My weekend list is coming back today with a more modest but still very entertaining list of events and places to visits. We are still in a pandemic mode of course so bear in mind that there are no big events happening yet and that most of the events I’m publishing here will require prior registration and wearing masks. Before going be sure to check the info in the links I added to every event. I’ll also add a few recommendations for places you can visit around Bordeaux in case you prefer to avoid going to events right now.
If you’re looking for a fun day trip to do this weekend, don’t miss my latest article about visiting Eymet and Chateau Bridoire in Dordogne.
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Picnic at the vineyards
Like many sectors, the wine industry of Bordeaux suffered great financial consequences due to the recent crisis. To bring back visitors to their wineries the winegrowers of the Bienvenue à la ferme en Gironde association are coming up with a great initiative – a picnic at the vineyards. Every Friday 16 wineries in Gironde are hosting visitors for an event that includes wine and tapas of different local producers at a price of 7 euro per person. The visit has to be booked in advance directly with the winery – you can see the list of the chateaux here.
Night markets in South Gironde
Night markets are fun local events taking place in the center of small villages during the summer. This Friday (July 24) the beautiful village of Saint Macaire will host a night market with regional products and live concerts. The market will start at 19:00. If you want to read more about Saint Macaire and other beautiful villages in the region go to my article about the most beautiful villages in Gironde.
You can see the dates of all the other markets in this poster:
Open doors weekend in Sauternes
This weekend (July 25-26 ) four 1er Grands Crus Classés wineries in the Sauterenes wine appelation will host an open-doors event with free tasting, activities and tours. The participating chateaux are Château Sigalas Rabaud, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château de Rayne Vigneau and Château La Tour Blanche. You can find their details and more information about the event here.
Open doors in Cotes de Bourg
This weekend (July 25-26) the Cotes de Bourg appellation is inviting you to its annual open doors weekend. Around 40 chateaux in Bourg and the towns surrounding it will host you in their domains and offer tours, wine tastings, exhibitions, activities for kids, and more. You can see the list of participating wineries and the activities they propose here.
Friday nights in Talence
Every Friday during the summer Parc Peixotto in Talence is hosting fun nights with music and food trucks. For more details click here. The event starts at 19:00. For more details click here.
And if you made the whole way to Talence you can start your evening with a drink at the market which is one of my favorite places for a Friday apero. If you want to discover other hip places for a drink in Bordeaux check out my article about the best summer bars in Bordeaux.
Go dancing at La Guinguette chez Alriq
The Guinguette is a tavern on the right banks of the Garonne hosting plenty of open-air concerts every summer. The performing bands and artists are coming from all over the world and create a laid back world music party atmosphere. You can see their program here. The place is open from Wednesday to Sunday with concerts taking place daily. You can see all the details here.
Free beach activities in Bordeaux
This summer (until August 31) Bordeaux Lac will offer FREE activities such as kayaking, SUP, zumba and more! The activities are taking place daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and registration is taking place on the beach starting from 13:30. Please read the content in this link as it includes instructions for some documents you need to present to be able to register as well as the schedule of the daily activities. For more events and activities taking place this summer in Bordeaux check out my article about things to do this summer in Bordeaux.
Visit La Sauvagerie in Arcachon
Discover the hipster little sister of Darwin in Arcachon. La Sauvagerie is an eco-friendly summer pop up restaurant in Pyla sur Mer with a well-being vibe to it. Besides the cool and slightly wild design, they have a very healthy menu and activities like yoga and capoeira. If you’re going to Arcachon this weekend this is definitely a place to check out. See all the details here. The address is 2 Boulevard Louis Lignon, 33115 La Teste-de-Buch.
Try a kids’ friendly beach – Plage De Caton Sanguinet
If you’re looking for a kids’ friendly spot in the Arcachon region try the beautiful lake beach on Lac Cazaux. One of the most kids-friendly beaches over there is Plage Caton which has a huge parking just next to it.
New Design Exhibition – Playground
If being outdoors is a bit too hot for you, go see a cool exhibition instead. The playground is a new exhibition in the design museum of Bordeaux that is entirely dedicated to sneakers! The exhibition includes more than 600 pairs, films, archive documents, photos, and personal accounts that will tell the story of this iconic object, from its success with New York breakdancers to the globally popular object it is today. The exhibition will be presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design until January 10th. Important note – due to the sanitary situation the number of people allowed in the museum is limited, thus prior reservation is recommended. For more details click here.
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