Hi there, friends, and well-wishers, and welcome to a new edition of your weekend guide. It’s a new day in Argentina, as now-lame-duck-president Mauricio Macri made his case for a second term and the country let out a collective “eh, maybe let’s not.” Peronism is back, baby! And regardless of how you feel about the outcome – whether you are as excited as every other millennial on my Instagram feed or you have more complicated feelings about the subject – one thing is for certain: Democracy is in good shape in Argentina, and the people made their voices heard.
Now we sit back, anguish for a little bit as the transition proves more complicated than everyone initially thought, and we are flooded with flashbacks to the halcyon days of 2013. Also, pour one out for our video series WTF: Race to the Casa Rosada, which is taking a break for a while. Thanks, Adrian, for all you do.
For now, let’s talk about all the cool stuff to do in the city! And there’s tons of it. Culture, art, music, pride, dressing up, getting blitzed, apologizing profusely — all stages of the party cycle. And though we already had some Halloween events last week – and, uh, the week before that – we have a whole bunch of them now. And who doesn’t love Halloween?!
So without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST
HALLOWEEN IS EVERYWHERE
As promised, we start things off with a whole whack of Halloween-themed events. I remember when Halloween was barely celebrated in Buenos Aires. But as influence from the English-speaking world began to truly seep in, not only did we see a sharp rise in burger restaurants, but people are actually getting into the spirit of All Hollow’s Eve. This is a welcome change. For your convenience, we’ve compiled all the best events in a single article, so head on over to The Bubble‘s Halloween party roundup, where you’ll find spooky stuff to do tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday!
Various times | All over town | More Info
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Break out the flannel and corduroy blazers, because grunge is back, baby! Or, more specifically, the people who were of a certain age range during the heyday of grunge are nostalgic for simpler times, or have simply inherited nostalgia through their parents’ record collection. Whatever the case, head on over to El Emergente to enjoy a night of pained yowling over power chords, courtesy of various live acts as well as a classic playlist of 90s rock hits.
9 PM | El Emergente Bar – Gallo 333 | AR $100 | More Info
DAY OF THE DEAD AT 878
November 1st also happens to be the Mexican Day of the Dead, and what better way to mark this occasion than by attending this awesome Mexican-themed event at 878, with delicious food by Ulúa and alcohol by Jose Cuervo? None. None better way. That’s right, this event is so good that it has rendered us grammatically incompetent.
8 PM | Thames 878 | More Info
MUSIC FESTIVAL AT KONEX
There’s something really special about Konex. It’s one of those places that make you feel instantly cooler just by being there. I could be wearing the squarest Dragon Ball Z shirt and I’d still feel cool at Konex. In fact, people would probably think I’m extra cool! Thankfully, you don’t need to wear ridiculous clothing to feel cool at this event, which is a two-day music festival featuring acts such as Gativideo, La Femme D’Argent, and De la Rivera. Day two is Saturday, and you’ll be able to enjoy live sets by Emmanuel Horvilleur, Lo’ Pibitos, 1915, and Julieta Rada. Do keep in mind that day 1 starts and midnight and day 2 starts at 4 PM.
Midnight | CIUDAD CULTURAL KONEX – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $700 | More Info
LIVE CELTIC MUSIC… WAIT, WHAT?
Let it never be said that The Bubble is not an eclectic publication. We’re not all wild parties, indie rock and grunge. We’re also great admirers of the folk music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. No, really! So jig on over to this cool event where you’ll also be able to buy delicious foods and various wares from the area, as well as enjoy live music and dancing.
7:30 PM | The BA Kings – Montevideo 1938 | AR $400 | More Info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
It’s the pride parade! An outrageous, no-holds-barred, incredibly fun, and most importantly, empowering affair. Embrace your true self without fear of bigotry! And because we’re awesome, we put together another one-stop-shop explainer where we lay out the logistics, activities, and post-event parties you can hit up this Saturday. Check it out here.
From 11 AM | Plaza de Mayo | Free | More Info
POST-PRIDE PARTY – FIESTA LOCA
And we’re putting one of the keepers from the aforementioned explainer in this weekend agenda, because that’s how great this party is. Club Dorado’s Fiesta Loca is the natural progression of the pride march, feeling as much like a continuation as it does an escalation of all the wacky hijinks that inevitably ensue at pride. Dancing! Music! Fabulous outfits! Glitter! No bigots allowed, so leave your various phobias at the door and let loose.
Midnight | Club Dorado Buenos Aires – Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 951 | AR $300 | More Info
NIGHT OF THE MUSEUMS
From Day of the Dead to Night of the Museums! This annual celebration of arts and culture happens all over the city and is always a treat. Museums open their doors to visitors for free, which makes this a great opportunity to enjoy some arts and culture if you’re on a budget. Guided tours, activities, talks, artistic interventions (keep an eye out for Julio Le Parc‘s cool intervention on the iconic Obelisco) and a general appreciation for art that is, frankly, pretty refreshing! Check the website below for details on the various events.
Various times | Various locations all over town | Free | More Info
DAY OF THE DEAD AT THE MUSEUM
Whoa. From Day of the Dead to Night of the Museums to Day of the Dead at the Museum. How many levels deeper is this serpentine word-maze going to go? (The answer is none.) Come on over to the Palacio Noel Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco for a cool art and photography exhibit that is all about the somber occasion. Not only will you get to see an actual Altar of the Dead, but you’ll also be able to try some pan de muerto. We’re not making any of this up. Get to this event for a truly unique experience.
8 PM | Palacio Noel Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco – Suipacha 1422 | Free entry | More Info
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
VINYL RECORD FAIR
Vinyl is all the rage, especially once people realized that digital media made CDs completely pointless as anything other than physical objects, and since vinyl records are both larger and prettier to look at than CDs, they are way more valuable as physical objects. Get thee over to this vinyl fair for deals on records, DVDs, and various other physical media that has been rendered obsolete by the cruel passage of time.
1 PM – 8 PM | Berlina Bunker – Estados Unidos 352 | Free entry | More Info
BUENOS AIRES CELEBRATES KOREA
Another installment of the “Buenos Aires Celebra” series turns its attention to Korea. This is also a kind of belated celebration of Chuseok, an autumnal harvest festival in South Korea. So head on over to Nazca and Avellaneda for stands upon stands of delicious Korean food, traditional dance shows, various artisans, and all kinds of cool stuff.
12 PM – 8 PM | Nazca y Avellaneda | Free entry | 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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