Calendar, To do list
MAY 2018 April – May
Football: FC Girondins and French League 1 Championship
Heat. Come to a football match at Bordeaux’s stunning new Matmutatlantique stadium, located in the heart of the Bordeaux-lac district. Championship matches include Bordeaux vs Toulouse (weekend of May 12). Exact date and time announced a couple of weeks prior to the match. www.matmut-atlantique.com
8th-13th May Bordeaux Cité Tango Festival
Festival includes four days of lessons and workshops at Espace St Rémi, a beautiful 11th-15th century church now used as a cultural space, and open-air milonga, at the Place du Palais. Events include a movie at the arthouse cinema Utopia and a show at Rocher de Palmer. www.bordeauxtangofestival.com
14th-18th May Opera : Pinocchio
Music by Philippe
Boesmans. This is a new collaboration between Joël Pommerat and Philippe Boesmans. Far from sentimental, it renews the unflinching image of poverty from Collodi’s novel (1881). www.opera-bordeaux.com
14th-20th May Challenger BNP Paribas Primrose Tennis Tournament
This international tournament is the most important in the region, attracting players in the top 100 as well as future talent. The tournament is held at the Villa Primrose tennis club, founded in 1897. www.tournoi-primrose bordeaux.com
19th May The Night of the Museums
For one evening a year, museums throughout Europe stay open late, offering special programs. In Bordeaux, this is a festive evening with around a dozen museums participating — exhibitions, events, workshops, and guided tours, there is something for all ages.
29th May-3rd June Opera-concert : Elektra
The music of Richard Strauss. This is Strauss’s adaptation of the classic Greekmyth. www.opera-bordeaux.com
JUNE 1st-3rd June Regard 9 Graphic Novel festival
This popular and lively graphic novel festival offers workshops, opportunities for creation, exhibitions by graphic novelists, and shows and concerts. It will take place at Darwin. www.rgrd9.com
25th May-9th June Les Epicuriales
Held in the city centre on the Allées de Tourny, this outdoor food festival showcases pop-up restaurants, star chefs, and regional gastronomy in a convivial atmosphere. www.epicuriales.com
10th-13th June L’hermione, stopover in Bordeaux
This lovingly restored
18th century frigate allowed La Fayette, in
1780, to join the American insurgents fighting for their independence. Prized for its speed and maneuverability, L’hermione was equipped with 26 guns firing 12-pound bullets, and took 11 months to build. A guide welcomes you onboard to tell stories about life at sea. www.hermione.com
14th-18th June Bordeaux Fête le Vin and Tall Ships Regatta
This festival enlivens the left bank of the Garonne with a 2 km wine route with wine-tasting pavilions, tasting workshops, evening music, a giant sound and light show and fireworks. Other possible activities include the Weekend des Grands Crus, Grands Crus tasting and cocktail buffet at Hangar 14, and châteaux visits.
And this year the festival has the honor of hosting about twenty tall ships. www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin. com
21th June Fête de la Musique
This is the 37th edition of this popular music festival with venues throughout Bordeaux in the public parks, the Place des Quinconces, and the Cour de l’hôtel de Ville. The program offers tremendous variety: pop, rock, classic, baroque, jazz, rap, folk, hip hop…
26th June Rock Concert: Guns N’roses “Not in this Lifetime Tour”
The legendary rock band Guns N’roses performs at Bordeaux’s stunning stadium. The stadium is located in the heart of the Bordeaux-lac district. There is free parking at the Fair Grounds (Parcs des Expositions) but it’s easiest to reach the stadium by tram line C. Stade Matmut Atlantique stop. www.matmut-atlantique. com
June – August Jazz and Wine Festival
This annual music festival combines jazz by talented musicians and wine from prestigious châteaux — a winning combination!
The concerts are held in Bordeaux châteaux, at the Cité du Vin and the Opera National of Bordeaux. www.jazzandwine.org
21st June-21st September Relâche music festival
This urban music festival runs for three months throughout Bordeaux.
The outdoor venues animate the city with a variety of music and feature international artists. The concerts are free. www.relache.fr
JULY 10th-26th July Les Grands Crus Musicaux
This annual music festival combines classic music performed by renowned musicians and some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious and beautiful wine estates. There will be nine concerts in 2018, held at châteaux such as Château d’yquem, Château Angélus, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Domaine de Chevalier, and Château Pape Clément. Each concert includes a wine tasting.
11th-17th July Les Estivales de Musique en Médoc
This summertime music festival is a springboard for young winners of
international competitions, showcasing emerging talent. The venues are some of the most prestigious wine châteaux in Bordeaux’s Médoc region. www.estivalesmusiquemedoc.com
AUGUST 3rd-5th August Reggae Sun Ska music festival
The 21st edition of Europe’s largest reggae music festival is held in the Médoc at the Domaine de Nodris in Vertheuil. Come and put up your tent a few miles from the ocean, in the shade of the pines, near to the great châteaux of the Médoc vineyards, Reggae Sun Ska invites you for a week-end with your family and friends in a beautiful natural setting. At night you’ll enjoy concerts under the stars. The first names announced are SOJA, Jimmy Cliff, Groundation, Naâman, Touré Kunda, Demi Portion, Havana meets Kingston, Samory I, Hollie Cook, Channel One, Congo Natty, Adrian Sherwood and Legal Shot Sound System.
SEPTEMBER 7th-9th September Climax festival
Concerts, skateboard and BMX competitions and conferences – the theme for Climax 2018 is the sixth mass extinction of species on Earth. This art, culture and music festival takes place at Darwin. Music from international artists – indie, electro, hip hop, pop and more.
8th September Médoc Marathon
This 42.195 km marathon is great fun. Most participants wear costumes — this year the theme is amusement parks — as they race their way through scenic paths of the Médoc wine estates. Throughout the day, there are over fifty side events, including a walk for nonrunners, and the day is capped off by a ball, open to everyone, and fireworks display. www.marathondumedoc.com
15th-16th September European Heritage Days
This 33rd edition will focus on the theme “Heritage and Citizenship”. Numerous places, normally closed to the public, are open for visits, and there’s often a guided tour. Take this opportunity to visit city hall, private houses, courthouses, banks, museums, churches, chambers of commerce and historical sites.
OCTOBER 6th-24th October FAB – Bordeaux International Art Festival
Three weeks of artistic exuberance! FAB’S motto: ‘‘Resolutely multidisciplinary, Deeply humanistic, Openly International, Boldly Cross-sectional’’. More than 30 shows both on stage and in public spaces held throughout greater Bordeaux. Look for theater, dance, performances, circus, music and visual arts with local and international artists. Many free events are suitable for the whole family. www.fab.festivalbordeaux.com
Pinocchio by Joël Pommerat and Philippe Boesmans.
Les Epicuriales food festival.
L’hermione in Bordeaux.
Reggae Sun Ska music festival.