Perhaps the only thing better than a three day weekend is what comes afterwards: a four day work-week. And with three days down and one left to go, another two days of rest are thankfully in sight. There’s quite a few options for our foodies this weekend, as well as lots of opportunities to check out the latest in technology, music, and art. Sunshine is in the forecast — as far as we can see — so get out there, soak it up, and enjoy the tail end of spring!
Friday, 24th of November
Club Cultural Matienzo’s brand-new ‘Tecno-eco’ exhibit showcases the work of several up and coming multimedia artists that hail from both across Argentina and the globe. Located on the first floor of the cultural center, the installation features an ephemeral, transient kind of art that draw heavily on the audio-visual arts for inspiration. Admission to the ‘Tecno-eco’ is free and the exhibit can be visited from 8 PM – 1 AM, Tuesday through Sunday.
8 PM – 1 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo (Pringles 1249) | Free | More info
Medoza’s annual ‘Festival de la Vendimia,’ or ‘Grape Harvest Festival’ has been named by National Geographic as one of the world’s top ten harvest festivals. And while it’s not quite time for the harvest yet, for those who have never been to the festival (or for those who are dying to return) Vendimia en BA will be taking place in Parque Centenario’s amphitheater this weekend. A show starting at 8:30 PM tonight will kick off with mendocino folk music and continue on with traditional dance. The event is free to the public and will be cancelled if it rains.
8:30 – midnight | Parque Centenario’s amphitheater (Lillo and Leopoldo Marechal) | Free
Xirgu Espacio Untref is hosting the first edition of Festival Territorio — a celebration of South American musicians and visual artists. Welcoming everyone to the festival’s ‘baptism’ this evening, the event will have two separate stages as well as a multimedia arts exposition. Invited artists include Pommez Internacional, Ella nada todos los estilos, and Loop de Niro, with more artists still to confirm. Tickets are AR $150 and can be bought at Xirgu’s box office or via Plateanet.
9 PM – 5 AM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $150 | More info
Mujeres Incentivando Arte (MIA) has organized kick af female hip hop night with invited artists from across Latin America, including Mare Advertencia Lirika from Mexico, Nina Uma from Bolivia, Olivia Bogarin from Paraguay, and Yan Elordi (and many others) from Argentina. Promoting hip hop as a way to fight for human rights as well as to transform and channel everyday pain and grief into something creative, these girls have carved out a space for themselves in a heavily male dominated industry. Tickets to the show are AR $100 and can be bought online on Ticketek here.
11:30 PM – 3 AM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $100
Saturday, 25th of November
The 13th edition of Argentina’s VegFest is set to take place this weekend in the Regente Palace Hotel. Hands down one of the region’s most important vegan events, VegFest consists of conferences, classes, chats, and expositions related to veganism, animal rights, and minimizing the human impact on the environment. An annual fixture since 2002, dozens of local and interantional businesses participate in VegFest, making it your one stop shop for vegan ingredients and products. Register for free online and check out the full program of events.
9:30 AM | Regente Palacio Hotel (Suipacha 964) | Free
Another opportunity to spruce up your balcony or terrace has come up this weekend — Mundo Cactus Villa Crespo has organized a ‘Gran Barata‘ of cacti and succulents in their Villa Crespo plant nursery (in English, a ‘Gran Barata‘ would be something like ‘a huge sale’). This hard-to-kill plants don’t need much care, making them the perfect solution for would-be gardeners who are short on free time. Send a message to the nursery’s Whatsapp ( +54 9 11 3274 1948) to schedule your visit, or send a private message to Mundo Cactus’s Facebook page.
10 AM – 4 PM | Address via private message | More info
A notable art exhibit featuring the work of contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei will be inaugurated this afternoon in Fundación Proa. Titled ‘Inoculación,’ the exhibit consists of monumental installations, objects, photographs and videos that exemplify the artist’s unique sense of irony. It is reported to be Ai’s first exhibit in South America. Formally opening on the second of December, ‘Inoculación,’ will be inaugurated today at 5 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
5 – 7 PM | Fundación Proa (Pedro de Mendoza 1929) | Free | More info
Buenos Aires’ first-ever ‘Gastronomy Night’ is set to take place this Saturday. Combining three distinct culinary circuits with music, magic, and stand-up comedy shows, activities will also take place in the Patio de Lecheros and Mercado de Belgrano. Check out one of the top places to eat a milanesa or a hamburger in the city (including Los orientales and Trixie’s American Diner), or visit one of Buenos Aires’ many historic cafés (like El Gato Negro or Café Tortoni). While dinner is not free, the music, magic, and stand-up comedy shows certainly are. A full list of participating bars, restaurants, diners, and cafés can be found here.
8 PM – midnight | Numerous locations | Shows are free | More info
Sunday, 26th of November
Buenos Aires’ famous ‘Food Fest’ is back for another edition this weekend, taking place, as always, in the iconic exposition center, La Rural. This open air food festival gathers the best of the city’s food trucks, offering both time-tested favorites as well adventurous options and one of a kind dishes. Live music will be provided during the event by several local bands, as well as a number of DJs who will be serving up some groovy sets. Admission to Food Fest is free, and the event won’t be suspended if it rains.
1 PM – 12 AM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Sonár — Buenos Aires’ premiere music, creativity, and technology festival — is back for its third year in Argentina with an incredible international line-up. Artists Sigur Rós (playing in South America for the first time), Pantha du Prince, Nosaj Thing, and Tokimonsta are all set to play, along with many, many others. Numerous talents from the local scene will also be present, including Ibiza Pareo, Carisma, La Femme D’Argent, and Emisor. Tickets to Sonár start at AR $1000 online and the festival will take place in Tecnópolis.
2 PM | Tecnópolis (Constituyentes 1638) | AR $1000 | More info
Paint-Nite is back for another edition to brighten up your Sunday evening! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s the art class you always wanted, but never had. Not only can you paint a masterpiece with step by step instructions, but you can paint a masterpiece with step by step instructions and drink at the same time! This edition is in Palermo’s Cervelar — and the time is ripe to loosen the artistic muscles and liberate your inner Picasso. Send a message to Paint Now Argentina’s Facebook page to reserve your spot.
4 – 6 PM | Cervelar (Jose Cabrera 4399) | AR $455 | More info
Kino Palais’ will be presenting ‘O Prefeito’ tonight as a part of its ongoing Brazilian film series. Released in 2015, the film’s storyline is simple — Río de Janeiro’s mayor wants to go down in the history books, so he secedes from Brazil to form a new country. What follows is a 70 minute satire on the absurdity of politics — equally lucid, hilarious, and scathing. The screening starts at 7 PM and is free of charge to the public.
7 PM | Palais de Glace (Posadas 1725) | Free | More info