You’d be forgiven for thinking that this weekend Buenos Aires will be focusing on celebrating its Irish community in true St. Patrick’s Day Style. And though there will certainly be plenty of Guinness-fueled parties, it seems the ferias of the city have also decided that this is their weekend. From food to fashion there are a number of great independent markets popping up all over the city for you to enjoy. So whether you’re into shopping or downing pints, have a good one!
FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH
This Friday the Usina del Arte is giving us the chance to see one of the most prestigious musical groups in the country play a free concert. The Symphonic Orchestra of the City of Buenos Aires will be playing all your favorite hits from the stars including Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi, among others as part of the Gala Lírica. The orchestra has been around since 1946, and can usually be found performing at the Teatro Colón so this is a unique opportunity to see them play. Be sure to reserve your entry ticket online.
9PM | Auditorium, Usina del Arte – Agustín Caffarena 1 | More Info
For the first of our many ferias this weekend we have Pop Up Buy-Buy which will be on at the ever so cool Habitat 2127 in Palermo Hollywood. It will be on for the entire weekend, selling a range of carefully curated clothing, art, beauty, and home goods. This edition features designers such as elegant swimwear brand Calomel.co, eco-beauty company Linda Cosmética Viva, and a shoe collaboration with textiles company Agave. Apologies in advance to your bank balance.
Fri, Sat, & Sun, 12 PM – 8.30 PM
We’ve all been to Monday night’s Bomba del Tiempo at Ciudad Cultural Konex, but did you know they also host plenty of other music events to party under the stars to? This Friday they’re hosting Dancing Mood, a jazz-ska group, to bring a close to the summer season. It stars at 8.15 PM sharp, and will undoubtedly get you in the mood for a long night of dancing.
7 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131
Known for hosting the most pop-filled, queer-friendly, off the hinge dance parties in Buenos Aires every week, this club night don’t call themselves the happiest place on earth for no reason. And this Friday Fiesta Plop are running a special pack to school party. Expect Britney schoolgirl outfits, glitter, and all the your favorite throwback pop songs. And, if you’ve celebrated you’re birthday this week let them know in advance, they’ll be preparing an, as yet unconfirmed, surprise for you. Intriguing…
Midnight – 7 AM | Teatro Vorterix – Av.Federico Lacroze 3455
SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
The feria gods have blessed the good citizens of Buenos Aires with another edition of Juntas this Saturday. Located in a charming old apartment building, you’ll find sustainably-sourced cosmetics, handmade jewelry, artisan ceramics, and foodie treats from this collective of, mostly female, artists and local designers. The artists rotate every month so there’s always something new to find at the event.
4 PM- 8 PM | Ciudad de La Paz 502
Buenos Aires Market are running a special celiac-friendly edition of their weekly food feria, dedicated to providing solely products that are 100% gluten-free. There will be more than 1000 products on offer to taste and purchase, plenty of food trucks as usual, a recycling point, and children’s entertainment.
Sat & Sun, 11 AM – 7 PM | Los Bosques de Palermo – Av. Del Libertador y Sarmiento | Free | More Info
If you haven’t been able to catch any of this week’s Tango festival then tonight is your chance as CITA puts on quite a show for it’s closing night. The Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino is one of the most important tango events in the world where you can expect to see tango masters as well as try out a few flicks and kicks yourself. There are performances lined up throughout the day on Saturday and a Milonga from 11 PM.
5 PM | Abasto Hotel – Av Corrientes 3190 More Info
If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets to Daddy Yankee’s BA show on Friday, or if you did and you just want to keep partying to reggaeton – kudos, then head to Club Araoz to catch British-Ecuadorian singer Chris Dickens play a pop-reggaeton set. This will be his first show in Argentina, where he’ll be testing out new tracks from his album to be released this year. He’s been working with producers Julián Sánchez and Echo, known for their work with Pitbull, Ricky Martin, and the man himself, Daddy Yankee, so it’s sure to be the hip-grinding dance party you’re looking for on Saturday night.
10.30 PM | Club Araoz – Araoz Pedro M. 2424 AR $200 More Info
SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH
Though you’d think this weekend would be wholly dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Irish will have to share as the frenchiest of all the food festivals is returning to Buenos Aires this Saturday and Sunday. Le Marché, Feria de Cocina Francesa will be taking over Plaza Francia offering you a chance to taste and stock up on everything from macarons, croissants, and éclairs, to croquet-monsieur, crépes, and camembert. Délicieux! The event will be accompanied by talks, workshops, and French music.
Sat & Sun, 12 PM – 6 PM Plaza Francia (Av. del Libertador y Dr. Luis Agote) Free
If you’re looking for a little intellectual escape from the city this weekend then LEER is the place for you. This literature festival, a collaboration between the Council of San Isidro and bookshop Notanpuan, will be running on Saturday and Sunday by the riverside in San Isidro. Set up to encourage greater engagement between the public and literature, the program includes talks, masterclasses, readings, and a feria (seriously, I did not exaggerate about the ferias this weekend) with more than 100 independent publishers. Pianist Julieta Venegas will also be closing the festival on Sunday. Check the link for full information on the program.
Sat & Sun, 3 PM Centro Municipal de Exposiciones – Del Barco Centenera y el Río, San Isidro Free More Info
Just in case you haven’t spent enough money this weekend, we have one final feria to offer you , but this one comes with food & drink, cinema, and returning drag act Las Apocalipticas. Mercado Fel!za are running a market showcasing products from over 50 female and LGBTQ+ creators across the two-floor venue. Along with the fun-filled shopping atmosphere they’re hoping to promote the work of diverse, independent entrepreneurs.
6 PM – 11 PM – Av. Cordoba 3271 Free More Info
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Today is the day to grab all your green clothing and head out to party with the Irish. Buenos Aires are throwing a range of St. Patrick’s Day (or Día de San Patricio as it’s known over here) celebrations around the city in honor of this day marking the death of Ireland’s patron saint. Whether you’re looking for a respectful pint of Guinness in a pub, or a full day of partying check out Buenos Aires Celebra Irlanda for listings of all the events taking place around the city. And, check out our full rundown of the best Irish parties coming your way. Sláinte!
All day & night Free 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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