Now that it’s getting chilly and rainy outside it’s time to warm up with some good food and wine and enjoy the indoor festivals that Bordeaux has to offer. The chateaux of Margaux and Sauternes will host you at their properties and Darwin will introduce you to the organic wines of the region. There are quite a few music and dance events in November, among them the Bordeaux Piano festival and the Tango Festival at the Opera of Bordeaux. Remember that if it’s raining you can always find something to do in my article about places to go to when it’s raining in Bordeaux. If you’re reading this article in October you may still want to check out what’s on in October in Bordeaux, so here it is. Here’s the list of things to do in Bordeaux in November 2019, Enjoy!
Vibrations Urbaines Festival in Pessac
This is the 22nd edition of the annual festival, Vibrations Urbaines, organized by the city of Pessac. The program is really cool and includes events like an international BMX contest, a skating contest, a hip hop dance battle, urban sports, workshops, street art exhibitions and more. The festival will take place from October 29 to November 3 in the campus area in Pessac. See all the events on the website or facebook page of the festival.
When: October 29 – November 3 / Where: Avenue du Colonel Robert Jacqui, 33600 Pessac
Bliss Yoga Festival
The Bliss Yoga festival will take place on November 8-10 in Darwin. The program of the festival includes 45 courses aiming to make you discover different types of yoga no matter what level you are. Although yoga is the main event, there will be other activities such as workshops, different information stands, a well-being space, a children’s area, a photography exhibition, organic products and more. For more info check out the website of the festival and the facebook page of the event.
When: November 8-10 / Where: Darwin Ecosystème, 87 quai des Queyries
Open doors in the Chateaux of Sauternes et Barsac
Sauternes et Barsac are two wine areas (appellation d’origine contrôlée) famous for their sweet white wines. On November 9-11 many of the wine producers of Sauternes and Barsac will open their doors to the public and give you an opportunity to discover thein estates and taste their wines. The program includes wine tastings, tours in the châteaux, gourmet food, concerts and activities for kids. The participating chateaux will be published later this month and I will laster add them to this article for you to have all the information you need. For now, take a look at the general list of the wineries of the area here. Also, check out the event at the Maison Du Sauternes on November 9-11.
When: November 9-11 / Where: Sauternes et Barsac– chose your chateau from the program (will be updated soon)
Halles de Bacalan – 2 years anniversary
Halles de Bacalan invites you to celebrate their second anniversary with a super gourmand event on the weekend of November 8-10. This fun market is one of the best places for drinks with friends, especially on rainy weekends, so this event is guaranteed to be good. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.
When: November 8-10 / Where: 10 esplanade de pontac, 33300 Bordeaux
Foire de la Saint Martin
Another fun place to visit on the long weekends of November is Duras. Foire de la Saint Martin will take place there on November 11 with more than 250 exhibitors and stands of local gastronomy, clothing, cars, a big vide Grenier and more. For more info click here.
When: November 11 / Where: the village of Duras
La Rochelle Swing festival
If you were planning to go to La Rochelle in the near future, this is a good opportunity. On the long weekend of November 8-11 the LaRochelle swing festival will take place at the Lentrepot-Cabaret. For more details click here.
When: November 8-11 / Where: 3 Rue Augustin Fresnel, 17180 Perigny
Montgolfiades de Saint-Emilion
Montgolfiades is an annual festival of balloon flights organized by Le Ciel est à Toi association. The flights will take place on November 15-17 above Saint Emilion and the vineyards around it, so the sight is promised to be breathtaking. For more info click here.
Before you go be sure to check out my article about the best wineries to visit in Saint Emilion.
When: November 15-17 / Where: in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, just follow the balloons
Festival L’esprit du Piano will take place at the Auditorium of the Opera of Bordeaux on November 13 – December 7. This magnificent festival hosts some important pianists (Grigory Sokolov, Jacky Terrasson and others), 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 here and info about the tickets here.
When: November 13 – December 7 / Where: Grand Théâtre, Place de la Comédie – 33000 Bordeaux
Jazz Festival in Caudéran
The annual Jazz festival of Caudéran is taking place on November 14-16. For three nights, the Pergola Theater will host six international Jazz players. For more info about prices and the full program click here.
When: November 14-16 / Where: La Pergola Theater, Rue Fernand Cazères, 33200 Bordeaux
The annual festival, Margaux Saveurs will take place on November 15-17. The idea of the festival is to make you discover the great wines of the Margaux appellation and present to you all the winemakers, merchants and restaurants of this gourmet area. During the weekend you can enjoy special workshops in the different wine domains and enjoy fun activities and special menus made only for this weekend. For more details click here. If you’re attending this event be sure to read about other places to visit in the area in my article about the Medoc region.
When: November 15-17 / Where: different locations in Margaux
Bordeaux Cata Raid
The 7th edition of the Catamaran race will take place this weekend (November 19-20) in the Garonne river, just next to the central bank. This beautiful event, organized by the ‘les Marins de la Lune’ club includes tens of crew members that will pass next to the quai to honor the city. The view is guaranteed to be spectacular. For more details click here.
When: November 19-20 / Where: starts at 103 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Le salon Ob’Art (Objets de créateur) is a creator fair with a rich pedagogic program of activities, workshops, and demonstrations. The motivation for the event is to create a dialog between artists, craftsmen and the wide public in order to transfer their know-how and to make the young generation discover a variety of professional vocations. Le Salon Ob’Art will take place in Hangar 14 (Quai des Chartrons) on November 15-17. Entry is free for kids under 18 and 6.5€ for adults (free on the first day). For more info check out the website of the event.
When: November 15-17 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux
Festival Tango à l’Opéra Bordeaux
The third edition of the Festival Tango à l’Opéra will take place at the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux on November 22-24. The rich program includes shows, dance workshops, exhibitions and a big inauguration evening on November 22nd. For more details and tickets click here and the full program here.
When: November 22-24 / Where: Place de la Comédie, 33000 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 23-24 in Darwin. On the menu, a huge selection of organic wines from Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and many other wine regions of France. The entry is free. For more info click here.
When: November 23-24 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Lettres du monde
The literature festival, Lettres du monde, will take place on November 13-24 with lectures and debates in different venues across Bordeaux Metropole. Events will take place in libraries, schools, book stores, cinemas and more. You can enjoy this festival even if you don’t speak French as most of the writers participating in the lectures are coming from all over the world. For more details go here.
When: November 13-24 /Where: Different places in Bordeaux – check the program
International History films festival
The theme of the 30th edition of the Festival international du film d’histoire of Pessac, taking place on November 18-25, is Latin America. The rich program of the festival includes debates and lectures with several historians as guests and screenings of more than a 100 movies, from classics to works of heritage, rare or unpublished films, previews, fiction and documentaries. For more info and the full program click here.
When: November 18-25 / Where: several venues in Pessac center – check out the end of the program
les Journées Gourmandes Loupiac & Foie Gras
In the last twenty years, Loupiac has been hosting the Loupiac & Foie Gras event that allows people to get familiar with the sweet wines of Loupaic and meet the farmers of the department and taste their gourmet production. This year the event will take place on November 23-24 and will include workshops, guided tours in the participating chateaux, tastings, exhibitions and more. On Saturday evening a big gourmet cocktail event will be hosted by two chefs from the Maison Claude Darroze. To reserve a spot for the dinner check out the facebook page of the event, the info will be updated there. For general info about the event click here.
When: November 23-24 / Where: Different chateaux in Loupiac-De-Cadillac
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 brocante will take place from November 22 to December 8. Although it’s quite upscale, you can find some fine antiques and vintage pieces at a bargain price. For more info and the list of exhibitors check out the website of the event.
When: November 22- December 8 / Where: Place des Quinconces
The Salon Bien-être
The big Well-being Fair of Bordeaux will take place on the weekend of November 29- December 1 at the Palais des Congrès. The event has 120 stands and 65 conferences all focused on different ways of improving the quality of life. 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 29- December 1 / Where: Palais des Congrès, Cours J.-G. Domergue 33300 Bordeaux
Sam Dougados exhibition
If you ever visited Biarritz you’ve surely seen the amazing works of Sam Dougados on the beach. Sam’s Beach art, as he calls it, has appeared in many places around the world, from Maroco to South Africa and Spain. Now l’Institut Bernard Magrez is presenting the photographs of his best works at their atelier that is dedicated to promoting local talent. The exhibition will be presented until November 24th. For more details click here.
When: Until November 24 / Where: 16 Rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
Le Règne des Dinosaures – an exhibition for kids
A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here.
When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat
Robots in Cap Science
Robots is a cool exhibition for kids presented these days at the Cap Science, the children science museum in Bordeaux. The exhibition is dedicated to robots and their functions in our lives. It will be presented until May 3, 2020. For more details and tickets click here.
When: Until May 3, 2020 / Where: Cap Sciences Hangar 20
Finally, if you are looking for a fun and delicious activity in Bordeaux, check out my food tours in which I’ll take you through a three hours journey in the culinary scene of the Southwest of France.
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