As our favorite museums, theaters, and cultural centers all grind to a halt for summer vacation and legions of porteños begin their exodus to the Atlantic coast, another year in Buenos Aires comes to a close… And it’s time to figure out what you’re doing for New Year’s! With a whopping 38 degrees Celsius projected in the city this Saturday, it may be a good idea to take it easy until the heat passes — if, however, you’re not fazed by the heat, do make sure to drink more than enough water. In addition to our regular activity round-up this week, you can check out BA’s guide on What to Do in Buenos Aires on New Year’s Eve here. Have a fantastic weekend, however you choose to spend it, and see you all in 2018!
Friday, 27th of December
A number of stunning visual arts exhibits are currently on display in El Cultural San Martín, one of Buenos Aires’ foremost cultural centers, including ‘Senderowicz, fotógrafo y pintora‘, a retrospective of Polish photographer Boleslaw Senderowicz’s immense body of work that’s been put together by the artist’s niece, Paula Senderowicz, who is a painter. A sound installation based on Libero Badii’s famous ‘Figuras entrelazadas’ that examines questions about modern and contemporary art is also running, in addition to many others. Admission to the exhibits is free.
3 – 9 PM | El Cultural San Martín (Sarmiento 1562) | Free | More info
‘Nina Sessions’ is an Argentine homage to an American great — the extremely talented and versatile vocalist Nina Simone. Ranging from soul, to blues, to jazz, to gospel, Simone’s music, as well as her career, defied definition. Young Buenos Aires musicians An Díaz and Anahí Fabiani will be performing covers of her work in Bebop Club this evening, putting a special emphasis on the songs in the singer’s repertoire that best exemplify blues and gospel. They will also cover the classic hits that made the singer a legend.
6 – 7 PM | Bebop Club (Moreno 364) | Tickets start at AR $150 here | More info
For those who missed the live projection of Tchaikovsky’s traditional Christmas ballet last weekend, the Teatro Colón will be holding its second to last performance of The Nutcracker tonight at 8 PM. A holiday classic based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,’ the original production of the ballet was met with significant criticism, much like Tchaikovsky’s other famous ballet, Swan Lake. Tickets to tonight’s production start at AR $80 and can be bought online via Tu Entrada or at the Teatro Colón’s box office.
8 – 10:30 PM | Teatro Colón (Tucumán 1171) | From AR $80 | More info
For a chic night out on the town tonight, head over to Palermo’s swanky Rose Bar — a consistent favorite among expats and locals, where you can pretend for a night that you actually belong to the upper echelons of porteño society. Put yourself down on Gaetan Ludon’s list by sending him an email with your first and last name (firstname.lastname@example.org). When you get to the party, make sure to announce that you are on the list — the same goes for any of your friends. Gents get in to the party free of charge until 1 AM, while ladies can get in for free until 2 AM. You absolutely must be dressed to the nines if you want in on the party — otherwise the bouncers won’t let you in.
11:55 PM – 5:55 AM | Rose Bar (Honduras 5445) | Free, see conditions above | More info
Saturday, 30th of December
A free photography seminar will be taking placing from today in the northern part of Buenos Aires’ verdant Ecological Reserve. Dictated by Ro de Miguel Fotografía, the idea of the seminar is to cover the basics of photography before allowing participants to have at it in the Reserve with their cameras. No previous knowledge is necessary in order to participate — just show up at 9 AM with your photo-taking equipment and a notebook. It’s also a good idea to come with lots of water and a brown bag lunch. For more information about the seminar, post in the event group, or send Ro de Miguel’s Facebook page a private message.
9 AM – 5 PM | Reserva Ecológica Costanera Norte | Free | More info
For a different way to spend your Saturday afternoon, head over to Buenos Aires’s renovated Planetarium in the Bosques de Palermo for a meditation and mantra meet. Organized by Peregrinos del Tiempo CABA, the idea is to create some peace and internal balance by breaking with the everyday routine. No prior experience with meditation or mantras is necessary, since everything you need to know will be explained. It’s suggested you come dressed in something comfortable, and armed with some mate or cookies to share.
11 AM – 3 PM | Planetario Galileo Galilei | Free | More info
If you’re looking to beat the heat today yet also want to get out at some point, head over to Auditorio Kraft tonight to listen to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The album, that includes hits like ‘Get Lucky,’ ‘Instant Crush,’ ‘Lose Yourself to Dance,’ and ‘Doin’ It Right,’ will be played on five meter tall holophonic speakers in the dark – the perfect way to start your night. Tickets to the experience are AR $150 online, or AR $175 at the door.
9:30 – 11 PM | Auditorio Kraft (Florida 681) | AR $150-175 | More info
Casa Brandon is hosting its last event of the year before closing over the summer for a bit of maintenance. The cultural house is inviting you to get dragged up, celebrate, toast, hug each other, and if you feel like it, even get a little weepy. Live music by the all-female musical group Hija de Tigre is sure to spice up the night – combining beatboxing with the sounds of trumpet, guitar, percussion, and ukulele, the richly layered performance is uniquely entertaining.
10 PM – 1 AM | Casa Brandon (Luis Maria Drago 236) | More info
Sunday, 31st of December
If you’re still trying to figure out where to eat your last meal of 2017, consider heading over to one of Buenos Aires’ most beloved Armenian joints, a gem of a restaurant in Palermo called Sarkis. Boasting dozens of mouth-watering dishes at extremely affordable prices, portions at the restaurant are always generous, and we can almost guarantee you won’t be able to finish your plate. For starters, try a plate of feta cheese and olives, or eggplant dip with warm flatbread, and then move on to a yogurt smothered chicken kebab served with blackened tomatoes and onions (in Spanish ‘fierrito de pollo‘). Doors open at 8 PM, and it is strongly suggested to arrive early. Reservations are not taken and wait times after 9 PM regularly go up to an hour.
8 PM | Thames 1101 | AR $300 can generally get you an appetizer, entrée, and drink
If 2017 was too bitter a pill to swallow and you’re ready to dance your way into 2018, Niceto Club has just the party for you with three whole floors for you to strut your stuff on. Boasting the participation of Piso Compartido Buenos Aires, an organization that connects tourists, travelers and students with locals, this is a great party to go if you’d like to make some friends. After toasting with your friends and fam, why not head down? Tickets start at AR $300 and can be bought online here.
11:55 PM – 8 AM | Niceto Club (Niceto Vega 5510) | AR $300 | More info
Perhaps one of the most popular ways to celebrate the advent of the New Year — besides drinking, that is — is by setting off an absurd amount of fireworks, or by simply just going to see them. Argentina is certainly no exception to the rule, and for those who want to ring the New Year in with a bang tonight, fireworks will go off in Puerto Madero starting at the stroke of midnight. A large crowd usually turns out around the docks, armed with bags of bubbly and booze, DJs play music and everyone has a superb time. Just don’t ask us where you’re supposed to go to the bathroom!
Midnight | Puerto Madero, generally over Dique 3 or close | Free
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