The summer is fully on in Bordeaux and with it come open air events where you can dance and enjoy being outdoors with your friends and family. One of the biggest events is the Weekend de L’art Contemporain with more than 150 artists presenting their works all over Bordeaux. If you’re fed up with the city center, there are plenty of great festivals in different parts of the metropole you can go to. If you’re more into art this weekend, check out my new article about the best exhibitions to see this summer in Bordeaux. Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (July 5-7):
Weekend de L’art Contemporain
The contemporary art weekend will take place on July 5-7 in different art institutions in Bordeaux. During three days, 40 locations in Bordeaux metropole will open their doors to the public and present artworks from more than 150 contemporary artists. The inauguration evening will take place on July 4 on the IBoat, see more details here. For the full program click here.
When: July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux (see the program)
Zinefest is a festival dedicated to comics, illustrations, photography and poetry. The festival includes several expositions and concerts by both French and international artists and will take place in several venues in the south of Bordeaux. Check out the full program of events here.
When: July 1-7 / Where: Different locations next to Marché des Douves in Bordeaux Sud (check out the program).
Jalles House Rock
Le Jalles House Rock is one of the biggest rock festivals in Gironde that annually proposes a rich program of local and international acts. The goal of the festival is to share the love for rock music with as many people as possible and that’s why the entrance is free (they do however encourage you to donate to the Estran association that organizes the event). This year the festival in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles takes place on July 4-6. For more details check out the website of the festival.
When: July 4-6 / Where: 1 chemin de Cantelaude, 33160 Saint-Médard-en-Jalles
Festival Rues et Vous
This is the 12th edition of Festival Rue et Vous, a performance art festival taking place every year in the charming medieval town of Rions. This year the festival will take place on July 5-7 and will include a rich program of theater, dance, circus and music shows for both adults and kids. For tickets and the full program check out the website of the festival.
When: July 5-7 / Where: Rions
Summer 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 concerts will take place on July 3-12. See the full program here.
When: July 3 -12 / Where: Different locations, see program above
Les 24h du Swing
This is the 30th edition of ‘les 24h du Swing’, a swing festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7) in Monségur. More than 40 concerts will take place at different locations like Bastide Monséguraise, des Tilleuls à la Halle and different bars and restaurants in Monségur. For more info and tickers click here.
When: July 5-7 / Where: several locations in Monségur
INSITU – Lire le Monde
INSITU is a fun literature festival taking place this weekend (July 5-7) in different places in Bordeaux metropole. The concept of the festival is a marathon of events where texts, written by foreign authors, are read by French comedians in surprising locations like a chocolate shop, a synagogue, a greenhouse and more. For the full program and list of locations click here. The reading events are free but require prior reservation (click here to register).
When: July 5-7 / Where: different places in Bordeaux metropole
Bordeaux Open Air
Bordeaux Open Air is a series of free summer electronic music events, all set in different locations and with a great city vibe to them. Every event is dedicated to a different country and hosts its DJ’s for sets of electronic music. The next Open Air event will take place this Sunday (July 7) in Jardin public. For more details click here.
When: July 7 / Where: Jardin Public, Bordeaux
Senefesti is a festival celebrating African culture through dance and music performances. The event will take place this Saturday(July 6) in Parc Palmer in Cenon. For more details click here.
When: July 6/ Where: Parc de Palmer, 1 rue Aristide Briand, 33150 Cenon
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 families to spend the weekend with yoga classes, creative workshops, activities for kids and more. The events will take place throughout the summer from July 5 to August 31 and are free. For the specific program of each event, follow my weekend posts about what to do in Bordeaux. For more details click here.
When: From July 5 to August 31 / Where: Quai Deschamps, 33100 Bordeaux, France
Relache Festival, created by the Allez les filles association, is a series of free concerts taking place at different venues and dates during the summer. The next two events are about to take place this weekend (July 5 -7) at Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos. For the lineup and more details click here.
When: July 5-7 / Where: Place Fernand Lafargue and at Square Dom Bedos, Bordeaux
Journee de l’elevage et des produits du terroir in Bazas
The traditional day of local products and animal farming is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in the historic town of Bazas. A big exhibition of animals will take place on place de la Cathédrale among them cows, sheep, horses and more. The program also includes a cattle competition, concerts, local food, sheep shearing and more. For more info click here.
When: July 6, 11:00 – 23:00 / Where: Place de la Cathédrale, 33430 Bazas
Larrostréa is an event in Gujan-Mestras celebrating the oyster cabanes and the traditional oyster farming boats. During three days (July 5-7) plenty of nice activities will take place on Port de Larros such as a boat parade, art exhibitions, concerts and more. For more details click here.
When: July 5-7 / Where: Port de Larros, 33470 Gujan-Mestras, France
Micro-Festival Balterno is a music event that is taking place this Saturday (July 6) in Parc de Mussonville in Bègles. It’s a free event with nine hours of non-stop music with six concerts and an art exhibition, all in a fun atmosphere in a charming park. For more info click here.
When: July 6, starting 16:00 / Where: Avenue Alexis Labro, 33130 Bègles
Pétanque Electronique in Canéjan
If you love to play Petanque, this is your weekend. Pétanque Electronique is an event taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Canéjan. The program includes a petanque competition (in groups of three), concerts and food. For more info click here. Bring your own petanque balls
When: July 6-7 / Where: Avenue du Barricot, 33610 Canéjan
Festival PLAY in Gradignan
PLAY is a free sports festival taking place this weekend (July 6-7) in Gradignan. During two days plenty of sportive, artistic, digital and cultural activities will take place in different locations in the city, among them Parc de l’Ermitage, Conservatoire de Musique de Gradignan, trocké Caféand Gymnase Toupiac. For the full program click here.
When: July 6-7 / Where: different location in Gradignan
Foire aux Rosés
The Foire aux Rosés is the perfect event for this hot summer. 47 Rosé producers from all over France will offer tastings and great deals on their wines. The event will take place this Saturday (July 6) in Hangar 14 on quai des Chartrons. For more details click here.
When: July 6 / Where: 173 Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux
Lacanau fête l’été
Lacanau Ocean will celebrate this Saturday (July 6) a day of activities for the whole family, an oyster buffet and salsa dancing in the evening. For more details click here.
When: July 6 / Where: the main beach of Lacanau-Océan
Another summer celebration is happening this Friday (July 5) at the Restaurant du StadeBordelais in Le Bouscat. To celebrate the beginning of the summer vacation they initiated a white evening with Dj sets and a lot of tapas. The dress code is white of course 🙂 For more details click here.
When: July 5, starting 19:00 / Where: 2 rue Ferdinand de Lesseps, 33110 Le Bouscat
If you want to see art this weekend check out my post about the best exhibitions in Bordeaux this summer.
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