With a four-day week almost over, and a glorious sunshine filled long weekend now just a mere memory – when’s our next feriado? – it’s almost time to kick back and celebrate the joys of a 48-hour liberation from daily mundanity. Offering up plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained without going totally bankrupt, we’re back with our usual diverse array of cultural and sports shenanigans.
If you do like to keep things real, make sure to take a look at some of the world’s most renowned documentaries at Buenos Aires’ 18th Doc event taking place throughout the city through the middle of next week.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH
Inaugurated tonight in Belgrano’s hidden gem of an arts space, Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta, will be a new exhibition detailing the link between legendary Spanish artists Goya, Picasso, and Dalí, which in case you’re not a total Spanish art buff, is bullfighting. Showcasing the trio’s talents via lithography and engravings, (sorry no full-size Guernica), the museum hopes to represent the passion and intensity of the traditional sport. Dabbling in a little history of bullfighting during the early nineteenth century, the exhibition will also examine the ethical debate surrounding the hyper-controversial spectacle.
7 PM | Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta – Juramento 2291 | AR $30 | More info
For music with perhaps the #ultimate Buenos Aires view, head to the landmark building Palacio Barolo to listen to the youth orchestra, Orquesta Despertando Sueños as well as the Los Piletones choir. Founded in 2014, the donation-based young music collective will be performing tonight in aid of breast cancer. Set against the backdrop of nighttime downtown, the experience should be truly magical. With no need to sign up or buy a ticket, make sure to turn up early and prepare to contribute to the show via a donation you feel personally fit.
7:30-9 PM | Palacio Barolo – Av. de Mayo 1370 | Donation | More info
Rounding off the Xirgu Espacio Untref’s cycle focused on women, tonight in a final anti-patriarchal program the focus will be put on Latin American Mestiza women. Acting as a Master of Ceremonies, musician, author, and obviously feminist Paula Maffia will be leading proceedings. The evening which will include readings by Vanesa Vazquez Laba and Mariana Gomez will also be an opportunity to see Argentine singer La Charo and Colombian Maria Mulata perform together a few Afro-Colombian and Pacific folklore tunes.
8-11 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref – Chacabuco 875 | AR $200 | More info
R&B and soul trio Fancy Fellas will be taking to the stage tonight at South America’s first known-draught cocktail bar and music venue Santos Vega. Made up of singer Pau Lucas, trumpeter Jeanette Nenezian and guitarist Josefina Anselmo, the ladies are known for their soft acoustic vocals and soul-inspired covers. Cocktails on tap combined with the best of the local music scene can only be a good thing in our books – it should be the perfect place to get your weekend going.
8:30 PM | Santos Vega – Niceto Vega 5924 | AR $150 | More info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
HOME MOVIE DAY
Nostalgic and most of the time embarrassing, home movies certainly hold a special quality. If you find yourself with an urge to share a unique piece of personal history with a group of total strangers, head to La Boca’s Museo del Cine. Able to project anything recorded on Super 8, 8mm, or 16mm film, the idea of the event is to celebrate amateur home filming as well as recall all those long forgotten childhood birthdays, drunken weddings, holidays – or perhaps just to cringe.
3-7 PM | Museo del Cine – Agustín R. Caffarena 51 | Free | More info
With the arrival of Spring comes the inevitable pressure to get working on your #beachbod. If you’re not inclined to fork out on a pricey Palermo pilates membership, head to the Bosques for the free Festival Ciudad Activa. Offering a plethora of classes even for the most un-sporty among us, you’ll be able to try your hand at Zumba, gymnastics (including a virtual option), and dance. Counting a market with organic and gluten-free produce on sale, cooking classes will be available to teach you how to turn your purchases into some more edible morfi. If you’re more into growing it yourself, workshops teaching you how not to kill your plants, or in more technical terms, how to use compost and construct your own vegetable garden will be on throughout the day.
11 AM – 7 PM | Av. Libertador & Sarmiento | Free | More info
Back for another edition of culture celebrating street parties, this time the Buenos Aires government will be putting on festivities for Scandi countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway, as well as the confusingly not-so-Nordic Lithuania. Pulling out all the stops and turning it into one of this season’s bigger versions of the cultural fiesta, more than 50 stands will be showing off each country’s unique cuisine will be joining the party. Including irritable delicacies like flaesketeg (roast pork featuring mustard, honey, cucumber, and beetroot), there’ll also be lapskaus (marinated salmon and cod skewers). Once you’re done with all that savory move onto the Scandinavian pastry. If an afternoon spent in Northern European company has got you thinking about future possibilities, there’ll be information available about work and travel experiences.
11 AM – 7 PM | Av. Iraola y Montt | Free | More info
Celebrating Buenos Aires’ exceptional theatrical offering is this year’s Noche de los Teatros. With more than 60 shows on offer, plenty of the city’s big hitting venues will be opening their doors, allowing visitors to see plays for a 30 percent discount, pay-what-you-can, or even for free. The iconic Teatro San Martín will be opening its doors, showing for the first time Argentine writer Manuel Puig’s last novel, Cae La Noche Tropical. Teatro Regio and the Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo will also be participating and showing plays for free. If you’d prefer to take a look at the often spellbinding architecture of many of these venues, tours will be available throughout the evening.
From 8 PM | Various venues | Prices vary | More info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
Proving that being broke and stylish isn’t necessarily an oxymoron, Buenos Aires’ most fashionable second-hand clothing fair Viva Vintage will be taking place in Colegiales-based music venue La Confiteria today. With around 40 stands participating, it’s a chance to give your wardrobe a refresh in time for Spring without (hopefully) breaking the bank. Brazilian DJ JR Wise will be spinning the decks throughout the afternoon, playing a curated mix of tunes ranging from 60s rock to reggae.
12-6 PM | La Confiteria – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | Free | More info
Delving into the history and heritage of the unique Selk’nam people based in the Southern area of Chile and Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, today Museo Etnográfico “Juan B. Ambrosetti” will be holding a reproduction of the Hain Ceremony. Known as the moment that young men become adults, the traditional ritual is composed of participants decorating themselves with body paint and then facing the spirits. Traditionally male-focused, the guided visit will focus on female participation during the festival and whether the supposedly sacred masks held any meaning for them too.
4 PM | Museo Etnográfico Juan B. Ambrosetti – Moreno 350 | Free | More info
If you’ve ever strolled through San Telmo’s Parque Lezama and wondered what the boldly standing Russian Orthodox Church is like inside, today is your day. Led by local group Mi Buenos Aires Querido, the tour will guide you through South America’s first Orthodox Church and one of Buenos Aires’ most hidden gems. Constructed in 1901, the religious space is full of treasures unknown to most. After, the walk will finish with an amble through the neighboring park, exploring the secrets of the piece of land left behind by the Lezama family. It’s important to note that respectful dressing is required, meaning women must wear skirts and bring a scarf to cover hair, and men must make sure to wear long trousers. To reserve your spot, email [email protected]
3:15-6 PM | Nogoya 3280 | AR $200 – $220 | More info
If you like to spend your Sunday evenings boogying the week in, you’re definitely doing something right. The Ciudad Cultural Konex’s Spring and Summer classic, Dancing Mood is back, heralding in the dawn of a season made for outdoor drinking and dancing. With their signature rock-funk fusion style going strong for nearly 20 years, creator and trumpeter Hugo Lobo has made sure the band remains authentic yet also on trend. Ideal if you want to ignore thinking about the inevitable doom and gloom of Monday morning, tickets can be bought online beforehand.
8:30 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $250 | 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 at [email protected]