After a full three days of work this week, it is thankfully time again to call it quits. With cooler temperatures rolling in, it’s starting to feel a bit more like autumn, and (dare we say it?) like winter is coming. More grey skies are indeed in the forecast, but don’t let that deter you, as there are plenty of things to do indoors. Tech and music festivals are in the works, as well as concerts, workshops, film marathons, and live theater. For you brave souls who aren’t bothered by the rain, take note — Jane’s Walks will be taking place across the city this weekend! Grab your umbrella, a scarf, and windbreaker, and head out to discover the secrets of BA.
FRIDAY, MAY 4TH
Starting this Friday, the initiative known as ‘Jane’s Walks‘ will be taking place in cities around the globe. Locally led walking tours that invite city-dwellers to engage with the urban landscape in new ways, the walks humanize buildings that one normally doesn’t give a second glance, through delving into each neighborhoods’ unique history. Tonight’s inaugural walk will take place at 7 PM, at the BA Plaza in front of the Obelisco. Jane’s Walks are free and the majority don’t require previous registration — for a full list of the available tours, click here.
7 PM | BA Plaza in front of Obelisco (Av. 9 de Julio and Corrientes) | Free | More info
Hakuna Sonata Orchestra will be playing live this evening at Galpón Artístico de Caballito. Interpreting the scores of some of Studio Ghibli’s greatest films — including My Neighbor Totoro — the evening is bound to be nostalgic, as the group brings the melodies behind the timeless, heartwarming movies so many of us grew up with to life. Tickets to the concert are AR $200 and can be reserved via email ([email protected]).
8:30 PM | Galpón Artístico de Caballito (Avellaneda 1359) | AR $200 | More info
You may or may not have caught on to the fact that a gender neutral form of speaking has been revolutionizing Rioplatense Spanish. A rather recent development, implementing the change is fairly straightforward — instead of ending a noun with a traditional masculine -o, or feminine -a, you just add a gender neutral -e, and voila! instead of amigo or amiga, you’ve got a genderless amigue. Festival Humanes is a queer event that is all about erasing gender. This edition will feature a queer opera performance, a live DJ set, and much more, including a stand where you can get your make-up done, or even (you probably ought to think about it a bit), a tattoo. Pre-sale tickets to the party are AR $100 and can be reserved by emailing El Quetzal ([email protected]).
11:30 PM | El Quetzal (Guatemala 4516) | AR $100 | More info
SATURDAY, MAY 5TH
An introductory workshop to the ancient Indian health system of Ayurveda will take place in SANAR this afternoon. Covering the basics of this millennial tradition, which seeks to harmonize the mind and body through diet and exercise, participants will identify their dominating dosha (body constitution), and learn about the foods and physical activities that are beneficial to balancing it. The value of the course is AR $800, and includes the printed materials, as well as tea and a snack. Register online for the workshop by visiting Delfina Inda’s web-page, and clicking on Me quiero anotar =)
10 AM – 1 PM | SANAR (Lavalleja 549) | AR $800 | More info
The first edition of ‘Byte Footage: Latin American Festival of Identity and the Digital Image’ kicked off in the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) this Thursday. A technological and artistic initiative closely related to Latin American history and culture, the festival examines the power of images, and their unique place in 21st century society. Byte Footage’s main exposition is La imagen arde (The image burns), an international artistic effort located on the CCK’s fifth floor. In addition to the main exhibit, workshops, conferences, chats, and live music will take place in the cultural center throughout the day — the full list of events, including times and locations, can be found at the bottom of the page here.
2 – 8 PM | CCK (Sarmiento 151) | Free | More info
Festival Nuestro will be returning to Tecnópolis for its fourth edition this afternoon. A unique music festival whose mission is to promote lesser known artists, the event will have a total of four stages, similar to Lollapallooza, each dedicated to a different genre of music. This year’s line-up boasts a diverse range of artists, including La Beriso, Ratones Paranoicos, El Kuelgue, Onda Vaga, and Perotá Chingó. Tickets start at AR $800 and can be bought online via Tu Entrada.
12 PM | Tecnópolis (General Paz and Constituyentes ) | AR $800 | More info
Sci-fi fans should be pleased to know that El Cultural San Martín will be the site of a Star Wars marathon this weekend. Those who’d like to see the original trilogy can start with the screening of A New Hope at 4:30 PM, followed by The Empire Strikes Back at 7 PM, and The Return of the Jedi at 9:30 PM. Alternatively, fans who’d like to start with the prequel trilogy can see The Phantom Menace at 4 PM, the Attack of the Clones at 6:30 PM, and The Revenge of the Sith at 8 PM. Tickets to each screening are AR $70, or AR $50 for students and retired persons with valid ID.
4 PM | El Cultural San Martín, Salas 1 and 2 (Sarmiento 1551) | AR $70 | More info
SUNDAY, MAY 6TH
A new installment of Buenos Aires Celebra will be commemorating the Basque Country this weekend. The region, which consists of four Spanish provinces and three French ones, is actually considered a separate nation by many of its inhabitants, and boasts a culture and a language that are quite unlike any other (literally!). Setting up at the intersection of Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar, the event will include traditional Basque music and dance, marionette shows, arts and crafts, food stands, and more. A parade by the Basque collective will kick off the event at noon, starting at Avenida de Mayo and Chacabuco.
12 PM – 6 PM | Avenida de Mayo and Bolívar | Free | More info
In addition to celebrating the Basque community today, Buenos Aires will also be celebrating its Israeli heritage. This particular event, that’ll take place in Plaza Seeber, at the intersection of Sarmiento and Libertador, will be a celebration of the country’s 70th birthday, with traditional music, dance, film, and food to boot. Come and enjoy classic Middle Eastern delicacies like falafel, hummus, and shawarma, as well as knipps and knishes. BA Celebra Israel will be cancelled in the case of rain, and rescheduled for the next Sunday, May 13th.
12 PM – 6 PM | Plaza Seeber (Sarmiento and Libertador) | Free | More info
The May edition of Locura Vegana (or Vegan Craziness in English) will be taking place this Sunday afternoon. Setting up in Abasto neighborhood’s Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca, the food fest is your one-stop-shop for everything from delicious vegan food to cruelty-free cosmetics, accessories, and other gifts. A number of culinary workshops are also scheduled during the day, as well as several drawings. Admission to the fair, as well as to all of the activities, is free, but space is in the casona is limited, so make sure to arrive early.
1:30 – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca (Humahuaca 3508) | Free | More info
Brazilian musician, composer, producer, journalist, and professor Arthur de Faria will be playing with Orkestra do Kaos in the Usina del Arte this evening. Bringing a setlist that is every bit as diverse as de Faria himself, the group will play pop, rock, funk, milonga, and candombe, as well as samba and some experimental pieces. ‘Shaman-poet’ Soema Montenegro will open the performance with songs inspired in landscapes dominated by mountain and forest. Tickets to the concert as usual are free and can be picked up at the Usina del Arte’s box office at 5 PM.
7 PM | Usina del Arte (Caffarena 1) | Free | More info
Artist collective Abanico de Artistas has been organizing rad events since 2016. Specializing in everything from rib-cracking comedic performances to outrageously unforgettable open mikes, tonight the group is putting a combination of clown, music, and theater called DoMiNoChe (that’s short for domingo a la noche). Presenting some of Buenos Aires’ most talented underground artists, the event will take place in Panda Rojo Espacio Cultural. Do yourself a favor and make the most of your last night off — good vibes (and laughs) will certainly abound.
8 PM | Panda Rojo Espacio Cultural (Sarmiento 3096) | Pay-what-you-can | 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]