Don’t let this morning’s drizzle dampen your spirits—we’re almost to the finde largo goodness of Semana Santa, and the slog to the weekend will soon be worth it. It’s a perfect day to snuggle up and watch a movie at BAFICI before the end of its run, but let’s be real—many of us are about to descend into a black hole of work and frantic texting to conocidos for last-minute beach house privileges for the upcoming holiday. The good news is that even if you’re staying in the city this weekend, there are a ton of fun events coming up. If you’ve already got arteBA 2019, the Faena Festival, or the Korean Culinary Festival on your agenda, here are some of our other favorite alternatives.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH
Buenos Aires is full of galleries and museums dedicated to visual arts, but this weekend the public has a rare opportunity to check out the method behind the madness as artists in Chacarita, Villa Ortúzar and Parque Chas reveal their studios to the public. The event hosted by Se Agrandó Chacarita runs into Saturday as well, and will feature chats with the artists, live music and workshops. The first installment last December featured 14 studios, so you can expect an eclectic mix of spaces to discover.
5 PM – 9 PM | Chacarita, Villa Ortúzar and Parque Chas | Free | More Info
One Fernet and Coke too many? Mix up your weekend with a class led by Sebastián Atienza, a cocktail expert who has managed prestigious bars, including the venerable Florería Atlántico. The course will give even the greenest beginner a primer on tools and techniques for creative cocktails. You’ll learn about the theory, participate in a workshop and—probably the best part—have free time to sample a variety of drinks and mingle with a cheeseboard.
7:30 PM | Salú Club de Cocina | Nicaragua 4880, Palermo | AR $,1800 | | More Info
Looking to bust a move this weekend? Check out the Centro Cultural Matienzo’s Plantasía dance party, which will feature an eclectic mix of downtempo, Brazilian rhythms, and techno. Featured artists include Santi D, San Ignacio, Xanducero, Maich, Barda, and Mica Towers.
11:45 PM – 5 AM | Centro Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249 | Earlybird AR $150, AR $200 at the door | More Info
SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
Need a gift for a loved one, or just want to treat yourself with something beautiful for getting through this crazy pre-holiday week? Head over to the latest installment of Feria Juntas, where you’ll be able to meet a host of talented female designers and check out their work in this apartment-dwelling fair. Pretty much everything you can imagine is here—clothing, home goods, kitchen stuff—and it will be sure to be the most stylish you can find in the city. Get there early, as the line to get in forms ahead of time.
4 PM – 8 PM | Colegiales | Ciudad de la Paz 502, Apartments 1, 2 & 3 | FREE | More Info
Life in Argentina can be an emotional endeavor, so why not unearth some old feelings for catharsis’ sake by seeing throwback emo darlings Saves the Day? Whether you remember feeling all the feels when blasting “At Your Funeral” in middle school or simply sad you missed out on Julieta Venegas for free at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, you can help give the band a warm welcome for its first time in Argentina by heading over to The Roxy on Saturday night.
9 PM | The Roxy Live Bar | Niceto Vega 5542 | AR $1,100 | More Info
Japan and Argentina have been friends for 120 years, and like all good party hosts, the two countries are planning an impressive spread of food and entertainment to celebrate with the latest installment of BA Celebra Japón. After gorging on delicacies such as sushi, okonomiyake (life-changing savory pancakes), tempura, and sashimi from more than 50 food stands, you’ll have the chance to sit back and watch demonstrations of martial arts and music.
12 PM – 7 PM | Av. San Juan & Av. Jujuy | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH
Russian collective Pussy Riot will be breaking down Buenos Aires’ door as it stops by as part of an international tour. But even though the politically-charged punk band and activists known hits including Police State have gone from staging impromptu performances to appearing in venues around the world, concertgoers can expect no shortage of heated messages about topics such as legalizing abortion and LGBTQ+ rights.
7:30 PM | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $920 | More Info
Those looking for a more decadent way to spend a Sunday will have a chance to sit back and sip on wines at the iconic Palacio Duhau ahead of Malbec World Day on April 17th. At this themed tasting, you’ll be able to sample several varieties of Argentina’s most iconic wine in the palace’s lush garden and luxe surroundings from some of the country’s top wineries. The entry includes three (yes, three) glasses of wine and a tapa to absorb some of the goodness.
5 PM – 8 PM | Park Hyatt Buenos Aires | Av. Alvear 1661 | AR $1,000 | More Info
Tired of the same ‘ol brunch options? Don’t miss i Latina’s Desaiuno extravaganza, which returns to offer the best in inventive, pan-Latin American dishes. The Villa Crespo restaurant focused on fine dining is known for offering 7-course evening tasting menus, and this brunch offers a unique way to sample i Latina’s unique style in a more casual, yet not less delicious, way. Make sure to reserve a spot on iLatina´s website.
Call to reserve | i Latina | Murillo 725 | AR $1,500 with alcohol, $1,300 without | More Info
Mark(et) your calendar — Sabe la Tierra‘s local, organic food fair hits Parque Las Heras this Sunday to give us a taste of local produce from small producers. In addition to all the fruits and vegetables you’d expect at a farmer’s market, the event includes craft beers, herb blends, fresh juices, and tasty snacks like falafel.
10 AM – 6 PM | Parque Las Heras | Av. Coronel Díaz y French | FREE | 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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