Festival Apetito. Photo via dinausaurioinalambrico.com

As the holidays begin to creep closer, signs of Christmas are starting to pop up around the city. Artificial trees and colored lights abound — just take a stroll down any major avenue like Corrientes. Another three day weekend is ahead of us Argentine residents — giving us some extra hours to soak up the lovely December sunshine. And impossibly blue skies provide the perfect backdrop for city outings, whether to parks, museums, restaurants, or bars. Get out there and try to make the most of it — our friends and family in the Northern Hemisphere might getting snow, but we still get to sunbathe!

Friday, 8th of December

FOOD

Boasting a ridiculous number of food trucks that serve up regional delicacies from across the world, Festival Apetito is here once again to insist that porteños eat. Asado and mouthwatering steak sandwiches dripping with chimichurri await food-lovers, as do hamburgers made of lamb and venison. Vegetarian alternatives also abound, including falafel, in addition to Mexican and Asian offerings. Wash it all down with some of the city’s best craft beer and you’ll be ready to call it a day.

12 – 11 PM | Hipódromo de Palermo (Del Libertador 4100) | Free | More info

Buenos Aires' Christmas Park opens this Friday. Photo via Disfrutemos BA.
Buenos Aires’ Christmas Park opens this Friday. Photo via Disfrutemos BA.

CHRISTMAS

In Argentina and much of Europe December 8th is the traditional day when families set up their Christmas trees. To kick off the Christmas season in the city, Buenos Aires’ Christmas Park will be opening its doors today as well. Located in Plaza Intendente Seeber, the Park will include a ‘Gnome Town’ and ‘Toy Workshop’ among other attractions. Families can get their picture with Papá Noel as well as enjoying musical shows at 4:30 and 6:30 PM Fridays-Sundays. Admission to the park is free.

3 – 8 PM | Plaza Intendente Seeber (Del Libertador and Sarmiento) | Free | More info

CHARITY

In the Christmas spirit of giving the owners of Chicken Bros will be hosting a benefit tonight for Club Unión de los Pibes — a Barracas based organization that puts on a Christmas show for neighborhood children every year and also provides them with gifts. To get involved and do your part drop by Chicken Bros for dinner or drinks. A donation of AR $100 to the Children’s Club gets you Happy Hour Prices on beer and drinks the whole night. Additionally, you can also choose one of the children’s letters to Santa and anonymously make their Christmas wishes come true.

8 PM – 2 AM | Chicken Bros (Thames 1795) | More info

Lisandro Aristimuño will be presenting his new disk Constelaciones this evening. Photo via Mdz.
Lisandro Aristimuño will be presenting his new disk Constelaciones this evening. Photo via Mdz.

MUSIC

Lisandro Aristimuño, Argentina’s poster child for musical ingenuity, will be performing hits from his new album Constelaciones this evening at 9 PM in Teatro Coliseo. Fusing folk, pop, electronica, and rock, Aristimuño’s music defies definition. Thumbing his nose to the traditional music industry, each of his disks has been independently produced. Constelaciones is his ninth studio album, released four year’s after 2012’s Mundo Anfibio. Tickets to tonight’s concert start at AR $400 and can be purchased online via Ticketek.

9 PM | Teatro Coliseo (Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125) | AR $400 

Saturday, 9th of December

ANTIQUE

La Galería del Viejo Hotel will be hosting an end of the year flea market in one of San Telmo’s most charming, bohemian haunts. Once a boarding house for immigrants as well as a hotel, La Galería del Viejo Hotel is currently home to dozens of art studios — all of which can be visited during the market this weekend. Organized by Cofradía del libreros de viejo San Telmo — a neighborhood association of rare and used books — collectors of old photographs and antiques will also be present at the market, as well as musicians and artists.

11 AM – 5 PM | La Galería del Viejo Hotel (Balcarce 1053) | Free | More info

Photo via Facebook.
Photo via Facebook.

MUSIC

Muestra música, allegedly South America’s biggest musical equipment fair, is setting up in La Rural this weekend, providing musicians with the opportunity to get their hands on handcrafted instruments, amps, accessories, CDs, and the latest in musical technology while also attending chats, workshops, classes, and much more. The two day long festival boasts an impressive line-up of local artists, including La Mississippi, Octafunk, Lo’ pibitos, and many more who will play live at the event. A beer patio and a number of foodtrucks will also be on-site for those in need of refreshment. Confirm your participation by sending an email to the organizers (info@muestramusica.com) or to receive more information. Admission (pre-sale) is AR $100.

12 – 10 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | AR $100 | More info

ART-DECO

Buenos Aires Ecléctica is hosting an Art-Deco tour of the city that will start at 3:30 PM this afternoon in the Plaza San Martín. Covering the major examples of Art-Deco in the city, the tour is about two hours long, and will conclude with a coffee in one of Buenos Aires’ typical bars. Highlights include both famous Art-Deco buildings and sculptures — most of them hidden in plain sight. Tickets are AR $150 and can be bought online here.

3:30 PM | San Martín Monument, Plaza San Martín | AR $150 | More info

Noche de las Birrerías. Photo via SalPimenta.
Noche de las Birrerías. Photo via SalPimenta.

BEER

The ‘imminent advance’ of craft beer in Buenos Aires has been declared — and seriously, not a minute too soon. The city’s ‘Night of the Breweries’ is back for an end of the year celebration, to make sure your 2017 wraps up with at least a few good pints. The event is essentially a pub crawl, with participating bars scattered around Palermo and environs. For this edition, the bars have been grouped together by location —  a full list can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Pints of beer will go for AR $52 if you buy them ahead of time online. Drink up and enjoy!

7 PM – 1 AM | Palermo | AR $52 | More info

Sunday, 10th of December

Photo via Facebook.
Photo via Facebook.

COOP

2017’s last edition of Feria del Productor al Consumidor is setting up in the UBA’s School of Agriculture this weekend. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the feria is an Argentine take on a farmer’s market, made up of self-managed workers who see their products through from start to finish. That means that if you’re one of those people who like to know a little more about what they’re buying, you’re in luck — the vendors would be more than happy to give you an in-depth explanation of what exactly goes into their production. Head on down to do your holiday shopping and support some small, local businesses in the process. Admission to the event is free!

10 AM – 7 PM | Facultad de Agronomía (San Martín 4453) | Free | More info

FILM

As part of its ‘hardly premiered’ film series that takes a look at critically acclaimed films that haven’t received much attention, Buenos Aires Mon Amour (BAMA) will be screening the 2016 American film ‘Paterson.’ A slow gem of a movie that portrays the struggles and simple joys of life, the film stars Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani — both of whom give stellar performances. The film will be shown at 3, 8:40, and 11 PM; general admission is AR $120.

3, 8:40, and 11 PM | BAMA (Roque Sáenz Peña 1150) | AR $120 

CLASSICAL

Another free opportunity to visit the Teatro Colón has presented itself this weekend as the theatre gears up for the next performance in its most recent series, ‘Intérpretes argentinos.’ At 11 AM the Orquestra Nacional de Música Argentina ‘Juan de Dios Filiberto’ will be playing a number of Argentine compositions, including ‘Concert for Two Pianos and Orchestra,’ ‘Fog of the Riachuelo’ and ‘The Cricket’s Zamba.’ To get your tickets to the show, arrive early at Teatro Colón’s box office (Tucumán 1171) on Friday the ninth — from 10 AM to 8 PM, two tickets to the performance will be given out per person.

11 AM | Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628) | Free, tickets to be picked up beforehand | More info

WELLNESS

The eleventh edition of Festival Holístico is scheduled to go down in Parque Saavedra today. Boasting a program that is packed with chats, classes, and alternative therapies, there will also be a ‘free-feria‘ and picnic that all participants are welcome to join in. The day kicks off with meditation and mantras at 11 AM, and follows with workshops on metaphysics, astrology, and nutrition, in addition to plenty of yoga sessions. A detailed break-down of all the events can be found here. For all those interested in the picnic, make sure to bring a ‘cruelty free’ dish to pass (something vegan is best)!

11 AM – 7 PM | Parque Saavedra (exact location here) | Free