This month I’m a bit late with my monthly list, but since there are so many fun things to do in September I decided to publish it anyway. After a long year without events, many of Bordeaux’s most entertaining events are back this year, among them are the Arts Mêlés festival and the dance festival of Arcachon, and many more. Just a reminder, following the governments’ announcement, many of these events will require you to show your Pass Sanitaire.

If events are not your cup of tea and you just want to explore Bordeaux and its surroundings, follow my list of the 50 best things to do in Bordeaux. Also, don’t forget that every Friday I send more events suggestions and ideas for the weekend through my email list. 

Now let’s start with all the events and fun things you can do in Bordeaux in September 2021.

Festival Teste à Têtes

The Teste à Têtes festival, organized by the circus school Komonò Circus, will take place on September 10-12 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 10-12 / Where: Different locations in La Teste de Buch, see the program.

The mediaval festival of Bouliac

Every year, Bouliac, one of Bordeaux’s suburbs, organizes a fun medieval celebration full of art, games, and amazing costumes. This year the festival will take place on September 11-12. Check out all the details here

When: September 11-12 / Where: Rue de l’Esplanade, 33270 Bouliac, France

La Morue est dans la plage

Bègles is celebrating its main product, the Morue (codfish), with a fun two days of live shows, activities for kids, and lots of food. The festival will take place on the beach of Bègles on September 10-11. See more details here.

When: September 10-11 / Where: Begles Plage

Fête de la Navigation

Fête de la Navigation is an annual navigation celebration taking place on September 11-12 in Lacanau. The program includes navigation-related workshops, guided tours, workshops for kids, and more. For more info click here

When: September 11-12 / Where: Voile Lacanau Guyenne, 24 Allée du Club de Voile, 33680 Lacanau

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 18-19, many public and private places will open their doors and allow you to peek 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, the Grosse Cloche, and many more. You can see the full list of the places that will be open to visits here.

Opera house of Bordeaux
The Opera house of Bordeaux

You can also see the program all over France here

When: September 18-19 / Where: Many places across the city, check out the program above.

Grands Crus Weekend

The Grands Crus weekend is an event organized by the Union des Grands Crus (the regional wine classification). The idea is to create an international meeting of wine lovers with wine tasting from over 110 Grand Crus chateaux. The event will take place on September 17-19. Read more about the event and the full program here and here

When: September 17-19 / Where: Hangar 14 in Bordeaux and different chateaux (check out the program)

 Summer Rock in Bouliac

The annual “Bouliac on the Rock” event will take place this year on September 18. 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 18 / Where: Parking du stade, Bouliac

Festival Cadences d’Arcachon

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 22-26, for the full program click here, and see more info here.

When: September 22-26 / Where: Arcachon

ODP Music Festival in Peixotto

ODP is an annual music festival taking place in Parc Peixotto in Talence. This year the festival will take place on September 23-26. That’s one of the best music festivals in Bordeaux metropole and always has a great lineup. For more details and tickets go to the festival’s website and their Facebook page.

Festival Arts Mêlés

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 25-26. Check out the full program here

When: September 25-26 / Where: Different locations in the center of Eysines

Go for a drink in one of Bordeaux’s summer bars

Many of the outdoor bars of Bordeaux are still open this month and many of them have fun musical programs over the weekend. Don’t miss the last month of a proper Bordolais summer! Check out the list of the best summer bars in Bordeaux.

See the new exhibition: Monet, Renoir… Chagall, Voyages en Méditerranée

Last summer Les Bassins de Lumières (Base sous-marine) invited us to see one of the best cultural experiences to ever arrive in Bordeaux, the Klimt exhibition. This year they are doing it again with Monet, Renoir, Chagall, and others. The exhibition is taking place from May 19 to January 2nd. You must book your tickets in advance. 

When: Until January 2, 2022 / Where: 284 Boulevard Alfred Daney, 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 of locals escaping the more touristy rive gauche and coming 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

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

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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