With the close of another tumultuous week ahead of us, it’s time to start planning the weekend! As the weather warms up there are more and more opportunities to enjoy the fresh air outside at the city’s street markets, food fests, and fairs. We’ve got some unique events in this edition of ‘What to Do,’ as well as several of our favorite standbys. Whether you’re here for the film, the food, the parties, workshops, or live music, we’ve got a little bit of everything for everything — so don’t let the grey skies intimidate you. Get out there, live it up, and enjoy!
Friday, 6th of October
Human rights groups have organized a ‘besazo’ (giant kissing event) in Constitución Station to protest the arrest of Mariana Gómez late last Monday afternoon. Gómez and her supporters claim she was arrested for kissing her wife in public — an alarming statement in a country where marriage equality exists — while police affirm that she was arrested for smoking in a non-smoking area. The arrest has been described by media as being unnecessarily violent, and witnesses have confirmed that Gómez was thrown to the ground by police and beaten before being escorted away. Hundreds of LGBT couples will kiss in a show of solidarity with the the two women — for those interested, the ‘besazo’ will begin at 6 PM and continue on until 9 PM.
6 – 9 PM | Entrance of the Constitución Station | Free | More info
Kino Palais (the audiovisual space inside the Palais de Glace) has announced a new cycle of films to start off October — a ‘panorama’ of seven contemporary Norwegian documentaries and films. Presented with the support of the Norwegian Embassy in Buenos Aires and the Institute of Norwegian Film, the selection of works ranges from the comedic in ‘The Optimists,’ a documentary about a volleyball team composed of elderly women, to the tender in ‘I Am Yours,’ the story of a young woman of Pakistani origin who is hungry to be loved. and the best part is that admission to all of the screenings is free. Take a look at the full program on Kino Palais’ website here.
7 PM | Kino Palais (Posadas 1725) | Free | More info
Extremely talented folk-duo CheChelos is back in town for a quick spring concert. For those who haven’t heard of them, Mauro Sarachian and Ramiro Zárate Giglian (both award-winning musicians) take the cello, an instrument that is generally relegated to playing classical pieces, and gives new life to Argentine folk music — think rich, chocolatey-sounding chacareras, and tantalizingly tremulous tangos. Presenting traditional Argentine ‘folkore’ with a twist, this latest encounter, titled ‘Festivalero,’ is the beginning of the duo’s new tour across the country. Tickets to the event are AR $150, and can be bought at the door.
9 PM | Santos Dumont 4040 | AR $150 | More info
Celebrate the full moon this weekend by attending the newest edition of Mystic Flow — an earthy, holistic dance party combining music, performance, facial massages with essential oils, and palm and tarot readings. Featuring a line-up of talented local artists whose sounds fuse electronic and organic sounds together seamlessly (check out the SoundCloud pages of Jin Yerei and Barda), music inspired in each of the lunar cycles from waxing to dark will be performed. Admission is AR $80 before midnight, and $100 afterwards. Private message Animal Dreams for the exact address.
10 PM – 5 AM | Address by private message | More info
Saturday, 7th of October
Feria del Productor al Consumidor is celebrating its four year anniversary today in the UBA’s School of Agriculture. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this Argentine take on a farmer’s market is a collective of self-managed workers who see their products through from start to finish. That means that if you’re one of those people who like to know a little more about what they’re buying, you’re in luck — the vendors would be more than happy to give you an in-depth explanation of each of the steps that goes into their production. For a look at just a fraction of the available products, check out the market’s Facebook page here. Admission to the market is free!
10 AM – 6 PM | Facultad de Agronomía (San Martín 4453) | Free
An anniversary edition of Buenos Aires’ famous ‘Food Fest’ is coming to La Rural this weekend. Held outside in the fresh spring air, you can expect to sample delicacies from a plethora of finger-lickin’ good food trucks. Live music will be provided by several local bands, including Nicky Worner, Contrabandistas, and Interpaul, and there will also be a number of DJs to serve up some groovy sets. Admission to Food Fest is free, and the event won’t be suspended if it rains (imagine that!).
1 PM – 12 AM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Galeria UNION and graffitimundo have teamed up to bring you a theoretical-practical workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about stencils. Led by Fede Minuchín of the Rundontwalk artist collective, the class will begin with a presentation on the history of stencils, and after exploring their construction, end with students creating their own work of art. The activity is directed towards beginners and more advanced artists alike — for more information or to sign up, send an email to email@example.com
2 – 6 PM | Galería Union (Costa Rica 5929) | Cost via private message | More info
If you’ve never been able to make it to the Bomba de Tiempo in Ciudad Cultural Konex on a Monday night, this is your chance to experience one of Buenos Aires’ most iconic parties yourself (while also being able to sleep in the next day!). Bringing rhythm and percussion to the public in a post-industrial space, the highlight of tonight’s edition is local rock band TodoAparentaNormal. Check out a clip from the band’s recent performance in Ciudad Emergente here. Tickets to the event can be purchased for AR $140 online, or on the day of the event for AR $160 at the door.
6:30 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | AR $140 – $160 | More info
Sunday, 8th of October
Another edition of our favorite Venezuelan food-fest is taking place today in the parking lot of Colegiales’ famous Mercado de las Pulgas (Flea Market). Uniting an increasingly large community that has been forced abroad due to an economic and political crises, today’s event shows solidarity with Venezuelan immigrants to Argentina, and celebrates something we can all get behind — food. There will be arepas, pastelitos, tequeños, sandwich de pernil, empanadas, and much, much more on the menu. For a detailed explanation of what is what, check out our article here. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to sink their teeth into a torta tres leches or paleta de helado (what could be described as an ice cream pop). The event will go from 10 AM – 7 PM and there is no charge to get in.
10 AM – 7 PM | Concepción Arenal and Enrique Martínez | Free | More info
The spring edition of Zona Norte’s AcroYoga Festival will be taking place in Vicente López today. A day-long event packed with numerous classes, you’ll have the chance to practice under the guidance of yoga instructors from a wide range of techniques and schools. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or experienced practitioner, there is something scheduled for every level, and each class is pay-what-you-can. Performances will take place throughout the day, and a buffet will be available, with proceeds going towards Hogar COR. It is recommended that participants bring comfortable clothes, a yoga mat (if you have one), water, maté, and a jacket as it can get chilly after the sun goes down. The group will meet in the sandy area by the Vicente López river, close to the skating rink (exact location here). The event will not be suspended if it rains.
10 – 6 PM | Vicente López | Pay-what-you-can | More info
A workshop on how to create your own urban orchard is set to take place in Parque Saavedra this afternoon, and the best part about it is that it’s pay-what-you-can! The first component of the workshop will explore the basics of urban agriculture, providing a thorough understanding of sunlight, water, air, and earth in the urban environment. The role of compost and mulch will also be examined, as well as practices like crop rotation and transplants. In the second part of the workshop participants will have the chance to get some hands on experience, using recycled materials to make containers that will be used to plant seeds and transplant seedlings. Later, these will be taken home (two pots per person). The group will meet in front of the mural on the bathrooms in the middle of the park. There is no need to register beforehand, and space is not limited. Get ready to get your hands dirty!
3 – 6 PM | Parque Saavedra | Pay-what-you-can | More info
Buenos Aires’ festival of the newest, edgiest independently produced music and art, Dinámica – Festival de lo nuevo, is headed to the Espacio Cultural Dinamo for its fourteenth edition this evening. The focus of the festival this time around is music that falls into the categories of shoegaze, dream-pop (think Beach House), drone, noise, and ambient (as in Brian Eno), and will include performances by a number of talented groups, namely américa analógica, BALLESTA, Memoria Altari, and Volcanes. Take a minute to check them out! In addition to music, Dinámica will also feature an art exposition by Dirty Trip, poetry readings, and a ‘megaferia’ with vintage and restored clothes, unique accessories, hand-bound notebooks, fanzines, and sweets. Admission to the expo, readings, and fair is free, but a donation is asked (pay-what-you-can) if you’d like to see the live shows.
6 – 10 PM | Espacio Cultural Dinamo (Sarmiento 3096) | Free/pay-what-you-can | More info