The weekend. That precious little two-day breather from your hectic schedule of advancing other people’s interests. That brief window of time when, if you’re lucky, you can forget about things that are well beyond your control (the economy, the elections, the uncertainty of what the future holds, the looming specter of death, acne) and actually enjoy your time on this Earth. It’s what makes everything worthwhile. It’s what keeps us going.
And because weekends are so important, we should try to fight off the instinct to spend them indoors, clicking idly through Netflix selection screens, and seeing how much fun everybody else is having on their Instagram stories. That’s why every week we bring you our selection of cool things to do around town. It’s not for the clicks. It’s not for the ad revenue. It’s because it’s the right thing to do.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD
I CAN SEE THE MUSIC
The wonderful Museo de Arte Moderno serves as the venue for Festival Escuchar [Sonidos Visuales], this awesome three-day event celebrating the exploration of sound, visuals, and the wonderful dance they do together. There will be musical performances, audiovisual presentations, workshops, and talks. The event actually kicks off at 10 AM on Friday with a presentation by Mexican composer Rodrigo Sigal about compositional strategies for electro-acoustic music, continues at 6:30 PM with a spectacular audiovisual show by Fernando Molnar and Gabriel Chwojnik, a talk by French musician Méryll Ampe, and then into the night with performances by figures such as Norbert Möslang and Carlos Alonso. The event goes on for the rest of the weekend, so check the link below for the full schedule.
6:30 PM | Museo de Arte Moderno – Av. San Juan 350 | AR $50 | More Info
LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Latin American film industry is in the midst of a golden age, with works of incredible quality being produced in every corner of the region and actually breaking through into the mainstream. The Mira Pa’Cá festival attempts to bring more attention to this by highlighting a different film with a free screening every week. The festival consists of 17 films from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, the Dominical Republic, Uruguay, and uh, Canada, for some reason. This week’s film is the thrilling crime drama El Angel, which we reviewed here.
7 PM | Museo de Bellas Artes – Av. Del Libertador 1473 | Free | More Info
DANCE YOURSELF SILLY
A new installment of the Stream Party rolls around and we are there for it. El Teatrito is located smack dab in the heart of the city, just one block from Corrientes and Callao. They’ll be playing all the hits you know and love from the 80s and 90s, each with its own theme. There will be a stand where you can get your 80s-themed makeup done for free, there will be an Arcade area where you can destroy your fellow party-goers at Street Fighter, there’s an open bar pass, free candy, and perhaps most importantly: women get in for free. That’s right, the price below only applies to dudes.
Midnight | El Teatrito – Sarmiento 1752 | AR $120 advance, AR $160 door | More Info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH
GIVE ME CHOCOLATE
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. For two days, La Rural will be entirely taken over by the most delectable of treats, with the first-ever Feria del Chocolate taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Argentine chocolate! Imported chocolate! Dark chocolate! Milk chocolate! White chocolate (probably)! Not only will attendees be able to sample chocolate treats from many different vendors, but there will also be chocolate-themed talks, presentations, and even the unveiling of a piece by artist Nicola Constantino titled “El Bosque de Cacao,” which can’t possibly live up to what we’re imagining but will probably be pretty great.
2 – 9 PM | La Rural – Av. Santa Fe 4363 | AR $250 | More Info
BEER & BRATWURST
If you’re anything like me (that is, an unrepentant glutton), this is your most anticipated event of the weekend. Extrawurst is the best, most authentic German restaurant in town, and Extrawurst Bierfest – a celebration of two of the greatest exports Germany has ever given us, bratwurst and beer – promises to be a heck of a lot of decadent fun. So strap on your lederhosen and make your way over to their Microcentro location for beer, bratwurst, apple strudel, fresh pretzels, music and dance! (Disclaimer: we don’t actually recommend wearing lederhosen to this event. You’ll probably look silly.)
7 PM | Extrawurst Gastschänke – Tres Sargentos 427 | Free entry, food costs money | More Info
INDIE MUSIC FESTIVAL
For over a decade now, Club Cultural Matienzo has been one of the best places in town to experience art in its many forms; not just live music, but also literature and visual arts. The Periferia Music .N Art Experience is a festival that attempts to bring some of those artists to the forefront, with twelve bands playing across two days. There will be live DJ sets, visual art exhibits, and talks about the Buenos Aires independent scene. The festival will feature indie music stalwarts such as Trílicos, Fus Delei and Nahuel Briones among many others.
5 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $400 | More Info
SOOTHE YOUR JANGLED NERVES
If you’d rather enjoy a quiet evening of soothing classical music, make your way over to the Museo de Arte Hispanoaméricano for a duo performance by two world-class musicians: Ricardo Sciammarella on the cello and Sandra Federici on the piano. They’ll be playing works by Brahms, Bach, and Piazzolla. Monocle and top hat optional.
5 PM | Palacio Noel – Suipacha 1422 | AR $70 | More Info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH
JAPANESE FIRE FESTIVAL
That’s “fire” festival, with an “i”. Not to be confused with the ill-fated yet delightfully schadenfreudic disaster, Hi Matsuri is a yearly event taking place at the gorgeous Japanese Garden in Palermo. How it works is: upon entry, you get a small wooden plaque where you can write down whatever it is you want to leave behind. Then you place the plaque on a structure that will be rolled onto the lake and ceremonially set on fire. The idea being that the fire will purge all the negative things you want to get rid of in your life, leaving you with a blank slate and positive energy to work with. There will also be performances of traditional Japanese drumming (Taiko). So come ready with your list of grievances, but be warned: you have to pay AR $30 for any extra plaques.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | AR $150 | More Info
Finally for this week, we have the Viva Vintage shopping fair in Colegiales. If you’re on the hunt for new threads (that are actually old threads), this is a great opportunity to find rare stuff and score some great deals. There will also be food, drinks, and vinyl music. One thing there won’t be, though, is fitting rooms, so make sure to wear something comfortable so you can try on your vintage finds on top of it.
3 – 7 PM | La Confitería – Av. Lacroze 2963 | Free entry | More Info
Disclaimer: 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.
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