Agenda 2023 - Events not to miss

Published the 03/01/2024 in Useful Information

Need help choosing the dates for your next vacation? In lack of ideas for the stay?

Festivals, open houses, exhibitions...

Here is the calendar for the first half of 2024 with all the events in the Bordeaux region not to miss!


March 3 – Carnival of the two banks

Every year, the long-awaited Carnival of the Two Banks returns to the heart of the city of Bordeaux! With 20,000 revelers, it is the largest parade of its kind in all of South-West France. This year, carnival participants are preparing their African-themed floats, costumes and shows!

February 23 till March 24 – Pleasure Fair

This huge funfair boasts over 200 attractions for all ages! An event not to be missed at the Place des Quinconces!

fete forraine bordeaux quinconces

March 23 and 24 - Open doors at the island of Ambès

Just a few minutes' drive from Bordeaux, the castles of the Ambès peninsula open their doors to you. Meet these enthusiasts who are eager to introduce you to their craft. Head to Ambares et Lagrave, Ambes, Bassens, Sainte-Eulalie, Saint Loubes, or Saint-Vincent-de-Paul. 


April 1-2 – Open doors at the Château de Medoc

Did you know that the Médoc vineyard was the first to collectively organize open doors for its châteaux? Set up by the Masion du tourisme et du vin de Pauillac in collaboration with the Conseil des Vins du Médoc, their success has opened up the beautiful season on the side of the Gironde Estuary for 29 years. More than 90 castles open their doors in order to allow you to discover their vineyards.

April 13-14 - Blaye Wine Spring

Le Printemps des Vins is made up of nearly 100 winegrowers from Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux who welcome you behind their barrels inside the citadel of Blaye. This weekend will be made up of meetings, sharing and tastings of course, but will also be punctuated by numerous activities such as cruises on the estuary, train rides, culinary workshops, guided tours of the citadel, etc. Come in large numbers to meet our winegrowers and spend a festive weekend around our appellation!

April 20-21 – Lalande en Pomerol

This small appellation welcomes you on the weekend of April 20th to 21st to discover its castles and meet the winemakers of the region. A moment of conviviality and sharing awaits you. 

April 22-25 – Week of Les Primeurs

From April 22 to 25, 2024, Bordeaux and several of its famous châteaux will host La Semaine des Primeurs, which will allow winegrowers to present their 2023 vintage “en primeur” to the press and distribution professionals. On the program for this week are wine tastings from all the appellations of the Bordeaux vineyards, such as Graves, Sauternes, Saint-Émillion, Médoc, Pomerol, Margaux and Saint-Estèphe. These wines will be tasted in six different Bordeaux chateaux.


May 4-5 – Saint-Emilion open house

2 festive days to discover our appellation! A privileged meeting with the winegrowers of Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion who open their doors to you in a large number of castles with many activities in perspective!

Mai 11-12 - Côtes de Bourg "Tous Ô Chais"

Just 35km away from Bordeaux, the estates of the Côtes de Bourg appellation welcome you during a festive and friendly weekend. Numerous activities, concerts, exhibitions, tastings of local products, and more will be offered to you.

May 18-26 - Bordeaux International Fair

The Foire Internationale de Bordeaux is one of the most important events of the year in Gironde. Every year, more than 200,000 people walk the aisles of the fair in search of their happiness. Among the important moments of the Fair, do not miss its agricultural show, the second largest in France after that of Paris, or the unmissable pop culture event, the Bordeaux Geekfest!


June 1-2 – Open days in Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

The weekend of Pentecost will see the great return of the annual meeting of the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux winegrowers, the open days for the 29th edition. On the program 50 properties open to the public and events at the wine house as well as in the small and large castles, come meet enthusiasts and explore the most beautiful landscapes of Bordeaux.

21 juin - Fête de la Musique

In 2024, France will celebrate the 42nd edition of the Fête de la Musique, a free and unifying event that showcases global musical diversity in cities and villages across the country. This event, now firmly rooted in French cultural tradition, provides a free and inclusive platform to highlighting musical diversity worldwide while promoting social cohesion and bringing individuals together around a common passion: music..

June 27-30 – Bordeaux Fête le Vin

You will find on the quays the iconic wine route running through the different villages of the appellations. For 4 days, we will taste the wines of Bordeaux and New Aquitaine with the winegrowers and merchants, accompanied by the essential Tasting Pass! The celebration will also be experienced in preview in restaurants and wine shops in the Metropolis, with music in performance halls where winegrowers and merchants from the region will come to meet you.


July 10-14 – Bayonne Festival

Among the great festivals of the South-West, those of Bayonne come first with more than a million Festayres in the Basque capital, at the end of July. It is therefore a must for anyone who wants to experience this type of event combining dance, music and numerous activities, symbols of the conviviality and well-being of our region.

July 25-27 – Fête du Cognac

You will have the opportunity to explore the various nuances of Cognac while enjoying a meal in an enchanting environment, allowing you to fully savor the culinary delights of the region. Conviviality is at the heart of this unforgettable experience.

July 20-21 – Route du Champagne en fête

Each year, this exceptional weekend offers a rotation of villages or areas in the Côte des Bar, providing the opportunity to explore the cellars and taste local wines. Between 25,000 and 40,000 visitors are warmly welcomed by winemakers at each edition. Immerse yourself in a festive atmosphere and discover the subtleties of the vineyards, while becoming passionate ambassadors of this exceptional terroir.

TBD – Open doors of the Crus Artisans de Medoc

The "Crus Artisans du Médoc" open their doors to you to help you discover their vineyard and their wines, but above all their state of mind, attached to their history and their roots. A return to the sources of the true profession of the winegrower! Opportunity to taste all the wines from the participating estates at the Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac, during opening hours.


August 9-10 - Fest'arts of Libourne

The city of Libourne, near Bordeaux, hosts the annual Street Arts Festival: the Fest'arts. On this occasion, around 40,000 people gather in the streets to discover a myriad of free shows for the whole family.

July 14-15 – Sea Festival in Arcachon

During two days, Basin lovers come together to celebrate the sea and its traditions. You can participate with family or friends in the giant picnic on the Sea Front, attend the nautical parade. Don't forget your yellow scarf!

Battle of Castillion

Let yourself be surprised by the number of extras and actors (more than 250 on stage, more than 500 for the entire season), by 40 knights and their mounts, by the size of the scenic area (3 ha) staged by the play of lights and pyrotechnic effects. Discover the customs of the villagers and winegrowers, share the life of the monks of the priory. Discover the great figures of Guyenne: Eleanor of Aquitaine, John Talbot... Immerse yourself in 1453 which also marks the end of the Middle Ages with the fall of Constantinople.


Don't miss the main events in the region ! 

all the event in the region


In need of inspiration? Subscribe to our newsletter and receive the guide Bordeaux through the Seasons