Easter in Buenos Aires

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Easter weekend is coming up and should prove to be an eventful festivity given the enthusiasm that the naming of the new pope brought about the Argentine people. Also, since Monday and Tuesday have been added as national holidays in memory of the soldiers in the Malvinas war, the long weekend should prove to be extra long and many a porteño will leave the city for a few days of rest.

On Good Friday expect very little to be open except restaurants, museums and cinemas. We recommend double-checking beforehand.

For those who wish to participate in the religious festivities, the Buenos Aires Via Crucis, in which the fourteen stages of the cross are reenacted, will kick off at 8.30pm at Plaza Lorea on Av. de Mayo and Luis Saenz Peña and will end at Plaza de Mayo.

On Sunday the Catedral Metropolitana will be offering a special Easter mass, and otherwise the Parroquia Madre Admirable in Retiro offers Catholic mass in English at 10am.  Afterwards, the fun part is of course hunting for Easter eggs, breaking lent, and feasting on chocolates and rosca de pascua, a traditional pastry that is prepared for the occasion. Expect restaurants (specially parrillas) to be packed so book your places in advance.

For an alternative Easter celebration, head to the city of Tandil towards the south of the Buenos Aires province, where the locals go every year to gather around the sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

Don’t forget to shop for the best Easter eggs at these tempting chocolateries!

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival

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The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival will be taking place until the 26th of November, promising for a music filled long weekend. The event, which will feature both local and international acts, will also include special classes by international artists, film screenings and a photography exhibit.

Concerts are divided into seven different sections:

–       The international acts section will take place at the Usina del Arte in La Boca and in the Teatro Regio downtown. It will feature live acts by the Alain Jean-Marié Trio/ Cajanegra, Agustín Moya Quinteto / Alain Jean-Marie Solopiano, Dúo Ralph Towner – Javier Girotto / Kirk Lightsey Solopiano, Marc Ducret Trío / Ramon Fossati Glowing Trío, John Hollenbeck Quintet / Kirk Lightsey Trío, and Banda Mantiqueira.

–       The outdoor shows section will feature free shows on the outdoor terrace of the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Anfiteatro Parque Centenario.

–       The jazzology section will also take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and features a jazz program directed by Carlos Inzillo who has brought different artists together to promote the local jazz scene.

–       There will also be an unplugged section that will feature free concerts at the Centro Cultural Recoelta’s El Aleph auditorium.

–       Every evening staring at 11.30pm there will be a jam session at La Trastienda with renowned local jazz musician Gillespi.

–       The special projects section will also take place in La Trastienda and will feature free concerts presenting new records and concepts by different artists.

–       Finally, Cruces is the section destined to bringing local and international artists together on the same stage. Upcoming concerts taking place at Cafe Vinilo and Notorious include: Danny Grissett & Jeanfrançois Prins + Juan Manuel Bayón & Luciano Ruggieri, Ugonna Okegwo, Adam Cruz & Mark Aanderud + Alejandro Demogli & Mariano Loiácono, Louis Winsberg + Ezequiel Dutil, Hernán Mandelman & Sophie Lüssi, Gilles Naturel & Philippe Soirat + Tomás Fraga & Manuel Fraga, David Gilmore & Agustín Moya + Mariano Sivori & Tomas Babjaczuk, Alfio Origlio, Jérôme Regard & Raimundo Santander + Hernán Hecht, Eric Echampard, Bruno Chevillion & Joel Holmes + Luis Nacht, and Judy Niemack & Paula Shocron Trío.

The Centro Cultural Recoleta will also feature free film screenings and a photography exhibit. Additionally, there will be special workshops and classes offered by some of the international artists who have been invited to the event.

The full festival program is available here.

Tickets for special workshops, international concerts and Cruces concerts are available for purchase here.

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

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.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

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.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

On Sunday the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating the Dondoh fire ceremony! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Another great event that will be taking place during the weekend is the International Artisan Beer festival. Different beer related events will be taking place around Recoleta including a beer tour on Sunday during the day and a festival at night. More information here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Monday

The Feria de Mataderos is the perfect place to go to commemorate the death of San Martin. On Monday they will be holding a Folklore Festival from 11am to 8pm! Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. De los Corrales.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango festival and world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

 In the evening head to Almagro where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts, will be making sure everyone is dancing. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

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The 9th of July is the Argentine Independence Day, so Monday will be a holiday. With the Caminos y Sabores taking place and the celebrations of the national festivity, the weekend promises to be full of tradition and local delicacies.

Saturday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

There will be Armenian celebrations at Avenida de Mayo and Bolivar starting at midday. Typical food and dances will be on display.

The annual Caminos y Sabores  regional food fair is the perfect chance to get to know the culinary traditions from around the country. The fair takes place from the 6th to the 9th of July at La Rural in Palermo. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo

A new exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

At 4pm there will be a unique marimba presentation by Noriko Tsukagoshi at the Japanese Gardens. Book your place at 4804-9141 or at cultura@jardinjapones.org.ar. Av. Alcorta and Av. Caseres, Palermo.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia.  3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

Sunday

Remember 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.

The annual Caminos y Sabores  regional food fair is the perfect chance to get to know the culinary traditions from around the country. The fair takes place from the 6th to the 9th of July at La Rural in Palermo. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo

A new exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Starting at 4pm there will be a free eco/benefit concert, sponsored by Coca Cola at the Obelisk. The event will feature live music by local rock icon Vicentico and others, and will aim at collecting as many plastic bottles as possible from the crowds to later recycle them. The proceeds of the recycling of the bottles will go to providing water to a Santiago del Estero school.

Don’t miss the Colón Theatre’s production of La Sylphide (The Sylph). Choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to Filippo Taglioni, music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer, director- Javier Logioia.  3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of July.  Tickets here.

Monday

Book your place for the special 9 de Julio brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

A new exhibit on renowned Peruvian artist Fernando Bryce is being held at the MALBA until the 20th of August. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

From 11-8pm there will be patriotic celebrations at the Feria de Mataderos where a special folklore festival will be held for the occasion. Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. De los Corrales, Mataderos.

At the Peña del Colorado there will be a special folklore concert by  Tomás Lipan at 12.30pm. In the evening they will hold their weekly tango peña with a milonga lesson at 8.30 pm and the peña at 10pm. Guemes 3657, Palermo. 4822-1038.

From 8pm-10pm the popular drum orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will  be holding their weekly percussion fest with special gusts  Richard Serranía and Lucas Kinoshita from Brazil and Marc Shulman from New York. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Long Weekend Activities in Buenos Aires

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Friday

Don´t miss the Patriot brunch at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant on the ground floor of Fierro Hotel.  Other special Argentine cuisine menus will be offered for the occasion at some of the best restaurants in the city. Find a full list here.

25 de Mayo festivities will be celebrated at the traditional Feria de Mataderos where there will be folkloric dances, gaucho games, typical food and traditional crafts.

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Breoghans Bar will be hosting a special 25 de Mayo party where there will be happy hour all night for those wearing light blue and white, traditional food and folklore music. Bolivar 860, San Telmo.

Saturday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

On Saturday don’t miss the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.

Blues harmonica legend Jerry Portnoy, who was part of the Muddy Waters Blues Band and now plays with Eric Clapton, will be presenting a live show at La Trastienda starting 11.30pm. Tickets here.

The famous percussion orchestra La Bomba del Tiempo will be celebrating their 6th anniversary on Friday and Saturday night starting 12.30pm at Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Sunday

Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

From the 23rd-30th of May the Human Rights Film Festival will be showcasing a selection of over a hundred documentaries, animations and fictions with the theme of Identity at different cinemas around the city. Find the full program here.

Join the special Bicicleteada de Mayo on Sunday and pedal your way around the city center with an enthusiastic crowd. The  bike event kicks off at the obelisk on Av. 9 de Julio at 11am.

The city continues to celebrate its different collectivities and this Sunday Syria is on the spotlight. Head to Av. De Mayo and enjoy traditions and typical foods from this Middle Eastern culture.

Starting at 4pm the cumbia-tango fusion group Los Bandos will be playing at the Botanical Gardens in Palermo. Av. Santa Fe 3951, Palermo.

If you’re looking for you party quota for the day then don’t miss the ska and reggae by Dancing Mood at Niceto Club from 9pm onwards.  Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The city’s most important art fair, ArteBA, which will be open until Tuesday, is a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to see the latest Argentine art on the market.  Open from 1pm-9pm. More information here.

In the evening the renowned Cuban orchestra Buena Vista Social Club will be presenting a live show next to Omara Portuondo at the Teatro Colegiales. Tickets here. Av. Federico Lacroze 3455, Colegiales.

Tuesday

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Book your place at the stunning Duhau Palace Restaurante and Vinoteca for the special Salta Cuisine menu paired with Colome wines that will be specially prepared throughout the week. Lunch: 300 pesos, Dinner: 400 pesos. Reservations at 5171 1340.

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.

Wednesday

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Throughout the week the Buenos Aires artisan pastry week will be celebrated around the city in cafes and cake houses. Check out the special offers and discounts and go on an indulgent quest to find the best medialunas in town!

In the evening the Tango Championship semifinals will be held at 11.30pm in La Viruta. Armenia 1366, Palermo.

Thursday

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Stop by the Buenos Aires Planetarium to experience the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Tue-Fri 1pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sat-Sun 2pm, 3pm. 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

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.

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

Friday

Friday is a national holiday as the May revolution is celebrated. Festivities will take place at Plaza San Martin starting 10am. Details will be updated on Thursday.

In the evening stop by La Peña del Colorado for some live guitar folklore and tango music by the talented trio Gorosito/Cataldi/de la Vega starting at 10pm.

Saturday and Sunday

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Throughout the long weekend the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating different culinary customs of the Japanese culture. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo.

On Saturday don’t miss  the City Tango Dance Finals, which will be held in the afternoon at La Usina de las Ideas. Tickets must be picked up on Friday at Casa de la Cultura ( Av. De Mayo 575) from midday to 5pm.

On Saturday at 8.30pm Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major,  Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin’s twelve studios, Op. 25. at the Colón Theatre.

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.