As many people have left the city for school break, there aren’t as many events this weekend compared to the rest of March. But there are still a few nice things to do. My favorite one this weekend is the Vide-greniers des Bordelais with garage sales taking place all over the city. It looks like it’s going to be a rainy weekend so my article about what to do in Bordeaux when it’s raining is going to be quite useful. If the weather is nice you can always escape for a day trip to Arcachon, for that you can follow my new article about the best places to visit on the Arcachon Bay. If you want to see what else is taking place this month don’t forget to read my March list. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 28 – March 1).
Vide-greniers des Bordelais
One of my favorite things to do in France is to wander around vide greniers (the French version of a garage sale) discover what French people hold in their homes and buy a lot of stuff I don’t really need at ridiculously low prices. On March 1st, more than 20 vide-greniers will take place all over the city. Check out the list of all the locations here.
When: March 1st / Where: different locations (see the link)
Go to one of Bordeaux’s museums – it’s free Sunday
It’s the first Sunday of the month meaning that many of Bordeaux’s museums have free entrance to all their exhibitions. Bordeaux has a great variety of museums, from street art to science and history, just choose one from my list of museums in Bordeaux. In my article, I also mention which are the free ones this Sunday.
Foire aux Plaisirs
The spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair 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.
When: February 21 to March 23 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux
Activities for kids during school break
During the two weeks of the school break, Cap Sciences, Bordeaux’s science museum is running plenty of activities and exhibitions for kids, and this weekend is no exception. You can see the full program here.
When: the school break / Where: Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Mama’s night out – Carnaval
This Friday (February 28) Mama shelter will host its own carnival with a strong Latino atmosphere. For more info click here.
When: February 28 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux
FIMEB : Circuit Court • Darwin
This Saturday (February 29) Darwin will host an electronic party with a line up of DJs from different local collectives like the Bordeaux Open-air and the Electrocorp. The party will start at 18:00, no entries are allowed after 23:00. For more details click here.
When: February 29, starting 18:00 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
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
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
Carnaval de Bergerac
Like Bordeaux, Bergerac also likes celebrating its carnival. Le Carnaval de Bergerac will take place on March 1st at place de la République. For more details click here.
When: March 1 / Where: 97 Rue Neuve d’Argenson, 24100 Bergerac
Pintxo Gaua is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. Finish your week this Friday (February 28) with Pintxos, some wine and a DJ set. For more info click here.
When: February 28 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux
Matth Velvet – expo at the Institut Bernard Magrez
Matth Velvet, a talented street artist that lives and works in Bordeaux, presents his beautiful works at the Institute Bernard Magrez, some of which you may have seen on building walls in the city. The exhibition is being presented at the museum from January 23 to March 23. For more details about the artist see here.
When: January 23 – March 23 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux
Afrique, Savane Sauvage – New Exhibition
The museum of natural history in Bordeaux has presented its new temporary exhibition for 2020 – Africa, wild Savannah. The new exhibition focuses on different aspects of the relationships between animals in the African Savanna, from the food chain to their coexistence, seasonal migration and survival strategies. It’s a very fun and interactive exhibition that both kids and adults will love. The exhibition will be presented until December 31, 2020. For more info click here.
When: February 4 – December 31 / Where: 5 Place Bardineau, 33000 Bordeaux (in Jardin Public)
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 takes place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.
When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux
Go to a Jazz concert
Winter is a perfect time to discover some Jazz bars in Bordeaux and one of the best ones is Thélonious in Chartrons. This weekend (February 28-29) two Jazz concerts will take place in the bar. See the program and all the details here.
When: February 28-29 / Where: 18 Rue Bourbon, 33000 Bordeaux
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