While it’s pretty hard to top the joy of a finde largo, a four-day work week comes pretty close. Now into the final countdown before Friday evening liberation, it’s time to get planning our sacred 48 hours of freedom, before another (!) four-day week rolls around again. After a tense and overall unfulfilling conclusion to the fúbol a couple of weeks back, no doubt most of you will want to catch the second #superclásico which is set to take place on Saturday afternoon. Having kept Argentina on the edge of its seat for the best part of two weeks, it’s safe to say passions will be rightly running high, and it should make for one of the best games of the season.
Culture vultures, on the other hand, will want to see MALBA’s latest exhibition on Argentine artist Pablo Suarez, only just inaugurated this week. Whatever you do though, make sure to leave the house and get ‘Gramming the jacarandas before it’s too late – summer’s on the way and the air conditioning is calling.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD
Tonight, exclusive shopping mall Paseo Alcorta will be opening its doors to its first ever open-air wine festival. Taking over all of the third floor of the building, around 100 premium Argentine wines will be available to try as will tables of the finest picadas. Electronic music mastermind DJ Oliverio will also be playing a live vinyl set while competitive wine games will be played by those who are feeling brave after a copa or two. If you’re more of a shopaholic, splurge on the latest fashion items the mall has to offer, wine glass in hand, obviously. Tickets can be bought online.
6 PM – 11 PM | Alcorta Shopping – Jerónimo Salguero 3172 | AR $750 | More info
As evenings heat up and we head straight into summer, there’s no better time than now to be on a rooftop enjoying an ice cold trago with a view. Al Ver Verás, experimental visual arts group, will be brightening up the bland walls of downtown’s skyline with their ‘visual poetry’ tonight. Their projections which consist of hypnotic patterns and ingenious stories that seamlessly blend into a dreamlike sequence are all incredibly Instagrammble and, more importantly, leave watchers in a sort of incredulous trance. Taking place in a secret location (it is revealed on booking), a live band will perform while reasonably priced drinks and asado will be readily available for those who arrive on time. Pro tip: get their early and nab a spot on the front row.
9 PM | Location confirmed upon booking | Price via direct message | More info
Bohemian favorite milonga La Catedral is gearing up for another one of their Fiesta Generación Tango parties. Mixing the avant-garde with the old, a diverse set of traditional orchestras and more modern bands will be taking to the stage throughout the night. All about celebrating both classic tango and its evolution into a more modern dance genre, it’ll be an opportunity for the newbie dancer and the more experienced to immerse themselves into this distinct culture. With discount drinks and an eclectic food menu, it’s also ideal for those who want to make a night out of watching the festivities.
10 PM – 5 AM | La Catedral – Sarmiento 4006 | Free | More info
Recoleta-based Palacio Balcarce will be hosting this year’s last edition of their combined closed-door dinner and tour of the grandiose building. The impressive palace will tonight offer visitors the chance to take a trip around its endless maze of wood-paneled salons and pretend to be lord or lady of the manor, just for once. The hour-long guided tour will then be followed by dinner served in one of the grandest rooms, which will include a sumptuous steak dinner complemented with an extensive wine selection. Reservations must be made online.
8:30 PM | Palacio Balcare – Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 161 | AR $550 | More info
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
Split between London and Buenos Aires, Festival HyperLocal is an exciting blend of emerging artists from both countries. Looking to expand horizons and challenge barriers, plenty of bands are performing live tonight, while others are opting for a more modern approach and playing digitally. Over twelve hours of music scheduled for the night and very diverse musical genres will be represented from both sides of the Atlantic. Representing Argentina are names like ApofeniA, Constanza Castagnet, and Los Odios. Tickets can be bought beforehand.
6 PM – 6 AM | La Confitería – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | AR $300 | More info
Places of worship across the capital will be opening their doors to the public for this years Noche de los Templos. Including a packed schedule of free activities, guided meditation, as well as Tai Chi classes, will be taking place at Belgrano’s Monasterio Budista Fo Guang Shan, while the Templo Libertad in centro will be serving traditional Jewish food, all free to sample. If you don’t feel like reading a map, several different guided walking tours that begin at 8 PM are programmed throughout the barrios of Belgrano, Palermo, Centro, and San Telmo.
8 PM – Midnight | Various locations | Free | More info
Mundo Cactus will be hosting a gran barata (discount fair) in their Villa Crespo nurseries today. Offering up to 50 percent off on their huge collection of cacti and succulents, it’s a great excuse to stock up on some aesthetically pleasing accessories for your garden-less monoambiente. Not needing too much care, and notoriously hard to kill, they’re ideal for commitment-phobes who haven’t been gifted with green fingers and are instead prone to neglecting their potted friends.
12 PM – 6 PM | Mundo Cactus – Remedios Escalada de San Martín 733 | Free | More info
Celebrating 10 years on the BA underground arts and music scene, part culture center and nightclub venue bar, Club Cultural Matienzo has long been a staple for those in the know looking for an alternative arts exhibition or emerging band. The whole of this weekend will be dedicated to partying in honor of their first decade and will include plenty of performances from those on the porteño circuit. Klezmer and salsa fusion band Orkesta Popular San Bomba, as well as the mash-up mixer Alonso Morning, are part of the program while visual arts and music crew, Sesiones Cercanas del Primer Piso will be curating an eclectic mix of the city’s latest emerging talent.
9 PM – Morning | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Free | More info
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH
Gourmet food festival Apetito is back for its latest springtime offering. Held at the Hipódromo de Palermo, the city’s finest food trucks will be out in force giving visitors the chance to soak up some rays while sipping on an Aperol Spritz, and sampling the huge variety of international cuisines on offer. Known for their huge selection of craft beers, there’ll also be a wine patio and games area – a chance to have a go at their large form Jenga. Live music will be on throughout the day, while there’ll also be shows for any kiddies in tow.
12 PM – Midnight | Hipódromo de Palermo – Av. Del Libertador & Dorrego | Free | More info
RUN & BEER
Dubbed as Latin America’s most important running event (by the organizers at least), Recoleta and Palermo stalwart Temple Bar will be holding a 5 KM race or run – depending on how you look at it, this evening. Led by personal trainers from Improving, the run can be as competitive or as snail-paced as you like, everyone’s a winner with two free pints at the end. If you want to really look the part, t-shirts and other merch are also included, just make sure to head to the bar before race day to pick them up. Spaces can be reserved online.
5:45 PM – 11 PM | Plaza Oriental del Uruguay – Av. del Libertador & Tagle | AR $400 – $500 | More info
Gallery Days, the initiative that aims to encourage more of us to get out and explore more unusual routes on the city’s contemporary art circuit will be hosting their penultimate event of the year in the upcoming Distrito de Las Artes area, aka La Boca and Barracas. All about visiting the lesser known and more undercover spots, self-guided tours with the help of minibuses and checkpoints are available while those looking to delve a little deeper and nerd out can attend guided tours led by experts. Bringing the day to a close, gallery Marco Arte Foco will be hosting an after party complete with live DJs.
3 PM – 7 PM | La Boca + Barracas | Free | More info
In its final day, the eighth edition of children’s literary festival, FILBITA will be offering up plenty of free activities, workshops, and talks for the little ones. Complex philosophical questions about identity will be explained (anyone for the adult session?) while creatives can opt for participating in illustration workshops focusing on self-portraits and secret gardens. Budding writers can try their hand at writing poetry or at writing a biography for a beloved pet. All for free, the majority of scheduled events will be happening in Avellaneda’s Casona de los Olivera.
From 3 PM | Casona de los Olivera – Av. Directorio & Lacarra | Free | More info
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