If this February is even slightly similar to last year, we might have some sunny and warm days coming soon. You can use the opportunity to discover the region! Visit some of the beautiful villages around Bordeaux, go eat oysters in Arcachon, or just spend one day in Bordeaux like a tourist.
In this article, I wanted to update you on some of the best events taking place in Bordeaux (and the region) in February. But if you need more ideas for fun things to do, here’s an article about the best things to do here in the winter.
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If it’s your first time in Bordeaux I recommend reading my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux and about the best districts in Bordeaux in case you’re still looking for accommodation.
The best things to do in Bordeaux in February 2023
Ratatam – kids festival
The fourth edition of the Ratatam kids festival will take place at the Entrepôt du Haillan from January 31 to February 5. 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: January 31 – February 5 / Where: Entrepôt du Haillan, Rue Georges Clemenceau, 33185 Le Haillan
Jumping International de Bordeaux
Jumping International de Bordeaux is a big riding equestrian event that includes competitions, spectacles, and a fun fair. The event will take place February 2 -5 in Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux. For more details click here.
When: February 2-5 / Where: Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux
The reopening of la Cité du Vin
The famous wine museum of Bordeaux, le Cite du Vin, is about to reopen after a month of extensive renovation. The new exhibition is supposed to be almost entirely different from the one presented at the museum since its opening in 2016. That means that even if you’ve already had the chance to visit the museum, it’s worth doing it again. The museum will reopen its doors on February 4th.
You can avoid the lines at the entrance by booking the tickets online – book here.
Party at Blonde Venus
The Blonde Venus is a fun space on the Bassin a Flot with plenty of cool events taking place on weekends. They organize everything from vintage markets to kids’ dance parties and DJ sets. A few of the events about to take place in February are A Cabaret party, a 90s dance party, Jazz concerts, and more. See the list of events here.
If you still haven’t found time to enjoy the winter sales yet, the first week of February is your last chance. Les soldes d’hiver are taking place until February 7.
Truffles market in Saint Emilion
Truffles are one of the most identified products of the Southwest of France. Usually, Dordogne is the one to take most of the credit when it comes to truffle markets, but Gironde is giving a fight. Every Saturday morning in February a truffles farmers market will take place at la Maison Espace Gaudet in Saint Emilion. See more info here.
Check out my article about what to do and see in Saint Emilion if you decide to go.
When: every Saturday in February/ Where: Maison Espace Gaude
A spa salon with representatives from 70 establishments will take place on February 3-4 in Hangar 14. The program includes different conferences on health and thermal medicine. For the full program click here.
When: February 3-4/ Where: Hangar 14, Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
Les Toiles Filantes – kids cinema festival
Les Toiles Filantes is a cinema festival allowing kids to discover cinema through screenings, meeting with people from the industry, new movie contests,s and more. The festival takes place at Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac from February 13-19. For more details see the website of the festival.
When: February 13-19/ Where: Pl. de la 5ème République, 33600 Pessac
Fête des Bœufs Gras
Bazas in the Southern part of Gironde is a beautiful town that attracts many people with its weekly market. But what Bazas is mostly known for is its Beef. Since 1283, the Thursday before Mardi Gras, the city of Bazas hosts the famous “Fête des Bœufs Gras” that celebrates the Bazas Beef. An Oxen parade takes place on the central streets of the town which will be judged by a jury of experts. The day ends with a banquet where you can taste the famous meat. The event will take place on February 16. See more details here.
When: February 16/ Where: The Center of Bazas
Fête des Boeufs Gras de Captieux
If you can’t make it to the big Fête des Boeufs in Bazas, go to celebrate the Bazas cattle on February 12 in Captieux. The festive event includes a parade, music, and a tasting of delicious meat. For info click here.
When: February 12 / Where: 33840 CAPTIEUX
Dali and Gaudi – Les Bassins de Lumières
Les Bassins de Lumières is hosting a new exhibition and I’m sure it’s going to be amazing as usual! This time the exhibition is dedicated to Dali and Gaudi. Les Bassins de Lumières is a visual arts space, situated in an old submarine base, that is known for its immersive exhibitions.
You can see a video I took in their previous exhibitions just to get the vibe.
The new exhibition will be presented from February 3 to January 7, get your tickets here.
When: February 3 – January 7, 2024 / Where: Imp. Brown de Colstoun, 33300 Bordeaux
See a dance show at Pin Galant
Pin Galant is a theatre in Merignac (Bordeaux’s suburb) that often hosts some of the best theatre, dance, and circus shows coming to Bordeaux. In February the program includes dance spectacles by the Tutu company and the Blanca Li company, A Tom Sawyer musical, and more.
Go to a concert at Arkea Arena
Artists are finally starting to come back to Bordeaux, as we can clearly see in the program of Arkea Arena, one of the biggest concert venues in Bordeaux. See the full program here.
Is it your first time in Bordeaux?
If it is you should definitely 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 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.
If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂
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