Can you believe it’s already the weekend? After last Saturday’s holiday and Wednesday’s massive transit strikes, it’s normal if the rhythm of this week seems a little off. And for those of us from the United States, the schedule gets even harder to figure out after hearing friends and family talk about their four-day work weeks following the Memorial Day holiday, aka the official kick-off to summer.
But no matter what, I think we can all agree that we could all use a few more days of rest and relaxation. Even if you’ve already penciled in exciting plans to see the Paseo del Bajo with your own eyes or catching up on some light reading about the history of meteorite thefts in Argentina, make sure to leave room for all the concerts and cultural events happening this weekend. Here’s your cheat sheet.
FRIDAY, MAY 31ST
PUPS N’ SUDS
Need a minute to unwind before committing to any big plans this weekend? We totally understand. If you’re looking for a laid-back way to ease into the weekend, the open-air Patio de los Lecheros in Caballito is always a happening place to enjoy a beer, have a snack (or three), and treat your favorite four-legged friend to a special piece of asado for being such a good boi. Food trucks and stalls sell all types of eats and drinkies, including burgers, seafood, coffee, desserts, craft beers, cocktails, and specialty products like wine. Plus, its location next to an old train station, twinkly lights, and plenty of jungle plants will help level up your Instagram cred before the finde even begins.
12 PM – 12 AM | Patio de Los Lecheros – Av. Donato Alvarez 200 | Free | More Info
Argentine singer-songwriter and actress Juana Molina may be a local, but she has gained a worldwide following by captivating audiences with her experimental blend of folk, electronica, and pop. She’ll be stopping by the capital for a hometown show at the latest installment of Fiesta Clandestina, the party known for its tendency to wind down only when the sun comes up. Supporting her is Bandalos Chinos, whose blend of funky basslines, whimsical vocal melodies, and the occasional saxophone solo combine forces to create a style that begs to be called Rioplatense yacht rock.
Doors at 11 PM | Groove – Av. Santa Fe 4389 | From AR $390 | More Info
You may be familiar with the word guayabo (guava tree) as being Colombian slang for “hangover,” but apparently the word does have some different variations. “In Venezuela, guayabo is an intense spite for the loss of a love,” proclaim the organizers of the Cero Guayabo Festival taking over Club Cultural Matienzo this Friday. This event promises an eclectic mix of more than 30 Venezuelan artists showcasing music, performances, short films and more. Artists include Del Mar a Marte, Del Siervo and Kuámasi y Nuwanliss, plus a DJ set by Polen Locatelli & Kid Navajas.
11:59 PM – 5 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $100 in advance | More Info
SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST
The neighborhood of Balvanera is often overlooked in favor of fancy Recoleta and increasingly hipster Almagro, but it’s full of jaw-dropping Art Nouveau architecture. If you don’t have too much of a guayabo from Friday’s festivities, head over to the neo-baroque Savoy Hotel to start a two-hour jaunt around the neighborhood that will end just in time for brunch. An Art Nouveau expert will guide the group to give some history on more than 20 buildings, including the impressive Casa Calise constructed in 1911.
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Savoy Hotel – Av. Callao & Perón | AR $500| More Info
One of the best ways to get to know Buenos Aires is by taking in local artists’ work, and it’s even better when you have the chance to mingle with them to talk about their way of viewing the world. For a glimpse of the city’s up-and-coming creators, head over to Centro Cultural Recoleta on Saturday afternoon for the latest installment of Feria FUEGA. You’ll find a marketplace of things like illustrations, photographs, stickers pins, and more (check out this video for some scenes of the last event).
4 PM – 9 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More Info
Babasónicos, pushing the boundaries of Argentine rock music since the 1990s, are constantly known for innovating their sound. So, it’s no surprise that they’re planning something a little out of the ordinary for their show this weekend at the massive Hipódromo de Palermo stage. The band has said it will play three, 45-minute acts, which will basically be like seeing three shows in one. While one can probably expect them to play many cuts off the latest record Discutible, the event page also mentions “many surprises” and the stage being a “mutant space.”
6 PM | Hipódromo de Palermo – Av. del Libertador 4101| AR $1,320-4,400 | More Info
The Festival de Afrobeat Independiente will continue celebrating its five-year anniversary with the second of two birthday parties this weekend at JJ Circuito Cultural. The show is free all night long and will showcase four bands dedicated to this genre known for big percussion sessions and influences spanning across the soul, funk and jazz genres. The bands BAP, Badóh Negro, Tam Tam Afrobeat and Luka Afrobeat Orquesta will perform, as well as DJ Tercermundista and VJ Gonzalo Zarba.
10 PM | JJ Circuito Cultural – Jean Jaures 347 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND
While it’s tempting to grab the remote and reach for the first thing on the Netflix home menu, it’s worth going beyond your comfort zone every once in a while to take in some independent cinema. This weekend, consider checking out one of the 74 films, documentaries, animations, and short films in the latest installment of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos (FICDH). The 18th edition of the fest, which runs through June 5th, will focus on works dedicated to telling stories about the rights of children and adolescents. On Sunday, for example, check out the short documentary Las Aspirantes at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (the info below is for that movie, but check out the link to see the full festival schedule). The fest features works from 24 countries shown at several different places: La Alianza Francesa, El Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, El Centro Cultural de la Ciencia C3, and El Centro Cultural General San Martín.
8 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. del Libertador 8151 | Free | More Info
You’ve probably heard tango a few times here in Buenos Aires, but what about traditional Portuguese music? The Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK) will host the Festival de Fado this weekend, which is dedicated to the genre of the same name. In addition to several concerts spanning over a few days, you’ll be able to find conferences and cinema dedicated to all things fado. On Sunday, Portuguese singer Carminho will play alongside classical and Portuguese guitars as well as acoustic bass.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | 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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