After a tumultuous week in the city — and some torrential rain to go along with it — another weekend is finally upon us, providing a brief respite from the hectic, end of year madness (anyone try to navigate through Congreso this week?). A solid mix of food fairs, shows, concerts, performances, Christmas-themed markets, and film screenings are taking place over the next few days to ensure that no one gets bored. Make sure to hydrate and take it easy with the heat. With that said, let’s get planning!
Friday, 15th of December
A nocturnal edition of Buenos Aires Market will be setting up on Friday and Saturday night in the lovely Plaza Irlanda. The market features a wide selection of organic produce in addition to gourmet and specialty items, including a phenomenal selection of artisanal products and delicacies from all parts of 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!
5 PM – Midnight | Plaza Irlanda (Gaona and Donata Álvarez) | Free | More info
The highly anticipated music festival BUE will be kicking off this evening in Tecnópolis. Two-days long, BUE’s line-up featuring some of the most prestigious international artists, including Arcade Fire, Hercules & Love Affair, and Cigarettes After Sex on Friday, and Gorillaz, Major Lazer, and Kali Uchis on Saturday. Tickets start at AR $1950 and can be bought online on Ticketek here. The entrance to Tecnópolis that will most likely be used is located on the General Paz highway, close to the bus stops of the 21, 28, and 117, respectively.
Doors open at 4 PM | Tecnópolis | Tickets start at AR $1950 | More info
Portuguese director, programmer, and actor John Romão will be presenting his performance ‘Hard to be God’ this evening in the Centro Cultural Recoleta. The performance, observed by the audience through a glass, seeks to make several powerful statements about the disappearance of individuality through the camouflaging or concealing of the body. ‘Hard to be God’ draws attention to the dehumanization of everyday people that regularly takes place in society. Romão investigates the consequences of this invisibility, and asks, what is really happening? Admission to the performance is free, but subject to the capacity of the space (Patio de la Fuente). Viewers should be advised that ‘Hard to be God’ does contain nudity.
8:30 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junin 1930) | Free | More info
For our sci-fi lovers feeling a bit nostalgic for their younger days, take note — the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) will be screening ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ this evening as part of its nighttime film series. The film (the last one to feature the cast of the original Star Trek series) takes place at a time when the Federation and the Klingon Empire are attempting to hold peace negotiations. Unfortunately, there is a hidden, militaristic agenda both parties must race against — and you’ll have to watch the film to find the rest out. The screening starts at 10 PM and it costs AR $60 to get in.
10 PM | MALBA (Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | AR $60 | More info
Saturday, 16th of December
The Centro Cultural Recoleta will be hosting one last ‘Hip Hop Culture’ day before the end of the year. The series of activities brings together music, dance, art, and education through shows, workshops, and forums. A ‘breakin’ dance class for adolescents from 3 – 5 PM is in today’s program, as well shows by resident DJs from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, and a special end of year performance with dance and live music from 6:30 – 9 PM. Participating artists include the acclaimed DJ Black as well as experimental rap duo Kraneando Actividad.
3 – 9 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junin 1930) | Free | More info
A Christmas edition of Feria Bio will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Boasting both organic and vegetarian offerings, the food market is dedicated to promoting healthy living and sourcing local, sustainable products. A number of workshops will be held on both days over the weekend, including one on today natural cosmetics that will start at 3:30 PM (AR $100). Reserve your spot by sending an email to FeriaBio.firstname.lastname@example.org
12 – 7 PM | Despierta Espacio (Federico Lacroze 3578) | Free admission | More info
Buenos Aires’ annual Christmas parade will kick off at 5 PM today at the intersection of Libertador and Sarmiento Avenues. Just meters away from the city’s Christmas Park (Parque Navideño), the parade is designed for both young and old alike. This year’s theme is ‘I want to keep believing’ (‘Deseo seguir creyendo’). Various floats featuring faeries, elves, giants sweets, and Santa Claus himself will be present, bringing brightness, color, and holiday cheer to all those in attendance. In case of rain the parade will be rescheduled for 5 PM the following day (Sunday).
5 – 7 PM | Libertador and Sarmiento | Free | More info
Buenos Bares and Jackie Javkin have teamed up to bring you After Wine — a Saturday night party for winos in Retiro that boasts an open bar of red, white, and sparkling wines. In addition to the wine bar, tapas will be available all night, ensuring that no one has to drink on an empty stomach. The bar has also created ten special cocktails for the event that feature wine as a premium ingredient. Get your tickets ahead of time on Eventbrite and pay a discounted price of AR $200. Tickets can also be bought the night of the event for AR $250 at the door.
7 PM – Midnight | Libertador 292 | AR $200-250 | More info
Sunday, 17th of December
CAT FEST has organized a Christmas edition of the wildly popular Feria Purrrr — an event that benefits rescued, abandoned, and abused cats and dogs. Unlike many other events, there’s no fixed charge to get in, your admission to the fair consist of two donations — one for cats and one for dogs. Some of the suggested donations include dry cat or dog food, tuna or other wet food in pouches or cans, kitty litter, and anti-flea or parasite medicines. Simply choose any two of the items on the list, or choose only one and make a small cash contribution instead. There will not be any adoption taking place during the event, but there will be over 200 stands loaded with cat and dog themed goodies and merchandise. Happy shopping!
12 – 7 PM | Colegio San José (Azcuénaga 158) | Entrance by donation only | More info
Unfortunately this is not a reference to Lana del Rey. The good news though is that Buenos Aires’ premier video game fest is back — Feria Gamer — and will be setting up once again in the luxurious Hotel Castelar. If you’re tired of visiting the same old stands at gamer events, Feria Gamer is for you — of course there will be stands, but you certainly won’t find them anywhere else! Picture unique merchandise, live shows, videogame tournaments, competitions, Just Dance, a sector dedicated to 3D Nintendo games, and a thematic buffet that won’t break the bank. Tickets to the event are AR $75 and can be bought via Eventbrite.
12 – 8 PM | Hotel Castelar (Avenida de Mayo 1152) | AR $50 pre-sale, or AR $75 at the door | More info
The Chorus of the UTN’s Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico will be performing a wide repertoire of songs in the auditorium of the Usina del Arte this afternoon. Covering everything from Middle Age to Modern pieces, the group (that has performed both within Argentina and abroad) will sing motets, cantus firmi, and homages to Bach and Cornelius in addition to modern choral arrangements and spirituals. Admission to the event is free, and you can pick up your tickets two hours before the concert starts (maximum of two per person).
3 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be screening Eliane Caffé’s ‘Hotel Cambridge‘ this afternoon as part of its ongoing series of films that shines a light on human migration and immigration. A critically acclaimed documentary, ‘Hotel Cambridge’ depicts the life of homeless Brazilians and refugees squatting in a building in downtown São Paulo. The film highlights the tension in the migrants’ lives caused by the permanent threat of forcible eviction, while also showcasing everyday dramas and joys. Tickets to the screening are free, but must be picked up an hour beforehand.
4:30 – 6:30 | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Libertador 8151) | Free | 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 address).