As Buenos Aires gives us a bout of both humid heat and chilly cold, in the space of about 48 hours we’ve been reaching for both the air conditioning and heating. Confused? Not to worry. The weekend ahead looks bright with plenty of sunshine. While we anxiously anticipate the bloom of the jacarandas, there’s plenty of Halloween and Día de los Muertos action to get involved in – Friday, November 2nd is the official Day of the Dead and as we know October 31st fell on hump day this time around. If that hasn’t got you keenly planning your weekend, put your stretchy pants on and fill up on carbs via Buenos Aires’ latest Italian Food Week.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND
Tonight the Bernardino Rivadavia Argentine Museum for Natural Sciences will be holding their very popular educational Halloween festival, Noche de Brujas (in English, witches’ night). A mix of theater, scientific explanations and activities will be taking place – dressing up is obviously encouraged. Theatrical performances will include one about the urban myths of nocturnal birds as well as a part-comedy, part-horror storytelling session led by a dead park ranger. There’ll also be a chance to learn about insects, bats, ants, spiders, and other creepy beings. For kids/adults, there’ll be face-painting and a chance to show off costumes to music in the Dinosaur room. Tickets have now sold out, but a number will be released at the door of the museum at 8 PM – make sure to arrive early!
8 PM-Midnight |Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia – Avenida Ángel Gallardo 490 | AR $100 | More info
If you’re up for a weekend Harry Potter marathon and not much else, head to Centro Cultural San Martín. For the next 48 hours, all eight editions of the popular film franchise will be shown on the big screen. Both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the Chamber of Secrets will be on tonight – clocking in at five and a half hours, it’s a very doable watch for the most committed of muggles.
From 6 PM | Centro Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | AR $50 – $70 | More info
DAY OF THE DEAD
Honoring relatives that have passed on, traditional Mesoamerican Día de los Muertos festivities are a big part of plenty of Latin American nations. Working with the Mexican Embassy, the Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco has crafted a unique exhibition looking at the altar of offerings made to those who have died, as well as different traditions throughout the region. For the opening night, deceased Argentine poet, Alfonsina Storni and Mexican artist Carmen Mondragón have been selected to be honored, while choral music Cantos de Nezahualcóyotl will be performed. Pan de Muerto, a sweet and colorful bread will be available to be tasted.
6:30 PM | Museo Isaac Fernández Blanco – Suipacha 1422 | Free | More info
Back for a new monthly edition of one of their extravagantly out there parties, tonight Mostrafest is hosting cumbia stroke rapper Mala Fama at Palermo Club. The whole night will also be themed around today’s day of the dead celebrations. Best of all if you happen to be a confused extranjero who still hasn’t sorted out their residency paperwork, turn up with your passport and you’ll be granted free entry all night. Tickets can be bought online.
11:45 PM – 6:45 AM | Palermo Club – Jorge Luis Borges 2450 | AR $150 | More info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD
This weekend the 14th edition of Buenos Aires’ Veg Fest will be taking place. With free entrance, documentaries will be screened throughout the day, while a programmed range of talks and workshops will also be taking place. Activists will be taking to the stage, advising you on how to participate in street demonstrations and there’ll also be a focus on how veganism can help improve your health as well as save the planet. More practical workshops on seed germination as well as incorporating algae into your diet will also be available for visitors to drop into. You can reserve your free space online.
10 AM – 8 PM | Regente Palace Hotel – Suipacha 964 | Free | More info
As part of a week-long event dedicated to Brazilian cinema, seven recently released feature films that are yet to be shown in Argentina will be on at the Complejo Teatral. Tonight is the turn of Buey Neon, set in the northeast of the country, the film tells the tale of Iremar who, working in Vaquejadas (a traditional bullfighting sport), lives in the truck that transports the animals from show to show. As the region changes to export textiles, ambitions shift and Iremar begins to dream of becoming a fashion designer. A portrait of rural Brazilian life and of a coming of age tale, it’s well worth a watch.
4 PM / 7 PM | Complejo Teatral – Av. Corrientes 1530 | AR $40 | More info
Reminding us that clothing can be worn for more than five minutes before being thrown out, Eco HOUSE is hosting a used and new clothing fair. Including a chance to buy a sell used clothing sustainable fashion brand Vestí Consciente will also be stalling out. Speaking to us about the dire realities of fashion’s damaging impact on the planet, Zoom Sustentable will be presenting a talk on the lifecycle of a pair of jeans. Visitors are also encouraged to bring clothing they no longer want, which will then be donated to charity. Workshops taking place during the event will include a chance to make a coin purse out of recycled materials as well as test your knowledge on recycling.
2 PM – 6 PM | Eco HOUSE – Arévalo 1557 | Free | More info
If last weekend’s Open House Festival has left you wondering about other architectural gems around the city, today will be a chance to explore exceptional examples of Art-Nouveau and Belle Epoque buildings around the areas of Balvanera, Congreso and Once. Guided by an expert from La Ruta Americana del Art Nouveau the tour will take in around 20 buildings of French, Italian and Spanish origin. Kicking off at the Hotel Savoy and ending at the recently restored Casa Calise, tickets can be bought online. In the case of rain, the walk will take place next Saturday.
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Savoy Hotel – Av. Callao & Perón | AR $433 | More info
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH
Come Wine With Us are back with another one of their pop up wine bar events. Created by sommeliers Sorrel Moseley-Williams and Eugenia Villar, the wine by the glass event is known for its curated selection of unusual wine labels. Taking place in Tegui tonight, it’s always a relaxed and sociable evening aimed at getting people to try alternative wines they may not have heard about beforehand. Just as easy to go to with a group as it is to turn up solo, you have to sign up beforehand and can do so via their site.
6 PM | Tegui – Costa Rica – 5852 | Free | More info
Le Marché, Buenos Aires’ outdoor French food market is the place to satiate all of your croque monsieur, crêpe and quiche cravings. This time taking place in the Plaza República del Perú (next to MALBA), it’ll be the ideal spot to enjoy an outdoor spring picnic. With over 30 stands straight from the city’s best French cuisines, there’ll be ample opportunity to sample everything from an éclair to raclette. Talks led by experts will also take place throughout the day, with Guilab’s Diego Guillén speaking about molecular ice cream.
12 PM – 6 PM | Plaza República Del Perú – Figueroa Alcorta & Salguero | Free | More info
A chance to celebrate both Northern and Southern nations, and the Korean community residing in Argentina, at this BA Celebra street party, there’ll be a particular emphasis on food, which has in recent years undergone a boom in popularity worldwide. You’ll be able to taste kim bab – a rice roll loaded with vegetables and processed food as well as jab chae, fresh noodles with vegetables to name but a few. Counting over 60 stands there’ll be loads of choice of what to eat as well as specialist produce to buy.
10 AM – 8 PM | Av. Avellaneda between Cuenca & Av. Nazca | Free | More info
Ending Semana de la Cocina Italiana, a week that was joyfully filled with nourishing Italian carbs, Usina del Arte will be today hosting a pizza and faina tasting. Totally free of charge – it’s a chance to try a multitude of inventive and flavors without depositing a single peso. Cookery and patisserie classes led by master chefs will also be available throughout the day, so you can attempt to recreate the culinary delights at home. Culturally, there’ll be opportunities to watch Italian movies as well as listen to classical music. Aimed at improving the awareness of Italian culture and customs in Argentina, it’s as good an excuse as any to pig out on pizza.
11 AM – 7 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustin R. Caffarena 1 | 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 at [email protected]