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What's on in Bordeaux August 2017

History, music & surfing in Bordeaux this August

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Pam Williamson | Bordeaux Editor | Published: 26th July 2017


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With the summer markets in full swing in the Bordeaux region, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy some live music and entertainment this August.

If you fancy learning a new skill then the Dansons sur les Quais is just the event for you. Inviting you to discover a variety of genres of dance and music where you can join in and enjoy a night of dancing under the stars. A different theme every day, including country and western, ballroom, swing and salsa. Each evening the beginner's lessons will take place from 19:00 to 20:00 and then from 20:00 until midnight the dance will be hosted for you to join in and enjoy. at 22:00 each evening there will be a demonstration from professional dancers so that you can see what you should be looking like!

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The month of August is filled with music from various countries and in a variety of settings. Starting with Les Estivales de Musique the Caillou venue in the Jardin Botanique offers up a whole host of live music events for you to enjoy for free. A selection of jazz, classical, blues and international artists.

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Going back in time now the amazing battle re-enactments of Castillon are one of the main cultural draws of the region. The Battle of Castillon sealed the end of the Hundred Years' War, and for two hours on Friday/Saturday evenings during July and August you can enjoy this dramatic re-enactment just a stone's throw from the original battlefield. 

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Also see: Towns & Villages in Bordeaux, France

Bringing you some reggae rhythm, the Reggae Sun Ska Festival and Beach Tour comes to Bordeaux in August. This 3-day event, where you can camp, enjoy the music and dance all night! The lineup in the past has included acts such as Madness, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Bunny Wailer, Chronixx, Dub Addict and Shaggy. Camping will be available over a 10-hectare area with showers, toilets and catering. Wild camping is forbidden. The 2017 line up includes UB40 and Ky-Mani Marley.

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Also see: Beaches in Bordeaux, France

Surf's up in the middle of August with the Lacanau Pro International Surfing Competition. Among the competitors of the past the likes of Wiggoly Dantas, Joan Duru and Nathaniel Curran have tamed the waves at the Lacanau Pro. The legendary Kelly Slater won the competition back in 1994! Even if surfing isn't your thing the atmosphere around the event and around Lacanau is pretty special and worth the trip.

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Also see: Towns & Villages in Bordeaux, France

For a touch of history a day out at the Journee Medievale a Saint Macaire will take you back to a time when streets were narrow, outfits rather splendid and the music was performed by minstrels! 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. 

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Also see: Towns & Villages in Bordeaux, France

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Bordeaux is a wonderful choice for a holiday in August - check our Events Calendar for a full run down. Find some accommodation for your stay and check out our Hotels.