While Buenos Aires slowly comes back to life and we all hope that the stifling humidity begins to subside (#prayforus), plenty of the cultural centers, pop-up events, and festivals that we love are making a return to the agenda once again. Go on, seize the summer and enjoy what’s left of the season; don’t hesitate to get out there and make the most of what the city has to offer. If you can’t possibly wait until the official start to the weekend and want to go out tonight, make sure to take a look at classic indie festival Parador Konex and start your weekend a little earlier than usual.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH
Experimental arts and music festival Paralela will be making a return to Colegiales music venue and club La Confitería today. Exploring a more underground and unique side to the Buenos Aires creative scene, Carisma, Niño Niña and May Mclaren will all be taking to the DJ decks during the night. An art installation created by La Paxxxión, Juegos Artificiales, and Oblinof Axyxa will also be available to view. Early birds prepared to arrive between 8 PM and 10 PM will be able to enter for free.
8 PM – 5 AM | La Confitería – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | Free – AR $250 | More info
Known to be a little heavy on the carbs, as we all know, Argentine cuisine isn’t really associated with gluten-free cooking. But if you’re on board with life without wheat or if you’re simply looking for some healthier recipes to add to your repertoire, head to indoor food space, Mercado de Belgrano for a free, expert-led cooking class. For those who suffer from the allergy, there’ll also be more information about cross-contamination and how to maintain a balanced diet without gluten. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance.
6 PM – 7:30 PM | Mercado de Belgrano – Av. Juramento 2527 | Free | More info
As both temperatures and humidity surge, sweating it out in the boliche is probably the last thing you want to do. If you’re looking for an alternative with the added bonus of a breeze, rooftop bar, and club, Carnal will be hosting rock band Correte Beethoven tonight. Boasting some of Palermo’s best-mixed cocktails and a rooftop that’s definitely bigger than your friend’s crappy terraza, it’s a great option for a hot summer night.
12:30 AM – 3:30 AM | Carnal – Niceto Vega 5511 | Free | More info
ROCK & SWING
Tonight, Club Cultural Matienzo will be holding a Rock & Swing evening at their Villa Crespo space. Playing 30s and 40s style jazz combined with rock and roll from the 50s and 60s, band Lucas Ferrari and Amigos will be at the club while those who want to learn to dance rock and swing will be able to participate in a class led by Banana Swing and Cultura Swing. If you’re not up for dancing, just head to the bar, grab a drink and enjoy the show.
11:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $150 | More info
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19TH
Paying homage to one of the greatest North American trumpeters and jazz voices of the 20th century, Thelonious Club will be holding a show in Chet Baker’s honor. Performed by a quartet (pianist, trumpeter, bassist and percussionist), plenty of his most popular ballads like “Let’s Get Lost,” “But Not for Me,” and of course “My Funny Valentine” will be featured during the evening. One of Buenos Aires’ most atmospheric jazz clubs, the venue in itself is worth a visit. Tickets can be bought in advance online.
11:50 PM | Thelonious Club – Nicaragua 5549 | AR $275 | More info
After a hugely popular debut, karaoke night at cultural space La Gran Jaime, the organizers will be holding another edition of “Karaoke en Deconstrucción.” Accompanied with a list of non-machista tunes, tone-deaf singers as well as Spice Girl wannabes will be able to take to the stage with their favorite songs and belt it out to their heart’s content. Free for everyone, Julieta Capristo will be hosting the night.
11 PM – 2 AM | La Gran Jaime – Aráoz 832 | Free | More info
Still not too late to get your body in shape and start the new year off in a healthy way, Freddie’s Fit Club will be kicking off a six-week yoga challenge today. Today at the first session, instructors Caroline and Pei will be serving lemonade to all hopeful yogis and answering any questions from anxious newbies. Taking place throughout the week until March 2nd, a total of 18 classes will be on offer and participants will be able to choose to take single classes for AR $278 each or pay AR $5,000 for the full bundle of 18.
12 PM | Freddie’s Fit Club – Gorriti 3642 | AR $278 – $5,000 | More info
Club Shake 60s, Buenos Aires’ best sixties music night, will tonight take over bar and club Liverpool for a special summer edition of their colorful and original event. Playing classics from favorites including The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, part of the night will be given over to Motown music so expect to hear plenty of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding too. With an entrance price of AR $100, a drink will also be included.
Midnight | Club Shake 60s – Arévalo 1376 | AR $100 | More info
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH
With plenty of porteños out of town and on vacation, the city’s streets have taken on a more tranquil feel. The ideal time to shut down some of the main avenues, several of BA’s main thoroughfares will be closed off and only open to pedestrians on Sundays throughout January and February. The perfect opportunity to grab a pair of skates share a mate with the neighbors, there’ll also be workshops, classes, and shows. With avenues closed in Saavedra, Villa Devoto, and Palermo today, make sure to check the full schedule for further details.
4 PM – 9 PM | Various addresses | Free | More info
As part of the Festival International de Cine de Derechos Humanos, (FICDH) cultural center Brandon will be screening a series of films that celebrate gender and sexual diversity. Tonight Belgian documentary Guru, a Hijra Family which looks at the marginal existence of a working hijra family in South India and their struggle of mixing millennial viewpoints with tradition. Exploring the complexities of being a girl who is raised as a boy, German short film Boy will also be screened.
8 PM | Brandon – Luis Maria Drago 236 | Pay what you can | More info
Combining art and astrology, the MACBA museum in San Telmo will be hosting a new edition of Astrología en el Museo. Paying homage to Capricorns tonight, Martín Wollmann – along with La Compañía Astral – will be leading a tour around the collection and linking artwork from the collection with this month’s star sign in mind. There’ll also be live music, with dancer Diego Rosental performing sporadically throughout the evening.
6 PM | MACBA – Av. San Juan 328 | AR $50 – $100 | More info
Javiera Mena, one of Latin America’s contemporary pop icons will be performing for the first time ever tonight at the Ciudad Cultural Konex. Playing her latest single “Espejo,” her return to Argentina marks the end of a long and intense year in her music career. The Chilean, who is known for her indie electro-pop tunes, will no doubt play an engaging set and be a welcome return to the porteño music scene. Tickets can be bought online or at the door.
8 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $500 – $600 | 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]