It might not be four days long like last week but this weekend comes with its own brand of magic. What kind? The fairy dust that results from the combination of time off, good weather, and building holiday anticipation. Buenos Aires’ halls have been decked and your options for entertainment are nearly endless, so push your inner scrooge back down to the depths of your headspace and party like Santa is coming to town.
Friday, December 16th
The ultimate breaking battle is coming to the city and all you have to do to get a first-hand view of the action is drag your bones to the Centro Cultural Recoleta. The FDL (Fuera del Limite) Jam is Argentina’s very own national breakdancing competition, bringing together the best crews, bboys, bgirls, and street dancers to compete for the crown. You can scrutinize Friday’s lineup here, and make sure you get to the CCR before 8:30 PM for the closing show. The dance war is free to attend and there’s no need to sign up beforehand.
Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930 | 4:00 PM
One of the best uses for the sprawling Hipódromo de Palermo is as a venue for a maze of food trucks. Variety is the name of the game for the pre-holiday labyrinth, Comidas del Mundo, which makes room for delicacies from any and every food culture truck owners can dream up. Wander over to the race hub to eat your way through Korea, India, France, and even Syria without having to walk more than fifty meters (which would likely be impossible anyway after all of that international feasting). There’s no charge to get in the doors, but bring some cash for the goods, and some form of entertainment because lines will surely be long.
Hipódromo de Palermo | Av. del Libertador and Av. Dorrego | 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Stamina’s commitment to presenting the coolest art they can find continues with their latest expo, Silos. It promises to be a sweet, sweet combination of an art expo, concert, and food experience at the under appreciated hotspot, the Silos de Dorrego. Go to get your art fix from artists like Mercedes Berastegui and Juana Rep (who will be painting in real time!), and stay for the food and music by Trilliam & Ariel Harari. There’s no charge to get in, but make sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. There will be food and drink specials all night, and don’t forget to heed the all white dress code, unless you enjoy the repercussions from the inability to follow directions.
Silos de Dorrego | Av. Dorrego 1639 | 7:00 PM – 4:00 AM
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional is finishing out the year with an intensely romantic tour of Mahler’s Lieder. Maestro Francisco Rettig will steer the orchestra through his Canciones del caminante, Rückert Lieder, and Canciones sobre poemas de El cuerno mágico de la juventud, and soloists, Alejandra Malvino and Luciano Garay will lead the charge. If for some reason, you’re feeling hesitant about their abilities to do so, Garay’s Papageno at the Colón and Malvino’s Princesse de Bouillon should be more than enough to change your mind. Tickets are free, but reserve yours here asap because space is limited.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 6:00 PM
After the successful release of their aptly titled latest album, Rock Nacional, Pez is bidding adieu to 2016 with their final concert at the Teatro Vorterix. They’ll be churning out some of the hits that made them vital members of the scene, and songs from their new album like Calabacita. Formed all the way back in 1993, the four member band has definitely stood the test of time. You can read up on their journey to stardom here, or just click here to get your AR $220 tickets to the Pezfest.
Teatro Vorterix | Av.Federico Lacroze 3455 | 7:00 PM
We lost the legendary composer and pianist, Mariano Mores this year, and La Usina del Arte is paying tribute in the most appropriate fashion. Their Homenaje a Mariano Mores will include La Orquesta Sinfónica de 3 de Febrero, Néstor Marconi, Javier Mas, and artists from the Polo Bandoneón, de Villa Soldati, and Villa Cildañez schools. Guest artist Gabriel Mores (Grandson of the Tango giant) will round out the evening with his interpretations of hits like Cristal, Grisel, and Cafetín de Buenos Aires. You can also catch a glimpse of Gabriel’s skills at 16 (complete with an 80’s-clad Susana Gimenez fussing over him) here, or just get to La Usina (early!) to pay your respects.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 9:00 PM
One of the perks of having the most fabulous theater ever in our own backyard is the world-class dance company it houses. The Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón is bringing movement to the people by ditching their usual stage for the Anfiteatro de Parque Centenário. Artistic director, Maximiliano Guerra, has gussied up their production of Giselle for the outdoor event, and has made sure that everyone has access to witness dance perfection by making the event free. There’s no need to sign up beforehand and if you miss the Friday night performance, you can still catch the show on Saturday evening.
Anfiteatro Parque Centenário | Leopoldo Marechal 1000 | 8:00 PM
Bourbon Sweethearts is also saying goodbye to this strange year with a concert at the Bebop Club. If you haven’t heard of the jazzy, 50’s inspired group, now is the time to change that. Their unique look, sound, and serious musical chops make them worth going out of your way to see in person. The trio is made up of members Mel Muñiz (voice, guitar, and ukulele), Cecilia Bosso (voice and bass) and Agustina Ferro (voice and trombone), and they take their cues from greats like Billie Holiday, The Andrews Sisters, and Josephine Baker. Here’s a sneak peek of their musical stylings to whet your appetite, and you can get your AR $150 tickets here.
Bebop Club | Moreno 364 | 11:50 PM
Practice your holiday party skills with the folks at Fiesta Plop! Their Edición Terrorista promises to be an explosive experience, and they’ve invited the one and only Gladys La Bomba Tucumana to uphold adequate entertainment levels. All you need is AR $50 to get in the door (no matter how late you show up), and there will be drink specials all night long. You can get your tickets at the door, and if it just so happens to be your birthday, you can waltz right in without paying a cent (as long as you send a message via the Facebook page to give fair warning).
Teatro Vorterix | Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | 11:55 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, December 17th
Just because you’re engaging in dreaded last-minute holiday shopping, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun in its own right. The Grita Diseño fair is setting up shop in the heart of Recoleta and has got Santa in tow. Their pre-Christmas edition of the fair will play host to more than 100 different vendors, and promises all of the original gifts you can dream up. Mr. Claus will be available for photo ops all day, and there will be live music and food to make it a party. There’s no fee to window shop, but bring some cash to successfully experience retail therapy.
Grita Diseño | Av. Pueyrredón 2501 | 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Maybe you’re not willing to make the trek to Recoleta, or you basically know the Grita Diseño vendors by name at this point. Either way, Sí o Sí Diseño Argentino is your equally awesome alternative shopping experience. Over 50 artists will be selling their unique designs in Villa Crespo, and bring the kids to check them out because starting at 3:00 PM, there will be special workshops and activities devised to keep them entertained while you shop. There will also be live music and food, and again, no charge to get in! Happy spending.
Sí o Sí Diseño | Lavalleja 1062 | 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Old busses may not be the first association that comes to mind when considering fine art, but maybe it should be. What better vehicle to display hip, new pieces than some old four-wheeled bondis? The Bondi Gallery – Arte en el Mercado is capitalizing on this unexpected pairing at the Mercado de las Pulgas this weekend, and have an event lined up that promises not to disappoint. There will be a stellar lineup of bands, a beer garden, expos from up-and-coming artists from every corner of the city, and of course, food. There’s no charge to get in, but please don’t forget to bring a new or gently used toy to donate for the Hospital de Niños Pedro Elizalde.
Mercado de Pulgas | Av. Alvarez Thomas and Av. Dorrego | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Born out of our very own Avellaneda, La Beriso is turning the River stadium into a Rock Coliseum this weekend to dish out their latest album, Pecado Capital. They’ve been honing their Rock Callejero style for 18 years now and have rubbed elbows with giants like The Rolling Stones, so they definitely know what they’re doing. Tickets to get a final dose of head-banging in before you head home to mom to fill up on vitel tonhé and pan dulce start at AR $350, and you can brush up on some of Beriso’s latest anthems here.
Estadio Monumental | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7597 | 4:00 PM
The only proper way to appreciate the thrill of street racing is to make sure the sun has gone down for the event. StreetRacing SRS’s is here to make sure that you experience the thrill in suitable fashion with their Evento Nocturno #23. They’ll be bringing the fastest whips (and their drivers) to tear through the Autódromo de Buenos Aires “Oscar y Juan Gálvez, for a moonlight showdown. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the kinds of cars that will be vying for the title here, before cheering on your favorites on Saturday. Tickets are AR $130 and you can get yours at the door.
Autódromo de Buenos Aires | Av. Gral. Paz and Av. Cnel Roca | 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Just like the amount of hidden gem museums, Buenos Aires is chock full of tucked away churches and temples with intriguing histories, architecture, and content. La Noche de los Templos is your chance to uncover their secrets, and maybe even find a new favorite spot to practice your faith. Participating spots will open their doors at 7:00 PM and will provide free guided tours, along with cultural activities, music, and food so you get the full experience. You can browse the list of locations close to you (or close to wherever your Saturday evening will take you) here, and there’s no charge to partake in the learning.
Noche de los Templos | Various | 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Trenzadas is one of the freshest folk groups out there, and their gift to you is a free Saturday night concert at La Usina. The girls only trio gets their name from their ability to seamlessly braid together their unique sounds and styles, and their harmonies combine old-school Argentine folk, with modern technique. Made up of Charo Bogarín, Barbarita Palacios, and Mariana Baraj, the band has played internationally, won awards, and are now back in the city for a final 2016 jam session. Free tickets are limited to two per person, and you can pick yours up at the door starting 2 hours before the show.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 9:00 PM
For all the awesome peeps that live out in Zona Sur, this one’s for you! Damas Gratis and Los Sultanes are lighting up the ultimate Cumbia party, hosted by Bizarren Miusik Parti. There will obviously also be all of the vital components to a Bizarren party that you’ve come to expect like first-class DJs, drink specials, and plenty of room to get your dance on. Here’s a little pre-party inspo to help you mentally prepare for the fun. Tickets are AR $180 as long as you get them in advance at the locations listed on the event page, or AR $240 at the door.
Auditorio Sur | Av. Meeks 1080 | 11:30 PM – 5:30 AM
Fiesta Bomba’s end of the year bash is finally here! La Bomba del Tiempo is closing out the year with a literal bang, and they need your help to make it huge. There’s absolutely nothing like a massive amount of percussion and good vibes to clear all of the 2016 stress, and start fresh for 2017. If you agree, you can get your AR $140 tickets in advance here. If you need a little extra convincing, check this out and then get your AR $160 tickets at the door.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 11:59 PM – 6:00 AM
Sunday, December 18th
Take part in the most important verb of the season at the 17th annual Nochebuena Para Todos. Here’s how it works, you send an email to email@example.com or sign up via the Nochebuena website to be assigned a family in need. Once you get details about your family, you build them a box of goodies from the listed items here. Then show up on Sunday to meet your new friends, give them the box, and share a meal with them! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your heart approximately three sizes larger.
Centro Costa Salguero | Av. Rafael Obligado | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Centro Cultural Kirchner is providing the perfect pre-brunch opportunity to get inspired and reflect on Mozart’s genius. The Sinfónica Juvenil José de San Martín will be performing his unequaled Requiem with guest soloists Paula Almerares, Virginia Correa Dupuy, Rubén Darío Martínez, and Lucas Debevec Mayer. I’m just gonna leave everyone’s favorite fictional account of how Herr Mozart dictated this masterwork to rival, Salieri, right here which you can then compare to the final product before reserving your free ticket to the concert here, and showing up to the CCK for Sunday morning glory.
Centro Cultural Kirchner | Sarmiento 151 | 11:30 AM
The breadth of one’s cool-factor directly correlates with the quality (and maybe even quantity) of sneakers they own, and SneakerFest Argentina is your shot to instantly up your game. Buenos Aires is not immune to the sneaker trend’s takeover of the fashion industry and on Sunday afternoon, you’ll be able to scope out and acquire the latest kicks. There’s no charge to attend, but show up with some cash, or even some of your own gently used sneakers to sell or trade. Participants can bring up to three pairs, so get to San Telmo to switch up your footwear just in time for those holiday photo ops.
SneakerFest | Humberto Primo 461 | 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Don’t forget your less fortunate furry friends this holiday season. Feria Purrr is making sure that less fortunate pets out there get some well deserved help with their Christmas Special. Head on over to the Teatro Mandril to hang out with the city’s biggest protection agencies, and animal friendly vendors to get those last minute gifts. Your entrance fee is at least two items from this list of donations, so stop by the pet shop before heading over to the theater for your chance to return a little bit of unconditional love.
Teatro Mandril | Humberto Primo 2758 | 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Christmas is one week away, and DisfrutemosBA is throwing the jolliest festival of the year with their Navidad Microcentro porteño. The day of merriment is focused on the kiddos (and the kids inside of all of us), and will include things like a 4D Experience Truck, art workshops, face painting, sports activities, live performances, and obviously, pictures with the head guy in charge, Mr. Claus himself. There will also be foodtrucks galore to start your Christmas diet off right, and fitting with the holiday spirit, there’s no charge for your afternoon of awesome.
Microcentro | Av. Diagonal Norte and Suipacha | 3:00 PM
Finish off your Sunday Funday with a music festival at Konex. The Festival Mezcal is named, not for the smoky (and way too hard to get your hands on), agave libation, but for mixing diverse musical styles for a broad musical experience. Head to Konex to spend a few of your precious weekend hours with groups like Cuatro Pesos de Propina and Amores Tangos. You can take a look at the full list of attending bands here and get your AR $280 tickets to expand your musical horizons here.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!