If you’ve recently seen our Practical Guide to Lollapalooza 2019, and realized too late that you missed out on tickets to Latin America’s biggest festival this weekend, then take a breather. We have some good news. First, there are a few more tickets left if you move very fast – like go right now and buy your ticket. And second, we’ve found a load of musical and arty events this weekend so that you don’t feel too left out come Monday when all your friends are raving about rocking out to the Arctic Monkeys and partying with Kendrick. OK, they may not be on quite that level, but the Buenos Aires culture never disappoints, and there are some interesting options this weekend to keep you occupied while you ignore the booming sound systems over in the Palermo Parks.
FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH
Breathe a sigh of relief that Mercury is finally out of retrograde, and welcome the weekend at this free meditation session on Friday evening. Fundación Autoconocimiento Amalia Estevez is celebrating the opening of its new Palermo branch by inviting you to try out a session, on them. No prior experience is required, and they’ll also be selling books and CDs if you want to learn more about the practice at home. Get there early as entry is limited, and stick around after for a less relaxing toast to the new studio.
7 PM – 8.30 PM | Fundación Autoconocimiento Amalia Estévez – Soler 5518 | Free | More Info
The Tango Orchestra of the City of Buenos Aires, otherwise known as OTBA, are taking part in Usina del Arte’s free concert series this evening. This prize-winning ensemble, conducted by Juan Carlos Cuacci and Néstor Marconi, will be putting on a free show of tragic melodies and classic milongas from 9 PM in the auditorium for our enjoyment. Entry is free, but you must reserve your tickets online first.
9 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
All you really need to end the week is a big glass of wine, or five. And, thankfully, this Friday Wining is stepping in to help us out with the first edition of Wine Fest. The AR $700 entry fee includes tastings, cheeses from Fermier and Club de los Quesos, gourmet tapas options, alfajores, and liqueur chocolates from La Goulue Chocolatier. Mendoza wine buffs should look out for familiar names such as Altar Uco, Budeguer, Domaine Bousquet, Viamontes, and Pascual Toso, which are just a few of the 18 bodegas signed up for this delectable evening.
7.30 PM – 10.30PM | Wining, Sinergía Vitivinícola – Gurruchaga 1060 | AR $700 | More Info
FOODIE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
If, like Sir Paul McCartney, you’re a fan of Palermo’s best bagel joint – Sheikob’s Bagels – then this foodie pop-up event will be a great place to start your weekend. In celebration of a collective one year anniversary, they’re teaming up with top-notch bakery Atelier Fuerza and masterful restaurateurs from closed-door darling Anafe to host Cosas a la Noche en Sheikob’s, a food pop-up and party celebrating the fantastic year these three closely-linked businesses have enjoyed. Food and festivities start will run from 8PM until stock runs out.
8 PM | Sheikob’s Bagels – Uriarte 1386 | Free | More Info
SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH
For a creative afternoon of Mexican culture why not sign up to this Taller Calavera Mexicana (that’s Mexican Skull Painting workshop) this Saturday afternoon. Held at the new Colegiales cultural space, Casa la Jorge, you’ll spend an afternoon painting and learning about the basic designs, color palettes, and decoration techniques used to create these traditional painted skulls that are placed on the altars of loved ones during Day of the Dead celebrations. Run by Argentine-Mexican artist Mariana Cannizzaro, all materials are included, and you’ll get to take home your own calavera at the end. Contact over Instagram to book your spot.
3 PM | Casa la Jorge – Jorge Newbery 2565 | AR $850 | More Info
This Saturday is the last day of the photo exhibition Topo da Pirámide, a celebration of Afro-Brazilian photographers at the Centro Cultural Tierra Violeta. However, this is not your average exhibition finale with a few thank you speeches and a toast or two. The Monserrat cultural center has lined up an evening of Brazilian food, music, and video projections to send off this photography show with a bang. A great way to catch the exhibit before it goes, while also kicking off Saturday night with some food and music.
7 PM – 10 PM | Centro Cultural Tierra Violeta – Tacuarí 538 | Free | More Info
This Saturday evening, bar and cultural space Club Cultural Matienzo is putting on a cool, euphonious night with two Buenos Aires jazz bands playing. Both Manto de Carne, a jazz fusion band, and Saturno, a seven-man sax-driven group, will be taking to the stage to play new music and jam together. Drinks prices are low, and the space is relaxed and casual.
9 PM – 11.30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Earlybird AR $170, On the door AR $220 | More Info
So maybe you’re not partying with Kendrick at Lollapalooza, but just ask yourself this: is there really any party better to dance away Saturday night to than an explosive Brazilian samba set from a Carioca legend? If your answer is no (or you have no other plans), then this gig at Niceto Club from singer, composer, and percussionist Nego Álvaro is the ideal option. He’s a true star of the scene, having worked professionally at all the famous Rio samba bars since he was 15 years old, so Buenos Aires is lucky to have him this evening.
9 PM | Niceto Club – Humboldt 1358 | AR $200 | More Info
SUNDAY, MARCH 31ST
Become an artist for a day at Paint Now’s workshop this Sunday. Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, this is a fun and friendly event welcome to all. Plus it’s held at Cervelar bar, so if in doubt grab a drink and let the creativity flow. You don’t need to bring any supplies to the session; just arrive, channel your inner Monet, and leave with a beautiful new canvas for your mom and dad to hang by the fridge (or in the trash).
6PM – 8PM | Cervelar – Cabrera 4399 | AR $520 with code FACE20 | More Info
A heads up for you that the (previously rained-off) gluten-free edition of Buenos Aires Market has been rescheduled to this weekend. This special celiac-friendly edition of their weekly food feria, is dedicated to providing solely products that are 100 percent gluten-free. There will be more than 1,000 products on offer to taste and purchase, plenty of food trucks as usual, a recycling point, and children’s entertainment. Fingers crossed for blue skies!
Saturday& Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM | Los Bosques de Palermo – Av. Del Libertador y Sarmiento | Free | More Info
Another one for the creative cats; Jam de Dibujo 2.0 is putting on one of its popular live drawing evenings at the Club Cultural Matienzo this Sunday. You have to bring all your materials to this late night drawing event, but for only AR $180 you can enjoy a beer and some intense live jazz (this week from RB Trio) while drawing talented models in challenging poses. It usually starts a little late, but you can check out their Instagram for some drawing inspiration while you wait.
9.30 PM – 12.30 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $180 | More Info
If you’re still suffering from Lollapalooza #FOMO, we have one more musical option for you to try and push away the blues. Head down to San Telmo this Sunday evening as new cultural center, La Mano, host their very first Bob Marley fest. It’s going to be full on reggae vibes with DJs, art, and light shows. Was Bob Marley into lasers? I don’t know. But go find out at this mellow music fest that’s sure to be a jammin’ end to the weekend.
8 PM | La Mano – Balcarce 864 | TBC | More Info
Disclaimer: The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary.
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