Sunny Side Up: Outdoor Adventures in Buenos Aires

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The forecast says the warm sunny weather will continue for the following ten days, and maybe more with a premature spring in the air. Besides enjoying some garden lounging and late night drinking in the bustling Palermo area, here are four alternative activities for some sunny day adventures too!

Argentina Polo Day: At just 45 minutes away from the city center, this is a great spot to relax outside where you can have an asado, watch a professional polo match, but best of all, learn how to play yourself! A unique activity well worth experiencing during your stay! More information here.

City Sailing Buenos Aires: The Rio de la Plata is as much part of the porteño identity as its shoreline and sailing is a great way to experience the city from another point of view while having some great fun as well. More information here. 

Sudeste Kayak: The Tigre Delta is of course another must when the weather is nice, and the great thing about Sudeste Kayak is that they give you a chance to explore its little nooks and crannies while keeping the body moving. Plus, they have a great nocturnal tour that you don’t want to miss with the upcoming full moon. Find out more here.

Perú Beach Extreme Sports Center: Located in the residential Zona Norte area, and on the shore of the river banks, this laid back center has plenty of adventure options including kite surfing and climbing walls. Also, it is right in front of the Tren de la Costa Barrancas station that has a lovely little antique fair and the area is full of nice parrillas  with outdoor riverside seating. More information here.

December in Buenos Aires 2012

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Summer is creeping up on us in Buenos Aires, and as Christmas and New Year approach, the hotel’s rooftop pool and the lovely garden (where we host our Thank Fierro its Friday happy hour) are proving to be welcome respites from the early heat, and perfect for anticipating the fun times ahead. December is after all a month to celebrate and toast to another wonderful year.

Those who will be spending Christmas in the city can find a breif description of what to expect here, and here to catch a glimpse of what the local New Year is all about.  We will also be posting specific information for this year’s festivities throughout the month.

Other great events  taking place throughout December are:

International Artisans Fair: From the 4th to the 9th of December artisans from around the world will gather at La Rural where they will display their masterful crafts just in time for Christmas shopping.

San Telmo Tango Festival: From the 2nd to the 8th of December tango music and dancing will be present at the charming neighborhood’s parks and theatres.

Abierto Argentino de Polo: The final tournament of the most important Polo event of the year will be taking place on the 8th of December. Tickets here.

Rock & Reggae Festival 2012: The first edition of this laid-back music festival will be taking place from the 7th to the 9th of December at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

International Concerts

6th of December: Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland will be staging a live show at Groove in Palermo. Tickets here.

8th of December: Norah Jones will be playing at the Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

13th  and 15th of December: The legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

31st of December: Electronic music fans will get the chance of greeting 2013 to the sounds of John Digweed who will be at Crobar in Palermo for a special New Years Party. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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The MALBA is featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening, stop by the renowned Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo where the San Telmo Tango festival will be taking place starting at 8pm. Defensa and Humberto Primo, San Telmo.

Tuesday

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Don’t miss the much-awaited “Colón Ring” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to 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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Head to the International Artisans Fair that will take place until the 9th of December at La Rural where artisans from around the world will display their masterful crafts just in time for Christmas shopping.

In the evening, stop by La Usina del Arte in La Boca where a benefit gala concert featuring opera’s greatest love songs will be interpreted by talented soloists, an orchestra and the Juventus Lyrica choir. Tickets here.

Fuudis end of the year green dinner will be taking place so don’t forget to book your place ASAP! More information here.

Thursday

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The quirky Mercado de Pulgas in Palermo is a great place to visit and to shop for unique objects and trinkets for your loved ones.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad, which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

Don’t miss the much-awaited “Colón Ring” opera, an adaptation of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist’s birth. The show begins at 2.30 pm. Musical adaptation by Cord Garben, Musical Direction by Julien Salemkour, Art Direction and Mise en Scene- Katharina Wagner.  Tickets here.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.30 pm and then head to one of the city’s top bars such as Isabel, Frank’s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and 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.

On Saturday evening, Norah Jones will be staging a live show at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening 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 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.

Tuesday

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Check out the new fileteado porteño exhibit that was recently incorporated to the  Museo de la Ciudad which showcases all kinds of different aspects of Buenos Aires including city doors, toys, musical instruments, advertisements and more. Defensa 219, San Telmo. 4331-9855

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Wednesday

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Book your place for a unique afternoon of wine, tapas and Argentine fashion (think amazing leather bags, jewelry and more) at the Fierro Hotel garden from 5pm-8pm. Organized by Shop Hop BA and Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. infoshopbuenosaires@gmail.com

The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival kicks off at 8.30pm at the Usina del Arte in La Boca with a show by the Tom Harrel Quintet. The festival will take place until the 26th of November, promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

British band Pulp will also be staging a live concert at Estadio Luna Park. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

In the evening Joss Stone will playing at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here

Friday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Saturday and 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.

The Buenos Aires Open Air Market will be taking place throughout the weekend at Barrancas de Belgrano, offering fresh organic produce and more!

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, is in full swing with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

Don’t miss the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival that will take place until the 26th of November promising for swing filled days and many an outdoor show. Find the full program here. 

Coming Up: Argentina Open Polo Championship

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The most important Polo championship of the year kicks off this Saturday until the 8th of December.  The championship, which is the fifth oldest in the world and dates back to 1893, is one of the most prestigious social events of the year and is renowned internationally for its quality sport and horses. This makes it perfect for getting in touch with an emblematic aspect of Argentine culture, enjoying the grace of the sport and people watching.

The Open Polo Championship will take place at the posh Catedral de Polo in Palermo. Tickets to the matches are available here and can be bought for the whole tournament or for individual matches.  Prices for the whole tournament range from 445 pesos to 7980 pesos, depending on seating. Prices of the individual matches that have already gone on sale range between 50 pesos and 600 pesos.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the center of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then work off those medialunas by dancing at the nearby Centro Cultural Konex where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local musts, will be showing off their drumming skills. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

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Don’t miss the Caravaggio exhibit taking place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum) until the 15th of December. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

In the evening stop by Boris Club de Jazz where the Nicolàs Sorin Octeto will be playing at 9pm. Gorriti 5568, Palermo.

Wednesday

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Head to the National Library in Palermo (a landmark in itself) and check out the exhibit on local rock legend Luis Alberto Spinetta and the screenings of some of his live performances at 2pm. Aguero 2502, Palermo.

Later on stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson staring at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

 

Thursday

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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, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 160 pesos per person and are limited to 8. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

Friday

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From the 16th of November to the 25th of February the MALBA will be featuring a new exhibit on celebrated contemporary British artist, Tracy Emin. Not to be missed. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.  

In the evening stop by Fierro´s Thank Fierro its Friday Happy Hour from 6pm to 8.3opm and then head to one of the city´s top bars such as Isabel, Frank`s Bar, Unicorn Husset or 878! Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

Super star Lady Gaga will be wowing the crowds at Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

Saturday and 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.

The Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo, one of the most important polo events of the year, kicks off on Saturday with tournaments throughout the weekend. Tickets here.

The Colón Theatre will be showcasing Museo Pierrot, a music and art installation by Arnold Schonberg about the relationship between the music and the moon. 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

On Saturday Manu Chao will be staging a live show at the Balneario Municipal San Pedro, outside of the city. Tickets here.

On Saturday Slash and Black Label Society will be playing at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Tickets here.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to the MAMBA (Modern Art Museum) in San Telmo to see the special Bruno Dubner photography exhibit. Museum opening hours: Mon- Fri from 12.00am to 7.00pm, Sat & Sun from 11.00am to 8.00pm. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo. 4342-3001/2970.

In the evening stop by Ill Ballo del Mattone for some live acoustic guitar music by Jerónimo Guiraud at 8pm, and a wonderful plate of homemade pasta. Gorriti 5737 tel 47764247 reservas@ilballo.tv

 

Wednesday

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Should the rain continue, as forecasted, head to one of the city’s indoor attractions such as the Colón theatre, or the Ateneo Grand Splendid (one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world!). Afterwards you can stop by one of our recommended spots for 5 o’clock tea.

In the evening head to the upbeat and colorful AcaBar for some great drinks and board games. Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo. 4772-0845.

 

Thursday

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For those who want to check out the 2012 Autumn-Winter fashion don’t miss the runway shows at Buenos Aires Fashion week, being held this week at La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. The full list or runway shows is available here.

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.

Friday

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Finally the sun will allow for some outdoor enjoyment. Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. The day includes a wine tasting with ‘empanadas’, horseback riding, a Polo Match, polo lessons, the opportunity to talk to coaches and professional players, a typical asado, and leisure time by the swimming pool. More information here.

 

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday at 5pm, the San Martin Theatre Contemporary Ballet will be staging the 8 Estaciones Ballet (8 Seasons Ballet), a show that alternates each of Vivaldi´s 4 Seasons with the Piazzola versions. Av. Corrientes 1530, Downtown. 0800-333-5254.

On Sunday, Morrissey will be staging a live show at Estadio GEBA. Marcelino Freyre 3381, Palermo. Tickets available here.