Hooray! It’s that time of week again when we all mentally check out of work and start planning what we’ll be doing with our days of freedom. With an extra day off in honor of the Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural, it’ll be a weekend free of the Sunday scaries and an extra chance to soak up some spring sunshine before the temperatures climb to be more than a little uncomfortable.
If you didn’t get your act together and book that long weekend outside of the city, you’re in luck – with so much to choose from and so many bolsillo-friendly activities there’s no better time than now to be hanging out in our favorite Ciudad de la Furia.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Whether you know your samba from your salsa or you’re more inclined to dad dancing, Buenos Aires’ 2018 Festival of Contemporary Dancing is a chance to see world-class performances as well as pick up a few moves yourself. Offering open classes across the city as well as free shows involving the startling number of 567 invited artists, the festival kicks off at Teatro San Martín with contemporary ballet Hasta Siempre. For something a little more on the experimental side, head to Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo for Brazilian production Mientras las comas no se completan, which promises to explore the link between body, object, and otherness (Deeeeeep). The full schedule can be viewed here.
Various start times | Locations throughout the city | Free | More info
Suitably celebrating Argentina’s feriado in honor of cultural diversity, Argentina’s National Orchestra, Juan de Dios Filiberto and the Coro Nacional de Jóvenes will be playing a concert dedicated to love for the Americas, Amor América. The main vocal performance was composed by Argentine Martín Palmeri and is based on Chilean literary icon Pablo Neruda’s tenth book of poems Canto General. Performed at the Centro Cultural Kirchner’s glorious Salón Sinfónica, the concert is free but will require prior inscription either online or in person at Sarmiento 151.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | Free | More info
Often falling in the shadow of neighboring tourist hubs and cultural heavyweights Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay is now proving that it too can pack in a punch when it comes to the silver screen. Organized by Grupo Paraguay, an initiative that aims to draw exposure to underrepresented arts in the country, tonight, the shortish 64-minute-film Tren Paraguay will be screened. Analyzing the effect of the disintegration of the rail network and its countrywide impact, the film consists of interviews with those it affected the most as well as some stunning shots of abandoned infrastructure and beautiful landscapes which will no doubt make you want to explore this often forgotten country a bit more.
7 PM | Facultad de Ciencias Sociales – UBA – Santiago del Estero 1029 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
Engrudo, San Telmo’s alternative pay-what-you-can performing arts festival is back on this weekend with ten sparkling new plays added to its agenda. Tonight’s highlights include Tiper Tap, a story of five female typists all fighting for rights during the 1940s in Argentina. Another piece is Visite Argentina which will essentially be a humorous presentation of why the cynical visitor should visit the country. To close the evening, invited DJs will be playing free sets.
From 8 PM | Teatro Mandril – Humberto Primo 2758 | Pay what you can | More info
Aiming to minimize the exclusivity surrounding purchasing high-quality contemporary art, BADA (Buenos Aires Directo de Artista) is back this weekend with an art extravaganza of 250-plus local artists all exhibiting their most recent pieces. An opportunity to discover emerging talent on the Argentine scene, well-known artists like Milo Lockett and Eduardo Hoffmann will also be taking part in the show. As part of their mission to make art more accessible to a wider audience, all artists are asked to exhibit ten small pieces under the value of AR $3,500. Perfect for simply mooching too, artists will be on hand to talk about their work and offer insights into their projects.
2 PM – 9 PM | La Rural – Avenida Sarmiento 2704 | AR $200 | More info
Drawing in a glowing list of international authors, the tenth edition of literary festival Filba is set to be the most diverse yet. Comprising an extensive agenda of readings, workshops, and performances, the whole festival is free and an opportunity to get up close to literary big guns like David Leavitt and Irvine Welsh. Besides the international guests, around 100 local authors will be participating, too. From heavier talks at MALBA to an outdoor poetry performance, tonight’s headline event will be a DJ set led by Irvine Welsh at Niceto nightclub. Note that most events require signing up to in advance.
From 11 AM | Various Locations | Free | More info
Almagro-based art bar Puerta Medrano will be hosting comic performance Salón Comedor tonight. Making humor out of the mundane, the work is based upon comic events that could take place in any kitchen or dining room. Exploring how much effort people will put into feeling happy, the play tackles themes like high expectations, love, and fear, with the idea being that both the characters and comedy are relatable. Performed alongside the cultural space’s very own kitchen, be sure to grab something to picar during the show. Places can be reserved in advance.
9 PM | Puerta Medrano – Medrano 688 | Pay what you can | More info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta will be hosting a sustainable products fair today, so in the ever-relevant words of fashion mogul Vivienne Westwood, “buy less, choose well, make it last.” In a bid to do their bit to save the planet from falling into a pit of flames, the fair hopes to reduce the use of throwaway non-recyclable materials. A group of locally based independent designers and business owners will be stalling out for the day, showcasing their sustainably made goods. With products that range from lamps made with recycled materials to educational toys, please turn up with your own shopping bag and avoid asking for a plastic one.
2 PM – 6 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
This weekend, the indoor Belgrano market will be hosting a special event for all caffeine addicts. As well as offering the usual fresh produce and gourmet food found in the market, the day will be a chance to learn about the journey of the humble coffee bean. Journalist and coffee buff Sommelier de Café (Nicolas Artusi) will be leading a talk on all things caffeine and later on, there’ll be a workshop led by coffee makers illy. If all the talk of caffeine is leaving you with the jitters, a cooking workshop will be led by chef Chantal Abad. Totally free, the event won’t be canceled in the event of a downpour.
10 AM – 7 PM | Av. Juramento 2527 | Free | More info
Spreading the wise words of Borges and using his theories to answer to the many existential crisis that we and Argentina face, Villa Crespo-based Club Cultural Matienzo will be hosting a session led by Diego Singer to explore the famed author’s thoughts on aesthetics and metaphysics – questions around being, existence and reality (you know, the usual shoptalk). Open to all, it’ll be a pay-what-you-can sort of affair and aims to educate without the preconceived exclusivity that surrounds philosophy. For a chance to explore the thoughts and teachings of a verified Argentine legend, make sure to arrive early and secure your spot.
9 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Pay what you can | More info
To celebrate three years of bringing video game tournaments and festivals to BA, group Retro Start is hosting a special anniversary party. Across three floors of the Centro Galicia, there’ll be large-scale gaming tournaments taking place, with opportunities to play against other gaming fanatics on Xbox and PlayStation. If you’re not much of a competitor, there’ll be an 80s/90s retro arcade experience including classics like Pinball and Rockola. Era-appropriate music will be played to make the experience all the more immersive.
10 AM – 8 PM | Centro Galicia de Buenos Aires – Bartolomé Mitre 2552 | AR $100 – $160 | More info
No school or work tomorrow means time to take advantage of a Sunday that’s not ruined by end of weekend blues. Argentine rock and metal music band FRATER will be taking to the stage tonight in The Roxy La Viola Bar. Formed in 2008, the band will be proudly presenting their album Into The Light, a reflection on their unique journey so far and their expectations for the future. Also invited to perform are groups Transmutar and Protus. An alternative to a depressed Sunday evening spent choosing what to watch on Netflix, be sure to buy your tickets online in advance.
7 PM | The Roxy La Viola Bar – Av. Cnel. Niceto Vega – 5542 | AR $200 | 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]