Welcome to what is, apparently, the final weekend of August 2019. If you’re anything like me, these little reminders – “we are now entering the 9th month of the year,” “we are now in the final year of the decade,” “we are now three months away from effectively failing at every New Year’s resolution we set for ourselves” – have the power to freak you out. Or at the very least, fill you with a momentary feeling of dread that eventually subsides when you think of all the cool stuff you can do this weekend.
And I’m happy to report that we do have a lovely weekend ahead. So enjoy the sunny skies and friendly late-winter temperatures, try to get your mind off of all the anxiety-inducing headlines that next week has in store for us, and hit up one of the awesome events below.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH
One of my favorite things to do is buy artwork from local artists so I can adorn by apartment with quirky, interesting art that will inevitably elicit comments from admiring visitors. Unfortunately, you often have to deal with annoying middle-men, resulting in exorbitant prices. The BADA Directo de Artista fair will give you the opportunity to purchase art directly from the artists themselves, without dealing with hefty mark-ups from retailers. It kicks off today and goes on through Sunday. Throw on your best turtleneck sweater, stock up on obscure adjectives, and make your way over to La Rural for an art extravaganza.
2 – 9 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $250 | More Info
BY YOUR POWERS COMBINED
Ah, Club Cultural Matienzo, how we love thee. This weekend’s Festival Elemento draws parallels between the elements of our natural world – earth, wind, fire and water – and the different art forms that make up our culture. The idea being that only upon experiencing all of them together will we have accurate understanding of the world around us. Film! Live music! Photography! Literature! More art than you can shake a stick at. Come put your finger on the pulse of this city’s vibrant artistic community… and maybe do a little dancing.
10:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $200 | More Info
Perhaps you’re in the mood for something a bit rowdier. And what’s rowdier than a night of dancing cuarteto and imbibing some of Cordoba’s favorite aperitif-turned-party-drink, fernet? This celebration of everything Cordoba is spearheaded by internet personality Matzorama who will be spinning his favorite cuarteto all night as well as giving away free crates of the frothy, syrupy, slightly medicinal-tasting drink. You’ll be dancing well into the morning if you don’t pass out earlier.
Midnight | La Confitería – Av. Lacroze 2963 | AR $150 advance, AR $200 door | More Info
DO THE MATH
If there is one thing you can say about us at The Bubble it’s that we are all very attractive. And if there’s a second, more pertinent thing, it’s that we are eclectic. That’s why we are following the debaucherous Fernet party recommendation with an event that celebrates all things mathematical. That’s right! The Centro Cultural Kirchner is hosting Festival Matemática 4D, a four-day event centered around math! But don’t freak out – you won’t personally be tested. Instead, the event is about exploring all the ways in which math affects our daily lives; there will be games, presentations, a guided tour of Jean-Michel Othoniel’s awesome math-based art exhibit, a magic show, an escape room (!!!) and much more.
1:30 – 4:30 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | Free | More Info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST
You know, we would do well to incorporate more vegan meals into our lives. Regardless of whether you subscribe to veganism as a lifestyle, it’s always good (for ourselves and the environment) to change things up and take a break from animal-based products for a meal or two. And here’s a good opportunity to do so: a vegan food fair at Plaza Alberti, where not only will you get to try vegan treats by a diverse slate of vendors, but there will also be activities, cooking classes, and talks about sustainability.
10 AM – 5 PM | Plaza Alberti – Arcos 2650 | Free entry, food costs money | More Info
SHOW ME SHOW ME SHOW ME
Who doesn’t love The Cure? Robert Smith’s gang of merry misfits have been rocking stages around the world since the late seventies. From gloomy post-punk to lovelorn baroque goth to catchy pop songs about male inadequacy, it seems like they’ve mined every corner of the emotional spectrum for their music. Not only that, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of their first album Three Imaginary Boys, which they are celebrating with a live concert film (playing in select cinemas in Buenos Aires). So The Cure are very much “in vogue” right now, which makes it all the more appropriate that The Roxy is throwing a Cure-themed bash this Saturday. Come get your mope on.
11:30 PM | The Roxy – Niceto Vega 5542 | AR $150 | More Info
A must-see event if you’re a fan of video games, particularly of independent developers. This is a fair designed to showcase the work by students of the Da Vinci school, so you’ll be able to see a lot of cool and interesting stuff on display. Not only that, but there will be contests, talks, VR experiences, workshops, a Smash Brothers tournament, and more.
4 – 8 PM | Da Vinci – Av. Corrientes 2037 | Free entry | More Info
GET YOUR GRUB ON
We do love our food events here at The Bubble. Particularly food events that put us in contact with products that we would normally not know about. This new installment of the Buenos Aires Market is doing exactly that, focusing on a gourmet experience with a slate of small to medium sized producers offering their goodies at discounted rates. A food event with awesome vendors and cheap prices – we are there for it.
10 AM – 6 PM | Parque Las Heras – Av. Coronel Diaz & French | Free entry | More Info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
JAZZ AT THE MUSEUM
Now here’s a classy way to spend your Sunday evening. Jazz and contemporary art! MACBA (Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art) is celebrating their anniversary with a live show by jazz quartet Martín Iaies 4, who will be performing original material which blends jazz traditionalism with a more modern approach. And if you’ve never been to MACBA, this is a fantastic opportunity to scope out the gorgeous building as well as the incredible artwork on display within.
6 PM | MACBA – Av. San Juan 328 | AR $140 | More Info
THE LATE, GREAT LEONARDO FAVIO
Another great way to spend your Sunday is to watch an immortal piece of cinema by one of Argentina’s greatest filmmakers (and all-around artists), the great Leonardo Favio. The Gaumont Theater in Congreso (which, if you haven’t been paying attention, is the best venue to scope out local releases on the cheap) has been showing highlights from the acclaimed director/singer’s filmography. This Sunday, they’ll be screening one of his masterpieces, 1976’s Soñar Soñar. If you’re not familiar with Favio’s work, this is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with one of the greatest bodies of work by any director ever.
12 PM | Cine Gaumont – Av. Rivadavia 1635 | AR $30 | 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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