Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

Tuesday is Labor Day, a national holiday for Argentines, and although it is not particularly eventful, the long weekend is. Below is a list of upcoming fun to be had.

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Saturday

Don’t forget to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Food Market: Throughout the weekend a special organic outdoor market will be set up in San Telmo where visitors are welcome to stop for a savory healthy bite. The event will be postponed in case of rain.  Av. Caseros between  Bolivar and Defensa, San Telmo.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibits; Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy, and the Leon Ferrari  showcase “Brailles, relectura de la biblia”. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

Vendimia en Boedo is a wine and art festival celebrating the local viticulture. Don’t miss the chance to experience different kinds of wine, live music and shows and art exhibits. Av. Boedo 880.

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting the third of four shows at the Gran Rex Theatre on Saturday. Tickets here.

Sunday

Don’t forget to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Food Market: Throughout the weekend a special organic outdoor market will be set up in San Telmo where visitors are welcome to stop for a savory healthy bite. The event will be postponed in case of rain.  Av. Caseros between  Bolivar and Defensa, San Telmo.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibits; Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy, and the Leon Ferrari  showcase “Brailles, relectura de la biblia”. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

Vendimia en Boedo is a wine and art festival celebrating the local viticulture. Don’t miss the chance to experience different kinds of wine, live music and shows and art exhibits. Av. Boedo 880.

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

A city Photography Marathon will be held by Garrick-Arte y Cultura starting at midday. Sign up at esperamaraton@elgarrick.com.ar or call 3526 7439 to book your place.

Those visiting La Boca on Sunday should stop by the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880 where there will be live tango music from 1pm-4pm. Aristobulo del Valle 1100, La Boca.

On Sunday at 7.30pm, renowned local musician Pedro Aznar will be presenting a free live concert in Plaza Italia commemorating the music of Luis Alberto Spinetta. Later on, the book fair will be open free of charge.

Monday

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibits; Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy, and the Leon Ferrari  showcase “Brailles, relectura de la biblia”. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting the last of four shows at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

Stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered Peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

*Monday the 30th of April is the sign-up date for the 4th of May ecological reserve nocturnal tour. Don’t forget to book your place! Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero . 4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108. reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Tuesday

The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

From 1pm-5pm there will be a Reiki marathon at the stunning Japanese gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

2012 Gallery Nights

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The 2012 Buenos Aires Gallery Nights launches this Friday bringing art enthusiasts together once again.

The monthly events, which have been part of the city agenda since 2001, seek to promote art and allow the public to get in touch with the city’s latest artistic talents.

This year American Express will be hosting guided tours to five select galleries starting at 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm at Arroyo and Esmeralda.

Additionally there will be a free minibus transportation service that will stop at the designated points on the Gallery Night circuit (marked as yellow points on the map).

This week’s Gallery Night will take place from 7pm-10pm in the Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta areas. Future Gallery Nights will also feature a Palermo circuit.

Buenos Aires Rama Tours and Rama Food for IPhones

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Rama Tours is an iPhone app for travelers offering different city tours prepared by enthusiasts and connoisseurs.  In 2010 the BBC picked it as one of the leading iPhone travel apps.

The tour on offer for Buenos Aires by Kate Stanworth is called ¨Heart of Buenos Aires¨ and is a great introduction to the city’s political and historical quarter centered arround Av.de Mayo.

Recently Rama also launched city food tours, and of course Buenos Aires had to be featured!

For breakfast and pastry lovers, Frank Almeida from Sugar&Spice (responsible for the delicious cookies at Fierro’s mini-bars) went on the quest for the best medialunas in town.

Dan Perlman from renowned closed door restaurant Casa Saltshaker was in charge of the San Telmo and Recoleta food tours featured in the app.

Finally Maria Carrá from BA Foodies prepared a tour of 5 recommended Palermo bars that due to their character have withstood the test of time as some of the neighborhood’s hottest go-to places.

The application, available from iTunes here, is a perfect way for gadget enthusiasts and people stopping for a short visit to get an overview of the city.

Wine and Art at Vendimia en Boedo

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Throughout the week, until Sunday the  29th of April, there will be a special festival celebrating  the Argentine grape harvest and wine industry. The event, Vendimia en Boedo,  will host wine tastings and conferences as well as exhibiting different artistic expressions related to viticulture.

This year´s theme is regions, with a special focus placed on terroir.

The festival will be taking place in the neighborhood of Boedo in Pan y Arte, Av. Boedo 880.

The program is as follows:

Tuesday

7pm: Conference about the Mendoza terroir by Gustavo Choren.

8.30pm: Wine tasting by Adriana Huck of Trapiche wines.

10pm: Live folklore music by Grupo Tinaja.

Wednesday

7pm: Wine tasting of 7 Vacas Reserva Malbec.

8.30pm: Conference ¨Territorios paralelos¨el mundo está en tus sentidos. (¨Parallel Territories¨ the world is in your senses).

10.30pm: Live music and Milonga.

Thursday

7pm: Wine tasting.

8.30pm: Poetry reading.

10.30pm: Live music- Latin Jazz.

Friday

7pm: Conference ¨El barrio como primer territorio¨(The Neighborhood as the First Territory), followed by a wine tasting.

9pm-11pm: Theatre- ¨El Vino Secreto¨ written by Liliana Moreno and directed by Clodet Garcia, and ¨Trinchera de Palabras¨ written by Germinal Marin and directed by Fagner Pavan.

Saturday

7pm-9.30pm:  Theatre- ¨Siesta¨by Nerio Yela,”Al ritmo de Tina” by the Compañia Internacional Faro Luciale, Teatro Errante, “Mar de Fondo· by Laura Valencia. In between each play there will be wine tastings from different wineries.

11pm: Live Tango by “La Siniestra Quinteto”.

Sunday

Midday: Harvest menu.

3pm: Conference about new Argentine terroirs by Alejandro Iglesias.

4.30pm: Live tango music and dancers.

5pm: Live painting by a group of artists.

8.30pm: Clown show by “Payasas de mundo”.

9.30pm: Live music and  closing performance.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Stop by Museo Casa Carlos Gardel and learn more about the influential tango composer. Later on stay for the live tango concert starting at 6.30pm. Jean Jaures 735, Abasto.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado where a tango peña will be held at 8.30pm. This Palermo centered Peña serves traditional food and stages live shows by an array of performers as well as hosting folklore dances for the community.  From midnight onwards they also encourage the diners to play spontaneous guitar music. (They offer the guitars).  Güemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038. info@lapeniadelcolorado.com.

 

Tuesday

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

A new temporary exhibit will be displayed at the Espacio Virrey Liniers showcasing the latest archeological explorations of Buenos Aires city. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-7pm. Venezuela 469, Montserrat.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see an opera at the Colón Theatre. This week the famous Opera house will be staging La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.)  22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of April. Tickets here.

 

Wednesday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening head to the upbeat and colorful AcaBar for some great drinks and board games. Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo. 4772-0845.

 

Thursday

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Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting the first of four shows at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Friday

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The city will be abuzz with literary activity until the 7th of May at the annual international book fair. Tickets cost 20 pesos from Mon-Thur and 26 pesos on the weekend. Find the full program of activities here.

In the evening explore the city’s art galleries and museums with the rest of the crowd on the monthly Gallery Nights.

Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting the second of four shows at the Gran Rex Theatre. Tickets here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

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Don’t forget to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Rock legend Bob Dylan will be presenting the third of four shows at the Gran Rex Theatre on Saturday. Tickets here.

Those visiting La Boca on Sunday should stop by the traditional Bar El Estaño 1880 where there will be live tango music from 1pm-4pm. Aristobulo del Valle 1100, La Boca.

On Sunday at 7.30pm, renowned local musician Pedro Aznar will be presenting a free live concert in Plaza Italia commemorating the music of Luis Alberto Spinetta. Later on, the book fair will be open free of charge.

This Weekend: Buenos Aires Celebra

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Buenos Aires Celebra is a program of cultural festivities aimed at sharing the different cultural influences that the city has due to its unique migratory history.

This weekend two colorful international communities will be celebrated on Av. de Mayo and Bolivar in the historical Monserrat neighborhood.

On Saturday, starting at midday, there will be a Greek feast where there will be food stands, dances, artisanal objects, and typical products from the Mediterranean country.

On Sunday, festivities will be centered on the Calabria people from Italy, as it is Calabria immigrant day. Typical dances and traditions will be on display as well as a variety of food stands where conserves and native dishes can be sampled.

Buenos Aires Nightlife: BA Pub Crawl

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Buenos Aires is known for its vibrant nightlife that ends well into the morning. As a visitor it may be difficult to decide on where to go to capitalize on diversion. Fortunately for the “party like a rockstar” types, there is a dedicated group of partiers who have organized the BA Pub Crawl, a fun packed bar hop where people from different nationalities and cultures meet to discover just how wild the BA night can be.

The Pub Crawls are held every night of the week, and explore different areas of the city. Thus, Monday’s event may be in San Telmo, Wednesday’s in Recoleta, Saturday’s in Palermo Hollywood, and so on. This allows travelers to get to know different spots around the city, and to socialize with other like-minded people.

The dedicated organizers of the pub crawl also plan special events for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter for example, whilst also hosting theme nights such as the upcoming Stoplight Pub Crawl on Sunday the 29th of April where everyone attending is expected to wear something red, yellow or green.

Pub Crawls start at different meeting points at 10pm each night. They cost 100 pesos and include free pizza, beer and wine through registration hour (10-11pm), a free shooter at every bar, drink discounts and free club admissions.

More information on upcoming pub crawls and meeting points is available here.