Easter in Buenos Aires

(Photo by erix!)

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!

Easter Weekend in Buenos Aires

(Photo by antitezo)

Thursday

At 1pm and at 3pm there will be two Polo matches at the Catedral de Polo in Palermo. The entry is free. Av. Libertador 4350, Palermo

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

A special tour of seven historic churches of the city will be held as part of the Easter weekend starting at 5pm at the Basilica Nuestra Señora de la Merced at the corner of Reconquista and Presidente Peron, downtown.

Fierro Hotel hosts it´s Thursday wine tasting where you can 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.

At 10pm Fritz Lang’s Metropolis will be screened with a live orchestra at the MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Sign up for the Easter Egg Hunt Pub Crawl and get to know the one and only Easter bunny, plus hunt for eggs in different bars and trade them for free drinks! More information here.

Friday

A Japanese tea ceremony will be demonstrated at 4pm at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo.  Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

The Jewish community will be celebrating the first night of Pesach at the historic Templo de Libertad where Passover celebrations will kick off at 7.30pm. Libertad 769.  4814-3637.

The Buenos Aires Via Crucis is held every year on Good Friday at Avenida de Mayo where a procession, including a choir and a multitude of lit candles,  will be transiting the historic avenue starting 8.30pm and finishing at 10pm at the Buenos Aires Cathedral.

Bjork will be playing the first of five shows where her album Biophilia Residency  will be presented to the public. On the 6th ,9th , 12th , and 15th of April she will play intimate concerts at the centro de exposiciones and on the  21st she will be staging a larger concert at GEBA. Tickets here.

The 2012 Ultra Music Festival Buenos Aires will be taking place in Costanera Sur with a big DJ line-up including Justice, John Digweed, and Chris Liebing amongst others.  Tickets here.

Saturday

At 1pm and at 3pm there will be two Polo matches at the Catedral de Polo in Palermo. The entry is free. Av. Libertador 4350, Palermo

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

The Jewish community will be celebrating Seder at the Gran Templo Paso, a synagogue on Paso 423, Downtown. 4951-2306/5329. info@grantemplopaso.org.ar

The Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be playing a lively tango show at CAFF in Abasto starting at 11.30pm. Sanchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

The Colón Theatre will be presenting the ballet Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot.

Sunday

If you would like to attend Catholic Easter mass in English you can go to the Parroquia Madre Admirable near Retiro at 10am. Otherwise, the Christian United Community Church in Acassuso, in the suburbs of the city, offers services in English.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential works in contemporary art by artists such as Basquiat and Nan Goldin, amongst others. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

La Oreja Negra in Palermo will be hosting a folklore and tango peña starting at 8pm. Uriarte 1271, Palermo.

The Colón Theatre will be presenting the ballet Carmen. Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot.