Well, dear readers, it’s finally here. The end of the cruel (actually fairly mild) Buenos Aires winter, and the advent of the extremely brief and ever-so-fleeting period of time in which the city actually resembles springtime. Rejoice! Take to the streets! The sun is shining! Flowers are blooming! Birds are chirping or whatever! We have tiny little window of time before the oppressive heat falls upon us once again, turning us into big sloppy fountains of sweat. And that won’t be fun.
Regardless, let’s not dwell on the potential awfulness of what’s-to-come, instead focusing on the utter awesomeness of the here-and-now. Springtime is here, and it is our responsibility as event curators to present you with a variety of ways in which to celebrate. So without further ado, here are this weekend’s picks!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
BEER WORLD CUP
Let’s address the elephant in the room and start off by saying that, yes, we realize that Thursdays don’t technically count as the weekend. Okay? We get it. But haven’t you ever heard of the concept of “Juernes“? Anyway, this city-wide beer festival just can’t be missed, as beer-makers compete to be crowned the King of Beers. What? There’s already a self-proclaimed King of Beers? And it is flavorless swill? Whatever. For $600 pesos not only will you get to taste and vote on the contestants at this event, but you’ll also take home a personalized beer glass. Something to show off while you’re hung over at work the next day.
7 PM | Palermo, Recoleta & Caballito – check event for details | AR $600 | More Info
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL
The Hancine Korean film festival kicks off today and goes through the middle of next week, offering a rich and varied selection of films from one of the world’s most eclectic and innovative film industries. We’ve already given you the deets on this festival — check our article about it if you want to learn more — but we’ll take this opportunity to give you a strong recommendation: Swing Kids, a musical set in a POW camp during the Korean war, is not only wildly entertaining but also incredibly powerful. Yes, there’s a lot of tap dancing. But it’s so good.
Cinemark Palermo & Cinemark Caballito | AR $150 per ticket | More Info
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
Fiesta Plop is one of the staples of the Buenos Aires party scene, and for good reason: it has a tradition of hosting fun, inclusive, over-the-top ridiculous events that will have you dancing until the wee hours of the morning. This time around, they’ll be celebrating the advent of springtime (you will notice a theme developing here) with the Primavera Con Cris party. What happens at the Primavera Con Cris party? Heck if I know! Their social media is frustratingly scant with details! But if our experience at past Plop parties are any indication, it will be a heck of a lot of fun.
Midnight | Teatro Vorterix – Av. Federico Lacroze 3455 | AR $200 advance, AR $220 door | More Info
WELCOME SPRINGTIME WITH LIVE MUSIC
See? More springtime events! And honestly, what better way to ring in what is objectively the best of all the seasons than with a live show? This event — cheekily titled “Besos y Sudor” after the bands that are performing — will deliver a healthy mix of danceable cumbia fun courtesy of SUDOR MARIKA, as well as the indie-pop of Los Besos; and if you’ve never heard of the latter, please do yourself a favor and check out their incredible 2018 album Copia Viva.
Midnight | El Teatrito -Sarmiento 1752 | AR $250 | More Info
SALSA DANCE PARTY
I love salsa music, but unfortunately my attempts at actually dancing it make it look like I am frantically feeling around my pant pockets looking for my keys. It’s embarrassing. But if you’re better than I am at moving to the infectious Afro-Cuban beat, here’s a great event for you: a springtime salsa party! Hit the dance floor and shimmy all night to the sounds of Paraíso Bravo and El Nuevo Orden.
Midnight | JJ Circuito Cultural – Jean Jaures 347 | AR $150 advance, AR $200 door | More Info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
MALBA TURNS 18
The Latin American Art Museum finally comes of age! One of the best museums in town celebrates its eighteenth birthday by opening its doors for free. You’ll be able to check out Leandro Erlich’s famous Liminal exhibit as well as the rest of MALBA’s current collection. And there will also be a live performance of autochthonous music of Latin America, courtesy of Chancha Via Circuito.
7 PM – 10 PM | MALBA – Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | Free entry | More Info
If you feel like doing something that not only brings you enjoyment but also helps out an organization doing great work for animals in need, check out the Feria Purrrr this Saturday, where over 320 independent vendors will be selling their wares and doing activities. In need of some yummy vegan food? Want to learn more about how to best take care of your pet? Want to become involved in preservationist efforts? This is the spot for you. And to get in, all you need to do is provide a donation to help take care of pets: a bag of kitty litter, some dog food, or a cash donation! All to help our adorable furry friends.
1 PM – 7 PM | Azcuénaga 158 | Donation for pets; see event page for more details! | More Info
INDIE SHOW AT RABIA
Rabia Bar hosts this live music event that features a heck of a lineup: Ignacia, Los Jureles, MilHojas, and Funktásticos Genitales will be taking the Rabia stage and getting you to shake that skeleton. And if you’re not familiar with these groups, now’s the chance to become acquainted with some of the best indie-pop acts playing music in town today. Here’s a starter.
9 PM | Rabia Bar – Costa Rica 4901 | AR $200 | More Info
BOMBA AT KONEX
Alternatively, you could make your way to factory-turned-hipster-hangout Ciudad Cultural Konex and see the famous live act by La Bomba de Tiempo, an all-percussion orchestra that is kind of like those drum circles that inevitably break out during druggy college parties, but turned up to ten. People love these guys, and who could blame them? They hit those drums so hard!
Midnight | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $280 | More Info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
If you’re already familiar with Sukiyaki, then the very concept of an all-you-can-eat Sukiyaki lunch for the low low price of $400 pesos has already got you hooked. If you’ve never heard of Sukiyaki before, look at the picture above and then try to imagine what it tastes like. Yes, it is very good. This fund-raising feast is hosted by the folks at CeUAN, an educational and cultural institution established to house and assist students of Japanese descent.
12 PM – 5 PM | CeUAN – Charcas 5157 | AR $400 | 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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