5 Activities to Enjoy on Rainy Buenos Aires Days

rain

(Photo by Klaus Balzano)

April has brought water galore with it this year, and this makes walking the streets a little less appealing than usual. Luckily, although Buenos Aires has some beautiful parks and outdoor sights, it also has plenty to offer for indoor indulgences. Here is our pick of five activities to enjoy on rainy Buenos Aires days.

Try the Wine

Rain, sun, hail, snow, it’s always a good time for a glass of wine, and Argentina knows it. Options to try the best that the local scene has to offer included heading to one of our recommended wine bars, or, booking your place at a wine tasting event.

Learn some Spanish

Take an intensive day course at one of the local Spanish schools and then put your skills to test at the Spanglish Exchange events that take place in different bars around the city.

Travel in Time

Explore the beautiful Palacio Barolo and then stop for coffee and a game of billiards at the traditional Los 36 Billares, right across the street.

Make Empanadas

Taking a cooking class is a fun, hands on experience that will give you something to sample and savor from the local culture, and something to take back home as well. Try Norma’s Saturday empanada courses and forget about the rain.

Indulge in a Decadent 5 O’Clock Tea

Traditionally served at either Las Violetas in Almagro (better for the ambience than the cakes), or, at the much posher Alvear Palace Hotel in Recoleta, 5 o clock tea, locally known as la merienda is just another excuse to indulge your sweet tooth. Smaller cafes also serve great pastry options and Allie Lazar from Pick Up the Fork has done a good job of reviewing many of them here.

This Week: 27th of April- 3rd of May

Monday

The first edition of the B.15 Performance Biennial will be taking place until the 7th of June with works by renowned local and international artists including Laurie Anderson, Marta Minujín, Sophie Calle and more. Find the full program here.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

You can also stop by Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday

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(Photo by Farrukh)

If you haven’t stopped by the International Book Fair yet make sure to head to La Rural in Palermo and join other bookworms on their quest for inspiring stories and lectures on the world of words. More information here.

Try some mate, practice some Spanish and meet new people at the Tuesday Mate Conversation Club that starts at 6.30pm. Sign up at mateclubdeconversacion@gmail.com . Uruguay 862, downtown.

Wednesday

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(Photo by Italo)

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

In the evening, at 9pm, the Tango Championship kicks off until the 10th of May! More information here.

Thursday

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(Photo byMinisterio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina)

One of the city’s architectural landmarks is the famous Palacio Barolo, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours take place from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av. de Mayo 1370, downtown.

Later on, from 7pm to 11.30pm, the Recoleta fine arts museum (MNBA) opens its doors for an alternative experience of art with live music, video projections and more! av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.  

Friday

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(Photo by David Stanley)

Friday is a national holiday due to Labor Day celebrations!

Stop by San Telmo and catch a glimpse of the stunning Rogelio Yrurtia monument to labor on Paseo Colón and Independecia Avenue.

In the evening, at 9.30pm head to Boris Club de Jazz in Palermo for a live show by Clave Cubana. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday 

motorhead

(Photo by Tony Felgueiras)

Book your place at UCO´s unique weekend brunch, now revamped with an Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

Stop by the Palermo Rosedal where you can rent paddle boats to cruise the small lake alongside the ducks, and visit the Sivori Museum, which offers free tours in English and German on Saturdays at 3pm and 5pm! Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

The Monsters of Rock festival will be taking place during the weekend featuring live performances by Motorhead, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osborne. Tickets here.

This Week: 30th of March-5th of April 2015

Monday

pdelamemoria

(Photo by Benjamin Dumas)

Huellas de lo real (Imprints of Reality), is the new photography exhibit taking place at Parque de la Memoria, featuring the works of Juan Travnik and Jonathan Molner. Rafael Obligado 6745, Costanera.

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the new UCO after office event! Soler 5862, Palermo.

Tuesday

A general transport strike will make getting around the city on public transportation somewhat difficult so keep in mind and plan ahead!

A great option for a perhaps drizzly Tuesday is stopping by the stunning Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world! Av. Santa Fe 1860, Downtown.

In the evening, Tricky will be staging a live show at the Palermo centered Niceto Club. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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(Photo by felixtsao)

Take one of FotoRuta’s Street Scape tours and learn some photography tips while discovering the city from a different angle. More information here.

Later on, check out the vibrant Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro that will be staging a live tango show starting at 11pm in Abasto. Sánchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

Easter Weekend

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(Photo by Liliana Fuchs)

Thursday and Friday are national holidays as the Easter celebrations begin. Check out some details about Easter in the city here.

From Thursday to Sunday a festival featuring music from South America’s Colonial period will be taking place at the Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción in Tigre. Avenida Liniers 1560, Tigre.

As always, UCO´s unique weekend brunch, is a great option to start the weekend just right! Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Easter Sunday, the Colón Theater’s children choir will be presenting music from the Baroque period starting at 11am. Get your tickets in advance at the theatre box office. Tucuman 1171, downtown.

New Contemporary Art Exhibit at Fundación PROA

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Fundación PROA in La Boca inaugurated a new exhibit this past weekend featuring contemporary art from the nineties to today. The exhibition showcases Gustavo Bruzzone’s private collection of nineties art, Esteban Tedesco’s collection of the early 2000’s and Alejandro Ikonicoff’s collection of works from the last five years.

The art center also inaugurated a collective art installation by Esteban Álvarez, Pablo Rosales and Cristina Schiavi in which the artists incorporated the traditional La Boca facade aesthetic to Fundación Proa’s architecture.

Fundación PROA is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Buenos Aires International Book Fair 2013

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The 2013 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 “Books as Bridges” and there will be a special section dedicated to Dutch literature, illustration and publishing called the Amsterdam Café. Here, different Dutch authors will present books and there will also be exhibits of Vincent Van Gogh’s letters to Theo, the best-designed books from Holland, and more.

Also, as every year, there will be a host of renowned international authors who will be speaking about their craft and signing books. Amongst this year’s guests are Nobel Prize winner John Coetzee, Leonardo Padura from Cuba, Spanish author Arturo Pérez Reverte, Russian artist and author Vladimir Sorokin; Laura Esquivel, Rosa Montero and others.

On Thursday evening, as part of the fair’s inaugural events, there will be free access from 9pm-1am and there will be a special concert by star Brazilian Bossa artist Toquinho.

Tickets to the fair are 20 pesos on weekdays and 30 on weekends. The fair is open from 2pm-9pm from Monday to Thursday, from 2pm-10pm on Fridays, from 1pm-10pm on Saturday’s and from 1pm-9pm on Sundays and national holidays. The full program is available here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Celebrate Earth Day by taking a day trip to Tigre, a town in the outskirts of the city set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. Enjoy nature and the variety of attractions this location offers including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.

 

Tuesday

(Photo by Concepciones Relativistas)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson starting at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

(Passarinhos- Adriana Varejao. Photo by Srta. Bia)

Stop by the MALBA in Recoleta and get a glimpse of the Latin American modern art scene and of Grete Stern and Adriana Varejao’s work. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Daniel Johnston will be staging a live show starting at 9pm at the popular Palermo Niceto Club. Tickets can be purchased from Monday to Friday from midday to 6pm at Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

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The annual book fair kicks off until the 13th of May and is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is Books as Bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature.

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be staging a concert at 8.30pm at the stunning Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

(Photo by Adabo!)

Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening, jazz musician Fabian Zylberman will be presenting his new album at Thelonious starting at 9.30 pm.  Later on, after midnight, the Juan Nevani Jazz Trio will continue to bring music to the night. Salguero 1884, 1st floor, 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.

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

The Colón Theatre will be presenting a free concert by the Philharmonic Quintet who will be playing pieces by Mozart and Schuller. Tickets must be picked up in advance.

On Sunday, Tales of the Cocktail Tour kicks off, promising for three days of cocktails, tango, New Orleans style brunch and great parties. More information here.

Also on Sunday, there will be a Sumo demonstration at the gorgeous Japanese gardens in Palermo starting at 3.30pm. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Weekend Spotlight: Tango Festival

(Photo by femuruy)

Visiting Buenos Aires and attending some sort of tango event is a must, and this weekend there is plenty of opportunity to learn a step or two, listen to nostalgic performers and watch the sinuous moves of graceful dancers at the third edition of the annual Tango Festival.

The event will take place from the 19th to the 21st of April in Nuñez and has plenty of fun activities in store for you.

On Friday, the music begins at 6pm with a tango lesson and an opportunity for musicians to show off their skills. At 7pm there will be a screening of a documentary about a new generation of tango enthusiasts and professionals and afterwards, at 8.30pm, there will be a live tango orchestra. The night will end with a performance by dancers Soledad Nani and Yuyu Herrera at 9.30pm, followed by a milonga orchestra at 10pm.

Saturday’s program will place an emphasis on women in tango and will feature shows by Marisa Vazquez at 4.45pm, by Silvina Orozco at 5.30pm, Anita Co at 6.15pm, Gabriela Rey with José Colángelo at 7pm, Claudia Levy at 7.45pm, Stella Diaz and the Señoritas del Abasto orchestra at 8.30pm, and Susana Rinaldi at 9.30pm. There will also be a tango class at 5pm.

On Sunday, the festival will be centered on the independent tango scene. It will kick off at 4pm with La Valentina y el Burlesque Tango and Claudio Cerna, which will be followed by Quintento Negro de la Boca at 4.45pm, Che Lulu at 5.30pm, Tango en Compañía at 6.15pm, Festival independiente de Barracas at 7pm, Festival Tango Queer at 7.45pm, Orquesta Típica La Vidú at 8.30pm, Cucuza Castiello at 9.15pm, and finally, to close the festival, the renowned José Colángelo at 10pm.

The festival is free of charge and will take place at  Av. Libertador 8465, Nuñez.

BAFICI Independent Film Festival 2013

(Photo by Morgennebel)

The annual international independent film festival, better known as BAFICI, kicks off today with an abundance of colorful images from around the world, insightful documentaries, retrospectives, newcomers to the big screen, conferences, live music and more.

The festival has become one of the most important cultural events in the city ever since its first edition in 1999 and clearly expresses the industry’s boom, which saw its “rebirth” with the New Argentine Cinema wave in the nineties.  To commemorate this flourishing period in local film that brought local customs, social problems and the Argentine middle class to the screen, the festival will be screening a selection of representative films from this cultural movement.

At the Centro Cultural Recoleta there will also be screenings of short films by newcomers to the industry and live music at the auditorium to end every festival day.

Outdoor projections will also take place at the Anfiteatro Parque Centenario and there will be special screenings, including Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin documentaries, at the Planetarium.

The full festival program is available here.

Adriana Varejao at the MALBA

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Adriana Varejao is one of the best-known Brazilian artists of her generation. Her works deal with themes regarding art and religious history, Brazilian history and colonialism, optical illusions, maps, travel, and oceans.  Using mixed media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and photography, she has produced a broad spectrum of works from the nineties to the present day.

From the 10th of April to the 10th of June, for the first time in Argentina, a retrospective of her art will be on display at the MALBA. The exhibition will feature over 40 of her most significant pieces from different periods that will be arranged in chronological order and will include the installations presented at the 22nd and 24th Sao Paolo Biennials.

The MALBA is open from midday to 8pm every day except Tuesdays. The stylish museum also carries out film screenings and has a great cafe and restaurant.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, 4808-6500.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by wallyg)

One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

Tuesday

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Book a personalized food tour with Allie from famous BA food blog Pick Up the Fork and get to know the gastronomic side of the city you are most curious about. More information here.

Polish your Spanish and make new friends at the Tuesday conversation classes organized by Bueno, Dale! Spanish School in different city bars. The hour long practice sessions are open for all levels and all one must do is show up from 7pm to 8pm with a 30-peso fee. The location of each event is announced via Facebook.

Wednesday

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The BAFICI independent film festival kicks off until the 21st of April. Find the full schedule here and buy your tickets in advance!

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

Thursday

(Photo by Lynn Friedman)

Get a general overview of the city  on one of the free walking tours led by Jonathan, an Englishman in love with BA! Tours start at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the evening, get ready for mingling in the local art scene as the first gallery night of the year kicks off from 7 to 10pm.

Friday

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Head to the stunning Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta in Belgrano and check out Spanish artist Ouka Leele‘s  photography which she treats as a form of visual poetry in images full of vibrant colors.

In the evening The Cure will be staging a live concert at Estadio River Plate startin at 9pm. 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

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

On Saturday evening don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s experimental program with the staging of Bluelight, an opera based on  Silvia Plath’s Three Women. More information here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.