Don’t let anyone convince you that because the work week only lasted four days, you deserve less from your sacred weekend. We know that an increase in Micro fares, a dip in the otherwise recently glorious temperature, and a return to normal weekend length can’t get you down! Chin up and carry on with your bad self: here are some of the local happenings to cram into the best few days of the week.

Friday August 19th

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ART: Here’s your chance to actually take home some of the exciting work that Argentine visual artists are putting out: the Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sivori is hosting their annual auction of works by artists like Antonio Berni, Raúl Soldi, Carmelo Arden Quin, Miguel Ocampo, Carlos Alonso, and many more. The catalog will consist of over 100 different pieces, and they will be on display through next Thursday. Even if there’s not enough wiggle room in your budget for eye candy this month, come to the museum and see what all the hip artists are up to these days. The museum will be open from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM and the final auction will be held Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only ARS 25 and you can see a list of what is being auctioned off here. Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sivori (Av. Infanta Isabel 555)

ART: Expand the scope of your exhibit-going experience by playing audience to curator and critic, Santiago Garcia Navarro’s conversation with Silvia Gurfein at the MACBA. Gurfein’s latest exposition, Deshacer, recently opened at the museum, and Navarro will be coaxing everything you never thought to ask from his discussion with the artist. The event starts at 7:00 PM and is free! MACBA (Av. San Juan 328)

WELCOME: The city of Buenos Aires is hosting a massive welcome party for any international student who finds themselves in Buenos Aires for the purpose of furthering their education. This is the perfect chance to get to know other international students who are finding their footing in this massive city, or pick the brains of others who have been here a while and already know the ropes. There will be Q&A sessions, extracurricular activities to sign up for, food, music, dancing, and shows! The meet and greet goes from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM and is free, but you have to sign up here. Distrito Audiovisual (Zapiola 50)

LECTURE: Since we’ve all been thinking a lot about the year 1816 lately, Alberto Manguel (director of the National Library) and José Emilio Burucúa (Doctor of Philosophy and Professor of Cultural History) decided to create a presentation titled Libros y Lecturas en el Río de la Plata en 1816. The pair aim to shed a little light on what sorts of things the literate population of Buenos Aires read at the time, and how they read. The Alianza Francesa will host this exploration of the 200 year-old cultural practice at 7:00 PM and the event is free! You can get your tickets starting a half hour before the event. Alianza Francesa (Av. Córdoba 946, 1st floor)

TANGO: Since the world tango championship kicked off this week, we thought it would only be right to include one of many events going on around town here. Luckily for you it isn’t just any old event, we’re talking Amelita Baltar live at the Teatro 25 de Mayo. If you’re unfamiliar, or just need a quick tango fix, you can check out her vocal stylings here. The legend will be singing her greatest hits starting at 8:00 PM and tickets are free! You can pick them up at the theater starting two hours before the show. Teatro 25 de Mayo (Av. Triunvirato 4444)

MUSIC: For extra chill musical inspiration, head to the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti to hear an intimate concert by guitarist and singer Edgardo Cardozo. He’ll be playing the latest songs from his most recent album as well as all the hits from his previous projects. You can take his entire previous album for a spin here and see what the multi-talented musician is all about. The concert starts at 9:00 PM and is free, but get there early to get your tickets because space is limited. Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. Del Libertador 8151)

MUSIC: Don’t get off the music train quite yet! Babel Orkesta will be ringing in the weekend with unmatched exuberance at the Mamerta Espacio Cultural starting at 11:30 PM. The upbeat party band will be showing off their brand new show under the direction of Daniel Casablanca of Los Macocos. Don’t miss your chance to see the group that got their own TEDxTalk! Tickets are ARS 120 at the door, or ARS 100 if you reserve a spot by emailing Mamerta Espacio Cultural (Lavalle 4080)

PARTY: We’re all about the live music vibe this weekend, and Uniclub is on the same wavelength. Head to the party hub to hear El Pescado Sin Vender, Swing Katana, and La Biga Alada in the flesh, and drag out the Friday night festivities well into Saturday. It all goes down starting at 08:30 PM, but show up fashionably late because we pre-dinner parties can only lead to hangry dancing. Tickets are only ARS 80 and you can get them here. Uniclub (Guardia Vieja 3360)

Saturday 20th

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PHOTO: Calling all amateur and professional photographers: join your fellow image-driven kin for a morning of taking pictures of the best the Buenos Aires has to offer. Photowalk will be led by photographer Pablo Montaro, who will be escorting the group to various locations close to the microcentro to find the most photogenic corners of the city. After braving the cold morning for the sake of art, the group will go out to lunch to feast and talk shop. The whole thing starts at 10:00 AM and is free, but bring your own camera (or IPhone) and lunch money! (Av. de Mayo and Peru)

FESTIVAL: Sustainable and organic are not adjectives that are easy to come by in your run of the mill supermarket here, and Feria Orgánica y Sostenible is here to fill that void. Stock up on all of the organic goodies that you’ve been missing out on, and find new things you didn’t know you needed. The vendors will set up shop from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM so you’ve got plenty of time to sleep in from any of the previous night’s decadence, and the event is free! Plaza Alferes José María Sobral (Scalabrini Ortiz and Las Heras)

FOOD: Via The Bubble. We at The Bubble certainly love all of the events that happen in this beast of a city, but have a particular bias towards our own. What can we say? We know how to put on a good dinner. This time we’re teaming up with Dashi to help you get your sushi on.  RSVP under The Bubble from August 18 to 24 for special prices on a bomba of fishy goodness. 

FESTIVAL: The Saturday morning producer to consumer trend continues with Qué Hay Detrás. Join this group of artisans for homemade treats, unique additions to your eclectic decor, or a gift for the kid in your life for el día del niño. The fair will be set up from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, and it’s free to get in. (Bonpland 1660)

BOOKS: For those of you who would prefer a more indoor oriented activity for your chilly (but sunny!) Saturday, get to Los Libros Muerden for a book blowout. All the books will be deeply discounted and you can browse their selection to your heart’s delight. The highly rated book nook has both new and used book for sale, so you might even score an already insightfully annotated antique. The sale lasts from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM, but get there early before all the good books are gone. Los Libros Muerden (Valentín Gómez Planta Baja C)

ART: Gallery closings are so much cooler than openings these days, so head on over to Granada Gallery to witness the end of their latest show. Paula Otegui’s La Expedición has been up since August 5th, and is definitely worth seeing before it’s gone forever. Her pieces are teeming with detail, and use large gestures of vibrant color to guide the eye. You can check out pictures of the openings here, or just show up so that you can tag yourself in the pictures of the closing. The event goes from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM and is free! Granada Gallery (Godoy Cruz 1644)

MUSIC: Take a trip to Italy without ever leaving the country: A Figliola will be showing off the best of southern Italian folk music and dancing at the Círculo Italiano de Buenos Aires. The fun-loving quintet will get you in the Saturday spirit in no time with their repertoire of tunes from places like Sicily and Calabria. The show starts at 6:30 PM and will set you back ARS 150 (much less than a plane ticket overseas). You can pick up your tickets at the door. Círculo Italiano de Buenos Aires (Libertad 1264)

PARTY: Everyone’s favorite Palermo cocktail spot, Tesla, will add a photographer, live music, and a dj to the mix this Saturday to level up to your go-to party spot. Head to the bar to hear Carisma and Ursa Minor while sipping on your favorite artfully crafted concoction. The party starts at midnight, but the bar opens earlier in case you’re worried about securing your favorite spot. Also, there is no entrance fee: thanks Tesla! (Gorriti 5801)

PARTY: The Teatro de Flores has proven time and again that they know how to throw a party. This Saturday is no different and they will be hosting Hacele Caso A Tu Espíritu to uphold the tradition. The bash opens with Morbo y Mambo and closes with Los Espiritus, who will undoubtedly keep your spirit satisfied all night long. The party starts at midnight and it’ll only set you back ARS 100 as long as you get your tickets here beforehand. Teatro de Flores (Av. Rivadavia 7800)

Sunday 21st

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CHILDREN’S DAY: This one goes out to all the kids (or adults who never grew up) out there. Being that the entire day is dedicated to paying homage to the youths of this country, the Ferroclub Argentino is getting festive! We’re not sure what exactly they’ve got to offer, but they do promise one thing: a day a puro tren. And who doesn’t love trains? Head to the Ferroclub Argentino to find out what they’re talking about between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Tickets are only ARS 50. Ferroclub Argentino (Av. 29 de Septiembre 3675)

FESTIVAL: Fuego! If your inner kid would rather celebrate with a little fire, the Jardín Japonés has got your back. Go see what they promise will be the most significant event of the year (the bar has been set…). The idea is to employ the Japanese tradition of using fire to eliminate any negative energy taking up space in your life, and replace it with positive energy. Tickets are ARS 70, and if you’re under 12 or retired, you get in for free. The negativity cleanse goes from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Jardín Japonés (Av. Casares 2966)

TECNÓPOLIS: Since we’re paying attention to the kiddos today, why not take them (our yourself… we don’t judge) out for an educational afternoon at Tecnópolis. The massive science and technology fair is back in full swing, and has something for everyone. Best part? The whole experience is free! Get your geek on this weekend from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. (Av. General Paz and Constituyentes)

TIM BURTON: Check out the dark and magic world of Tim Burton at this party hosted by Avant Garde. The themed shindig will feature how-to’s on stop motion photography, cosplay, performances, and a Mad Hatter tea party to boot. There will also be music and dancing to lighten up the dark. You can check out the entire event schedule here, or just show up at 2:30 PM to show your Burton love. Tickets are ARS 120 at the door, but only ARS 90 if you email to get your tickets in advance. G104 (Gascon 104)

MUSIC: Speaking of geeking out: if you’re a Classical music nerd, this one’s for you! The fabled Zubin Mehta will be making an appearance at the Teatro Colón with the Israeli Philharmonic. The concert will feature works by Dvórak, Ravel and Strauss. Put on your best Sunday dress and get there by 5:00 PM for the magic. Tickets start at ARS 180 and can be purchased here or at the door. Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

CULTURE: One genre of art is simply not enough for Cultura House. They’re here to bring music, visual art, and graphic design under one roof for a Sunday evening extravaganza. The event is celebrating its one year anniversary and will feature artists like Martin Vannoni and Angie Soto. Get there between 5:00PM and 11:30 PM for your all-in-one culture experience. No info on how much tickets are, so write to them here to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Piola (Gorriti 5751)

Happy weekend y’all!