Buenos Aires Summer 2013

(Photo by Shan Sheehan)

A new year is upon us, and with it, a whole new calendar to fill with events and activities in the city. Below are some of the monthly highlights to take into consideration for this Summer.

January

In Argentina January is always a month of legal recess so a lot of activity slows down and many a Porteño flee to the nearby beaches.  It is also a time chosen for renovations.  This year the A-line subway, with its antique wagons will be closed down for renovations during January and perhaps February too.   The decorative arts museum in Palermo is also closed for renovations until the 14th of January, as is the Planetarium until the 21st of January. The Colón Theatre remains open for touring but kicks off with its program in March.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Alberto Giacometti/ Contemporary Argentine art- Fundacion PROA. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.  4104.1000.

Tracey Emin/ Oscar Muñoz- MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6511

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

Homage to Arquitect Pablo Pater/ Nativity Scene by María Isabel Fotheringham- Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernandez Blanco. Suipacha 1422, downtown. 4327- 0228.

February

Activity picks up in February with important sports events including a Boca-River football match and the Davies Cup tennis tournament. Also in February is the Shakespeare festival, that brings literature and theatre to the city scene,  and live concerts by Andrew Bird, Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim as well as the Ultra Buenos Aires 2013 electronic music festival.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Tracey Emin/ Oscar Muñoz- MALBA. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6511

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

March

March marks the beginning of the school year and also the end of the Summer and the beach season. The Colón Theatre will be showcasing the ballet Neoclassic Trilogy III and their first concerts of the year.  The outdoor contemporary dance festival Ciudanza will also be taking place. International live acts in March include Elton John, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson and The Killers.  More events will continue to be announced closer to date.

Exhibits:

Traditional Argentine Figurative Art at the Museo Benito Quinquela Martín. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1843, La Boca. 4301-1080.

Contraluz- Juan Gatti- Sivory MuseumAv. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo. 4772-5628.

Margarita Paksa/ Massimo Listri/ Italian video art 2004-2012/ Lux Linder/Alejandro Somaschini/ Site Specific,Matías Ercole, Juan Malka and Kirsten Dosel-  MAMBA. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo.  4342-3001.

New Year’s Weekend in Buenos Aires

Saturday

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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.

Sunny days are forecast and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Year’s wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

A special exhibit on Carlos Gardel is taking place at Casa de la Cultura. Av de Mayo 575, downtown.

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

German DJ Mark Romboy will be kicking off the New Year parties early at Pacha. More information here.

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.

Sunny days are forecast and are perfect for visiting the Palermo Parks. The Japanese Garden, which is in the area, is also open from 10am-6pm and until Sunday will be featuring a New Year’s wishing bell to clang on in hope for the great things to come. Avenida Casares 2966, Palermo.

A special exhibit on Carlos Gardel is taking place at Casa de la Cultura. Av de Mayo 575, downtown.

At 7pm catch the Billy Wilder classic Some Like it Hot, staring Marilyn Monroe at the Centro Cultural Borges. Viamonte and San Martín, downtown.

Monday

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The MALBA museum will be open on the 31st from midday-6pm.  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

If you haven’t yet hurry and book your place at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant’s amazing New Year’s Dinner..  Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

Don`t miss the Palacio Barolo New Year’s night tour which ends at midnight with a special toast at the stunning building’s cupola where the city fireworks can be appreciated!  4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com

Magdalena’s party will be hosting a special black and white masquerade with free champagne at midnight! More information here.

Find a list of more New Year’s parties here.

Tuesday

 

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Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be serving their famous New Year’s brunch complete with juices, breads, tapas, fish, lamb/chicken  and panettone! Book your place in advance at 3220 6820. Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862.

Don´t miss the Gran Danzon’s after New Year party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

The Centro Cultural Konex in Almagro offers some of the coolest cultural events in the city and during the summer they will be open in the evenings with live music, ping-pong, film screenings and more for the city folk to enjoy. The first of January will be no exception! Sarmiento 3131, Almagro.

Christmas Eve Parties in Buenos Aires

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Christmas Eve is a big celebration in Argentina. Big family dinners, presents and fireworks are all part of the festivity, and afterwards its time for fun with friends at the great Christmas Eve parties around the city. Because this year Christmas Eve is on a Monday more places will be closed than usual, those open are listed below:

Club Severino: Navidad Terror. Starting at 1am, Club Severino, a Monday night nightclub will be celebrating Christmas with great DJs, surprises and more. Since they only celebrate once every seven years when Christmas falls on a Monday, its bound to be a night to remember. Hipólito Yrigoyen 851, Downtown.

Pacha Buenos Aires: This legendary nightclub will be holding their annual Christmas bash with their trademark electronic beats, at the hand this time of German DJ Tocadisco. Tickets available here.

Magic Christmas at Niceto Club: The Palermo centered club is always a great go-to place when looking to party and Christmas is no exception. Tickets here.

Christmas Husset: It bar Unicorn Husset will be brining in one of the most fun crowds for drinking and mischief starting at 1.30 a.m. Honduras 5730, Palermo.

Franks Bar: This popular Palermo speakeasy requires that you figure out their clues which they post on their Facebook page daily. For Christmas they will be serving festive cocktails after midnight. Arévalo 1445, Palermo.

878: Hidden in Villa Crespo, this bar is often recommended for its variety of wines and whisky’s and for its top quality drinks. Stop by after midnight and toast the night away. Thames 878, Villa Crespo

 

After party:

If on the 25th of December you’re still feeling like wine and bubbly then stop by the Gran Danzon’s after Christmas party that kicks off at 8 with a DJ, live music, great food  and a fabulous selection of wines and other drinks. Libertad 1161, downtown. 

Open on New Year in Buenos Aires

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During New Years many of the local attractions close. We put together a list of some of the places that will remain open (other than many of the city restaurants, cafes and bars).

-The MALBA museum will be open on the 31st from midday-6pm. City museums run by the government (find a list here) will also remain open on Saturday the 31st of December from 10am-7pm. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Palacio Barolo will be offering a nocturnal tour on the 31st finishing at their lighthouse for a midnight toast under the spark of fireworks.  The high altitude makes it an ideal viewing spot of the city skies. Cost for the tour is 50 USD/ person and includes midnight drinks and snacks as well as a bilingual tour guide.  Reservations must be made in advance and the tour starts at 11pm sharp.  Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

-The ecological reserve in Puerto Madero will be open all weekend from 8am-6pm. Please note that if it should rain it will remain closed. Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550 Costanera Sur. 4893-1640/1580

-The Buque Museo Fragata in Puerto Madero is a frigate commissioned by the navy in 1898 to be used as a training vessel.  It will be open all weekend on its regular timetable from 10am to 7pm for visitors to roam on the deck and check out the memorabilia displayed. It will remain closed in the case of rain. Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 980, Puerto Madero. 4334 – 9386

-The Recoleta Cemetery will be open all weekend on its regular timetable from 7am-5.45.

-The San Telmo antique market will also remain open this Sunday as usual, all though it may be scanter of exhibitors.

-On the 1st of January at 4pm the monthly “Masa Critica” will kick off from the Obelisco. This event gathers bike riders once a month to ride around the city in thus promoting the use of bicycles as transport. If you would like to join you can rent a bike for 85 pesos from the 31st Dec-2nd Jan at Bici Naranja. They will be open on the 31st until 2pm and will also be offering a city tour on the 1st, also at 4pm. for 145 pesos. More information on Bici Naranja here.

-In the evening of the 1st starting at 9.30pm Notorious will be offering a live music tribute to Django Reinhardt and swing music. Callao 966, Palermo. 4813-6888.

Transport

Transport on New Year´s Eve can be complicated. Your best bet is to plan in advance.

– Keep in mind that radio taxis will work until 8pm-10pm on the 31st depending on the company, and will start up again on the 1st at approximately 6am.

– Trains will be working until 10pm on the 31st and resuming their service at approximately 6am.

– Subways will qork on Saturday the 31st from 5am-11pm, and on Sunday the 1st of Jan from 8am-10pm.

– Buses will be the only transport that will be operating all night long although with a low frequency (every 20 min. Approximately).