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What to do in Nantes this Thursday and this weekend of May 20, 21 and 22, 2022? – Big City Life

Evenings, outings, sport, tips… it’s time for our famous “What to do in Nantes this weekend?”, the file you should never miss before your weekend! As per usual, Big City Life treats you to its tips and unusual outings to get well from Thursday to Sunday. Between parties, concerts, exhibitions and atypical places, you have plenty to enjoy your weekend!

What to do in Nantes this Thursday and this weekend of May 20, 21 and 22, 2022? Our tips and unusual outings…

Big City Life has prepared a QUALITY program for you to make the most of the sun! Terraces, parties, exhibitions, concerts and garage sales will be on this weekend 🌴

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The whole weekend
Le Ferrailleur celebrates its 15th anniversary!

From Thursday to Sunday, Le Ferrailleur organizes concerts every evening to celebrate its 15th anniversary in style! A weekend that promises to be incredible given the line-up for the next few days: Ämelast, Superdownhome, HININ, Frustration + Nursery, Liar, Pogo Car Crash Control + Mad Foxes, Simone d’opale, as well as Aymeric Maini + Middle Child + Geofrey Legoaziou will be present! If you’re interested, we’ll let you discover the dates and times of the concerts on Facebook Le Ferrailleur!

Where ? The Junkyard
When ? From May 19 to May 22
Schedule From 19h
Paid / Varies

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Neighbors Spring

See you from May 20 to 22 in the 11 different districts of Nantes for Le Printemps des Voisins! Meetings, reunions, and conviviality are the key words of this weekend. All activities and initiatives are accepted! So, what are you waiting for to celebrate your neighborhood? 🙃

Where ? The districts of Nantes
When ? From May 20 to May 22
Schedule From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday and Saturday
Pikoff Bierfest Festival

Notice to fans and enthusiasts of craft beers, the Pikoff Bierfest is back for a pop-urban, local and responsible festival! With the presence of 11 artists, and 14 breweries, the Idéelles association, in collaboration with Les Brassés and the M45T agency, offers you two days of good humor and conviviality. On Saturday, you can find a creators’ market on site, and of course beershops and goodies throughout the festival. Ideal for releasing pressure 😉

Where ? Brewed
When ? From May 20 to May 21
Schedule From 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and from 12 p.m. to midnight on Saturday

Saturday and Sunday

This weekend, the new Nantes actor Sable Mouvant takes over the Little Atlantique Brewery for the BIM BAM BOUM festival! On the program: dj sets, tattoo artists, designer market, local food, exhibitions, raffle… In short, all the conditions are met to spend two beautiful days under the sun!

Where ? Little Atlantic Brewery
When ? From May 21 to May 22
Schedule Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Korean Spring Calligraphy Workshop

Passionate or curious about Korean culture? The ninth edition of Korean Spring begins on May 19! Spread over ten days, the festival allows you to be closer to this culture, through performances, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, etc. You can take part in a calligraphy workshop on Saturday and Sunday, to learn how to master this art.

Where ? Large neighborhood house workshop Madeleine
When ? From May 21 to May 22
Schedule 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Match: The Neptunes / Toulon Métropole Var Handball

The Nantes Neptunes end their season this Saturday, May 21, with a last match against Toulon Métropole Var Handball. Even if their place in the European League is assured, come support them one last time this Saturday at 8 p.m., at Mangin Beaulieu, for a final victory! She’s just waiting for you 😉

Where ? Mangin Beaulieu sports complex
When ? May 21
Schedule From 20h
Paying / 2 to 13€, free for children under 10

Make way for drawing

The Beaux-Arts de Nantes Saint-Nazaire give way to the fourth edition of Place au dessin on the Nantes site. Workshops, live models, performances, exhibitions and more surprises! Fusain, watercolours, calligraphy, comics… For young and old alike, this participatory event is ideal for letting your creativity speak!

Where ? Nantes Fine Arts
When ? May 21
Schedule From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Strolling: OPEN AIR Dj’s Set

It’s the return of spring ! Who says sunny days, says outings! We suggest you go for a walk at Les Flâneries with a quality Open Air. On the program, DJ’s sets with the artists Funky LowFit, Karim, Mad Daffy, Dust Yard and B2B families. On the food side, find the OTENTYKA foodtruck as well as a refreshment bar (local products, drinks, bowls).

Where ? Gaudiniere Park
When ? May 21
Schedule From 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.


For 10 years, Apo 33, Jardin C, Stereolux and Trempo have been acting together under the name of Fabrique île de Nantes, in the field of contemporary music, sound arts and digital cultures. To celebrate this anniversary, the collective has imagined “Fabrique power 10”, a festive event that offers artistic performances of all kinds! On the program: concerts, DJs, workshops, installations and wanderings!

Where ? Apo33, Garden C, Stereolux, Trempo
When ? May 21
Schedule From 2 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Block Frequencies at Ateliers de Bitches

Good news ! The Turtle is back in service! See you this Saturday at the Ateliers de Bitches for the Block Frequencies! To celebrate this return, a line up of madness is planned: Aywaken, Skunk Kut feat. Monkey D., DUB Machinist meets Gary CLUNK and the legendary Ataraxy crew with their 8 scoops.

Where ? The Bitches Workshops
When ? May 21
Schedule From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Paying / 5€

Smile Festival: Flagship event

On May 21, it’s the Smile Festival at the Machines de l’Ile site (Site Park)! On the program: concerts, brass bands, introduction to handisport, adapted angling, tour of the site in a joelette, innovations, and many more surprises! On the music side, Shelter Colony, Balikou, Le Grillo Crew and Soyuuz will set the mood.

Bonus point: all profits (sale of drinks, solidarity baskets, etc.) will be donated to the APF France handicap association!

Where ? The Machines of the Island
When ? May 21
Schedule From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sale of plants to the Agronaute

Aromatics, vegetables, flowers and small fruit trees, after a conclusive first edition last week, the Agronaute returns for a second big sale of plants this Saturday! The selection is 100% local, ethical and committed, from the nurseries of La Sauge, and 23degré, cultivated in a natural way. A bar will be present throughout the day to refresh you!

Where ? The Agronaut
When ? May 21
Schedule from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Club Z1Z1 at unique place

The host of fest noz, Club Z1Z1, invites you to the Lieu Unique on Friday from 10 p.m.! The party-loving duo is ready to keep you dancing the night away to ebm, indie dance music, and their greatest classics! 😜

Where ? Unique place
When ? May 20
Schedule from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Carnival of the Huppe (Doulon – Bottière district)

This Sunday, go to the Doulon district to attend the Huppe festival, this small colorful migratory bird that crosses the continents. Between wanderings, comedians and festive music, the atmosphere will be friendlier than ever!

Where ? Neighborhood Doulon – Bottiere
When ? May 22
Schedule From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Garage sale place Viarme

To enjoy this sunny Sunday, what could be better than going for a walk in the middle of a garage sale with the family? The funds raised during this garage sale will be donated to the RESF support association to meet the needs of Nantes migrants!

Where ? Place Viarme
When ? May 22
Schedule 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Island Terrace: Disco Domingo #1

Sunday, May 22, La Terrasse de L’île invites you to the first edition of its new event called “Disco Domingo”! On the program, a disco house atmosphere with a dj set by Tony Moya. The team of La Terrasse de L’île and the new cocktail menu, meet you under the Nantes sun!!

Where ? Island Terrace
When ? May 22
Schedule Starting at 16h

Top of the weekend
The best bike rides in Loire-Atlantique

Want to take a breath of fresh air? It’s time to (re)discover our beautiful green department through bike rides! Whether you are a beginner, an expert or a family, Loire-Atlantique is full of suitable trails to discover the diversity of landscapes and nature. So as at Big City Life we ​​like to make your life easier, we have prepared for you a top of the best bike rides to experience in Loire-Atlantique.

Where ? Nantes
When ? From May 19 to May 22

Featured photo: @trooper_bg

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