How was the first full week back after our super-long weekend? Pretty tiring, right? Well, the good news is that we’ve already arrived at a weekend that marks not only the start of Buenos Aires’ winter vacations, but another super-fun holiday on Saturday: Día del Amigo. Invented by an Argentine dentist who drew inspiration from watching Apollo 11 land on the moon, it’s time to buy a gift for all those friends who have listened to your personal quilombos, invited you over for a sympathy steak, or simply make you laugh on a daily basis.
Following that logic, most of the weekend’s events are dedicated to this celebration. Here are a few of our favorites.
FRIDAY, JULY 19TH
FUNK & SOUL
Do you have a friend who’s always ready to take you to Funkytown? Well, this is your chance to return the favor. The latest edition of Que Sea Funk with local legends Willy Crook & Funky Torinos will have you and your squad groovin’ in a way that only epic flute solos, bad brass and walking bass lines can inspire. This fest always starts a little early (by Argentine standards), so it’s a great way to get loose before hitting up the boliche (or just winding down with Netflix).
9 PM – 11:30 PM | El Emergente Bar – Francisco Acuña De Figueroa 1030 | AR $250 | More Info
COCKTAILS AND DJS
Calling all patio people! You won’t want to miss this celebration for the third birthday of Avant Garden, located across from the planetarium in the Arcos area of Palermo. The latest pop-up party known as Off Garten starts with a cocktail hour hosted by chic Japanese fusion restaurant Komyūn, and will feature electronic music from several artists: Diamin, Muveo, Ibiza Pareo, Dintun b2b, Andres Zacco and Fede Lijt.
9 PM – 7 AM | Avant Garden – Av. Casares & Sarmiento | AR $500 | More Info
Are you one of those people who tends to mix friend groups? Here’s a chance to bring everyone together. If you haven’t checked out Fiesta Allsides yet, this edition for Día del Amigo is a perfect time to get acquainted with one of the most eclectic festivals. Head down to San Telmo’s Kirie to check out Los Olestar and their quirky punk take on cumbia hits. Doble Fuerza and Secuaces will round out the evening.
11:30 PM – 5 AM | Kirie – Bolivar 813 | AR $250 | More Info
SATURDAY, JULY 20TH
We have a challenge for you: Gather your crew to a size that rivals the 16-piece percussion group La Bomba de Tiempo, which will be celebrating Friendship Day at Ciudad Cultural Konex this Saturday. The group usually plays each week on Mondays, but this week you can expect a special version of the show that will feature surprise guests and a DJ.
12 AM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $250 in advance, AR $300 at the door | More Info
Pay tribute to Argentine icon Isabel “la Coca” Sarli at MALBA’s latest film series on Saturday night. Writer and director Diego Curubeto’s Carne Sobre Carne is a documentary featuring recovered fragments, outtakes, bonus material, and other multimedia featuring the country’s best-known sex symbol. Per MALBA’s website, the documentary “is a registry of passion: [Armando] Bo’s for cinema, Sarli’s for Bo, and Curubeto’s for Sarli.” Explore beyond the famous “qué pretende usted de mí?” phrase and let yourself get carried away by the woman, the myth, the legend that is Coca Sarli.
Midnight | MALBA – Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | AR $55 – $110 | More Info
If you and your friends are the types who would rather swim in the Río de la Plata than feel pressured into showing off dance moves, this jazz festival at Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (known simply as “the Conti”) the perfect event for you. The cultural center has been bringing together varied groups of artists for explosive mini-festivals celebrating the genre, and the third on Saturday is going to be lit. Sets start at 7 PM or 9 PM, so it’s a great pre-game option. Artists include Paula Shocron, Flor Otero, Ramiro Flores, Alan Plachta, Sergio Wagner, Hernán Segret, Rocío Giménez López, Lucía Boffo, Patricio Bottcher, Julián Mekler and Federico Isasti. Entry is free, but reserve your tickets at the link below.
7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. del Libertador 8151 | Free
SUNDAY, JULY 21ST
We all love partying with friends, but sometimes it’s fun to round up a group and do something creative. Whether or not you’re a seasoned artist, Club Cultural Matienzo‘s Jam de Dibujo is a unique way to get together with friends (or make new ones) while drawing live models and jamming to music. KODAMA, Maryella Marie, Matthew Golombisky and Hirofumi Suzuki will be on hand to provide the live music this week.
Doors at 9:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $180 | More Info
If you’re Colombian, have any Colombian friends or just love the country’s music, food and good vibes, gather your parces and your llaves for the latest BA Celebra event dedicated to all things yellow, red and blue. You can expect more than 60 stands with artisanal goods and entertainment from 147 artists. Listen to music including the accordion-driven vallenato and cumbia while enjoying arepas, aguapanela and other typical treats from 45 different cooks. It’s gonna be super chévere, so don’t miss it.
12 PM – 6 PM | Av. de Mayo & Bolívar | Free | More Info
If you and your friends share an interest in BTS or South Korean soap operas, you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Festival Hallyu this weekend. You’ll find music, cultural and language workshops, a huge market full of South Korean goods. Of course, you’ll also be able to brush shoulders with YouTubers and influencers from the country.
11 AM – 7 PM | Salguero Plaza Eventos – Salguero 2696 | AR $300 | More Info
Disclaimer: 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.
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