While the sunshine has been abundant lately (when it’s not just pouring buckets of rain), Buenos Aires is actually right smack in the middle of winter vacation for the kiddos. That means the regularly-scheduled programming of indie bands and far-out theater productions at the local cultural haunts may well be replaced by things like face-painting, clowns and magicians (which, now that you mention it, sounds like many of the adult parties here, too). For a full guide of all the best family-friendly activities in the city this week, make sure to check out The Bubble’s guide to winter break here.
However, that doesn’t mean the season can only be enjoyed for those with little ones. Winter also means we’re in the middle of a brand-new edition of M.E.S.A de Estación, which showcases local chefs’ ability to turn a few random things available at verdulerías this time of year into magical morsels of yumminess. Considering one of the main ingredients is broccoli, this plan is probably better saved for date night.
Looking for something else to round out the finde? We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything else happening that you should know about this weekend.
FRIDAY, JULY 26TH
Some people set the mood for the weekend by snuggling up with Netflix, and others keep their plataformas in their mini-backpack to start hitting the clubs right after work. If you’re looking for something in between those two extremes, consider checking out La Jam Telmo, a twice-monthly party with a live band interpreting funk and soul classics as well as today’s biggest temazos. Think Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, Thundercat, Childish Gambino, Chaka Kahn and even a few Argentine favorites. Dance, sing…be yourself. After all, it’s Friday.
11:45 PM – 5 AM | Club Plasma – Piedras 1856 | AR $80 | More Info
SCI-FI FILM FEST
Looking for a more laid-back way to ease into the weekend? If you normally fall into the Netflix and tranqui category but still want to get out and about, consider heading over to the MALBA for a double-dip of scary old movies with an old-school twist. The museum’s cinema will be projecting two classics adapted from stories written by the legendary weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft: The super campy 1965 gem “Die, Monster, Die” (centered on a meteorite spewing mutating radiation rays) and “The Dunwich Horror,” the bizarre tale of a man in New England with peculiar parents. And the best part? Both films will be screened in all their 35 mm glory.
10 PM | MALBA- Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415| AR $110 | More Info
Local indie darlings Tobogán Andaluz will be hitting the stage this Friday with their singable, bouncy brand of indie. Their sound is arguably has a twinge of The Strokes and The Cure, and at times as some of the shimmery riffs reminiscent of the laid-back sound of Real Estate. However, the band always brings an undeniable energy and dynamic quality to their songs that sets a nice change of pace from some of the more low-key indie acts, and killer choruses you can’t help but belt out.
9:30 PM | Centro Cultural Richards – Honduras 5272 | AR $300 | More Info
SATURDAY, JULY 27TH
It’s Saturday, so why not spice up your life with some yummy treats from Retiro staple Saigon Noodle Bar? The Vietnamese restaurant will be celebrating the first anniversary of its downtown location with a huge party featuring a DJ set from Mama Tora and giveaways. But of course, the best part is always the food. Chow down on the special dish of Massaman curry prepared by chef Tomas Nguyen and killer cocktails from Lucas Armijo.
7 PM | Saigon Noodle Bar – Marcelo T. de Alvear 818 | Prices Vary | More Info
Many of us make trips to the country to visit family and friends. But if you’re more porteño than provincia and haven’t left Palermo in a while, head down to La Rural for a true taste of the country this weekend. ExpoRural, the annual celebration of horses, unforgettable asado and more surprises is on this weekend. The expo brings together more than 4,500 exhibitors of animals, plus more than 400 stands selling leather goods, specialty foods and more.
9 AM – 8 PM | La Rural – Sarmiento 2704 | AR $250 | More Info
Have you ever had a moment where you think, “This is Argentina?” One that sticks out for me is walking near a preschool one day and hearing a chorus of little voices screaming the lyrics to “Persiana Americana” at the top of their lungs. If you want to experience the national obsession with iconic Soda Stereo in a different way, check out Ciudad Cultural Konex‘s laser experience set to the iconic rock band’s biggest hits. The event page boasts that there will be Surround Sound 5.1 and videos, too. Come with family, come with friends – lasers are fun for everyone.
8 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $200 in advance, AR $250 at the door | More Info
The Teatro Colón is hosting events for the winter vacations, and on Saturday the entertainment will spill into the streets. Head to the famous landmark to see 80 musicians, actors and dancers put on a show outside the theater. Whether you’re looking for something to do post-brunch or an activity to keep the kids busy, this is a great, affordable plan.
2:30 PM | Plaza de Vaticano – Cerrito & Viamonte| Free| More Info
If you’re into a bit more into the idea of late-night partying, check out another event at Ciudad Cultural Konex later in the evening: the super popular Cumbia Konex series. This huge tropical party often sells out, so make sure to get your tickets as soon as possible. This week’s lineup features Argentine cumbia legends Amar Azul plus Mario Luis, Supermerk-2 and Los Gedes.
12 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $350 at the door | More Info
SUNDAY, JULY 28TH
Ever see the Argentines with their asados and long for the taste of a Sunday roast from home? Well, this weekend gather all of your mates (friends, not yerba) and head over to 416 Snack Bar for all of your favorites. We’re talking giant Yorkshire puddings, roast beef, lots of gravy, cauliflower mornay and more. Oh yeah, and there’s a half-bottle of wine included in the fixed price of the dinner. The only thing that’s missing is the soft drone of a cricket game playing on the telly in the background, but surely there’s an app for that. And, well, maybe that uncle who is always discovering new business ideas online and spending most of the meal talking about how he’s going to strike it rich. But surely one of your beloved friends can improvise!
8 PM | 416 Snack Bar – Carranza 1940 | AR $995 in cash | More Info
FAMILY FOOD FEST
The super-popular Apetito food truck bonanza will be having its latest installment this weekend, and not surprisingly the theme is family-friendly eats. This food fair on the racetrack is known for bringing together an array of dishes such as gourmet ice cream, choripán and hamburgers alongside craft cocktails and a beer garden. This time, the event promises games, music and shows for the kids, too.
12 PM – 7 PM | Hipodromo de Palermo – Av. del Libertador 4101 | Free | More Info
It’s amazing how music travels across social media channels. The indie pop duo Salvapatallas burst onto the scene during the summer, drawing huge crowds before even releasing their album SMS. Along with their obvious talent, it probably also has a lot to do with the magnetic Instagram presence of Zoe Gotusso and Santiago Celli, who invite everyone into their world full of cute keyboard ditties and hooks you can’t get out of your head. Salvapantallas even released a song with the illustrious Jorge Drexler, which is fitting because the band shares a name with one of the Uruguayan singe’s most popular songs. Salvapantallas is also playing Niceto on Saturday night, but an early Sunday show sounds like a chill way to cap off the weekend.
Doors at 6:30 PM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $450 in advance | 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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