As Buenos Aires gives us a tempestuous and wet start to the summer season it looks like with a bit of luck the storm clouds may just lift for a short window this weekend. It may not be quite the same as what your friends are doing in Ipanema, but the Buenos Aires Playa will be making an exciting return this weekend (yay!). If you hate the humidity and are slowly turning into a nocturnal vampire (we’re not judging), there are still plenty of parties to go to, perfect for saving yourself from being awake during the sticky daytime hours. If you need something to get excited about, make sure to see our roundup of events to hit Buenos Aires over the upcoming months.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH
Back on the grid after a year-long refurbishment project, Centro Cultural Recoleta is doing what it does best this Summer season – disturbing the demure colors of the Cemetrry area and providing plenty of millennial-friendly activities. Once you’ve admired Julio Battistelli’s fabulous mural covering the outside of the building, head on inside for the latest edition of Canciones para enamorarse. Taking place in patios throughout the cultural center, acoustic performances of intimate and romantic songs will be interpreted by Cheikh Gueye y la Semilla, Miau Trio and Delfina Campos.
7 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More info
Throwing it back to the 80s, Fiesta La Vintage will be holding one of their nostalgic dance parties tonight. Ideal if you’re looking to boogie the week off, retro tunes are guaranteed to be played for at least most of the night. An intriguing mash-up of bizarra, cumbia, and pop, will also be played once everyone’s on the dance floor. The eclectic evening will be held in music venue Casa Jungla, and tickets can be bought in advance via their Instagram page.
11 PM – 6 AM | Casa Jungla – Estados Unidos 1650 | AR $100 | More info
A nighttime edition of the beloved Buenos Aires Market will be taking place this weekend, on Friday and Saturday night in Villa Urquiza. Offering up the highest caliber of organic produce and regional products from around the country, expect to find specialist oils, homemade jams, and gluten-free items. Those looking to eat instead of buy will be happy to know there’ll be a food patio offering up plenty of classic Argentine dishes like pizza as well as some more unique dishes too. With no need to pay for an entrance fee there’s nothing to lose!
5 PM – Midnight | Plaza Echeverría (Av. Triunvirato & Pedro Rivera) | Free | More info
Ignoring the hoards of Porteños heading for the Atlantic coast, one of Buenos Aires’ most colorful and lively nights, La Warhol, is back to make Friday nights great again. Based just a few blocks away from Congreso, it’s a hugely popular night – lines are known to go right around the block. With a comparatively low entrance fee of AR $150 and some of the best promos on enormous drinks, it’s an obvious hit with those in the know. Sticking to a playlist of pop and cachengue, there are two impressive dance floors in their underground space. If it’s been your birthday during the last week, you have the added bonus of entering for free!
11:45 PM – 6:30 AM | La Warhol – Av. Rivadavia 1910 | AR $150 | More info
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12TH
Buenos Aires’ hottest and quirkiest underground party Anormal will be making a grand reappearance tonight. A techno, acid, house, dark wave and electro extravaganza, there’ll be drag performances as well as ‘free dancing’ throughout the night. Expect zany and creative costumes and dressing up is definitely encouraged. With the location remaining a secret until nighttime, the address will be made available by contacting @anormal_xx via Instagram.
1 AM | Location via DM | AR $100 – $150 | More info
Budding artists should head to building Ex Cervecería Munich (Museo del Humor) for a new edition of popular life drawing event Jam de Dibujo. Relaxed and just as suitable for those with little artistic ability as for those with bags of talent, live music will be played throughout the night. At the side of the river and on the Costanera Sur, it’ll be the ideal way to keep cool and cultured on what’s set to be a hot and humid Saturday evening. Sign up through their site.
12 PM – 5 PM | Ex Cervecería Munich – Av. de los Italianos 851| Free | More info
Maricafé, Palermo’s LGBTQ+ bar, café, and bookstore will be holding a RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars viewing party tonight. Promising plenty of opportunity for drinks, dinner, and of course some drama, be ready to grab some glitter and watch as the chaos unfurls and wigs are snatched. Drag queens Charlee Espinosa and Dixie Valentine will also be making an appearance during the evening.
9:30 PM | Maricafé – Honduras 4096 | Free | More info
Back for a new 2019 summer cycle, Niceto Club will be holding a series of Melón parties. Not so much about the fruit itself, the summer themed fiestas will be blasting pure hip hop and indie rock all night long. Produced and curated by Cactus! Música, Saturday nights will be all about celebrating both music from the local scene as well as international classics. Yung Chill Boy will be presenting a new track, while FX humano will be performing and Charlie B mixes the DJ decks.
9 PM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $150 – $200 | More info
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH
Banishing the Sunday scaries and getting you outside of your air-conditioned cocoon of an apartment, throughout the summer, Parque Centenario will be playing host to some of Argentina’s most esteemed jazz musicians. Tonight guitarist and percussionist Javier Malosetti will be taking to the stage and emerging band, La Colonia will be supporting. Free and all open air, food will also be available.
6 PM – 8 PM | Parque Centenario – Av. Díaz Vélez & Leopoldo Marechal | Free | More info
If you aren’t able to make it to the coast anytime this summer season, head to the next best thing, Buenos Aires’ Playa – Latin America’s first manmade, temporary beach. Started back in 2009, the annually installed beach has practically taken over usually green spaces Parque de los Niños (General Paz and Avenida Cantilo) and Parque Indoamericano. Bringing sand, volleyball and football fields, umbrellas, sun loungers, water games, and live music, it’s always very popular for the duration of its stay. With no charge for admission, think of it as a gift to make the lack of a holiday a little easier.
10 AM – 8 PM | Parque de los Niños (Av. Gral Paz y Av. Cantilo) y el Parque Indoamericano (Av. Escalada y Av. Castañares) | Free | More info
For a new year new you style health kick, head to La Casa del Árbol for the first 2019 edition of The Vegan Food Market. Composed of more than 20 stands selling 100 percent animal-free produce, there’ll be a huge variety of products on offer including baked goods, organic fruit and vegetables, a juice bar, desserts, as well as cosmetics, clothing and accessories. Not canceled even if it rains, visitors are even welcome to bring along any four-legged friends in tow.
12 PM – 5 PM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | Free | More info
Today will be the last opportunity to catch the Fundación Proa’s ‘Teatro de Encuentros’ retrospective on North American sculptor Alexander Calder. Including around 70 individual pieces produced by the man himself, the exhibition covers six decades of Calder’s creative career. An ode to the enduring modernity and relevance of his creations, the exhibition demonstrates how he invented the mobile sculpture and his overall impact on 20th-century art. A must see before it closes today, make sure to head to La Boca in time.
11 AM – 7 PM | Proa -Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929| 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]