With hot and cold fronts clashing right over our heads, it’s as though the city has been caught in a very humid battle between summer and winter. While it is normal for this time of year, it doesn’t make getting stuck in a torrential downpour any more pleasant. En fin, consider investing in a reliable umbrella.
As far as the cultural agenda goes, things are incredibly vibrant, regardless of the tempestuous weather. Buenos Aires’ International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) is taking place in movie theaters across the city, and this Friday will see the start of the city’s gastronomic proposal, Día del Gourmet. Add in Food Fest, generous servings of live music, various artistic initiatives, and back-to-back editions of Buenos Aires Celebra, and that’s what we call a recipe for a good weekend. So read on, and let’s get planning!
FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH
The sixth edition of Buenos Aires’ Día del Gourmet will kick off in Palermo this Friday. A three-day gastronomic festival packed with tastings, workshops, master classes, and culinary events, today’s program includes a session on sourdough (masamadre) bread from 5-6:30 PM, followed by a chat on ‘The Wisdom of Tea’ from 7-9 PM. Make sure to register for the events you’d like to attend beforehand, using the ‘Register’ button on Día del Gourmet’s Facebook page. Check out the schedule of events for Saturday and Sunday as well.
Time varies with event | Espacio DDG (Jorge Luis Borges 1730) | Free | More info
With Buenos Aires’ International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI) having finally been inaugurated this Wednesday, it’s high time to hit the cinemas and put the tickets you bought last weekend to good use (you would never leave that to the last minute, right?). For those of you who did leave ticket-buying to the last minute however, and are still undecided about what you want to see, check out 10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s BAFICI Film Festival, and 10 More while you’re at it. Or just show up and buy a ticket to the next movie being screened and surprise yourself. With tickets at AR $55, these may be some of the cheapest (and most ingenious) films you’ll ever see in your life.
Showtimes and locations vary | AR $55 | More info
Artist collective Fábrica de estampas is hosting a tricked up book fair this weekend. Featuring books, zines, prints, pictures, and even some unusual objects like engravings, the fair will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 AM-10 PM. The collective, founded in 2011, is dedicated entirely to print making — and when they’re not hosting art or book fairs, they teach a number of creative workshops focused on the variety of techniques used to make impressions. Stop by and peruse the smorgasbord of literary and artistic goodies!
11 AM – 10 PM | Fábrica de estampas (Nahuel Huapi 4699) | More info
Maxi Prietto, best known for his work on Prietto Viaja al Cosmos with local band Mariano y Los Espíritus, will be playing a selection of original compositions this evening with his quartet in Xirgu Espacio Untref. Producing a folksy brand of popular music that explores the boundaries between the spoken word and song, Prietto’s soulful, gritty voice delivers emotionally charged lyrics that make poignant observations about society. Tickets to tonight’s performance are AR $300 and can be bought via Plateanet.
10 PM | Xirgu Espacio Untref (Chacabuco 875) | AR $300 | More info
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
The April edition of Buenos Aires’ iconic ‘Food Fest’ is set to take place in La Rural this weekend. For those who haven’t been before, this open air food festival gathers the best of the city’s food trucks in one place, offering both time-tested favorites as well as more exotic options. This weekend’s edition will be an homage to the eighties, so break out the neon colors and be prepared to get down to artists like Prince, The Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, and Madonna. Admission to Food Fest (as always) is free, and entrance is via Avenida Sarmiento.
1 PM – 2 AM | La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
Buenos Aires Celebra is back with a new edition today, this time celebrating the country that gave birth to kawaii (the culture of cuteness), sushi, and anime, among other things — Japan. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Japanese culture firsthand at the event by engaging in arts and crafts, enjoying live music and dance, and most obviously, through eating traditional foods. The embassy of Japan will be present at the celebration, offering information about Japanese culture, tourism, scholarships, and much more. Incidentally, 2018 marks the 120th year of friendly, bilateral relations between the Argentina and the Land of the Rising Sun. A parade commemorating the countries’ friendship will take place at the event.
12 – 7 PM | Av. San Juan and Jujuy | Free | More info
A literary walk retracing the footsteps of iconic Argentine author Julio Cortázar will take place from 2:30-5:30 PM this afternoon. Exploring the places in Buenos Aires where the writer once lived and spent time, the walk will give participants a deeper knowledge of both Cortázar’s life and his work. The cost of the walk is AR $280, and includes graphic, digital, audio materials. Immensely popular with the public, events like this are known to sell out. Reserve your spot via email today ([email protected]).
2:30 – 5:30 PM | TBA | AR $280 | More info
Buenos Aires born singer-songwriter Loli Molina has wowed us with the tenderness and gripping depth of her latest EP, ‘I fall in love too easily.’ Re-interpreting classics like ‘Stella by Starlight’ and ‘My Funny Valentine’ the artist presents the songs soulfully, with a special emphasis on the timelessness of the lyrics. This evening, together with two local jazz musicians, Molina will be performing live in the auditorium of the Usina del Arte, in what promises to be a moving, intimate concert. Tickets can be picked up at the Usina del Arte’s box office two hours before the performance starts.
8 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH
Hot off the heels of yesterday’s Buenos Aires Celebra Japón, the BA city government will be celebrating the Syrian community in Argentina this afternoon. Boasting 30-plus stands featuring savory Syrian delicacies like shawarma, sfiha, falafel, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves, mouthwatering desserts like baklava, mammul, and nammura will also be available for those with a sweet tooth. Besides stuffing your face with authentic, delicious Syrian treats, you can also learn a bit of Arabic, browse a selection of handmade arts and crafts, or discover more about the history of Syrian immigration to Argentina. Dance troupes from across the country will also perform during the event.
12 – 7 PM | Bolívar and Avenida de Mayo | Free | More info
Ciudad Cultural Konex will present another installment of its Festival Buena Vibra series this afternoon. Taking place in the venue’s outdoor patio, this Sunday’s line up is quite exceptional, and includes performances by artists Mi Amigo Invencible, Las Taradas, Banda de Turistas, and Usted Señalemelo. Food trucks will be on site to assuage your hunger, and there will also be art, games, and a record sale to peruse. General admission starts at AR $350 — get your tickets online here.
4 – 11:30 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex (Sarmiento 3131) | From AR $350 | More info
A creative workshop on ‘magazine hacking’ will take place this afternoon in the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Led by Lala Pasquinelli, the workshop will seek to deconstruct the messages media outlets reproduce and convey to the public through magazines, especially regarding men and women’s body images. Through ‘hacking’ the material and the messages, participants will express themselves by creating collages out of the images, critiquing the unrealistic standards of beauty subconsciously pushed on society. Send an email to [email protected] if you’d like to participate.
5 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is kicking off a new series of films this Sunday exploring the role of the first person (‘I’) in poetry. Beginning with Laurie Anderson’s award winning 2015 documentary Heart of a Dog this evening, the series will seek to answer a number questions including, “Who is the person identifying him or herself as ‘I’ in a poem,” and “Is that person always the same, or does he or she change?” Anderson’s film is the perfect starting point in such a study. Immensely poetic, the artist plays with music, images, and the spoken word to share insights on universal subjects any person can relate to, including love, loss, memory, and grief. Pick up your free tickets an hour before the screening starts at the Center’s box office.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. del Libertador 8151) | Free | 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]