It finally looks like we’ll be getting some sunshine this weekend, although we’re terribly afraid of jinxing it. With that said, it’s time to get out there and do something! Roll around in the lush green grass with your friend, dog, or significant other, and soak that spring goodness all up. Some big ticket items have kicked off in town this week, including food fairs, film festivals, and art expositions. As usual, we’ve got all the details below — just mosey on down and read on!
Friday, 15th September
Fibega, one of the region’s most important Spanish-American food fairs, is opening today in Buenos Aires. Located in the city’s iconic event center, La Rural, food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a wide variety of international products will be available to the public all weekend. Countries like Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Brazil will all be represented with their traditional dishes and drinks, and Argentina, as the host country, will be showcasing the specialties of its provinces. Tickets to Fibega start at AR $100 and go up to AR $500, depending on what you would like included in your experience (hem hem, wine tastings).
12 – 10 PM | La Rural (Sarmiento 2704) | AR $100 – $500 | More info
It’s mid-September folks, and you know what that means — it’s time for Buenos Aires’ annual German film festival again. Having kicked off this Wednesday in Village Cinemas Recoleta and Caballito, the festival will last an entire week, ending on this coming Wednesday, the 20th. Highlights from this year’s edition include Welcome to Germany, a tender story about a retired schoolteacher who takes in a Nigerian refugee against her husbands wishes, Center of My World, an LGBT coming-of-age story, and Paula, a riveting account of Paula Moderson-Becker’s life, a German painter who defied the norm, and dedicated herself to her art, alongside her contemporaries Clara Westhoff and Rainer Maria Rilke. Tickets are AR $150 per screening, and can be bought online, or in cinemas. A day by day schedule of what is playing, when, and where, can be browsed on the festival’s website here.
12:30 PM – 12:10 AM | Village Cinemas Recoleta and Caballito | AR $150 | More info
Bienalsur is a cultural initiative that seeks to erase borders by connecting the Southern Hemisphere via contemporary Latin American art. Currently in its first year, the exposition will be taking place in over 32 cities — in Buenos Aires its principal headquarters will be the Centro Cultural Kirchner, the MUNTREF, and the Museo de Bellas Artes, among others. Tonight the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti will be inaugurating an exhibit titled ‘La mirada que se separa de los brazos,’ that 17 international artists have put together especially for the occasion. Entrance to the exhibit is free, and if the pictures are any indication, it’s going to be fantastic.
6:30 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Del Libertador 8151) | Free | More info
‘Uruguay, so close but so far’ is a night exclusively dedicated to drinking Uruguayan wines. Never tried one before? You wouldn’t be the first — the small country’s wine industry is often overshadowed by those of its larger, louder neighbors. Tonight’s tasting will be taking place in one of Palermo Hollywood’s many trendy eateries, the lovely Il Posto Mercato. Sample a select range of varietes and get familiar with names like Garzón Albariño, Familias Irurtia and Pizzorno, and Bertolini & Broglio. Cheese and cold cuts will be provided by the house. Tickets to the event are AR $360 and can be bought ahead of time on Eventbrite or at the door.
8:30 – 10:30 | Il Posto Mercato (Soler 5502) | AR $360 | More info
Saturday, 16th September
Can’t quite make it to Versailles this year? No need to fret, the French Embassy is opening its doors to the public this weekend, in honor of the celebration of the 34th European Heritage Days — an initiative that was originally designed by the European Comission and the Council of Europe to give the public a chance to visit buildings, monuments, and historic sites that are not ordinarily accessible. Located in the Palacio Ortiz Basualdo, visitors are in for a real treat — besides marveling at the Embassy’s classical architecture and elaborate designs, they will also be able to indulge in some traditional French delicacies at the ‘French Market’ made possible by the Association of French Chefs in Argentina. Everyone interested should reserve their spot online as soon as possible, as space is limited!
10 AM | Cerrito 1399 | Free | More info
To get you warmed up for Sigur Rós’ first ever tour in South America this coming November, Auditorio Kraft is playing the Icelandic group’s otherworldly album, Takk, on Argentine inventor Hugo Zuccarelli’s holophonic speakers. The unique sound system is allegedly unrivaled — and what’s more, the music will be played in the dark. Perhaps one of Sigur Rós’ most well-known albums, Takk has been used in more film scores than we care to count. Chances are you’ve already heard songs like Hoppípolla in films like ‘We Bought A Zoo.’ Tickets to your transcendental experience are AR$ 150 pre-sale, or AR $175 at the door. Get them online here and save yourself 25 pé.
6:30 – 8 PM | Auditorio Kraft (Florida 681) | AR $150-75 | More info
Trígono Cósmico has organized an astrology, wine, and tarot night for this evening in glamorous ol’ Palermo Hollywood. Cheese platters, cold cuts, olives, and homemade bread will also be served — with all the major food groups represented, what’s not to love? Interested participants will have the chance to get their birth charts done (I’m looking at you, ladies who are about to go through their Saturn Return), and you’ll also be able to consult the Tarot cards to see what the rest of this year has in store. Just send an email to [email protected] with your name, date, place, and time of of birth (you should also include the time zone). They will get back to you with the address and the cost. Unfortunately this one’s not free!
8:30 – 11:30 PM | Address and cost via email or private message | More info
Espacio Cultural 1917 has organized El Cíclope Dorado (in English, The Golden Cyclops) — a rhythm filled night in the heart of Almagro to help you get on your groove on shamelessly. A diverse line-up of bands including Diente de Oro, Ala Plaza, El sueño de los héroes, and Error 404 will all be playing, promising an avant-garde mix of sounds to please even the toughest of critics. Art expositions, ferias, video games, and homemade treats will all add to the charm of the night. Message 1917’s Facebook page if you’re interested and want the exact address. Admission is free!
10 PM – 5 AM | Address via private message | Free | More info
Sunday, 17th September
The seventh edition of Festival Holístico is coming to Parque Saavedra for a celebration of ‘love, colors, healing, and sharing without money!’ Expect a day full of workshops, classes, alternative therapies, free-ferias, free plants, a picnic, and of course — lots of maté. If you’re interested in the free-feria, bring anything with you that you’d like to give away — not sell — and that goes for seedlings and plants as well. If you’d like to participate in the picnic, bring a ‘cruelty free’ dish to share (we recommend something vegan). Yoga enthusiasts keen on outdoor practice will be pleased to note that there are many varieties that they’ll be able to engage in and choose from — pranayama, flow yoga, kenko yoga, acro yoga, and if you’re bringing along the kids, there’s yoga for children too. Just remember to bring your own mats!
11 AM – 7 PM | Parque Saavedra (exact location here) | Free
Cancelled several weeks ago due to inclement weather, Buenos Aires’ Games of Thrones convention has been rescheduled for today. The largest convention of its kind in Argentina, you’ll be able to celebrate the immensely popular series, debate next season with fellow fans, eat like a king (or drink like the queen), parade, dance like a Westerosi, and engage in some friendly combat. Highlights from this edition include ‘Strategies to Conquer the Iron Throne,’ ‘The Language of Dragons: An Introduction to High Valyrian,’ ‘Sand Snakes, Dances from Dorne,’ a flea market, and (for the nerds of us out there), all day sessions of GOT board games (picture RISK but with a colorful map of Westeros and Essos). Entrance to the convention is free, although food and merchandise sadly are not.
12 – 7 PM | Caseros 1750 | Free | More info
The National Library’s ‘La Fiebre del Libro,’ or ‘The Fever of the Book,’ is back to ring in the spring. Taking place in the green space immediately outside of the building, over 70 editorials will participate, offering special discounts and promotions to all of Buenos Aires’ bookworms. The idea of the market is to put you, the reader, in touch with the publishers, creating a two-way exchange. Live music will take place throughout the day, providing a soundtrack while you shop. Admission to the event is free, and it will be suspended and rescheduled in the case of rain.
2 – 7 PM | Las Heras y Agüero | Free | More info
The Teatro Colón was inaugurated in 1857 with the performance of Giuseppi Verde’s famous opera, La Traviata. Today, 160 years from the date, the theater is inviting the public to celebrate its anniversary with a live projection of the very same opera in the plaza that is immediately adjacent to it. The event will begin at 5 PM and is completely free to the public. We suggest you get there early to snag a prime spot and bring some mate and galletitas.
5 PM | Plaza adjacent to Teatro Colón (Cerrito and Viamonte) | Free | More info