There’s no doubt that the two main events this weekend are France’s national day this Saturday (July 14) and the World Cup final with France playing against Croatia. In this article I’ll brief you on the July 13-14 celebrations (fireworks and more!) and where you could join other Bordelais this Sunday to support the national team. If you’re not at all into football and national days, there are plenty of other suggestions for you in this list. Here are the things to do this weekend in and around Bordeaux (July 13-15):

Events in Bordeaux Metropole

Celebrate the French National Day

July 14th is the French national day which is being celebrated in every city in France. Like every year, Bordeaux will hold a series of popular events and parties, the main ones are:

  • Military parade at Quai des Chartrons –  18:30
  • The traditional dance party at Placette de Munich – Quai Louis XVIII (in front of Quinconces)- 20:30
  • Fireworks show above the Garonne river between Pont de Pierre and Place de la Bourse – 22:30

Most towns around Bordeaux will also hold firework shows (full list):

July 13:

  • Lormont – Place Aristide – 23:00
  • Mérignac – Stade Robert Brettes – 23:00
  • Gradignan – Parc de Mandavit – 22:30
  • Bouliac – Parc de Vialle Bété – 22:30
  • Bruges – Esplanade Charles de Gaulle -23:00
  • Blanquefort– Parc de Fongravey- 23:00

July 14

  • Pessac  –  Parc de Cazalet –  23 :00
  • Cenon – Parc Palmer –  23 :00
  • Talence – Parc Peixoto – 23 :00

Apart from the traditional national day events, plenty of other parties will take place on July 13-14 to celebrate this day, you can see some of them here. For more info about different activities in Parks around Bordeaux Metropole click here.

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Support France at the World Cup Final

The Bordeaux municipality is opening Stade Chaban-Delmas and invites you to come and support the French National team as they play against Croatia at the World Cup final game this Sunday (July 15). From 14:30 a happening with different boutiques, activities and a DJ set will take place at the stadium and the screening of the game will begin at 17:00. Allez les Bleus! See more details here.

France world cup

When: July 15 – from 14:30
Where: Stade Chaban-Delmas. Place Johnston 33000 Bordeaux

Dance on the Quai 

Dansons sur les Quais is a series of dancing classes and events where people gather to dance together and learn a variety of dancing genres like Tango, Salsa, Bollywood, Forro, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Zumba, Country and more. These activities will be guided by professional dancers from different dance schools in Bordeaux and they are completely free, so this is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. The dancing events will take place on the quai almost daily from July 14 to August 19. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.

When:  Daily from July 14 to August 19
Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux

Quai des Sports

This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event that takes place every summer (July 14 to August 12) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel.  The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, climbing for kids, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, badminton evening (July 14th) and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Check the full program here.

When: Daily from July 14 to August 12
Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel

Relache Festival

Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during this summer. The 9th edition of this festival will last about 3 months (May 30 to August 31) with performances by both local groups and international acts in many genres of music. The next evening will take place this Friday (July 13) at Place Saint Michel. Take a look at the full program of events on their website.

When: July 13. 18:00-01:00
Where: Place Saint Michel, 33000 Bordeaux

Learn how to Tango

Like every summer the Tango Bordeaux association organizes pubic tango events in Jardin Public,  Place de Quinconces and la Grande Poste. The next evening will take place this Friday (July 13) at Place de Quinconces. The rest of the events will take place during the summer (until September 7 ) – you can see the full list of events for this summer on the website of the association.

When:  July 13 (21:00-midnight)
Where: Place des Quinconces, Bordeaux

Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer

Like every year Bordeaux Metropolitan invites you to discover the city and the area around it through a series of cultural events and activities. More than 100 activities of music, dance, public reading, theater, circus and gastronomy will take place between July 8 and September 25.  These events are so widely spread across the metropolitan area of Bordeaux that you are guaranteed to discover places (especially parks) that you have never heard of before: Parc d’observation in Floirac, Parc du Viver in Merignac, Parc Camponac in Pessac and many more. Check out the full program of events here.

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credit: Bordeaux Metropolitain
When:  Daily from July 8 to September 25
Where: Bordeaux Metropolitan – check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Events around Bordeaux

Nuits Atypiques Festival

This multidisciplinary festival in South Gironde has been taking place every summer since 1992. During the months of July (July 1-28) 17 events will take places in 15 towns in the Gironde department: Bassanne, Bazas, Bernos-Beaulac, Cadillac, Cazalis, Cudos,Gajac, La Réole, Podensac, Preignac, Saint-Macaire, Saint-Michelde-Castelnau,
Saint-Symphorien and Villandraut. 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 all the info about the locations here.

Nuits Atypiques program

When:  July 1-28
Where: South Gironde- check out the exact location of every event in the program.

Symphony Orchestra Festival 

Festival Entre 2 Airs is an international festival of young Symphony Orchestras that will take place inthe  Entre Deux Mers region. Le Josem (Jeune Orchestre Symphonique de l’Entre-deux-Mers) invites you to eight days (July 14- 21) of concerts in 25 locations and more than 400 young musicians from seven different countries. For more info about the concerts, the locations and the tickets check out the site of JOSEM and the facebook page of the event.

When: July 14-21
Where: Entre deux mers (see the locaion of each concert in the program)

Summers of Music in Medoc

Les Estivales de Musique en Medoc is the only music festival in France dedicated exclusively to young laureates of international competitions.  The festival was created in 2003 to discover new talents in classical music. The concerts are hosted in some of the most prestigious châteaux in the Medoc area and are followed by wine tastings. The last out of the seven concerts of the festival will be performed on July 13 at Centre Pénitentiaire de Bordeaux Gradignan See the full program here.

When:  July 13
Where: 36 Rue du Bourdillat, 33170 Gradignan


Urban Legends Exhibition

Legendes Urbaines, an exhibition that hosts more than 50 street artists, will be presented from June 21 to September 16 at La Base Sous Marine, one of the most unique places in Bordeaux.

For more details check out the facebook page of la Base Sous-marine.

When: June 21 – September 16
Where: La Base Sous Marine, Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 Bordeaux

Exhibition dedicated to Jack London

A photography exhibition that follows the life and work of the famous author, Jack London, will be presented in the Musée d’Aquitaine from May 29 to December 2. Besides photographs, the museum will put on display many objects and documents from his journey through the islands of the South Pacific, San Francisco and Sydney between 1907 and 1909. See more info on the site of the museum.

When:  May 29 to December 2
Where: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000 Bordeaux

New exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts

“Par delà les frontières” is a new exhibition displaying materials representing relations and cooperations of American and Bordelaise artists, such as photographs, design pieces, interviews, videos and more. The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of fine arts from June 30 to September 16. For more info click here.

Par delà les frontières
Credit: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
When:  June 30- September 16.
Where: 20 Cours d’Albret, 33000 Bordeaux


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Do you have other events to add to the list? Please share them in the comments so all of us can enjoy them 🙂

If you want to plan ahead check out my general list of things to in Bordeaux in July 2018.

Have a great weekend!




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