What to do this weekend in Bordeaux (August 16-18)

This is the last weekend for one of Bordeaux’s most fun events, Dansons sur les Quais, so if you’re in a dancing mood, don’t let this one go by. There are plenty of other music events this weekend, such as the Musicalarue festival in Luxey, the Gypsy Jazz festival in Salle and the Bordeaux open air festival in Talence. If you’re travelling to Dordogne this weekend don’t miss my latest article about the best Kayaking and Canoeing places on the Dordogne river. You can also see what other events are taking place this month in Bordeaux in my article about the best things to do in August in Bordeaux.  Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (August 16-18).

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a big music festival taking place in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on August 15-17.  The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, including some big names such as Orelsan, Patti Smith and Patrick Bruel – to see the full program click here. For more info and tickets check out the facebook page of the festival.

When:  August 15-17 / Where: Les Cigales – 273 rue des écoles, 40430 Luxey, Aquitaine

The last weekend of Dance on the Quai

It’s your last chance to enjoy “Dansons sur les Quais” this summer. For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, Dansons sur les Quais is a series of free dancing classes and events, guided by professional dancers, taking place until August 18. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

Dansons sur les Quais Bordeaux
Kizomba at Dansons sur les Quais
When: until August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Caraïbos au Caraïbos Lacanau Pro

Le Caraïbos Lacanau Pro is one of the most famous events in the surfing world, taking place in Lacanau-Océan. Every year, professional surfers from around the world arrive to the region to participate in the Championship tour. Lacanao Pro is more than just a surfing competition it’s also a beach festival with plenty of activities, concerts, craft stands, sports, surfing lessons and more. The festival will take place from August 11 to August 17. For more info click here

When: August 11-17 /  Where: Lacanau-Océan

Bordeaux Open Air

Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (August 18) at Parc du Château des Arts in Talence. For more details click here.

When:  August 18 , starting 15:00 / Where:  Parc du Château des Arts, Talence

Gypsy Jazz Festival

The Gypsy Jazz Festival will take place this weekend (August 17-18) in Salles (about 30 minutes for Bordeaux). In the program, plenty of concerts by new artists and some better known ones. Check out more details and the full program here

When:  August 17-18 / Where: La cour du Parc du Château, Ville de Salles

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle lasting for more than 10 evenings during the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving around the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions, and workshops of medieval art and more. For more info and tickets click here.

When: July 19 – August 24 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE

Beau C’est Festival

Beau C’est Festival is a music and theater festival taking place this weekend (August 16-17) in Bosset, a little town close to Bergerac. See the full program and more details here

When:  August 16-17 / Where: Stade Municipal et Place du Platane 24130 BOSSET

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next events are taking place this weekend (August 16-17) at Place du Palais and at Ponton Yves Parlier in Bastide. For the lineup and more details click here and here.

When:  August 16-17 / Where: Place du Palais and Ponton Yves Parlier, 33000 Bordeaux

The summer pavilion on the right side of the river

Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighbourhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and family to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The next event will take place this weekend (August 16-17), for more details click here.

When:  August 16-17 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux

Mama’s Burger Party

The rooftop of Mama Shelter is one of the best places for a drink during the hot Bordelaise summer nights. This Sunday (August 18) Mama Shelter is hosting the Mama’s Burger Party. Check out the menu and details on the facebook page of the event.

When:  August 18, from 12-16 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn how to Tango

Every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. The next event will take place at la Grande Poste on August 18. See more details here

When:  August 18 at 16:00 / Where: 7 Rue du Palais Gallien, 33000 Bordeaux

Vide-grenier in Barsac

You can also use this weekend to find some nice stuff for your home. Basrac, a cute little town in the South of Gironde is hosting a vide grenier this weekend (August 17-18). For more details click here

When:  August 17-18 / Where: Port of Barsac

Enjoy Bordeaux with kids

Bordeaux is a very kids friendly city with plenty of activities and beautiful places you can visit with kids. If you want some ideas for family activities this weekend, check out my list of things to do with kids in and around Bordeaux.

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you should check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel in Bordeaux I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

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