The theme of this long weekend is obviously Halloween. France is slowly following the US, making this fun holiday their own so don’t be surprised if you hear kids nocking on your door asking for a trick or treat. Apart from Halloween parties there a street art festival in Pessac, a chocolate fair in Gradignan, a beer festival all over Bordeaux and more.
If you want to see what other events are happening in Bordeaux in the next few weeks visit my article about events taking place in Bordeaux in November. This week I also released an article about Chrismas markets in Bordeaux, if you missed it, you can readt it here.
Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (November 1-3)
Today’s list of events may seem shorter than usual but that’s just because many of the events are dedicated to Halloween and I gathered them in a separated article. So if you what to know what Halloween parties and events are taking place from October 31 to November 3 click here.
Vibrations Urbaines Festival in Pessac
This is the 22nd edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international BMX contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival is taking place from October 29 to November 3 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.
When: October 29 – November 3 / Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac
BLIB – the beer festival of Bordeaux
This is the 5th edition of Bordeaux’s beer festival taking place from October 29 to November 2. During the five days of the festival, you can attend and participate in plenty of activities around craft beer in cellars, bars, restaurants and breweries. The grand finale (November 2) of the festival will gather all the brewers in one event. Check out the facebook page of the event for more info.
When: October 29 to November 2 / Where: Different places in Bordeaux
Salon du Chocolat in Gradignan
This is the 10th edition of the Salon du Chocolat, a great event for chocolate lovers, where about thirty exhibitors will present their products to the public. The event is taking place this weekend (November 1-3) at the Salle du Solarium in Gradignan. Apart from chocolate stands the program includes a fashion show of dresses made of chocolate and workshops for kids. The Salon is organized by an association working with ill and disabled children and all funds raised will be used to carry out activities and treatments for these kids. A sweet event with a good cause! For more info click here.
When: November 1-3 / Where: Salle du Solarium, Chemin du Solarium, 33170 Gradignan
Citrouille et Compagnie
This Sunday (November 3) Forêt du Bourgailh in Pessac will host a pumpkin party where the resident gardeners will present plenty of different types of squash. This colorful event will get you into the cozy winter spirit :). For more info click here.
When: November 3 / Where: 160 avenue de Beutre, 33600 Pessac
Foire aux Plaisirs
This is the last weekend of Foire aux Plaisirs, taking place at Place des Quinconces until November 3. 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, candyfloss and more. See more info about the fair here.
When: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux
Marché des Producteurs
On Saturday (November 2) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more. For more info click here.
When: November 2 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux
La Raisin d’Or
La Raisin d’Or is a sportive event taking place every year in the vineyards of Sauternes. The event includes different sports activities from Nordic walking to Mountain biking. The goal of the event is to introduce people to this beautiful region and its chateaux through sports and fun activities. The event is taking place this weekend (November 2-3). For details about all the activities taking place that weekend in Sauternes click here.
When: November 2-3 / Where: Château Filhot, Route de Filhot, 33210 Sauternes
Free museums Sunday
Like in most cities in France, the first Sunday of the month is a free museum day. You have a free entrance to all the public museums and to most exhibitions. Check out the full list of museums in Bordeaux that you can visit for free this Sunday.
Très Toucher – an exhibition for kids
If you have little kids and you still haven’t been to the museum of natural history, it’s time to check it out. While the whole museum is beautifully designed and very interesting, the temporary exhibition is the most fun part for kids. The Très Toucher exhibition is dedicated to kids 3-6 old (although all ages will love it) and is focused on the sense of touch. Every section is an experience where kids get to touch different materials and discover textures with or without seeing them. It is very interactive and I highly recommend it. The exhibition will be presented until November 3rd so it’s your last chance to see it! The exhibition is on level (-1) of the museum so go straight down when you arrive. For more info click here.
When: Until November 3 / Where: 5 place Bardineau – 33000 Bordeaux
Le Règne des Dinosaures – an exhibition for kids
A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here.
When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat
Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.
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