While it seems that this year we may have gotten off pretty lightly with the annual Santa Rosa storm, it’s best not to take the sunshine for granted – here in Buenos Aires temperatures and seasons can change as quickly as you can say “que lindo día”. Anyway, with the economic situation feeding our depression and anxiety on a daily basis, it’s fair to say most of us could make do with some cheering up before we all fall into a communal pit of despair. And really, this weekend is truly jam-packed full of some of our favorite annual staples as well as some new players to the game, giving you the best chance for arriving at work on Monday a little more optimistic than when you left on Friday.
Undoubtedly it’s going to be pretty heavy going on the cultural side, with the first edition of Art Basel Cities to take place in Buenos Aires as well as the 14th of BA photo and the newly inaugurated Alexander Calder exhibition in Fundación Proa. For food lovers (everyone then?!) the never-ending countdown to Feria Masticar is now over, as well as a day dedicated to celebrating Vietnamese cuisine and culture. With a bumper weekend like this, a little pre-planning will take you a long way.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
For the first time, Art Basel Cities has selected Buenos Aires as host city in a new edition of its international art festivities. Themed around rayuela, hopscotch in English, and also the title of Argentine author Cortazar’s iconic full-length novel, a full schedule of arty events will be running over the course of the weekend. In keeping with the theme and title, the public exhibition will ‘skip’ all across Buenos Aires and show different perceptions of the city through the eyes of 18 artists, both local and international.
Full of intriguing installations and unmissable performances, don’t miss Naama Tsabar’s sensual live performance in Faena Art Center, confronting the social codes of music and nightlife she puts particular emphasis on the vibrancy of Buenos Aires. Along with a talk led by artist Guillermo Kuitca and a live installation in Palermo’s Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays, there’s plenty to keep you going. Don’t panic if you feel you can’t fit it all in, much of the performances will be repeated over the weekend.
From 12 PM | Various locations | Free | More info
ROCK AND FILM
A first for the film festival scene in Buenos Aires, Rock N’ Doc will be taking place at Hoyts cinema Abasto this weekend. Showing a full program of rock music documentaries, both international and Argentine, tonight’s movie Sad Vacation will be on at 6:30 PM and Nico at 11:15 PM. If you’d prefer to see some rock music in the flesh, Pablo Malaurie will be performing in Palermo’s hip art gallery come café Local at midnight. For iconic photographs of The Ramones taken by Roberta Bayley, head to Centro Cultural Borges. If that’s not enough, check out the full schedule here, and make sure to reserve tickets beforehand.
From 12 PM | Various locations | AR $135 | More info
Experimental theater production “Polución, Diálogos con Pedro Lemebel” will be on tonight in Hasta Trilce. Performed by Chilean theater group “La Fuga”, it’s alternative and wacky in nature. Fusing theater with Dadaism, the production acts as a meeting point between the two arts. After the production, guests are welcome to stay on and listen to DJ Jose GuisGuisa and a line-up of other invited DJs. For a unique blend of culture and nightlife, the experience shouldn’t be missed.
Midnight | Hasta Trilce – Calle Maza 177 | AR $250 – $300 | More info
If the strains and stresses of the week have gotten to you (who can blame you?) and you’re in need of a little relaxation and life affirmation, head to Sangita Yoga de la Voz’s Friday night mantra workshop. Anyone who’s been to a yoga class will be used to the odd bit of chanting, whether you feel inhibited or can hum full pelt, the workshop will be a chance to learn about the connection between your voice and divinity. Led by expert Maha Sundari, expect to leave both more knowledgeable and relaxed. Reserve a spot beforehand.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Sangita – Ciudad de la Paz 510 | AR $150 | More info
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
Foodies rejoice… High-end gourmet food festival, Masticar is back on this weekend. Playing host to Buenos Aires’ most high end and refined dining options, you can definitely forget the soggy burgers and disappointing chips that are too often a part of food fairs. An opportunity to try the city’s fanciest fair, top names like Don Julio, Crizia, I Latina, and La Mar Cebicheria will all be behind a stand.
If you’re feeling inspired to do some cooking yourself, don’t miss out on workshops led by Diego García Tedesco (behind San Isidro’s Austria restaurant) at 1 PM and Pablo Massey (behind La Panadería de Pablo) at 6 PM. A wine patio and beer terrace will also be available for pre or post meal tipples. If you haven’t already, reserve a ticket beforehand to save time queuing.
12 PM – 10 PM | Zapiola & Matienzo | AR $130 | More info
Bookworms should head over to the third edition of Feria del Libro Artesanal. Taking place today and tomorrow, the fair promotes independent publishing houses and authors and is a different experience to the usual bookshop browsing. Including poetry collections, short story analogies and handmade notebooks, it’s a must for any book lover. With a full program of talks and workshops, highlights from today’s agenda include a demonstration on restoring books as well as a talk about the work of Raoul Veroni.
3 PM – 9 PM | La Libre – Bolívar 438 | Free | More info
Celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Argentina, the first ever Día de Vietnam is set to be an explosion of Vietnamese culture, tradition, and food. Cuisine aficionados will be able to get their hands on all of the classic favorites like Pho Soup (big bowls of noodley vegetable broth goodness) and Bun Cha (rice noodles with bondiola). If you’re game to expanding your recipe repertoire, there’ll be cookery demonstrations on how to make Vietnamese spring rolls.
To finish off what will probably be a pretty indulgent afternoon of eating, a coffee tasting session will be held, allowing visitors to try a variety of beans from around the country. Don’t forget to look out for folkloric dancing displays and a photography exhibition as well. Giveaways will be taking place throughout the day, and if you’re lucky you might just win a flight over to the South East Asian country itself.
12 PM – 5 PM | Plaza Intendente Seeber (Av. Del Libertador y Av. Sarmiento) | Free | More info
Tonight Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos will tonight be hosting dance group Peña de Los Abrazos. The evening includes an open folk dance class led by Santiago Bonacina at 7 PM, followed by a variety of both musical and dance performances. Singers Marcela Passadore and Mariela Condo will be taking to the stage as well as the 15 strong female band La Colmena. There’ll also be a food patio and a fair selling clothing, books and artisanal crafts.
7 PM – 2 AM | Espacio Cultural Nuestros Hijos – Av. del Libertador 8151 | Pay what you can | More info
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH
In the spirit of proving that Buenos Aires is in indeed one of the most livable student cities in Latin America, the government will be hosting an all-day outdoors student party aimed at making all those studying in Buenos Aires, whether local or international, feel at home. All totally free, once signed up, you’ll be able to learn to tango, sing some karaoke, play bubble football and participate in language exchanges with the multilingual crowd.
12 PM – 6 PM | Campo Argentino de Polo – Av. Libertador 4000 | Free | More info
Having steadily grown year to year since its inauguration, more than 40 galleries will be participating in this year’s 14th edition of BA photo. Including plenty of examples of porteño galleries, many will be making the trip from Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, and the U.S. Legendary Argentine photographer Aldo Sessa will have work on display and distinguished photographer Pepe Fernandez (BA Photo staged a pop up of his work in Patio Bullrich) will showcase some of his work detailing Argentina during the 70s and 80s.
2 PM – 9 PM | La Rural – Av. Sarmiento 2704 | AR $90 – $180 | More info
Hoping to find a home for many of Buenos Aires’ unloved and unwanted furry friends, today’s jornada de adopción run by the city government will take place in Parque Centenario. Including both dogs and cats, the fairs are known to be very successful in matching many of the pets with a loving home. A quick peruse of their Facebook page shows plenty of irresistibly cute faces that will no doubt prove difficult to choose from. An opportunity to give a pet a much-needed home, just be careful you don’t feel tempted to leave with a zoo.
1 PM – 6 PM | Parque Centenario | Free | More info
Inaugurated this weekend, North American sculptor Alexander Calder, who is credited with inventing the mobile sculpture, will have a large part of his collection on show at La Boca’s Fundación Proa. Paying homage to his work’s enduring style and modernity, ‘The Meeting Space’ displays pieces from over six decades of the artist’s life. Characterized by a moveable “suspended sculpture”, usually in primary colors, his work is stylishly simple and has not dated at all.
11 AM – 7 PM | Fundación Proa – Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929 | AR $50 – $80 | 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]