Buenos Aires Agenda: October/Octubre 2017



PH: Rosmarie Voegtli

5th-21st October: FIBA International Theatre Festival: Start buying your tickets now for the theatre performances that will be taking place this October as part of the FIBA!

5-21 de octubre: FIBA Festival Internacional de Teatro de Buenos Aires: ¡Ya están a la venta las entradas para las funciones de teatro que se llevarán a cabo este octubre como parte del FIBA!

16th of October: National Holiday as the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity is commemorated. 

16 de octubre: Feriado nacional por el Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural. 

22nd October: Legislative elections will take place, which means few things will be open. On the 21st, from 8pm onwards, nightclubs and bars will be closed and the sale of alcohol will be restricted.

22 de octubre- Se llevan a cabo las elecciones legislativas por lo que muchos lugares estarán cerrados.  La veda electoral comienza el 21 de octubre a partir de las 20hs:  las discotecas y los bares permanecerán cerradas, y se limitará la venta de alcohol. 


bjork digital

8th September- 3rd of December- Bienalsur- The first edition of this Latin American contemporary art biennial is taking place until December. Check out the full program here.

8 de septiembre- 3 de diciembre- La primera edición de Bienalsur, dedicada al arte contemporáneo latinoamericano, se lleva a cabo hasta el 3 de diciembre. El programa completo se encuentra aquí. 

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing two exhibits, one of renowned photographer Diane Arbus until the 9th of October, and the other of Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca who works with copper until November. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: El MALBA está exhibiendo dos muestras; una, hasta el 9 de octubre, de la reconocida fotógrafa Diane Arbus, y la otra, hasta noviembre, de la artista peruana Ximena Garrido-Lecca que trabaja con cobre. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MAMBA:  On the 5th of October the MAMBA inaugurates an exhibit of Elba Bairón’s works. Also, don’t miss the artsy dj-vj sets at the museum on weekends. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MAMBA: El 5 de octubre el museo inaugura una exposición de la obra de Elba Bairón. Además, los fines de semana no se pierdan las sesiones de música y videoarte. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

Usina del Arte: Until the 30th of December, stop by the Usina in La Boca to check out the showcase of Bjork’s digital works. Agustín R. Caffarena 1, La Boca

Usina del Arte: Hasta el 30 de diciembre, la Usina en La Boca exhibe las obras digitales de Bjork. Agustín R. Caffarena 1, La Boca

Election Day in Buenos Aires

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Tomorrow, primary legislative elections will be taking place around the country. Elections in Argentina are compulsory and open (no need for party affiliation), so everyone will be participating and heading to deposit their ballot at their assigned table at local public schools from 8 am to 6pm.

Due to legal restrictions regarding election protocol,  alcohol cannot be sold twelve hours prior and three hours after elections. This means that today, starting at 8pm, many bars will be closed until after 9pm tomorrow. Additionally, on Election Day, live shows, theatre functions and sporting events are also forbidden until three hours after elections take place.

Shopping malls will be open at their regular hours. Museums will be closed, although the MALBA will be screening its film program from 6pm (see here). Additionally, many cafés and restaurants open, however, it is good to check beforehand just to be on the safe side.

This Week in Buenos Aires


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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Construction of this regal building full of references to poet Dante Alighieri began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. 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.

In the evening the talented flamenco dancer, Rafaela Carrasco, will be putting on a show at  Parque Centenario at 8pm.


Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52

Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885




Parque Centenario

Avenida Díaz Vélez 5463

4982 4252



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An exhibition on the storefront windows of the historic La Estrella pharmacy is being displayed at the Museo de la Ciudad.

In the evening head to traditional cafe Los 36 Billares for a live tango show with dancing staring at 9pm.


Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 223, San Telmo


Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm


Los 36 Billares

Av. De Mayo 1265, Downtown




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A special exhibit of clothing and accessories related to weddings and family from 1870-1915  is being showcased at the Museo de Arte Hispano Americano Isaac Fernandez Blanco.

In the evening head to 878 bar in Palermo where renowned cocktail artist Tato Giovannoni will be preparing drinks thought the week.


Museo de Arte Hispano Americano

Suipacha 1422, Downtown

4327- 0228



Thames 878, Palermo




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Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivory Museum, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens.

Later on Book your place for the 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.


Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo




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Experiment with your senses at the Centro Cultural Konex where the temporary exhibit “Dialogo en la Oscuridad” will guide you through a series of recreated situations, such as shopping or traveling in a boat,  in total darkness. The exhibit is held from 3pm-5.30pm

Afterwards stop for 5 o’clock tea at the stunning Las Violetas teahouse, which is just a few blocks away.

Also in the area is La Catedral where you can take an informal tango lesson at 7.30pm or at 9pm.


Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.



Las Violetas

Av. Rivadavia 3899, Abasto.



La Catedral

Sarmiento 4006, doorbell 5, Almagro

Telephone: 4342-4794


Saturday and Sunday

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Check out one of the documentaries at DocBsAs, the annual documentary festival.  Program available here.

Sunday won’t offer much in terms of activities as it is Election Day, so it is a good chance to walk around the city to see architectural landmarks such as the Puente de la Mujer and the Cavannagh building. Restaurants will be open although alcohol will not be served on Saturday evening or Sunday.