Few things can compare to the exhilarating sensation of having a four-day long weekend ahead of you — except, perhaps, the thought of what you’re going to do with such an incredible amount of free time! As Buenos Aires prepares for Carnaval celebrations, there’s plenty of live music, performances, and processions on the cultural agenda. And if large crowds aren’t your thing, there’s loads of other activities going on as well. Consider attending a more intimate concert, show, workshop, or film screening. The choice, as always, is up to you — just scroll on down and peruse the options!
Friday, 9th of February
For all those who aren’t quite certain where to experience the Latin American festival of Carnaval, La Minga Club Cultural provides an opportunity to do just that. Located in the historical porteño neighborhood of Boedo, the center will serve as a gathering place for a number of the holiday’s traditional murgas, or musical theater groups, that are essential part of the colorful celebration. In addition to enjoying the classic Carnaval performances and skits, participants can also order food and drink during the evening. Admission is pay-what-you-can. (Also, if you want to broaden your options, you can also check this article and see what else the city has to offer!)
9 PM | Maza 1165 | Pay-what-you-can | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is offering live music every Friday this February. Featuring a diverse number of groups on stage that showcase both national and international artists, the series seeks to bring Latin American music to a wider audience. This evening, the Timbalaye Orchestra will be playing in the Conti at 9 PM. Including both Colombian and Argentine artists, the group incorporates salsa, timba, rumba, and boleros into their sound. Tickets are free and must be picked up at the cultural center’s box office an hour before the performance starts.
9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Bar la Tribu will be delivering the next installment in its intense summer reading series this Friday. Inviting five authors into the cultural space/bar to read their work, this evening’s readers include Agustina Paz Frontera, Gabriela Borrelli Azara, Magalí Etchebarne, Silvina Giaganti, and Inés Acevedo. The point of the series, as stated by the organizers, is to release some (emotional?) rain to assuage February’s searing heat and make life in the city more bearable.
9 PM | Bar la Tribu (Lambaré 873) | More info
Saturday, 10th of February
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Carrying on with the string of celebrations in recent weeks, Buenos Aires will be ringing in the Chinese New Year this weekend. Festivities will take place in Belgrano on both Saturday and Sunday, in the Plaza Parques Nacionales Argentinos. Hundreds of food stands will set up for the occasion, and a number of cultural activities are scheduled for the day, including a special ballet performance by the Artistic Group of the Province of Zhejiang. Pets are invited to this year’s celebration — 2018 being the Year of the Dog — and special activities have been designed just for them. Festivities will be rescheduled for the 17th and 18th of February in case of rain.
12 – 9 PM | Plaza Parques Nacionales Argentinos (Figueroa Alcorta and Echeverría) | Free | More info
An intensive three-hour printmaking workshop will be taking place in the Galería Patio del Liceo in the afternoon. Hosted by Monóceros — located in shop number 50 — participants will utilize both stamps and stencils to create their own unique designs and patterns. Later, these will be applied to a bag that participants will be able to take home following the completion of the course. No previous knowledge about printmaking is required to take part in the workshop. For further information, or simply to reserve your place, send an email to Monóceros (email@example.com).
4 – 7 PM | Galería Patio del Liceo (Santa Fe 2729) | AR $600 | More info
Originally scheduled to set up outside of the Museo de Bellas Artes on Friday, this weekend’s edition of Buenos Aires Market has been moved to Saturday and Sunday. One of the city’s most popular food fairs, the open air market boasts over 60 individual stands selling organic produce, gourmet products, and specialty items from around the country. A ‘food patio,’ featuring a wide range of dishes will also be present at the event, including everything from stir-fry and ceviche to empanadas and asado. Admission to the market is free.
6 PM – midnight | Del Libertador and Puerreydón | Free | More info
Talented actresses Pepa Luna and María Marta Guitart will be presenting a timeless collection of Spanish poetry this evening. The show, titled Por tu amor me duele el aire (Because of your love, the air hurts, meaning, we assume, that it is harder to breathe?) incorporates music as well as the spoken word, and will be held in the Palacio Noel, a classic example of Hispano-American style architecture in a city where French and Italian influence abounds. Tickets to the performance are a mere AR $30, and can be bought the day of the event at the door.
7 PM | Palacio Noel (Suipacha 1422) | AR $30 | More info
A new film series in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is here to provide us with more opportunities to bask in its air-conditioned movie theater and appreciate excellent cinema. This month’s line-up exemplifies some of Argentina’s most recent films, the crème de la crème of 2017’s critically acclaimed national movies. This evening’s selection is El Pampero, a film that centers on the story of a terminally ill man, and life’s last, frantic attempt to throw a wrench into what he had planned to be his final months on earth. Matías Lucchesi, the director, will be in attendance. Tickets are free and must be picked up an hour before the function starts.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Sunday, 11th of February
An open air Tai-Chi class will take place in Parque Saavedra this afternoon, providing a chance to connect with nature, and to slow the mind and body down. A lovely alternative to faster paced martial arts like Kung-Fu, Tai-Chi teaches slower, drawn out poses without compromising intensity or rigor. Interested participants are asked to bring loose, comfortable clothing, a coat, mat or blanket, and (so that the mosquitoes don’t get you) bug spray. Call (+54 9 11.5120.1103) or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your spot.
10 – 11 AM | Parque Saavedra | More info
An informational session about the world’s favorite tiny trees will be taking place in the Japanese Gardens this afternoon. Led by bonsai expert Alejandro Sartori, the educational chat is open to everyone interested in the history and practice of this thousand year old art. Following the talk, bonsai owners will have a chance to ask questions about their own trees, especially if they’re not faring so well. Participation in the session is included in your admission to the gardens (AR $120).
4 – 7 PM | Japanese Gardens (Casares 2966) | AR $120 | More info
Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca is hosting a film and live music series this month that explores global cultures. Diving into stories and sounds that are unique to Argentina’s, all of the events associated with the series are pay-what-you-can. The film that will be shown this evening is Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man — a black and white film released in 1995, that chronicles the experiences of a man on the run, William Blake (Johnny Depp), and his encounters with a Native American man named Nobody (Gary Farmer). The screening starts at 8:30 PM and will be followed by live music afterwards.
8:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Pay-what-you-can | More info
One of Buenos Aires’ biggest gay parties will be returning to the city this Sunday. Known colloquially as BAGFEST, the party is coming to Bayside Nightclub along the waterfront in Punta Carrasco. The venue in question has three different dance floors, each dedicated to a different genre of music — one will be dedicated to House and Techno, another to Pop, and the last to Cachengue. William from RuPaul’s Drag Race will be this edition’s invited special guest. Tickets start at AR $280 and can be bought online here.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | Punta Carrasco (Rafael Obligado and Sarmiento) | AR $280 | 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@example.com.