Yet another active summer weekend in Bordeaux with several music festivals and dancing events is ahead of us. If you don’t mind travelling a bit there are plenty of amazing festivals taking place in the area this weekend, among them the Jazz festival in Medoc and the huge festival in Mont de Marsan. If you’re ready to plan your weekends ahead, check out my recent post about the best things to do in Bordeaux in August. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux ( July 19-21).
BDX Food-Truck Festival
Another event of the Bordeaux food truck festival is taking place this Sunday (July 21) at Château Castera. As always, the program of the festival includes free concerts, exhibitions, escape games, activities for kids and more. For more details about the event click here.
When: July 21 / Where: Rue du Bourg, 33340 Saint-Germain-d’Esteuil
Banzaï Land – Plein Air
Banzaï Land invites you to a weekend full of concerts at the old Casteja police station (close to Gambetta). The event will take place from Friday to Sunday (July 19-21), check out the full program here.
When: July 19-21 / Where: 87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux
Les Nouvelles Saisons – music festival
Les Nouvelles Saisons is a classical music festival taking place in Bordeaux on July 16-25 in three locations: Cour Mably, Cathédrale de Bordeaux, and la Grande Poste. The festival was created by the violoncellist Jeremy Genet and the composer Christian Lauba offering a great variety of musical styles (baroque, romantic, modern and more). For more details and tickets click here.
When: July 16-25 / Where: Different location around Bordeaux
En Plein Arts Festival
The city of Talence invites you to the annual festival in the Thouars forest (around the Dome) taking place this Saturday (July 20). The program includes many cultural and artistic activities such as music performances and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.
When: July 20 / Where: Avenue de Thouars, 33400 Talence (next to the Dome)
Jazz de Lesparre
The Lesparre Jazz festival will take place this Friday and Saturday (July 19-20) next to the Tour de l’Honneur. This year the music festival is going to be extra fun as it’s hosting the Bordeaux food truck festival. The event is free, check out the program here. See more info about the Food truck festival here.
When: July 19-20 / Where: Tour de l’Honneur, Lesparre-Médoc, France
Sardinade, bal populaire
Sardinade, bal populaire is a fun event of dancing, food and wine taking place this Saturday (July 20) in Gujan Mestras on the Bassin d’Arcachon. For more details click here.
When: July 20, starting 20:00 / Where: Port De La Hume, Gujan Mestras
The Amazing Nina Simone – L’Été de Musical Écran
L’Été de Musical Écran is one of the events of the Bordeaux Metropolitan Summer. Outdoor screenings of music-related movies are taking place throughout the summer in different locations around Bordeaux. This Sunday (Sunday 21) the Banzai land festival is hosting a screening of the movie ‘The Amazing Nina Simone’. For more details click here.
When: July 21 at 19:00 / Where: 87 Rue Abbé-de-l’Épée, 33000 Bordeaux
Every summer the main streets of Bordeaux are getting filled with stands of clothes, shoes, toys, house supplies and more – this is the Bordeaux summer Braderie. If you’re in town for winter sales take the opportunity to check out the stands of more than 250 merchants on rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils. The Braderie will take place on July 17-20. For more details click here.
When: July 17-20 / Where: at the Center of Bordeaux: rue Porte Dijeaux, rue Sainte Catherine and rue des Trois Conils
La Bataille de Castillon
La Bataille de Castillon is a spectacle taking place during more than 10 evenings in the summer, replicating the famous fight from 1453. Castillon-la-Bataille, the town where the show takes place also hosts many activities and events revolving the big show: tours of the city, exhibitions, and workshops of medieval art and more. For more info and tickets click here.
When: July 19 – August 24 / Where: Association 1453, Mairie de Castillon, 33350 CASTILLON-LA-BATAILLE
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. Dansons sur les Quais is finally starting this Sunday (July 14) and will take place on the quai almost daily until August 18. For more details and the full program check out the website of Dansons sur les Quai.
When: Daily from July 14 to August 18 / Where: Quai Louis XVIII, 33000 Bordeaux
Quai des Sports
This is the 11th edition of this fun sportive event taking place every summer (July 13 to August 11) at the Parc des sports Saint Michel. The program this month includes a variety of sportive activities such as a fitness night, beach volleyball, basketball, BMX, beach wrestling and more. The festival will be accompanied by artistic and music events. Many of the activities are aimed at kids and teenagers and are a perfect solution for entertaining them in the center of Bordeaux during the summer. Check the full program here.
When: Daily from July 13 to August 11 / Where: Parc des sports Saint Michel, Bordeaux
Fêtes de la Madeleine
Fêtes de la Madeleine is the big festival of Mont de Marsan, in the Landes department, celebrating the Gascogne culture. The five days event transforms the city into a big carnival with plenty of concerts, food, shows and activities for kids. The festival is taking place on July 17-21. Check out the long list of events here.
When: July 17-21 / Where: Mont-de-Marsan
The summer pavilion on the right side of the river
Like every summer in the last five years, the Orangeade association opens its summer pavilion on le Quai Deschamps (in the Bastide neighborhood) with live concerts every Friday (18:00 – 01:00) and Saturday (12:00 to 01:00). These events are not just music concerts but rather a place for friends and family to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The next event will take place this weekend (July 19-20), for more details click here.
When: July 19-20 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France
Go see an exhibition
There are some amazing exhibitions presented this summer at various museums in Bordeaux. I gathered the best exhibition you should see this summer in one of my recent articles, read it here. It’s a great way to escape the heat 🙂
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A note for newcomers to Bordeaux 🙂
If you’re visiting Bordeaux for the first time, be sure to check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a hotel 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 find your preferred AirBnB location.
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.