Winter in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Feliponsio)

Although it is rarely below freezing and it has only lightly snowed twice in the past hundred years, Buenos Aires is very chilly during winter. The city, however, has a peculiar charm during this barren season and has many indoor jewels including antique cafes (where hot chocolate and churros are mandatory), stately theatres, luxurious book stores, tango venues and vibrant art collections.  Additionally, some of the most anticipated events of the year take place during July-August.

Argentine Independence: Every 9th of July the country celebrates its independence with traditional food and dancing amongst other festivities.

Caminos y Sabores: The annual 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.

La Rural Agricultural Fair: The annual agricultural and livestock show is one of the city highlights since 1886 and will be taking place from the 19th to the 31st of July in Palermo.

Tango Festival and World Championship: The largest worldwide tango event of the year takes place from the 14th to the 28th of August in Recoleta. An excellent opportunity to watch the best dancers, listen to best music and participate in all tango-related events.

Buenos Aires Fashion Week: The latest Argentine fashion will be presented at the Spring/Summer BA Fashion week which will be taking place from the 7th to the 10th of August.

Vinos y Bodegas: Another of Argentina’s specialties is of course wine, and from the 12th to the 15th of September local wineries display their best bottles at this oeno-lovers fair.

Live Acts:

Disney on Ice: From the 13th of July to the 27th of July at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Dream Theatre: 19th of August at the Luna Park Stadium.  Tickets are not yet on sale.

Maroon 5: 31st of August at Estadio Ferro. Tickets here.

Alan Parsons: 1st of September at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Cirque du Soleil: From the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Megadeth: 14th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Die Toten Hosen: 15th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Autumn in Buenos Aires

(Photo by cagatota)

As autumn creeps up, the city resumes many of its activities after a summer of fun. Schools and universities kick-off the academic year, theatres and museums renew their programs and exhibits, football season picks up and some of the city’s main events, such as the Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), the Quilmes Rock Festival and the monthly Gallery Nights, liven it up.

During autumn, the weather is mild, ranging between 10-20°C (50-68°F).  Many consider this to be one of the best seasons to visit the city and rightly so; it is less rainy than Summer, the weather is perfect for asados and sailing, there are many cultural activities going on and the cooler afternoons are perfect for hot chocolate with churros at some of the city’s charming traditional bars.

Some of the events to look out for this autumn are:

Ciudanza: 29th March-1st April: Ciudanza combines contemporary dance with urban settings bringing this expressive art form out of the theatre and into the streets for everyone to admire. This year the event will take place in the Barrancas de Belgrano Park, in Parque Lezama in San Telmo and in Parque Chacabuco. More information here.

Quilmes Rock Festival: 3rd-4th and 7th April: This annual rock festival brings both local and international acts to the stage. This year the international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the 7th. Tickets here.

BAFICI: 11th-22nd April – The BAFICI film festival, held in various cinemas in Buenos Aires offers a wide range of independent local and international films. The full program for 2012 is not yet up but we will keep you posted.

Gallery Nights: Once a month from April-December the city’s art galleries open to the public during the night and welcome an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers.

Summer in Buenos Aires

(Photo by Jocelyn Mandryk)

The summer season in Buenos Aires runs from the 21st of December- 21st March and is one of the quieter seasons in the city as the locals go on holidays to their beach houses and tourists settle in. This is especially true during January, the peak of the high season in Argentina.

Temperatures in BA are high in the summer, and it is also very humid, so bring light summer clothing and don’t forget your bathing suit! (Check out Fierro Hotel’s pool here)!

Fortunately the city is full of spacious parks with shady trees, many with sun loungers and beach umbrellas, which make for great resting spots, picnic grounds and also tourist attractions. Such is the case of the 3 de Febrero Parks and Botanical Garden in Palermo, the Recoleta parks, the Ecological Reserve behind Puerto Madero, and the Tigre Delta (more information on outdoor attractions here.)

Additionally the river allows for some aquatic activities including sailing (see smile on sea for sailing options), canoeing, and even windsurfing and kite surfing in the outskirts of the city (see Peru Beach’s water sport options).  The river however is not fit for swimming so reserve that for the hotel pool!

Due to the large influx of foreign tourists to the city during this season, tourist attractions, museums, art exhibitions, live music and tango shows amongst other abound. Many do however close for Christmas and New Years and reopen in January.  And, another of the seasons highlights is the delicious local ice-cream!