This Friday, the 25th of May, marks the first of two national holidays that celebrate Argentina’s independence. For those of you who have studied history, you’ll know it was a slow, but steady process that started with the May Revolution of 1810 — a series of revolutionary events that heralded the beginning of the creation of the Argentine state. Note that at that time there was no formal declaration of independence from Spain — that would come six years later, on July 9, 1816. Today we’re simply celebrating the beginning of that revolutionary process that would lead, in time, to the creation of this country many of us are privileged to call home. (Home, of course, being that place we curse more often than not, but in retrospect tend to remember with plenty of warmness and fondness).
FRIDAY, MAY 25TH
San Telmo will be celebrating the 208th anniversary of the May Revolution today with live music, painting, dance, food, drinks, and more. Activities will kick off around 10 AM, and continue until late into the evening. Orchestras and dancers will descend on Plaza Dorrego, where there will also be shared locro and communal mates (mateadas). Defensa street will be the site of an antique car show, and Chacabuco street (the 800 block) will be holding a book fair. Artist Josie Watson will paint a mural at the intersection of Defensa and Garay, and Bier Life along Humberto Primo (the 600 block) will be throwing a street party. Check out the full breakdown of events online, and plan your day accordingly.
10 AM – 9 PM | San Telmo (numerous locations) | Free | More info
CHOCOLATE & CHURROS
Buenos Aires’ Cabildo Museum will be celebrating the 25th of May bright and early this morning. The museum’s first visitors will receive hot chocolate and churros, courtesy of Marcos Café. Beautiful blue and white cockades (not what you’re thinking) will also be gifted for the occasion. Learn more about Argentina’s revolutionary process as you wander through the Cabildo’s whitewashed rooms — the very place where history happened.
11 AM | Bolívar 65 | Free | More info
The Usina del Arte will be going all out for the first of Argentina’s two birthday celebrations. Food stands featuring regional dishes will, in our opinion, be the highlight. Try a hearty bowl of locro, the thick stew that is one of Argentina’s national dishes, or if you’re not so adventurous, maybe just stick to the empanadas. Tortas fritas, a regional take on what North Americans would call fried dough, will also be among the delicacies. An organic market will also set up, peddling organic produce and specialty goods. While you’re there, enjoy traditional music, theatrical performances, and art exhibits — and hey, if you’re feeling up to it, why not learn one of Argentina’s most iconic folkloric dances, the chacarera?
11 AM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
One of Latin America’s most important contemporary art fairs, arteBA opened in La Rural this Thursday. A treasure trove of both national and international art, the fair showcases the best of the modern art scene, including paintings, sculptures, photography, installations, and more. This year, arteBA will have four thematic circuits: ‘Key Pieces to Begin Collecting,’ ‘The Monstrous and the Absurd,’ ‘360 Degree Fair,’ and ‘Female Artists.’ For anyone feeling overwhelmed, a great way to make the most of the experience is with a guided visit. Half-hour long tours are available from 4:30 – 8 PM Thursday through Sunday, and don’t require previous registration. Admission to the fair is AR $200, with discounts for students and retired persons.
2 – 9 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | AR $200 | More info
SATURDAY, MAY 26TH
Organic market Sabe la Tierra (Taste the Earth) will set up in Plaza Güemes this afternoon. The event — organized by an NGO of the same name — advocates for responsible, conscious consumption, and direct exchange between producers and consumers. In addition to being able to purchase organic fruits and vegetables on-site, market-goers can also treat themselves to something tasty to eat, and sit at one of the many communal tables provided by the organizers. Live music will also take place during the day. Make sure to bring reusable bags!
10 AM – 6 PM | Plaza Güemes (Charcas and Salguero) | Free | More info
Chicken Bros will be teaming up with the Official Liverpool Supporter Club of Buenos Aires this afternoon to present the Champions League Final, Liverpool versus Real Madrid. English chef Ray Pullen has created a special AR $150 menu just for the event, featuring British pub classics like Golden Ale Beer Battered Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas, Scouse (Classic Liverpool Beef Stew with Pickled Cabbage), and Bangers and Mash with Gravy. There will also be a happy hour special on beers from 12 – 6 PM — in order to qualify you must wear your Liverpool jersey, or dress up (as much as you can) in all-red.
12 – 6 PM | Chicken Bros (Thames 1795) | No cover | More info
Boedo cultural club Nivangio will be holding an open figure drawing this evening. For those of you who weren’t art majors, that means a live model will be present at the event to give participants some concrete practice at drawing the human body. The drawing will kick off promptly at 4:15 PM, but you should definitely be there at 4 PM on the dot. The session will be divided into two one hour blocks, with a fifteen minute break in-between. To register for the jam, send a private message to Eliana Cristaldo. The cover to get in is AR $80. Make sure to bring your own drawing materials!
4 PM | Nivangio (Colombres 946) | AR $80 | More info
Hot on the heels of its North American debut, Jason Reitman’s film Tully is showing in Argentine cinemas. An emotionally-charged story ‘about motherhood in 2018,’ the film is a brutally honest depiction of the grueling, thankless work that goes into being a mother. Featuring award-winning South African actress Charlize Theron, Tully exposes the societal pressures that come from being both a mother and wife, and highlights the absolute necessity of taking time for self-care. Part comedy, part drama, Tully is definitely a film for the ages. The movie will be screened in Buenos Aires Mon Amour (BAMA) at 7:10 and 10:40 PM today.
7:10 and 10:40 PM | BAMA (Roque Sáenz Peña 1150) | AR $150 | More info
SUNDAY, MAY 27TH
A photography workshop led by Marcelo Gutman will take place in the Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) this afternoon. Titled ‘Creating with Light,’ the workshop will examine the construction of different kinds of modeling lights, including the best options for paper, black and white, and color photos. The value of the course is AR $400, and includes all necessary materials. Interested participants should sign up previously online, and bring a smartphone or digital camera to the workshop.
4 – 7 PM | MACBA (San Juan 328) | AR $400 | More info
Hystórika, brainchild of director Ramiro Guggiari, is a play about Elagabalas, Rome’s little-known transgender Empress, whose brief rule from 218 to 222 CE was marked by unbridled challenges to Roman tradition and politics. Reviled by the ruling conservative classes of the time, Elagabalas was infamous for hosting over the top parties and orgies, and eventually, at the tender age of 18, she was assassinated by her critics. Hystórika is a satiric ode to this transgender pioneer, halfway between ‘a trans tragedy and a political cabaret.’ The play will show in the Centro Cultural Conti at 6 PM this afternoon. Tickets to the function are free and can be picked up at 5 PM at the Conti’s box office.
6 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
BA Comedy Lab will be presenting a stand up comedy show in English this Sunday at 8:30 PM. Self proclaimed as ‘the best and only English-language stand-up comedy show in Buenos Aires,’ the show’s line-up includes a mix of both rising and established comedians. This edition will feature Eliana La Casa, Xiaoli Go, Tshireletso Mo Mothebe, and Félix Buenaventura. Tickets to the stand up show are AR $200 and can be bought via Alternativa Teatral.
8:30 PM | Multiespacio Korova (Paraguay 4667) | AR $200 | 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]