A rare four-day weekend (also known as a feriado puente) is here to the collective relief of Buenos Aires denizens. And while we do hope you’re taking a well earned getaway to somewhere a bit more sunny (or at least, less humid), if you do find yourself in La Ciudad de la Furia, rest assured that you can still have a stellar time. Whether you like book fairs or food fairs, board games or literary chats, psychedelic folk or electronic beats, we’ve got something just for you, no matter your interests or budget. On a side note — if you don’t already have one, consider investing in solid raincoat!
FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH
Buenos Aires’ highly anticipated Feria del Libro (annual international book fair) is back, to the delight of the city’s book worms. Now in its 44th year, the fair is quartered in Palermo’s immense convention center, La Rural: this year’s rallying slogan is ‘Una ciudad, mil historias para contar’ (‘One city, a thousand stories to tell’). Over 250 book stands will set up at the event, stocked with lovely, new glossy editions, and the city government has organized over sixty activities throughout the fair’s duration, including readings, chats, and live music. Admission to the Feria del Libro is AR $120, and the full event program can be found here.
2 – 11 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | AR $120 | More info
A guided visit of Jean Paul Gaultier’s exposition on marriage equality, Love is Love, will take place in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this afternoon. Providing information about the construction of the exhibited works, the tour gives insight into Gaultier’s artistic process, as well as into the workings of his mind. To register for the free, forty-minute tour, interested participants should present themselves at the CCK’s box office with their DNI or passport. Guided visits on Fridays are available at 4 and 5 PM.
4 and 5 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
Experimental psychedelic folk group Pulpo Oplup will be presenting their first LP in La Casa del Árbol this evening. Boasting 10 masterfully crafted songs with luscious acoustics and vocals reminiscent of Francisca y los Exploradores, the record is titled Zatiam, and marks a formidable start for the independent group. While the show tonight starts at 8:30 PM, we suggest you get there a bit early to take advantage of the bar’s happy hour special on drinks (two pints for AR $120). Tickets to the concert are AR $100 and can be bought the night of the event at the door.
8:30 PM | La Casa del Árbol (Córdoba 5217) | AR $100 | More info
Argentine musician Chango Spasiuk‘s Ukranian heritage is evident in his music. The sound of polkas and schotis permanate a discography that is drenched with the sound of accordion and strings. Pedro Canale on the other hand (better known by his stage name Chancha Vía Circuito) has garnered fame for creating his own genre — a style that has come to be known as electronic Andean. Both artists will team up for an otherworldly show in Niceto Club tonight, four months after their sold out concert in December. The show will start at 9:00 PM, and tickets are AR $400 at the door.
9 PM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $400 | More info
SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH
Argentina has often been called ‘the land of six continents’ due to the wide range of climates and terrains encompassed in its immense territory. Boasting everything from towering peaks and picturesque deserts to thundering waterfalls and desolate steppe, one could spend a lifetime travelling Argentina’s provinces and always see something new. For those of us who have yet to make it out of Capital though, Buenos Aires Celebra will be bringing the best of the country’s regions into town — celebrating the nation’s incredible diversity with regional food, music, and dance this afternoon. It’s the perfect opportunity to whet your appetite for adventure with a taste of what porteños affectionately call el interior.
12 – 9 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
Geek Out Fest is coming back to El Cultural San Martín this weekend for its 4.0 edition. Organized by Geek Out Argentina, last year’s installment drew approximately 2,500 people — making it the largest ‘playful event’ of its kind in all of Latin America. Reuniting fans of video, board, and card games (in addition to those who enjoy role-playing), the free event encourages participants to let out their inner child, and do something adults don’t often get to do — play! If you’re planning on attending consider making a donation to the cause to ensure that the event can keep running.
2 – 9 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1551) | Free | More info
American writer, translator, and director Paul Auster will be speaking in the Biblioteca Nacional tonight. Together with Raquel Garzón, he will be speaking about his most recent novel, 4321, published in 2017, and the themes, discoveries, and obsessions that have inspired his fifty plus years of storytelling. Tickets to the talk are free, albeit limited, and will be distributed to the public an hour before the event starts. Those who can’t get a ticket will be able to watch the talk online via www.bn.gov.ar.
7 PM | Agüero 2502 | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta’s last hermanada (big sisterly gathering) of April will be taking place this evening in Sala L. The get togethers are essentially open conversations with ‘women who didn’t make the magazine covers’ — women, that is, who did things a bit differently, and eschewed convention to forge their own unique paths in life. This edition’s invited speakers include Nadia Fink and Mónica Santo. Show up at 7 PM and prepare to get inspired!
7 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta (Junín 1930) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH
A new edition of Buenos Aires Market is coming to Plaza Colombia this weekend in the colorful neighborhood of Barracas. One of the city’s most popular food fairs, the open air market boasts some 60 individual food stands selling everything from organic produce and gourmet products to specialty items from around the country. The market also features a lovely food patio that offers a wide range of both national and international dishes — at this particular edition, participants will be able to get there hands on a proper arepa, courtesy of La Arepería de Buenos Aires and La Gran Arepa.
10 AM – 6 PM | Plaza Colombia (Monte de Ocas and Brandsen) | Free | More info
The Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be putting on a play directed by Pilar Ruiz this evening. Titled De los héroes que no aterrizan en las islas de los cuentos (Concerning the Heroes that Don’t Land in the Islands of Stories), the play examines life in Argentina during the early eighties, and the return of one soldier to his hometown following the Malvinas War. Steeped in the music of the decade, the play looks at the reinsertion of one veteran into society, and the difficult task of reengaging with society and his childhood love. Tickets to the event are free and can be picked up at the Conti’s box office at 5 PM.
6 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
One of the most innovative voices in Chilean music, Camila Moreno, will be performing in the Usina del Arte tonight. A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has been influenced by artists as diverse as Björk, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and Patti Smith, Moreno will be sharing her latest work here in Argentina before returning to Chile and taking an indefinite break from music to dedicate more time to her son. Tickets to the concert this evening are free, and can be picked up at the Usina del Arte’s box office at 5 PM.
7 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Casa Brandon’s feminist film series is bringing us She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014) this Sunday. Directed by Mary Dore, the film dives into all too often hidden history of the ‘threatening’ women who founded the modern feminist movement. Replete with images and videos of historic protests and speeches, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry depicts the fight for women’s rights through the decades. Interested viewers should make sure to show up early as space in the cultural center is limited.
8 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | Pay-what-you-can | 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]