As the weather finally begins to warm up and we near that time of the year when the city turns violet for a few brief weeks, it becomes easier to understand why so many of us still find ourselves living in Buenos Aires. And jacarandas — they’re just the beginning! The cultural offerings are heating up with the temperature, with the highlight of this weekend undoubtedly being Open House Buenos Aires. Make sure to register online before Friday if you’re keen to explore some of the city’s most iconic buildings from the inside. And whether it rains or shines, you’ve always got options — even if you’re waiting for next month’s paycheck to come in! Everything on our list this weekend is either free or ridiculously affordable — so get out there you beautiful people, make the most of your two days off, and enjoy!
Friday, 27th of October
The Argentine premiere of the world’s first oil painted animation, ‘Loving Vincent,’ took place in Buenos Aires Mon Amour (BAMA) on Thursday night this week. Critically acclaimed (just take a look at the reviews on IMDB), the film follows the story of a young postman who has been asked to deliver Van Gogh’s final letter to his brother to the last in a long line of recipients. Shining a spotlight on the last days of one of the Western world’s most prolific artists, the film delves into the mystery surrounding Van Gogh’s death. ‘Loving Vincent’ will be screened everyday at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 PM. Tickets are AR $120 and can be bought online here or at BAMA’s box office.
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11:00 PM | BAMA (Roque Saenz Peña 1150) | AR $120
The Parque de la Memoria — a quiet, spacious park on the city’s northern waterfront that houses a monument to Argentine victims of state terrorism — will be inaugurating two new exhibitions this evening. The first is a diverse collection put together by the street art collective GAC (Grupo de arte callejero), and the second is an exhibition of posters created by a group of young people who were asked to reflect on the uses of public space and how it could best incorporate the country’s history. Both exhibits are free and open to the general public.
7 – 9 PM | Parque de la Memoria (Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745) | Free | More info
Well known for bringing the urban backdrop to life, artist collective Al Ver Verás fuses music with visual art. Projecting animations, videos, and images onto city buildings, towers, and walls, materials like brick and concrete are the group’s literal canvas. Hauntingly orchestrated melodies and sounds accompany the otherworldly projections, creating a singular experience that is unique and thrilling. This night’s projection will take place in the porteño neighborhood of Monserrat across from the Palacio Barolo. Consider grabbing a bite to eat beforehand as the show starts quite late. Send a message to Al Ver Verás’ Facebook page to reserve your spot, or for further information.
9 – 11:59 PM | Monserrat | More info
Dengue Dancing — one of Buenos Aires’ freshest electro glam parties — is celebrating its eighth anniversary with a special Friday night edition. Taking place in the legendary Gong Disco that was extremely popular in the ’60s, the party boats the zestiest beats, and the newest in musical experimentation. An extremely welcoming environment (the party is marketed as ‘heterofriendly’), the organizers at Dengue Dancing encourage party-goers to unabashedly be themselves, whether they identify as hipster, glam, trash, retro-disco, groggy, punk, or something else entirely. Check out some of songs on the set-list here to get an idea of what you’ll be dancing to at the party.
11:55 PM – 6 AM | Gong Disco (Córdoba 634) | AR $80 until 1 AM, $120 after | More info
Saturday, 28th of October
Open House, the brainchild of Londoner Victoria Thornton, came to Buenos Aires for the first time in 2013. Launched with the hope of redefining city-dwellers’ relationships to their own city, the initiative provides the public with the opportunity to explore over a hundred of the Buenos Aires’ iconic buildings and architectural gems close-up. This year’s edition includes highlights like Teatro del Globo, Edificio Miguel Bencich, and Casa Scout, as well as dozens of others that showcase the hidden marvels of the city. Interested participants in Open House should register online beforehand in order to schedule their visits. Details on individual buildings can be found here.
Activities start at 10 AM | Free | More info
FECA (lunfardo, or Argentine street slang, for coffee), is a two-day celebration of Buenos Aires’ vibrant coffee culture, held in the Plaza República del Perú, right next to the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA). A coffee lovers dream come true, the festival will feature a designated coffee drinking space for those who would like to kick back and enjoy a cuppa, as well as a coffee market where it will be possible to purchase quality beans. A number of chats and workshops will be conducted during the day by coffee specialists, and there will be a kid-friendly activity area for the youngsters who are just at the beginning of a life-long addiction. FECA is free and will be rescheduled in the case of rain.
10 AM | Figueroa Alcorta and Salguero | Free | More info
The Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is inaugurating a new art exhibition this evening — titled ‘Sutilezas de la línea’ (‘Subtleties of the Line’), it is a four-floor collection of works by the late Argentine artist Eduardo Mac Entyre. Renowned for his stunning geometric paintings, no two of which are alike, the majority of the circles and curves in Mac Entyre’s work were originally sketched by hand. Based on random algorithms, they have been described as ‘spiritual symbols that achieve universal repercussion.’ The opening will take place at 5 PM, and a number of other activities, like chats, workshops, and film screenings, will take place simultaneously.
5 PM | MACBA (San Juan 328) | Free | More info
BAR LA TRIBU will be screening the Swiss animation ‘Kérity, la casa de los cuentos‘ (‘Eleanor’s Secret’) this evening as part of its children’s film series, Ciclo Pororó. A heartwarming film that explores the power of storytelling, ‘Kérity, la casa de los cuentos’ centers around the story of seven year old Natanaël and his family when their great aunt leaves them her house and her possessions following her death. Snacks will be available during the screen at ‘popular prices,’ and admission is pay-what-you-can.
5 PM | Lambaré 873 | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Sunday, 29th of October
Joan Miró’s recently inaugurated exhibition ‘La Experiencia de Mirar’ (‘The Experience of Looking’ has taken the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) by storm. Dominating the halls with heavy-handed brushstrokes, blotches, splats, and bursts of intense color, it’s a far cry from the impressionistic work on display in other parts of the museum. Consisting of 50 original works that are loan from Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia, ‘La Experiencia de Mirar’ can be visited from 10 AM – 8 PM on weekends, and 11 AM – 8 PM on weekdays. For more in-depth coverage about the exhibit, read The Bubble’s article here.
10 AM – 8 PM | Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Del Libertador 1473) | Free
The number of people claiming Armenian descent in Argentina ranges from a conservative estimate of 80,000 to a more generous one of 130,000. In either case the size of the population makes Argentina home to the largest Armenian community in South America. Primarily propulsed to leave their homeland by the advent of the Armenian Genocide, the area where many Armenians settled is centered around Calle Armenia in Palermo today. Buenos Aires Celebra will commemorate the Armenian collective this afternoon with food stands, live music, traditional dance, and chess — the national Armenian ‘sport.’ This edition will take place in the Bosques de Palermo — show up and celebrate Argentina’s cultural diversity!
12 – 7 PM | Sarmiento and Libertador | Free | More info
If you didn’t get a chance to indulge in any Oktoberfest shenanigans yet, this may be your one last chance before the month is out! Cultural center La Confitería is hosting ‘Palermo Oktoberfest’ — or in other words, an afternoon of your favorite craft beers — with the added bonus of live performances from close to a dozen local bands and DJs specializing in rock and electronic music. Admission to the event is AR $100, that buys you an ‘eco-glass’ to drink your beer out of. There will also be food stands on-site to ensure that you don’t start drinking on an empty stomach.
12 – 10 PM | La Confitería (Federico Lacroze 2963) | AR $100 | More info
Cultural center cum theater space Boedo y más allá has organized a massive garage sale this afternoon with prices that are going to make you wonder if you’re really still in Argentina. Located in a gorgeously restored warehouse, there will be heaps of clothes in all sorts of sizes to renew your wardrobe for the spring in addition to accessories, odds and ends, and home-cooked food served up by Bulila Delicias.
2 – 7 PM | Boedo y más allá (Salcedo 3942) | Bring what you’re going to spend | More info