Congratulations everyone, we’ve made it through the first 31 days of the year! It may not feel like much, but trust us, the first month in Argentina has felt like a year in and of itself. While we all contemplate whether it’s possible for flesh to actually melt, there’s plenty of action to look forward to this weekend, most of which is air-conditioned (we’ve always got your back).
If you really can’t bear to leave the building and brace the outside, make sure to see what’s on Netflix Latin America right now.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST
With the fortnight-long Festival Internacional Buenos Aires, coming to a dramatic close this weekend, make sure to catch Argentine director Lola Arias’ subtitled German language play, Atlas des Kommunismus. Created with the centennial anniversary of the Russian October Revolution in mind, Arias invites a diverse mix of people aged between 10 and 86 to take to the stage, and explores what socialism means to each of them. Seeming more like an informal conversation, altogether the invitees take a look at communist anthems, teachings of communist countries, life in Eastern Germany, and the contemporary needs of refugees.
8:30 PM | Teatro San Martín – Av. Corrientes 1530 | AR $280 | More info
For one night only, Centro Cultural Recoleta will be hosting Spanish-Argentine female film festival, Bendita Tú. An international celebration of both short fictional and non-fiction films, there’ll also be visual art, directed at promoting a more inclusive and egalitarian perspective. With the festival acting as an exchange and dialogue between the two nations, since this year the location is Argentine, tonight’s focus will be on the work of Spanish directors.
7:30 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More info
Doubling as an art gallery and independent theater, venue POMO Distrito de Arte, which promotes emerging artists of all genres, will be hosting an intimate concert. Hailing from Bahía Blanca, indie rock band Las Jóvenes Idealistas will be heading up the evening while Los Bicis and Einstein en Lavallol will also be taking to the stage. Drawing in a small, friendly crowd, it’s always an exciting look into the upcoming music scene.
10 PM – 4 AM | POMO, Distrito de Arte – Santa Rosa 5157 | Free | More info
Taking over some of the city’s museums and green spaces every Friday this month, electronic music sessions headed up by DJs will be on. Tonight in the Costanera-bound Museo del Humor (think cool river breeze), it’ll be the turn of DJ Mandy Rarsh (AKA Damian Levensohn) to shake up the decks. Opening the museum after hours, there’ll also be extra nighttime activities for those who like to keep it cultured.
8 PM | Museo del Humor – Av. De los Italianos 851 | Free | More info
Tonight, this year’s first edition of hit rap and poetry Slam Capital will be on at venue Panda Rojo Espacio Cultural. In a double competition, with twice as much reason to compete on a platform for the ‘Copa Hit del Verano,’ performers will have just under three and a half minutes to interpret a well-known song without the aid of any music or even singing. Strictly spoken word, if you really want to show off, during the next round you’ll be able to perform your own creation. With time to still sign up, write to directly to Panda Rojo Espacio Cultural.
10:30 PM – 1:30 AM | Panda Rojo Espacio Cultural – Sarmiento 3096 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Celebrating the most important date in the Chinese calendar, this year, the pig will be taking center stage. Always a big deal in Buenos Aires, celebrations will revolve around Barrio Chino in Belgrano’s Plaza Parques Nacionales. Showcasing impressive dance and musical performances as well as selling decorative objects to ring in the New Year, those who are always thinking of their aching bellies won’t be disappointed. Offering a chance to taste typical dishes that are so often eaten at this time of year, the best in Chinese cuisine will be on sale. Don’t miss the traditional parade of the dragon, either. Taking place both today and tomorrow, Sunday night will close out the event with a firework display.
1 PM – 11 PM | Plaza Parques Nacionales – Av. Figueroa Alcorta (between Sucre & Echeverría) | Free | More info
Marking the day of the Nigerian Orisxá Yemoja, (a water deity), international Afrobeat festival Fela will be taking over Villa Crespo cult favorite Club Cultural Matienzo. Now in its eighth year, the popular party and festival will be inviting 25 bands and around 30 DJs both from Argentina and beyond, ending the night will be an impressive live performance of company Tumba la Tá, a percussion and Afro-Brazilian dance company. Tickets can be bought in advance online or at the door.
11:50 PM – 5 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $150 – $200 | More info
One of BA’s wildest and indeed most iconic nights, Club 69 will be jamming tonight in its second edition of the week. Utterly original, there’s not a night quite like and we dare you not to be amazed by the colorful costumes, passionate performances, and eclectic music. Normally a Thursday affair, those of us who actually work and can’t stay in the boliche until sunrise should make the most of its additional date. Get your name on the list and enter for free or risk paying AR $400 entrance instead.
Midnight – 7 AM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $300 – $400 | More info
Do you vape? If the answer is yes and you can’t wait to show the whole world how great it is and that your favorite flavor is cookies and cream, get yourself to StalKer Bar in Palermo for a circus-themed vaping festival. With plenty to purchase and admire at the fair, there’ll be giveaways for free stuff and as well as games. Craft beer and Rocking Chips, (the best kind), will also be served.
2 PM – 8 PM | StalKer Bar – Costa Rica 5448 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD
Making the trip all the way over from NYC, artist, muralist and skater Eric Friedensohn will be leading a lettering and illustration workshop for those looking to funk up their skateboards. Using a combination of printing and permanent pens, even the most un-artistically inclined among us will learn heaps about color and texture combinations. Best of all you’ll leave with your own personally designed skateboard ready to show off over in Los Bosques – that’s the idea at least, we can’t promise on results. Breakfast and snacks are also included. Spots should be reserved by emailing [email protected].
10:30 AM – 3 PM | House of Prints – Jean Jaures 1157 | Price via DM | More info
Forcing us out of our air conditioned caves and into the sunshine, Masa Critíca and Masa Improvisada will be organizing a mass bike ride through the city today. Encouraging the use of bicycles as both an enjoyable and safe way to get around the city, those who prefer rollerblading, long-boarding, or even unicycling are more than welcome to join. With no need to sign up, all you need to do is show up with your preferred wheels.
4 PM | Obelisco – Av. Corrientes 1051 | Free | More info
Auditorio Belgrano, home of live music and one of the best-kept secret jungle gardens in the city, will be holding an acoustic night today. While you sip on a craft beer, independent artists Joel&Brian, as well as Lucas Asencio, will be performing. Excitingly not canceled if the heavens open up, a small artisanal food market will be set up so you for grazing on throughout the evening.
7 PM | Auditorio Belgrano – Virrey Loreto 2348 | 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]