This weekend “rive gauche” is simply killing it! There are several events that make it worthwile to cross the Garonne to the hipster part of Bordeaux. The carnival exhibition will be inaugurated this weekend, there’s a block party in Darwin to end the black history month and of course the annual chocolate fair at Jardin Botanique (could be a great idea for valentines’ day). Other than that, there’s a kids dance festival, an event dedicated to games, concerts, exhibitions and more. If you want to see what else is on in Bordeaux soon, go to my February list or my March list, which I just released, so it’s fresh from the oven. My Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest of France” is also a good place to check out other events taking place in the region, people there seem to be very knowledgable. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (February 14-16).
Chocolate Festival in Jardin Botanique
This tasty chocolate fair, organized by Fédération Autonome des Métiers Gourmands, is taking place at the Jardin Botanique on February 14-16. This year the theme is “Fruit time” and you’ll discover the beautiful sculptures made by the chocolatiers for the national chocolate competition of Bordeaux. Some of the best Bordeaux chocolatiers will present and sell their works at the fair. For the full program click here.
When: February 14-16 / Where: Jardin Botanique Bordeaux-Bastide, Esplanade Linné, 33100 Bordeaux
Festival Pouce Bordeaux
Pouce is the annual kids’ dance festival taking place around Bordeaux metropole. During the festival, many dance shows will take place in Bordeaux, Pessac, Floirac, Bruges and other towns around the metropole. This year the festival is taking place on February 11-21. The program also includes a dance workshop for parents and kids on January 26. Check out the full program here.
When: February 11-21 / Where: different locations around Bordeaux (check out the program)
Game In Jeux Vidéo
Union Saint Jean invites you to a weekend dedicated to video games on February 15-16. This year the event has a “games from the 80s” theme. The program for kids includes a family space with kids makeup, paper toys, arcade games, big puzzles and more. The adults can enjoy a game museum, board games and more. Check out the long program on the facebook page of the event.
When: February 15-16 / Where: 97 Rue Malbec, 33800 Bordeaux
Darwin Block Party
To close to Black history month in Bordeaux, Darwin will host a Block party this Saturday (February 15) starting at 11:00. The program includes exhibitions, concerts, musical activities, conferences and more. For more details click here.
When: February 15 / Where: 87 quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux
Les Véhicules de l’Amour
Les Véhicules de l’Amour is an exhibition by the artist Jonas Laclasse that takes you on a journey in ex-Yougoslavia combining graffiti and linguistics. The exhibition will be presented at the Les Vivres de l’Art from February 13 to February 29. For more details and other events taking place during the exhibition check out the Facebook page of the event.
When: February 13-29 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux
Carnaval Englouti – Exhibition
The big carnival of Bordeaux will take place on March 8 and this year the designer of the festival is the artist Guillaumit. Like every year, the organizers of the festival will let us see the design process of the costume in a special exhibition that will be presented several weeks prior to the carnival itself. This year the exhibition will take place at Fabrique Pola starting February 14. For more details click here.
When: February 14- March 6 / Where: 10 Quai de Brazza, 33100 Bordeaux
Truffles market in Saint Emilion
Truffles are one of the most identified products of the Southwest of France. Usually, Dordogne is the one taking most of the credit when it comes to truffle markets, but Gironde is also giving a fight. Every Saturday morning in February a truffles farmers market will take place at Logis de Malet 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: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / Where: rue des anciennes écoles, in front of la maison du vin), Saint-Émilion
Joss Bari en Live au Café Brun
This Sunday (February 16) the Brun cafe is hosting Joss Bari and his band for a concert of soul and hip-hop. For more details click here.
When: February 16, at 18:00 / Where: 45 Rue Saint-Rémi, 33000 Bordeaux
Trombone À La Nouvelle-orléans, Des Années 20 À Nos Jours
The Trombone association of Nouvelle Aquitaine invites you to a fun concert with the title “ Trombone in New Orleans -from the 20s to present”. The concert will take place on Sunday (February 16) at 15:30 at Rocher de Palmer in Cenon. For more details and tickets click here.
When: February 16, at 15:30 / Where: 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon
Carnival in Salle
The carnivals season is approaching and the first one in our region is taking place this Saturday (February 15) in Salle at the Landes and Gascogne forest. The event will take place at the Salle des fêtes du Bourg and the program includes makeup and fun workshops for kids, a little parade and a kids’ music show and more. For more details click here.
When: February 15, from 14:00 to 17:00 / Where: salle des fêtes de Salles, 33770 Salles
Exposition Humans – last chance to see it
For the first time in Bordeaux, L’institut Bernard Magrez will reunite some of the best contemporary artists of China in one exhibition. Exposition Humans deals with the representation of the human body at the heart of the evolution of Chinese society in the last few years. The exhibition includes more than 50 works of photographers, sculptors, painters and more. The exhibition will be presented until February 16. For more details click here.
When: Until February 16 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux
Mama Bordeaux / DJ SET & LIVE
Another DJ set & Live weekend is taking place this weekend in Mama Shelter. Every evening from February 13-16 one DJ is invited for a live set and a fun party. For more info click here.
When: February 13-16 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux
Concert de l’Orchestre d’Harmonie de Bordeaux
l’Orchestre d’Harmonie is one of Bordeaux’s emblematic cultural heritage institutions. This Saturday (February 15) at 17:15 you have the chance to see them perform at the Salle Quintin Loucheur. For more details click here.
When: February 15 / Where: 96 rue de la Béchade, 33000 Bordeaux
That’s it for this weekend! I frequently post about the events of the weekend on the Facebook page of Lost in Bordeaux, so be sure to check it out. For much more info on what to do and where to travel in the region don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group “Travel in the Southwest on France“.
If it’s your first time in Bordeaux you may also like to read these articles:
What to do in Bordeaux -the ultimate guide
The best areas in Bordeaux – the district guide
Where to stay in Bordeaux – the hotels guide
The best museums to visit in Bordeaux
What to do in Saint Emilion
What to do in Arcachon