Happy New Year everyone! And welcome to the first edition of ‘What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend’ of 2018. We know how hard it can be to get back to work after the holidays, so we’ve got lots of activities to help you decompress and enjoy the slower summer rhythm of the city. According to the forecast, we’ve got some lovely, temperate temperatures to look forward to this weekend. So get out there while the heat is bearable, and make the most of your weekend!
Friday, 5th of January
Musical group Jazzonamos will be playing their first concert of the year in Feliza this evening. The ensemble, formed in 2016, have a number of great jazz hits in the repertoire spiced up with some blues and funk. The concert will start at 10 PM, but we suggest you get there beforehand to get a good seat and check out the space. Feliza’s bar has some delicious, affordable cocktails that are just the thing to take off the edge of off the work-week.
10 – 11:30 PM | Feliza (Córdoba 3271) | AR $100 | More info
Interested in improving your Spanish or your English? Buenos Aires’ favorite language exchange is taking place tonight at Brukbar, providing aspiring language learners with the chance to improve their conversation skills. For those who have never been before, the exchange plays out a bit like musical chairs. Participants speak with one group for ten minutes — five minutes in Spanish followed by five in English — before changing groups and starting over. Drinks and snacks are included in the program, and the group sings karaoke before going out to a club afterwards. If you’re considering going, plan on getting to the pub early — check in (which is necessary) is from 10-10:40 PM.
10 PM – 2 AM | Brukbar (Fray Justo Santamaría de Oro 1801) | AR $150 (includes drinks, snacks, and club admission) | More info
Tango Queer – despite its name – is not exclusively for same sex couples: it’s for everyone who’s tired of the dance’s one way conversation – that is, the man leads, the woman follows, full stop. The aim of Tango Queer is to make this dialogue more democratic, by breaking with the established roles of who follows and who leads, and paving the way for the creation of a new, versatile role that allows both participants to follow or lead at will. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, La Marshall, a queer milonga that has been setting up in tango-bar El Beso for over fifteen years, starts off with a class at 10 PM tonight and follows up with an open dance afterwards at 11 PM.
10 PM | El Beso (Riobamba 416) | AR $150 | More info
It may be 2018, but our love for the nineties hasn’t changed a bit, and in commemoration of this wonderful decade restaurant-bar You KNOW MY NAME is throwing a 90’s party tonight. DJs Charly Escalante and CM Cinéfilo propose to take us back with the best of the 90’s music, including hits by Madonna, Britney, the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Daft Punk, New Order, The Cure, and many others. By clicking ‘I’ll attend’ on the event’s Facebook page you get into the party free before 2 AM. The bar will also give you a free welcome shot of vodka between 1 and 2 AM.
11:55 PM – 6 AM | Marcelo T. de Alvear 1540 | Free before 2 AM | More info
Saturday, 6th of January
As the temperatures continue to soar the city, staying cool is a serious priority. And if a pelopincho (kiddy pool) just isn’t cutting it any more, it’s time to check out Parque Norte, Buenos Aires’ very own water-park. Located along the city’s northern waterfront, close to Ciudad Universitaria, Parque Norte boasts three swimming pools and a number of water slides in addition to access to a wide range of activities included in your admission (water aerobics, water boxing, volleyball, and ‘spinning’). Plan on arriving early to ensure that you get a prime spot.
Pool is open from 8:30 AM – 8 PM | Parque Norte (Cantilo and Güiraldes) | AR $195 | More info
The Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens are inviting the public to participate in a special New Year’s ceremony this weekend. Called Kanetsuki, participants will have the chance to ring the garden’s ceremonial ‘Bell of Peace’ while making a wish for the coming year. According to Japanese tradition, the sound of the bell is said to erase sorrow, suffering, and worry from the minds of those who hear it. It opens the way to begin the year with renewed spirits and positive vibes, facilitating the accomplishment of New Year’s goals and resolutions. Admission to the Gardens is AR $120, which includes your participation in the ceremony.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés (Casares and Figueroa Alcorta) | AR $120 | More info
A different kind of writing workshop will be taking place in Parque Los Andes this Saturday. Organized by Postales del Aire, the proposal is simple — in order to get the creative juices flowing, you’ll be taking a scenic ride through the city on your bike, observing the buildings, corners, and green spaces in addition to plain old everyday life. In between the various legs of the itinerary you’ll have the chance to sit down and write, share mate and cookies with your fellow writers, and if you feel so inclined, to actually read your own work. For more information or to register, send an email to Julieta Capristo ([email protected]).
4:30 – 8 PM | Parque Los Andes (Corrientes and Dorrego) | AR $450 | More info
A special film series featuring movies produced in the Argentine province of Córdoba will be taking place on Saturdays this month at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. A far cry from typical ‘Argentine’ movies, the series seeks to go beyond the limits of the General Paz (the highway enclosing Buenos Aires city) and share a diversity of narratives. The series kicks off this evening with a showing of De Caravana (in English, Clubbing). Admission to the screening is free. Show up an hour before the film starts to get your tickets.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
Sunday, 7th of January
If you’re desperate to beat the heat, and the idea of digging into both savory and sweet treats in an air-conditioned tea room sounds appealing, consider making a reservation at the Queen of Tarts for afternoon tea. Perhaps one of the only establishments in the city that offers this classic, English experience, the Queen of Tarts, located in Villa Crespo, never fails to impress. Past offerings on the menu have included traditional cucumber and butter sandwiches, egg tartlets, chutney and cheese stuffed scones, buttercream frosted cakes, and delicacies like strawberry cheesecake cups and lemon possets. To make a reservation, or for more information, send a message to the tea room’s Facebook page.
12 – 3 PM | Address and cost upon request | More info
A new edition of ‘Retro-Start’ is here to help Buenos Aires’ gaming community ring in 2018. This time, the meet-up is taking place in Palacio Eventos, an air-conditioned event space located close to the intersection of Callao and Corrientes. A wide range of classic arcade games and video games await convention goers, as do trivia, tournaments and the like. Pre-sale tickets to ‘Retro Start’ are AR $50 at Entelequia (Uruguay 341) or at any of the other locations listed on the event page — otherwise they’ll be AR $90 at the door. Gamers who come dressed up as videogame characters like Yoshi, Mario, Princess Peach, or Zelda, get in for free.
1 – 7 PM | Palacio Eventos (Rodríguez Peña 361) | AR $50 pre-sale | More info
Pinta Yoga is offering a pay-what-you-can yoga class this afternoon in San Telmo’s lovely Parque Lezama. You don’t need any previous experience to participate, nor do you need to register beforehand — just show up in comfortable clothes with your yoga mat and a light coat for when you lie down for relaxation – your body temperature drops during savasana and it can get chilly. Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga will all form part of the practice. According to the Facebook page, the class takes place “at the end of the walkway lined with flowerpots that figures in the photo (pictured above), on the Paseo Colón side.”
4 PM | Parque Lezama | Pay-what-you-can | More info
The award winning French film Frantz will be screening at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti this evening. Beautifully done in black and white, the film takes place in the aftermath of the First World War, and combines elements of romance, history, and drama while casting a hard glance on the senseless violence of war. Paula Beer’s performance as Anna has been described by critics as a ‘breakthrough performance.’ It’s an intensely moving window into another time, and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to see Frantz. Admission to the screening is free, and tickets are picked up an hour beforehand.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | 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 at [email protected]