If you’re not lucky enough to be heading to a quinta or the beach this weekend then be prepared for a slightly different weekend in Buenos Aires. With much of the city closed off and public transport going to pot, moving beyond a five block radius of your apartment will be challenging to say the least – teleport anyone?
This might be the one weekend when a full-on Netflix marathon is totally acceptable. That being said, all isn’t lost and plenty of cultural centers, bars, and boliches will still be open (take that, G20 lockdown.) If you’re heading out of your barrio, make sure to plan your route and best avoid downtown Buenos Aires (unless you’re up for wearing a gas mask, that is).
See you on the other side kids, and if anyone has a spare quinta (preferably with a pool) they’d like to lend me, go ahead and hit me up.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH
Festival-style party La Llamada Del Sur will be taking place in San Telmo boliche and music venue Club Museum. If you’ve never been keen to go out on a Monday night, this Friday is an ideal opportunity to catch iconic percussion band La Bomba del Tiempo live. Other Konex favorites like Dancing Mood and Damas Gratis will also be taking to the stage providing plenty of reason to stay out until the sun’s up. Bear in mind that the San Telmo location may be difficult to access if your normal route is through Centro (AKA downtown BA, it’s all shut off), so plan ahead and test your back street knowledge of Buenos Aires.
11:30 PM – 6 AM | Club Museum – Perú 535 | AR $445 | More info
During a weekend that’s set to hold some of the most intense protests of the year, why not steer clear of the clashes and head to the studio of late political conceptual artist Léon Ferrari instead? He is known for tackling subjects like power and religion and challenging the establishment through protest art, controversial and striking images of religious figures are a common theme (think Jesus in a frying pan). On Friday, guided tours of the studio will be made available to curious visitors, looking to delve into the artist’s creative process and understand his fight for human rights and liberty. With three slots available at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM those who wish to sign up should email [email protected]
From 12 PM | Taller Ferrari – (exact address provided on booking) | Free | More info
Six piece band Los Espíritus will be taking to the stage on Friday night at Teatro Flores. Known for their uplifting guitar based tracks and their epic floral shirt collection, in recent year the Buenos Aires based band has garnered plenty of international success. Back on home turf, expect a show packed full of energy and a colorful performance. Almost sold out, make sure to grab your ticket online beforehand. Originally due to take place in the Estadio Malvinas, ‘external factors’ got in the way and the concert is confirmed to be on at the Teatro Flores – make sure to head to the right venue!
10 PM | Teatro Flores – Av. Rivadavia 7806 | AR $450 | More info
Jazz sax player George Garzone is returning to Buenos Aires this weekend for two exclusive one-off performances. Putting his own spin on George Coltrane’s iconic album ‘A Love Supreme’, considered one of the most important jazz albums of all time, Garzone will be playing in iconic Palermo jazz club Thelonious. Based in Boston, Garzone is often considered a modern master on the music scene and is known for his role in trio band The Fringe. Supported by bassist Jeronimo Carmona, Francisco Lo Vuolo on the piano and drummer Daniel Pipi Piazzolla, jazz fans shouldn’t miss out. Tickets can be reserved online.
9 PM – 11 PM | Thelonious Jazz Club – Nicaragua 5549 | AR $400 | More info
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
If you didn’t make the G20 gala guest list or simply couldn’t care less, El Club de la Serpiente will be hosting one of their soul, funk and 1980s nights at Palermo boliche Beatflow on Saturday night. Known as one of the only spots in gran capital to play a full night of nostalgic soulful tracks, it’s ideal if you love the idea of getting down to a bit of Michael Jackson and aren’t about to allow the arrival of Trump to rain on your Saturday night parade. Tickets can be bought for a discount online or full price at the door.
Midnight | BeatFlow – Av. Córdoba 5509 | AR $180 | More info
Local publication AVC, (Amo Villa Crespo) will be holding one of their popular bicycle tours of the area. This time taking on an artistic theme, the tour will be around three hours long and take in the iconic street art murals of the barrio as well as visit local artist workshops and studios. Ending in Galería Hache, band El Turco y el Gitano will be playing live. As one of the few parts of the city to be unaffected by any G20 related quilombo, it’ll be a chance to remove yourself from your likely barricaded apartment and take advantage of what promises to be a sunny Saturday. No prior inscription is needed but make sure to turn up on time with your own bicycle though!
4 PM – 7:30 PM | Padilla 925 (in front of Mao mural | Free | More info
Aesthetically pleasing interior store pop-up Hábitat 2127 will be holding a practical and theoretical workshop led by Kaori Alimentación for those looking to eat a healthier and more varied diet. Before you zone out at the mention of the word healthy, know that the workshop will include a tasting section of exotic foods like pumpkin muffins with pea flour, kale and avocado pesto as well as raw date and almond truffles. Participants will also receive recipes cards, illustrated postcards and their very own plantable seed card to kick-start their own home huerta. To sign up make sure to message them at [email protected]
11 AM | Espacio Hábitat Dorrego 2127 – Dorrego 2127 | AR $800 | More info
The third edition of Festival de Cine Nórdico will be kicking off in the Sala Leopoldo Lugones, in the Complejo Teatral on Saturday. Screening recent movies made by Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden a few films made in the 80s will also be shown. On Saturday, Norwegian film Pathfinder (the original 1987 one and not the 2007 remake) will be screened. A hard-hitting action and drama feature, the movie follows the story of a young member Sami a peaceful hunting tribe and his interaction with the violent nomadic tribe Tchudes, who are responsible for the brutal murder of his parents. An ideal distraction from the horrors of the G20 outside, we’re not entirely sure how you’ll make it to the screening. If you can’t head there tonight, the festival will be on until Sunday, 16th.
7 PM or 9:30 PM | Complejo Teatral – Av. Corrientes 1530 | AR $20 – $40 | More info
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
Affordable printed art fair, Paraguay Feria Arte de Impreso will be holding the fort on Sunday in Palermo based Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori. Over 70 different artists and collectives will be showcasing work which will all be available to purchase. Perfect for if you’re looking to spruce up your colorless monoambiente, the fair will be open for extra hours making up for the decision to remain closed on Saturday. Did someone mention the arrival of some fairly important international visitors arriving and causing road closures? Smh.
11 AM – 9 PM | Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori – Av. Infanta Isabel 555 | Free or AR $30 | More info
With the end of the year fast approaching and the final Friday of the month falling on a forced holiday due to the G20, funds are probably feeling a little tight. With this in mind, cultural center La Casa del Árbol will be holding a todo por 50 peso fair, (that’s right, everything will be sold for 50 pesos). Selling both clothing and books, the sky really is the limit for what goodies you might be lucky enough to find. Entrance will be free and punters will be able to pick up as many bargains until stocks run out.
11 AM – 5 PM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | Free | More info
Helping us to not feel too depressed about the inevitable doom and gloom of Monday morning, La Calle Social Club will be holding one of their weekly Sunday night parties. Taking place in the Gorriti Art Center, the hosting band, La Calle, will be playing an improvised set of funk, soul and tango fusion. DJaneiro will be spinning the decks and there’ll be art installations, dance classes and board games for those looking for a more traditional Sunday evening pastime. Food and drink will also be provided for those happy to splurge on a higher priced ticket.
7:30 PM – Midnight | Gorriti Art Center – 1617 Av. Juan B Justo | AR $215 – $975 | 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 at email@example.com.