Hi there! Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that sort of thing; if you don’t, well, happy Thursday. It’s the start of another weekend, which means we have an exciting batch of new events to recommend to you. And because variety is the spice of life, we have a little bit of everything – a little art, a little culture, a little music, a little joy, and a little horror. Thankfully, we live in a city that has all of this to offer – and more!
So if you find yourself despairing at the incessant passage of time – especially after coming to the realization that December starts this Sunday – just take comfort in the fact that you live in a place with enough options to distract you from the existential dread that, when the end inevitably comes, we’re likely not going to even notice. There’s your happy thought for the week!
Now without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
BUENOS AIRES ROJO SANGRE PARTY
The Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre film festival is one of our favorite things to happen in the city. Heck, we even wrote an entire thing about them last year, and we recommended them as one of our activities for last week. This Friday, they’re throwing a big ol’ party to celebrate the end of this year’s edition, and also the fact that they turn twenty! There will be live music, karaoke, drinks, games, activities, and a lot more. Everything will be tinged with a bit of cheeky horror, because that’s the festival’s spirit. And it’s free of charge! Enjoy!
11:30 PM | La Confitería – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | Free entry | More Info
Depending on how you read the title of this event, it could sound like a weird sex thing. It’s not a weird sex thing! It’s a celebration of that ever-so-Argentine thing: yerba mate. Look, there’s something inherently funny about an entire fair dedicated to yerba mate, but it’s been going on for a while, and people seem to like it. So come on over to La Rural (another free activity for you!) to scope out mate-related talks, mate vendors, mate paraphernalia, and mate everything.
11 AM – 8 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Free entry | More Info
AMOR ELEFANTE ANNIVERSARY SHOW
If you’re not familiar with Amor Elefante, you’re missing out on one of the most fun and interesting bands currently making music in the Argentine indie scene – we included them in our list of top indie bands to check out. And it just so happens that the band is celebrating their tenth anniversary with this show along with Isla Mujeres, Los Reyes Del Falsete, and Susi Pireli, at a beautiful theater. So get acquainted with their work (their latest album is linked above) and then head on over to Xirgu to celebrate along with them.
8 PM | Xirgu Untref – CHACABUCO 875 | AR $250 | More Info
VILLA CRESPO FESTIVAL
Villa Crespo is one of those tragically underrated neighborhoods in the city. It seems to always be relegated to the role of “Palermo’s geeky little brother” (at least that’s the role that we assigned it when we compared Buenos Aires neighborhoods to 80s teen comedy characters). But it’s also an artistic hub with a lot of excellent cultural centers. This neighborhood-wide celebration seeks to highlight this! Check out the full schedule of activities on the link below.
6 PM onward | Various locations in Villa Crespo | Free entry | More Info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH
THE RETURN OF SERGIO PÁNGARO
Sergio Pángaro is a lot of things. A troubadour. A composer. A comedian. A master storyteller. A crooner. But above all, he is an entertainer of the highest order, one of the most dependably fun live acts in town. He’s back with his old band Baccarat and will be performing a set at the sumptuous Sala Siranush this Saturday. Try to say that five times fast. Sumptuous Sala Siranish this Saturday. It’s hard.
9PM | Sala Siranush – Armenia 1353 | AR $500 | More Info
ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL
This excellent event seeks to highlight more than just a single art form – instead, there’s visual arts, there’s live music, there’s freestyle rap, there’s dancing, there’s theater, there’s a lot! The famous Bomba del Tiempo will even make an appearance to bash those crazy drums of theirs everybody likes so much. If you’re looking for a fun, artsy night out, head on over to this party and see all that the city has to offer.
8 PM | Fitz Roy & Cordoba | Free entry | More Info
If you’d rather listen to some pentatonic blues noodling, head on over to Lucille to check out their famous blues night, featuring live performances of the time-honored music genre. Tasty food and tasty guitar licks!
9 PM | Lucille – Gorriti 5520 | Free entry | More Info
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
HERZOG FILM SCREENING
If you’ve been watching the hot new Star Wars show The Mandalorian, you’ve been spending some time with famous German documentarian Werner Herzog (and also, you’re probably using a VPN or something? Or torrenting? How are you getting this show? I want to watch). The filmmaker’s latest film Nómade can’t be watched anywhere in Argentina, either – except for at this film screening, hosted by the kind folks at 7 Veces Más Grande Que La Vida. You’re going to have to message the event to get the details!
4 PM | PM event for address | More Info
WOMAN AND FILM FESTIVAL
Finally for this week, we have this film screening which seeks to put a spotlight on women in film. This is the final night of the festival, and you’ll be able to catch screenings of Los Sonámbulos as well as Claudia Abend and Adriana Loeff’s La Flor de la Vida.
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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