The end is near! We’re rolling into one of the last cold weekends of the year, so consider it one of your last opportunities to don your faux fur-lined coats and platform boots, and venture out into the wide world of the legendary Buenos Aires weekend. Your faithful city has outdone itself with quirky, inspiring, and just plain fun ways to fill your chilly days off. Take your winter gear out for a final spin before taking it to the tintorería and (hopefully) banishing it to the back of the closet for the next few months.

Friday August 26th

donnie darko

ART: As part of the 3 day Asaltos Editorial III series, Serigrafistas Queer will be putting on a serigraph and print-making workshop for all expertise levels. Hosted by the MAMBA, the hands on class is part of a greater series geared towards highlighting modern publishing. Experiment with serigraphs as a creative process, and see if you have the skills to stand out in the competitive industry. The workshop starts at 6:00 PM and is free as long as you email to sign up beforehand. MAMBA (Av. San Juan 350)

ART: After spending some time at the MAMBA, head to its one-letter-off rival, the MACBA, to check out the opening of Leticia Obeid’s latest oeuvre. Fantasma is curated by Teresa Riccardi and is a collection of the audiovisual artist’s writings, photographs, drawings, and installations. The exhibition opens at 7:00 PM, and you can see a sneak peek of one of Obeid’s creations for the event here. Tickets are AR $60 and can be purchased at the door. MACBA (Av. San Juan 328)

ART: For something a little less formal, head to Espacio Cabrera for Paste Up Revolution. The gallery has brought together street artists from all over the world, and is housing their best Paste Up works under the same roof. Artists featured include the Bapasteup group, Gabri LeCabri, Jean Peut Etre, Discordia, Sin Canvas, and many more. Show up between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, and check out this quick intro to the genre in case you’re not quite up to snuff on your hip creative methods. The opening is free as long as you sign up here, and there will be a DJ in house to enhance your sensory experience. Espacio Cabrera (Cabrera 3641)

MOVIE: Sometimes you just need a dark, mind bending film to get your brain off of the workweek treadmill. This projection of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko (2001) at La Gradisca bar will provide just that. Show up for food, drinks, and company to watch the Gyllenhaals get weird. Tickets are AR $60 at the door and AR $50 if you send a message via the event promo here. The movie starts at 7:00 PM, but show up early because space is limited to only 40 people. La Gradisca (Dr. José Modesto Giuffra 339)

OPERA: If you’re not quite an opera aficionado, but you’re curious about the art form (or just want an excuse to be fancy), Tosca is the show you should check out this season. Puccini’s dramatic story of love and loss provides an excellent fix for both opera noobs, and seasoned opera-goers who can’t get enough of the work’s greatest hits. Here’s a taste of one of the arias that makes it a classic (or an excuse to remove your favorite singer from their pedestal, and immediately replace them with the FLAWLESS Leontyne Price). The show starts at 8:00 PM and tickets start at only AR $50! Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

MUSIC: For something a little funkier, check out Lelu Blesa live at the Multiespacio Korova. Blesa won’t lead you astray with her soothing voice, intriguing lyrics, and singer-songwriter vibe. The intimate show starts at 8:00 PM, and apparently the artist recommends it with a side of Korova’s pizza. Tickets are only AR $40 and can be purchased at the door. Multiespacio Korova (Paraguay 4667)

DANCE: We’re two for two on fancitude with the 6th Annual International Ballet Gala at the Teatro Coliseo. The world’s best dancers from the most famous ballet companies have come together in Buenos Aires to show off their unattainable grace. Tickets are a little pricey for the event, starting at AR$ 350, but it may be a small price to pay to rub elbows with international dance gods and Buenos Aires high society. The event starts at 8:30 PM and you can get your tickets here. Teatro Coliseo (Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125)

PARTY: Shake off the end of winter fatigue at this party jam packed with Brazilian spirit. Fiesta Carinhosa will set the tone for an effervescent weekend with live Samba. The best part? The whole affair is free as long as you show up before 2:00 AM and register here. Come check out the uplifting sounds of Carinhosos da Garrafa and let them melt away your weekday troubles. The party starts at 11:30 PM at the Palermo Club (Jorge Luis Borges 2454)

Saturday August 27th


LA BOCA: The most colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires is celebrating its 146th birthday, and is inviting the whole city to join in the festivities. El día de La Boca will bring together over 100 local organizations to throw together an all day bash. There will be vendors, food, live music, and dance, and the party will won’t stop until well after the sun goes down. It’s free to get in, so come help honor the hood that easily wins the king of Old School Porteño title. (Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1600)

CATS: Curious about the latest in the world of the feline obsessed? Indulge in Expo Gatos 2016, where you are sure to get your fix of everyone’s favorite answer to the spinster dilemma. Cat owners from near and far will be parading their show-worthy furry companions from 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM for your viewing pleasure. Come pick out the breed of your next partner in crime at the Hotel Presidente for only ARS 50. (Cerrito 850)

ZOMBIE: The zombie craze has reached Argentina, and is providing the necessary motivation for exercise! Zombie Run 2016 is here, and although it may be too late to register for this year, you can score some free entertainment watching runners try to escape from the brain-hungry beasties. If you’re inspired, start brushing up on your acting skills because you can participate as either a runner or dress up as a zombie for the next go round! The undead are unleashed at 1:00 PM and the chase is free to watch. Parque Sarmiento (Medeyros 3455)

ZUMBA: If you’re interested in actually participating in the exercise portion of your Saturday, the Club Portugues is hosting a Zumba masterclass. Show off your dance moves in the light of day with teachers Timea Adam and Lorena Ferreyra. Tickets are only ARS 100 if you purchase them in advance here. Otherwise show up a little before 4:00 PM and get them at the door for ARS 140. Club Portugues (Av. Goyena 1468)

PACHAMAMA: The trend of unconventional categories continues with this homage to the Andean earth mother goddess. The indigenous communities of northern Argentina will be in the very center of town at the Obelisco to inspire respect for the deity starting at 1:00 PM. Her tribute will include dance, live music, and (of course) food! Come pay your respects, and show your solidarity for peace and union between all Argentines. The event is free! (Av. 9 de Julio and Lavalle)

WOMEN: Feminism cannot be taboo, and Mujeres de la Matria Lationamericana are presenting a lecture series to prove it. La Patria también es Mujer focuses on the important role that women played in building Argentina from the ground up. Here to make sure these important stories aren’t glossed over, Diana Maffia and Natalia Quiroga will be speaking at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales starting at 2:00 PM. You can register to listen for free by emailing, and you can find out a bit more about the panelists here. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales – UBA (Santiago del Estero 1029)

MUSIC: Credited by some with the beginning of the hip-hop trend in Argentina, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas is back in Buenos Aires and will be playing at Luna Park at 9:00 PM. Get your tickets to see the storied group, and hear all the hits from highly anticipated new album La humanidad o nosotros. Tickets start at ARS 200 and can be purchased here. Luna Park (Av. Madero 470)

DRAG: You no longer have an excuse to bemoan the lack of drag show events, because Olimpiada’s Drag Race is here! Beat your face and get yourself to Brandon to see these fine ladies compete in the world’s most fabulous sport. The show starts at 10:00 PM and will feature 8 of Buenos Aires’s most fabulous queens. You can check out photos of this year’s participants here to pick your favorite and cheer her on to the finish line. The best part? It’s free! Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236)

PARTY: Give them something to talk about by showing off at the epic Candy Shop party. Amerika Disco is hosting this gay friendly fête which promises not to disappoint. The dance fest will have no less than four DJs, and go-go dancers who will keep you inspired (and perhaps slightly embarrassed about the state of your abs). Early bird tickets are already sold out so show up at 11:59 PM and get in for ARS 200. Amerika Disco (Gascon 1040)

Sunday August 28th


AUSTRIA/LITHUANIA: Dust off your lederhosen because things are about to get sehr leiwand around here. The government program Buenos Aires Celebra is featuring Austrian and Lithuanian culture with a festival dedicated to their breaded-fried-meat-loving kin. Join the party for live music, dancing, and tastings of authentic Austrian and Lithuanian grub. You can check out event details (and most importantly, some of the food offerings) here. The event is free and will last from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. (Av. de Mayo and Bolívar)

FERIA AMERICANA: If you’re not down with the lingo, a Feria Americana is another term for a vintage, gently used clothes festival. Get to Casa de Árbol to find those unique and unusual wardrobe pieces that make you stand out in a crowd. There is no fee to get in and the clothes are inexpensive, so come augment your wardrobe (and get ready for warmer months!) starting at 3:00 PM. Casa de Árbol (Fitz Roy 2483)

TANGO: The Mundial de Tango is coming to a close, so don’t miss your chance to experience the best of Argentina’s greatest dance brainchild. Start by checking out some of the best dancers the world has to offer at one of the semifinals rounds. They’ll get going at 10:00 AM in the auditorium of La Usina del Arte, and will compete for a coveted spot in the finals that will take place at Luna Park later in the week. There’s no fee to get in, so get to La Boca to steal some sensual dance moves from the pros. La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1)

TANGO: Stay put for an homage to the beloved and recently deceased Horacio Ferrer. Piazzolla’s partner is crime is one of the greatest poets to write for the genre, and is probably best known for the lyrics to Balada Para un Loco (which should be your new favorite tango if it isn’t already). La Usina del Arte has an entire exhibit dedicated to the man, that is open from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM and tickets are free! La Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1)

TANGO: After a day of tango education, show off what you learned at the free outdoor Milonga, Milonga Placita del pañuelo Blanco. Mariana Vázquez and Lucas Salvatore will be dancing right alongside you at Plaza Dorrego. Take advantage of the class at 7:00 PM or just show up between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM for an evening of outdoor dancing. Plaza Dorrego (Defensa 1100)

DANCE: Too much tango? We don’t think it’s possible, but just in case, get yourself to the Centro Cultural Adán Buenosayres for a classic folklore dance show. Eternos viajeros del río is based on the legend of the camalote. Choreographed by Alexis Mirenda, the piece encompasses 16 individual dancers bringing together the concepts of what is animal, natural, and human in the same image. The show begins at 5:00 PM and is free! Centro Cultural Adán Buenosayres (Av. Eva Peron 1400)

Happy weekend y’all!