Hi there, dear reader. We made it! The end of another work week. Do you taste it? The sweet release? Yes, the world continues to be a chaotic mess plagued with disasters both natural and man-made (but, let’s be real, mostly man-made), we continue sinking further into an economic crisis that is starting to really seep into every single aspect of our lives, and we face an ever-widening existential void as we collectively begin to ask ourselves “what is all of this even for?”
All of these things are true. But there are still so many things that sweeten this very bitter pill. Movies! Television! Food! Parties! Dancing! Love! Friends! And, of course, our weekly breakdown of all the fun things to do in Buenos Aires this weekend. Yes, we are as essential as all of the others things I listed.
So without any further ado, here are this week’s selections!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
GET YOUR READING GLASSES ON
Let’s start things off on a bookish note — literally! The new installment of the International Literature Festival (FILBA) is happening this week. It actually kicked off yesterday, but of course our whole thing here is weekends and it’d be weird to break that up (trust us, picking Thursday events last week was controversial enough). Twenty authors from all over the world (including M. John Harrison from the UK, Jonathan Lethem from the United States, Margarita García Robayo from Colombia and Julieta Venegas from Mexico — yes, that Julieta Venegas) congregate in Buenos Aires — a famously book-loving city — to host talks, debates and various events related to literature all over the city. The event takes place in various venues, including MALBA, La Confitería, and more. Check the event page for all the details!
5 – 10 PM | Various locations – see event for details | Free entry | More Info
The awesome folks at Fiestas Turbo have made it their mission to put together these amazing events that are open, inclusive celebrations of fashion and queer culture. And they’re a blast. As always, there’s runway, competitive voguing, dancing, posing, drinks, and a lot of over-the-top fashion. “Over-the-top” is kind of what they’re going for. You don’t want to miss it.
Midnight | Palermo Club – Jorge Luis Borges 2454 | AR $225 | More Info
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
As we already established in our incredibly cheerful opening paragraph, the world is barreling towards a climate disaster. But there’s no need to despair! There are ways we can help with that, and every small effort is part of a larger wave of climate activism and sustainability awareness. The new installment of the Bioferia takes place across three days at the Hipódromo de Palermo, and you’ll be able to attend talks, buy products (from local environmental-friendly vendors) and participate in activities. Let’s try and save this cruddy little world of ours, yeah?
11 AM | Hipódromo de Palermo – Av. Libertador 4101 | AR $100 advance, AR $150 door | More Info
The closest I’ve personally ever come to writing erotic poetry was my first fumbling attempts at cybersex via AOL Instant Messenger many many years ago. It was atrocious. But hey, if you’re interested in hearing some erotic poetry written by people who aren’t bumbling 13-year-olds, you should hit up this very interesting event at Brandon, where they’ll be hosting readings by Alex Zani, Dani Zárate, Javier Roldán, Emi Félix, Cielo Nuar, Paula Poli, and Abigail Bek.
9 PM | Brandon – Luis Maria Drago 236 | AR $100 | More Info
THE RETURN OF BACCARAT
If you’re not familiar with Sergio Pángaro, you’re missing out on one of this country’s most entertaining live acts. A true troubadour in the tradition of classic crooners, Pángaro’s live act mixes crooner, lounge-cat and stand-up-comedian, with songs that are irreverent as well as incredibly catchy, resulting in a truly enjoyable musical experience. Backed once again by his trusty band Baccarat, they return to the stages as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal release Baccarat Por El Mundo (linked above). I’ve seen Baccarat live a few times and I can assure you: it is a fantastic time.
9 PM | Sala Siranush – Teatro Palermo – Armenia 1353 | AR $500 | More Info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
POP MUSIC PARTY
Everyone’s talking about… pop music! La Usina del Arte is one of the coolest places to visit in town, and this party — a celebration of everything pop-related — seems like a perfect excuse to spend some time there. There will be a video clip extravaganza, karaoke sessions, DJ sets, vinyl and cassette fairs, live music performances and pop paraphernalia. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
1 PM – Midnight | La Usina del Arte – Agustín Caffarena 1 | Free entry | More Info
We’ve talked about our love for Extrawurst before. These guys — a pair of German immigrants who have been living in Buenos Aires for several years and decided to bring a little piece of their home country to La Ciudad de la Furia — are the real deal. Not only is their food top-notch, but they have a wide variety of beers on tap. Come to their celebration of Oktoberfest for incredible (and very fattening) German music, beer, accordions and lederhosen.
8 PM | Extrawurst – Gastschänke – Tres Sargentos 427 | Free entry | More Info
Let’s class things up with a little bit of live jazz. Escalandrum is one of the most interesting acts making music right now — their album Studio 2 from last year was on our list of favorite Argentine albums of 2018 — so we never miss the opportunity to see them do their thing live. This time around, they’re back on the gorgeous Thelonious stage, putting their outstanding musical chops on full display. Order a nice whisky, take in the sumptuous surrounding, and let yourself get lost in one of the best things in the world: the sound of live jazz.
9 PM | Thelonious Club – Nicaragua 5549 | AR $400 | More Info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
BUENOS AIRES CELEBRATES ITALY
Finally, let’s wrap up our list with this event celebrating one of the great nations of the world. Yes, Argentina is heavily indebted to Italy in a number of ways — one only has to see an Argentine and an Italian speak next to each other to tell that one is just a scrambled mirror versions of the other. This Sunday, the city celebrates Italy with an activity where you’ll able to eat delicious Italian food, listen to traditional Italian music, and see some Italian art. See you there!
12 PM – 7 PM | Av De Mayo Y Bolivar | Free entry | 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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