With so much rain (and political insanity) this week, we’ve had what feels like an extra-long slog to the weekend. However, we suggest leaving the dampened spirits to the city’s cocktail experts and using the time indoors to start planning the next few days of freedom. And with Monday being a well-deserved feriado, you have no excuse for enjoying Saturday and Sunday to the fullest (just don’t forget to set an alarm on Sunday morning to wish dad a happy Father’s Day).
First things first – no matter what you’ve got on tap for the next few days, taking some time to indulge in Japanese cuisine should definitely be on your menu. In case you haven’t heard, more than 44 restaurants are offering special menus until June 19th as part of Gastro Japo Food Week, which means you can (and really should) stop eating all that cream cheese and opt for something a little more adventurous. Of course, a bowl of ramen would be perfect for today’s weather, but we encourage you to explore the wonderful world of lesser-known delicacies such as takoyaki and yakitori (go ahead and read The Bubble‘s guide about where to find the best of each–we’ll wait for you right here).
Here’s our guide to everything else you should be planning for the weekend.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH
For a relaxing way to ease into the weekend, head over to Usina del Arte for a night of pure jazz from some of the top artists in the genre. Renowned U.S. pianist Kirk Lightsey, known for sharing the stage with greats like Chet Baker and Betty Carter, will be playing with the Mark Whitfield Quartet. Whitfield, a Berklee College of Music alum, is a jazz guitarist who has also played with a star-studded list of musicians including Gladys Knight, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock. For those who can’t make it on Friday, Lightsey will take the stage again on Saturday night as well. The show is free, but be sure to reserve a spot at the link below to reserve your entry.
9 PM | Usina Del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
We know that it’s getting colder, but the terrace at Recoleta’s Camping is always cozy when you have a few hundred friends and beverages of the alcoholic variety to keep you warm and toasty while watching great music. This Friday’s invited artist is Paula Maffía, known for her role in retro-inspired female orchestra Las Taradas and the punk-jazz-swing outfit La Cosa Mostra. Maffia describes the vibe of this show as acústico furioso, so make sure you memorize the choruses of the songs on her latest record Polvo to be fully prepared to join in on some group vocals.
9 PM | Camping – Av. Pueyrredon 2501 | Free |More Info
For some, the thought of going to a boliche on a Friday night is way scarier than seeing a band with skeleton makeup singing about skulls and corpses. If you’re one of those people who wouldn’t be caught dead at those luxe parties, we have good news: ex-singer of The Misfits Michale Graves will be in town playing his signature horror punk for all Buenos Aires’ boys and ghouls as part of his American Monster tour. For an added nostalgia factor, it looks like he’ll be playing some songs off of the 90s-era Misfits albums American Psycho and Famous Monsters in addition to the newer stuff.
Doors at 7 PM | Groove – Av. Santa Fe 4389 | AR $1,110 in advance |More Info
If the previous music event on this list seems like it’s just a little too intense for easing into the weekend, the eclectic music of Duratierra might be a better fit. The band’s style is an eclectic tour of rock, pop, jazz, and folklore, which can turn from Latin American classics featuring upright bass and tender vocals to gritty guitar riffs without missing a beat. Make sure to get there early, as space for this free show is limited.
9 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. Del Libertador 8151 | Free |More Info
SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH
With so many parks, plazas and rich scents wafting from the frequent asados on every corner, Buenos Aires is basically paradise for four-legged friends. But although most people here already share their spaces with pets, some are still looking for a home where they can safely launch their careers as professional palo deliverers, sun nappers, steak testers, opera barkers, dinner-table actors and all those big-city jobs that dreams are made of. If your life needs a lil’ fluff, head over to an adoption event in Palermo to meet and greet the organizations who rescue animals–and maybe even take one home. If you already own a pet, you can contribute by bringing your donations to help out rescue groups.
1 PM – 6 PM | Plaza Roque Saenz Peña – Avenida Juan B Justo & Boyaca | Free | More Info
If you’re a little tired of hearing the familiar refrain of “well, actually…” when presenting a kick-ass business idea, block out your Saturday for a networking brunch that will get you from sipping mimosas to running your own venture in no time. Ladies Brunch is hosting its third gathering of the year this Saturday, which will be focused on starting businesses related to the food and beverage industry. So, if you’ve always wanted to open a bar or restaurant but don’t know where to start, join a group of other entrepreneurial-minded women at Belgrano’s Paru Inkas & Grill. You can indulge in a special set menu of sushi, wontons and other delights (vegetarian options are also available). The event will also feature a talk from Agustina de Alba, who has twice been named Argentina’s best sommelier and has worked in restaurants around the globe. Be sure to reserve a spot at the link below, as space is limited.
12 PM – 4 PM | Paru Inkas & Grill – La Pampa 717 | AR $1,350 + service charge | More Info
Feria Juntas returns this Saturday with its super popular craft fair, which features an array of items that all have one thing in common: being beautiful AF. You’ll find prints, stationery, clothes, jewelry, party decorations, home furnishings, ceramics and more at this event taking place in what feels like the apartment of your most creative and well-connected friend. Even better, most of the local designers will accept your credit or debit cards with no problem.
3:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Ciudad de La Paz 502 – Apartments 1-3 | Free | More Info
Buenos Aires has a vibrant underground poetry scene, and the best way to get an introduction is by checking out one of the many functions happening Saturday night as part of La Noche de la Poesía. More than 70 writers will be presenting their works at various venues around town, including Feliza in Almagro and Bar la Tribu in Villa Crespo. Each event has at least five or six different poets presenting on different themes, so we recommend posting up at the one that sounds most interesting to you and expecting the unexpected. Check out the link below for a complete list of venues, times and addresses.
8 PM (individual times vary) | Various Locations | Pay-what-you-can | More Info
If you’re looking for a good ol’ fashioned dance party this weekend, consider dropping into Niceto Club to catch a set by well-known British DJ Nick Muir. One half of iconic electronic duo Bedrock, Muir is a staple of the U.K. dance music scene and will be stopping by to spin his signature remixes alongside original tracks. Buenos Aires’ own Juan Hansen will open, bringing a genre-spanning sound that fans of bands like Daft Punk and Justice can get down to.
12 AM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510| AR $925 and up| More Info
SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH
In this world of reality television, we all think we’re cooking experts now. I mean, who out there hasn’t yelled at someone on TV for burning their roux while waiting for delivery to arrive? Of course, making something tasty from scratch isn’t as easy as it seems. To pick up a few new tricks, check out Al Mercado de Estación, a seasonal cooking expo that brings together cooking classes, workshops and an array of seasonal food-related products all in one place. The event starts on Saturday, but on Sunday attendees will be able to join famous Japanese chef Takehiro Ohno at 6 PM. Juliana López May will interview the chef as part of Usina’s “Secrets of Cooks” series.
11 AM – 8 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free |More Info
You may notice an unusually high number of featured events this weekend at Usina del Arte, but we’d be remiss if we forgot to include a concert by famous bossa nova musician Edu Lobo. Known for his contributions to the “second generation” of the Brazilian genre in the second half of the 1960s, Lobo’s music touches on jazz and samba rhythms. If you’re a fan of artists such as Joao Gilberto, Edu Lobo’s show shouldn’t be missed. The show is free, but be sure to visit the link below to reserve a spot.
8 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
Sunday may have a reputation as a day for winding down, but in Buenos Aires it usually means there’s a huge dance party happening somewhere. If you’re looking for a way to loosen up after that big asado dinner with the fam, head over to Ciudad Cultural Konex to start the new week with buena onda. The latest installment of the cultural center’s explosive tropical party Noche Floreada features Buenos Aires’ own Miss Bolivia, who will be joined by El Pepo with his Superbanda Gedienta.
12 AM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $351 in advance | More Info
Along with the abundance of Japanese food throughout town this week, there are also a few events celebrating the other aspects of Japan–like anime! So, dust off that Sailor Moon skirt and join Jornadas del Manga y el Anime for a meetup featuring cosplay, dances, karaoke, talks, workshop, trivia and more. The event kicks off on Saturday, so you could make it a two-day thing and wear two different outfits. Just sayin’.
10 AM – 6 PM | Japanese Gardens – Avenida Figueroa Alcorta & Avenida Casares | 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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