As summer nights in Buenos Aires start to give the word ‘sticky’ a whole new meaning, we’re betting that the beach — or your neighbor’s rooftop pool — is looking more and more attractive by the minute. For those of us who can’t just jet off to Mar del Plata for the weekend though, Buenos Aires Playa is here to the rescue. Recently inaugurated this week, the porteño tradition is hugely popular with the masses, and brings sand, lounge chairs, sports, and showers to the baking streets of the concrete jungle. Additionally, if you want to avoid the heat, there’s always the night! Check out the nighttime markets, game meets, parties, concerts, and many other activities, to get involved with what’s going on in the city and make the most of the next days off.
Friday, 12th of January
A nocturnal edition of Buenos Aires Market will be setting up this weekend on Friday and Saturday night in Parque Chacabuco. Boasting over 60 stands and 1000 specialty items, the market features a wide selection of organic produce in addition to gourmet products from around the country. Food lovers will be happy to learn that the market has a special gourmet ‘food patio,’ where they can enjoy traditional Argentine fare like pizza and pasta as well as some more unconventional dishes. As always entry is free, and if you don’t care to spend, you can always window shop!
6 PM – Midnight | Parque Chacabuco (Asamblea and Emilio Mitre) | Free | More info
For all of the nerds out there who could never get enough of classic games growing up, Bar La Tribú is hosting a board game night this evening to kick off the start of the weekend. Head on over to the Almagro bar to indulge in some unabashed game playing, and enjoy a few savory empanadas with some cold craft beer. It doesn’t get much better than that! The bar, as a bonus, also has air conditioning (which of course will be set at the recommended 24 degrees, as per President Macri). Games will be provided by Imaginando Buenas, a local Argentine ‘play workshop.’
9 PM – 1 AM | Bar La Tribú (Lambaré 873) | More info
One of Buenos Aires greatest gay parties, La Warhol, is diving headfirst into summer. Not fazed by all the people going on vacation, they’re partying all season long through the heat. Located a few blocks away from the National Congress, the line for La Warhol is known to go well around the block. And with a cover of AR $70, and unbelievable deals on extra large drinks, it’s not hard to understand why. Boasting an enormous underground dance space, there are two different floors that will be serving up the best pop and cachengue hits. Make sure you show up with valid ID, and if it’s your birthday, you get in for free!
11:45 PM – 6:30 AM | Rivadavia 1910 | AR $70 | More info
Eclectic Argentine band Jeites will be playing this evening at Fiesta Invasión, Niceto Club’s avant-garde Friday night party that always makes for a good time. Featuring cutting edge independent and underground artists, the party has been a staple in the city for over sixteen years, surprising and captivating the Buenos Aires public. Jeites, a group that combines elements of folk, rock, reggae and electronica into a bright, pop sound, is currently touring Buenos Aires province. Tickets to tonight’s party start at AR $200 and can bought online on Ticketek.
11:59 PM – 7:59 AM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510)| AR $200 | More info
Saturday, 13th of January
Vegetarian cooking center Vegetalia Carnes Veggies, will be hosting a special class on how to prepare meatless Indian entrées this afternoon in its Colegiales kitchen. Covering traditional dishes like Aloo Gobi, Palak Paneer, Subji, Dal, Chana, and Kofta, the cost of the course is AR $600 and includes all materials and ingredients as well take-home versions of the recipes. Send an email to email@example.com for more information or to reserve your spot.
3 – 6 PM | Vegetalia Carnes Veggies (Forest 1160) | AR $600 | More info
Galería Patio del Liceo is one of the Buenos Aires’ many hidden treasures. Tucked away on Santa Fe between Anchorena and Laprida, the galería is a smaller, more intimate version of a shopping center that boasts a vibe that is occasionally described as hippy or outright bohemian. This Saturday all the galería‘s shops will be opening their doors to the public, offering a wide range of hand-crafted and artisanal goodies, including notebooks, clothes, jewelry, shoes, and decorative objects for the home. A number of stores are running sales and keep in mind that discounts are occasionally given if you pay in cash.
3 – 8:30 PM | Santa Fe 2729 | Free | More info
The first ‘Food Fest’ of 2018 is set to take place this weekend, setting up shop as usual in Buenos Aires’ iconic exposition center, La Rural. For those who haven’t been before, this open air food festival gathers the best of the city’s food trucks, offering both time-tested favorites as well as more adventurous options. Live music will be provided during the event by several local bands, as well as a number of DJs who will be serving up some groovy sets. Admission to Food Fest is free, and entrance is via Avenida Sarmiento.
6 PM – 1 AM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Miss Bolivia will be teaming up with the geniuses behind Centro Cultural Konex’s La Bomba de Tiempo for a new edition of Fiesta Clandestina in Groove. Combining a number of musical genres into one intense event, the night’s sound will infuse reggae, hip-hop, and cumbia with excellent percussion and some solid Latin beats. Tickets to Fiesta Clandestina are AR $225 and can be bought online on Ticketek.
11 PM – 7 AM | Groove (Santa Fe 4389) | AR $225 | More info
Sunday, 14th of January
A workshop on how to make and embroider cloth dolls from scratch will be taking place in San Telmo this Sunday. Organized by the creative souls behind Habichuelas and Viera Artes Manuales, the workshop will run from 10 AM – 2 PM today. Interested participants should sign up via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm their spot ahead of time. No previous knowledge of sewing or embroidery is required, and all the necessary materials to make your doll will be included in the workshop’s cost.
10 AM – 2 PM | San Telmo | More info
For those of you who aren’t able to get to the coast this summer, Buenos Aires is bringing the beach to you with yet another edition of Buenos Aires Playa — Latin America’s first ever urban beach. The initiative, started in 2009, brings sand, umbrellas, lounge chairs, showers, water games, football and volleyball fields, live music, and much more to porteños in two of the city’s green spaces, Parque de los Niños (General Paz and Avenida Cantilo) and Parque Indoamericano (Castañares and Escalada). Buenos Aires Playa is open from 10 AM – 8 PM and there is no charge for admission.
10 AM – 8 PM | Parque de los Niños (General Paz and Avenida Cantilo) and Parque Indoamericano (Castañares and Escalada) | Free | More info
In line with it’s hashtag of #amordeverano, the Centro Cultural Recoleta is hosting ‘romantic karaoke nights’ on Sundays at 8 PM both this and next month. A carefree way to round off a weekend full of activities, you can expect to sing along to some gratifying ballads as well as some sinfully delightful pop hits. The karaoke night takes place in the center’s Patio Aljibe and is completely free to the public.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
Renowned Uruguayan composer Fernando Cabrera will be presenting a number of songs from his new disk 432 in Café Vinilo tonight. A highly acclaimed musician, Cabrera is primarily known for Uruguay’s rich tradition of folk music, with his works undoubtedly having influenced an entire generation of young musicians. Tickets to the concert are AR $350, and can be bought online on Alternativa Teatral.
9 – 11:30 | Gorriti 3780 | AR $350 | More info
The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email at email@example.com.