Polo: The 2018 Argentine Open Championship


The most important polo tournament in the world, the 125th Argentine Polo Open Championship (Abierto Argentino de Polo), or simply "El Abierto", will kick off on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, with its thrilling Final to be played on December 15th. This tournament, held every year at the Cathedral of Polo, the Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo (Av. del Libertador & Dorrego), brings together the best polo players in the world, and it is one of the oldest and most prestigious events in the international polo calendar. It´s also one of the main social events in Buenos Aires.


Tickets are on sale through Ticketek Argentina. Tickets may also be available on the same day of each match at the stadium's box office, except on the final dates which may get sold out in advance.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event. Contact me through this Contact Form to inquire about special VIP HOSPITALITY PACKAGES, Polo Day Experience including specialized guide, or if you need help getting your tickets in advance.


Participating teams:

La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 40.
La Aguada: Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8, Alfedo Bigatti 8, Miguel Novillo Astrada 8, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9. Total: 33.
Alegría La Irenita: Fred Mannix 9, Juan Gris Zavaleta 8, Clemente Zavaleta 7, Matías Mac Donough 8. Total: 32.
La Dolfina Polo Ranch: Diego Cavanagh 8, Guillermo Terrera 8, Alejo Taranco 8, Ignatius Du Plessis 8. Total: 32.
La Ensenada: Facundo Fernández Llorente 7, Juan Britos 7, Juan Martín Zubía 7, Jerónimo del Carril 7. Total: 28. 
Ellerstina: Pablo Pieres Jr 10, Gonzalo Pieres 10, Facundo Pieres 10, Nicolás Pieres 10. Total: 40.
Las Monjitas: Facundo Sola 9, Hilario Ulloa 10, Guiller Caset Jr 10, Julián de Lusarreta 7. Total: 36.
Cría Yatay: Lerín Zubiaurre 8, Cristian Laprida Jr 8, Joaquín Pittaluga 8, Iñaki Laprida 8. Total: 32.
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: Francisco Elizalde 8, Nicolas Roldan 7, Guillermo Toccalino 8, Alfredo Cappella 8. Total: 31. 
La Cañada: Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario 8, Agustín Obregon 6, Sebastián Merlos 8, Jared Zenni 6. Total: 28.

FIXTURE (Results and updates will be published in red):

Date 1 - Saturday, November 10 - League A
1.30 pm: Alegria La Irenita vs La Ensenada
4.00 pm: La Aguada vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch

Date 2 - Sunday, November 11 -League B
1.30 pm: La Albertina vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: Las Monjitas vs Cria Yatay

Date 3 - Saturday, November 17 - League A
1.30 pm: La Aguada vs La Ensenada
4.00 pm: La Dolfina vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch

Date 4 - Sunday, November 18 - League B
1.30 pm: Las Monjitas vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: Ellerstina vs Cria Yatay

Date 5 - Saturday, November 24 - League A
1.30 pm: La Dolfina Polo Ranch vs La Ensenada
4.30 pm: La Dolfina vs Alegria La Irenita

Date 6 - Sunday, November 25 - League B
1.30 pm: Cria Yatay vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: Ellerstina vs La Albertina

Date 7 - Wednesday, November 28 - League A
1.30 pm: La Dolfina vs La Ensenada
4.00 pm: La Aguada vs Alegria La Irenita

Date 8 - Thursday, November 29 - League B
1.30 pm: Ellerstina vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: Las Monjitas vs La Albertina

Date 9 - Saturday, December 8 - League A
1.30 pm: Alegria La Irenita vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch
4.00 pm: La Dolfina vs La Aguada

Date 10 - Sunday, December 9 - League B
1.30 pm: La Albertina vs Cria Yatay
4.00 pm: Ellerstina vs Las Monjitas

FINAL OF THE 125th ARGENTINE POLO OPEN - Saturday, December 15
Winner League A vs Winner League B


*The schedule of matches is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check for updates in case of rain.
*Note that because of the G20 Summit that will be taking in Buenos Aires on November 30th and December 1st there won't be any matches on that weekend.

Autoclasica 2018 - Antique and Classic Car Show


Autoclasica 2018, the biggest festival showcasing classic cars and motorcycles in South America will take place between Friday, October 12th and Monday October 15th, 2018, at the Gardens of San Isidro Race Track (Hipodromo de San Isidro).

Autoclasica features more than 1000 antique vehicles in their original state, and in perfect working conditions, as they were at the moment of their manufacture, including classic cars, sport cars, motorcycles, utilitarians, buses, boats, farm machinery and military vehicles.

The exhibition this year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the brand Porsche with more than 30 vehicles in exhibition. The history of Land Rover will also be present celebrating the 70th anniversary of the presentation of the first Series I in Amsterdam 1948.

With the support of the German Embassy, Autoclasica will present a tribute to Mercedes Benz 300, with 10 of these vehicles in its different versions, including the famous “Gull Wings”.

On Saturday 13th, Autoclásica 2018 will present the XII International Meeting of Clubs MINIS, with more than 80 vehicles from Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

For collectors, the classic "Autojumble" and "Motojumble", with over 100 stands offering antique pieces and accessories, books, models, and auto clubs stands from around the country.

On Sunday 14th a jury will award the most outstanding vehicles in every category of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) in exhibition, and the "Best of Show” between autos and motorcycles of the year.

There will be special sectors for kids and food courts, making this a great event for the whole family.

Dates: October 12, 13, 14, 15, of 2018
Opening hours: 10.00 AM to 6.00 PM
Location: Hipódromo de San Isidro, Av. Santa Fe and Av. Márquez, San Isidro, Province of Buenos Aires.
Entrance: $ 350 Pesos. Children under 12: free 
Parking: $ 200 Pesos (cash only) - to  be donated to San Isidro Children´s Hospital (entrance on Av. Santa Fe & Av. de la Unidad Nacional)
Not suspended for rain

Open House Buenos Aires 2018


Former National Library
Open House Buenos Aires, the festival of architecture and urban planning of the city of Buenos Aires, will take place this year on Saturday October 27th and Sunday October 28th, 2018. An open house weekend at those buildings that cause admiration and curiosity.  Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to adopt the Open House concept in 2013. 

Open House offers the opportunity to enter for free and explore those private or public places that are normally closed to the general public, with the help of volunteers who generously give their time to accompany and comment on the tours. This year more than 100 buildings selected for their architectural heritage and cultural value and which usually can not be accessed freely will be open to the public.

Only those who are registered through the Open House website can get access up to 3 selected buildings each day. Registration starts on October 10th, 9 pm BA time, through this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com.ar/o/cohabitar-urbano-17917361684

The spaces are limited. An ID will be requested without exception in order to enter the buildings on the day of the event.

Some of the buildings do not require previous registration, but in order to secure entrance it is recommend to arrive early. There are some additional free activities during the weekend, like bike tours, Open Foto, City Walks, and Open Muro.

For more information visit Open House Buenos Aires website.

AGN -Edificio Presidente Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín. Auditoría General de la nación

Edificio Bencich

Feria PuroDiseño 2018



The 2018 edition of Feria PuroDiseño, that will take place from October 11th to October 14th, 2018, at the Pabellón Amarillo in La Rural, will exhibit and offer for sale to the public the avant-garde works of the most innovative Argentine designers. Visitors will have the chance to see innovative works and purchase original designs in the fields of:

° Clothing
° Fashion Clothing and Accessories
° Contemporary jewelry
° Home decor objects and furniture
° Contemporary craftsmanship
° Textile development
° Lighting
° Toys and children clothing

Feria PuroDiseño is a space where design is the main protagonist. The goal of Feria PuroDiseño is to accompany and to promote this sector of the Argentine industry, as well as each and every one of its designers, as a platform for the promotion of local and international design and the stimulation to regional creativity.

Dates: October 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2018
Location: La Rural, Pabellon Amarillo. Av.Sarmiento 2704
Opening Hours: 1.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Admittance: AR$ 190
More information: Feria PuroDiseño website

Polo:125th Hurlingham Club Open Championship


Hurlingham Club

The 125th Hurlingham Club Open Championship, the oldest Polo tournament in the world, will kick off this Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, with the participation of the ten best worldwide Polo teams and the world's top ranked polo players.

The Hurlingham Club Open is the second jewel of the Argentina "Triple Crown" of Polo, following the Tortugas Open Championship, and preceding the Argentine Open Championship.

The preliminary matches will be played at the Argentine Polo Association in Pilar (AAP) with free entrance. The zone definitions on October 27th and 28th, and the Final on November 3rd will be played at Hurlingham Club. Tickets for these last three dates are on sale through Ticketek.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending this world class event and experience Polo the Argentine way. Contact me through this Contact Form for so I can arrange transportation for you, or the full Polo package with specialized guide.

Participating teams:

La Dolfina: Adolfo Cambiaso Jr 10, David Stirling Jr 10, Pablo Mac Donough 10, Juan Martín Nero 10. Total: 40.
La Aguada: Alejandro Novillo Astrada 8, Alfedo Bigatti 8, Miguel Novillo Astrada 8, Ignacio Novillo Astrada 9. Total: 33.
Alegría La Irenita: Fred Mannix 9, Juan Gris Zavaleta 8, Clemente Zavaleta 7, Matías Mac Donough 8. Total: 32.
La Dolfina Polo Ranch: Diego Cavanagh 8, Guillermo Terrera 8, Alejo Taranco 8, Ignatius Du Plessis 8. Total: 32.
La Ensenada: Facundo Fernández Llorente 7, Juan Britos 7, Juan Martín Zubía 7, Jerónimo del Carril 7. Total: 28. 
Ellerstina: Pablo Pieres Jr 10, Gonzalo Pieres 10, Facundo Pieres 10, Nicolás Pieres 10. Total: 40.
Las Monjitas: Facundo Sola 9, Hilario Ulloa 10, Guiller Caset Jr 10, Julián de Lusarreta 7. Total: 36.
Cría Yatay: Lerín Zubiaurre 8, Cristian Laprida Jr 8, Joaquín Pittaluga 8, Iñaki Laprida 8. Total: 32.
La Albertina Abu Dhabi: Francisco Elizalde 8, Nicolas Roldan 7, Guillermo Toccalino 8, Alfredo Cappella 8. Total: 31. 
La Cañada: Ezequiel Martinez Ferrario 8, Agustín Obregon 6, Sebastián Merlos 8, Jared Zenni 6. Total: 28.

FIXTURE (Results and updates will be published in red):

Date 1 - Tuesday, October 9 (AAP) - League A
1.30 pm: Alegria La Irenita 8 vs La Ensenada 12
4.00 pm: La Aguada 11 vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch 9

Date 2 - Wednesday, October 10 (AAP) -League B
1.30 pm: La Albertina 10 vs La Cañada 8
4.00 pm: Las Monjitas 14 vs Cria Yatay 10

Date 3 - Saturday, October 13 (AAP) - League A
1.30 pm: La Aguada 14 vs La Ensenada 12
4.00 pm: Ellerstina 20 vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch 4

Date 4 - Sunday, October 14 (AAP) - League B
1.30 pm: Las Monjitas 20 vs La Cañada 6
4.00 pm: La Dolfina 22 vs Cria Yatay 8

Date 5 - Tuesday, October 16 (AAP) - League A
1.30 pm: La Dolfina Polo Ranch vs La Ensenada
4.30 pm: Ellerstina vs Alegria La Irenita

Date 6 - Wednesday, October 17 (AAP) - League B
1.30 pm: Cria Yatay vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: La Dolfina vs La Albertina

Date 7 - Saturday, October 20 (AAP) - League A
1.30 pm: Ellerstina vs La Ensenada
4.00 pm: La Aguada vs Alegria La Irenita

Date 8 - Sunday, October 21 (AAP) - League B
1.30 pm: La Dolfina vs La Cañada
4.00 pm: Las Monjitas vs La Albertina

Date 9 - Saturday, October 27 
Alegria La Irenita vs La Dolfina Polo Ranch (AAP) - League A
La Albertina vs Cria Yatay (AAP) - League A
Ellerstina vs La Aguada (Hurlingham Club) - League B

Date 10 - Sunday, October 28 
La Dolfina vs Las Monjitas (Hurlingham Club) - League B

Final - The Ayrshire Cup - Saturday, November 3
Winner League A vs Winner League B

The schedule of matches is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Check for updates in case of rain.

Argentine Polo Association (AAP) - Pilar

Gourmet Festival and Horse Racing - October 2018



A new edition of the Gourmet Festival “Apetito” will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, from 12.00 PM to 12.00 AM, at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo (Av. del Libertador & Dorrego).

The best cooks and beer brewers will get together with more than 30 food trucks offering hamburgers, crepes, pulled, pork, bagels, Mexican food, empanadas, fish, vegetarian food, pizzas, smoothies, hot dogs, ice cream, coffee, and more. Furthermore, there will a a beer garden with more than 25 craft beer brewers, and a line up of musical shows each day.

The Gourmet Festival may be suspended in case of rain.


At the same time, on Saturday 6th, starting at 12.00 pm, one of the most important events in the horse racing calendar will be taking place, the "Gran Premio Selección" (G1 - 3 year mares), in a racing day with events, shows and special activities for the whole family.

During the afternoon, the Art exhibition Epona - Arte Equino will be open to the public,  reflecting the beauty, strength and nobility of the horse as Argentinian cultural patrimony, with works by 7 artists.

Visitors will also have the chance to learn about the "behind the scenes" of horse racing, on a guided tour led by specialized guides, that will be available every 30 minutes, from 3 pm to 6 pm.


All the events are with free entrance to the public.
Hipodromo de Palermo, Av. del Libertador & Dorrego.

Gallery Nights October 2018



The next edition of Gallery Nights, the original circuit for art lovers around more than 30 art galleries, museums and cultural centers, will be held on Friday, October 5th, 2018, from 6 pm to 9 pm, in the neighborhoods of Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta.

PROGRAM

CHECK POINTS: At the following Check Points visitors can get their maps and be oriented by Gallery Nights assistants about the activities and self guided circuits:

* Solsken (Av. Quintana 302)
* Espacio Cabutia (Arenales 1239 PB H)
* Hotel Panamericano (Av. Carlos Pellegrini 551)

GUIDED VISITS: These are the guided visits that will be available, lead by a specialist in History of Arts, all starting at 6.30 pm:

Solsken (Av. Quintana 302). Visit to: Zurbarán, Smart Gallery, Colección A. de Zurbarán
Rubbers, Del Infinito, Hilda Solano, finishing at the After Gallery.

Espaio Cabutia (Arenales 1239 PB H ). Visit to: Tango Espacio de Arte, Sr. Mor, Fundación Klemm, Henri´s Gallery and Aldo de Sousa.

Hotel Panamericano (Carlos Pellegrini 551). Visit to: Fundación Osde, Casa de Entre Ríos, Cre- Arte, El Mensú, Colegio de Abogados.

The night will close with an After Gallery live performance show and DJ Set at 9:00 pm at Espacio Bresson (Av. Callao 1880), sponsored by Stella Artois.

The traditional circuit of Gallery Nights covers from Plaza San Martín to Callao and from Tucumán to Av. del Libertador. Gallery Nights is organized by the art magazine Arte al Día once a month between April and December each year.

This event is totally free of charge.

Maps, participating galleries and more information: Gallery Nights website.

Wine and Wineries' Expo: Vinos y Bodegas 2018



The expo "Vinos y Bodegas 2018" (Wines and Wineries, 2018 Edition), will take place on October 4th and 5th, 2018, at La Rural Exhibition Center.

The most important Fair for the Wine Industry in Latin America will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the most renowned wine labels from more than 50 traditional and boutique wineries in Argentina, at the Frers Pavilion where the event will take place.

On October 4th, from 3 pm to 6 pm, the Fair will be open for the Trade meetings, where wine stores, restaurants, bars, etc. will have the opportunity to interact with wineries. The Fair will open its doors to the general Public at 6 pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste and buy wines and gourmet products. The exhibition comes complete with guided tastings, healthy cooking classes, a gourmet and deli market, food trucks, DJ sets, games and contests, and live music shows.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Santa Fe 4303, Palermo
Dates: October 4 and 5, 2018
Opening hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Entry fee: AR$ 350 (includes a coupon book for 12 tasting glasses).

More information: Vinos y Bodegas 2018 official website (in Spanish only).

Lapacho trees in bloom - Spring 2018


The "lapacho rosado" (Tabebuia impetiginosa) is a tree native from the North-West of Argentina. Every year these trees announce the arrival of Spring in Buenos Aires with an explosion of pink flowers.

One of its most splendid specimens is the tree that was planted many years ago by landscape artist Martin Ezcurra as ornament for the house located on the corner of Ave. Figueroa Alcorta and Mariscal Castilla, in Palermo Chico. Popularly known as "Lapacho de Ezcurra", this one of the most famous and spectacular trees in Buenos Aires:





The Lapacho on Figueroa Alcorta Ave on the photos above is the most spectacular of all, but there are many other specimens of lapachos scattered in pars and streets around Buenos Aires, like the ones below:

Av. 9 de Julio
Plaza Italia
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Ave. del Libertador & Olleros

Botanical Garden
Av. del Libertador y Olleros

Av. Figueroa Alcorta & Caasares
This wonderful spectacle only lasts for a few weeks, so those who are in Buenos Aires in late September/early October can be considered very lucky to witness it.

Buenos Aires Food Week - October 2018



Buenos Aires Food Week, the bi-annual event in which the best restaurants in the city offer lunch and dinner menus at promotional prices, will be held again from October 1st through October 17th of 2018 (previous week for Mastercard Argentina cardholders only).

The goal of this Food Week is democratizing access to haute-cuisine, offering the general public the opportunity to discover new restaurants and taste unique dishes at attractive prices.

Each restaurant will offer a fixed three step menu (starter, main course and dessert) with a fixed price of $ 320 Pesos for lunch and $ 550 Pesos for dinner, not including drinks, service charge, or tip, + an optional donation in a sealed envelope to the charity organization Fundación Banco de Alimentos.

Furthermore all the restaurants will offer a complimentary Aperol Spritz aperitif to each person that orders the Buenos Aires Food Week menu.

Some of the participating restaurants in this edition are: Anselmo Restobar; Aldo´s Restoran Vinoteca San Telmo; Aldo´s Restoran Vinoteca Palermo; Atelier Cocina y Cava; Bahía Madero; Bestia; Bice Ristorante; Bis; Brasserie Petanque; Cincinnati; Club 31 Bar & Resto; Cohiba Atmosphere; Cucina Donore; Dashi House; El Faro; El Quinto Palermo; El Quinto Belgrano; Fabric nikkei Palermo; Fabric Sushi Acassuso; Green Bamboo; Happening Puerto Madero; Inmigrante Restaurante; La Cabaña; La Causa Nikkei Palermo; La Causa Nikkei Recoleta; La Panadería de Pablo; La Pescadorita; Le Grill; Mercado Central; Mizuki; Namida Nikkei; Olaya.

For a complete list of restaurants, menus and online reservations, visit Buenos Aires Food Week website.

Some restaurants offer lunch or dinner menu only. Check the conditions of participation of every restaurant before making a reservation.
If places are left available, people may also attend the restaurant of their choice directly without reservation.
Payments can be made in cash, debit card, or credit card at the end of the meal.