Having had a pretty stressful week news wise here in Buenos Aires (anyone else losing total track of which corruption scandal is which?) it’s time to kick back, let your hair down, and enjoy a full three day finde courtesy of the death of General José de San Martín in 1850. As one of the main leaders of South America’s successful fight for independence from the Spanish Empire, his status as a national and regional hero is truly deserved.
Requiring a celebration of his achievements, it’s only right that you should feel a little patriotic and definitely enjoy all that Buenos Aires has to offer this weekend – it would be rude not to.
Highlights this time around include a Leo-themed astrology tour of the MACBA art museum and an all day event celebrating Japan and Argentina’s longstanding friendship. If you’re more of a night owl, try salsa-ing (is that actually a word?) around the dance floor to Cuban band Clave Cubana Timbera or head to La Tangente (my new favorite music venue) for a night of indie tunes.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH
This week is the last run for La Plata-based director Beatriz Catani’s hugely successful play “Cosas Como Si Nunca.” Telling the tale of Argentina’s colorful history through 19th century literature, the play is an intriguing and compelling re-telling of the country’s culture. Beginning the play, a theater company heads off from Buenos Aires to Córdoba. Stopped by Native Americans, the scene is set for the journey to be frequently interrupted by fellow travelers, often literary ghosts from the past to share stories and wisdom with the theater company. Tickets can be bought online.
6 PM | Teatro Cervantes – Libertad 815 | AR $180 | More info
Tonight Casa Brandon will be bringing back one of their ultimate crowd pleasing favorite evenings dedicated to erotic poetry. Hosted by group El Cuerpo Expresivo, you can expect to hear a range of different readings, all exploring the human body and its heightened ability to experience sensation. Additionally, intermittent music will be played to break things up before they get too steamy.
9 PM – 12 AM | Casa Brandon – Luis Maria Drago 236 | AR $200 | More info
Earlier this week, BAphoto, one of Latin America’s most important photography exhibitions launched a pop-up exhibition in Patio Bullrich. Showcasing US photographer George Friedman there, BAphoto is all about exhibiting the best from the Latin and North American photo world. Well worth a visit, it will provide you with a sneaky peak of what’s to be expected at next month’s full BAphoto show.
3 PM – 8 PM | Patio Bullrich – Avenida del Libertador 750 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH
Wishing that you lived somewhere with a proper winter? The kind with substantial snow falls, iced over lakes, and glacier-like landscapes? Buenos Aires might not be about to turn into a white winter wonderland, but instead you can head to Galería Mar Dulce for its latest exhibition featuring artist Sofi Wiñazki. Using oil paint, during a Vermont artist residency, Wiñazki has successfully produced such a realistic depiction of the state’s mid-winter landscape that you can almost feel the cold through each artwork.
3 PM – 8 PM | Galería Mar Dulce – Uriarte 1490 | Free | More info
Fashionistas looking to add to their winter wardrobe should head to Barrio Norte’s clothing store Paraíso. Selling a mix of used vintage clothing as well as locally designed new threads, the fair should cater to all styles. The spending isn’t limited to clothing either, with jewelry, bags, and homeware up for sale. There’ll be plenty to keep your inner magpie happy.
4 PM – 9 PM | Jean Jaures 1157 | Free | More info
OYE COMO VA
San Telmo-based salsa club El Toque Cimarrón will be hosting one of its regular Cuban salsa nights today. Taking over the evening will be band Clave Cubana Timbera, formed back in 2000. The crew are known for their true to Cuban style and energetic drumming. It’ll be an evening full of Caribbean good vibes that’ll be sure to bring the life and soul of Havana right to Buenos Aires.
Midnight | El toque Cimarrón – Perú 571 | AR $200 | More info
DÍA DEL NIÑO
Today, head over to Usina del Arte to celebrate Día del Niño. The event which is designed for families with kids is all about celebrating childhood and generally being young at heart. During the day, performances will be scheduled with a special focus placed on folkloric genres; highlights include Anda Calabaza and Santa Fé based group Canticuénticos. Plenty of kid friendly activities like face painting, games, and drama will be on display too. Besides from being an obvious hit with any young kid, the day’s sure to bring out many adult’s inner child as well.
2 PM – 5:30 PM | Usina del Arte – Caffarena, Agustin R.1 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH
For all of you superstitious types who compulsively head to the back of the newspapers every weekend to check out your horoscope, this is for you. MACBA museum in San Telmo will be giving a Leo-themed tour and talk on art works relating to the star sign. Following the month of Cancer, as the second fire sign, Leos are notoriously bold and brash. Expect the afternoon to give you an understanding of the links between astrology and art.
5 PM | MACBA – Av. San Juan 328 | AR $50 – $80 | More info
Our favorite of Buenos Aires’ outdoor food market will be back on today in Barracas. With plenty of regional produce (around 1,000 different items) up for grabs, many of the city’s restaurants and food trucks will be setting up for the day as well. With as many different cuisine options as the market could possibly squeeze in, you’ll be spoiled for choice between Italian, Peruvian, Middle Eastern and of course Argentine parrilla – because what kind of a food market would it be without asado? Note that if it rains the market will be postponed.
10 AM – 6 PM | Plazoleta Colombia | Free | More info
To celebrate 120 years of friendship between Japan and Argentina, the Jardín Japones will be throwing a free daytime party for all members of the public. There’ll be artistic displays, and performances throughout the day as well as artisanal products available for purchase. Food wise, around 80 stands will be set up to show off the variety of Japanese cuisine. A stage will also be displayed for a unique Japanese sainete performance known as El Geki (a short one act comedy opera piece). If it rains, events will be postponed to the following weekend.
11 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Berro y Casares | Free | More info
Sunday is a feriado, which means no work and no early Monday morning struggles. La Tangente will be putting on a party featuring the best of the local indie music scene. Singer and performer HTML will be performing tonight, best described as unique and a little eccentric, her style is definitely engaging. Following on will be a set by Mendoza based singer Gonza Nehuén. Combining indie rock and electro sounds, his music is original, creative and worth a listen if you’re tired of all that chart topping reggaetón. Closing the night will be a set by Broder, whose music is just a little reminiscent of Metronomy.
Midnight | La Tangente – Honduras 5317 | AR $150 | 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]