Well, we’ve reached that time of year—winter is actually coming, and there’s no more Game of Thrones. But before you settle in on the couch to watch the whole series again, consider immersing yourself in another story of royalty that actually happened—the May Revolution. In Argentina, May 25th is a hugely important day that commemorates the country establishing its first local, independent government away from the Spanish crown.
Basically, everyone will be celebrating—you can expect streets to be packed with people soaking up the holiday with the traditional dish locro and perhaps some libations of the alcoholic variety. However, we know it can be a little overwhelming to figure out what to do when there are so many events, so we’ve put together this handy guide.
*A friendly reminder that Saturday is both an official feriado and there is a transport strike planned that will affect subways, trains, buses, ferries, and airlines. Take note and plan ahead!
FRIDAY, MAY 24TH
Instead of plopping down on the couch, put your best party dress, spandex, or mini-shorts and head over to Teatro Vorterix for the always-outlandish and colorful Fiesta Plop! Of course, this week’s edition will have a revolutionary theme, and the event page suggests you probably won’t ever get a chance to celebrate French, Beruti, Moreno and Belgrano with quite the same level of pageantry ever again.
12 AM – 6 AM | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $200 in advance, $220 at the door | More Info
In Buenos Aires, finding home goods at affordable prices is always nice, especially when they look great and aren’t made of cheap plastic. If you’re on the lookout for a kitchen table, chairs, books, rugs, or anything else for your abode, head over to the Gran Barata 15th-anniversary celebration at Usá Usado Remates in Almagro. Browse an array of styles from French, English, Scandinavian, modern and more. Oh yea, and you won’t have issues paying with your card. Talk about buena onda. The sale goes through the rest of the weekend, too.
11 AM – 5 PM | Usá Usado Remates – Bulnes 455 | Free | More Info
Dressing like a regular old human every day gets kind of boring, doesn’t it? Well, this weekend you’ll have the chance to be whoever you want to be. So, dust off that Goku tail hiding in the back of the closet and head over to Argentina’s premier comic convention kicking off on Friday (be sure to check out our full rundown here). You’ll be able to mingle with other cosplay fanatics and catch a glimpse of hundreds of comic book artists and even some actors. Invited actors include The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs, plus Wyatt Oleff and Chosen Jacobs from It. Comic authors Keith Giffen, David Baldeon, Phil Noto, Javier Garron and David Mack are also set to make an appearance alongside hundreds of other Argentine artists, YouTubers and other creatives. The event continues throughout the weekend.
12 PM – 8 PM | Costa Salguero – Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 1221 | AR $750-$1,150 | More Info
SATURDAY, MAY 25TH
There are a lot of incredible restaurants in Buenos Aires that fly under the radar, taking reservations by e-mail and maintaining a secretive vibe. However, closed-door brunch and cocktail experts Anafe will be bringing its creative cuisine to the calle this Saturday to celebrate both the holiday and opening of a new location by hipster bread-bakers Atelier Fuerza. In addition to the traditional locro goodness, you’re invited to chow down on empanadas, torta de ricota, pastries, and lots of wine. Of course, this is just one of many options for celebrating on Saturday, but it looks like a pretty tasty one.
12:30 PM | Fuerza Dos – Delgado 1461 | Food and drink prices vary | More Info
If you’ve ever wished Willy Wonka were real (minus that creepy tunnel) you’re in for a treat. Sofitel Buenos Aires in Recoleta will be hosting El Festival du Chocolat, which features a chocolate buffet alongside sandwiches, hot drinks and sparkling wine. Make sure to reserve your tickets for the event taking place in the The Brick Kitchen in advance. It looks like tickets may be sold out already, but it’s worth sending an e-mail at the link below to see if you can snag one. And if not, there’s another installment on June 1st.
4 PM – 7 PM | Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta – Posadas 1232 | AR $890 adults, AR $490 kids | More Info
If you haven’t heard of Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, perhaps it’s best to just buy a ticket to her show and let it be a surprise. While often compared to other avant-garde artists such as Bjork and Kate Bush, Aurora’s ethereal songs, dance moves and hairstyles are really one-of-a-kind. The artist will be in Argentina for the first time to present her latest record, “Infections of a Different Kind.” Mariano Godoy and Silja Sol will open.
Doors at 7:30 | Teatro Opera Orbis Seguros – Av. Corrientes 860 | From AR $980 | More Info
FUNK AND SOUL
If you’re looking for a way to dance off some of that super pesado food after celebrating on Saturday, head over to El Emergente for a huge funk and soul party that will keep the good vibes going all night long. Sax and guitar player Willy Crook, famous for playing with icons including Charly García and Andrés Calamaro, will headline the event with his band Funky Torinos. Elefunkys, Comunidad Soul and Chanta will also help keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning.
9 PM – 2 AM | El Emergente – 1030 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa | AR $250 in advance | More Info
SUNDAY, MAY 26TH
Even if you go to sleep on Saturday thinking you’ll never eat again, you will. Trust us. However, you’ll probably have too much fiaca to cook something. Instead, head over to La Rural for the latest edition of Food Fest. You’ll be able to take your pick from more than 30 food trucks and stands serving up more than 120 types of eats. And if you hadn’t had enough partying from the day before, DJs and bands will be jamming away while you chow down. The festival will also be open on Saturday, too.
1 PM – 10 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Free | More Info
You’ve already been eating all weekend, so why stop now? You’ve probably had your share of traditional Argentine food, so consider heading over to La Casa del Árbol’s Colombian fair for something a little different. If you’ve been craving lechona, arroz con pollo, torta tres leches and agua de panela, it looks like you’ll be able to find all that and more (like craft fruity cocktails). Colombian vendors and artists will also be selling an array of products. So, gather your parces and get ready for a chévere time.
11 AM – 5 PM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | 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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