After what feels like an eternal winter it seems that the first few signs of spring are beginning to appear. However, don’t let the recent sunny afternoons and balmy evenings fool you, as those pesky storms that usually rear their ugly heads at this time of year are making a comeback, marking the official change of seasons.
With this in mind, Buenos Aires is slowly gearing up to full cultural pelt with a rejuvenated surge of weekend offerings to force you out of the house and into the sun (hopefully).
So why not become an artist for the afternoon or finally get around to trying out some tango? If you prefer something a little more laid back try the CCK’s new PARKing CHANce exhibition or check out the female freestyle rap battle, Riña de Gallas, at Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Whatever you choose to do, don’t waste the precious work-free weekend before Monday morning rolls around once again.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST
Get yourself in full spirit for the weekend with a stand up comedy performance led by Señorita Bimbo and Noelia Custodio. Offering up their sharp and humorous observations of the world around them, the duo are an irresistibly funny act. Having become quite popular in recent years, they’re so often on tour outside of Capital Federal, you really have to catch them when you can. Bound to leave you with belly ache from laughing so much, we can’t think of a better way to kick off your weekend. If you’re super keen, reserve your ticket ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
9 PM – Midnight | Casa Brandon – Luis Maria Drago 236 | AR $200 | More info
For a tango class free of gender roles or stereotypes try out the queer tango class tonight in Centro Cultural Tierra Violeta. Open to all people regardless of their dancing abilities, it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some tango if you’ve otherwise been put off by its seemingly traditional and rigorous social code. Prepare to leave expectations at the door and enjoy the dance for what it is.
6:30 PM | Centro Cultural Tierra Violeta – Tacuarí 538 | AR $100 | More info
Argentine musician In Ire will be performing tonight at cozy Abasto music venue and bar El Emergente. Described as fusion of funk, pop, drum and bass, In Ire’s music is creative and original. As a solo project, other artists are able to join in, taking up a variety of different instruments including synthesizers, guitars, and keyboards to give the music its unique sound.
9 PM – El Emergente Bar – Gallo 333 | AR $80 | More info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
Fancy yourself as the next Kahlo or Picasso? Tonight is your chance. Paint – Now will be hosting one of their beloved workshops tonight in brewery Cervelar’s Villa Devoto location. Led by a professional artist, you’ll learn how to paint your very own masterpiece in just two hours and swig a couple of beers at the same time.
All about giving it a go, the non-artistically gifted can relax in the knowledge that all that’s required is an open mind and perhaps a couple of pintas to allow you to let loose. We can’t promise you’ll be proud of the results but who knows? Maybe you’ll have a new masterpiece to place above the mantelpiece? Give the group a follow on Facebook and Instagram for an exclusive discount code.
4 PM – 6 PM | Cervelar Devoto – Av. Chivilcoy 3451 | AR $520 – $650 | More info
GREEN FILM FESTIVAL
Cinemark Palermo is once again hosting this eco film festival, screening movies that aim to raise awareness of the increasingly negative impact the human population has on both the environment and worldwide working conditions. Highlights today include a 2 PM screening of Cotton Road, Laura Kissel’s eye-opening film that documents the laborious and environmentally harmful process of growing cotton as well as the ethical questions of factory labor.
Additionally, Jane Goodall’s documentary about her life dedicated to understanding the behavior of chimpanzees and ignoring the advice of a male-dominated science field will be screened at 8 PM. Tickets should be reserved beforehand.
All Day | Cinemark Palermo – Beruti 3399 | AR $135 | More info
It’s understandable you may be a little reluctant to start consuming a gluten-free diet. Just about every element of guilt inducing delicious Argentine cuisine contains gluten somewhere along the lines – medialunas we’re looking at you. However, the sin TACC fair is here to prove you wrong.
Including a market section where you can stock up on delectable local produce suitable for the gluten intolerant or for those looking to try something new, food trucks and stands will also be offering a varied selection of treats like sushi, pasta, and Asian food showing off the variety of GF cooking. Nutritionists and chefs will also be invited to offer informative talks and cooking classes. If it rains, the fair will be postponed.
10 AM – 6 PM | Bosques de Palermo – Av. del Libertador & Av. Sarmiento | Free | More info
For the first time, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti is hosting an all female freestyle rap battle tonight. While you’ve missed the deadline for participation, it’ll no doubt be a an electric evening seeing Buenos Aires’ most exciting upcoming female rap stars take to the stage. Hosted by Karen Pastrana, DJ Sista V will be providing the tunes.
6 PM – 8 PM | Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti | Free | More info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND
If you’re looking for a way to defuse any negative energy that has plagued you over the last week head to the Jardín Japonés to experience traditional Japanese fire ritual Hi Matsuri, which will supposedly restore your positivity and give you a healthy dose of good vibes to see you through the next week.
The festival, which dates back to around 1251, involves participants writing down all of the misfortunes they’ve experienced since the beginning of the year onto a wooden block before placing it on a metal tree and ceremoniously setting the whole construction aflame. Sounds therapeutic! There’ll also be an exhibition of Japanese culture and technology as well as a performance by Mo Ikkai.
10 AM – 6 PM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | Free | More info
Being vegan can be tough in a carnivorous capital like Buenos Aires. For those desperate to get their hands on some vegan friendly goodies head to Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca today. Back with their fair ‘Vegana Locura’, (vegan craziness), local businesses will be out in force providing a huge range of animal-free food options as well as produce and cosmetics to take home.
Free workshops and cooking classes will also be available throughout the day so you can easily expand your recipe repertoire and cook up a storm with your new purchases.
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona Humahuaca – Humahuaca 3508 | Free | More info
Centro Cultural Kirchner is currently hosting PARKing CHANce, an exhibition coming all the way from South Korea, on loan from the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju. Challenging misconceptions in contemporary film, art and society, the South Korean sibling duo formed by film director Park Chan-kyong and artist Park Chan-wook, lean on the more experimental side.
Consisting of their photo series “Child Soldier and Three Cemeteries” as well as seven short films made between 2010 and 2018, it’s all intriguing and a little unnerving. Their work is original and deserves to be seen in the flesh.
1 PM – 8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Sarmiento 151 | Free | More info
PORTUGAL & URUGUAY
In a bold decision, for the next edition of BA Celebra, both Uruguay and Portugal have been chosen. As a street party that aims to celebrate the diverse culture of each nation, expect around 30 stands to be set up all providing varied food options from either nation as well as literature and artisanal souvenirs to be purchased.
There will also be a photography exhibition, live performances and free Portuguese lessons for those who feel the need to hone their linguistic ability. Events will be postponed if it rains.
12 PM – 6 PM | Av. de Mayo & Bolivar | Free | 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]