February 2014 in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The city picks up  pace in February as the flock of sea-side goers return from their holidays, lovers smooch in the parks on Valentine’s Day while demons and dancers take a hold of the streets for carnival season. Below, some of the activities and concerts that will be taking place.

Verano en la ciudad: Free outdoor cultural events take place during the months of January and February in different city parks. Some of the programmed activities include drive-in cinema, theatre, live music, poetry readings and more. Check out the full program here.

Carnival 2014:  Starting Saturday, 1 February 1st, expect loud drums and colorful costumes around different city neighborhoods as the murgas hit the streets in February. More information here.

Shakespeare Festival: From the 8th to the 15th,  the city gets medieval with this festival that celebrates one of the most renowned playwrights in history. Theatre is, of course, one of the highlights, but the festival also includes live music, the recreation of a medieval village, film screenings and a special bicycle adventure. More information here.

Ultra Buenos Aires: The yearly electronic music festival will be taking place in February in Costanera Sur. This year’s line-up includes DJs Tiësto, Hardwell, Paul van Dyk, Steve Aoki and Nicky Romero. Tickets here.

22 February: Rod Stewart will be staging a live show at GEBA. Tickets here.

22 February: Charly Garcia at the Colón Theatre: Legendary Argentine rock star Charly will be presenting a unique show at the Colón Theatre on 22 February. Tickets here.

Buenos Aires Carnival 2013

(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

Carnival is celebrated throughout many South American cities and towns during the month of February and with it come the sound of drums to the Buenos Aires streets. For 2013, in Argentina, Carnival weekend officially takes place from the 9th-12th of February and the 11th and 12th are national holidays.

In Buenos Aires different neighborhood murgas come out to parade the streets with drums and colorful costumes, meanwhile events are also being planned at the Parque Centenario. Below is a list of some of the parades and activities to look out for.

Murgas/Parades

Parades will take place on Saturdays 11th and 18th from 7pm to 2 am as well as throughout carnival weekend from 7pm to midnight.  Some of the centric locations near the hotel where there will be drumming and dancing are:

Almagro: Av. Corrientes between Av. Medrano and Bulnes

Colegiales: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Martínez

Colegiales 2: Benjamín Matienzo between Conesa and Gral. Ramón Freire

Colegiales 3: Av. Federico Lacroze between Gral. Ramón Freire and Conesa

Palermo: Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti

San Telmo: Av. San Juan between Tacuarí and Perú

Villa Crespo: Av. Scalabrini Ortiz between Av. Corrientes and Velasco

Other Festivities

At the Anfiteatro Eva Perón in Parque Centenario, the city government is organizing live Carnival related shows on Fridays throughout February.

At the Centro Cultural Rojas there will be thematic film screenings about carnival from the 18th to the 22nd of February at 7pm and a live Carnival show on the 22nd of February at 9pm by Los Linyeras de la República Popular de la Boca.

Buenos Aires Nightlife on Carnival Weekend

(Photo by olmo calvo)

Friday 17th

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sandino Bar will be hosting a Back to the 80´s party starting at 11.30pm. Bolivar 624, San Telmo.

Babel Orkesta- This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Saturday 18th

La Boca Milonga at Vuelta de Rocha- starting at 6pm a special milonga featuring Adriana Varela, Max Van de Voorde and Solange Acosta will be held at the Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca.

Babel Orkesta– This original group merges sounds from different cultures and forms a lively identity of its own. Their colorful and playful aesthetic is perfect to start getting into the Carnival mood. Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200 – 12.30pm

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Sunday 19th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be staging a show at 7pm in the Anfiteatro Parque de la Costa, Tigre.

Fiesta Bubamara- These parties have become famous in Buenos Aires. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the carnival weekend menu starting at midnight! Groove, Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo.

 Grito de Carnival en Buenos Aires- Those looking for serious Brazilian dancing are sure to find what they’re looking for at the Carnival party that will be held in Sala Siranush starting 11pm. Armenia 1353, Palermo. 4775-2678.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Monday 20th

La Bomba del Tiempo- This percussion orchestra has gained quite a reputation for their upbeat shows full of rhythm. They will be playing at Ciudad Cultural Konex 7pm and then continuing the party late into the night. . Ciudad Cultural Konex- Sarmiento 3131, Abasto- 4864-3200.

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

Fiesta Clandestina Especial Carnaval- This carnival foam party will guarantee a whole lot of fun with available costumes and surprise live acts. The party starts at 11pm at Groove. Av. Santa Fe 4389, Palermo.

Fiesta de Carnaval Mistico– Carnival festivities will also be taking center stage at Niceto Club starting at 11.45pm. Humboldt 1356 – Palermo.

Tuesday

Throughout Carnival weekend a series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

February in Buenos Aires

(Carnaval. Photo by _Juan Castro_)

During the month of February the city begins to repopulate as the beach season slows down. February is also the month of Valentines Day, which is not a typical local celebration but has become an increasingly popular  festivity with many options for happy couples.  Carnaval is also an important celebration in South America, and takes place from the 18th-21st of the month. In Buenos Aires, many neighborhood murgas (street musicians and dancers) form to celebrate it and it is not uncommon to come across them in neighborhoods such as Almagro, Villa Crespo and Palermo on weekends. Other options for the Carnaval weekend are to take short trips to the north of the country, or to Uruguay where the festivity has a more important role in the culture and thus bigger celebrations.

As it is still summer there are still plenty of free cultural activities until the 18th of February held in the local parks, including drive-in cinema at the rosedal, theatre, poetry and live music concerts.

During this month the city will also be receiving international artists Selena Gomez and Alpha Blondie, and hosting the Summer Blues Festival. More information here.