This weekend the carnival season officially starts with carnivals all over Gironde. Another event you don’t want to miss is the international guides day with plenty of certified guides welcoming you to a free tour in places like Bordeaux, Arcachon and Cadillac. Happy news also for the kids, Foire aux Plaisirs, the traditional fair of Bordeaux will open up this Friday and will stay at Place des Quinconces for a whole month. If you want to plan your weekends ahead, check out my March list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 21-23).

Journée Internationale des Guides

This Friday (February 21) is the official International guides day which means that many of the wonderful accredited guides of the region will offer free tours in Bordeaux as well as in other interesting places like Arcachon, Saint Emilion and Cadillac. You can see more info about all the tours in Bordeaux that will take place on both Friday and Saturday in this link. For all the info about the free tours on Bassin d’Arcachon click here. Other tours include Saint Emilion, Libourne, and Cadillac
If you’re planning a day trip to one of these places here are my articles about things to do and eat in Arcachon and Saint Emilion.

place du parlement bordeaux
Place du Parlement
When: February 21-22 / Where: Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion, Libourne, Cadillac (see the links above)

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from February 21 to March 23. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, barbes à papa and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

Foire aux Plaisirs Bordeaux
Foire aux Plaisirs in Bordeaux
When: February 21 to March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Festival les Granadines Givrées 

Festival les Granadines Givrées is a great event for both kids and adults taking place over several days (February 22- 29) at La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc. The program of the festival includes plenty of fun activities like dance workshops, kids’ palace, musical theater, lectures for adults and more. For more details click here

When: February 22- 29 / Where: 39 Cours de Luze, 33300 Bordeaux

Ratatam – kids festival

The fourth edition of the Ratatam kids festival will take place at the Entrepôt du Haillan on February 18-23. The program includes concerts, animated movies, a painting contest, video games, meetings with cartoonists, a comics workshop and more. Check out the full program here.

When: February 18-23 / Where:  Entrepôt du Haillan, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo

The amazing Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Bordeaux once again with its new spectacle Corteo. Three shows will be performed on February 21-23 at the Arkea Arena. For tickets and more info about the show click here

When: February 21-23 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Carnaval de Pessac

As I already mentioned last weekend, the carnival season has officially started and this week in the Metropole, Pessac is the one hosting its Carnival. The Carnaval de Pessac will take place this Saturday (February 22) and will start at 18:00 at Château Bellegrave from where the parade will proceed to Place de la Ve République. For more info click here

When: February 22 / Where: château Bellegrave (avenue du Colonel Jacqui), Pessac

Carnaval Gujan Mestras

Another carnival is taking place this Saturday (February 22) in Gujan Mestras, one of the fun towns of Bassin d’Arcachon. Le Carnaval de Gujan Mestras will start with a makeup session at 14:30 at the Place de la Claire and that’s where the parade will leave from at 15:15. The parade will then arrive at Place de la Mairie for more fun activities. For more info click here.

 When: February 22, at 14:30 / Where: Place de la Claire, Gujan Mestras

The Cap Ferret Carnival

Another fun carnival will take place on Saturday (February 22) in Cap Ferret. The event will take place at Place du Marche at 14:00. For more info click here.

When: February 22, at 14:00 / Where: Place du marché, Cap Ferret

Carnaval de Langon

Last but not least, Langon is also celebrating its carnival this Saturday (February 22). The activities will start at 13:30 at Place des Carmes from where the parade will leave at 15:30. The celebrations will then continue at the Esplanade des Quais. For the full program click here and for more details see here

When: February 22, at 13:30 / Where: Place des Carmes, Langon

Les Véhicules de l’Amour

Les Véhicules de l’Amour is an exhibition by the artist Jonas Laclasse that takes you on a journey in ex-Yougoslavia combining graffiti and linguistics. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art from February 13 to February 29. For more details and other events taking place during the exhibition check out the Facebook page of the event

If you want to discover more places in this cool neighborhood check out my article about the Bacalan district.

When: February 13-29 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux

Carnaval Englouti – Exhibition

The big carnival of Bordeaux will take place on March 8 and this year the designer of the festival is the artist Guillaumit. Like every year, the organizers of the festival will let us see the design process of the costume in a special exhibition that will be presented several weeks prior to the carnival itself. This year the exhibition will take place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.

When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux

Carnaval de Bayonne

If you’re in a mood for traveling a bit in February, Bayonne is a good option as on February 22  the city will celebrate its annual carnival. This is a very traditional Basque festival with music and beautiful costumes. You can see more details about the event here.

If you’re traveling in the French Basque country check out my articles about things to do in Biarritz and my visit to Espelette.

When: February 22 / Where: Ville de Bayonne

That’s it for this weekend! I frequently post about weekend events on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, so be sure to check it out. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux – the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon

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