Temperatures are way beyond sub-zero right now and spring may be further away ever, but at least we can all rejoice that blue skies and sunshine are back on the agenda. If you’ve been cooped up, huddled under a blanket accompanied only by mate and Netflix, now is the time to embrace a wintry weekend out and about in our beloved Buenos Aires.
Night owls should check out this year’s Afro-Beat festival in Centro Cultural Matienzo and dance the weekend away at Fiesta Plop’s Handmaid’s Tale themed party. For the art lovers among you, check out one of Latin America’s most important photography festivals. Foodies (so, all of us) should head to Buenos Aires’ latest cultural celebration of Mexico and Ecuador and indulge in some artisanal treats. Or if you’re in charge of some kiddies this weekend, have them do some cooking at Usina Del Arte’s free culinary session on Sunday.
FRIDAY AUGUST 3RD
Buenos Aires’ 30th Festival de la Luz, one of Latin America’s most important photography festivals will be kicking off today. With around 350 artists from 30 different countries taking part, it will celebrate the diversity of world photography and surely please even the most reluctant photography fan with such a vast collection of subject matter. A special focus will be placed on Argentine photography with around 30 cities throughout the country being represented.
7 PM | El Centro Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Free | More info
Tonight Fiesta Plop will be celebrating the upcoming abortion vote (August 8th) with a party dedicated to the Handmaid’s Tale. The story, proving itself to be terrifyingly realistic in the world’s current climate will be brought to life throughout the night, an ode to the continuously creative and surprising imagination of Plop parties. Bringing life, originality, and acceptance to the porteño nightlife scene since 2006, these parties are legendary and not to be missed. Tickets can be reserved online.
Midnight | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $125 | More info
Rosario-born artist Carolina Antoniadis’ El Beso Dorado del Bosque series will be inaugurated tonight in Argentine art-centric contemporary gallery, Calvaresi. Consisting of a series of acrylic paint artworks and an imposing mural, the work spans all of her artistic career. You may recognize her name as a muralist, with some of her art to be found dotted along the subte lines, one being painted alongside the platform in Echeverría station (B Line).
7 PM | Calvaresi Contemporáneo – Defensa 1136 | Free | More info
Tonight the second edition of the FA CAFF tango festival is kicking off. Taking place across 21 nights, more than 60 tango artists – both musicians and dancers – will be performing as part of the annual festivities. Hosted by one of the city’s most iconic modern tango venues, el Club Atlético Fernández Fierro, it’s a fitting location to pay homage to Argentina’s sultry serenade. In addition to performances, set to start at 9:30 PM, there’ll be a book sale as well as craft beer on offer for a pre-show tipple. Before the curtain goes up, there’ll be informal talks about tango today as well as audio-visual shows. Even if you think you’re not into tango, the CAFF experience is guaranteed to change your mind.
6 PM | Club Atlético Fernández Fierro – Sanchez de Bustamante 772 | AR $100 | More info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH
This year the Luna Park Stadium will be hosting Red Bull’s final freestyle rap contest known as la Batalla de Los Gallos. An annual improvised tournament that takes place across Argentina, the regional semifinals have now been done and dusted and all that’s left to do is see the best of the country’s hip-hop talent battle it out for the coveted national title. If you didn’t sign up to duke it out yourself, you can still head over and form part of the 8,500-strong crowd that’s expected to turn up.
8 PM | Luna Park – Avenida Eduardo Madero 420 | AR $450 | More info
La Tangente will be hosting band Tirman Kid at their hometown Palermo location tonight. The venue has become a firm favorite among acoustic and indie music fans as well as those with a guilty pleasure for tribute bands (one dedicated to 80s-90s pop icon Luis Miguel performed on Thursday). Head over for a Saturday night of good music vibes without going too wild. Tickets can be bought beforehand.
9 PM | La Tangente – Honduras 5317 | AR $250 | More info
To listen to what Miles Davis described as the music of the future, head to Centro Cultural Matienzo for a night of afrobeat tunes. The annual festival has been conveniently timed to be a part of the center’s Afovisibility campaign, which began in July, to raise awareness of the often silent suffering, of Africans and Afro-descendants since the foundation of the Republic of Argentina until the present day. A night to enjoy all music afrobeat, as well as live sets performed by DJs, there’ll also be a makeup artist to transform your outfit. Tickets can be bought for a discount beforehand online.
Midnight | Centro Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $135 – 170 | More info
A new month means a revived theatrical program at the Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo. As part of their cycle promoting independent theater and dance, this month the center is presenting Coreomania – no puedo parar, a contemporary dance production during which the performers supposedly dance until exhaustion. The show will be performed throughout August.
9 PM | Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo – | AR $160 – $200 | More info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH
If you’re unsure how to entertain little ones now the winter vacation has come to an end, and the weather is still honestly a little too fresquito for the park, take them to cookery classes organized by La Boca’s Usina del Arte. Argentine chef Martin Molteni will be leading the session with a focus placed on cooking experimentally with mushrooms. The class is aimed at kids aged between seven and twelve and while taking part is free, prior registration via their Facebook page is recommended as spaces are limited.
4 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R Caffarena 1 | Free | More info
BUENOS AIRES CELEBRATES
For the first time, Buenos Aires’ city government will be celebrating Ecuador and Mexico today. With around 50 stands that will be offering food from either country’s national cuisine, think ceviche and guacamole galore (unbeatable), there’ll also be music and dance performances throughout the day to celebrate each culture’s rich diversity. Whether you’re a homesick Ecuadorean or Mexican craving a piece of home or a porteño keen to explore another culture, the celebrations will be comparable to a street party downtown.
11 AM – 6 PM | Av. de Mayo and Av. Bolivar | Free | More info
Inspired by the legends of Colombian folklore, theater production Sabor will be on at Teatro del Globo tonight. Performed by dance group “Alegria Danza y Musica”, the performance will be a high-energy mixture of dance and music to brighten up even the grayest Sunday night. Perhaps the brightest colors outside of carnival, the costumes alone will have you spellbound. Somewhat mysterious about prices, exact details can be found through contacting their Facebook Page directly.
8 PM | Teatro Globo – Marcelo T. de Alvear 1155 | 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]