Hi, friends. How was your week? Was it long and arduous? Was it tough, yet fulfilling? Did it all feel a little pointless? Did you learn a little bit about yourself and the world around you? Whatever the case, you made it. It’s the weekend. And for the next couple of days you have total license to be as indulgent and debaucherous as you wish. Because we’re grown adults, and this is apparently how things work.
So sit back, relax, and start your idle scroll through this list of events we’ve hand-picked for your amusement. Study them. Wonder out loud how much your desire to go out and be social outweighs the overwhelming tiredness. Ultimately decide in favor of dragging your body out the door like a soggy blanket. Because next thing you know, it’ll be Monday again. And how embarrassing will it be when our co-workers ask us what we got up to during the weekend and we have nothing to answer with? Mortifying.
Without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
Dammit, Janet! Everyone’s favorite sex-crazed alien transvestite (from transsexual Transylvania) bursts back onto the big screen for yet another showing of Jim Harman’s gloriously wacky Rocky Horror Picture Show. A kind of rite of passage for many people, screenings of the cult classic are notorious for being a riotous affair. And while interacting with the screen and singing along are usually tacitly encouraged, this particular showing is downright explicit about it: it’s a sing-along screening! So bring costumes, props and lyric sheets if you need ’em. And in the immortal words of Frank N. Furter: “Don’t dream it, be it.”
9:30 PM | Teatro del Globo – Marcelo T. de Alvear 1155 | AR $400 | More Info
LITERATURE & LIVE MUSIC
One of our favorite things happening at our dear Club Cultural Matienzo is El Verbo, an art/literature/live concert series focusing on a different verb each time. This time around, the verb “emerger” (“to emerge”) takes center stage, and will be explored through live readings by Inés Púrpura and Nadia Lozano. These readings will be accompanied by art by Sofia Martinez and Bicho Reactor, and other works by the same authors will be performed in song form by singer-songwriters Carolina Donati and María Pien. This lovely little runs from 8 to 10 PM; a great way to start your weekend on a bookish note.
8 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | AR $100 – $250 scale | More Info
The third installment of the MUTEK festival in Argentina kicks off today and runs through the weekend, taking place in various locations across the city such as Planetario BA, Palacio Alsina, Centro Cultural Kirchner, La Tangente and more. It is a platform for digital artists at the forefront of their fields, be it in music performance, audio-visual arts, and even the realm of VR. Since it is a city-wide event, you’ll have to check the full schedule here, with the break-down of activity details and entry fees.
9 PM | Various locations | AR $1,400 event-wide “passport”, AR $400 – $800 individual events | More Info
And if you’d rather spend your Friday night boozin’ it up (but, like, in a classy way), head on over to the gorgeous Paseo del Bajo in Puerto Madero for a new edition of the Noche de las Bodegas, a tour through some of the best wineries – right here in town. Not only will you get to taste some incredible vino, but there will also be shows and activities with fabulous prizes (which we are guessing will be wine, or at least wine-related).
7 PM | Paseo del Bajo – Puerto Madero | AR $900 | More Info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
La Fábrica del Taco is one of our go-to places for Mexican food in Buenos Aires. From its lively decor to its friendly staff, its delicious cocktails and wildly addictive tacos al pastor, we’ll take every chance we get to hang out there. This weekend, they’ll be throwing a party to celebrate Mexican independence day; “El Grito” promises to be a rambunctious good time, with live music, a show, and special deals on food. They say there’s a fine line between appreciation and appropriation, but we’re pretty certain that slinging tequila shots while singing loudly along to mariachi music in celebration of Mexican independence day falls squarely within the former.
6 PM – 11 PM | La Fábrica del Taco – Gorriti 5062 | Free entry | More Info
LIVE CUMBIA AT KONEX
If you’ve ever been to Ciudad Cultural Konex, you already know the former-factory-turned-hipster-enclave is one of the coolest spots in town, hosting some of the most original and entertaining events. This time around, it’ll shake with the sound of cumbia, as it hosts the newest installment of its live cumbia concert series. You’ll see performers such as Daniel Agostini, Grupo Play, Yerba Brava and Chili Fernández. If you’re a cumbia noob and none of those names ring a bell, don’t worry about it. Just jump in! And trust us, you don’t really know where you stand on cumbia until you’ve spent the entire night dancing to live performances of it.
Midnight | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $350 presale, AR $400 door | More Info
PARTY AT THE CASINO
I generally try to stay away from casinos because they have an uncanny way of separating me from my money. And though I am the most incompetent person you’ll ever meet at gambling, partying at a casino actually sounds like a heck of a time. This Saturday, the beautiful Casino Buenos Aires in Puerto Madero will be hosting what it refers to as a “Flower Power” party in celebration of the upcoming springtime. Live DJs! Free beer! Open bar! A photo booth! Face painters! Free tokens! Aw, shucks – I may just end up being separated from my hard-earned cash after all.
10 PM | Casino Buenos Aires (Puerto Madero) – Elvira Rawson Dellepiane 1 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
A DIFFERENT KIND OF BRUNCH
Y’know what’s gotten a bit stale? Brunch. Don’t get us wrong, we still love it! But the whole breakfast-burrito and mimosas pairing is a tiny bit played out. This is why this intriguing event at Mengano has caught our attention, as they partner up with Nare Sushi Bar for a Japanese take on the hybrid meal. And though we are die-hard fans of traditional breakfast (or breakfast-adjacent) foods – check out our guide to the best places in Buenos Aires to get a American-style breakfast – this feels like a welcome change.
Brunchtime | Mengano Bodegón – Cabrera 5172 | More Info
SILENT FILMS, LIVE MUSIC
Look, if you call yourself the Institute of Incoherent Cinematography, you’ve already got my money. I’ll happily follow you down any rabbit hole. The fact that this event – which screens the Dadaist short film “Ballet Mécanique” by Fernando Léger and “L’Inhumaine” by Marcel L’Herbier set to live improvisational music – sounds incredibly cool is just icing on this relentlessly strange cake.
8 PM | Teatro Nacional Argentino – Libertad 815 | More Info
Disclaimer: 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.
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