This one is dedicated to all of the moms and mom fans out there. Put on some TuPac, call the best mom you know, and head out for a weekend that is full of options to show your appreciation. If mom’s not up for the adventure or is too far away to participate, get out there and show her that she created a human with a real talent for finding a good time. Here are your options:
Friday, October 14th
We know tickets are steep, but we’d be omitting crucial information about your weekend possibilities if we didn’t include the BUE Festival in our list. Taking over Tecnópolis, the epic music festival will fill three different stages with a pantheon of bands to check off of your bucket list. Where else can you experience Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, and Bomba Estéreo in the same weekend? Pore over the list of attendees here, and get ready to brave the crowds for a worthwhile music extravaganza. Tickets start at AR $1100 and you can (and should) get them in advance here.
Tecnópolis | Av. de los Constituyentes | 6:30 PM – 3:00 AM
There’s nothing like a collection of nude paintings to solicit attention. Desnudos – Muestra Colectiva de Pintura will be bearing all at the Espacio Cabrera, and taking you through contemporary versions of the aesthetic interpretation of the human body. Twelve different artists have come together under this naked umbrella, and their works will be accompanied by DJ Nacho Diaz’s musical stylings. You can browse the profiles of the painters here before heading to Cabrera to witness how they feel about bodies. The event is free to attend as long as you register here beforehand.
Espacio Cabrera | Cabrera 3641 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Take advantage of Friday’s full moon with a guided visit through the Vicente Lopez wildlife sanctuary by its light. The municipality, in conjunction with Arbol del Sur, is hosting this after-hours walking tour to seek out the critters that only come out at night. All you need to bring for your moonlight exploration are comfortable shoes and a coat, in case the weather turns on you. The tour is free, but make sure you register to attend here and show up on time!
Reserva Ecológica Vicente López | Paraná and Eduardo Ramseyer| 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
We promise we’re not trying to empty your wallet on purpose, but we would seriously be at fault if we failed to mention that the former frontman of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach, will be playing a live show right here at the Teatro Flores. Heavy metal fans and Gilmore Girls fans unite! The hard-core rocker will be lighting up the stage with a setlist of his greatest hits, and tracks from his latest album Give ‘Em Hell. Come check out the talent who is likely the only guy in the world who can go from singing metal, to guest starring on SpongeBob. Tickets will run you AR $800 and you can get yours here.
Teatro Flores | Av. Rivadavia 7806 | 7:00 PM
Looking for a heavy dose of comedy and locally grown sass? Local director Julián Arenas’ witty gay themed
sass-fest play Cruising Reloaded is having its last showing at Teatro Porteño. A true break from the more formulaic gay theater in this town, Cruising has wit, heart, and more than its fair share of dreamy looking actors. Tickets are AR $200 online or at the door.
Teatro Porteño | Av. Corrientes 1660 | 11:00 PM
Matienzo also wants to make a bid for your musical attention with a Los Mutantes del Parana and Churupaca double bill. The two folksy, experimental groups will be headlining the cultural center’s Friday night party, and it’ll only cost you AR $110 to secure your spot in the audience. Marking the release of their latest albums, the bands promise to “take you on an auditory journey,” and “unite different musical universes.” The show itself starts at 11:45 PM, but the center opens its doors earlier so you can take advantage of their artsy vibe and enjoy a pre-concert treat at their bar.
Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249 | 11:45 PM – 2:45 AM
Although there’s no promise of the schadenfreude style entertainment from a Simon Cowell-like judge, BAIS Got Talent will definitely be a show worth attending. If you’re dying to get your talent out there for the world to see, there may still be time: shoot an email to [email protected] with a description of your talent and any relevant photos or videos to sign up. If you’re more comfortable on the side of the entertained, register here for a free night of talent judging fun. The top prize for participants will be a free trip on BAIS’s dime, so come try your luck or cheer on your favorites.
Casa BAIS | Ayacucho 1571 | 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Experiencing cumbia and tango fatigue? Buenos Aires se viste de Salsa is here to turn your attention to salsa’s party potential. Head to La Quince Espacio for a night of the seductive genre, whose origins actually trace back to New York City. There will be two live orchestras to accompany your evening, and DJ Charlie el Malo de Caracas will be picking up the slack once they’re done playing. With a name like that, how can you not entrust him with your dance moves? Tickets are AR $70 until 1:00 AM, AR $100 afterwards, and can be purchased at the door.
La Quince Espacio Cultural | Av. Corrientes 5426 | 11:30 PM – 5:00 AM
Mostrafest is feeling the Halloweeny, full moon vibe, and bringing you a “dress code darks,” evening. Don’t miss this chance to wear your choicest black pieces at once, and lay the eyeliner on thick. Live guest Leevon Kennedy will round out the night’s theme, bringing her self-proclaimed clairvoyant talent to the mix. Keep it spooky with go-go dancers galore, four DJs, and an open bar until 2:00 AM. Tickets are AR $100 and you can get them in advance here.
Palermo Club | Jorge Luis Borges 2450 | 11:45 PM – 7:00 AM
Saturday, October 15th
UBA de Pie is hosting a day-long forum in defense of public universities, and you’re invited. The rally will highlight the importance of the institution of public higher education by bringing together faculty, administration, students, alumni, and supporters of the cause. Come listen to speakers and join the debate at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas. There is no charge to make your voice heard, and no need to sign up to participate.
Facultad de Ciencias Exactas | Intendente Güiraldes 2160 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Not sure what to get for the mother that has everything? How about a Japanese themed gift? Hanami Events is hosting a special Mother’s day edition of Japon Made in Argentina where you can score one of a kind gifts for mom (or yourself). The market will feature the latest in Japanese design and of course, Japanese treats to keep your hunger at bay while you up your gift game. There’s no entrance fee, but bring enough cash to make your shopping (and eating) dreams come true.
Eventos Hanami | Medrano 1230 | 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Whether you’re already a comic book fan, or you’re simply exploring the possibility of taking on a new hobby, the Viñetas Sueltas festival will likely satisfy your needs. The event will include presentations, lectures, workshops, and artists selling their best stuff. There’s no charge to attend and Saturday’s agenda is full of intriguing events, like a lecture titled Schizophrenia, Comics, and Anthologies. Come for insight into the minds behind the creation of your favorites, and stick around to augment your collection.
Palais de Glace | Posadas 1725 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
BAPhoto is back at La Rural for a four-day homage to frozen images. The massive event specializes in Latin America’s most important achievements in photography. Most importantly, Saturday’s lineup brings another chance to find something special for your favorite mom. The Feria Tijuana de Arte Impresa is taking over part of the Rural to bring you the best in printed art. Several local and international artists and publishers will be in house to show off their top-drawer photo books and essays. You can look through the complete list of attendees and their websites here to pick your present in advance. Tickets for the whole ordeal are AR $120 and can be purchased at the ticket office.
La Rural | Av. Sarmiento 2704 Pabellón 8 | 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
To the races! Dust off your fancy hat and your binoculars, because you’re excuses to not experience a race at the Hipódromo are no longer valid. Bais is assembling a crew to accompany you on your derby themed adventure, and your afternoon of excitement is totally free (barring impromptu decisions to bet on a horse). No need to sign up, just show up at the meeting point to solidify your fancy status, and be a small part of the history of a venue that’s been around since 1876.
Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo | Av del Libertador 4101 | 3:00 PM
We know we had you spending all your hard earned money on Friday night, so we’re here with the Centro Cultural Carlos Gardel to make it up to you. They’re hosting a free Mega Encuentro de la Música de Brasil, which is sure to make you wish you got to spend more time in our northerly neighboring country. The evening will feature singer, guitarist, and composer, Héli, who’ll be tearing it up with all of the hits from her latest album, Brasil Deluxe. You can check out her Facebook page for the inside scoop on the artist and clips of her in action.
Centro Cultural Carlos Gardel | Olleros 3640 | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
With all of the madness that is going on in the world lately, sometimes laughter is the only medicine. Make it a priority with Clap! Stand Up at the Cavern Club. They’re bringing you the comedy duo, Ricardo Bisigniano and Diego Sacco to take your mind off of anything and everything that isn’t hilarity. The club has plenty of food, and alcoholic beverages in case they’re brand of funny doesn’t coincide with yours. If you’re actually concerned, here’s a taste of Diego Sacco on Hora de Reir, to try it before you buy it. Tickets start at AR $150 and can be purchased at the door.
Cavern Club | Av. Corrientes 1662 | 10:30 PM
For your evening libations, check out one of Palermo’s hippest bars, Congo, for their “Gala” themed evening. Gala, you say? Well, sort of. The bar is rolling out the red carpet for singer and actress, Sofía Gala, who will be headlining the evening. The combination of good grub, fun drinks, and Gala’s dulcet tones is the perfect beginning (or end if you’re feeling a bit geriatric) to a Saturday night on the town. There’s no cover charge and food and drink prices vary.
Congo Bar | Honduras 5329 | 11:59 PM
With an evening that combines Electro-Cumbia, and real-time painting, how can you not have fun? Venivan certainly agrees and is putting on Fiesta Electro Cumbia + Expo Pintura for your party needs. There will be no less than 3 DJs to keep you moving, painting workshops, and drinks for every taste to make up what can be nothing other than an epic evening. Gather your homies, your paintbrushes, and pay your totally reasonable AR $30 for your artsy all-nighter.
Venivan | Thames 1759 | 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Sunday, October 16th
Go beyond the paper crane with an origami master class from Sensei and origami legend, Tomoko Fuse. The square paper guru has published over 60 books on the subject, and has gained a worldwide following for his expertise in modular origami. Here’s your opportunity to attempt to make mom a gift from scratch! The class will be held at the Jardín Japonés and will cost you AR $70. You can get your tickets at the entrance for an afternoon of zen garden glory and folding (bandaids for paper cuts not included).
Jardín Japonés | Av. Casares 2966 | 3:00 PM
Apparently here to unite multiple, disparate themes, Monstercon promises to be a festival of rock, pop, comics, tv, urban art, tattoos, literature, and video games. What will they all have in common? Monsters, we assume. Sunday’s schedule is as diverse as the theme of the expo, so there will be something for everyone! Start off the day with a Michael Jackson performance, and end it with some good ol’ fashioned cosplay. You can see all of your activity options here, and find out more about what you’re in for. Tickets are AR $200 and you can purchase them in advance here.
La Rural | Av. Libertador 4600 | 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sometimes the Argentine music scene is a little bit lacking in the Funk and Soul departments, but Roman and the Livin’ Soul Project are here to change that. They’ll be putting on a back to back show at La Usina del Arte to bring back the funk. For a quick taste, here’s Livin’ Soul doing their very best Stevie Wonder, and if you’ve got time to kill, here is Roman’s full album for your listening pleasure. The concert is totally free, but tickets are limited to two per person.
La Usina del Arte | Caffarena 1 | 8:00 PM
Wind down the weekend with a dose of international film at one of the fly-est movie venues in town. Boris Lojkine’s Hope will be showing as the closing film of Kino Palais’s immigrant-themed October film series. The French film follows the story of an unlikely couple’s journey through the Sarahan desert. Go on an adventure without leaving the comfort of your seat for free, but get there early because space is limited.
Kino Palais | Posadas 1725 | 7:00 PM
For a more active close to your weekend, head to the Espacio Cultural Dínamo for the aptly titled Milonga Entre Gambas. Acquire some handy tango skills with a class starting at 9:00 PM, or just show up for the free milonga afterwards. There will vegetarian and vegan treats for purchase, and live music to accompany your steps. Put yourself out there and dance away your last few hours of weekend glory.
Espacio Cultural Dínamo | Sarmiento 3096 | 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM
Happy weekend y’all!