Hi Matsuri - The Fire Festival at the Japanese Garden

On Sunday, August 25th, 2019, the Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires (Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Casares, Palermo) presents the festival "Hi Matsuri - The Fire Ceremony", one of the most important Japanese festivals of the year, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Upon entrance, visitors will receive a small wooden board where they can write about those bad feelings or experiences they want to leave behind (one board per person will be given out until 4:45 pm or while they last. Additional boards: AR$30 each).

Through the ceremony of burning of the boards, the energy of the fire will make all the negative experiences turn into positive energy to continue on the chosen path, to face new projects or continue those that are already underway.

Program of Activities:
2:30 pm: Japanese Drum Show by Ryukyukoku Matsuridaiko Argentina
3:15 pm: Japanese Drum Show by Mukaito Taiko.
3:45 pm: Japanese Drum Show Ryukyukoku Matsuridaiko Argentina
4:15 pm: Japanese Drum Show by Mukaito Taiko.
5.00 pm: Hi Matsuri ceremony. Closing of the Festival, with burning of boards accompanied by Japanese Drum Show by Mukaito Taiko..

Entry fee: AR150. Children under 12: Free
The event may be canceled in case of rain

Galery Day - August 2019

Gallery, the original circuit for art lovers around art galleries, antique shops, museums and cultural centers, presents a new special edition of Gallery Day, that will take place in the neighborhoods of Palermo and Villa Crespo on Saturday, August 24th, 2019, from 3 pm to 7 pm.

The Palermo-Villa Crespo circuit covers the area surrounded by Ravignani, Ramírez de Velazco, Av. Estado de Israel, Gascón, Lavalleja and Plaza Italia, with more than 25 art spaces that will open their doors to show the latest works of their artists.

As always, there will be live music shows, and guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne or premium beers. Maps will be provided to the public so they can visit their favorite galleries and exhibitions at their own pace.

Visitors can get information and be oriented about the different self guided routes at these art spaces:
° Casa Rodolfo Walsh  (Nicaragua 4441)
° Espacio Ftalo  (Gorriti 3864)
° Palermo H (Honduras 5929) 

Free guided tour with specialized guides:
° Departure 3.00 pm from Siete de Autor, visiting: Bayle, C.C. Tekeyan, Lumbral, Taller Dartiguelongue.
° Departure 3.00 pm from Palermo H, visiting:  Milo Lockett, Blanco Ilusión, Taller Dartiguelongue, Soler Espacio de Arte.
° Departure 3:00 pm from Espacio Ftalo, visiting: La Casa Walsh, Espacio Castro, ArtexArte, Adriana Budich, Espacio ArtePar.

From 7.00 pm at GACHI PRIETO | ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO (Uriarte 1373., closing of the event with a DJ Set and art performance.

This event is totally free of charge.
For maps and information on participating galleries visit Gallery Day website.

Gastronomic Fair Masticar 2019

Feria Masticar, the food fair organized by ACELGA, an association entirely composed by chefs and entrepreneurs in the gastronomic business, will be held on August 15, 16, 17 and 18 of 2019 at El Dorrego, in the neighborhood of Colegiales, celebrating its 10th anniversary.

This project arose from the common interest of the members of ACELGA, to raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition. It also seeks to promote Argentine cuisine.

The real heart of the Fair is the Market, where visitors will be able to purchase regional products from all the Argentine provinces, specially selected by the experts, like, among other things: oranges, avocados and tomatoes from Tucumán; a variety of tomatoes and peppers from Salta; moringa from Misiones; garlic from Mendoza; artichokes from La Plata. cheese from different provinces (San Juan, Salta, Jujuy, Córdoba, Tucumán, Buenos Aires); and much more.

In this anniversary edition Peru will be the invited country. Producers from this country will bring their asparagus and avocados of the greatest quality. Gastón Acurio, the chef who revolutionized the Peruvian cuisine, will be present at the Fair, as well as José del Castillo, who runs the restaurant Isolina (number 12 at the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking); Coco Tomita, founder of Shizen Barra Nikkei; and Martha Palacios.

The special activities include cooking classes and talks by renowned chefs, such as Christophe Krywonis, Narda Lepes, Dolli Irigoyen, Osvaldo Gross, Donato De Santis, Pablo Massey, Tomás Kalika, Maru Botana, Lele Cristóbal, Pedro Bargero, Inés de los Santos, Roberto and Christian Petersen, Gonzalo Alderete and Juan Braceli.

The Fair will be honored again with the presence of the Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco, owner of the restaurant Mirazur, which has been awarded as Best Restaurant in the World by The World’s 50 Best.

At the Beer Garden and Wine Bars premium wineries and beer makers of Argentina will present their best products for tasting.

Visitors will have the opportunity to taste our typical food and the dishes from our most renowned restaurants at promotional prices - $100, $150 and $200 Argentine Pesos per dish - at more of 50 food stands and food trucks run by their own chefs, such as:  La Panadería de Pablo, Donato De Santis, Don Julio, Tanta, Café San Juan, Los Petersen, Maru Botana, Compañía de Chocolates, Chila, Italpast, Pampa Roja, El Pobre Luis, Basa, Carne, Eat, Möoi by Jessica Lekerman, Austria, Alo’s, Puratierra, Chan Chan., among others.

Children's Day will be celebrated at the Fair on Sunday 18, with special surprises, raffles, gifts, entertainment and musical shows.

Dates: August 15, 16, 17, 18 of 2019
Opening Hours:
Thursday: 2 pm to 11 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm to 11 pm
Location: "El Dorrego" Zpaiola & Matienzo
Admittance: $ 200 Pesos at the door.
Tickets in advance through Tuentrada.com: AR$160 + service charge 
Masticar Bills: for purchases inside the Fair visitors will have to acquire the ticket book of Masticar Bills, that will be on sale at the entrance and at the ticket booths inside the fair (no cash payment for products in the Fair will be accepted).
Website: www.feriamasticar.com.ar

2019 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup

The 2019 Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Tango Dance World Cup will be held between August 8th and August 21st, 2019,  featuring more than 200 shows and free activities including concerts and dance performances, popular "milongas", shows, conferences and clinics, exhibition and sale of products, dance classes in various levels and styles, and the competition for the Tango Dance World Cup, with the participation of the best couples of dancers from Argentina and the world.

The Opening of the 2019 Festival will be on Thursday, August 8th at Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo, for the first time with a Musical Theater show, “Aquí cantó Gardel”, a play about the last time that Carlos Gardel performed in Buenos Aires, with the participation of Orquesta de Tango de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

The Closing concert will be on Monday, August 19th, at 9:00 pm, at the Auditoriom of Usina del Arte, with pianist and composer José Colangelo together with Franco Luciani, one of the most important harmonica players.  

Many other concerts will be held at different venues during the Festival, including cultural centers, notable bars and theaters. Throughout the World Tango Festival classes of different levels and styles will be given by renowned dancers and instructors from recognized schools, all free of charge.

One of the milestones of the Festival, Milonga del Salson Mayor, will take place every day at Usina del Arte, an open invitation to those that want to dance the traditional tango with invited DJs from different generations and musical styles. Other Milongas will take place at Cultural centers, for novices and experienced dancers alike.

This is the celebration that makes Buenos Aires the mecca for tango dancers around the world. The event rewards the best couples in the Tango de Pista category, which stresses the social dance as a practice rooted in Buenos Aires, and Tango Escenario, which aims to enrich the dance from a choreographic point of view. Starting on Monday, August 12th, more than 500 couples from around the world measure their talents in this competition.

The qualifying rounds start on Monday 12th at 11 am at the Auditorium of Usina del Arte. On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th the competition is for Tango de Pista. On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 165th, Tango Escenario. No advanced tickets are required, but the admittance will be by a strict first come-first served basis until reaching the full capacity of the Hall.

On Friday 16th, at 6.00 pm, at the Auditorium of Usina del Arte, there will be a Gala with the participation of the National and International champions of the 2019 Preliminaries, as well as concert by Los Herederos del Compás. Free tickets for this event will have to be reserved online in advance (see below).

The Semifinals will take place at Usina del Arte. Tango de Pista: Saturday 17th; Tango Escenario: Sunday 18th; both at 10.00 am. Free tickets for this event will have to be reserved online in advance (see below).

The World Cup culminates in two major Finals: Tango de Pista on Tuesday 20th, and Tango Escenario on Wednesday 21st both at 7.00 pm, at Luna Park Stadium. Free tickets for these events will have to be reserved online in advance (see below).

Admission to all the activities and shows of the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and World Cup is free. Some require reservation and registration in advance. 
Read carefully below:

Online reservations for the Semifinals of the Dance Championship at Usina del Arte and the Shows programmed at the following venues: Usina del Arte (Sala de Cámara y Auditorio), Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken, Centro Cultural 25 de Mayo, El Cultural San Martín, Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya, Espacio Cultural Carlos Gardel, Espacio Cultural Resurgimiento, Espacio Cultural Adán Buenosayres, El Moderno, Teatro Margarita Xirgu - Espacio UNTREF, Teatro Monteviejo, Academia Nacional del Tango and Academia Porteña del Lunfardo, will be open from August 1st through this link:
- 1 (one) ticket per person per show can be reserved. The reserved tickets can be picked up 2 hours before showtime at the venue’s Information Desk. Reserved tickets will be valid until 30 minutes before the start of the show. After this they will be freed for the general public.
- A limited number of ticket without reservation will be available at each venue, from 1(one) hour before the start of the show.

Free entrance:
For the shows and activities in the rest of the venues and for the qualifying rounds of the Dance World Championship it is not necessary to reserve tickets in advance., admittance will be on a first come-first served basis until reaching the full capacity of each venue.

Online registrations: 
To participate in the Dance Classes and Sing at the Festival it is necessary to register online from August 1st through this link:
Places will be assigned by registration order until all available spots are assigned.

Finals at Luna Park:
For the Finals of the World Dance Championship on August 20th and 21st at Luna Park Stadium, 1 (one) ticket per person for each day can be reserved from Friday, August 16th through this link: www.buenosaires.gob.ar/festivales
The reserved tickets can be picked up on the day of the show from 12:00 pm at the box office of Luna Park Stadium. The locations will be assigned by arrival order. Reserved tickets will be valid until 30 minutes before the start of the show. After this they will be freed for the general public.
A limited number of ticket without reservation will be available for pick up at in person at Usina del Arte on Friday, August 16th, from 11 am.

For more information, address of all venues, and complete day by day schedules, visit Tango Buenos Aires official website.

Free concert for the whole family next to Teatro Colon

The Academic Orchestra from the Art Institute of Teatro Colon, with the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, will offer a spectacular concert specially dedicated to youngsters and children, with free entrance to the public, on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, at 2:30 pm.

The open air concert, featuring more than 80 musicians on stage and fun characters from the world of Opera and Ballet, will take place at Plaza del Vaticano, next to Teatro Colón, on Viamonte and Cerrito, with chairs for the public (available on a first come - first served basis), a standing sector, and a large screen.


Carillon de L’Arlesiana

Overture from the opera William Tell

Storm, fourth movement from Symphony N° 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"

The Sea and Sinbad's Ship
The Young Prince And The Young Princess from Scheherezade, symphony suite, Op. 35

Pirates of the Caribbean, Symphony suite

Radetzky March, Op. 228

In case of rain the Concert will take place on Sunday 28th, at 1:30 pm.

Football Soccer in Buenos Aires: Calendar of matches July - December 2019

The fixture of football (soccer) matches in Buenos Aires for the second half of the year 2019 has been announced. It comprises the matches in the local 1st Division "Superliga" and "Copa Argentina" Tournaments, and the international tournaments "Copa Libertadores" and "Copa Sudamericana" 2019.

Don't miss the opportunity of attending one of these exciting games the easiest and safest way, with a service that includes tickets, transfers, and permanent bilingual host, provided the leading companies in football tours. Contact me and make your reservation!

JULY 2019
Thursday 25: Independiente vs Universidad Catolica (Chile) - Copa Sudamericana
Friday 26: Racing Club vs Union
Saturday 27: Argentinos Juniors vs River Plate
Sunday 28: Boca Juniors vs Huracan
Wednesday 31: Boca Juniors vs Paranaense (Brasil) - Copa Sudamericana

Friday 2: Huracán vs Colón
Saturday 3: Vélez vs Racing
Sunday 4: River Plate vs Lanús
Sunday 4: Banfield Vs Estudiantes
Monday 5: Independiente vs Newell's
Tuesday 6: Independiente vs Independiente Del Valle (Ecuador) - Copa Sudamericana
Friday 16: Argentinos Jrs vs Banfield
Saturday 17: Racing vs River Plate
Sunday 18: Lanus vs Velez Sarsfield
Sunday 18: Boca Juniors vs Aldosivi
Monday 19: Estudiantes vs Independiente
Saturday 24: Independiente vs Colón
Sunday 25: Banfield Vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 25: River Plate vs Talleres
Monday 26: Huracan vs Argentinos Juniors
Friday 30: Estudiantes vs Velez Sarsfield
Saturday 31: Racing vs Godoy Club

Saturday 14: Independiente vs Lanús
Sunday 15: Huracán vs River Plate
Sunday 15: Boca Juniors vs Estudiantes
Saturday 21: Racing Club Vs Arsenal
Sunday 22: San Lorenzo vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 22: River Plate vs Vélez
Saturday 28: Vélez vs Defensa y Justicia
Sunday 29: Independiente vs Talleres
Sunday 29: Boca Juniors vs Newell's Old Boys

Saturday 5: Vélez vs Independiente
Sunday 6: River Plate vs Patronato
Saturday 19: Independiente vs Argentinos Juniors
Sunday 20: Boca Juniors vs Racing
Sunday 20: Huracán vs San Lorenzo
Wednesday 30: River Plate vs Colón
Wednesday 30: Racing vs Banfield

Saturday 2: Huracán vs Lanús
Sunday 3: Boca Juniors vs Arsenal
Sunday 3: Independiente vs San Lorenzo
Saturday 9: Racing vs Huracán
Sunday 10: Vélez vs Boca Juniors
Sunday 10: River Plate vs Rosario Central
Saturday 23: Argentinos vs Newell's Old Boys
Sunday 24: Independiente vs River Plate
Wednesday 27: Boca Juniors vs Unión
Saturday 30: Racing Club vs Defensa y Justicia

Sunday 1: Boca Juniors vs Argentinos
Sunday 1: San Lorenzo vs Patronato
Saturday 7: Argentinos vs Estudiantes
Sunday 8: River Plate vs San Lorenzo
Sunday 8: Independiente vs Banfield

Schedule subject to change of dates and addition of new matches depending on the progress of the tournaments, please check regularly for updates.

Exposición Rural 2019

The traditional Annual Exposición Rural ("La Rural"), Exhibition of Cattle Breeding, Agriculture and International Industry, being held every year in Buenos Aires for over a century, is one of the most important of its kind worldwide, bringing together more than a million visitors among producers, tourists and general public. 

In this year's edition, that will take place from July 24th through August 4th, more than 4500 animal exhibitors and 400 commercial brands will be showing their products: laboratories, leather goods, banks, automotive industries, farm machinery, and providers of services and goods for the agricultural industry.

Visitors will have the opportunity to attend the many activities that take place every day during the Fair, such as:

° Cattle and equine competitions
° Cattle and equine auctions
° Cattle and horse breed exhibitions
° Traditional folk costumes contests
° Rein skills
° Rodeo
° Polo exhibitions
° Indoor Pato (Horseball) exhibition
° Show jumping competitions
° Carriage exhibitions
° Military bands
° Farm machinery exhibition
° Live music shows
° Activities and workshops for kids
° Professional lectures

Other activities at the exhibition´s pavilions include: exhibitions of all kinds of farm animals, sale of Argentine crafts and traditional gastronomic products, tastings of typical food, and much more.

Location: La Rural Exhibition Center. Av. Sarmiento 2704
Dates: July 24th through August 4th, 2019
Opening hours: Every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Entry fees: 
Monday to Friday: AR$ 180
Saturday and Sunday: AR$ 250
Seniors and Pensioners: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: AR$125
Children under 8: Free
More information: Exposicion Rural official website

Polo: Triple Crown and XTreme Polo League dates 2019

The Argentine Polo Association (AAP) has announced the Schedule of the main tournaments in the Official 2019 Spring Polo Season. The program includes the three most important Polo tournaments worldwide, which make up the prestigious Triple Crown of Polo with the participation of players with the highest handicaps in the world: Tortugas Country Club OpenHurlingham Club Open; and the world-class Argentine Open Championship, played every year at the Cathedral of Polo in Palermo.

This year will also be the debut of the Xtreme Polo League (XPL), the first completely professional league, a tournament with its own rules designed to offer more attractive and intense games, with 12 franchises from from different countries. The teams will have a maximum of 34 goals and up to 2 players with the maximum handicap. The first tournament will be played in Argentina this year, and for 2020 four tournaments around the world are confirmed: Palm Beach (USA), England, Sotogrande or France, and the great final in Argentina. Each team will play at least two events abroad and the final in Argentina.

The most important championships in the 2019 AAP Spring Polo Season are:

August 31 to September 7

September 11 - 21

September 21 to October 5

Emilio de Anchorena Cup
Organized by Tortugas Country Club. Tortuguitas (Province of Buenos Aires)
October 8 - 19

The Ayrshire Cup
Organized by Hurlingham Club. Hurlingham (Province of Buenos Aires)
October 22 to November 9

Organized by Argentine Polo Association (Palermo Polo Field)
November 16 to December 14

November 20 to December 13

Schedule subject to modifications. Please check periodically on this post online for updates on exact dates and additional matches.

Don´t miss the opportunity of attending one of these world class events. Contact me through this Contact Form or by email to: sandra@batravelguide.com to inquire about the VIP Hospitality Services or our Exclusive Polo Experience including transfers and specialized guide, if you need help getting tickets, or to arrange for private transportation to the clubs.

2019 Children's Book Fair

From July 13th to August 4th 2019, the 29th edition of the Buenos Aires Children´s Book Fair (Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil) will take place at Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK), with free entrance to the public. The Fair is a place destined for the cultural and educational upbringing of children, in an entertaining and joyful environment.

In addition to the exhibition and sale of books, the Fair will offer more than 600 free activities for youngsters and kids:

° Workshops: drawing, story telling, painting, modeling, magic, science, illustration, comics, reading, cooking, creativity, music, puppetry, and much more.
° Theater, puppet, circus, and music shows
° Games and contests
° Story-telling
° Talks with writers
° Signing of copies
° Children´s Library
° Science corner

Kids will be able to meet their favorite writers, participate in the workshops, read at the library or enjoy the shows organized by the exhibitors, that will take place at their exhibition stands.

Dates: July 13th through August 4th, 2019
Location: Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK), Sarmiento 151
Opening hours:
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14: 12 pm to 8 pm
Monday 15 to Friday 19: 9 am to 6 pm
Rest of the days: 12 pm to 8 pm

Free entrance
For more information: Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil official website. 

Gallery Night - July 2019

The next edition of Gallery Night, the original circuit for art lovers around more than 30 art galleries, museums and cultural centers, will be held on Friday, July 12th, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, in the neighborhoods of Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta.


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)
*Fundación OSDE (Arroyo 807)
*Los Coleccionistas (Libertad 978)

GALLERY TOURS: These are the free guided visits that will be available, lead by a specialist in History of Arts, all starting at 6.00 pm at the following starting points:

*Fundación Osde. Visiting Rolf Art, Tango Espacio, Miranda Bosch, Del Infinito and Bresson Art.
*Bresson Art. Visiting Del Infinito, Colección Alvear, Smart Gallery, Fundación OSDE, finishing at Talenta with the After Gallery.
*Galería Arenales. Visiting Fundación Beethoven, Espacio OEI, Los Coleccionistas, Vikings, Galería NFCA.

The night will close with an After Gallery live performance show by DJ Ritmos Rojos at 9:00 pm at Talenta Galeria (San Martín 1109), 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 takes place once a month between April and December each year.

This event is totally free of charge.

Maps, participating galleries and more information: Gallery's website.