2019 has finally arrived, and the inevitable new year’s resolution questions are still lingering. But forget resolving to do more exercise or responsibly saving your pennies for a rainy day. You’re in Buenos Aires! A city of parks and sculptures, art on every corner, unique architecture, and tango music wafting out of cafes. Culture is blooming everywhere you look in the Argentine capital, just begging to be experienced, and what better resolution for 2019 than making the very most of what the city has to offer?
Engaging in culture has an inherent life-enhancing value yet sadly, despite living in such a artistically rich city, 6 in 10 Argentines declared that they had never been to the theater, a public library, the opera, ballet or a dance performance in 2017.
So we wanted to give you some inspiration with this list of cultural highlights taking place over the next few months to help kick start 2019 with an artistic flourish. Whether you’re looking to delve into traditional Argentine festivals, hoping to discover unique theater spots, or simply experience great live music with friends, here are some superb options to jot down in your diary for the months ahead.
Sunday Jazz Afternoons
From January 13th to February 17th you can spend Sunday afternoons sitting back and nursing your hangover in Parque Centenario accompanied by the sweet sounds of Argentine jazz musicians. Entry is completely free, so bring your mate and chill away the summer weekends.
Parque Centenario | Sundays from January 13th | From 6 PM | More Info
Plaza Vaticano Festival
If starting 2019 with a little summer-evening opera strikes your fancy then look no further than Plaza Vaticano. Teatro Colón will be bringing music to the streets of Buenos Aires with open-air projections of operas, ballets and concerts from the world’s most famous stages. All showings are free and run every day from 6-10 PM, from January 20th to February 18th. Find out more here.
The Buenos Aires Theater Festival only comes around once every two years, and this January it’s back! Dozens of Argentine and international productions are scheduled to be staged at over 40 unconventional venues, the Germán Rozenmacher prize for new drama will be awarded, and a two-day public theater marathon will be attempted for the first time this year around the Abasto. If that wasn’t enough to get you in the mood, Tim Robbins himself will be attending the event to present his play The New Colossus at Parque Centenario. There’s also plenty of workshops, round tables and conferences with creators for those looking to learn about theater as well as enjoy the shows.
FIBA | From January 23rd to February 3rd | More Info
Summer with the Family
Ciudad de Buenos Aires continues its fantastic dedication to promoting cultural activities and festivals with a jam-packed program of family-centric events across parks in the city. On January 21st, you can bring the kids to the Planetario to see Risas de la Tierra, a singing and dancing spectacular for children, featuring a water carnival and a light show! Likewise, from January 11th to February 17th, Parque Centenario will be hosting a range of events aimed at young audiences: every Friday at 8 PM a different film will be screened in the park, while on Saturdays at 7 PM A Mover el Esqueleto are running children’s theater.
Summer with the Family | More Info
Antojo de Cine
Returning this year to La Boca’s Usina del Arte, the Antojo de Cine programme offers a great line-up of free films. You can head down there every weekend at 7 PM from Jan 19th to Feb 10th to see some of 2018’s years most popular releases, including Love, Simon, Early Man and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The event offers an array of large pillows and comfy chairs as well as an assortment of food trucks to satisfy your every craving.
Chinese New Year
Bring in the Year of the Pig with one of the most deeply rooted immigrant communities in Buenos Aires as they throw what will surely be an incredible celebration, full of colors and delicious cuisine. Throughout Belgrano you’ll find parades, food stands, martial arts demonstrations, tai chi classes and the traditional dragon dance. And yes, before you ask, there will be plenty of Melona on hand to cool off.
Chinese New Year | February 9th and 10th | More Info
Carnaval en Buenos Aires
It’s not just Brazil that throws a great carnival… Throughout the weekends in February, the barrios of Buenos Aires will come alive with over 100 murgas (processions of colorful bands and dancers) taking to the streets in what is now officially recognized as art of the cultural heritage of the city. Each murga has its own distinctive character so make sure you get round to a few neighborhoods to really take in the spirit of this festival.
Carnaval en Buenos Aires | Saturdays and Sundays in February | More Info
Autocine at the Rosedal
Dust off your picnic blankets and vino and head to the Rosedal from February 6th to the 10th for an old-school, open-air cinema experience. With space to either drive in and sit comfortably in your car, or lay a blanket on the soft grass under the stars, it’s sure to be a beautiful summer evening. The program includes local films like Mi obra Maestra and Reloca as well as international blockbusters like Jurassic World and Jumanji.
Autocine at the Rosedal | From February 8th to the 13th | 8:30 PM | More Info
Disney In Concert
Oh I just can’t wait for the prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires to be performing hits from a selection of the greatest Disney films. Accompanied by projections, dancing, singing and other surprises you’ll be transported into the magical worlds of your favorite childhood films from Aladdin, to Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, and many more. You can bring your children as well. Hakuna Matata has not yet been confirmed in the program (fingers crossed)
Disney in Concert | February 22nd to the 24th | Tickets and Info
Ed Sheeran at the Campo de Polo
The best-selling singer is coming to Buenos Aires as part of his worldwide tour on February 23rd. If you’re a huge fan of this red-headed, guitar-strumming wonder then tickets are still available. It will be a great opportunity to check out another english speaking artist try his best (and ultimately fail) at sounding coherent when saying Spanish words to his fans from the stage.
Ed Sheeran at the Campo de Polo | Tickets
Buenos Aires Tattoo Show
More than 700 tattoo artists will be creating a buzz at this festival dedicated to the art of tattooing. Including live bands, parades, skateboarding shows, art galleries and the crowing of this year’s Miss Tattoo and Miss Pin Up, it’s going to be a fun one! Don’t miss the showcase of the best tattoo competition for some great “inkspiration.”
Buenos Aires Tattoo Show | La Rural | March 8th, 9th, & 10th | More Info
CITA Tango event
The Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino is one of the most important tango events in the world, with the best dancers gathering for some exceptional milonga sessions punctuated by lectures, tutorials and workshops led by professionals. It’s a friendly and festive atmosphere, with plenty of novice tango workshops, flashy wardrobe and even flashier shoes.
CITA | Abasto Hotel Buenos Aires | Av. Corrientes 3190 | March 10th to 16th| More Info
Lollapalooza Buenos Aires
The Argentine off-shoot of this festival circuit-favorite returns to Buenos Aires for its sixth year and the Lolla love is strong. With over 100 artists hitting the stages over 3 days, including headliners Arctic Monkeys, Sam Smith, and Kendrick Lamar, the music extravaganza is now one of Latin America’s biggest music festivals. Besides, this edition has the unique distinction of counting on Cuarteto legend and hair icon to absolutely nobody, La Mona Jiménez. This promises to be quite the show.
Lollapalooza 2019 |Hipódromo de San Isidro | March 29th to 31st | More Info
Paul McCartney at the Campo de Polo
For one night only on March 23rd the famous Beatle (and arguably the biggest music act still alive, if you’re not a Stones fan will be making his way down south to Buenos Aires, to entertain us with many of the classics and a few of his newer songs as well. If you have the money to attend (available tickets begin at a whopping AR $2,990), you should definitely dive in, since music legends like Sir Paul book tickets to South American few and far between.
Paul McCartney in Argentina | Info and tickets
Frankenstein’s Monster Exhibition
This is your last chance to delve into a little horror and visit the comprehensive exhibition celebrating 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the Buenos Aires National Library. Running till March 31st, it’s free and is also a great opportunity to explore the Biblioteca Nacional.
Frankesntein Exhibition | More Info
Buenos Aires Book Fair
One for the bookworms, the 45th edition of the most important annual literary event in the Spanish speaking world is taking place this April, with guest City of Honor… Barcelona! Taking place at La Rural, the program includes conferences, readings, workshops, and book presentations. More than a million readers are likely to visit the festival, which aims to strengthen the links between book lovers and the publishing industry. So head down to soak up some rich Argentine literary culture.
Buenos Aires Book Fair | From April 25th to May 13th| More Info
Most of the activities from May onward are still being sketched out so stay tuned to our regular programming here at The Bubble for all the latest on culture and events and, of course, don’t forget to check in regularly with our weekend guide for all the trends around the city.