Feliz año nuevo! While you’ve probably heard that line more times than you care to remember and are really just relieved to have survived your monster resaca since January 1st, we all deserve a huge congratulations for making it to 2019! Although the city is well and truly in vacation mood and you may be more than a little tired of seeing Insta snaps of Punta del Este while you sweat it out on the subte (#staycation), there’s plenty of summer fun to be had in BA. With a near perfect forecast of a sunny weekend ahead, it’s time to get your butt outdoors and not succumb to fiaca or the temptation of an air-conditioned apartment. Buen finde, amigues!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4TH
Partying during the holidays coupled with meeting with all those relatives you’d rather not see can be a tiring pastime. While staying in at home on a Friday night might not be ideal either, aim for the middle ground and head to Bar la Tribu for a game night. Including plenty of classic boardgames from over the years, grab a few pals or go solo, the nights are friendly enough so you’ll make plenty of mates anyway.
9 PM – 1 AM | Bar la Tribu – Lambaré 873 | Free | More info
On the other hand, if a long week back at work after the holidays has you needing more than a few drinks, Bao bar, and underground techno venue, Espacio Rô is the place to be. Hosting a line-up of local off the radar techno artists, the bar boasts a long list of craft beer (some things never change) and expertly mixed cocktails. With exposed brick, shady lighting and the outside unnoticeable from the street, it’s a bit of a Palermo hipster enclave, but one of BA’s best spots for techno music. Free before 2 AM, it’s ideal if you arrive early.
10 PM – 5 AM | Espacio Rô – Thames 1625 | Free – AR $150 | More info
Feliza an LGBQT+ cultural center, will be holding their first Unicorn! night of the year. Believing in love, magic, illusions and impossibilities, Friday night in Feliza is all about having a relaxed evening surrounded by friends in an open-minded environment. Tonight, machismo critical reggaeton band, Chocolate Remix, as well as DJ Ana Logue will be performing while back to back queer cinema films will be played. Even better, between 7 and 10 PM drinks will be priced at two for AR $190.
7 PM | Feliza – Av. Córdoba 3271 | Free | More info
Palacio Barolo, the city’s architectural ode to Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ is often dismissed as an obvious tourist attraction. But offering a new look at the city’s skyline, tonight the building will be opening its doors to a one-off noche mágica. Accompanied by a group of violin players, visitors will scale the eight flights of stairs to see the city lit by the dazzling beams of the old lighthouse. Climbing back down, and having worked up a thirst, premium wines will be available to be tasted. Tickets must be reserved beforehand, by emailing [email protected]
7:50 PM – 10:15 PM | Palacio Barolo – Av. de Mayo 1370 | AR $790 | More info
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH
While temperatures rise, a lack of a pool in the stifling humidity can take its toll. If you can’t find a friend or random work colleague with their own pileta head up to BA’s very own waterpark complex, Parque Norte. Located close to the Río de la Plata, in the same area as the Ciudad Universitaria, there’s three swimming pools and several water slides to keep you busy on a sunny afternoon. If you’re the sporty type, make sure to take advantage of the plethora of activities included with your entrance price, (volleyball, aerobics, and water boxing). Arrive early on in the day so you get a good spot.
8:30 AM – 8 PM | Parque Norte (Cantilo & Güiraldes) | AR $300 | More info
Taking place in the open air surroundings of the Ciudad Cultural Konex, puppet show Marionetas will be shown. Encouraging adventurous imagination and young curiosity, the play follows the tale of a giant baker who walks into the world of doll maker, Cúrcuma. Helping make dreams a reality, Cúrcuma’s gift is designing and creating realities according to her customers’ wildest imaginations. Recommended for children from four and over, it should become a family favorite. Tickets can be bought in advance.
3 PM – 4 PM | Ciudad Cultural Konex – Sarmiento 3131 | AR $250 – $300 | More info
Picturesque, old school and so underrated, Barracas often feels like a forgotten barrio. From passionate crimes to the tale of Santa Lucia’s pulpera and a crashed 1920s plane, much of the area’s history remains shrouded in mystery, uncovering the hidden secrets and urban legends of the neighborhood, group Magnífica Buenos Aires will be leading the walking tour. If you find yourself wanting to know more at the end, participants can sip on a cortado in the chosen cafe afterward. Spots can be reserved by booking online.
5 PM – 7:30 PM | Plaza Colombia Av. Montes de Oca & Brandsen | AR $200 – $220 | More info
We’d all like the gift of knowing what the future holds, but sigh, we’re just humans after all. Try the next best thing by taking part in an astrological shamanism ritual. Entering altered states of consciousness, participants often attempt to make contact with the spirit world while channeling these transcendental energies into reality. Closing out the past calendar 12 months, tonight will be as much about a nostalgic review of past events as a look to the future. Held in cozy Villa Crespo-based Blog Astrológico studios, it’ll no doubt be a unique evening. Tickets can be reserved online.
5 PM – 7 PM | Blog Astrológico – Thames 516 | AR $500 | More info
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH
Solving all of our staycation woes, La Confiteria will be turning their rooftop terrace into a tropical island every Sunday of this month. Inviting a diverse range of bands across the season, tonight independent artists Ignacio Herbojo and band Regy along with experimental performer Lux Raptor will be taking to the stage. Holding a small editorial fair, independent publications and ‘zines will also be available to purchase.
6 PM | La Confiteria – Lacroze 2963 | AR $150 | More info
Paying homage to iconic movie soundtracks, Bebop Club in San Telmo will be recreating memorable audiovisual moments from classic movies that include Casablanca, An American in Paris and The Big Lebowski. With music performed by a live band, video clips will be edited to show off the most iconic scenes. Tickets can be purchased online.
9 PM – 11 PM | Bebop Club – Moreno 364 | AR $350 | More info
To kick off the year in the healthy way we all intend to go on, Yoga Project BA is hosting a free outdoor yoga class and party. A great way to try the practice without signing up for a pricey membership, you’ll also be ticking off that new year’s resolution to get fit and healthy in 2019. Totally free, all you’ll need to bring is a mat (or something similar) mate, and some food to share with your classmates.
11 AM – 12:30 PM | Plaza de Unidad Latinoamericana – El Salvador & Medrano | Free | More info
Today the Jardín Japonés is inviting everyone to come and hear the ringing of the bell to ask for good omens throughout the year ahead. Known as Kanetsuki, the ritual dates back to ancient Japanese tradition and is just another way for us mere mortals to try and bring in some good vibes for the next year. Based on the belief that humans are capable of 108 different sins, the bell will be rung for the same number of times. Entrance will be AR $150 and will include a chance to walk around the gardens.
10 AM | Jardín Japonés – Av. Casares 2966 | AR $150 | 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 [email protected]