With a heat index of 35+ degrees one day, and dealing with sweater weather the next, we’re all a bit confused over here at Bubble HQ. With blue skies looking likely to be back on the agenda this weekend, hopefully, we’ll able to ditch the wellies and get back out there.
Whether you’re into the lovey-dovey appeal of Día de San Valentín or openly believe it’s all a bunch of commercial crapola, it’s as good an excuse as any other to indulge yourself (and perhaps another person) in an overpriced but delicious meal. If you’re yet to make that reservation, make sure to check our suggestions for this year and make that call.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH
If one day of Valentine’s Day celebrations wasn’t enough for you, or if you happened to miss out, Club Cultural Matienzo is holding an alternative evening of love-themed festivities tonight. Amor o Nada, as the festival is named, will bring together independent artists and performers from all over the city and prove that Valentine’s Day needn’t be commercial or predictable at all. With tarot card readings, cabaret performances, speed dating as well as a pretend Vegas-style marriage chapel and an express divorce service, whether you’re looking for love, commitment or a break-up, Matienzo should have you covered. Avoid the line and buy your ticket online.
9 PM – 5 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $250 | More info
One of Colegiales’ funkiest 2018 openings, Tito Livio, a super stylish furniture store and weekend bar spot will tonight be holding a new edition of their noches eclécticas. Hosting Trio Jeta Jazz, the band will be performing live from 9 PM. With a curated food and wine menu crafted by Virginia King and Rocio Moretti, diners will be able to munch on a decidedly diverse menu of bites. Tinto de verano, as well as good old fashioned beer and wine, will be available to drink.
9 PM | Tito Livio – Virrey Avilés 3504 | Free | More info
Instead of sipping on a tinto in front of the usual Netflix, take your wine game to the next level and head to a tasting session of label Siete Vacas from the Calchaquíes Valley-based bodega, Las Arcas. Led by sommelier María Victoria López Rodríguez, guests will be able to sample four different wines as well as taste a few tapas and watch live art performances. Tickets can be bought in advance online.
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM | Howard Johnson Hotel Boutique Recoleta – Peña 2049 | AR $450 | More info
With Carnaval season kicking off across Latin America, Argentina’s distinctive interpretation will be celebrated every weekend over the remaining weeks of February as well as into March. Sure, it might not have the tropical glamour or sex appeal of Rio’s but hey, a party’s a party after all. Tonight, La Quince Cultural will be holding its own corso. First up Barracas-based Murga lxs Quitapenas will be performing followed by Monserrat murga, los rotosos de Montserrat. If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about porteño carnaval culture, tonight’s your chance.
9:30 PM | La Quince Cultural – Corrientes 5426 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
Closed door studio and showroom Forma Taller, will be holding a summer pop-up open studio event today. A chance to buy locally designed goods that include ceramics, clothing, illustrations, jewelry, and accessories. All created by emerging designers, pieces are original and bespoke and will make the ideal late Valentine’s Day gift for yourself or even someone else.
3 PM – 8 PM | Forma Taller – Av. Federico Lacroze 2185 | Free | More info
FESTIVAL BUENA VIBRA
Festival Buena Vibra is back for this year’s edition which will see a range of indie bands take to the stage, live art installations, and exhibitions. Highlights include Los Espíritus, Usted Señalemelo, and Bandalos Chinos. Taking a break from the performances, guests will nee able to buy art from artists who will be using screen printers live. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
2 PM | Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – Gutenberg 350 | AR $1325 | More info
Classical and symphonic Festival Únicos will be taking place over at Teatro Colón for the duration of the weekend. Tonight, Welsh superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins will be performing at 9:30 PM. Having created 12 number one albums in the same number of years, Jenkins is known to be the leading artist on Classical FM music charts for the last 25 years. Tonight will be a rare opportunity to see the icon perform in Latin America. Known as a poet accompanied with an electric guitar, Colombian artist Juanes will be taking to the stage at 7 PM. Tickets for either or both performances can be purchased online.
7 PM | Teatro Colón – Cerrito 628 | AR $1,500 – $6,000 | More info
Today, photography exhibition Inmigradas – shot by Esteban Widnicky – will be inaugurated at Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Featuring 12 different migrant women, the exhibit delves into the process of migration, human rights, and collective protest. Each woman chose where she was to be photographed; a few lines of their personal stories and backgrounds have also been shared. Inviting us all to reflect on the lives and challenges of migrants, the show hopes to demonstrate that there are more similarities than differences between us all.
6 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. del Libertador 8151 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
Zona Norte acro yoga group will be dispelling myths that you have to be a flexible gravity-defying contortionist to have fun while doing acro yoga. Including both beginner and intermediate group classes, participants with no experience are more than welcome to take part. With a few different sessions throughout the day, there’ll be a ‘free play’ time for those who know what they’re doing as well as a hip hop hour. If you’re musically gifted in any way, there’ll also be a chance to take part in the jam musical session. With all classes pay what you can, just bring some water and a yoga mat.
3 PM – 8:30 PM | El río y Arenales | Pay what you can | More info
Mocha is a fly on the wall documentary that explores the Buenos Aires based school, Bachillerato Trans Mocha Celis, the first known education center of its kind in the world which is openly critical of gender stereotypes and inequality. Specifically orientated (but not exclusively so) to transgender students, the documentary is told through the students’ eyes and explores the feeling of being marginalized and isolated. A story of inclusion, learning, and putting differences aside, the film aims to show that other more progressive education styles are possible.
6 PM | MALBA – Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | AR $45 – $90 | More info
Paying homage to the Argentine art of asado, a new edition of Carne! Festival is taking place both today and Saturday over on the Paseo de la Costa in Vicente López. Celebrating some of the best parrillas in the city, it’s ideal if you’re not into being an asador yourself. With a beer patio and plenty of food trucks, the day will be a chance to soak up some riverside sunshine rays.
6 PM – 12:30 AM | Paseo de la Costa | Free | 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 [email protected]