Now that we’ve finally made it to the weekend, let’s first raise a glass to the fact that Argentina is still somehow functioning, an applause-worthy achievement when you think about it. This week’s paro general froze the country on Tuesday and disorientated us for the rest of the week (anyone else think it’s Wednesday?). But that’s not going to stop us from celebrating the eventual arrival of Friday and an activity-loaded weekend.
Having patted ourselves on the back, there’s plenty to get excited about in the coming days. For foodies looking for their next gourmet outing there’s the bolsillo-friendly BA Food Week as well as new cocktail bar tours to throw into the mix. Whatever you do, go outside and just embrace the rain if and when it falls.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
Tonight, interactive arts festival CHANDON ARTGROUND will be on at brand new Chacarita cultural center, Punto C. Including theatrical, musical, and food spaces, the festival aims to be both experimental and disruptive. Asking visitors to interact with the art and installations, eight separate spaces will be set up with around 30 local artists participating.
Highlights include Nicolas Fernandez Sanz’s Nothing Hill installation which imagines an infinite universe as well as Tomás García’s Efecto Venus which explores the concept of virtual reality. Bands Potra and Coral Casino will also be playing sets tonight. Tickets can be bought online.
6 PM – Midnight | Punto C – Av. Corrientes 6277 | AR $300 | More info
Looking to find links between psychoanalysis and film, Centro Cultural Recoleta has opened a photography and film exhibition focusing on Freud and his understanding of the unconscious mind. The link between unconscious thinking and abstract art is also explored with Max Ernst, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp featuring in both photos and films. Exploring both the American and European avant-garde film scene, the audiovisual exhibition will be an exciting take on both art and psychology.
1:30 PM – 10 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More info
Celebrating Woody Allen’s unique film repertoire, tonight the Paris Jazz Club BA will be paying homage to his loveable soundtracks. Playing the classics, the band will also be reimagining a few hits and making a few of their own additions to the playlist. Taking place in one of the city’s most romantic jazz clubs, Bebop, it’s an unmissable night for Woody Allen aficionados (scandals be damned). Tickets can be bought online.
9 PM | Bebop Club – Moreno 364 | AR $200 – $300 | More info
The fourth edition of the Freestyle Feminista rap battle will be taking place tonight. Headed up by DJ Erotic Error, FlorGamuz the first Argentine worldwide champion beatboxer will also be there to get the night going. An open and accepting competition, the organizers want rappers to steer away from sexist slurs and any phrases that support the patriarchy.
As an officially judged competition, prizes will be given out with top slot winning an original (if not bold) idea of a tattoo. If you happen to be a talented female rapper who likes the idea of winning a tattoo, send a message to Malas Tripas. If you just want to watch, that’s fine too, food will also be available.
8 PM – 5 AM | Ivaca – Riobamba 143 | AR $50 | More info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
Buenos Aires-based stenciler and street artist Santiago Spirito A.K.A Cabaio will be offering a stenciling masterclass today in Galería Union. Walking around town, you may have noticed the colorful prints and patterns that characterize his work. Run in collaboration with street art organization, Graffitimundo, it’s an opportunity to learn the tricks of the street art trade and become a pro in no time. The first part of the workshop will be theory based and offers a chance to learn the history of the craft.
After you’ve nailed that, the session will then allow you to create your very own piece using both photoshop and homemade materials. Prior inscription is required and can be done by emailing [email protected].
2 PM – 6 PM | Galeria Union – Costa Rica 5929 | Price via message | More info
Taking place tonight in the Club Cultural Matienzo will be the internationally traveling music composition festival, Sonora. All about putting female musicians and composers to the forefront of the scene, the Brazilian-born festival has already traveled to 62 cities and is produced as the result of a collaboration of an all-female, non-binary team. Expect to see a diverse line-up of both local and foreign musicians who’ll no doubt curate an eclectic evening of entertainment.
5 PM-Midnight | Club Cultural Matienzo – 1249 | Free | More info
For a Saturday afternoon that encourages reflection and debate instead of lazy Netflix-ing head to the Conti for the latest edition of their philosophy cycle. Led by a body of qualified philosophy doctorates, using philosopher Sartre as a focal point, the session will look at his influence on Buenos Aires as well as how his theories can be used to solve contemporary problems. Discussion will be open, and all participants will be free to share their point of view. Sign up here.
4 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti – Av. Del Libertador 8151 | Free | More info
Celebrating neighboring country and occasional rival, today’s edition of BA Celebra street party festivities will be throwing Chile into the spotlight. Already in its tenth year, the festivity has grown and grown and will include 70 food stands offering Chilean culinary specialties like pastel de choclo, sopaipilla and picarones. When you’re done with the munching, give sugary sweet summer beverage mote de huesillo a try – it’ll no doubt provide a much-needed energy boost. As well as eating, you can also watch dance displays, theatrical performances and sample Chilean literature. If it rains, events will be rescheduled.
12 PM – 7 PM | Av. de Mayo & Bolivar | Free | More info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
Having launched last week, annual interior design and architectural fair Casa Foa is taking place in Villa Devoto for this year’s edition. A popular center of style and sophistication, it’s not to be missed for admirers of good design. A little more unusual this year, organizers have branched out of the obvious and have chosen a former convent for the show. Transforming the interior of the building are teams of talented architects, designers, and students, working around directed themes that include spaces for young families and work.
Visitors to the event will no doubt feel a moment of #inspo and will likely head home motivated to reconfigure their whole apartment. It’s also an excellent excuse to get out of Palermo and travel to the city’s lovely, more residential barrio of Villa Devoto.
12 – 8 PM | Pareja 3670 | AR $240 | More info
Marking the beginning of spring, Fiebre del Libro (or book fever in English) will be held at Argentina’s national library. The huge book fair is aimed at encouraging the popularity of books and literature and plenty of publishing houses have been invited to show off their goods as a result. Celebrating Argentine national history, this year’s event will be focused on Argentine graphic novels and historical comics. There’ll also be music and activities especially for kids too. The fair will be postponed in the event of rain.
2 PM – 7 PM | Biblioteca Nacional de la Républica Argentina – Agüero 2502 | Free | More info
For fans of Manga and Anime, the Japanese Garden will be opening their doors to a full day of festivities and events. Including a free, all-day karaoke, if you’re not up for singing yourself, The Maaya Project Argentina and Tsubaki will also be taking to the stage. A manga drawing contest will also be held, with prizes given out later in the day at 5:30 PM. If you like a bit of costume, know that visitors are encouraged to get into character and dress up to their heart’s content and even participate in the cosplay procession.
12 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | AR $120 | More info
With the sudden influx of warmer weather comes the overwhelming urge to dine outside. This weekend, Buenos Aires’ beloved food festival is back on at La Rural for a special Spring edition. With plenty of cuisines represented, the city’s favorite food trucks will be on hand offering you plenty of choice. Make sure not to miss the delicious Colombian arepas and coffee slushy as well as the Patagonian beer jenga. Once night falls, acoustic bands will be taking to the stage to accompany your meal with a few tunes.
12 PM – 10 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Free | 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]