Buenos Aires offers tourists an invigorating array of options to enjoy their visit to the full. Gastronomy tours, cinemas, theaters, traditional and international shows, sports, art, fairs, restaurants and bars, are just some of the many alternatives the city offers its visitors for an entertaining and memorable stay.
Fairs and Tours:
The drama scene in the City is as busy as it is varied, with a stimulating range of theatrical genres to suit all tastes, ages and styles. With a year-round offer of entertainment, local and visiting theater-goers can choose from the classics, opera, cabaret and revues, fringe and underground works, as well as stand-up comedy, Monday to Sunday.
Buenos Aires’ Broadway equivalent is Calle Corrientes, a downtown avenue lined with the glittering lights of theater billboards advertising an eclectic array of entertainment, the focal point of the city’s artistic circuit.
One of the finest concert halls ever built, the Teatro Colon is without a doubt the best place to hear opera in South America. Its majestic opulence is a testament to its heritage and history, as is its fascinating museum housing memorabilia of past productions. The building’s imposing architecture is a combination of the Italian and French styles typically found in early 20th century Buenos Aires, and the main concert hall has achieved international renown for its acoustics, a much sought-after venue by artists from around the world.
Shows and festivals:
Tango bars and salons throughout the city offer visitors an opportunity to sample the magic of this evocative music any night of the week: whether at a full-blown dinner show with a professional dance troupe and orchestra, or a milonga where you can take classes, or enjoy a beer while other couples “trip the light fantastic”. In February, dance couples from all around the world gather here for the International Tango Festival, and in September compete in the World Tango Dance Tournament.
Folk music is another highly enjoyable genre, and despite its many regional variations rooted in rural traditions, there are plenty of options in town to spend an evening in a peña folclórica eating empanadas and locro, while watching gauchos and chinas dancing zambas and chacareras.
Classical music also has its place in the city, with lunchtime and evening chamber music recitals in churches, cultural centers, theaters and halls, as well as opera and ballet featuring international talent at the Colón Theater. The Colón’s world-class acoustics ensure that any performance is a delight for both performers and audience.
Buenos Aires has a small but buzzing jazz scene, with several cool jazz clubs to be found around the city. The Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival is a big draw for aficionados who can enjoy performances by local and international artists as well as master classes and jam sessions, which are open to the public.
As for electronic music, Buenos Aires is truly a city that never sleeps. A perennial stop on the international DJ circuit, there is something for everyone looking to party hard, whether it’s House, Trance, Dub or Progressive.