The fact that its quite cold and rainy in Bordeaux doesn’t mean we can’t continue to party! Several parties and festivals are taking place this weekend in Bordeaux, among them a magic festival and an open-air music festival in Talence. Although most Halloween celebrations are taking place next week, some cool events start coming in among them the Hallowing party at Chateau de Vayres and the kids’ party on the IBOAT. If you want the full list of Halloween events for this year, go to my latest article about where to celebrate Halloween in Bordeaux. Before we start this weekend’s list I just wanted to wish good luck to all the Bordeaux Marathon runners! If you want to see what events are taking place in Bordeaux in November, you can read it here.  Here’s the list of things to do this weekend in Bordeaux (October 25-27)

Bordeaux Marathon

Finally, after a long delay, the Bordeaux Marathon is back! The Marathon will take place on October 26 in the historic city center, allowing the runners to cross all the historic sites and some of Bordeaux’s biggest wineries. The Marathon will start at 20:00 which makes it even more special as runners can see the city by night with special decorations just for the event.  Most of us are probably not in shape for the 42km run, but that should not prevent us from enjoying the atmosphere in the city as well as seeing others run 🙂 For more info about the activities on that day click here

When: October 26  / Where: starting Palais de la Bourse

Tauzia Fête les Jardins

Tauzia fête les Jardins, taking place this weekend ( October 25-27 ) in Gradignan, is one of the most beautiful plant celebrations in the south of France. A three-day event that gathers plants growers, professional gardeners, landscape architects and artists. The rich program of the festival includes plenty of workshops, conferences, activities for kids such as painting and music in the garden, creating a bamboo palisade, creating a herbarium, plastic art in the garden for kids and more. For more info check out the facebook page of the event.

When: October 25-27 / Where: 216 cours du général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan

Portes ouvertes dans les châteaux

This weekend (October 26-27) it’s the turn of the Fronsac & Canon Fronsac wine appellations to hold the annual portes ouvertes weekend. 34 wineries will open their doors to the public with guided tours at their properties and wine tastings. See the list of chateaux and more info here

When: October 26-27 / Where: take a look at the program

Open Air Arts & Métiers : L’Évasion

The students of Bordeaux don’t seem to give in to the rainy weather. This Friday (October 25) Vie Étudiante Arts&Métiers association is hosting an open-air party with the theme of California in the 70th. The entry is free. For more details click here

When: October 25, 19:00- 01:00 / Where: Esplanade des Arts et Métiers, 33400 Talence

Open Air • BDE BAF / Bruit Rose Music

Les Vivres de l’Art is also hosting its last “summer” party this Sunday (October 27). Come and enjoy a fun afternoon with music and drinks at this special place in the Bacalan district. For more info click here

Les Vivres de l'Art Bordeaux
Les Vivres de l’Art by Lost in Bordeaux
When: October 27, 13:00 – 18:00 / Where: 4 rue Achard, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Festival Escapade Magique

Festival Escapade Magique, taking place this Saturday (October 26) in Martignas sur Jalle, is a festival dedicated to the world of magic and witchcraft. The program includes an escape game, quidditch, quizzes for kids and adults, board games and more. Part of the activities are free and some require a ticket (5 euros). For more info click here

When: October 26 / Where: Espace Dolange (next to the Jean Castagnet school), Martignas sur Jalle

What’s in the woods 

What’s in the woods is a local rock festival taking place in Begles this weekend (October 25-26). The program includes eight local bands, Dj sets and exhibitions. For more info and tickets click here

When: October 25-26 / Where: Rue du 11 Novembre, 33130 Bègles

Halloween at Château de Vayres

Chateau de Vayres invites you to their Halloween weekend on October 26-27 with all the Halloween classics: witches, phantoms and werewolves. The two days event will be accompanied by exceptional Halloween decorations and plenty of activities and will finish with a firework show. For more details click here.

Also throughout the school break (until October 31), the chateau will host a kids afternoon (3-12 years old) with workshops to create monsters and different surprises in the château and its beautiful gardens. For more info and reservation click here.

When: October 25-27 / Where: 63 Avenue de Libourne, 33870 Vayres

IBOAT • Le mini club des zombies

Last weekend the IBoat was hosting a zombies party and this weekend its the turn of the little zombies to come and have some fun. This Sunday (October 27) the IBoat is hosting a Halloween party for kids with workshops, make up for kids and other cure surprises. For more details click here

When: October 27, 15:00-19:00 / Where: Bassin à Flot n°1, Cours Henri Brunet, 33300 Bordeaux

Portes Ouvertes au Château de La Dauphine

Le Château de La Dauphine in Fronsac, is one of the most beautiful chateaux in our region. This weekend (October 26-27) the chateau invites you to its open doors weekend where you will visit the impressive mansion, enjoy good food and taste wine of course. The entry is free. For more info click here.

When: October 26-27 / Where: rue Poitevine, 33126 Fronsac, Aquitaine, France

A street art creative workshop

Have you already seen Seth’s amazing street art exhibition at the Institut Bernard Magrez?. If you haven’t this weekend is the last opportunity to do that. This Saturday (October 26) the museum will host a creative workshop where you will recreate one of Seth’s famous works. The workshop is open to adults and kids older than 5 years old. For more details and tickets click here.

Seth - institut Bernard Magrez
When: October 26, at 15:00 / Where: 16 rue de Tivoli, 33000 Bordeaux

Séance de dédicace du set fossiles de dinosaures LEGO IDEAS

This Friday afternoon (October 25) the Lego store at Promenade Sainte Catherine invites you to a nice event where you will meet the creator of the new Dinosaur Fossils lego. For more info click here

When: October 25, at 17:00 / Where: Promenade Sainte Catherine, Rue Guiraude, 33000 Bordeaux

Fête du Piment d’Espelette

What to eat in Espelette
Beautifully designed restaurant with traditional Basque food

This event is maybe a bit far from Bordeaux but it’s an excellent excuse to travel to the region. Piment d’Espelette is the red pepper that decorates every market in the Basque country and every shop selling Basque products. Like every important ingredient in the French kitchen, this little pepper needs a “fête”. Fête du Piment d’Espelette is taking place on October 26-27 in the beautiful village of Espelette. The program includes a big parade, a huge market with more than 200 stands of basque products, musical concerts, activities for kids, a mass with the choir of Espelette and more. For more details click here
If you want to know what else there’s to see and eat in Espelette read about my visit to Espelette this summer.

When: October 26-27  / Where: Espelette, 64250

Marché des Producteurs

On Saturday (October 26) Darwin will host its big organic market with many local producers from all over the southwest of France. Among others, you will find stands of oysters, wine, cheese, flowers and more.  For more info click here

When:  October 16 / Where: Darwin Caserne Niel / 87 quai des queyries, Bordeaux

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the fall edition of the traditional Bordelais Fair that is taking place at Place des Quinconces from October 11 to November 3. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, candyfloss and more. The fair is open daily from 14:00, you are not required to pay any entry fee, only for some of the attractions. See more info about the fair here.

When: October 11 – November 3 / Where: Place des Quinconces , 33000 Bordeaux

Le Règne des Dinosaures  – an exhibition for kids

A big dinosaurs exhibition for kids will be presented at the Hippodrome Bordeaux-Le Bouscat on October 19 – November 11. The exhibition space will be open every day during the school break and on November 6, 9-11 from 14:00 to 18:00. For more details click here

When: October 19 – November 11 / Where: 8 avenue de l’Hippodrome, 33110 Le Bouscat

Pintxo Gaua

Pintxo Gaua is a fun event taking place in Halles de Bacalan every last Friday of the month. As the name indicates, this event is all about Pintxos, with ingredients coming solely from the market. Finish your week this Friday (October 25) with Pintxos, wine and a Dj set. For more info click here

When: October 25, 18:30- 22:30 / Where: 10 Esplanade de Pontac, 33300 Bordeaux

Mama’s Party

Enjoy the last party nights at Mama Shelter, the coolest rooftop in Bordeaux. This weekend (October 25-26) Mama Shelter invites you to three DJ nights starting from 21:30. For more info click here.

When:  October 25-26 / Where: 19 Rue Poquelin Molière, 33000 Bordeaux

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.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux? If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in Bordeaux. To help you choose a place to stay in Bordeaux 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.

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