What's On in Buenos Aires
Expats moving to Buenos Aires will find that there is no shortage of events throughout the year. Cultural and sporting events are the most common and adults and children alike are sure to discover something they enjoy.
Some of the best annual events in Buenos Aires for expats to attend include:
Lollapalooza Argentina (March)
Lollapalooza is an international music festival that takes place every year in the San Isidro barrio of Buenos Aires. It attracts music artists and fans from all over the world and is one of the biggest events of the year for many young people in Buenos Aires.
The Buenos Aires Independent International Film Festival (April)
This exciting event showcases international independent films and also presents the work of Argentine filmmakers to an international audience. The festival is ten days long and attracts many big names in the film industry.
ArteBA is a week-long art fair in Buenos Aires and is one of the most popular cultural events in Latin America. The festival features the work of artists from all over the world. It attracts thousands of artists, collectors, galleries and punters, and is definitely not to be missed.
Buenos Aires Circus Festival (May)
This festival is a feast for the senses with world-class circus acts coming together and performing at various venues around Buenos Aires. Companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Europe showcase their talents and this is a great event for expats with children to attend.
Aniversario de la Revolución de Mayo (May)
This is the celebration of the 1810 revolution in Argentina. The festivities begin at midnight on 24 May when crowds gather in front of the Cabildo (a museum commemorating the revolution) and sing the national anthem. The crowd gathers again on the evening of the 25th for another patriotic rendition of the Argentinian anthem.
La Rural (July/August)
La Rural is an important two-week farm fair in Buenos Aires. The main attractions are the bulls but lambs, pigs and other animals also feature. Expats can enjoy the gaucho stunts that are performed and can also join in on the folklore nights with some genuine Argentinian cowboys.
Buenos Aires Tango Festival (August)
This is the world’s most important tango festival, and it’s no surprise that it is held in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango. The festival is nine days long, so there is plenty of time for expats to take in all there is to see. There are tango shows, free dancing lessons, exhibitions, a dance-off on Avenida Corrientes and plenty of other sights and sounds to enjoy.
Maratón de Buenos Aires (September)
This marathon is run along Avenida 9 Julio and starts and finishes at the Obelisco. This is a great way for active expats to get involved and experience another side of Buenos Aires. For the less athletically inclined there is a fun run, as well as a four-kilometre race for children.
Spring Wine Tour Urbano (October)
Expats can walk along Armenia and Honduras streets in Palermo and browse the shops while enjoying a glass of excellent Argentinian wine. Every boutique represents a different national winery. Expats should not miss out on trying red wine made from Malbec grapes, a truly Argentinian experience.
Gran Premio Nacional (November)
This event is Argentina’s most important annual horse race and is the perfect opportunity for expats who enjoyed going to the races in their home countries to get involved. The event dates back to 1884 and is a good excuse to dress up and rub shoulders with Argentina’s rich and famous.
Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (November)
Expats who enjoy a bit of culture shouldn’t miss the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. Both international and local musicians take part in the festival at various theatres and venues throughout the city. Some of the main venues include the Recoleta Cultural Centre, the Coliseo Theatre, the National Library and various jazz clubs in Buenos Aires.
Argentinian Open Polo Tournament (November/ December)
Polo is a huge part of Argentinian culture and the country has produced some of the world’s best polo players and horses. The Argentinian Open Polo Tournament dates back to 1893 and is the fifth oldest polo tournament in the world. It is held at the massive Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo where expats can sit outside, take advantage of the summer weather and enjoy this glamorous sporting event, and perhaps also attend one of the many parties held afterwards.
Maratón de Buenos Aires (November)
This marathon is run along Avenida 9 Julio and starts and finishes at the Obelisco. This is a great way for active expats to get involved and experience another side of Buenos Aires. For the less athletically inclined there is a fun run, as well as a 4km race for children.