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What to Do This Weekend in Buenos Aires: November 16th Edition

The Bubble's signature, eclectic guide to making the most of your weekend.

By | [email protected] | November 15, 2018 2:32pm

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There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving work on a Friday knowing full well that a glorious three-day weekend awaits, and this time around we’re in luck since Monday, November 19th marks the celebration of Argentina’s National Day of Sovereignty, giving us plenty of time to pontificate on the importance of self-governance as well as obviously enjoy an extra lie-in. Luckily, there’s plenty to keep us busy with. Along with our usual diverse offering of fun and games, this weekend marks Buenos Aires’ 27th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and the last chance to see internationally recognized names perform at the Jazz Festival. See you there!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

TERROR

Uncovering the urban legends and sinister secrets of one of Buenos Aires’ most upscale and prestigious barrios, Recoleta, local tour group Turistearte BA will be leading a walk around the hidden corners of the neighborhood. Using actors who seemingly pop out of nowhere, the tour successfully brings the area around the celebrated cemetery to life and dispels plenty of rumors. The evening will also include stops to three different beer bars, (each of the three drinks are included with the ticket) allowing a pause for quick pick me up in each one. Spots should be reserved beforehand.

8 PM – 10:30 PM | Address given upon booking | AR $420 | More info

See Zomboy perform tonight at club The Bow. (Photo via Dancing Astronaut).

PARTY

Hype BA, one of the capital’s favorite electronic music parties (best known for their hip-hop, house, trap and EDM nights at Kika) will be hosting bass music extraordinaire Zomboy tonight at Costanera based boliche The Bow. With over a billion streams on YouTube alone, it’s safe to say that British born Zomboy has been a sensation in the pioneering bass music world. Having sold out concert dates in both North America and Europe, it’s about time he should be on Argentine turf. Canadian DJ and producer of underground bass and dubstep, FLIX will also be supporting the night. Tickets can be bought online.

Midnight – 6 AM | The Bow – Punta Carrasco, Av. Costanera Norte & Sarmiento | AR $850-1,000 | More info

STORYTELLING

First-Hand Buenos Aires and Disconnect Argentina will be jointly hosting their popular English storytelling evening today at Sheikob’s Bagels. With this month’s theme being something all of us can relate to – bad decisions – get ready to hear hilarious anecdotes and spectacular fails that help us all feel a little more human. Including tales told by between four and six storytellers, should you feel a surge of inspiration, members of the audience are encouraged to take to the stage. For those who prefer to sit at the back and anxiously avoid any kind of audience participation, there’s no pressure to get up and perform.

8 PM – Midnight | Sheikob’s Bagels – Uriarte 1386 | Free | More info

Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be exploring the identity and heritage of Afro culture in Argentina. (Photo via Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti). 

AFRICA

Celebrating African culture and identity in Argentina, the fifth edition of Festival Mandinga will be taking place over the weekend in the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Including recitals,  performances, live music, debates, dance recitals and workshops the three-day festival will be jam-packed with opportunities to explore more about this often underrepresented identity in Argentina. Highlights include an African percussion workshop, interactive performance Negra, negra, negra soy and a chance to talk about feminism within the Afro-Argentine community.

7:30 PM – Midnight | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti | Free | More info

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

Traditional Armenian dance will feature in the latest edition of BA Celebra. (Photo via Buenos Aires Ciudad).

ARMENIA

For all those of us who love a bit of Armenian cuisine (read Sarki’s), today’s BA Celebra Armenia street party is the place to be. Offering up plenty of foodie treats, over 30 stalls will be out in force to keep bellies full and cravings satisfied. Expect to find Shish kebab, lahmajoun (thin dough topped with minced meat), crowd-pleasing shawarma and desserts like chorek (Armenian style brioche), and customary coffee. As well as these tantalizing treats, traditional dance and music will be performed throughout the afternoon. In honor of Armenia’s national sport, a spectator-friendly chess tournament will be taking place. If the storm clouds do roll in and the heavens open (again) the event will be postponed.

12 PM – 8 PM | Av. Libertador & Av. Sarmiento | Free | More info

ENTREPRENURIAL BRUNCH

A chance to eat an indulgent Asian-style brunch and do some networking with likeminded women, this year’s final edition of Ladies Brunch will be on today. Taking place at Palermo restaurant El Quinto, the invited inspiring guest speaker will be Valeria Kechichian, the co-founder of Longboard Girls Crew, a community and NGO that promotes longboarding for women. Including a welcome Aperol Spritz drink upon arrival, the menu will include delicacies like Vietnamese pancakes, sushi, fresh spring rolls, and matcha green tea cheesecake. For drinkers of vino, Bodega Lagarde will be providing wines. You can reserve your spot online.

12 PM – 3:30 PM | El Quinto Palermo – Costa Rica 6020 | AR $950 | More info

Grab a few discount pints at the citywide celebration of beer bars. (Photo via La Noche de la Birrerías).

BEER

Proving Buenos Aires’ recent boom in craft beer bars is still absolutely a thing, tonight La Noche de las Birrerías will be in full swing. With participating bars all over the city in barrios like Caballito, Colegiales, San Telmo and Villa Crespo, Palermo will of course also have plenty of classic haunts like Antares, Temple Bar, and Growlers taking part. Requiring a little bit of pre-planning, those going will need to visit the webpage and pay for the pints they like the look of beforehand. All priced at 50 percent of the regular rate, QR codes will then be mailed to the purchaser who will then have to show them to the bartender. A bit of a hassle, yes, but well worth half price beer in our eyes.

7 PM – 2 AM | Various locations | From AR $55 | More info

FAIR

Feria COAS de las Naciones – Buenos Aires’ popular and annual fair that shows off the cream of the crop of worldwide fashion, design, and art is back on this weekend. Pulling in over 100,000 visitors last year, it’s always a hit with those who like to shop. This time around names like Gandhi, India Mystica, and Gerlon will be showcasing clothing and accessories alongside Casa de Pakistán and Artsesanías de América who will be bringing artisanal goods to the fair. If you’re too lazy to head to La Rural where it’s being held, there’ll be online shopping options available too.

1 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $50 – 100 | More info

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

Check out the sheer variety of sausage and bread combinations available at this year’s festival. (Photo via Festival Choripán).

CHORIPÁN

Locos for porteño staple street food choripán will find a whole festival dedicated to the humble sausage and bread snack today. Showing off the diversity of this now rather gourmet meal, over 40 stands offering a staggering 80 different varieties will all be ready and waiting for passers-by. Favorite parrillas and restaurants like La Cabrera, La Dorita and of course Chori will all be taking part in the celebration. Right by the river in Vicente López, there’ll also be ample opportunity to sip on a cocktail or dig into a dessert.

6 PM – 1 AM | Urquiza & El río | Free | More info

MEDITATION

While Argentina may constantly leave us in a state of anxiety and panic, there’s not much we can do apart from taking a deep breath and trying not to go insane.  Today Lumine will be hosting a Nidra Yoga session at Casa Obsidiana. Known as a powerful relaxation tool, the yoga style focuses on leading participants into a conscious relaxation state, ignoring outside stimuli and focusing on their inner world. Holding practitioners in the state between sleep and being awake, it’s known to bring a sense of calm and stillness to those who try it out. In other words, if you always look forward to the ‘nap’ (Savasana) at the end of each yoga class, this one’s for you. Tea will be served at the end of the session for those who need a moment to process the experience. Spaces are limited and should be reserved by emailing [email protected]

5 PM | Casa Obsidiana – Reconquista & Lavalle | AR $350 – $400 | More info

FESTIVAL

Today Festival de la India Espiritual will be taking place in both Plaza Coronel Díaz and Plaza Francia. From 2 PM in Coronel Díaz there’ll be a parade of floats as well as deities, a chance to see bold and colorful Indian dancing, mantra chanting will also be taking place. Over in Plaza Francia, around 3,000 free vegetarian and vegan meals will be given out (arrive early) and spiritual theater will be performed. Live conscious music will also be played giving the Plaza a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

2 PM – 8 PM | Various locations | Free | More info

STREET PARTY

Taking over the street and filling the open air with the sounds of cachengue, Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca will be hosting an all-day and night street party. Inviting everyone to come down for a dance, throughout the day plenty of performances will be taking place including local murgas and tango dancers. Diverse and with something for everyone, collective poetry sessions will be happening throughout the day and screenings of short documentaries on cumbia are also scheduled.

2 PM – Dawn| Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca – Humahuaca 3508 | Free | 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 [email protected]