Bordeaux
Day trips around Bordeaux – wine, beaches and villages 
10 day trips from Bordeaux by Public transport
A weekend in Medoc – Bordeaux wine tours
What to do and eat in Saint Emilion

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