That’s right, folks, we’re back with another heaping serving of weekend fun. And what’s better than a weekend? A long weekend! And what’s better than a long weekend? A long weekend when there’s a bunch of cool stuff going on around town! And what’s better than all of those things? Having a ridiculous amount of money. And because you can’t have everything in life, we’ll have to make do with just the “long weekend with cool events” part.
There’s certainly a lot to be anxious about this month, and the pressure is definitely getting to some of us – some have found strange ways of dealing with this anxiety. This is why it’s important to let loose, have fun, and indulge every once in a while. And this is the service we provide to you on the weekly.
Now without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
BUENOS AIRES FOOD WEEK
We start off with a quick reminder that Buenos Aires Food Week is wrapping up! We’ve already written a guide to some of the awesome restaurants that are participating in the event – you can find that here – but we thought it might be a good idea to remind you to check out all that’s in offer during this glorious gastronomical celebration.
Through October 13th | Various locations across the city | More Info
QUEEN AND LASERS
Who doesn’t like Queen? Who doesn’t like stars? Who doesn’t like lasers? Who wouldn’t love the strange confluence of all these elements? If you’re interested in seeing this strange dance, head on over to the Bosques de Palermo Planetarium where you can see a laser-show, surround-sound tribute to one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time.
9 PM | Av. Sarmiento & Av. Belisario Roldan | AR $200 | More Info
We know how you feel. You’ve seen it all before. You’re tired of the food events. You’re tired of the live shows. You’re tired of the debaucherous parties. You want something new. Something different. Well, we’ve got just the show for you: legendary Japanese musician Yosuke Oda, who specializes in the ancient art of Taiko, will be performing all over Buenos Aires this weekend, starting with a free performance at Centro Cultural Kirchner. Book your tickets online!
8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | Free entry | More Info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
LET’S LOOK AT SOME CATS
Cats! We love them. They’re hilarious to look at, they constantly knock our stuff over, they make strange and unnerving sounds when they’re upset, and they may or may not be planning to murder us in our sleep. We’re caught in a strange symbiotic relationship with them. That’s why we do silly things like putting on a cat fair, where you can actually pay money to gawk at some of the fluffiest, most elegant, and most hilarious-looking of Earth’s creatures.
11 AM | Hotel Presidente – Cerrito 850 | AR $150 | More Info
BATTLES AT NICETO
Battles is one of the most fiercely original bands of the last couple decades, and their music – at times brain-tinglingly abstract and others ferocious and propulsive – makes for a great live-show experience. They’ll be taking over the stage at Niceto this Saturday.
Midnight | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $1,400 | More Info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
Plants! Anybody who has recently moved to a new apartment knows the importance of filling up the cold, empty space of a barren piece of real estate with some plant life. That’s one of the reasons why I’ll be checking out this festival at El Jardín de Doña Rosa, where you’ll be able to purchase cacti, succulents, and various other leafy friends to fill your living space with.
10 AM | Manzanares 3100 | More Info
INDIE MUSIC SHOW
If you’re in the mood for some live music, go to La Confitería – which has turned into one of the best venues for live music in town – to catch a performance by singer-songwriter Carolina Donati as well as 60s-influenced indie-pop ensemble Niños Envueltos.
8 PM | La Confiteria – Av Federico Lacroze 2963 | AR $200 advance, $300 door | More Info
PRE-HOLIDAY PLOP PARTY
I’m not exactly sure why Monday is a holiday – I’ve been in this country for nearly 14 years and I’m barely ever aware of why any feriado is a feriado in the first place – but that’s not going to stop me from enjoying them. The great thing about having Mondays off is that it turns Sunday nights into a kind of “Saturday night redux.” There’s something special about going out on a Sunday night – it kind of feels like you’re getting away with something. And parties such as the legendary Fiesta Plop know how to capitalize on that. This week’s theme is Radio Gaga, so expect vocal acrobatics, elaborate costuming, and irresistible pop hooks.
Midnight | Club Araoz – Araoz 2424 | More Info
GABBA GABBA HEY
There’s a very interesting relationship between the 1970s punk pioneers Ramones and Argentina. They never really experienced commercial success in their home country, but down here they were revered as gods. Some time ago, we wrote a piece about the curious history of the Ramones and Argentina, which you can check out right here. So it makes total sense that, all these years later, there are still Ramones-themed parties happening in town. This one takes place at El Emergente and features performances by Expulsados, Ramonos, and Las Vin Up. Gabba gabba hey.
11:30 PM | El Emergente – Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 1030 | AR $150 | More Info
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
Happy Thanksgiving, eh! Are you Canadian? Do you know any Canadians? Do you have even the slightest bit of appreciation for the True North Strong and Free? Have you ever owned an Alanis Morissette album? Have you enjoyed the work of luminaries such as Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, and Simple Plan? Are you a fan of turkey? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then use this glorious feriado to make your way over to 416 Snack Bar and indulge in a delicious Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey! Garlic mashed potatoes! Maple glazed carrots! Pumpkin pie! A wonderful way to wrap up a long weekend. Come hungry.
8 PM | 416 Snack Bar – Angel J Carranza 1940 | AR $1,750 per person or $3,000 per couple | 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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