This is the first long weekend in the French long weekends month, aka les ponts du mois de mai. The biggest even this weekend is the Open doors in Saint-Emilion, as it gives you the opportunity to visit some of the top châteaux in the Bordeaux wine region. If you want to stay in town, there are plenty of things to do without ever taking the tram: les Vivres de l’Art are celebrating their 10th anniversary, the great Brocante of Bordeaux is back and much more.
Here is the list of things to do this long weekend in Bordeaux (April 27-May 1):
Festivals, Salons and Special events
Open doors in Saint-Emilion
An open doors weekend will take place on April 29 to May 1 at Saint-Emilion where 84 chateaux will hold open door events and will propose different activities to the visitors. Some châteaux (such as Château Fleur Cardinale) will start their open doors weekend April 28.
On the event website you can see the participating châteaux , the activities and the wine tasting proposed for that weekend – see more info.
When: April 28 – May 1
Brocante des Quinconces
The big brocante of Bordeaux is hosted twice a year at place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants and craftsmen. The 100th edition of the brocante has started on April 20 and will continue until May 8.
When: April 20 – May 8
Where: Place des Quinconces
Les Vivres de l’Art avec 5 sens – 50h à Vivre
To celebrate their 10 year anniversary Les Vivres de l’Art, in the Bacalan neighborhood, will hold a weekend full of cultural experiences that will stimulate all your senses. In the program: cultural events, concerts, expositions, conferences, ateliers visits, circus workshop for kids and more. If you still haven’t had the opportunity to visit this incredible place, don’t miss the chance to do it now. The 50h à Vivre will take place from April 29 at 16:00 to May 1 at 18:00, the entrance is free.
To see the full program, check out the program of the event.
When: April 29- May 1
Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux
Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais
la Fête de l’Asperge du Blayais in Etauliers , that will take place on April 28-29, 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).
See the full program.
When: April 28-29
Where: Place principale, 33820 Etauliers
Spring Market in Lormont
The spring market is an annual festive event organized by several associations in Lormont. Besides bio products, you will find stands of local crafts, plants and more. The event will include food stands and tastings of local specialties and will be accompanied by different musical shows. It’s your chance to discover this little town on the bank of the Garonne.
When: April 28
Where: Place Aristide Briand 33310 Lormont
Le Projet Télephone
Le Projet Télephone is a cross-cultural/cross-genre game of telephone featuring International and French artists living in Bordeaux. In September of 2017, a proverb was picked from a hat, and used as an initial inspiration for the first artist, who had two weeks to create something in their genre before passing it along. Seven months later, artists from nine different countries representing 10 different art forms have participated. Follow the proverb from writer to flamenco dancer to DJ to illustrator to songwriter to costume designer to theater company to filmmaker to painter and toast with the creation from the final artist, a mixologist when the proverb is revealed. Le Projet Telephone will be performed on April 29 at 9pm at Les Vivres de l’Art. Admission is free. Arrive early to get a seat.
For more info check out the facebook page of the event.
When: April 29, 9pm
Where: 4 Rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux
Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs – photography festival
This is your last chance to see this amazing photography exhibition, the “travelling photographers routes” which has been running this months in several locations across the city and will end on April 29. During the whole month, 17 photography expositions have been presented in the main cultural institutions of the city such as 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.
Expolaroid- instant photography month
The Volcan is a new place in the Bacalan neighborhood dedicated to alternative art and culture. Starting April 27 they will hold a Polaroid exhibition that includes a long list of photographers.
For more details check out their facebook page.
When: April 27
Where: 72 rue Bourbon, 33300 Bordeaux, France
Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design
Le musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design will present the works of the designer Martin Szekely at the new exposition space, behind hôtel de Lalande (the house of the museum). This is an opportunity to discover the variety of works of the artist, gathered around the theme of construction. The exhibition will be presented in the museum from April 26 to September 16.
For more info.
When: April 26 – September 16
Where: 39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
Street Color at Institut Bernard Magrez
An extensive street are exhibition will be presented from April 5 to June 24 at the Institut Bernard Magrez. The expo will include some well known street artists (mostly French ones), such as MAD C (GER), Seth (FRA), d’Alexöne (FRA) and more. This institute is a historic monument dated to the 18th century, so the combination of an ancient chateau with street art will most certainly add to the atmosphere of the exposition.
Address: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
Open doors for kids in Château Cormeil-Figeac
During the four days of the open doors weekend in Saint-Emilion, Château Cormeil-Figeac proposes a free activity for kids and their families. The event that will take place between April 28 and May 2 provides the future wine lovers the opportunity to get familiar with the wine production world. The parents will also benefit as they will be invited to taste two types of wine.
For more detail see the site of the chateau.
When: April 28- May 2 ( from 1oam-12am and from 2 pm to 7 pm).
Where: Château Cormeil-Figeac, 3 Cormeil, 33330 Saint-Émilion
Le Printemps de Caudéran
When: April 28- 29
Where: Bordelais (parc), rue du Bocage 33000 Bordeaux
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