About Main Events in Bordeaux
There are loads of events in Bordeaux organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Bordeaux events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
This is only a snapshot of what happens on Bordeaux throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off concerts that take place and we will endeavour to add these on our events calendar when we spot them.
The organising bodies may not release event information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.
NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all (normally due to lack of funds), or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.
Medoc Open Visits (Portes Ouvertes)
Over 50 winemakers of the Médoc region, passionate and excited about their produce, invite you to discover their vineyards, their cellars, their chests, their castles ... and their wines.
La Fete Patronale d'Arcachon
The feast day of Arcachon takes place annually in March. Prayers are said for those who perished at sea, and there is a blessing of the Sea where a crown is thrown by the "Sailors of the Women's Committee Fishermen Basin" from aboard the lifeboat.
Fermes en Fete, Langon
Once again, at Fermes en Fete in Langon the animals will have pride of place in Langon, cows, donkeys, chickens and not just any chicken, ducks, pigeons, sheep .... Animals to see .... And also to buy!
Printemps des Vins de Blaye
Spring Wine Fair (Printemps des Vins de Blaye) set within the walls of the beautiful Citadel of Blaye. With around 80 winegrowers from the appellation of Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux opening their doors...and their bottles...for visitors to come and taste their wines in a wonderful atmosphere.
Bordeaux Fête le Vin
Every other year, on even numbered years, Bordeaux celebrates its wine with a huge wine festival over four days. As well as wine trails and tasting, there are barrel rolling competitions, gastronomic stalls, huge banquets, fireworks and more.
Fête de Printemps, Saint Emilion
A celebration of two wonderful things...spring time and wine! The Fête de Printemps is the sister festival to the Ban des Vendanges, Jurade de Saint Emilion which takes place in September in the autumn.
Jazz O Lac
The jazz concerts are held facing the sunset in one of the most beautiful places in Lacanau. At Jazz O Lac all concerts are free, whether or not they feature internationally recognised artists, regional or local talent.
Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival
If you are going to be in Saint Emilion then it is worth making sure you are here for the Jazz festival. Not only is the town a beautiful setting but you will be entertained by some of the best jazz musicians around.
Reggae Sun Ska Festival, Bordeaux
The festival is a 3 day event, where you can camp, enjoy the music and dance all night! The line up in the past has included acts such as Madness, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Bunny Wailer, Chronixx, Dub Addict and Shaggy.
Soöruz Lacanau Pro
Lacanau hosts Soöruz Lacanau Pro which is a stage in the professional surfing world championship. The best surfers in the world come to compete in Lacanau before continuing on the series of world championship qualifiers.
Journee Medievale a Saint Macaire
A beautiful medieval festival in the old town of Saint Macaire. With much of the town of Saint Macaire designated as medieval heritage and historical monuments this is the perfect setting for a wonderful medieval festival.
Foire aux Vins et aux Fromage
The fair wines and cheeses returns every August during the harvest in the town of Langon. Known in French as Foire aux Vins et aux Fromage, this is a wonderful local event not to be missed.
Ban des Vendanges, Jurade de Saint Emilion
The Autumn Festival in Saint-Emilion celebrates the wine and heritage of this medieval city. The Jurade, the Saint-Emilion wine brotherhood who historically had administrative rights over the town, parade through the town in their red robes. A wonderful festival to be a part of, with processions, wine tastings and many local arts, crafts and produce on display and for sale.
Marathon du Medoc
Every September, runners gather for the Médoc Marathon which winds its way through over 50 vineyards of this special region. A fun, fancy dress occasion with plenty of wine!
Wine Chateuax Open Visits (Portes Ouvertes)
At the beginning of November many of the chateaux across the region host their 'doors open' days so that the public can sample the new vintages. The Sauternes and Barsac wine châteaux hold an open doors weekend in which more than 50 estates welcome the public to sample their wines. The Loupiac Portes Ouvertes also includes a tasting session by Foie Gras producers.
Margaux Saveurs is a 3 day event that aims to discover the riches of the village of Margaux is its wines, restaurants and heritage.
Grand Marché de Noël
Bordeaux Christmas Market in the heart of the city. A great family event with the carousel, toys, Santa's Grotto, face painting, musicians and street theatre.
Location: Bordeaux Area