How is everyone out there? A little bit tired? We get it—spending a whole week without a feriado is rough, and it’s totally normal to be feeling a little bit of fiaca after last weekend’s storms. However, these are both great reasons to see what’s going on around town in the next few days. Because we were all recently reminded about how nice it is to phone an old friend to let them know what you’ve been up to, we’ve put together this cheat sheet of the best events to make that conversation a little more productive.
If you’ve recently been spending a little more time than planned basking in the blue TV light of Game of Thrones (or a certain book of the same hue), the good news is that some of the longer-running festivals are still going on for a few more days. The Feria del Libro is running until May 13th (and hosting the author of the said blue book today) and Buenos Aires Food Week is still going strong until the 19th. And for those of you out there who prefer to sit down and relax with a fancy drink, the Semana de la Coctelería will be running for one more weekend at more than 60 bars around town. Here’s everything else you should know about.
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH
The temperatures are cooling down, and it’s leather weather. If you’re a fan of the sustainable kind, be sure to check out the open house hosted by Palermo-based Nimes this Friday to browse beautiful products such as bags, jackets and wallets. The local workshop, which creates accessories from natural, uncorrected leather, will be offering up to 50 percent discounts on some items in addition to special editions and invited designers.
10 AM – 9 PM | Nimes | Gurruchaga 1142 | Free | More Info
While you’re shopping in Palermo, be sure to swing over to cool-kid café and shop Local Support to check out Fruto Estudio‘s launch of a colorful capsule collection with local design team Pólvora. Here you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and accessories that mix modernity with an 80s twist. Pop artist Violeta Castillo will be providing music while shoppers browse.
5 PM – 12 AM | Local – Gorriti 5045 | Free | More Info
After a long week hunched over a computer or trying to hold your own on the Subte, you have the chance on Friday to get moving in a more creative way. El Posibilódromo is an experimental dance event that encourages participants to dance however they see fit. Not used to strutting your stuff in public? No sweat—if you’re the timid type, it’s totally fine to come watch the show. A las Fuerzas Superiores will provide music, with Jazmin Titiunik coordinating the event.
8:30 PM – 12 AM | Casa Babá | Antonio Susini 2280 | Inquire for Price | More Info
If you grew up listening to alternative rockers like PJ Harvey but also appreciate blues, indie and Latin American music, don’t miss Paula Maffía presenting her second solo album, Polvo. The albums’ themes are just as varied as her influences, touching on everything from “landscapes, night forests, demons, beasts and impossible animals.”
9 PM | Teatro Margarita Xirgu | Chacabuco 875 | AR $300 in advance, AR $350 at the door | More Info
SATURDAY, MAY 11TH
If you didn’t get your shopping fix on Friday, be sure to swing by this month’s installment of Feria Juntas for all the beautiful things you could imagine created by local artists. The event is known for bringing crowds and a variety of cool wares and has definitely amassed a cult following lately. This month’s edition includes everything from ceramics, natural cosmetics, illustrations, vintage clothes, jewelry, cooking stuff, candles and more.
3:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Colegiales | Ciudad de la Paz 502, Apartments 1-3 | Free | More Info
Are you guilty of neglecting your record crate for Spotify? It happens to the best of us, but this weekend you’ll have the chance to redeem your credibility as a vinyl aficionado or start the journey to becoming one. Figueroa Cervecería will be hosting a vinyl fair with new and old records from all genres of music. DJs will be spinning tunes, and beers will be flowing at this first-edition festival in Recoleta.
1 PM – 7 PM | Figueroa Cervecería | French 2929 | Free | More Info
If you’re still looking for a special title despite scouring the Feria del Libro, try your hand at a huge book sale happening this Saturday at La Casa del Árbol in Palermo. New and used books will be on hand for big discounts at this event hosted by local bookstore Librería Bohío Andaluz.
2 PM – 7 PM | La Casa del Árbol | Av. Córdoba 5217 | Free | More Info
Looking for a family-friendly event? Luckily, one of Buenos Aires’ most iconic landmarks will be hosting a picnic in its huge garden this weekend for all to enjoy. Bands and food trucks will mingle alongside astrology and tarot experts, and you’ll even have the chance to learn how to do circus acts or create your own telescope. Oh yeah, and there will be a glitter stand. What more could you ask for? Artists include Bhavi, Galanjah, Cecilia Czornogas y Fernando Pulichino.
3 PM – 10 PM | Planetario Galileo Galilei | Bosques de Palermo | Free | More Info
Just down Avenida del Libertador, another landmark will be the hotspot for a big event this weekend—yoga at the Floralis Genérica. Be sure to bring your own mat and some mate for a picnic to follow. The event will be suspended if it rains (but we hope it won’t).
3 PM | Floralis Genérica | Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2200 | Pay-what-you-can | More Info
Be sure to take a siesta after Saturday’s activities, because The Bow is hosting a night full of dancing to Belgian techno icon Amelie Lens. However, don’t sleep on getting your tickets—this is expected to be an extremely popular event. Lens, described by Mixmag as “a techno phenomenon,” is known for playing the world’s biggest festivals and her loyal fans have a knack for traveling from far and wide for her shows.
11:30 PM | The Bow | Av. Costanera Norte & Av. Sarmiento | AR $1,130 in advance | More Info
SUNDAY, MAY 12TH
A theater production is always a thoughtful way to end the weekend, and this Sunday we recommend a production written by Karín Valecillos. The work, Jazmines en el Lídice, is directed by Oriana Nigro and presented for the first time in Argentina. It tells a powerful story inspired by the many mothers who’ve lost their children due to violence in Venezuela.
8 PM | Teatro Actors Studio | Díaz Velez 3842 | AR $350 in advance | More Info
Apparently this weekend’s theme is shopping, and Sunday’s contribution is the Feria Sí o Sí design fest. The 14th edition of the festival will include more than 40 ethical designers, plus special family activities and food stands. Vuelta Canela will play at 4 PM to accompany crowds browsing clothes, ceramics, stamps and many other items.
1 PM – 7 PM | Antezana 340 | Free | More Info
If you’re left feeling inspired by the tarot card readers at the planetarium on Saturday, we have good news—you can learn how to read them yourself. The Centro Cultural Recoleta is hosting two workshops this weekend—one on Saturday and one on Sunday— taught by La Watson and Dalia Fernández Walker, respectively. Bring your own cards, and you’ll be on your way to discovering this new world in no time.
3 PM – 6 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junín 1930 | Free | 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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