With the weather looking unstable at best for the weekend ahead, it might be a good time to retreat to the indoors. With plenty of cultural happenings kicking off around the city, there’ll be plenty to keep you busy and prevent you from resorting to a duvet day. But, as we all know, weather here is unpredictable and maybe the storm clouds won’t roll in after all, and we’ll be gifted with a perfect weekend of temperate spring sunshine.
Old favorite on the porteño cultural calendar La Noche de los Museos (Museum Night) is back this weekend with an exciting array of activities on until the early hours of the morning in each participating space.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
As the fourth edition of FICI, Independent and International Circus Festival, kicks off in Chacarita-based theater Galpón de Guevara, get ready to see performers from Argentina, France, Belgium, Holland, and Spain carry out spellbinding acts that’ll no doubt baffle our minds as they perform unbelievable stunts – impossible for us mere untalented mortals. Somersaulting, unicycling, juggling, and performing awe-inspiring acrobatics, these amazingly talented superhumans will no doubt wow us throughout the festival and even more so at today’s opening night. Tickets for tonight and the rest of the festival’s duration can be bought online.
9 PM | Galpón de Guevara – Guevara 326 | AR $250 | More info
Personal Fest, the first of a long summer season of music festivals that will be taking place all this weekend. If you are desperate to catch worldwide megastars Robbie Williams, Mercury Rev, and Airbag, as well as Argentine favorites like Leo García, Satélite 23 and Indios, there are still a few tickets available for tonight. Priced at AR $1,800 for a day ticket, if you’re willing to push the boat out a little more, AR $2,200 will buy you a two-day pass giving you access to see Lorde, MGMT, Warpaint, and Deerhunter.
Noviembre Electrónico, the citywide celebration of digital arts, culture and music will be launching tonight. Hosted in ten spaces across the capital, this evening will be the turn of El Centro Cultural San Martín which will be opening its doors to exhibition, Realidades Alternativas – toma 2. Consisting of seven different installations which include interactive projections, games as well as virtual and augmented reality, it’s a chance to enter the minds of the artists and experience a very modern art form.
7 PM | Centro Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Free | More info
Villa Crespo Indian dance school, Durga Ma, will be holding celebrations for Hindu festival Diwali. Heralding a new year, the night is one of the most important in the year for celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil as well as knowledge over ignorance. A special moment for millions across the World, tonight the Verma family will be preparing a special dinner menu made up of delicacies like vegetable biryani, kachori (a fried spicy dumpling), tomato chutney and raita (a yogurt salad made with cucumber, carrot and plenty of spices). The place will be beautifully decorated with plenty of candles and lamps representing the festival of light. Diwali is also the time to reconcile with enemies so tonight is the perfect time to let go of any bronca you may be harboring, Tickets should be bought beforehand.
8:30 PM | Juan Ramirez de Velasco 278 (No. 2) | AR $550 | More info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH
Mate-holics who need a way to celebrate the wonders of the energy-boosting herbal tea we all hated the first time we tried it (but now are all sort of addicted) should head to La Rural for the two day #MateAR festival in its honor. Throughout the weekend, there’ll be tastings of different yerbas, workshops detailing how to mix mate with cocktails as well as highly competitive competitions looking to find the best cebador (server) – this is serious stuff down here, people. Looking at the wider cultural influences of our beloved herbal drink, Martín Pugliese will be performing a stand-up comedy set based around the rituals of the drink and Felipe Pigna will be analyzing the history of its roots. There’ll also be loads of options to purchase your preferred yerba, bombillas, and other accessories too.
11 AM – 8PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento – 2704 | Free | More info
Paying homage to the talent of the great composer Claude Debussy, the Teatro Colón will be holding the last of their series of free concerts in his honor today in the stunning settings of their Salón Dorado. Commemorating 100 years since the French composer’s death, the concert will go through the many different periods of his life as a composer, exploring the symbols and mysteries found in his work. Sure to be one of the most popular events this weekend, tickets are available on a first come, first served basis from the Teatro Colón ticket office from today (Thursday 8th), on Tucumán 1171.
5 PM | Teatro Colón – Tucumán 1171 | Free | More info
Preceding Buenos Aires’ international jazz festival, intimate jazz club, Bebop Club will be hosting the 7th edition of the Buenos Aires Blues Festival. North American blues and soul singer Jj Thames, considered one of the revolutionary female performers of this generation, will be taking to the stage for the second time in Argentina. Martin Burguez and El Club del Jumo will be accompanying her throughout the evening. Both Aime Cantilo and Johana del Valle, choristers from Willy Crook will also be performing a fusion of soul and funk. Tickets can be bought online.
9 PM – 2 AM | Bebop Club – Moreno 364 | AR $800 – 950 | More info
Drag queen Lady Nada will be leading a Britney-themed lip sync battle tonight at new Stage Party location, Uniclub. Playing all the noughties classics, contestants will battle it out for the title and honor of being the best and most convincing Brit Brit of the night. Closing out the night, DJ Gonza Laceiras will be taking to the decks to play some cachengue tunes. Tickets can be bought online.
Midnight – 7 AM | Uniclub – Guardia Vieja 3360 | AR $100 | More info
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
Reggae and dub group Channel One Sound System will be playing their unique blend of roots, rock and reggae tunes alongside Stepping Stone Sound System at Club Cultural Matienzo tonight. Back by popular demand for the second year running in Argentina, the UK based performers have been favorites at the legendary Caribbean themed Notting Hill Carnival (Europe’s biggest street party) for the past 35 years. Tickets can be purchased beforehand.
8 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $500 | More info
Feria del Productor al Consumidor will be hosting their November edition this weekend at the UBA School of Agriculture. All about putting producers directly in touch with consumers, it’s the place to stock up on all your organic food needs and find out a little more about what you’re buying. Knowledgeable about the production process from start to finish, those stalling out are a friendly bunch and will happily chat about what they’re selling, so you can be sure the goods are ethically and environmentally friendly. With plenty of unique items sold throughout the market, head here if you’re a little tired of your usual local shop circuit.
10 AM – 7 PM | Facultad de Agronomía – San Martín 4453 | Free | More info
Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti and La Manzana de las Luces will be screening upcoming Cuban films directed by the incoming talented young generation of directors and producers from the island. Tonight programmed screenings include animation film Ernesto Piña and documentary, Los Perros de Amudsen, which follows the story of an investigator of industrial accidents who turns to poetry as a creative outlet. Exploring the curious tradition of honoring poet José Martí with busts and statues from the early 20th century, documentary ‘Héroe de Culto’ will also be shown. Entrance is free subject to capacity.
Centro Cultural de la Memoría Haroldo Conti | Av. Del Libertador 8151 & La Manzana de las Luces – Perú 272 | Free | More info
November 11th marks the International Day for Origami – yes, there’s really a day for everything. The Japanese paper sculpting art, which is defined by the folding of paper instead of cutting is known for creating two dimensional pieces as well as more complex and impressive three dimensional mini sculptures. Known for improving creativity, boosting memory and helping with concentration, it’s a great way to de-stress even for the most uncreative among us. Today in the Jardín Japonés, there’ll be an exhibition of the most impressive creations as well as stands throughout the garden offering visitors different varieties of paper to purchase and take home.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | AR $120 | More info
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. If you have an event you would like to include in this column, please send us an email [email protected]