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What to Do in Buenos Aires This Weekend: May 17th Edition

The Bubble’s signature, eclectic guide to making the most of your weekend.

By | [email protected] | May 16, 2019 11:32am

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So, how do we feel after that Hot Sale that seemed to have come out of nowhere? Not to worry. Luckily, there’s a wide variety of affordable events this weekend (along with some very not-affordable ones). One could say we’re in a bit of a lull as festivals like Buenos Aires Food Week and the Feria del Libro wind down, and there’s still another week to wait before 25 de Mayo celebrations. However, this week there are several great concerts, parties, and art events kicking off that you won’t want to miss. Here are our recommendations for how you should be spending your weekend.

FRIDAY, MAY 17TH

INDIE 101

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There are Argentine indie bands, and then there’s El Mató a Un Policía Motorizado. The La Plata rockers have diehard fans who hang on every word of their simple-yet-infectious anthems about stuff like new records, old pareja problems and unrequited love. Their popularity in the capital is evident, too—they’re playing not one, but three shows at Teatro Vorterix in the next few days. Even if you don’t know much about the band, belting out “Más o Menos Bien” with a few hundred other Argentines during these times of inflation will be sure to provide a certain camaraderie that can’t quite be matched in any other way.

Doors at 7 PM, show at 9 PM | Teatro Vorterix  – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $650-900 | More Info

SURREAL TALK

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The world tends to associate the great Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí with melting clocks, but the artist’s full collection of work comprises many more materials and techniques. The Centro Cultural Borges is providing a unique look at the artist’s works from the 1950s-1980s, which include sculptures, prints and other pieces of art obtained from a private collection. The inauguration kicks off today, and the exhibit runs through June 17th.

Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM, Sundays 12 PM – 9 PM | Centro Cultural Borges – Viamonte 525 | AR $250| More Info

ELECTROPOP THROWBACK

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Argentine electropop duo Miranda! have more than 18 years and six albums under their belt, but will be giving fans a dose of nostalgia this Friday at Teatro Grand Rex. The band will revisit their first two albums “Es Mentira” and “Sin Restricciones” during the show. If you’re keen to discover one of Argentina’s seminal pop acts of the recent generation, this is your chance. 

8:30 PM | Teatro Gran Rex – Av. Corrientes 857 | AR $560 and up | More Info

FRENCH HOUSE

Looking to dance into the weekend with an international twist? Don’t miss Paris house icon Djebali, who tours around the world when not at his residency in Ibiza. The event, known as Break & Sweet, is produced by Le Journal de la musique and will feature Dfunklub and Bermont as supporting acts.

11:45 – 7 AM | Jager – Niceto Vega 5422 | AR $500 and up | More Info

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH

ART LAUNCH

La Boca may be famous for the historical Caminito, but it’s also home to one of the world’s most interesting contemporary art spaces—Fundación Proa. This Saturday, an exhibit called FABRIK will launch in the Proa21 space dedicated to experimental arts. Described as “a factory of images and ideas, in which art and new technologies address problems of the contemporary world,” it seems like visitors can expect a Black Mirror vibe. Artists include Olaf Nicolai, Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk, Hito Steyerl and Tobias Zielony.

3 PM – 7 PM | Proa21 – Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 | Free | More Info

VEGAN EATS

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Craving a little more veg than your standard puré de calabaza or soggy french fries? You’re in luck—on Saturday El Deleite Vegano will be returning after a six-year hiatus. The event will be lined with 100 stands hawking food, crafts, cosmetics, accessories, and even gifts for your pets.

1 PM – 7 PM | Colegio San José – Bartolomé Mitre 2455 | Free | More Info

BEER, FOOD AND TUNES

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If you didn’t get enough of the many concerts happening on Friday, head over to Tecnópolis (no, it’s not that far away) for a full day of tunes, food and merrymaking at this year’s installment of Festival Nuestro. Bands including El Kuelgue, Silvina Moreno and Las Pastillas del Abuelo will take over three stages, and there will be plenty of food trucks and a beer patio to provide sustenance during the event.

1 PM – 12:00 AM | Tecnópolis – Av. de los Constituyentes 2201-2299 | AR $1,100 in advance | More Info

VINTAGE OVERLOAD

You could argue that between all the mini backpacks and plataformas, Buenos Aires is already pretty vintage. However, there’s much more retro fashion to discover (maybe we can collectively decide to make leg warmers a thing again). Shop 45 old-school collections at the next installment of Vintage Affaire, and make sure to check out their Instagram for some inspired looks. Neptunia Beer Company will be providing craft beers to help bring out those dance moves for an on-site DJ, too.

3 PM – 7 PM | Casa Azul – Address by Request | Free | More Info

GUITAR GOD

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Guns n’ Roses lead guitarist Slash is coming to Argentina, but it won’t be old hat—he’ll be performing his latest record Living the Dream with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. They’ll actually play two shows—one on Friday at Teatro Gran Rivadavia (sold out), and Saturday at GEBA in Palermo (tickets appear to still be available).

9 PM | Estadio Gimnasia y Esgrima (GEBA) – Marcelino Freyre 3831 | AR $1,400-2,700 | More Info

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH

TANGO FEST

If you like both watching and dancing along to tango, you can have the best of both worlds at the 9th annual Tango Festival located at the Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos (ECuNHi). The event will kick off on Saturday and run until Sunday, but isn’t your average tango festival—10 of the 16 shows of the weekend will be led by women. There will also be an orchestra comprised of 33 female musicians, too.

4 PM | Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos – Avenida del Libertador 8151| Pay-what-you-can | More Info

ARTY PARTY

This dreamlike scape by Argentine artist David Sisso was available at a previous Art&swap exhibition. (Photo via Art&swap).

High art comes with a price, and for many the works on display at fancy galleries produce serious sticker shock. However, what if you could offer something else to pay for an artist’s work? An event called Art&Swap, which celebrates artists from Belgium and Argentina, encourages you to make a deal the artist can’t refuse. Just bring some Post-it notes and a pen to scribble down some of your best ideas, whether it be allowing the artist to babysit your dog, baking them a cake, or even offering up your home. The event runs through the weekend, and includes live music each day as well as Belgian food.

11 AM – 7 PM| MARQ. Museum of Architecture and Design | Av. del Libertador 999 | 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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