You can say summer is here just by looking at the list of events this June in Bordeaux! There are so many things to do this month that it was truly hard to choose only 20. Luckily, I have my weekend lists to fill with all the other great events that are not on this list. So what do we have in June 2019? Bordeaux will celebrate the Garonne and international music day. We also have the open doors weekend in Cadillac, the geek festival, a food festival and plenty of music events and festivals. So think outdoor, sunny and fun!
Here’s the list of the best 20 things to do in Bordeaux in June 2019.
Bordeaux fête le fleuve
Bordeaux fête le fleuve is one of the most beautiful and entertaining events the city has to offer. During a long weekend (June 20-23), Bordeaux will celebrate the Garonne River with plenty of festive activities and big beautiful vessels docking on the banks. The program includes a big concert every night, water activities, a visit to big impressive boats, gastronomic pavilions, art exhibitions, a white wine festival, fireworks on the river and more. The entrance is free but if you want to enjoy some of Bordeaux’s wine as well, you can get a pass here. For more details and the full program click here. It takes place only once in two years so if you’re here this June, don’t miss it!
When: June 20-23 / Where: The banks of the Garonne
This foodie event taking place on June 13-23 has become an early summer Bordelaise tradition. For 11 days les Epicuriales festival transforms Allées de Tourny (next to the Opera) to a gastronomic heaven with about twenty restaurants set up especially for the event. The highlight of the event is ”Les Étoiles d’Épicure”, a restaurant that will host a different Michelin star chef every evening. The website is still in construction, but you can see more details on their facebook page.
When: June 13-23 / Where: Allées de Tourny 33000 Bordeaux
Fête de la Morue
For more than two centuries, Bègles has been an important center of Morue (codfish) in France. Since 1996, this suburb of Bordeaux celebrates the Morue every year with la Fête de la Morue, a popular culinary and culture festival that gives a stage to young artists. This year the festival will take place on June14-16, and as always it comes with a rich program of concerts, cooking workshops, exhibitions, tastings, conferences and more. For more details follow the facebook page of the event or check out the program.
When: June 14-16 / Where: Different locations in Bègles (see program).
Fête de la musique
The Fête de la musique is a French national day, dedicated to the celebration of music, with free concerts and street parties happening on this day (June21) all over France. This is an extraordinary day where you get to walk around the city and enjoy an endless variety of small and big concerts from any genre of music. Like every other city in France, Bordeaux too will celebrate La Fête de la musique with its own street concerts and activities. Follow lost in Bordeaux for more information about specific concerts, which will be published in June.
When: June 21 / Where: All over the city of Bordeaux
Saint Emilion celebrates 20 years in Unesco
In 1999, Saint Emilion was the first vineyard to enter the UNESCO world heritage list. This year, to marks the 20th anniversary of this nomination, Saint Emilion invites you to a weekend full of fun events in the village and the châteaux around it. The program includes concerts, markets, guided tours, open doors at the wineries and more. For more details click here and for the full program here. The event will take place on June 28-30.
If you’re wondering which wineries you should visit while there, check out my recent post about the best châteaux to visit in Saint Emilion.
When: June 28-30 / Where: Saint Emilion
Bordeaux Food-truck Festival
This is the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Tens of different food trucks will be spread around the Gironde department in five events that will take place between June and September. This festival aims to mix street food with the finesse of the wine world. As part of this gastronomic event, visitors can taste the wines of the hosting châteaux and the specialties of food coming from all corners of the world: French, Italian, Brazilian and many more. The program of the festival also includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. The first food-truck weekend will take place on June 1-2 in Château de Portets in Graves. To purchase tickets for the different events in the Château click here. See all the details about the five weekends of the Bordeaux food truck festival here.
When: June 1-2 / Where: Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Salon de l’agriculture of Nouvelle Aquitaine is an annual ten-day event where you get to discover the agricultural richness of our area through different activities. For example, a farm area with many animals and plants will be put in place, offering interesting activities for both kids and adults. Another feature that may attract you is the Gastronomy and Wine space, which will highlight the exceptional heritage of the region. The Salon de l’agriculture is part of a larger event taking place at the same time (Foire Internationale de Bordeaux) and will take place on June 1-10 in Parc des Expositions. For more info check out the website, for tickets click here.
When: June 1-10 / Where: Parc des Expositions, Cours Jules Ladoumegue, 33300 Bordeaux
ODP Music Festival in Peixotto
This is the fifth edition of the ODP Festival, whose objective is to raise funds for the orphans of firefighters that have died on duty. The festival will take place on June 6-9 at Peixotto Park in the center of Talence. That’s one of the best music festivals in Bordeaux metropole and always has a great lineup. For more details and tickets go to the festival’s website and their facebook page.
When: June 8-9 / Where: Parc du Château Peixotto, 33400 Talence
Take your picnic to the Vineyard
Wine related activities and picnics are two favorite French pastimes, so why not combine them? Usually, the vines, owned by the different chateaux can only be visited as part of a guided tour in the chateau. However this month you have an opportunity to bring your picnic basket and spend a great day with your family and friends in the vineyards. The principle is quite simple: You bring your own picnic and the chateau will provide the wine and entertainment. Around 400 different wine domains from all over France are participating in the event taking place during the long weekend of June 8-10. More than 1000 activities will be proposed to families by the participating chateaux, they will reflect the specialties of the chateaux and the area, among them: art workshops, concerts, bike tours and more. There are 18 participating Chateaux in the Bordeaux area See the list here. To find a chateau in other areas in France click HERE. The places are limited so I recommend reserving a spot as soon as possible!
When: June 8-10 / Where: Different châteaux around Bordeaux and France
Bordeaux Geek Festival
Comics, science fiction, video games, parallel worlds, creative industries – you’ll find all of these at the next Bordeaux Geek festival (BGF), taking place June 8-10 at Parc des Expositions. The goal of this festival is to experience geek culture and share knowledge on topics that are at the heart of the Geek community. The BGF brings together different players from these industries, among them: video artists, gamers, illustrators, designers, scientists, authors, comedians and more. For more details and tickets click here.
When: June 8-10 / Where: Hall 3 and 1 – Parc des Expositions, 33000 Bordeaux
Open doors at the chateaux of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
If you just missed the Open doors in Saint Emilion, you can make up for it with another wine area in the Bordeaux region: Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux. An open doors weekend will take place on June 8-9, with 45 different chateaux hosting you for wine tastings and other activities. For the full list of chateaux click here.
When: June 8-9 / Where: different locations around Cadillac (see program)
So Good Fest
The So Good Fest is an electronic music festival of the Gironde department that takes place every year at Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan. The 8th edition of the festival will take place on June 7-8 and will include a two-day lineup of French and international artists in the Electro, Dub and Techno music. For more details and tickets check out the site of the festival.
When: June 7-8 / Where: Plaine du Courneau in Canéjan
The Medieval Festival of South Gironde
The Medieval Festival of Gironde will take place on June 15-16 in the Cabiros forest in Landiras (about 40 min. south of Bordeaux). This unique site, at the heart of the forest, creates a perfect medieval times atmosphere for this unique festival. The medieval village, the costumes and the sword fighting are only part of the activities that will help you discover the history and habits of those ancient times. Don’t miss the free fire show that will be offered on Saturday night! For more info check out the website of the festival.
When: June 15-16 / Where: Landiras, 33720
Echo a Venir –electronic music festival
Echo a Venir is a big visual art and electronic music festival that will take place on June 24-26 on the riverfront. The program of the festival includes a lineup of Djs, audiovisual performances, digital workshops and more. Check out the facebook page of the festival for more info. To see the full program click here.
When: June 24-26 / Where: Placette de Munich (quais de Bordeaux)
One of the biggest music festivals in our region is about to take place on June 27-30 in Marmande (about an hour drive from Bordeaux). Garorock is an in international festival with 5 big stages that will host more than 50 French and international artists. For more info and tickets click here.
When: June 27-30 / Where: Plaine de la Filhole, 47200 Marmande
If you want to discover other festivals taking place in the region, check out my post about the best music festivals around Bordeaux.
Trajectoires is a unique cultural event where talented students of music, theater and choreography will perform their works of art to pass their diploma. Around 50 different performances of theater, comedy, dance and music will be put on stage in different locations in Bordeaux. Take a look at the full list of performances and details about all the events here.
When: from May 11 to June 23 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux (see program)
Nuits Atypiques Festival
This multidisciplinary festival in south Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. From June 1 to July 21, 22 events will take places in 12 towns in the Gironde department. The program includes a variety of activities such as concerts, theater, films, debates, tours to discover the towns and more. Check out the full program here and info about the locations here.
When: July 1- July 21 / Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.
Last chance to see the Interactive special effects exhibition
Do you ever wonder how the special effects you see in movies are made? If you do then you should check out the “Effets speciaux” exhibition taking place these days in Cap Sciences. It’s an interactive exhibition that allows you to see the behind the scenes of the cinema world and experiment with different special effects like the green screen. Entry prices range from 6.5€ to 9€ and free for kids under 5 years old. For more info click here.
When: until June 10 / Where: Hangar 20 quai Bacalan, 33000 Bordeaux
Instincts – an exhibition of Mika
Another exciting exhibition is about to take place at the Institut Bernard Magrez, a place dedicated to street art. Starting May 28, an exhibition of Mika, one of Bordeaux’s most prominent street artists will be presented at the museum. If you live in Bordeaux, you’re most definitely familiar with the works of this brilliant artist as you can spot them in different places around the city. The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on May 28, for tickets click here.
When: from May 28 to September 1st / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, Bordeaux
Dance at la guingette chez Alriq
La Guinguette chez Alriq is a tavern at the Bastide neighborhood, on the rive droite of the Garonne. During the summer the place is full with locals who escape the more touristy rive gauche and come to enjoy live concerts on the river bank. The Guinguette is open from Thursday to Sunday. For the concerts program of June click here.
When: all summer / Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux
So as I told you earlier, Bordeaux in June is pretty amazing! Be sure to follow Lost in Bordeaux on facebook / Instagram for more updates about events taking place this month. Or better yet, join my newsletter where I share a lot of exclusive info about Bordeaux and the region – sign up here..
If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check up my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, that will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visits in Bordeaux. To help you to 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 choose your preferred location. Also, if you have more days to spend in our beautiful region, check out my article about the best day trips from Bordeaux.
See you in town!