Well folks—we did it! It’s officially the finde largo de Semana Santa, and Buenos Aires is free to enjoy a sun soaked four-day break that makes it hard to believe winter is coming soon. Those who have managed to throw on a jogging and venture outside already (we’re not judging those still in bed) might get the impression that everyone—yes, everyone—except for you has fled the city for the beach or otherwise different locale. But don’t worry. We’re still here with you, and there are plenty of things to do this weekend, regardless of whether you plan to celebrate the more religious aspects of the holiday. Considering you’ll probably need to schedule a few hours to indulge in some classic treats anyway (Pedro Lambertini, we’re looking at you and your Instagram-ready Rosca de Pascuas) there might not even be enough time to fit everything in.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
FEMALE TRAP FEST
While it’s no secret that trap music is having a moment in Argentina, the music style arguably tends to be associated with primarily male artists. To help change that, Usina del Arte is kicking off the first Urban Fem Fest with live music from several talented female trap artists including Dakillah, Sofia Hervier, Apsy, Mila M, and Dj Mykka. The event will kick off at 2 PM with DJs, an urban dance class, and hair and makeup from Las Glitteras. The live show featuring those artists starts at 6 PM. The festival is free, but make sure to reserve your entry at the link below.
2 PM – 6 PM | Usina del Arte | Agustín Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
Who said silent films can’t have live music? The suspenseful soundtrack of the 1927 German sci-fi classic Metropolis will come to life at the MALBA on Friday, just like the iconic robot in the film by Fritz Lang. Guitarist Fernando Kabusacki and keyboardist Matías Mango will play music composed by the National Film Chamber Orchestra.
10 PM | MALBA | Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | General entry AR $140, AR $70 for students, teachers and senior citizens | More Info
Long weekends are often reserved for catching up with old friends, and who’s to say that Alf or the Ghostbusters crew can’t be included in that close circle? For a kick of nostalgia, check out Red Bell Saloon’s Back to the ’80s and ’90s Party to relive the tunes of yesteryear. Bonus points if you roll up wearing LA Lights.
11 PM – 6 AM | Red Bell Saloon | Av. Rivadavia 846 | More Info
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Having a good sense of humor is a valuable skill for surviving the hectic nature of Buenos Aires. A visit to the Museo del Humor in Puerto Madero is always a good recipe for easing some of the tension caused by, say, getting kicked off of the bondi for not having enough money on one’s SUBE (not that this has ever happened to any of us here). Right now, the museum is running an exhibit from Rosario native Max Cachimba called Gardens and Other Misadventures. It includes the illustrator’s work, space to draw and relax, and pieces from several other artists: Florencia Pernicone, Ivana Boullón, Estrella Mergá, Juan Vegetal, Javier Velasco, Manuel Depetris, Sofía Álvarez Watson, and Coni Marchini.
12 PM – 7 PM | Museo del Humor | Av. de los Italianos 851 | AR $50 | More Info
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
THEATER TO THINK ABOUT
Beyond every headline about war are people affected by its implications, doing their best to make sense of the realities they face. For a unique perspective on these situations, head over to the Código Montesco theater to see the production Cuentos de Guerra Para Dormir en Paz. Written by Venezuelan playwright Karin Valecillos and directed by Luis Villegas “Spinetta,” this piece depicts the effects of war on eight characters in four stories spanning different cultures.
8:30 PM | Código Montesco Theater | Gorriti 3956 | AR $250-300 | More Info
BRATS & BEER
While it’s not exactly difficult to find a good sausage in Buenos Aires, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the morcilla and try something a little bit different. Luckily, the German restaurant Extrawurst is putting on a festival this weekend with beers, brats, and traditional music. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation to ensure you snag a spot.
7 PM – 12 AM | Extrawurst | Tres Sargentos 427 | Call for Pricing| More Info
PROGRESSIVE HOUSE NIGHT
For a who’s who of emerging artists in Argentina’s progressive house scene, there’s no better place to be than Niceto Club on Saturday for an event hosted by Progressive House Argentina and DRMTM. The lineup includes Temple Gate, Ciardi, Dynacom & Bodai and Santo Adriano. To get in for free, head over before 1 AM.
11:55 PM – 7 AM | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | Free before 1 AM, AR $250 until 2:30 AM, AR $300 after | More Info
DRUM AND BASS
Another flavor of electronic music will be filling La Tangente on Saturday, where the “masters of minimal funk” Jam Thieves will be spinning sounds alongside Bad Boy Orange, DJ Buey, Apolo Novax, and Beaxionaryo.
11:30 PM – 5AM | La Tangente | Honduras 5317 | AR $250 in advance, AR $350 at the door, AR $400 after 2 AM | More Info
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Tired of cooking the same milanesas for dinner every night, but don’t have much time to learn a bunch of fancy techniques? If you can relate, check out this free class hosted by #BACapitalGastronómica to learn how to craft fast, tasty simple meals at home. This Sunday, the city is hosting workshops in two locations: Parque Saavedra and Parque Patricios. Make sure to sign up in advance, as space is limited.
10:30 AM or 5 PM (see locations) | Parque Patricios and Parque Saavedra | Patagones and Monteagudo or Av. García del Río y Av. Melián | Free | More Info
Those seeking a classic way to start Sunday morning have to look no further than Usina del Arte, which will be hosting its annual Easter concert. The Carlos López Buchardo chorus will join the Cámara Amadeus orchestra for a selection of music from Vivaldi, Bach, and Rheinberger.
11:30 AM | Usina del Arte Agustín Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
Feeling a little nostalgic for those Easter egg hunts? Well, Just Play Eventos is putting a clever twist on the pastime that also includes another blast from the past—vintage video games. The event will feature not only tournaments on modern and classic consoles and the opportunity to battle it out over games like Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, but the opportunity to go head-to-head on an egg hunt.
11 AM – 8 PM | Hotel Castelar | Av. De Mayo 1152 | AR $150-230 | More Info