The city of Bordeaux is considered the wine capital of France and is definitely one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Europe. Itscultural offeris very diverse throughout the year but, specifically, during the month of June, there are plenty of things to do to coincide with the beginning of summer.
1. Have a picnic in the vineyards near Bordeaux
Wine and wine fields are two of the main tourist attractions of Bordeaux and, therefore, one of the best things to do during the month of June is to participate in a picnic in one of the different wineries in the region. It has become an annual tradition that during the first weekend of this month different vineyards open their doors so that both local citizens and tourists can tour their fields for free.
The exact list of the Medoc and St Emilion wineries that participate in this cycle of open doors in June changes every year. We suggest you book a guided tour and book an excursion to St Emilion to learn about the production process behind the different appellations of the region.
In addition, you should also note that the best wine tours in Bordeaux take care of all the logistics necessary for you to enjoy the experience without worrying about transportation or paying specialists in the history of these wineries.
2. Go to Le Haillan Chanté Festival
The Le Haillan Chanté festival is an event that takes place every year in mid-June in the district of Le Haillan. Basically it is a week in which lovers of traditional French music can enjoy a cultural atmosphere in which up to 10 different concerts are offered.
The best thing to do is to investigate if the concerts that coincide with your visit catch your attention, because ideally you can also go sightseeing in the area. For example, the Bordeaux City Pass gives you access to important musical institutions in the city such as the Bordeaux National Opera, among many others.
3. Eat oysters in Arcachon
Oysters are part of the culinary culture of the South of France and during the month of June the Saint Augustin district celebrates its own gastronomic festival. Basically it is a fair with free access in which throughout the day different restaurants and families are dedicated to selling dishes in which oysters are the protagonist. Although if you prefer you can also book a gastronomic tour of the city.
The event also extends into the night where there are usually free concerts and the whole neighborhood becomes a kind of street party celebrating the beginning of summer.
Anyway, you have to know that the date usually chosen for this festival is the first weekend of the month, so a good way to take advantage of this date in Bordeaux is to visit the coastal town of Arcachon.
4. Go to Blanquefort to enjoy the Echappée Belle Festival
In the northern suburbs of Bordeaux lies the district of Blanquefort and within this beautiful community is organized one of the most interesting festivals of the whole month of June. It is a family event that fuses theater, dance, circus... to bring these aspects closer to the youngest of the house.
The exact location changes every year, but the most usual is that throughout the three or four days of the festival different parks of the neighborhood are chosen so that tourists have the opportunity to get to know the whole area. Parc Majolan is usually a favorite alternative within the event's organizational scheme.
Either way, you should know that touring the residential neighborhoods on the outskirts of Bordeaux is one of the best ways to explore the city, even if you're not very interested in the festival. In fact, it is part of those recommended plans to do in May in Bordeaux knowing that many of them have excellent cycling routes along the Garonne River, ideal for the weather that month.
5. Go to the open doors of the Cadillac Côtes châteaux
The châteaux of the Cadillac Côtes vineyards are one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Bordeaux region and, unfortunately, during most of the year they tend to have a rather restricted itinerary of visits. Luckily, during the month of June this region also organizes an open house weekend where they offer totally free guided tours.
The event usually happens during the first weekend of the month and about 45 different Chateaux usually open their doors during this weekend and my recommendation is to rent a car so you can get to know at your leisure and freedom.
6. Participate in the Bordeaux Pride March
The month of June is synonymous with diversity and inclusion in many parts of the world and the LGBT Pride march usually takes place on these dates in the main cities of the northern hemisphere. It usually takes place on the second or third Saturday of June.
Its starting point is always the Parc des Angeliques, until reaching the famous Quinconces Square and then continue the night in bars and nightclubs throughout the city.
The event is one of the most important pride marches in France and is usually part of the itinerary of the visit of a single day in Bordeaux for many people. Hundreds of tourists come to the city during their passage through the south of France, just to enjoy this festival that celebrates diversity and inclusion of all people.
7. Get to know the local gastronomic world with the Morue Festival
Moroe is the word they use in France for 'cod' and, curiously, your visit to the city of Bordeaux during the month of June coincides with one of the best gastronomic traditions of this locality. It is a festival that takes place in Bègles, the southern area, in which cod is the main protagonist and the most common is that the festival occurs during the last weekend of the month.
The experience is much more entertaining than you can imagine because it also includes cooking workshops, academic exhibitions, free tastings and culinary conferences.
Best of all, access to the festival is completely free and can be part of the best part of a three-day visit to Bordeaux, which is enough time to venture out into the city's suburbs to experience the authentic culture of the locals.
8. Experience the cultural activities of the Fête de la Musique
On June 21st, one of the most representative French traditions of the national culture takes place. It is the Fête de la Musique and it is an event that celebrates music regardless of its genre and its place of origin. In the city of Bordeaux there are clearly activities related to this special date and, therefore, throughout the day you will find different free concerts and street parties in different parts of the city.
My recommendation for you to enjoy the French-style music festival is to visit the most tourist areas of the city such as the squares of the central district or the different parks on the east and west bank of the Garonne River.
Enjoying the music in the free and urban concerts and then going to a bar to continue the evening is the best way to live this experience if your two-day visit to Bordeaux coincides with June 21.
9. Walk along the banks of the Garonne River for the Bordeaux Fête le Vin
As Bordeaux is considered the wine capital of France, it's no surprise that there is a festival specifically dedicated to celebrating this aspect of its culture. It takes place during the end of June, almost always during the third or fourth weekend of the month.
The festival, in addition to being an excellent opportunity to learn about the region's wine production, is also known for the fact that large sailboats often dock along the banks of the Garonne River.
During the festival there are many free tastings and samplings, and it is also possible to visit the sailboats at rates that depend on the organization of each of the wineries that rent them.
10. Don't miss the Medieval Festival of the South of Gironde
In the forest of Cabiros in Landiras, a town about 45 minutes south from the center of Bordeaux, there is a medieval festival that is very famous in the area.
It recreates some medieval traditions with people dressed in costumes of the time and the place set for the occasion. Without a doubt, it is one of the best things to do with children in Bordeaux.
The festival as such usually lasts two days in total and most commonly takes place on the first or second weekend of the month. To get to this site in a practical way you will need to rent a car, although you could also use Bordeaux's public buses. The price of tickets for an adult on a single date of the festival **is about 20 euros.
Temperatures in Bordeaux in June
Bordeaux temperatures during the month of June are quite favorable as highs are usually 27 °C, while lows are around 18 °C on cold nights. More extreme variations are possible if a heat wave occurs during your visit.
Bordeaux tourist arrivals in June
The number of tourists in Bordeaux during the month of June is one of the highest of the year because it is the beginning of summer. This translates into parks and monuments full of people so booking in advance is the safest bet for any activity.
Prices in Bordeaux in June
Traveling to Bordeaux during the month of June is also a more expensive experience because the demand for accommodation and restaurants triples as it is the most touristy time of the year.
What to pack to visit Bordeaux in June?
Bordeaux tends to be quite humid when temperatures rise, so I advise you to bring breathable clothing and plenty of sunscreen. It is also important to bring comfortable shoes, as walking along the city streets is one of the necessary activities to explore the city for sightseeing.