So, we’ve finally made it to the weekend! But if you were planning to spend most of it kicking back at the bar or boliche, you’ll want to keep in mind that things this weekend are going to be a little bit different due to the primaries. What primares, you may ask? If you have no idea what we’re talking about, please take a few seconds to watch Adrian break it down here. Don’t worry, we’ll save your spot.
Long story short, Friday morning marks the beginning of something known as the veda electoral. This refers to certain restrictions in place starting 48 hours before the vote takes place, including requiring the candidates to cool their jets with their campaigning. But also included in the fine print is the restriction on alcohol sales, which starts at 8 PM on Saturday night and runs through 9 PM on Sunday. Big events on election day are also restricted.
If hearing all of this makes you think the weekend is going to have a very #sadface vibe, don’t worry. We love you so much that we’ve put together this list of events that, at least as of now, are expected to happen. So, sit back, (try to) relax and plan your weekend with our signature guide.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9TH
ROCK & FASHION
We’re all familiar with how musical stars like Madonna and David Bowie have shaped fashion around the globe over the years, but how much do you know about Argentina’s artists? Just like rockers on the world stage, bands like Soda Stereo have made their mark on fashion in the country over the decades. Join fashion journalist Victoria Lescano for “Fashion and Rock in Argentina,” a conference focused on the undeniable connection between the two art forms. The event at Museo de la Ciudad will feature all the styles and a look at how the artists bring their unique fashions to the stage.
5 PM | Museo de la Ciudad – Defensa 187 | Free | More Info
Looking to take a break from all that asado? Medio loco from constantly chowing down those sweet, sticky medialunas? We hear you. On Friday, take the chance to escape into a different world by visiting the latest event from Hanami Eventos, the organization known for bringing the best flavors of Japan to Buenos Aires. Reserve one of two time slot to check out their Palermo space on Friday, and indulge in a cozy bowl of ramen that will be even yummier due to the planned spate of rain showers.
8 PM – 12:30 PM | Espacio Alto Hanami – Medrano 1230 | Call for Price | More Info
Are you on team Britney or Madonna? Grasa or manteca? Fiesta Plop! or Fiesta Puerca? As the elections show, there are many choices in life and it can be hard to pick the right one. However, on Friday night you don’t have to pick. Simply come to Teatro Vorterix with your sparkliest spandex shorts and dance the night away. The two parties are coming together to give you a double-dose of fun before the dry weekend takes hold on Saturday, so hopefully you’re down to double down on those moves.
11:45 PM | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 |AR $220 and up | More Info
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
You could wake up bright and early on Saturday and start learning about all the candidates the country will be voting for on Sunday…or you could just roll out of bed and into Chicken Bros for their signature Sexy Saturday Brunch. It’s basically going to be like all of those glorious breakfast scenes in U.S. movies where parents are teaching kids a very important lesson very early in the morning, but the only lesson in this case is that you should have saved more room in your stomach. Come for the maple syrup, stay for the tunes.
12 PM – 5 PM | Chicken Bros – Thames 1795 | AR $300-600 | More Info
Every year, Buenos Aires hosts a free festival of world-class tango dancers and musicians that shows off the many facets of the musical style. Well, it’s starting again this weekend, and all you have to do is pick from several great shows at places like Usina del Arte and other cultural centers. On Saturday, you’ll have a wide range of classes, milongas and performances to choose from. It’s free, but make sure to reserve your tickets at the link below. Don’t miss the guide we put together with more info, either.
12 PM | Various Locations | Free | More Info
Looking for a chill evening? If you’re a fan of indiepop staples like Metronomy, make sure to head over to La Tangente to see indie darling Coiffeur. He’ll be presenting his third album, Las Consonantes. You can expect head bobbing, dancing, and all that good stuff. Remember to groom your facial hair, put on your skinniest of skinny jeans, and get ready to namedrop some obscure artists while you’re at it.
11:59 PM | La Tangente – Honduras 5317 | AR $350 at the door | More Info
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH
Sundays are usually days for resting and doing nothing, but this weekend you might want to try something new before feasting on, say, a Sunday roast for dinner (see below). If you’re looking for something different, check out a power yoga class with Caroline McCann at Freddie’s Fit Club, a Palermo gym known for its fun and sociable twist on fitness. So, grab a mat, do some yoga and meet some of your fellow neighbors.
12 PM | Freddie’s Fit Club – Gorriti 3642 | AR $350 | More Info
ROASTEST WITH THE MOSTEST
A few weeks ago 416 Snack Bar changed the Buenos Aires dining scene by throwing a classic Sunday roast, and this week they’re doing it again with a bit of a twist. The menu includes what is claimed as being the “only legitimate” Caesar salad in Buenos Aires, plus some fancier dishes like an amuse bouche featuring leeks, plus a roast steak aux Poivre and many more surprises. My stomach is already growling. You’re guaranteed a more than abundant feast, plus fantastic wines from El Porvenir. Whether you’re nostalgic for a taste of home, or just want some comfort food, this is the place to be.
8 PM – 11 PM | 416 Snack Bar – Carranza 1940 | AR $1,200 plus tip | 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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