We can no longer deny it, summer is finally over. The leaves are falling thick and fast, and today’s sudden downpour no longer felt like sweet relief from the heat, but more like an excuse to cozy up inside with a hot tea. However, we’re here to help you resist the urge to start hibernating for as long as possible with another great line-up of events taking place across Buenos Aires. So, though you’ll likely have a strict BAFICI schedule to keep, have a scroll through our guide to find the best live music and eclectically-themed festivals to enjoy this weekend. Plus, if you need to fuel up before a night of fun, La Noche de las Arepas is offering 50 percent off all arepas at a range of restaurants around town.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH
This Friday La Llamada del Sur is running an unmissable special edition of the weekly event. Bringing together La Bomba de Tiempo, La Delio Valdez, and La Sonora Master for an evening of dancing and drumming that’s scheduled to go on till the sun comes up. If you love the classic Monday show at Ciudad Cultural Konex but always have to leave early, then this is the place for you tonight.
12 AM – 6 AM | Teatro Flores – Av. Rivadavia 7806 | AR $400 | More Info
ARSA, an international contemporary jazz quintet, will be taking over the effortlessly cool Notorious Bar this evening for your enjoyment. Formed from a group of musicians from both Cuba and Mexico, this sax-led ensemble will be playing a modern, upbeat set to get your weekend off to a good start.
11.30 PM | Notorious Bar – Av. Callao 966 | AR $250 | More Info
Festival Feminoise will be taking over all the rooms of La Confitería for the second evening of this political, creative, feminist festival. Come for a night of live music, discussion, art exhibitions, and workshops run by women from across Latin America. If you can’t make it tonight, then the festival continues on Saturday as well.
Thursday – Saturday, 7 PM – 6 AM | La Confitería – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | AR $150 before midnight, AR $200 after | More Info
SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH
For a holistic healing experience this Saturday head to Alto Festival in Tigre for a day of acro-yoga, tarot readings, astrology, and artisanal beers. The organizers are a group of artists and teachers that gather in natural spaces to practice self-healing, and have put together this festival to help others find about about their methods for strengthening the mind, body, and spirit. If reading the stars isn’t your jam, then just head there for the vegetarian buffet or to enjoy the live evening music from six different bands.
10 AM – 12 AM | El Maiten – Santa Maria de las Conchas 4637, Tigre | AR $300 – AR $750 | More Info
We all know the Asian food offering in Buenos Aires is somewhat limited compared to other world capitals. So for those craving some spicy, aromatic food this weekend’s ASEAN Bazaar will be more than welcome. Situated right next to MALBA in the Plaza República del Peru, you’ll find a range of food trucks and cultural demonstrations from the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. We advise skipping breakfast and heading straight to the Pho.
12 PM – 6 PM | Plaza República del Peru | Free | More Info
Yes, that is a picture of a confused cat playing baseball. And why, I hear you ask… well, because this weekend is the first edition of Feria Purr, a cat feria in benefit of cat and dog rescue organizations and adoption charities. More than 3,000 animals will benefit from your attendance – reason enough to go – and there’ll be 230 stands selling cat-related crafts and goodies for both you and your feline friends. Entry rates are based on a donation of either money or cat and dog food.
1 PM – 7 PM | Colegio San José – Azcuénaga 158 | Voluntary Donation | More Info
What to say to those arty film house types that linger round BAFICI claiming contemporary film is the only valid art form? Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man. Then walk away and head to Lebowski Fest, a night of partying inspired by the cult Coen-brothers classic. Kicking off at 10PM, you can expect white Russians, a costume competition, tattoo space, ‘duderinas’ performances, art exhibitions, prizes, and surprises.
10 PM – 2 AM | El Bar de Kowalski – Billinghurst 835 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH
READ & EAT
Feria Leer y Comer is back this Saturday and Sunday, giving you a unique opportunity to blend two passions together and enjoy great literature while eating delicious food. The feria brings together chefs, local food vendors, authors, and editors to create an educational program of talks, workshops, and tasting opportunities. There will be conversations with famous authors and plenty of great offers on both books and food.
Saturday & Sunday, 12 PM – 9 PM | Margen del Mundo – Concepción Arenal 4865 | Free | More Info
For those hanging about in Nuñéz this Sunday, don’t be surprised if you see hoards of bloody, flesh-eating porteños wandering around. It’s the fifth edition of Argentina’s Walking Dead Convention, which is planned to be the biggest yet. And with a huge number of stands and activities, including a zombie labyrinth, bow and arrow classes, signed photographs, set recreations, zombie survival classes, debates, and a chance to meet Carl, zombie fanatics, horror aficionados, and dedicated fans of the show are likely to be satisfied. Move fast to get your ticket.
12 PM – 7 PM | Goldencenter Eventos – Cantilo y Guiraldes, Nuñéz | AR $400 | More Info
While the main film festival continues for another week, there is a special new addition to BAFICI that is running on this weekend only – BAFICI Maratón. This completely free program of film screenings, workshops, games and performances will be filling the streets around Museo Larreta in Belgrano, and includes old favorites like Karate Kid, Footloose, and Jurassic Park. Check the schedule online for the full line-up.
Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM – 9 PM | Museo Larreta – Av. Juramento 2291 | Free | More Info
- Our guide to BAFICI: 10 More Films to Check Out at BAFICI 2019
Intense and multi-disciplinary musician Mark Fell is playing for the first time in Argentina this Sunday at the Centro Cultural Kirchner in a free Sunday evening concert. His electronic compositions are known for challenging the limits of sounds, experimenting with different media, and utilizing technology so this is sure to be a unique concert. Sign up first online to secure your entry pass.
8 PM | Centro Cultural Kirchner – Bouchard 350 | Free | More Info
Disclaimer: 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.
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