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The Aquitaine region in which Bordeaux is located hosts a huge range of food and wine festivals, sporting events, crafts fairs, arts and cultural events and parades throughout the year (although mainly in summer). If you enjoy a party, these are well worth putting in your travel diary. 

January: National Antiques Market

One of the biggest annual events in Bordeaux, this festival is held at the huge exhibition centre at Bordeaux-Lac, north of the city, each January. It attracts not only some of the best-known antique dealers in France but also amateurs with a keen eye for a bargain. 

June: Fête de Printemps

The annual spring festival held each June in the heritage village of Saint-Emilion features wine tastings (of course), and lively parade through the medieval hamlet. The local wine producers and elders walk through the streets wearing colourful crimson costumes.

June: Bordeaux Wine Festival

Held each June, this festival is held on the quays on the banks of the Garonne River over four days and nights with booths stretching 2km offering public tastings. These run from 11am-midnight and in addition to the open-air wine trail there concerts, son et lumiere shows, fireworks and concerts. 

June – August: Les Estivales de Musique

Held throughout June, July and August, this three-month festival is held on the Linné Esplanade on the right bank with a series of concerts aimed at promoting local musicians. Entry is free and in 2016 there were 55 events showcasing jazz, classical, blues and world music.

June – September: Cinesites

Held at several sites across the city during the summer months, this festival of all things film has been a Bordeaux fixture for over 20 years; with a wide range of movies shown at open-air sites across the city, ranging from classics to comedies and love stories. 

July – August: Bordeaux Organ Festival

During July and August, three churches in Bordeaux host regular organ concerts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6pm. Venues include the majestic and historic Saint-Andre's Cathedral and organists from around Europe demonstrate their skills on the giant church organs.  

September: Marathon du Medoc

One of the wackiest sports events around, the annual Medoc Marathon each September is a 42km run with a difference. Competitors wear costumes and it includes 23 stops offering runners local specialities such as oysters, steak, wine and ice-cream. Even if you don't fancy participating, it is a lot of fun to watch.

October: Wine & Flea Market

Held over two days each October, this flea market and wine tasting centres on Rue Notre Dame, well-known for its many second-hand stores, and spills across the Chartrons district. Around 80 dealers attend and there is the chance to sample new vintage wine releases.

November – December: Christmas Markets

Held each year from late November until Christmas, Bordeaux’s Christmas Market is a traditional market selling a range of Christmas gifts and foodstuffs in the passageways of the historic Tourny district in central Bordeaux.  

Biannual: Foire à la Brocante des Quinconces

Close to 200,000 people a year attend the Quinconces Flea Market, held over two weeks twice each year (spring and autumn) in the largest public square in Europe. It is the oldest flea market and antiques fair in the region and attracts 200 dealers selling furniture, jewellery and junk. There are similar smaller markets in several nearby towns.