So, who else is enjoying the novelty of spending the 4th of July in the blustery Upside Down that we call Argentina? Yeah, yeah, I know. This isn’t the U.S. (despite how hard Palermo tries), and we can’t expect everyone to share our obsession with hot dogs, pyrotechnics, or painting the town red, white and blue (those who do will be at Chicken Bros).
But one aspect of the holiday that the entire world does care about is the new season of Stranger Things, which just happened to drop today. If your weekend plans revolve around binge-watching the entire series, just remember that the Yanqui parties today are a mere appetizer for the main event: Argentina’s Independence Day on Tuesday. Following logic, that also means – surprise – that Monday is going to be a día no laborable, too (if your boss is nice). We’ll be putting up a guide on what to eat, and where, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, TL;DR: You’ve got a four-day weekend coming up, and you’re free to celebrate however you’d like. However, we recommend you check out some of the events below to make the most of it. Remember to bundle up and think about donating any extra blankets, warm jackets, shoes, or food to those that need it the most.
FRIDAY, JULY 5TH
TANGO & FOLKLORE
If you’re looking for some traditional music to get you in the mood for all the feriado fanfare, head over to the CCK for a night of tango and folklore music presented by the Juan de Dios Filiberto orchestra. The music will be led by Carlos Vieu, and feature singing from Nahuel Pennisi and Horacio Romo on the bandoneón. The concert is free, but you can reserve your tickets at the venue between 12 PM – 7 PM to ensure you snag a spot in the Sala Sinfónica.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | Free | More Info
FUNK IT UP
Some bands plaster their flyers in every imaginable corner of the city to draw a crowd. And then some bands, like NAFTA, only have three songs on Spotify yet so much talent that they pack the room each time they play. I mean, people are even singing in the shower on Instagram to win free tickets. While NAFTA’s jazz, funk and soul vibes could be loosely compared to those of Vulfpeck, The Internet and Tom Misch, none of those comparisons really do the band justice. NAFTA is NAFTA, and every song will get stuck in your head until their next show (todo, todo, todo…you’ll see). Joining the band is Banzai FC, which will showcase a mix of styles such as funk, jazz fusion, and hip hop during the presentation of their first album Generacion TV: Temporada I.
9 PM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $350 | More Info
Sometimes you don’t want to ease into the weekend, but waste no time shaking your booty right into it. If that sounds like you, consider checking out the latest installment of La Llamada del Sur, a party that mixes Carnival style with rhythms that keeps huge crowds grooving into the wee hours of the morning. This weekend’s party features Buenos Aires’ most iconic percussion outfit, La Bomba de Tiempo. Kapanga and Los Cafres will round out the night, which – in typical Buenos Aires fashion – will start getting good around 1 AM.
11:30 PM – 6 AM | Teatro Flores – Av Rivadavia 7806 | AR $500 | More Info
If you need to plan something fun for date night, consider checking out Rosario pop rock darlings Indios present their third album Besos en la Espalda. According to the event page, “the search for rhythm and sensuality, as forms that complement each other in the same song, are concepts that are sustained throughout the album.” If you’re a fan of bands like Phoenix and can appreciate some jangly guitars and synths, this plan won’t disappoint.
9 PM | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $400 | More Info
SATURDAY, JULY 6TH
Thanks to Instagram, we all tend to think of ourselves as photographers. But for anyone looking to learn more about the art of taking a good photo or wondering how to use that SLR sitting in the back of their closet, consider checking out a photography workshop at the Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández. Graphic designer and photographer Laura Pribluda will lead a workshop on photography basics and digital retouching. Space is limited, so make sure to reserve a spot at the link below.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Museo de Arte Popular José Hernández – Av. del Libertador 2373 | Free | More Info
You’ve surely noticed the construction sites scattered around Palermo for the past few years to make way for the San Martín viaduct, which raises the railway and makes it easier to cross the street. Well, it looks like the project is finally going to be inaugurated, and the city is inviting everyone to celebrate with live music, food and other activities (no, I don’t have any idea what those will be). The details at this point are limited, but it’s an outdoor event and you might be able to pet some dogs. So, if you’re out and about in Palermo, why not stop by?
12 PM – 5 PM | Parque Ferroviario – Juan B. Justo & Soler | Free | More Info
Fundación Proa in La Boca is one of the coolest museums in Buenos Aires. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet (or just haven’t been down in a while), head over on Saturday to check out the inauguration of its latest exhibit, Minimalismo, Posminimalismo y Conceptualismo / 60-70. Curated by Katharine J. Wright, the show will examine the founders of the minimalism, post-minimalism and conceptualism, including Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt Fred Sandback and Bruce Nauman. Think neon lights and geometric shapes.
12 PM – 7 PM | Fundación Proa – Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 | Free | More Info
After spending some time at the museums all day, why not let loose? You could try to score tickets for the sold out Cumbia Konex party at Ciudad Cultural Konex with Las Palmeras and Mala Fama, but why not try something a little different? If you’re not yet familiar with the African rhythms of candombe, head over to La Quince Espacio Cultural in Villa Crespo for the ninth Festilombo. You’ll have the chance to check out two bands playing music in the style, Dombe Candombe and Madrugada Candombe.
11 PM – 5 AM | La Quince Espacio Cultural – Av. Corrientes 5426 | AR $150 | More Info
BEATS & BREWS
Sometimes, chilling with friends over a few beers is the best way to spend a Saturday – and even better if there’s live music. If you’re feeling a little too much fiaca for the boliche (or just want a quiet place to start what will end up being a crazy evening) check out Temple Craft‘s Puerto Madero location for a night of electronic music. Buenos Aires’ own Teiao will be spinning music alongside saxophonist Ezequias Aquino, and as always there will be a huge selection of craft beers on tap.
10:30 PM | Temple Craft Puerto Madero – Juana Manuela Gorriti 867 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH
COOKING & MUSIC
For food lovers, the place to be this Saturday and Sunday is the Caminos y Sabores festival at La Rural. There will be a bit of everything -live music, cooking shows, classes and more. Here you’ll be able to eat your way through the traditional foods of each region in Argentina and sample beers, cheeses, sauces, and myriad other local treats.
12 PM – 12:30 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $200 | More Info
DANCE & POETRY
Since there’s a good chance you might not have to work on Monday, why not check out a performance on Sunday night? La Confiteria’s unique event called Mover la Lengua mixes dance and poetry in ways you’ve probably never seen before. The latest edition features four readers that join together with a pair of dancers to interpret their words, along with audio.
7 PM – 11 PM | La Confiteria – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | From AR $150| 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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