This list of things to do includes many events and activities taking place in and around Bordeaux. But for many people, summer is a time to just relax and enjoy the city. So I also added some indoor places you could visit to just feel Bordeaux’s summer spirit while you run away from direct sunlight (preferably into some AC). Let’s get started!

Open Air 

The third part of the Bordeaux Open Air festival will take place on August 12 in Parc Palmer and will include a lineup of three djs. 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.

See more info about the event on their facebook page.

When:  August 12
Where: Parc Palmer, 33150 Cenon

Have a picnic in one of Bordeaux’s beautiful parks

If you want to enjoy those summer days in a French way, do what locals really love to do – have a picnic. Get your bottle of rosé and some baguette and fromage and head to one of Bordeaux’s parks or gardens. It’s also a nice way to discover the city as many fine spots are located outside of Bordeaux’s center. If you want to know where are all the best places for a picnic and where to buy your snacks around them check out my list of all the best green spots in the city.

Parc Rivière in Bordeaux
Parc Rivière

Go for a concert and a beer on the board of the river

Drink, dance and listen to live music on the banks of the Garonne river at the la Guinguette chez Alriq, a tavern located in the Bastide neighborhood. This entertaining place, opens up only for the summer, hosts musicians from all around the world with daily concerts from Thursday to Sunday. The Bordealaise  band, Le Festin, will take the stage this Saturday evening (August 11). For more detail click here

Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, Bordeaux

Dance on the Quai 

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing styles like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities are guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events are taking place on the quai almost daily until August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  until August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

If you stay with kids in Bordeaux, this is your last opportunity to enjoy the Quai des Sports, a series of sportive events and activities for kids that have been taking place since mid July at the Parc des sports Saint Michel. The program is rich and includes all kind of sports form fitness and beach volleyball to yoga and meditation. The last day will take place on August 12.  Check the full program here.

When: until August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

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 this summer. The next event will take place this Saturday (August 11) at the Ponton Yves Parlier on the right side of the river. For more details click here.

When:  August 11, from 6pm
Where: Ponton Yves Parlier

All you can eat BBQ on the rooftop of mama shelter

The rooftop of Mama Shelter is one of the best places for a drink during the hot Bordelaise summer nights. If you’re having a carnivore mood this weekend, join Mama Shelter for their Sunday ‘all you can eat’ BBQ. Take a look at the menu and all the details on the facebook page of the event.

When:  August 12, from 12-16
Where: 19, RUE POQUELIN MOLIERE, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Musicalarue

The Musicalarue is a big music festival that will take place in Luxey (about an hour drive from Bordeaux) on the weekend of August 10-12.  The lineup includes a very long list of artists and bands, including some big names such as Shaka Ponk, Gaël Faure and Matmatah – to see the full program click here. For more info and tickets check out the facebook page of the festival.

When:  August 10-12
Where: Les Cigales – 273 rue des écoles, 40430 Luxey, Aquitaine

La Bataille de Castillon

La Bataille de Castillon is a battle reenactment festival running during more than 10 evenings in 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 the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions and workshops of medieval art and more. For more info and tickets check out here and here.


When: Until August 25
Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE


Few indoor ideas if it gets too hot:

Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux. The exhibition follows the evolution of street art from the 80s until today and presents different art styles from graffiti, to video art, vitrage paintings, works on wood, fabric and much more. This is a must for any street art lover.

For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.

When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Luminopolis at Cap Sciences

This is the last chance to see the Luminopolis exhibition that has been running since June 2017 at Cap Sciences.  Luminopolis is a light exposition structured as an Escape game where you need to answer questions about light in order to get out. The exhibition is a perfect activity if you come to Bordeaux with kids (over 6 years old) and will be presented in the museum until the end of the month, price ticket is 8 euros. See more info here.

Cap-Sciences Bordeaux
credit: Cap-Sciences Bordeaux
Address: Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

Have a drink at the covered market of Bacalan

This impressive 950m2 hangar is located just in front of the famous Cité du vin and hosts 23 different artisans and traders that were chosen for the quality of their products (85% of which are produced in the South-West region of France). The fact that it’s a covered market with a great selection of food and drink stands makes it great place to hide from the sun.

Address: 149 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux

For more indoor activities in Bordeaux check out my list of things to do when it’s raining. While it’s not the same kind of weather, both require an indoor place where you can still enjoy what Bordeaux has to offer.


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Do you have other events to add to the list? Please share them in the comments so all of us can enjoy them 🙂

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in August 2018.

Have a great weekend!


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