So what is happening this month in and around Bordeaux? From the big antique market of Bordeaux to wine tasting in Sauternes and a well-being festival in Darwin, you’ll easily find something to do this month. If you reading this in October, don’t forget to check my list of things to do in October

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Let’s discover the best things to do in Bordeaux in November 2023!

The best events in and around Bordeaux in November 2023

Celebrate Halloween

There are quite a lot of fun Halloween events taking place every year in the city and the different chateaux around the region until November 5. To see what’s planned for this year, go to my article about where to celebrate Halloween in Bordeaux.

Foire de La Toussaint

The big fair of Toussaint will take place from October 28 to November 1 on the banks of the Garonne River in La Reole. An ancient tradition in La Reole that brings together hundreds of local exhibitors and merchants. This is one of the biggest events in La Reole, fun for both kids and adults. For more info click here.

When: October 28 –  November 1 /Where: Quais, 33190 LA REOLE

day tip from Bordeaux to La Reole
La Reole – by Lost in Bordeaux

Noche Latina

The Boca market is celebrating a Latin night on November 4th. See all the details here.

When: November 4 /Where: 100 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux, France

Dali and Gaudi – Les Bassins de Lumières

Les Bassins de Lumières is hosting a beautiful immersive exhibition 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.   The Dali exhibition will be presented from February 3 to January 7, get your tickets here.

bassins de lumières in Bordeaux
Bassins de Lumières

Starting October 20, the Tin Tin exhibition will be running there a few times a week, so be sure to check out the hours when booking your tickets. 

When: February 3 – January 7, 2024 / Where:  Imp. Brown de Colstoun, 33300 Bordeaux

Cirque Infernal – Les Freaks

The Infernal Circus takes up the visual codes of fairground shows from the 30s and 40s. From that, they created a new and immersive circus on stage with the public sitting around the artists. “Les Freaks” is a theater circus without animals and perfect for any age. The shows are taking place in a heated tent at Parc aux Angéliques in Bordeaux until November 12. See all the details here.

When: October 25 – November 12 / Where:  86 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Ciao! – La Guinguette Alriq

On November 10-11, la Guinguette Alriq is celebrating its last evening for this season before it starts its winter sleep. In the program: music, wine, and good vibes 🙂 Tickets and more info are in this link.

When: November 10-11 /Where: ZA Quai des Queyries, Port Bastide, 33100 Bordeaux

Organic Wine Market in Darwin 

Les Barriquades is the biggest market of bio wines in the region, an event that will take place on the weekend of November 11-22 in Darwin. On the menu, is a huge selection of organic wines from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, and many other wine regions of France. Entry is free. For more info click here.

When: November 11-12/ Where:  87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac

the best wineries in Sauternes and Barsac

Sauternes et Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On November 11-12, many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover their estates and taste their wines. The list of the chateaux will be published here.

If you’re visiting at any other time, here’s my list of the best wineries to visit in Sauternes.

When: November 11-13 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program

La Raisin d’Or

La Raisin d’Or is a sportive event taking place on November 11-12 in the vineyards of Sauternes. The event includes different sports activities from Nordic walking to Mountain biking. The goal of the event is to introduce people to this beautiful region and its chateaux through sports and fun activities. For details about all the activities taking place that weekend click here

When: November 11-12 / Where: the event takes place all over Sauternes

Festival Love Tattoo Urban Street

The Love Tattoo Urban Street Festival will take place on November 11-12 at the Parc des Expositions in Bassin d’Arcachon. For more info click here

When: November 11-12 / Where: 940 Avenue de l’Europe, 33260 La Teste-de-Buch

Fête Du Livre Jeunesse Et Bd

The annual kids’ books and comics festival is taking place this year on November 13-18 at the Halles de Gascogne in Leognan. More than 3000 books will be presented at the event which also includes spectacles, activities for kids, games, and more. Many authors and editors will take part in the event and will sign books. See the full program here

When: November 13-18 / Where: Place Joane, 1 Rue Louise Michel, 33850 Léognan

Bliss Yoga Festival

The Bliss Yoga festival will take place on November 17-19 in Darwin. The program of the festival includes yoga, meditation classes, a market, a well-being space, and even activities for kids.  For more info check out the website of the festival.

When: November 17-19 / Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries

Festival Musical Écran

Festival Musical Écran is a very unique film festival dedicated to documentaries about music. The festival will take place on November 13-19 in Cinéma Utopia. For the full program and all the details click here.

When: November 13-19 / Where: Different theaters in Bordeaux, see the program

Portes Ouvertes in Pomerol

Pomerol, the prestigious wine appellation is hosting the annual open-door event on November 19. The list of the participating chateaux will be published in the following weeks here

When: November 19/  Where: Pomerol 

If you want to discover other wine open-door events in the Bordeaux region, go to my article here

Casse-Noisette (Nutcracker)

Nutcracker, the classic ballet masterpiece will be performed at the Arkea Arena on November 19 -20. Buy tickets here.   

When: November 19 -20  /Where: 48-50 Av. Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

L’esprit du Piano -Piano Festival

Festival L’esprit du Piano will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux and Eglise Notre Dame from November 21 to December 5. This magnificent festival is hosting great pianists, some of whom will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Bordeaux and the choir of the Opera of Bordeaux. See the program of the festival and tickets here.

When: November 21– December 5 / Where: Several locations in Bordeaux, check out the program

Lettres du monde

The literature festival, Lettres du Monde, will take place on November 16-26 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, bookstores, cinemas and more. For more details go here.

When: November 16-26 /Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program

Disney en Concert

Your kids are going to love that one! All the popular Disney characters are visiting Bordeaux on November 25 with the show Disney en Concert. The show is taking place at the Arkea Arena.  For tickets and more details click here.

When: November 25 / Where: 48-50 Avenue Jean Alfonséa, 33270 Floirac

Brocante des Quinconces

The big brocante of Bordeaux (antique/flea market) is hosted twice a year at Place des Quinconces with 200 antique dealers, horticulturists, restaurants, and craftsmen. This fall edition of the market will take place from November 24 to December 10. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. See more info here.

Brocante des Quinconces

When: November 24- December 10 / Where: Place des Quinconces

Strolling the different brocantes of Bordeaux is one of my favorite activities here. Check out all of the other options in my article about the 50 best things to do in Bordeaux. 

The Salon Bien-être

The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of November 24-26 at the Parc des Expositions. The exhibitors are varied and come from all facets of daily life: food, home decor, therapies, and beauty. For more info click here.

When: November 24- 26 / Where: Cours Charles Bricaud 33300 Bordeaux

les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras

les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras is a great opportunity to get familiar with the sweet wines of Loupaic, meet the farmers of the department, and taste their gourmet production. This year the event will take place on November 25 – 26 in different chateaux and farms in the region. See the list of participants here.  

When: November 25-26 / Where: Different chateaux in Loupiac-De-Cadillac

If you want to discover other places to visit in the Loupiac region, check out my video

Festival International du film d’Histoire

The International History Film Festival will be taking place on November 20-27. The rich program of the festival includes movie screenings, debates, and lectures with several historians as guests. For more info and the full program click here.

When: November 20-27 / Where: 7 rue des Poilus 33600 Pessac

Marché de Noël de Bordeaux

The traditional Christmas market of Bordeaux will open its gates between November 24 and December 27. This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the region with 150 pavilions selling all the traditional Christmas merchandise such as clothes, decorations, jewelry, toys, and local products.  For more info click here.

When: November 24 – December 27/ Where: Allées de Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

More events in the Southwest of France

Bayonne Fête Son Chocolat

The Chocolate Festival in Bayonne is taking place on November 3-5 all over the Capital of the French Basque country. See the full program here

The famous chocolate of Bayonne
The famous chocolate of Bayonne

When: November 3-5  / Where: Bayonne

La Rochelle Swing Festival 

Every year in November a fun swing festival is taking place in one of the towns surrounding La Rochelle. This year the festival is taking place on November 10-12 in Saint-Xandre, just a few minutes’ drive from La Rochelle. See more info here

When: November 10-12  / Where: Salle de l’Agora, impasse des Écoles, 17138 Saint-Xandre

Foire de la Saint Martin

Like every year, la Foire de la Saint-Martin will take place in Duras on November 11 with more than 200 exhibitors and stands of local gastronomy, clothing, cars, a big vide grenier (a French version of a garage sale), and more. For more info click here

If you’re driving from Bordeaux, take some time to discover the smallest village in France, Castelmoron d’Albret, which is located on the way.

When: November 11 / Where: the village of Duras

La Flamme de l’Armagnac

Armagnac is one of the best products in the Southwest of France! Its production spreads over three departments in this region: Les Landes, Lot et Garonne, and Gers, all located within a 1-2 hour drive from Bordeaux. From the end of October to the beginning of January, the producers of Armagnac celebrate the distillery period with fun events at the chateaux and in small towns in the regions. see more details here.

Is it your first time visiting Bordeaux?

I have a few articles that will help you to get the best out of your first stay.

Start with my 50 favorite things to do in Bordeaux followed by my ultimate guide to Bordeaux, which will get you familiar with all the “must” places to visit 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.

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