With the return of the cold after a few balmy days, and grey, stormy skies above, it’s never been more appealing to stay home and hunker down to catch up on your favorite Netflix series. Staying home, however, would really be a terrible mistake considering everything that’s going on in La Ciudad de la Furia this weekend. The fourth Festival of Environmental Cinema has kicked off, with the fifth Festival of Fado in Buenos Aires set to launch this Friday. And those are just a few of the big ticket items we’ve got in store for you — not to mention the literary, theatrical, musical, artistic, and gourmet events, which to put simply, are extremely tantalizing. And heads up for all our Russian cultural enthusiasts: this Sunday, we’ve got a whole two events dedicated to the largest country in the world and its culture. So bundle up, grab your umbrellas, and decide — what are you going to do?
FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST
The fourth International Festival of Environmental Cinema (FINCA) kicked off in Buenos Aires this Wednesday. This year, in recognition of the universal human right to clean drinking water, the festival’s rallying slogan is ‘Let’s agitate the waters.’ Boasting a total of some 70 films, submitted from all parts of the world, FINCA will take place in ten locations across the city, including the Gaumont Cinema, Centro Cultural San Martín, and the French Alliance. Check out the festival’s complete program online, and for English language options, look for the ‘ef’ (English friendly) symbol. In addition, take a peek at the festivals’s Facebook page for daily recommendations on what to see. Tickets can be picked up half an hour before each film starts.
Time and location vary | Free – AR $40 | More info
#Cervantes2018 is a literary initiative that seeks to spur a mass reading of Cervantes’ classic 17th-century novel, Don Quijote de la Mancha. It comes hot on the heels of a similar initiative, #Dante2018, that sought to induce a mass reading of The Divine Comedy. The inauguratory event for #Cervantes2018 will take place this evening in the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua, where five experts will speak of their own experiences reading El Quijote, and expound on why the book is still relevant to our times. Admission to the event is totally free — come and learn more about this timeless book!
7 PM | Museo del Libro y de la Lengua (Av. Las Heras 2555) | Free | More info
On the first Friday of every month, Casa Brandon hosts trans activist Susy Shock and her fellow companions, or ‘flock of hummingbirds’ (bandada de colibríes). This diverse group of artists includes musicians, dancers, and poets, who together demonstrate the power of music, movement, and the spoken word. Prepare to be awed by the talent of both these prominent and emerging artists as they share their unique life perspectives that are refreshingly not heteronormative. Tickets to the event are AR $150 and can be bought the night of the event at the door.
9 PM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | AR $150 | More info
LGBTQ cultural center Feliza will be hosting the thirteenth edition of its ‘Girls Play Techno’ series tonight. An initiative aimed at promoting female techno artists, this installment’s line-up includes what our musical geniuses over at The Setlist have succinctly described as ‘dream hop/downtempo artist Baridi Baridi, minimalist trip hop project Veronique En El Espacio, DJ and experimental producer Jessica Bellomo, and IDM glitch act Camille Android.’ Show up to support these extremely talented emerging artists, and indulge in some of Feliza’s homemade cocktails while you’re at it. If you need recommendations, we’re quite fond of the GoT inspired ‘Dracarys.’
11 PM | Feliza (Av. Córdoba 3271) | Free | More info
SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND
Buenos Aires Market will be returning to Parque Saavedra this weekend, from 10 AM – 6 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. The free, open-air event features an impressive market of vendors, who will be selling gourmet, organic and specialty items from all across the country. Additionally, the market also boasts a wide variety of food stands and food trucks, as well as an area with communal tables where market goers can sit down to enjoy a bite to eat. Buenos Aires Market is a kid-friendly event, with designated areas for little ones.
10 AM – 6 PM | Avenida García Río and Pinto | Free | More info
Break out your cowboy hats and boots folks, because a ‘Country and Blues’ edition of Buenos Aires’ iconic ‘Food Fest’ is set to take place in La Rural this weekend. This month’s line-up is packed with heaps of live music, so that you can get down and square dance as your eat your way through the menus of some of the city’s best food trucks. Admission to Food Fest is free, and entrance is via Avenida Sarmiento. The event won’t be cancelled in the case of rain, as the organized have procured a roof.
1 PM – 2 AM | La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704) | Free | More info
The fifth Festival of Fado in Buenos Aires will kick off this Friday in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK). For all those people who aren’t familiar with the genre, fado is an internationally popular Portuguese folk music that is best known for expressing human suffering. It is also extremely emblematic of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The festival’s program, that has been organized with the participation of the Portuguese embassy, will include shows, concerts, film screenings, and conferences. Come and experience the music for yourself tonight, with a live concert by Pedro de Castro and Teresinha Landeiro. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the CCK’s box office. They can also be reserved online.
8 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
Theater collective Ob caenum hails from the far-off Argentine province of San Juan, and as a part of the Centro Cultural Conti’s cycle ‘Theater and Politics,’ the group has been invited to put on a deconstructed version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ tonight. Often referred to by actors by its euphemism, ‘The Scottish Play,’ ‘Macbeth’ is an intensely political work, and this evening’s performance is offered to the audience as a reflection on the parallels between the play and everyday life. Combining music and visual art with performance, tonight’s show will be incredibly unique. Tickets to ‘Macbeth’ are free and can be picked up at the Conti’s box office from 7 PM.
8 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD
Proyecto Persiana will be convening once again on Microcentro’s dull, grey, narrow streets. The idea is to give the local persianas, or shutters, a splash of color, by hand-painting murals directly onto them, brightening them up in the process. The streets that have been targeted for artistic action this weekend include Libertad, Talcahuano, Uruguay, and Paraná from 400-600, and Lavalle from 1400-1500. Drop by on any of those blocks between 10 AM and 5:30 PM to see the urban artists in action. From 6 PM and onward, a party will take place with live music from Isla de Caras, Delfina Campos, La Madre Plástico, and Greenies. Send a private message to Proyecto Persiana’s Facebook page for the exact party address.
10 AM | Various locations | Free | More info
Buenos Aires Celebra is back with a new edition today, on this occasion celebrating the country that will host the 2018 World Soccer Cup: Russia. A special concert has been organized for the event, with Russian artists like folk soloist Tatiana Petrova and balalaika sextet Osipov scheduled to perform during the afternoon. In addition, the descendants of Argentina’s Russian immigrants will also turn out for the celebration, sharing traditional music and dance from their ancestral country. As usual, dozens of food stands will set up along Avenida de Mayo, making traditional Russian dishes like goluptsi, vareniky, pelmeni, and piroshky available to the public. Russian cultural organizations will also be present, with information about classes and activities in Buenos Aires.
11 AM – 6 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
The June edition of Locura Vegana (or Vegan Craziness in English) will be taking place this Sunday afternoon. Setting up in Abasto neighborhood’s Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, the food fest is your one-stop-shop for everything from delicious vegan food to cruelty-free cosmetics, accessories, and other gifts. A number of free culinary workshops have been scheduled throughout the day, as well as several prize drawings. Admission to the fair is free, but space is in the casona is limited, so make sure to arrive early.
1:30 – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info
República Chéjov, an initiative aimed at bringing some of the world’s greatest short stories to the stage, will take place in El Quetzal tonight at 9 PM. We are of course, referring to the works of Anton Chekhov, the celebrated Russian author who revolutionized the definition of ‘good writing.’ Four of his shores stories have been adapted into plays that will be performed on El Quetzal’s stage this evening. In addition, excerpts from Chekov’s diaries and letters will also be read, in Russian as well as in Spanish. Special Russian cocktails will be served the night of the event, including the popular ‘White Russian,’ and several drinks inspired by Chekhov’s stories (‘Seagull with Iced Tea,’ ‘Chekhov with Red Fruits’). Admission to República Chéjov is free — we suggest you arrive early to snag a seat.
9 PM | El Quetzal (Guatemala 4516) | 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]