The moment we have all been waiting for is here: the bittersweet (except mostly sweet) send-off for winter is commencing(!). No more will we have to layer-up with seven different sweaters piled on top of each other shuffling through the crowds; no more will we have to walk through Palermo’s streets looking up at bare trees and grey skies; no more will we have to walk past Puerto Madero’s National Reserve almost in tears remembering all the asados had in the past.
Not only is this Friday the first day of Spring (huzzah!) but it’s also Argentina’s Student Day. This has been the date that we celebrate all students nationally for 130 years as a homage to Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the father figure of Argentina’s education system. So, as usual, the first day of spring and ‘El Día del Estudiante’ means there’s a whole heap of nightlife-based activities to do this weekend. We have lined up the best spring events that the city has to offer, from indie electric music festivals to a La Bomba Del Tiempo drumming special event.
Chill in many of the green parks
To start your weekend off, there are some classic park spots to have a picnic to celebrate the official day of the student. In fact, every year thousands of children and students gather from all over Buenos Aires and chill, sharing lunch, playing football and organizing dances in the Rosedal Park. The Parque Sarmiento (namesake of the former president) is also buzzing with asados, football games, and picnics on this day. Puerto Madero and Parque Centenario are Two more picks to pop over to whether you are a student or simply fancy bathing in buena onda.
Tono Fest Primavera
This relatively small festival started in 2017 and now returns to El Emergente bar in Almagro for its second year running. The cultural and musical shindig will feature different style, from indie-pop to electric music, from Argentine musicians Mariela Centurion, Super 1 Mundial, Folie, and Galácticas Mareas (to name a few). The tickets are cheaper than most boliches, and you’re guaranteed to find some music to like with this vast array of choices. It starts at 8 PM on Friday and carries on all the way into Saturday morning. For full line-up check the website here.
Information:| El Emergente Bar | Almagro 1030 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa Almagro | Friday 21 September 8 PM -4 AM – Buy tickets here in advance $150 | Entrance at the door $200
Rose in Rio Primavera fest
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can really dance your worries away with this festival at Rose in Rio in Palermo, one of the hippest and well-established boliches in BA. If you haven’t heard of Rose in Rio, then all you need to know is that it has two dance floors, a huge terrace and heavily discounted drinks on happy hour. This is one of the most popular places to go after work, and on Thursday you can go from 7 PM with happy hour until 9 PM. Plus, it’s 2 x 1 craft beers all night. Get on the list through the Facebook Page.
Information: Primavera Fest | Rose in Rio, Avenida Costanera Rafael Obligado | Thursday 21 September.
Spring Roll Fest
Now, I don’t know whether there are any similar spring roll fanatics here, but the idea of a SPRING ROLL FEST just sounds like heaven. Luckily, Saigon are welcoming the first day of spring with some cheeky SR deals. You can buy a pint of artisanal beer and 3 spring rolls for AR$ 230 and one spring roll and a pint for $120, and this deal continues from 6 PM until 9 PM.
They also have Le Freak Selector on the decks, whose music marries up Global Bass, House Music & Free Style combining pads, vocals, and various instruments: “Generating a refreshing, unique and unrepeatable technological performance”. so it is definitely worth a visit to get a spring in your step. Roll on Friday (okay, the puns will stop now).
Information: Saigon Noodle Bar | Bolivar 986 | 6 PM – 9 PM |
La Bomba de Tiempo Primavera Especial
If you’ve lived in Buenos Aires for anything more than a few weeks, you will have most likely heard of La Bomba de Tiempo. For those not up-to-date this is a show of talented percussionists who play improv rhythms and beats – every show is different and you can never predict how the performance is going to turn up. It usually happens pretty regularly on Mondays and really is a spectacular introduction to Buenos Aires’ magic energy and diverse culture. This special Friday version will take place at the Konex and begins at 7 PM.