The Carnaval murga madness is reaching its end this climax in Buenos Aires with one last, huge fiesta taking place on Monday. Yes, the reason you’re getting four blissful days off work this week is that porteños will be taking over Avenida de Mayo with drums, glitter, and more drums to party the night away. The city government tactfully realized that everyone is going to have a major resaca come Tuesday and work will be a no-go. Never one to rest on its laurels though, in addition to Carnaval celebrations, Buenos Aires is also offering up the usual selection of cultural and foodie events this weekend to while away the hours between parties.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1st
When one party door closes in this city another always opens; and this Friday FestiJazz is kicking off at The Brothers Club with the help of some of best porteño jazz musicians. Entry is completely free but the capacity is limited so it’s recommended to reserve online beforehand. If you can’t make it this weekend, the Jazz festival will be continuing every Friday and Saturday for the next few weeks.
9 PM | The Brothers Club – Cnel. Niceto Vega 5572 | Free | More Info
The Centro Cultural Recoleta is concluding its #AmordeVerano series this evening with a final round of romantic acoustic performances. Artists including Vane Butera and El Zar will be playing intimate and relaxed sets around the various patios of Recoleta in the early evening. Check out the schedule and head down for a relaxing Friday evening with a loved one.
7:30 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More Info
Mexico’s one and only Luis Miguel is coming to Buenos Aires for two nights this weekend to perform highlights from his long and varied career at the Campo de Polo. Often referred to as El Sol de Mexico, LuisMi is truly a Latin American pop icon. There are limited tickets left for both Friday and Saturday, so move quickly to ensure your entry to a night of song with this nostalgic star.
7:30 PM | Campo de Polo | From AR $3,200 | Tickets
SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND
BAGELS & BEATS
For a classier way to get your Carnaval on, then head to the trendy 416 Snack Bar this Saturday. They’re putting on their very own Carnaval festivities and to do so have teamed up with the best bagel-makers in town, Sheikob’s Bagels, to create some special edition snacks. The night will also include a range of tasty Brazilian treats which you can enjoy to the funky, fabulous party soundtrack of Sao Paulo native DJ Abud.
8 PM | 416 Snack Bar – Angel J. Carranza 1940 | Prices Vary | More Info
If you have kids, are babysitting some kids, or are just really into singing and recycling, then this Saturday afternoon concert is the place for you. Los Recicladores are putting on their show “Songs to Save the Planet,” which includes singalongs, dancing, and workshops to make your own instrument from recycled materials.
3 PM | Usina del Arte – Agustín R. Caffarena 1 | Free | More Info
In honor of the four Oscars this film won last weekend, including Best Actor for lead Rami Malek, La Gran J’aime is hosting a free showing of the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. The film will be in English with Spanish subtitles. Though it starts at 9 PM, the ticket office opens from 7 PM; it’s recommended to reserve a space (two tickets per person allowed). Plus, you can hang out and enjoy happy hour before the film starts if you get there early.
9 PM | La Gran Jaime – Araóz 832 | Free | More info
La Quince Espacio Cultural are hosting a musical fusion tonight for anyone looking to dance the night away to a Caribbean soundtrack at the aptly named Fiesta Arroz con Mango. Though we were sad to hear that fresh mango is not on the menu, the night will still be an atmospheric and funky experience with live music, including “ancestral rhythms” from Mango Viche and Abure OkaNani in homage to the sounds of Cuba and Colombia.
12 AM | La Quince Espacio Cultural – Av. Corrientes 5426 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD
The Teatro Colón Ballet Company are giving us a special treat this weekend by putting on a series of free shows in one of BA’s most prestigious open spaces – the Parque Centenario Amphitheater. The venue will open two hours early from Friday to Sunday, offering tickets on a first-come first-serve basis. This is your chance to see the dancers perform classic ballets to music including Bach and Tchaikovsky.
Fri & Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM | Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, Leopoldo Marechal 1000 | Free | More Info
If you’ve made it to the halfway point of the weekend’s partying and are in need of some good healthy sustenance to prepare you for the next two days, this vegan food festival is the place to go. Held on the first Sunday of every month, it provides an opportunity to stock up on vegan ingredients, cosmetics and artisanal products. There will be food to snack on, a raffle, and free vegan cooking workshops (get there before 3 PM to ensure a spot) to keep you entertained.
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Cooperativa Bar Casona, Humahuaca 3508 | Free | More Info
You might be forgiven for thinking that Carnaval is the only quintessentially Argentine cultural event reaching its close this weekend. But you’d be wrong, mi amigo. Cultura Rap, the freestyle rap tournament help by Centro Cultural Recoleta, has also reached its grand finale, and the stakes are high. Contestants are battling for the chance to travel to Santiago, Chile to participate in DEM (Dame Ese Micrófono), the largest rap competition in Latin America. It’s a great opportunity to witness some of Buenos Aires’ street rap culture and is sure to get you in the party mood for Monday.
5 PM – 9 PM | Centro Cultural Recoleta – Junín 1930 | Free | More Info
MONDAY, MARCH 4TH
If you’ve somehow managed to miss the glitter-faced, crazy-hat wearing celebrations that have been popping up over the city throughout February, then this is your one last chance to check out Carnaval atmosphere – Argentine style! From 4 PM murgas (bands of musicians) will be taking to the food-truck lined streets to parade and dance the night away. The main celebration will be taking over the Avenida de Mayo between the Plaza de Mayo and Parque Plaza del Congreso. Watch out for special guest corsos (parades) from Uruguay and Brazil, and shows by Mamita Peyote and Los Caligaris, and don’t forget your glitter!
4 PM – 11 PM | Avenida de Mayo | 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 [email protected]