This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Start the week off by getting a general picture of Buenos Aires with Jonathan who offers free daily walking tours that start at 11am from the Garibaldi Statue at Plaza Italia. 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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Stop by the Museo Carlos Gardel in Abasto where National Tango day will be taking place with inaugurations, live music and more from 5pm onwards. Jean Jaurés 735, Abasto.

Later on, continue celebrating tango at the free performance by renowned dancer Juan Pablo Ledo who will display his abilities in ballet and tango starting at 8.30pm at the Complejo Cultural 25 de Mayo. Av. Triunvirato 4444,  Villa Urquiza

Wednesday

(Escalera by Juan Gatti. Photo by r2hox)

The Museo Sivori, behind the beautiful Rosedal in Palermo, is displaying Contraluz, a new exhibit by renowned artist Juan Gatti. Av. Infanta Isabel 555, Palermo.

Later on don’t miss the second half of the exhibit, a special projection that will take place at the Planetarium starting at 8.30pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

The last gallery night of the year will also be taking place in Palermo, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the hippest city art whilst mixing and mingling with locals and foreigners alike from 7pm to 10pm. More information here.

Thursday

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The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

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 the stunning Colón Theatre will be staging a concert,  De Raíces y Alturas (Roots and Heights). Director- Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Piano soloist- Nelson Goerner. Featuring pieces by Pascual de Rogatis, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Claude Debussy. Tickets here.

Later on,  the legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

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 Huset 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.

Head out and roam the city bookshops on Saturday evening when the city will  be celebrating La Noche de las Librerias (bookstore night). Check out some of our favorite BA bookstores here.

On Saturday  head to Av. de Mayo and Bolivar where there will be a free concert by Zamba Quipildor, a renowned singer from Jujuy who will be singing Christmas songs and Argentine folklore from 9.15 pm onwards.

Also on Saturday,  the legendary Madonna will be putting on a live show at the Estadio River Plate. Tickets here.

On Sunday there is a free concert at the Colón Theatre featuring the Buenos Aires Instrumental Ensemble who will play pieces by Adolphe Blanc, Alberto Ginastera and Johannes Brahms at 11am. (Keep in mind that tickets to the Colon theatre’s free concerts must be picked up at the theatre’s box office 24hs. prior to the function.)

San Martín de Tours- Patron Saint of Buenos Aires

Spanish colonizers had a tradition of blessing each new conquest by assigning a patron saint from their Catholic tradition. In Buenos Aires, this event took place on the 20th of October of 1580. The story goes that Juan de Garay and the first members of the cabildo (the government of the viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata) gathered on this day to pick the patron saint. When San Martín de Tours was chosen randomly from a group of names pulled from a hat the neighbors objected because he had a French name so the procedure was carried out again. San Martin de Tours was randomly picked three times from the hat and so it was finally accepted as an act of God. Every 11th of November the patron saint of Buenos Aires is remembered.

This Sunday, at the Avenida de Mayo, there will be a special celebration to commemorate this historical figure. The event will feature a historic recreation of Colonial Buenos Aires and will include a screening about the history of San Martin de Tours, different parades and artistic events and a mass at the Buenos Aires cathedral starting at 4.30pm.

Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest

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Bicycles, fashion shows, live music and more will all be part of the Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest that will be held this weekend, on the 27th and 28th of October at various city venues including the Planetarium, the Parque Centenario, Rosedal and Distrito Audiovisual.  The event seeks to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation in the city.

Some of the top activities planned for the weekend include two fashion shows at the Planetarium, starting at 6.30pm, thematic city bike tours, live music at the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, various conferences regarding new transport trends and other bike related themes, a special platform for freestylers to show off their bike pirouettes, games for children, bike mechanic workshops, special projections and art interventions at the Planetarium and Distrito Audiovisual, amongst others. Find the full program of activities here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Check out the MALBA‘s Beatriz Milhazes exhibit “Panamericano”  that showcases a selection of the renowned Brazilian artist’s recent paintings. 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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A rainy Tuesday is perfect for a Scandinavian film fest and there is one taking place at the Village Recoleta, right in front of the famous must-see cemetery.  Find the full program here.

In the evening don´t miss the new ballet being staged at the Colón Theatre. Trilogía Neoclásica II (Neoclassic Trilogy II). Part 1- Marguerite and Armand by Franz Liszt. Choreography by Frederick Ashton. Part 2- Fuga Técnica- “Possessed” for string quartet and percussion by Alexander Balanescu. Choreography by Eric Frederic. Part 3- Before Nightfall- Bohuslav Martinu. Choreography by Nils Christe. 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th of October. Tickets here.

Wednesday

(Photo by 2da.Realidad | Fotos: Facundo M. Nívolo)

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, starting at 10pm,  the Orquesta Típica Fernandez Fierro will be playing upbeat tango at the Club Atlético Fernandez Fierro in Abasto. Sanchez de Bustamante 764, Abasto.

Thursday

(Photo by Dimitry B)

The Fundación PROA in La Boca is showcasing a must-see exhibit of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures and paintings. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

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 35 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

The Pepsi Music Festival kicks off with special performances by Garbage, The Maccabees and others. Tickets and more information here.

Friday

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Book your place with Argentina Polo Day and spend the day in the outskirts of the city exploring the world of polo. It 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

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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 Market will be taking place during the weekend where a great selection of organic products will be offered. Live music shows and other events will also be taking place for the ocassion at La Usina del Arte in La Boca. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 501, La Boca.

Don´t miss the Buenos Aires Mágica event at Polo Circo where illusionists, ventriloquists and magicians will be mesmerizing the crowds from 2pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday. Av. Juan de Garay and Combate de los Pozos, Parque Patricios.

 

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Buenos Aires International Design Festival

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The Buenos Aires International Design Festival kicks off this Friday promising for an interesting weekend full of activities at the CMD (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño)  in Barracas.

With the future city as a central theme, the exhibits and events will include bike rides through city neighborhoods led by fashion designer Martin Churba,  Olivier Hanocq, and architect Emiliano Espasandín, exhibitions of the city terraces, video installations and photography, and an international exhibit on upcoming projects amongst others.

Free transport will be available every hour and a half from the Colon Theatre from 12-8pm. The #12 bus is also an option. We suggest getting there by cab for allthough Barracas is a lovely area, it is off the beaten path and has a dodgy side to it.

More information on the neighborhood bike rides, timetables and starting points here, and you can find a bike rental option here.

Festival Internacional de Diseño

CMD

Algarrobo 1041, Barracas

4126-2950

cmd@buenosaires.gob.ar