With the added Friday feriado, the official happenings for the 9 de Julio have plenty of room to stretch out. Here’s your official Bubble guide to celebrate Argentina’s 200th independence day.
Friday 8th 8:30 PM
La Noche de los 200 años
Giant stages will be set up outside of the Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628) where artists like Les Luthiers, Sandra Mihanovich, Raúl Lavié, Maximiliano Guerra, and David Lebón will help ring in Argentina’s birthday. There will also be a brief skit about the history of Argentina put on by the musicians and actors from the theater. Get there early because you will certainly not be the only one looking to get in on the incredible musical action.
Saturday 9th 3:30 PM
Los Patios del Bicentenario
Check out some live music right outside the Planetario (Av. Sarmiento and Av. Belisario Roldán) including King Coya (a combination of folk, electronic music, and cumbia) and the great Marcela Morelo, who will sing the national anthem.
More music! Parque Chacabuco (Av. Asamblea and Emilio Mitre) is hosting more greats like Onda Vaga, Néstor Garnica (folk singer and violinist), and Diego Frenkel, who’s been charged with playing the anthem.
Sunday 10th 12:00 PM
The official celebrations will actually be held on Sunday starting at noon. Military bands from 16 different countries will highlight the massive parade that will march down Avenida del Libertador (starting at Av. Libertador and Pueyrredón). The parade will finish at the Polo stadium (Arévalo 3065) where around 700 musicians will play the national hymn in unison!
If parades aren’t quite your thing, here are a few suggestions to keep your day festive:
Go to a Peña Folklórica
Here’s a way to get in your traditional music and food without the massive crowds. We definitely recommend La Peña del Colorado or Los Cardones, but there are many more amazing options scattered throughout the city.
Go to San Telmo and eat some ‘puchero’
Go explore the markets of Buenos Aires’ oldest neighborhood, and then stop by La Pulpería Quilapán for traditional Locro al Fuego. Make sure you call ahead to make a reservation though… seats will go fast.
Happy 200th Birthday you beautiful, chaotic beast. Cheers to 200 more years of great times and celebrating like no other country can.