Christmas Weekend in Buenos Aires

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Saturday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

PM Open air music- Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo form 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Those who want to start partying early on in the weekend stop by Pacha where DJ Barem will be from midnight onwards.  Av. Rafael Obligado 6151, Downtown.

Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

If you´re still Christmas shopping stop by the Recoleta Christmas Fair from 2pm-8pm.  Ayacucho 1571, Recoleta. 

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Last minute shoppers will love Noche Shopping, the night in which all shopping malls remain open until 4am, offering discounts and perfect gift-picking opportunities!

Monday

Buenos Aires Christmas Park will be open until the 24th of December and is a great opportunity to donate gifts, to meet Santa and more. Parque Thays at Figueroa Alcorta and Callao.

The MALBA will be open on the 24th from  midday to 6pm. Don’t miss the Tracey Emin and Oscar Muñoz exhibits. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415 , Recoleta.  

For a unique Christmas with tango included book your place at La Viruta after midnight milonga and Christmas dinner. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

If you haven’t yetm hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing Christmas Dinner. Check out the mouth-watering menu here.  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Find all the Christmas Eve parties taking place around the city here.

Tuesday

Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous Christmas brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

The Tierra Santa religious theme park will be open on Sunday the 25th from 4pm-10pm and Santa will be there to hand out sweets for the children. Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, Downtown. 4784-9551

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Stop by Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo and celebrate the music at the Latin Jam starting at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

* Keep in mind that transport is complicated on Christmas Eve so call taxi companies at least a day in advance.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening head to the Teatro Gran Rex where the Chinese ballet company Shen Yun will represent 5000 years of Chinese history through dance. Tickets here.

Tuesday

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The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Later on don’t miss the second half of the exhibit, a special projection that will take place at the Planetarium starting at 8.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

Wednesday

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad, which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Thursday

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If you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, head to the quirky Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo, which is a great place to visit and to shop for unique objects and trinkets for your loved ones.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Take advantage of the sunshine and book your place for a Foto Ruta Academia tour where you can get to know the city through the lens while benefiting from professional photography tips! More information here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour to celebrate the Summer solstice from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Saturday evening, starting at 9pm, renowned ballet dancer Eleonora Cassano will dance for the last time at a free event at the Obelisco. She will be staging The Nutcracker. 9 de Julio and Av. Corrientes, San Nicolás.

Both on Saturday and Sunday the Colón Theatre will be staging their last ballet of the year, a production of Onieguin by Tchaikovsky. Tickets here.

On Sunday head to the Feria de Mataderos to experience gaucho traditions, folklore music and typical foods. (Take a cab to avoid getting lost as it is on the outskirts of the city).

A ten-day weather forecast is available here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

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 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

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Wednesday

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Book your place for a unique afternoon of wine, tapas and Argentine fashion (think amazing leather bags, jewelry and more) at the Fierro Hotel garden from 5pm-8pm. Organized by Shop Hop BA and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com

The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival kicks off at 8.30pm at the Usina del Arte in La Boca with a show by the Tom Harrel Quintet. The festival will take place until the 26th of November, promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

British band Pulp will also be staging a live concert at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Friday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

The Buenos Aires Open Air Market will be taking place throughout the weekend at Barrancas de Belgrano, offering fresh organic produce and more!

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Stop by La Rural, the annual agricultural and livestock show, and get a feel for the Argentine campo, where so much of the local identity and economy has been forged. The fair takes place from the 19th to the 31st of July at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

In the afternoon stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then shake off the cold at the nearby La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing two new exhibits. The first features Argentine and Brazilian contemporary pop art, realism and political art, and the second is a collection of works by Roberto Aizenberg and younger artists who have been inspired by him.  Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Don´t miss the chance to see Russia’s top ballet dancers on stage at the Teatro Coliseo.  There will be three performances on the 31st of July and the 1st and 2nd of August at 8.30pm. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Head to the Dorrego Flea Market in Palermo, which is often overlooked and is the perfect place to go on a treasure hunt.  Antiques and curious finds are waiting to be dug up and claimed in this charming neighborhood market. Open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm.  Av.Dorrego and Conde.

In the evening head to the new El Faro de Buenos Aires Milonga with live music, dancing and more at the special Palacio Barolo.  Wednesdays from 5pm-1am. Av. de Mayo 1370 P.B, Downtown.

Thursday

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Later on, musician Francisco Fattoruso will be staging a live show at Boris Club de Jazz starting at 10pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Book your place for one of Norma’s cooking classes and learn to make typical Argentine food such as locro, empanadas and the delectable alfajor. Classes run every Saturday from 11am-2pm and include lunch. More information here.

Head to the Planetarium in Palermo for one of the special screenings of Journey to the Stars. You can also access the planetariums telescopes to get unique views of the sky. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan. 4772-9265

2012 International Book Fair

The 2012 Feria Internacional del Libro (international book fair) kicks of this Thursday topping off April’s full cultural agenda.  The annual fair is the world’s largest Spanish speaking book fair and displays over 1,500 exhibitors from around the globe.

Each year the event has a different theme, this year it is “A Future with Books”.  This idea will be explored through a digital space where visitors will be able to sample and purchase e-books, also through a series of conferences that will put into question some of the issues that arise with technology in relation to publishing and copyright, amongst others.  To support the theme there will also be a map of the most important literary events in the city, video-poetry and audio-books from Mexico, Spain and Belgium, artistic performances that will interpret short stories by Argentine authors, and an installation that will invite the public to participate in the creation of their own stories.

Internationally renown authors including Mu-San Baek (South Korea), Mateo Belli (Italy), Viola di Grado (Italy), Lita Donoso (Chile), Carlos Fuentes (México), Eduardo Galeano (Uruguay), Néstor García Canclini (Argentina/México), David Grossman (Israel), Stephen Holmes (U.S.A), Sandra Cisneros (U.S.A), and Norman Manea (Rumania/U.S.A) amongst others, will also be attending the fair to sign books and discuss different aspects of writing and publishing with the public. Debates and conferences will also be taking place throughout the duration of the fair. The full program is available here.

Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires

La Rural: Santa Fe 4201, Palermo

Opening hours:

April 16th– Inauguration- 6pm-10pm

Sun-Thus- 2pm-10pm- Tickets: 20 pesos

Fri-Sat and National holidays- 2pm-11pm- Tickets: 26 pesos.