With BBC Weather guaranteeing a full three days of sun ahead, it’s shaping up to be a marvellous weekend. And as we slowly begin to emerge from the dog days of summer, the city is starting to come back to life again (as evidenced by the innovative, creative proposals we love so much that are starting to pop up all over town). Make sure to enjoy some of the incredible live music going on this weekend, and definitely remember to check out 2018’s second edition of The Setlist. Without further ado, let’s jump in — there’s lots of good stuff to cover!
Friday, 26th of January
A nocturnal edition of Buenos Aires Market will be setting up this weekend on Friday and Saturday night in Villa Urquiza’s Plaza Echeverría. Boasting over 60 stands and 1000 specialty items, the market features a wide selection of organic produce in addition to gourmet products from around 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 asado and empanadas as well as dishes from across Latin America and the globe. Admission to the market is free, and if you don’t care to spend, you can always window shop.
6 PM – Midnight | Plaza Echeverría (Triunvato and Pedro Rivera) | Free | More info
A new proposal to experience Buenos Aires from above is set to take place again this Friday — an after-office cocktail party that rotates through some of the city’s most beautiful rooftop terraces. The event (Afters en Terrazas y Jardines) is now in its second edition, and will be held atop the famed Tango Hotel, a historic building and classic example of Art Nouveau architecture located on Avenida de Mayo. Register to participate in the event online here and show up early to make the most of the two for one drink special before 9 PM. The party will move inside the hotel in the case of rain.
7 PM | Tango Hotel (Avenida de Mayo 1396) | No cover | More info
A special series of theatrical performances geared towards children will be taking place in Parque Centenario’s amphitheater during the entire month of January. This Friday a rendition of Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to go on, and will start at 7 PM. Admission to the show is free, but it’s wise to assume that space is limited. Head to the park a bit early for some pastries and maté before getting into line. The performance will be canceled if it rains.
7 PM | Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario (Entrance via Leopoldo Marechal) | Free | More info
Julia Moscardini will be presenting ‘Music by Duke Ellington’ this evening alongside musicians Eloy Michelini, Diego Rodriguez, and Fermin Carpena in Virasoro Bar. The prolific American composer, renowned for hits like Mood Indigo and It Don’t Mean A Thing wrote music for over fifty years, producing well over a thousand pieces. Expect Ellington’s classic hits to make their way into the performance this evening. Reserve your ticket here.
9 – 11:30 PM | Virasoro Bar (Guatemala 4328) | More info
Saturday, 27th of January
The itinerant cycle of music and dance that has been making its way through Buenos Aires’ neighborhoods is coming to Villa Crespo this evening. Called Estrellas en tu barrio (Stars in Your Neighborhood), the proposal brings both seasoned and up and coming artists together for an open air concert that everyone can enjoy. In this edition there will be two stages for the chosen artists, the first featuring performers Mario Massaccesi and Daniela Fernandez, and the second Agustin Contepomi and Melina Velazquez. The shindig kicks off at 5 PM and will be cancelled in the event of rain.
5 PM | Corrientes and Scalabrini Ortiz | Free | More info
Gabriela infinita is a theatrical production based upon the selected poems and texts of Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet, Gabriela Mistral. Her work, that examines the Chilean landscape — both physical and emotional — explores love, dreams, desire, suffering, and absence. Gabriela infinita, true to the writer’s original works, dramatizes all of these themes, bringing Mistral’s words to life. The last showing of the production will take place this evening in the Palacio Noel, performed by María Marta Guitar. Admission is AR $10.
7 – 9 PM | Palacio Noel (Suipacha 1422) | AR $10 | More info
The last film in the Conti’s cycle of Cordobese films is set to screen at 7 PM tonight. Titled Maturità (The Italian word for ‘maturity’), the 2016 drama directed by Rosendo Ruiz examines a romantic relationship between a female student in her last year of secondary school and her professor. As one might expect in a such a film, our young protagonist’s father finds out, and she escapes his ire by moving into a shared house on her own where she learns to make her first adult decisions. Admission to Maturità is free of charge, just show up at the Conti an hour before the film starts to get your tickets from the cultural center’s box office.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Femme Soul Festival will be taking place tonight in Palermo Hollywood’s Club de Música. The multi-purpose space, that includes a restaurant, bar, music school, and theater space, is handing the mike over to Yae Sanchez, Grace & Badlove, and Melanie Henderson for a spectacular evening filled with soul. Tickets to the festival are AR $100, and can be reserved via Whatsapp (+54-9-11-4870-7010).
8 PM | Paraguay 5519 | AR $100 | More info
Sunday, 28th of January
With Chinese New Year fast approaching it’s high time to consult your horoscope! And thankfully, for those of us who aren’t quite astrologers, specialist Gustavo Ng will be breaking down what can be expected in the coming year of the Earth Dog. The event — that will take place in Tigre’s Chinatown — will provide general information about what to expect in the next twelve months. Additionally, participants will learn what their animal and element is in the Chinese horoscope, divide up into ‘clans,’ and find out what the year of the Earth Dog means specifically for them. To round it all off, several copies of Ng’s book, Horóscopo Chino 2017 El Año del Perro de Tierra (Chnese Horoscope 2017 Year of the Earth Dog) will be given away during the course of the day.
11 AM – 9 PM | Tigre’s Chinatown (Mitre 2) | Free | More info
Salir de la caverna, a direct reference to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, is an artistic proposal that combines philosophy and rock with the express purpose of helping a greater number of people to realize that there’s more to reality than meets the eye. This Sunday marks the start of Salir de la caverna‘s 2018 season. taking place in the Ciudad Cultural Konex, Darío Sztajnszrajber and Lucrecia Pinto are this edition’s invited guests. Tickets to the musical-philosophical experience start at AR $250 and can be bought online here.
8 – 10 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex | From AR $250 | More info
Casa Brandon will be rounding off the weekend by projecting what is possibly one of the worst movies ever made in history — Tommy Wiseau’s cringeworthy 2003 film The Room. For those who aren’t familiar with it, The Room was such an epic cinematic disaster that over time it turned into a cult film — and considering James Franco’s 2017 remake (The Disaster Artist) the orginal film is enjoying a new surge in popularity. Show up at 8:30 for popcorn and beer, and get ready to watch what could be described as a train crash in slow motion.
8:30 – 11:30 | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | Pay-what-you-can | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.