So, who’s ready for the second weekend of the week? We know—it’s hard to come back to work for two more days after spending the feriado relaxing in the plaza and sending that Justin Timberlake meme to every contact we can find in our phones (spoiler alert: It’s officially May). Some took advantage of the free day to catch up on some reading from the Feria del Libro, where books fell into two noticeable categories when we checked it out last Sunday: Those that are blue and penned by a particular Argentine politician displayed in sweeping fashion, and all of the other ones.
Hopefully the midweek respite allowed you to save some energy for the actual weekend, which features several multi-day festivals. The book fair is still running, and food events such as the Apetito food festival, BA Food Week and the Semana de la Coctelería will help you power through a packed schedule of concerts, art events and fairs. Ready? Let’s see what’s happening.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
One of the best things about Buenos Aires is that it brings together creative people from all different disciplines, and Friday presents a unique opportunity to see the latest projects all in one place. Studio 14/31 is hosting a pop-up store of brands from local makers in the afternoon at a space in Almagro, which will be followed by live music and a DJ set. The shop will continue on Saturday alongside talks and a cocktail party.
3 PM – 10 PM | Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas | Tucumán 3754 | Free | More Info
Another great thing about Buenos Aires is its wealth of free concerts and events, and this weekend is no exception. Indie fans looking for a free show to start off the weekend are in luck. Camping’s cool-kid terrace will host Isla de Caras on Friday night, a Buenos Aires-based band whose chill electronic pop sound has been likened to that of the XX.
9 PM | Camping | Av. Pueyrredón 2501 | Free | More Info
If you’re looking to start out your weekend with a little more oomph, the place to be on Friday is Teatro Flores for the Bizarren Miusik Parti. The latest installment of the long-running party known for festive touches like clowns and spinning plates will feature music from Banda XXI and Amar Azul, and will feature “extravagant surprises” according to its hosts.
11 PM – 6 AM | Teatro Flores | Av Rivadavia 7806 | AR $350 in advance | More Info
If you’re an indie fan and not hanging out at Camping, you’ll probably end up at Niceto bopping your head to two more Buenos Aires-based indie bands: Barco and Un Planeta. You can expect an upbeat mix of jangly, shimmering guitar riffs and keys that will bring your weekend the buena onda it needs.
8:30 PM | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $350 in advance, AR $500 day of show | More Info
TANGO AND CUMBIA
If indie really isn’t your thing (or just need a change), head over to JJ Circuito Cultural for a party that will bring together both tango and cumbia grooves under one roof. The event will feature music from Los Gedes del Tango, Quinteto Buscarroña and Hijos del Monte.
12 AM – 6:30 AM | JJ Circuito Cultural | Jean Jaures 347 | AR $80 in advance, AR $100 at the door | More Info
SATURDAY, MAY 4
If rocking a mini backpack, butterfly clips, and plataformas just doesn’t feel the same without the tunes of the era to match, don’t worry—Usina del Arte promises to take you on a time warp that will take you right back to those simpler times when a day’s work revolved around taking care of Tamagotchis. The popular arts space will host a 12-hour party spanning three decades, starting with 80s grooves and ending in the 2000s. The event will be full of nostalgic activities, live bands, talks about pop culture, a fair full of retro goods, and dance floor to end the evening showing off your favorite middle school moves.
12 PM – 12 AM | Usina del Arte | Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
We’re all glued to Instagram nowadays, but sometimes it can be nice to experience photography in a more analog way. For a who’s who of the independent photography scene in Buenos Aires, head over to Chacarita on Saturday night for the eighth edition of the Fotoferia FARDO. More than 20 photographers will be presenting their work, along with independent publishers, audiovisual projects and live music.
7 PM – 11 PM | El Taller de Omar | Fitz Roy 1245 | More Info
Feria TransFem will be hosting the second edition of its artist fair in Villa Crespo. In addition to hand-crafted objects such as pins, crochet items, stickers and jewelry, the event will feature artist expositions, lectures and bands. Some of the artists include camilo dibuja, Loto Mutante, Ego.png, Manoff and Sadavada.
6 PM – 12 PM | Cooperativa Cultural Qi | Thames 240 | Free | More Info
If you didn’t get your dose of shows on Friday, indie darlings Las Ligas Menores will be at Konex to play tracks from their latest album, Fuego Artificial. The group will play a hometown show before heading out on an international tour of Spain and Latin America. Laptra labelmates Bestia Bebé will be opening with their signature high-energy, fuzzy guitar jams.
12 AM | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131 | AR $348 | More Info
SUNDAY, MAY 5
Buenos Aires is a truly walkable city, but often we stroll through it in a hurry with headphones on while trying to grab the Subte. This weekend, Jane’s Walk Buenos Aires presents a unique chance to meet new people on guided walks of several barrios, which all feature specific topics such as graffiti in Palermo and the aristocratic history of Recoleta. The walks will take place at either 11 AM on Sunday, or 4 PM. These walks, which honor journalist Jane Jacobs, will take place in more than 220 cities around the world.
A GOOD RUN
For a more fast-paced start to Sunday, the ASICS Golden Run will be taking over the Bosques de Palermo. Runners have the choice of 10 or 21 km races, and will take place rain or shine. Make sure to check the link below to see current prices and if there are still spots available.
7:30 AM | Bosques de Palermo | Av. Sarmiento & Alcorta | AR $690-850 | More Info
If you’re looking for some good local eats and home goods made by Buenos Aires locals, the Feria de Buenos Aires Alternativa will be serving up an array of eclectic products this Sunday. You’ll find all of the good stuff here—candies, cheeses, wines, honey, beer, clothes, plants, stationery and more. The event will also feature a patio of foods to keep you full while browsing.
12 PM – 6 PM | Espacio Cultural Adán Buenos Ayres | Av. Eva Perón 1400 | Free | More Info