After a tempestuous week of weather, going from searing sunshine to window rattling thunderstorms, it seems Buenos Aires isn’t quite ready for summer just yet. Now as we enter the final countdown to the holiday season and a well-deserved end of year break, plenty of the city’s cultural centers will begin to shut up shop. Having said that, there’s still plenty to do especially when it comes to being outdoors or perhaps finally getting around to doing some Christmas shopping at one of Buenos Aires’ many independent fairs and pop-ups. With it looking likely that the storm clouds will clear and we’ll be blessed with a few days of sunshine, it’s time to make the most of our two days of freedom and get out and do something.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH
Forma Taller will be hosting a pop-up store today in its Colegiales based shop. Showing everything from plant pots to handmade leather sandals, it’s a chance to find bespoke goods made by different local producers. If you spend your time scrolling through Pinterest wishing your apartment or street style was just as aesthetically pleasing as an influencer’s, this pop-up is for you. On throughout the weekend, you have the pick of each of the three days.
3 PM – 8 PM | Av. Federico Lacroze – 2185 no. 4 | Free | More info
Closing out a year of fabulous food served in the capital, homemade takeaway spot Vinotinto Cocina Andante will be holding their first after work Asian pop-up food night, Porche Assian. Headed up by Argentin -Korean wunderkind, Marina Lis Ra, the super chef will be putting together a delectable menu for all to enjoy at an after office hour suitable for those who don’t like their dinner too late. Including a few surprises (they won’t tell us, either), guests will be able to sip on some wine and enjoy expertly made picadas during what will hopefully be a balmy evening.
6:30 PM | VinoTinto – Julián Álvarez 1602 | More info
With evenings drawing out even longer as we approach the longest day of the year, dining al fresco becomes an even more appealing prospect. Wateke, dubbed as a festival that’s all about “todo lo que está bien” or in English, “everything that’s good,” is kicking off today at the Hipódromo de Palermo. Including plenty of gourmet eating and drinking options, plenty of well-known bands will be gracing the stage. Tonight percussion improvisation group La Bomba de Tiempo will be playing while Argie favorites Miranda! As well as babes Lucas & The Woods have scheduled sets for the rest of the weekend. Read more on our musical suggestions for the festival here.
12 – Midnight | Hipódromo Argentino – Av. del Libertador 4101 | AR $250 | More info
Today the eighth edition of FIVA, El Festival Internacional de Videoarte or the international video art festival will be launching its weekend-long program. Comprising 54 works by an impressive 97 artists, the festival is both diverse and international in outlook and judges have whittled down the enormous number of submitted work to show only the cream of the crop of this modern art form. Free for all, the installation will be open from tonight with the competition being judged on Sunday evening at 6 PM.
From 6 PM | Centro Cultural General San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
Palermo arts studio and printing press Primitive Ink will be holding the year’s final edition of their art fairs today. Including plenty of in-house artists based in their workshops, others from Buenos Aires and beyond will also be showing off their work. Making ideal gifts for anyone who adores Buenos Aires, check out maps drawn by bairesbaires. Brightly colored illustrations by Magdalena Ehul will be available while if you feel the need for an Eva Perón pop art tote bag, head to San Spiga. With affordable prices, you might just find it irresistible to buy a couple of gifts for yourself.
3 PM – 10 PM | Primitive Ink – Costa Rica 4368 | Free | More info
Fans of all things Japanese, you should head to heritage exhibition Wasuremono today. Curated by Soledad Uchima and Ignacio Chico, the project involved meeting with descendants of Japenese migrants to Argentina. Exhibiting their inherited objects, the evening presentation should provide a unique view into the lives and journeys of Japanese migrants who chose to settle in Argentina. Only on for one night, Wasuremono will be held in Villa Crespo-based experimental art space and lab Douzo Rocamora.
7 PM – 10 PM | Douzo Rocamora – Rocamora 4550 | Free | More info
FESTIVAL DE LA CASA
El Cultural San Martín will be hosting one-day Festival de La Casa today. Promoting the boom of independent artists of all types, an exhibition detailing photography and digital art will be displayed. Music-wise, afrobeat band Minga! will be playing a few sets while South East Asian inspired rock band El Gran Ki will also be taking to the stage. To top it all off, shopaholics will be able to purchase independent vinyl and ‘zines at a small fair taking place throughout the day.
3 PM – 11 PM | El Cultural San Martín – Sarmiento 1551 | AR $100 | More info
Showing off new sneakers and hanging with a bunch of hipsters might be a low-key Palermo cliche, but we thought you might like it nonetheless. Co-hosted with Sneakerhead, Argentina’s largest trainer fanatics community, SWRV will be holding another edition of their collab parties. Including a sneaker exhibition, curated by Frain, R&B and future beats artists Lautaro, Trilliam and Mukito will be spinning the decks from around midnight. Drinks will also be available – just make sure to wear your freshest trainers.
Midnight | Costa Rica 4677 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH
If the sudden spike in heat has become too much or if it’s more of a case of es la humidad lo que mata, head indoors and straight for the air conditioning at MALBA’s in-house cinema for the screening of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film Roma. An intimate portrayal of a young maid working for a middle-class family in Ciudad de Mexico’s Colonia Roma area, Cuarón draws on his own experience growing up and creates an emotive portrayal of both difficulties within social hierarchies and the political crisis of the 70s. Today’s tickets will be free – if reserved in advance at the front desk at MALBA.
10 PM | MALBA – Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415 | Free | More info
To help you in your search for unique Christmas gifts for loved ones, your dog, or therapist, design and artisan fair Feria Juntas is back this weekend with a Christmas weekend extravaganza. Located in two adjoining Colegiales apartments, around 30 different local designers and small business owners will be stalling out. Having gathered a loyal following of millennials looking for sustainably-sourced cosmetics, handmade jewelry, and artisan ceramics, it’s the ideal place to pick up a few stocking stuffers.
5 PM – 9 PM | Ciudad de la Paz 502 | Free | More info
If you ever find yourself listening to a cute guy/girl strumming on their guitar on the subte and wonder if you’ll ever hear from them again, head to Parque Lezama in San Telmo today for an Expo de Artistas del Subte. Plenty of our favorite musicians, performance artists, and rappers who help us through our morning commutes will all be there for the day which hopes to show off the diverse talent of underground performers.
7 PM – 10 PM | Parque Lezama – Avenida Brasil | Free | More info
If you’re the bright and early kind on a Sunday morning (who are you and what’s your secret?) Farmacity is holding one of their mass chicas-only roller skating sessions today. With two categories, a 10 KM and a 15 KM, participants are required to pre-register online and show up with their own rollers. Taking in a scenic route around Puerto Madero, the skate session is aimed at getting everyone out and about on a Sunday morning and should only be as competitive as you want it to be! There’ll also be a mini skate session for both girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 12 at 10:30 AM. A free T-shirt and water are included with the ticket price.
8 AM – 1 PM | Parque Micaela Bastidas – Julieta Lanteri | AR $ 590 | 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@example.com.