After a tempestuous turn of the weather last weekend, the skies have cleared and we might just be able to make it past the front door this time around without getting caught up in some sort of apocalyptic storm. As Buenos Aires transforms itself into a spring-like wonderland, plenty of events have shifted outdoors, taking advantage of the increasingly warm rays.
With the opening of the highly anticipated 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the atmosphere across town is set to be electric; if you don’t fancy heading to a sure-to-be-crowded ceremony, why not check out a few of the games themselves? With locations dotted around the city, it’s a chance to see some world class sportsmanship and future stars of the sporting world.
With that being said, if you’re more inclined to hang out inside check out the Museo del Arte Decorativo’s latest exhibition No Taste For Bad Taste or if you’ve been organized catch a discount theater show as part of the month-long celebration dedicated to the art.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH
Beginning 30 years ago, la Asociación la Mujer y el Cine has fought tirelessly to promote the presence of women, in particular, female directors, in the art of film. While they continue to be underrepresented in the industry, the foundation’s work hasn’t stopped and this weekend they will be presenting their short film festival La Mujer y El Cine. Nominating Chile as this year’s invited country, expect to see plenty of short films from the region, as well as a few from Spain and Argentina. With screenings at both MALBA and the Bellas Arte Amigos’ cinema, take a look at the full schedule below.
6 PM-Midnight | Various Locations | AR $60 – $80 | More info
If a little rest and relaxation couldn’t come soon enough, end your week a little early and head to Parque Centenario for an outdoor Hatha (the relaxing kind) yoga class which will excitingly take place as musical duo Tierra Obsidiana perform on a multitude of different instruments including the Japanese flute, Chinese violin, and didgeridoo. Working on your breathing and concentration, the class led by Luminé will end in a blissful savasana which essentially translates as “time for a little snooze.” Make sure to bring a mat and something to keep yourself warm during that siesta.
4 PM – 5:30 PM | Parque Centenario – Avenida Angel Gallardo 1414 | AR $100 | More info
Fiesta Plop! is back tonight with another themed party eleganza extravaganza. Drawing inspiration from cult Netflix show, American Horror Story, the party’s organizers are gearing up for an early celebration of Halloween. Dressing up is obviously encouraged, so get into the spirit of things and dare to transform yourselves into vampires, witches, and anything else a little more original. Partying for 12 years in the capital, Fiesta Plop! parties are legendary and some of the most creative on the circuit. If you buy your ticket online, there’s a small discount.
Midnight – 6:30 AM | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze | AR $125 – $150 | More info
For wineaholics, there’s only one place to be this Friday night. Celebrating Semana del Vino, La Rural in Palermo is opening its doors to bodegas and restaurants for this year’s Vinos y Bodegas festival. Offering up plenty of wine for the tasting, it’s probably the next best thing to going to Mendoza and strolling around the vineyards yourself. Over 40 wineries will be setting up shop and for the entrance price of AR $350, you’ll be able to taste 12 wines. Now it could be tempting to go wild and behave like a kid in a candy shop, but we implore you to keep cool. If the tasting isn’t enough, you’ll, of course, be able to purchase the wines you enjoyed the most or learn more via a guided tasting.
6 PM – 11 PM| La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $350| More info
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH
BOOKS & FOOD
Combining literature with gourmet international cuisine, the tenth edition of Leer y Comer is back with a bang this weekend. This year’s special theme to mark the fair’s anniversary will be based on flavors of the world and classic literature. With invited chefs and writers among the list, Borges’ wife María Kodama will be paying homage to the late Argentine author and there’ll also be a rock music show with the words provided by beloved writer María Elena Walsh. If you’re there to be fed, some of the city’s most famed kitchens will be in full force, including Peruvian restaurant Chan Chan and French bakery L’epi.
12 PM – 9 PM | Concepción Arenal 4865 | Free | More info
Kicking off this weekend are the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. A special moment for Buenos Aires, months of preparation and construction have ultimately led to the opening. Tonight, the opening ceremony will be suitably held at one of the city’s most iconic emblems, the Obelisco. Just back from an extensive world tour, acrobatic performance group Fuerza Bruta will lead the ceremony. Including around 350 performers the show is described to defy gravity and will be an impressive feat set to the backdrop of downtown BA. Notably, it is the first time any Olympic opening ceremony has been held outside of a stadium and free to the public. Make sure to nab a spot early and plan your journey ahead of time – plenty of roads will be closed.
6 PM | El Obelisco | Free | More info
JJ Circuito Cultural are back with a new workshop cycle teaching afro Brazilian dance. Taught by Carla Plaza for women, the class is open to all levels and should be an empowering experience, even if you do have two left feet. Percussion group Talleres Batuka will be in charge of rhythm no doubt filling the room with energy. If you’re looking to inject a few carnival vibes into your Saturday afternoon, make sure to sign up here.
2:30 PM | JJ Circuito Cultural – Jean Jaures 347 | Free | More info
With a sunny spring-like weekend ahead of us, there’s no reason not to dust off your bike and head to Amo Villa Crespo’s next bike ride around Comuna 15. Taking around three hours, the 5km route will be a gentle one with plenty of stops (six to be precise) to allow for a chat and some snacking. Ending at Parque Centenario’s space observation site, as night falls there’ll be chance to look through the telescope and see the starry skies unfold above. Giveaways of tasty goodies and bike accessories will also take place throughout the day. With no need to sign up, just turn up with your bike and ready to cycle.
3:30 PM – 7 PM | Vitius – Julian Alvarez 386 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
Celebrating the commencement of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has come up with a huge and somewhat wacky interactive installation to mark the occasion. Consisting of five giant balls from games like football and basketball, the moveable sculpture has been scaled up to a huge hyper-realistic size. Currently housed in Recoleta in the Foro del Olimpismo en Acción, come Sunday morning, bright and early the public are all invited to come and move the five gigantic balls to their next home at the Planetarium in Palermo. Told that the move along the Av. Figueroa Alcorta will involve a huge collective effort, it should be a sight to behold.
8 AM – 10 AM | Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta, between el CEC (Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta & Av. Pueyrredón) & el Planetario (Av. Sarmiento) | Free | More info
Buenos Aires’ answer to a farmers’ market, Feria del Productor al Consumidor is taking place at the UBA’s School of Agriculture this weekend. The group of independent and self-managed farmers sees the production of their good through from start to finish. Knowledgeable about the food growing process, those who are present usually love a chat about what’s in season and what’s best to buy. Ideal if you want to know a little more about what your purchasing and putting into your body, there are plenty of unique food items you won’t find at most shops in town.
10 AM – 7 PM | Facultad De Agronomía – San Martín 4453 | Free | More info
Primitive Ink, the Palermo-based art and workshop space, is hosting volume 5 of their popular art sale today. Packed full of local artists all showing and selling the latest in their collection, if your place needs a little brightening up it’s the sale to head to. Featuring both digital and handcrafted collage, artist Ignacio Rivas as well RNDR will both be selling work there. For dreamy illustrations, be sure to see work of Magdalena Ehul. There’ll also be plenty of other styles to choose from like letterpress, stamps, and good old-fashioned painting. Muralist Maximiliano Bagnasco will be painting live throughout the afternoon and you can even get your hair cut by barber Tom Veloso.
3 PM – 10 PM | Primitive Ink – Costa Rica 4368 | Free | More info
Celebrating ten years of promoting the best of the individual Argentine music scene, publication Indie Hoy is throwing a musical extravaganza at the Ciudad Cultural Konex this afternoon. With a carefully selected and diverse line-up, some of the best of the Argentine scene will be playing. Highlights include sets by Peces Raros, El Príncipe Idiota, and Gativideo. As well as music, a fair selling records and comics will also be set up. Food trucks will also be in the vicinity for peckish partygoers. Tickets can be purchased online.
4 PM – 10 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $300 | More info