What to do in Bordeaux and in the vineyards in October?

Published the 09/30/2019 in Useful Information

Autumn is here, the red grape harvest has started. The big summer festivities are coming to an end but there will be many events not to be missed in October. Whether you are a sportsman, a wine lover, an antique or an art enthusiast, there will be something for everyone this month. And if you want to enjoy the last glimpse of summer, we have selected for you the top terraces in Bordeaux and in the vineyards. 


From 04/10/2019 to 20/10/2019

The FAB, the Bordeaux Metropole Arts Festival, will take place from October 4 to October 20 in and around Bordeaux. On the program of this participatory, collaborative and multidisciplinary festival, more than 32 shows on and off stage, 10 free concerts and several conferences. Find out more on their website. 


 October 19th & 20th 2019

Immerse yourself in the great autumn bath as you savour all the delights of this season in the heart of Les Chartrons, during the Fête du Vin Nouveau & de la brocante. 

A perfect opportunity to discover the Chartrons district, famous for its flea markets. In a friendly atmosphere, visit the famous flea market, look up and discover the cultural richness of this district in harmony with its history, share a few steps of dancing, taste the new wine accompanied by delicious hot chestnuts, discover local specialities in the charming restaurants of Chartrons, or hunt for hidden gems in one of the Antique shops...!

All weekend long: Antiques and professional antique dealers in the street and shops,restaurants and street artists with JAZZ CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the NAPKINGS (rock), RACHEL MAGIDSON and her pianist (soul)...


October  26th  2019

After the success of its first editions, the Aquitaine Athletics League and the Bordeaux metropolis are once again running the famous Bordeaux Metropole Marathon this year.

After only three editions, the Bordeaux Marathon should reach the 20,000 participants threshold. The keys to its success are to travel through both the historic centre and the vineyards of the town. Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay complete each other in the afternoon with a race for the little ones.

This 42.195 km race, as the rule requires, will cross the very heart of the city, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as several cities in the Bordeaux metropolis. Runners will be able to enjoy the passage in exceptional places steeped in history such as Place de la Bourse, the stone bridge, the Cailhau Gate, Place de la Victoire, St Michel's Basilica, Ste Croix Church, Place Gambetta, the Public Garden, the Esplanade of the Quinconces, the Grand Theatre, Place Pey-Berland, the quays, etc. 

Another specificity of the Bordeaux Metropole Marathon is that it is run at night, becoming the first night marathon in France. The heart of the Bordeaux Metropole Marathon will beat to the rhythm of the Partners and Exhibitors Village located along the Garonne quays, a few hundred metres from the finish line opposite Place de la Bourse.


October 18th - 20th 2019

Every morning at 8am, and in the evening at 5:30pm, it is time for hot air balloons to take off in Saint-Emilion. Visit the website of the Saint-Emilion Tourism Office.

The success of this event is growing, thanks to the show offered by the group of 15 hot-air balloons, the generally favourable weather in October, and the activities designed for all generations that accompany the flights.


October  19th & 20th 2019

From Saint-Pardon de Conques to the Jalle de Blanquefort, a few kilometres north of Bordeaux, along the Garonne river, the Graves region extends its 3500 hectares of vines. It is on these exceptional territories, resulting from a long and complex geological history, that we invite you to discover the world of Vins des Graves during the Open House weekend.

This event has conquered visitors year after year and will celebrate its 20th anniversary! On this occasion, 69 winegrowers of the appellation will open their properties to you to let you discover the other side of the coin at the end of the harvest, but above all to meet the men and women who work with know-how and passion to create the great Graves wines that we know today, whether they are red, white or sweet. 

It is not too late to attend the vendanges, check out our latest article to learn more about this festive time of the year,

And if you want to attend some unique events in the Chateaux, or join the vendanges during a day, contact us directly contact@millesimeprive.com