We’ve finally arrived at appropriate weekend length! Anyone who understands that recreation and rest are the pillars of a well-lived life, totally get that having four entire days off is the only way to take advantage of what this city has to offer. Rest up Thursday, because starting Friday we’ve got your glorious days off booked solid with potent stimulation for all of your senses. Whether you’re the Comiccon type, or feel more comfortable at a rap showdown (or both!), there’s something to make everyone grateful for a the gift of four days.
Friday, December 9th
For the sixth time, the infamous gathering that unites superheroes, video game villains, movie stars, and proud nerds is back in town. Comiccon 2016 will be filling every nook and cranny of the Centro Costa Salguero with cosplay competitions, workshops, lectures, vendors, and of course, famous people. All of the info you need to best organize your days of geeking out or ogle at the guests of honor (Natalia Tena, please be our bff!), can be found on this detailed schedule. Tickets start at only AR $180 and you can get them here, so act now or run the risk of living vicariously through your Comiccon prepared friends.
Centro Costa Salguero | Av. Rafael Obligado 1221 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Whoever dreamt up the brilliant combination of mixing intensely colored powder bombs, quality live music, and a mass of young people, knows a thing or two about creating a memorable afternoon (and photo ops). Molded after India’s Holi spring festival, Happy Holi is possibly the most entertaining chance you’ll come across to upgrade your boring wardrobe. Pick out some old whites that could use a little bit of livening up and make sure to bring some cash to get your bags of colored powder (and maybe goggles?). Tickets start at AR $450 and you can get yours here.
Hipódromo de Palermo | Av. del Libertador 4101 | 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
It’s a bit of a trek, but who isn’t willing to travel for some Renaissance Fair glory? The 11th Feria Medieval Valherjes will be setting up shop in Lanús and hosting the highly anticipated tournament of the International Medieval Combat Federation. Don your most breathable chainmail for hours of deathmatch action, traditional food, live music, dancing, and vendors. Tickets are only AR $30 for your trip to a simpler time, and you can get yours at the door.
Esgrima Medieval Valherjes | Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 5930 | 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What’s better than regular Zumba? Zumba for a good cause. The Zumbathon Solidario is bringing you the hottest teachers around (Beto Pérez and Jesica Cirio, in case you were wondering), for a two and a half hour calorie torch fest. Your evening of dancercize will benefit the Hospital Gutiérrez, and all you need to bring to participate is a toy, so that the kids stuck at the hospital on Christmas have a little something from Santa to look forward to. Get your pre-workout inspiration here, and head to the Parque 3 de Febrero for the healthiest Friday night previa ever.
Parque 3 de Febrero | Av. Iraola and Av. Del Libertador | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sometimes you just have to leave the dancing up to the professionals, and the Festival Buenos Aires de Danza Contemporánea has got ample opportunities for you to do just that. With performances by some of the best contemporary dance companies in the country at various venues, the festival aims to stimulate artistic creation and unify the past, present, and future of dance. Get yourself to the Usina del Arte on Friday night to check out […] by Proyecto Even(T), among other performances. The free show is based on the idea of pause, silence, and the unexpected, and the dancers will be taking over the foyer to give life to everyone’s favorite punctuation.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 7:00 PM
If you haven’t yet heard of Mago Jansenson, now is the time. Born Norberto Jansenson, the magic prodigy started his career in magic when he was just 9 years old, and was already contracted for shows by the time he was 15. The mysterious artist is putting on a 100 minute show at the Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya that takes wonder as its point of departure, with the goal of allowing every audience member to rediscover their own magic. We know you’re intrigued (despite the supremely cheesy pitch). Your chance to bolster your magic vibes is totally free, and there’s no need to sign up beforehand.
Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya | Av. San Juan 3255 | 8:00 PM
Hidden gem cultural center Oliveiro Girondo is hosting a tango double feature with old school maestro Lucho Servidio and his ensemble, and the newly formed Barrio Shino at the helm. Guest singer Marilí Machado will round out the evening with her Mercedes Sosa MO, and your evening’s entertainment comes complete with a buffet style dinner of homemade deliciousness. You can get your recommended Friday night dose of music and grub for AR $200, and if you’re worried about getting in, you can call 15 2301 3871 to reserve your spot.
Oliveiro Girondo Espacio Cultural | Vera 574 | 9:00 PM
When you’re just not feeling the usual bright and jovial evening agenda, you can usually count on MALBA’s midnight showing to keep it real. This Friday, Edgardo Castro’s La Noche is the perfect sombre company for your entertainment needs. The 2015 film chronicles the absurd sleepless odyssey of protagonist Martín, through the weary Buenos Aires night. Leave it to Castro to make Martín’s encounters with the darkest corners of the city seem ordinary and even routine. You can preview the award winning film here, or completely give into the gloom and just show up on Friday night with AR $60 in your pocket.
MALBA | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | 11:59 PM
Cumbia is the name of the game, and Pibes Chorros are the players at Groove’s fabled La Mágica bash. Get to the Palermo hub to party with the band who brought us this gem. They’ll be joined by Los del Fuego and Mario Luis, and DJs La Romy, Djaneiro, and Zurita for a full evening of hip swinging and booty popping. Tickets are AR $100 (AR $90 for the first 150 folks to commit to the cumbia), and you can get yours in advance here.
Groove | Av. Santa Fé 4389 | 11:30 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, December 10th
Start off your Saturday with a veggie boost at Vegfest. The four-day ode to the humble vegetable will be in full swing by Saturday, and has plenty to keep both the meat-averse and carnivorously inclined inspired. There will be workshops, lectures, cooking classes, and plenty of vegan treats to sample. You can look through the schedule of events here, and if you’re intrigued about a rather extreme approach, raw food guru Aris Latham will be teaching you how to have your (raw) cake and eat it too at 1:00 PM. The whole event is free, but make sure you sign up here beforehand to get your name on the list.
Centro de Convenciones Palais Rouge | Jerónimo Salguero 1443 | 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Cooperativa de la Imagen photography school is bringing back the FeFo Feria Fotográfica for the fourth time, and with it your chance to learn about the latest trends and technological advances in the wide world of pictures. There will be lectures, displays, and all of the big names in gear will be in attendance, ready to field your most pressing questions. There’s no charge to get in and you’ll automatically be entered in a prize drawing just for showing up. There’s no need to sign up beforehand, so head to the Cooperativa de la Imagen to instantly up your photo game.
Cooperativa de la Imagen | Hipólito Yrigoyen 636 2B | 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Not that we’re huge proponents of making the holidays about the gifts, but when the massive Feria Internacional de Artesanías takes over La Rural, why not take advantage of the opportunity to score some unique finds to put under the tree? Your direct access to the artisans behind the goods will be available through Sunday, but don’t wait too long or all of the best pieces will be long gone. Tickets are AR $80 for the general public (AR $65 for retirees), and you can get them at the door.
La Rural | Avenida Sarmiento 2704 | 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday is the big day! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Buenos Aires is a polo town through and through, and Saturday is the 123° Argentine Open Final Championship. Don’t miss your final chance to get fancy and watch the final of the fifth oldest polo competition in the world. Tickets are a little steep, starting at AR $450, but don’t forget that your purchase includes the chance to crush on the athletes, and to feel like royalty for a whole afternoon.
Campo Argentino de Polo | Av. del Libertador 3902 | 4:30 PM
No, nothing about Silence of the Lambs. Once a year, the world stops to pay homage to the glamorous Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector, and the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua is making sure you don’t miss your chance to join the trend. If you’re not familiar, Lispector is legendary not only for her illustrious writing career, but also her undeniable beauty and her ability to ensnare superfans despite her passing in 1977. The museum will pay their respects with art displays, lectures, and examples of Clarice’s genius. The event is free to attend and you don’t have to sign up, so just show up and augment your powerhouse female author knowledge.
Museo del Libro y de la Lengua | Av. Las Heras 2555 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday is officially International Human Rights day and the Plaza Club Alemán de Equitación is hosting a music festival in solidarity. Not only does your free ticket get you the chance to see singer-songwriters Coti and Alejandro Lerner up close and in person, it also provides the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue about human rights, and to donate any non-perishable food items you’ve got lying around for a good cause. TV personality Julián Weich will MC the event, and there will be food trucks on the premises to make sure hunger doesn’t distract your good intentions.
Plaza Club Alemán de Equitación | Figueroa Alcorta and Dorrego | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Even if Rock Nacional isn’t your thing, you definitely know the guys behind Attaque 77. The insanely popular rock group has been killing it since the late 80’s and they’re showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. They’ll be taking over the stage at Museum for one night only to give you a sneak peak of their latest album, Triángulo de Fuerza. Here’s a little Attaque pick me up in case you need one before the show, and your tickets to share their air will run you AR $350. Get them here before they run out.
Museum | Perú 535 | 8:00 PM
First-Hand Buenos Aires has started a neat little tradition in what might be considered a lost art. Their Storytelling Night is a chance to listen to live, first-person narratives, in a non-judgemental environment. If you’re among the brave, you can try your hand at standing behind the mike and practicing your narration skills. Each week’s iteration is themed, and this week is an opportunity to clear the 2016 air for a fresh start to 2017. Get to the Casa del Sr. Duncan for a little bit of free human connection, and a chance to feel like a kid again.
La Casa del Sr. Duncan | Av. Rivadavia 3832 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cumbia two nights in a row is not for the faint of heart, but we believe in you! If you’ve got it in you, Konex is throwing their notorious Alta Fiesta Cumbia after a six month vacation to satisfy all of your dance needs. Néstor en Bloque, Mala Fama, and Ariel el Traidor will all be in house to make for an unforgettable night, and your ticket to ultimate party bliss will set you back AR $130. Get your tickets in advance here, and stock up on red bull to make sure that you achieve optimum weekend cumbia levels.
Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | 11:55 PM – 6:00 AM
Sunday, December 12th
Street ball is finally arriving in Buenos Aires and Sunday is your chance to witness a king of the hill match between the best teams in town. The Block Party 3×3 Tournament will go down in San Telmo and will pit 30 teams of men and 10 teams of women against each other, competing for the Street Ball Crown of BA. There will be live music, scratch vinyl hip-hop DJs, and plenty of food to make it a party, and there’s no charge to get in on the action and cheer on your favorite team.
San Telmo | Peru 1243 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
What can you do to improve on the greatness that is a lazy Sunday? Add Arepas, Cachitos, Pernil, Hallacas, Patacones, Golfeados, Tequeños, Pastelitos, Cachapas, Bollitos, and Quesillos, that’s what. The Feria de Gastronomía – Sabores Venezolanos is coming back to Colegiales with the flavors you’ve been missing. The event is free to attend and food prices vary, so bring some pocket cash and an empty stomach for a trip to Venezuelan food coma heaven.
Parque Deportivo Colegiales | Concepción Arenal and Gral. Enrique Martinez | 11:00 AM
The Peña Folklórica Posta Bermejo is your one stop shop for the ultimate Peña experience. Taking over the Espacio Cultural del Sur, it’s bringing together five of the hottest groups around for an all-in-one salute to Argentina’s original musical claim to fame. Check out bands like Los Pampas and Dos Para el Folclore, while practicing all of your best peña dance moves. The best part? Your entire evening’s entertainment is totally free, and you don’t have to sign up anywhere to participate.
Espacio Cultural del Sur | Av. Caseros 1750 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
This Sunday the folks at the Iglesia Nórdica de Buenos Aires are celebrating the Saint Lucia Festival with a Christmas choir performance followed by a procession, and a Swedish cookie and coffee social. This time-honored tradition dates all the way back to the fourth century, and generally involves a girl being chosen to represent St. Lucia, who is then gifted with the task of wearing a crown of real candles on her head. Get in the Christmas spirit, and join the Swedes for this early holiday treat. Concert tickets will cost you AR $130 and your cookie binge is included in the price.
Iglesia Nórdica de Buenos Aires | Azopardo 1428 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Don’t be a chum, come to the cabaret! The Fica 2016: First International Cabaret Fest in Argentina is here to remedy the lack of a solid cabaret scene in this city. They’ve round up more than 90 international artists to join forces on the Teatro Picadero stage for this unprecedented festival. Along with a wealth of music, there will be open discussions, workshops, and other activities to fulfill all of your cabaret desires. You can look over the schedule of events here to pick your favorites, and then score tickets via the link next to each individual event. Prices vary, but most shows will run you about AR $250.
Teatro El Picadero | Enrique Santos Discepolo 1857 | 8:30 PM
Wrap up your Sunday with a little rapper’s delight. One of Argentina’s most well known rappers will be throwing down at Niceto Club for your listening pleasure. Emanero started producing his own songs at just 15 and has been honing his talent ever since. Come hear his massively popular Algo que nos salve live, along with the rest of his catchy hits. Tickets will cost you AR $200 and you can get them here.
Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | 7:00 PM
Happy weekend y’all!