As we all approach the end of the month with barely enough pesos in our pockets, it’s a great time to remember the overwhelming number of free activities in this city available to enrich our weekends! The Bienal Arte Joven festival has put the spotlight on artistic youth, and while we’ve only included one event in our roundup of activities, there are free performances, shows, and concerts going on virtually every day until Sunday (full program here). Additionally, check out the Buenos Aires International Festival of Literature — a five day long celebration that consists of entirely free events. With world-class festivals like these, recreation in the big city has never been so accessible or so cheap. So, until next month’s paycheck comes through — read on!

Friday, 29th September

YOUNG ARTISTS

Local synth-pop band La Femme D’Argent will be performing at the Centro Cultural Recoleta this evening as part of the city’s ongoing young artists’ festival Bienal Arte Joven. The highlight of an incredible line-up, the series of shows will kick off at 4 PM with a performance by Anamoli and close at 11 PM with a final act by Mi Amigo Invencible. La Femme D’Argent will go on at 7:30 PM and serenade us with close to an hour and a half of ambient electronic music. For those who are unfamiliar with the festival, Bienal Arte Joven is a cultural initiative that seeks to recognize and promote artists under 32 in Buenos Aires, whether they are writers, visual artists, photographers, film-producers, musicians, or actors. Admission to the event is free, but space is limited. Get to the box office early to get your tickets!

4 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info

BOOZE + YOGA

Yoga has come quite a long way from its humble beginnings in India, and although a large number of Yogis would undoubtedly be rolling over in their graves if they knew about it, ‘YOBI’ — a yoga session that combines drinking beer with your practice — is just one of the many new trends. Originally beginning as an experiment in Burning Man, ‘YOBI’ has finally made its way to Buenos Aires, and you can try it under the guidance of a certified yoga instructor in the heart of Palermo. An unorthodox way to spend your Friday night, a ‘YOBI’ session will set you back AR $300. Get your tickets on Eventbrite before going, and if you’ve got a mat, make sure to bring it!

8 – 10 PM | Honduras 5962 | AR $300 | More info

Buenos Aires Misteriosa

SPOOKY

As we approach the beginning of Halloween season, ‘Buenos Aires Misteriosa’ proposes a chilling tour of the city by night. Recounting past crimes, urban legends, and ghost stories that will make your blood run cold, the tour will show you one of the world’s metropolises in a completely different light as you wander through neighborhoods like Recoleta, Monserrat, and San Telmo by dark. Led by knowledgeable guides, the tour will leave from Microcentro, with transportation between each of the attractions provided by bus. Approximately three hours long, this is definitely not for the faint of heart! If you think you have what it takes, you can reserve your place on the tour here.

8:30 PM | Address upon reservation | AR $205 

STORIES

‘English Storytelling Night’ is back — setting up in La Casa de Sr. Duncan — and this edition’s theme is bound to elicit more than a few laughs: blunders.  Four to six storytellers will explore the word in all of its varied denotations, entertaining you with stories of no-nos, over the top mistakes, and goofs. Propulsed by the desire to hear a good story, ‘English Storytelling Night’ also provides the opportunity to forge meaningful connections without the aid of technology. Convening for what might be the last time (see their Facebook page), if you’ve never attended the event before, this is the perfect time to check it out.

10:30 PM | La Casa de Sr. Duncan (Rivadavia 3832) | Free | More info

Saturday, 30th September

Experience new music and urban art at Saldias Polo Cultural this Saturday. Photo via Facebook.
Experience new music and urban art at Saldias Polo Cultural this Saturday. Photo via Facebook.

PØLVO

Saldias Polo Cultural has been working hard to bring you PØLVO — a day-long, avant-garde festival dedicated to emerging musicians and urban art. With a line-up of incredible local musicians, the festival is totally free, and promises to take participants on a musical journey of ‘Berlinesque’ proportions. Heavy on pop and psychedelic sounds, PØLVO is not your average festival — adding to the appeal of the event will be over 35 of Buenos Aires’ most iconic street artists, painting murals on-site! A number of food trucks will also be present at the festival to help fuel you through the day.

Paintings start at 10 AM, music starts at 4 PM | Saldias Polo Cultural (San Pedro de Jujuy 101) | Free | More info

SCIENCE

Buenos Aires’ yearly Science Exhibition is kicking off this Friday — jam-packed with activities detailing the most recent advances in science and technology, the exhibition will go above and beyond to satisfy your curiosity for facts. Attend talks by local and international scientists and engage in interactive, hands-on workshops that explore everything from robotics to virtual reality. While you’re there, check out the Feria de Hacedores y Creadores — a fair showcasing the latest in Argentine imagination and innovation. Take a look at the program and register to participate here!

10 AM – 7 PM | Centro de Exposiciones y Convenciones (Figueroa Alcorta y Puerreydón) | Free 

LITERATURE

The Buenos Aires International Festival of Literature (shortened to FILBA in Spanish) is coming back to the city for its ninth consecutive year. Hosted by the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA), FILBA offers an intense five-day program of activities dedicated exclusively to literature. Twenty writers from across the world, including big names like the Icelandic poet Sjón and Mexican singer Julieta Venegas, will be joined by hundreds of Argentine authors for talks, readings, classes, and workshops. Check out the ‘Vermut de poesía‘ poetry reading in the Argentine National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), or participate in a literary rave featuring readings by some of Ni Una Menos’ foremost writers. A day by day breakdown of the events can be found here.

Time and place for each event will vary | Free |  More info

PERFORMANCE

Argentinean actor, choreographer, dancer, and singer Carlos Casella will be performing tonight alongside Tomas Carnelli and Martin Bosa at Casa Brandon. Perhaps best known for his role in Muerte en Buenos Aires — an Argentinean crime film directed by Natalia Meta, released in 2014 — Casella has travelled the world and starred in international theater and dance festivals. Advertised as an intimate show where the artist will present several covers (see his take on Donnatelle Rettore’s ‘Splendido Splendente’ above), Casella will also share some of his own compositions with the audience. Tickets to the event are AR $150 and can be reserved ahead of time via email (info@brandon.org.ar). Make sure to put ‘Reserva Carlos Casella’ in the subject line!

9 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis María Drago 236) | AR $150 | More info

Sunday, 1st October

Gotta love those vegan sweets!
Gotta love those vegan sweets!

VEGAN

The October edition of ‘Locura Vegan’ (or ‘Vegan Craziness’ in English) is upon us. Setting up in Abasto neighborhood’s Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, the food-fair is your one-stop-shop for delish vegan food, cruelty free cosmetics, additional accessories, and gifts.  Several free workshops have also been planned to school you in the art of vegan cooking, and what’s more, several drawings will take place during the day, providing participants with the chance to win some unique vegan products. Admission to the fair (as well as to all of the activities) is free!

1:30 – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info

RAP

Head down to Parque Rivadavia this afternoon for the city’s largest freestyle rap competition! Hosted by El Quinto Escalón, self-proclaimed as Buenos Aires’ most important rap community, this Sunday’s battle promises to be memorable, as it is the last of the 2017 season. For those who aren’t quite sure what freestyle rap is, let’s try to keep it simple —freestyle rap is when an artist improvises lyrics on the spot, creating a one-of-a-kind performance that has catchy, harmonious flow. It’s challenging for the best of artists, and something that’s unique to rap. Register at the event to compete yourself, or just sit back and enjoy the show. The group will meet near the park entrance that has a ramp, by Chaco street.

3 – 8 PM | Parque Rivadavia | Free | More info

Photo by Aguirre Matias, via Facebook.
Photo by Aguirre Matias, via Facebook.

STEAMPUNK

Cancelled last month due to inclement weather, the fifth celebration of ‘International Steampunk Day’ has been rescheduled to take place this Sunday in Espacio Cultural Marcó del Pont sí o sí. Organized by Sociedad SteamPunk Argentina the event is open to hardcore steampunkers as well as the general public, and the celebration will feature Steampunk art, exhibits, shows, films, thematic stands, games, tournaments, and exhibitions. Steampunk (a term that can be applied to any kind of art, design, fashion, or literature inspired by 19th century industrial steam powered machinery) is a genre that draws heavily on the Victorian Era for inspiration, featuring top hats, corsets, and the like — so make sure to go with a camera in hand, as you’re guaranteed to see some amazing costumes!

3 – 7 PM | Espacio Cultural Marcó del Pont (Artigas 202) | Free | More info

JAZZ

The best of the Bahía Blanca jazz scene has come to perform this evening in Buenos Aires. Hosted by the Usina del Arte, Supernova Jazz Trio and Sudestada Big Band will play back to back concerts in the center’s beautiful Sala de la Cámara, presenting a mix of jazz and swing with a touch of rock. With over five years of experience under their belts, both groups have garnered considerable acclaim, travelling nationally and internationally to particpate in jazz festivals. Admission to the concerts is free — just show up at the Usina del Arte’s box office two hours before the function starts to get your maximum of two tickets.

6 – 9 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info