Anyone else avoiding reading the news? Me too. With everything becoming apparently more expensive day by day and pessimistic economists forecasting the worst, we all need a chance to forget about the financial apocalypse for just a moment. With plenty of this weekend’s highlights being free, there’s no better chance than now to allow yourself a little escapism and gallop off into the sunset post work on Friday evening, looking forward to the wonders of the weekend. Ok, maybe you won’t manage that, but try not to hide under your duvet for a least a few hours, please.
Just like last weekend, Buenos Aires is offering a plethora of ways to entertain yourself sin Netflix. Don’t miss Using del Arte’s free festival Ciudad Emergente, where we’ll be boppin’ through Sunday. Buen finde!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH
The second edition of MUTEK, the international festival of digital creativity will be taking place across this weekend. Predominantly housed in the Centro Cultural San Martín, it’s an intriguing collaboration of musicians and visual artists all producing their art digitally. Experimental in nature, tonight you can see house music performed live alongside a line-up of visual artists which includes Milena Pafundi whose work aims to increase awareness of the work of those who are trans, non-binary and female in the digital world (5:45 PM).
Various Times | Various venues | Free – AR $300 | More info
Dan Katcher, legendary creator of television based monsters, including dragons on *that* show Game of Thrones, will be giving a talk tonight about the creative process of designing fantasy creatures. For budding designers, he’ll also be sharing practical tips on how to use his preferred monster making software, ZBrush. For all fans of GoT, it’ll be a unique inside opportunity to see how imagination can become a reality.
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Microcine de la ENERC – Moreno 1199 | Free | More info
For a new way to digest literature, head to La Materia Espacio Cultural for the latest of El Verbo’s compelling combination of reading and movement. While writers Natalia Buyatti and Rocio Alonso share their texts tonight, their words will be interpreted by dancers and simultaneously converted into song. No doubt bringing the writers’ words to life, it’s a unique way of seeing what’s written live performed. Independent editorial Cuestión Editora will also be there with several editions of individually published tomes for visitors to purchase.
9 PM | La Materia Espacio Cultural – Malabia 1077 | AR $100 – $250 | More info
Jam de Dibujo are back tonight with another one of their popular life drawing and live jazz music sessions. Created with both artists and those reluctant to pick up a pen in mind, it’s a relaxed evening that just about everyone will be feel comfortable taking part in. Tonight, bassist Nicolas Ojeda and pianist Sebastian Zanetto will be playing the tunes. A long way off from sometimes stuffy artsy-fartsy events, all you need to do is turn up and get ready to create your masterpiece.
10 PM | Santos 4040 – Santos Dumont 4040 | AR $140 | More info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH
Good news for all those living in Zona Norte, tonight, an artisanal beer festival will be taking place in Pilar. With more than a 100 varieties from which to choose, some of the biggest names in Argentine beer like Temple, El Galpón de Tacuara, and Brewja will all be taking part. With a full line up of DJs and bands, tonight you can look forward to performances by Tr3nza Rock, Paravara and Cool Dogs as well as DJs Catarina Spinetta and Mariano X Santos. Rounding off the night’s frivolities will be a Beer Pong tournament as well as Foot Darts – whatever that may be. For a discount of AR $50, you can buy your entrance in advance.
6 PM | Quo Pilar – Panamericana Ramal Pilar KM 41 | AR $150 | More info
Now in its final weekend, Buenos Aires’ International Documentary Festival (FIDBA) is packing in a a full schedule. Today highlights include Volver a Boedo (8 PM), the story of how Almagro’s iconic football club San Lorenzo came to be founded at the efforts of a priest, told through anecdotes and experiences by those who know it best. Another one to watch is Entre Perón y mi Padre (6 PM), made by the son of Argentine journalist Tomás Eloy Martínez, the film recounts the journalist’s friendship with Perón through the many interviews Eloy Martínez did during Perón’s exile in Madrid. Tickets can be bought on site.
Various times | Cine Cosmos UBA – Av. Corrientes 2046 | AR $135 | More info
If you’re looking to get outside and get to know your city a little more, sign up for Ronda Cultural’s latest cultural walking tour. Known for providing visitors with an alternative view of local barrios, the tours are a great way of getting outside and seeing some hidden gems. Beginning with a walk and tour of the Evita museum, participants will find out about the beautiful building’s pre-museum life and then continue the tour to El Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori. Mainly concentrated in Palermo, you’ll be able to find out the actual history of the barrio and not just see countless craft beer bars. Prior inscription via the Facebook page is required. If the heavens open and the rains fall down, it will be cancelled unfortunately.
2:45 PM | Start address is confirmed via Facebook | Voluntary contribution | More info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
Bringing a piece of France to Buenos Aires, “Le Marché,” the city’s most extensive French food market, will be on all day today. Participating will be some of the city’s most beloved bakeries and popular patisseries who will all be stalling out so you can have all of your French food needs met in one place. There’ll be competitions and demonstrations throughout the day, including one led by “French Cookie” creator Mathieu Benoît at 3:30 PM – if you haven’t checked out their shop yet, you definitely should. An alfajor “how-to” will also take place all day. Take advantage of the fair’s prime spot in front of the French Embassy with a free tour of the palatial building that’s on offer this weekend. In case of rain, note the fair will be postponed to the following weekend.
10 AM – 6 PM | Cerrito 1399 – Retiro | Free | More info
Paying homage to Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, the city government have arranged a series of storytelling events over the weekend. Designed for younger listeners in mind as well as their accompanying family it’ll be hosted in San Telmo-based childrens’ library Biblioteca Enrique Banchs. Story tellers from all over Latin America including Venezuela, Cuba, and of course Argentina will be invited to tell a few tales.
3 PM | Biblioteca Enrique Banchs – Av. Caseros & Urquiza | Free | More info
Exploring contradictions that have plagued the human race since the beginning, Malasangre plays to stereotypes, making characters easily identifiable. Contrasting rebellion with repression, the play is all about light triumphing over dark and the search for freedom. The difficulty and power of love is also explored with the ominous force of death in the background. Tickets may be reserved online.
8:30 PM | Teatro El Vitral – Rodriguez Peña 344 | AR $300 | More info
With temperatures rising and spring surely but slowly becoming a reality, its time for outside yoga to be a thing again. For those who want to get in the right headspace for the week ahead, head to a free yoga session led by Arte Neo Yogui next to the Floralis Genérica. All you need to do is show up with a mat as well as a few layers to keep you warm during the relaxation part of the session.
3 PM | Floralis Genérica | Pay what you can | 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]