As another sweltering week comes to a close, you’d be forgiven for thinking everyone has a bit of bronca these days or perhaps they’re just plain angry? Hot weather has its challenges, people. The #struggle is real. Moving on, there’s plenty to take your mind off the working week and keep you occupied during your 48 hours of sweet liberation.
FYI hanging out in your air-conditioned apartment and watching the Fyre Festival documentaries all weekend doesn’t count. Instead, embrace the summer and check out seasonal food celebration Mesa de Estación and head to this year’s FIBA Festival.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH
The most outrageous and extravagant party series in Buenos Aires, Fiesta Plop! will be returning for a huge summer edition tonight at its Colegiales home, Teatro Vorterix. Outlandish and a little on the wild side, these fiestas are well known on the circuit for being some of the most colorful and vibrant in town. Expect the unexpected as surprises are a well-known feature of the night. Don’t be afraid to dress up either. Tickets can be bought online.
Midnight – 6:45 AM | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $150 | More info
Continuing La Gran Jaime’s cycle that celebrates Japanese animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, tonight’s movie, Princess Mononoke takes on a combination of 14th-century fantasy and the interaction between humans and God-like animals. Don’t be fooled by the childlike sounding themes though, the film is very adult in nature and also pretty crude – probably best to leave the kiddies at home. With no ticket price, there’ll be two functions during the evening at 8:30 PM and 11 PM with tickets available from 7 PM. Even better, Filidoro Artesanal craft beer will be offering a happy hour until 9 PM.
8:30 PM – 11 PM | La Gran Jaime – Aráoz 832 | Free | More info
As the biennial international theatre festival FIBA kicks off this week, one the highlights of the two-week festival is set to be the dramatic marathon taking place tonight in Abasto. Hosted by visual and performing arts space, La Huella Arte en Movimiento, visitors will be able to enjoy a huge number of dance shows, musical performances, artistic installations and classes all for the grand price of zero pesos. If you’re more of the kind for sitting back and enjoying a play, make sure to stick around for dramatized flamenco show, Tablao Inestable at 11 PM. The full schedule for the marathon can be found here.
9:30 PM – 2 AM | La Huella Arte en Movimiento – Bulnes 802 | Free | More info
Today and tomorrow, Palermo-based photography space and school Motivarte, Escuela de Fotografía will be holding the workshop Encuentro de Mujeres in their studio. Focusing on the integration and participation of women throughout the history of photography, the workshop will both theoretically discuss the presentation of women in photography while also allowing participants to come up with their own creative vision and project. Most of us guilty of being wannabe Instagrammers, the free workshop will give all us novices a little inspiration. Sign up here.
6 PM – 9 PM | Movitarte – Malabia 1141 | Free | More info
Crew Hermana, an artistic group of female creators and performers will be taking over The Roxy Live tonight. Offering to fight against the #Macrisis with a sea of dancing, the collective will be hosting a wide range of acts and artists including future reggaetón mixers, Sneed & Larsen, R&B and electronic fusion artists Lxs Familia as well as electronic cumbia mixer, Maich. Tickets can be bought in advance online.
Midnight – 6 AM | The Roxy Live – Niceto Vega 5542 | AR $100 – $150 | More info
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH
If the start of a new year and an uncertain Argentina are bringing up all sorts of existential doubts and questions, channel that energy into a philosophical evening led by Diego Singer. Shining the spotlight on German philosopher and cultural critic, Friedrich Nietzsche, the session will be a relaxed way of questioning the bigger things in life. Debating and analyzing what’s really the definition of good and evil as well as the line between the two, spectators can be as involved as much or as little as they like in the conversation. Pay what you can, and arrive early as it’s first come first served.
9 PM – 11:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Pay what you can | More info
Whether you’re gifted with a green thumb or just have a knack for killing plants, you should head to today’s Kokedama workshop. A Japanese style of bonsai gardening, Kokedama is essentially when a plant’s roots are wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string, creating a beautiful and decorative way of displaying your plant pals. If there’s enough green-related jargon in that line to cause confusion, fear not, as the session is suitable for those with no gardening experience and all will be explained upon arrival. For the price of AR $900, all materials are included and everyone will walk away with their own Kokedama plant. Reserve your spot by contacting [email protected]
10 AM – 1 PM | De los Suspiros – Paraguay 5357 PB 1 | AR $900 | More info
As part of its summer series, cultural club and bar Congo will be holding Argentine indie rock and flamenco fusion band Quixotes. Heavy on the guitar strumming and percussion, it’s the ideal soundtrack to a balmy summer’s evening. The venue, Congo, complete with a well-stocked bar comes with one of the neighborhood’s most lush jungle-inspired patios and may even manage to convince you that you have actually left the sweltering city for a night. Tickets can be bought online.
9 PM | Congo – Honduras 5329 | AR $200 | More info
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH
We may not be partying on the beach at Punta del Este this year, but dancing riverside in capital might just be a good enough swap. Today, Israeli Techno and House artist Guy J will be taking over the stage at Punta Carrasco for another edition of Río Electronic. The daytime parties which have the added bonus of meaning you don’t need to be up until the early hours have become a staple in the BA summer calendar for anyone who enjoys dancing next to a river breeze. Dance music DJ Martín García will also be playing, adding to the already stellar line-up. Tickets can be bought in advance online.
7:30 PM – 2 AM | Punta Carrasco – 1425 | AR $800 | More info
Offering to help those of us who are ‘cemented’ into the city this summer with little choice but to enjoy this season’s climate change induced bouts of hot and cold, Cooperativa Cultural Qi will be holding a summer themed recital tonight. With plenty of spoken word artists and poets choosing to stand up and share their thoughts, a photography exhibition will also be staged while musician Penny Peligro will be playing during the evening. A donation based evening, be sure to be generous.
7 PM – 12 AM | Cooperativa Cultural Qi – Thames 240 | Donation | More info
Foodies who’d like to try their hand at cooking up a storm should head to the Jardín Japonés for a masterclass in the Japanese culinary art of Yakimono. Led by pro chef, Martín Avellaneda, visitors to the gardens will learn how to make Yakizakana, aka a typical dish from the country made with fish, a teriyaki sauce, and a selection of sautéed veggies. Healthy and delicious, the meal should be simple enough to recreate in the comfort of your own kitchen back home. Included in the entrance price to the garden of AR $150, participants only need to sign up beforehand to reserve their spot, by emailing [email protected]. If you can’t make it today, don’t panic as the class will also be taught on Saturday (26th).
3:30 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | AR $150 | More info
Monserrat-based yoga studio Hastinapura will be hosting a yoga-themed festival today. Boasting classes that include guided meditations, specialist versions of yoga and what we believe to be priceless: learning how to relax and meditate. There’ll also be sessions on how to practice asana (AKA zen napping) and how to calm the mind and live contently – all key components of fighting against our hyperactive millennial existence. For more details and pricing make sure to contact [email protected].
12 PM – 7 PM | Hastinapura Monserrat – Chile 1437 | DM for price | 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]