As another turbulent week comes to an end in Buenos Aires, we all might need a bit of reminding as to why so many of us choose to live here and why Buenos Aires is still one of the most exciting places to be (spoiler alert it’s not the humidity). To get away from it all and fall back in love with our querida ciudad, make the most of the weekend and try something new. Knowing full well it’s the end of the month, and funds start to dry up around now, plenty of planned events are very reasonably priced or even free – so there’s no excuse.
Proving that BA really can be as edgy as Berlin, check out the latest underground art project to take over the city, Die Informale. Or to try fighting all of that unnecessary stress try getting creative and release some of that pent-up energy.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
Coffee and booze combined in the form of delectable cocktails is a pretty divine invention and not really all that lethal. We all know Buenos Aires is overflowing with endless bar possibilities making it sometimes a pretty daunting task to choose one. Drinkies Tours are here to expertly guide you from bar to bar stopping for a cocktail in each one.
Led by Flor Migliorisi, tonight’s coffee themed edition will take place in Retiro, Microcentro, and finally ending in San Telmo. Participants will visit three different bars and sample a specially made trago in each spot. With a minibus on hand along with copious amounts of water all included in the price, you’re in safe hands even if you do get a little tipsy. Reservations must be made beforehand.
7 PM – 10:30 PM | Suipacha 637 | AR $1,400 | More info
Going out on the town is overrated, so why not kick back and play a few favorite board games tonight? Imaginando Buenas will be hosting their popular games night in the cozy settings of cultural center La Casa del Árbol. Plenty of classic Argie games will be provided including Cuentacuentos, Rapigrama, and No Lo Testeamos Ni Un Poco (in English “We didn’t try this at all”). If you’d rather not speak too much Castellano, there’ll be Uno and Jenga, too. Turn up with a whole entourage or arrive solo, either is fine, participants will be able to freely join in with what they feel like.
8:30 PM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | Pay what you can | More info
Tonight, The British Council will be bringing the best of the UK’s and Argentina’s rising music talent to Niceto Club. Brighton based disco-punk duo AKDK will be taking to the stage alongside Argentine trap performer Ca7riel. Niceto resident DJ Viva will then be taking over providing a night of danceable tunes. The whole night comes as part of the Selector Pro weekend organized to promote emerging musicians from the two countries. You can sign up and see the full schedule through their site.
8 PM | Niceto Lado B – Humboldt 1358 | Free | More info
Celebrating crime fiction from around the world this year’s BAN! Festival is back with a bumper crop of around 50 authors who will be speaking across the weekend at the cultural center Centro Cultural San Martín. Tonight, prize-winning French writer Olivier Norek will be talking about the many myths of prison as a focal point. Not just a writer, Norek worked as a prison guard for 15 years, his experiences no doubt aiding his writing process.
8:30 PM | Centro Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH
No doubt the ultimate weekend event for caffeine addicts, FECA (Lunfardo for coffee) is here for a two-day festival to take place next door to MALBA in Plaza República del Perú. Proving that Buenos Aires really is a capital of coffee, there’ll be a special area to put your feet up and enjoy a cafecito or two. Since 2018 marks the 160th birthday of iconic Café Tortoni, plenty of the city’s beloved bares notables will be stalling out along with a photography exhibition showing the distinct cafe culture that inhabits Buenos Aires. For those who like to get technical, expertly led workshops and talks will be on throughout the day. Food trucks selling delectable pastries and other snacks to accompany your chosen feca will also be around all day.
10 AM – 9 PM | Plaza República del Perú – Av. Figueroa Alcorta & Salguero | Free | More info
El Camino de Santiago, a documentary about the disappearance and subsequent discovery of the body of road protester 28-year-old Santiago Maldonado will be shown tonight at Casa Sofía. The tragic confirmation of his death which took place last year almost a day to today’s date (October 20th), sparked widespread debate between human rights organizations, political parties, and wider society. The film made by Tristán Bauer aims to ask difficult questions about what really happened, who was responsible and how his lifeless body ended up on the banks of Chubut river. By way of introduction, Bauer himself will be speaking before the screening begins.
8 PM – 11 PM | Casa Sofía – Fitz Roy 1327 | AR $100 | More info
Experimental and slightly off the wall, group Monumentos en Acción will be performing tonight at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Taking over audience space, the group mix contemporary dance with live sculpture. Using the space of the Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos, the performers will use the opportunity to not only move creatively but to explore the grounds of the center. A new audioguide will be available for participants who are interested in hearing about the very dark history of the center.
4 PM – 7 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. Del Libertador 8151 | Free | More info
Today, la Semana del Orgullo (Pride Week) – aka #OrgulloBA – kicks off in Buenos Aires. Celebrating diversity and inclusion, the week’s events will act as a warmup for next month’s iconic pride parade. First-day highlights include a multi-sports tournament promoting inclusion as well as Lorca’s infamous theatrical production La Casa de Bernard Alba by conscious performance group 7 Colores Cooperativa De Arte. The full schedule of the week can be seen here.
Various times | Locations throughout BA | Prices vary | More info
During what will hopefully be a balmy Spring evening, Camping, Recoleta’s open-air bar, and terrace will be hosting a drawing jam session. With no need to bring any kind of equipment, everything will be provided, participants are free to show up and draw whatever the evening and setting may inspire as well as drink a beer or two. The event is free, although your spot can be reserved beforehand.
4 PM – 7 PM | Camping – Av. Pueyrredón 2501 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
If you haven’t been to the Centro Cultural Borges in a while, make sure to head there soon to catch their monumental exhibition on photographer Dorothea Lange. The North American photojournalist’s best-known works are her powerful black and white shots that detail the human impact of the Great Depression. A pioneer in documentary photography, Lange’s photos largely portray the reality of poverty and struggle during this era particularly focusing on telling the stories of women – her most famous portrait being Migrant Mother. Thought-provoking and unsettling, the exhibition should be seen before it closes on November 14th.
12 PM – 9 PM | Centro Cultural Borges – Viamonte 525 | AR $100 – $150 | More info
Proving that we don’t all want Spotify memberships and some of us are more than happy to listen to music the good old fashioned way, gramophone included, Recoleta-based mall Buenos Aires Design is hosting their first ever vinyl exclusive fair today. With around 6,000 used and new discs available to purchase in a variety of formats, all musical genres will be covered. DJs La Montaña Discos and DFUNKLUB along with other invited guests will all be playing sets throughout the afternoon. If the heavens open and the rains fall down, the fair will be re-scheduled.
2 PM – Midnight | Buenos Aires Design – Av. Pueyrredón & Av. del Libertador | Free | More info
Possibly the most anti-domingo option ever, Fiestas Turbo will be holding one of their ballroom events in Colegiales venue La Confitería. Offering a chance to strut your stuff down the catwalk, participate in a lip-sync battle, or cut some shapes freestyle, there’ll even be a “voguing” competition where aspiring Paris is Burning disciples will be able to show off their original take on the iconic dance. Using a panel of judges and the audience’s reaction, cash prizes will be awarded to the winner of each section. If you’d rather just sip a drink and watch that’s all cool too, but those wanting to take part will have to sign up prior to arriving.
8 PM – Midnight | La Confitería | AR $120 | More info