This weekend is heaven for geeks, with three days of the Bordeaux Geek Festival taking place at the Parc des Expositions. But there are more great events for those staying in town, such as the ODP music festival in Talence, the European Museums Night and the Portuguese market. If you want to leave the city you have a Picnic at the Vineyards festival.
The program is very long as you can see, so let’s start. Here is the list of things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (May 18-21):
Festivals, Salons and Special events
Bordeaux Geek Festival
Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place May 19-21 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community 🙂 The BGF will bring together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. The festival will include four big contests with quite impressive awards: BGF E-Sport, BGF Awards, BGF Makers and BGF Comics. Check out the full program for these three days.
When: May 19-21
Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux
ODP Music Festival in Peixotto
This is the fourth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on May 18-20 in Park Peixotto, in the center of Talence. Here is a list of some of the acts that will perform at the festival: – NTM, alt-J, Ibeyi, Coeur de Pirate, BALOJI, Dätcha Mandala, Laurent Lamarca, Da silva officiel, Gauvain Sers, Les Négresses Vertes –
The prices go from 35€ to 45€ for a day ticket, 60€ to 70€ for a two days pass and 100 € for a 3 days pass – see tickets.
For more details and tickets go to the website of the festival and the facebook page.
When: May 18- 20
Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence
European Museums Night
This is the list of the participating museums:
When: May 19 – 6pm until midnight
Where: in all the museums listed above
Saint-Emilion by night
The European museums night event gives you a rare opportunity to discover Saint Emilion in a different way – a night tour. On May 19, the night watchman of Saint-Emilion will be waiting for you at Place du Clocher with a lantern in hand for a night discovery of the village. The guide will walk you through the narrow streets, tell you the history of the medieval city and take you to the famous underground monuments. For more info.
When: May 19 at 21:00
Where: Place Clocher, 33300 Saint- Emilion
Take your picnic to the Vineyard
Wine and picnics are two favorite French activities, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau, however this month you will have an opportunity to bring your own picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment.
Around 400 different wine domains are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend of May 19-21. More than 1000 activities are proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialty of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more.
There are 17 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area- See the list
To find a chateaux in other areas in France click HERE.
The places are limited so reserving a spot as soon as possible is recommended.
When: May 19-21
Go to a secret event at the Festival de Caves
Festival de Caves (Cellars festival) is an underground theater festival, gathering a small number of spectators in cellars and other underground places throughout the city. In Bordeaux, the festival will take place on May 16-27 and will run the whole month of May in different cities in France. So where are those city cellars we are talking about you ask? Well that’s the whole idea, these events are being kept secret and the locations will be revealed to those who reserved a spot only on the day of the show.
Check out the full program on the website of the event. For more details click here.
When: May 16-27
Where: locations are secret for now 🙂
How much: full price is 12€/ reduced price is 10€
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten days event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different information stands and activities. For example, a farm space with many animals and plants will be put in place and will provide interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region.
The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on May 12-21 in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.
When: May 12-19
Where: Parc des Expositions
How much: 8 euros/ 20 euros for a family pass ( at least 4 people).
Portuguese Art and Gastronomy Market
Musicians, artists and craftsmen, are coming to Cenon from the north of Portugal to introduce their culture during this three day festival. The program includes tasting of Portuguese local products, stands of traditional art, concerts and more. The event will take place May 18-20 in Domaine Du Loret and will include an area for kids. Check out the full program or the facebook page of the event.
When: May 18-20
Where: Domaine Du Loret, 33150 Cenon
Le Marché des créateurs
The 29th edition of the creators market (Marché des créateurs) will take place on May 18-19 at Place Camille Jullian (next to Utopia cinema). This market proposes a great variety of items giving everyone a chance to find something fitting their taste and budget: clothes, accessories, jewelry, decorations, kids accessories, toys and more. Just a few days before mother’s day, this will be the perfect place to look for creative, original and handmade gifts. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.
When: May 18-19
Where: Place Camille Jullian, 33000
Les Cogitations is a mocking art festival that will take place in the L’entrepot in Lehaillan on May 16-19. Check out the full list of the performers on the site of L’entrepot
When: May 16-19
Where: 13 rue Georges Clémenceau – Le Haillan
Last chance to see the Digital Abysses expo
If you still didn’t go to the incredible Base sous- Marine to see the currently running exhibition, this is your last chance. The Digital Abysses exhibition, by the digital artist Miguel Chevalier, will be presented until May 20, so hurry up. His fantastic work of art explores nature through underwater plants and wildlife. Combining the characteristics of this unique place with the interactive digital installations makes it a special experience.
See more details.
Address: Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux
Two new exhibitions of the artists Danh Vo and Daphné Le Sergent will be presented this week at the CAPC, Bordeaux’s museums of contemporary art. The vernissage will take place on May 19 at 6pm as a part of the Museums Night event and is open to the public and free. For more details check out the facebook page of the event.
When: May 19 – 6pm
Where: Entrepôt Lainé. 7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux, France
Pilleur de rêves- Philippe Mohlitz
Philippe Moritz is a engraving Bordelaise artist. The exhibition (2 March – 4 June 2018) takes place in the Musée des Beaux-Arts art in Bordeaux and includes about 40 works of the artist. For more info check out the site of the museum.
When: 2 March – 4 June 2018
Where: 20 cours d’Albret, 33 000 Bordeaux
Exhibition by Rodolphe Martinez
An exhibition of the artist Rodolphe Martinez about Venice takes place at Institut Bernard Magrez on May 10-20. Martinez has created around 40 pieces of art (paintings, designs, photographs and other mixed techniques) that is intended to describe his relationship with the city of Venice. See more info in the site of the museum.
When: May 10-20
Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
Florilège – Jardin Boutanique
La bibliothèque du Jardin Botanique invites you to discover their special collection of ancient plants from several European countries and the herbarium from its collections. The exhibition will run from May 15 to September 2. For more info.
When: May 15-September 2
Where: esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux
TIC TAC – Play with time
When: May 19 2pm – 7pm
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Les Chantiers de la Garonne
Les Chantiers de la Garonne, a perfect spot on the rive droite of the Garonne, where you can bury your feet in the sand and eat delicious food, is open for the summer. It seems like it’s going to be a sunny weekend and so a beach atmosphere, with a cold beer and an amazing view on Bordeaux seems like time well spent.
When: Wednesday to Friday (12-15 and 18:30- 23:30), Saturday (12-23:30), Sunday (12-19)
Where: Hangar 20 – Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
The royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is going to take place in England this Saturday (May 19). If you don’t want to miss out on one of the biggest events in the world this weekend, go and celebrate with the Brits at the House of Parliament. For more info check out the facebook page of the bar.
When: May 19-20
Where: 11, Rue du Parlement St Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux, France
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