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8 Argentine Music Festivals You Can't Miss in 2017

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Updated: 21 February 2017
It doesn’t matter when you come to Argentina, there seems to always be a music festival of some sort, somewhere in Buenos Aires. From tango to electric guitar to a guy named Juan standing in Plaza de Mayo with tissue and a comb, Buenos Aires is a musical ciudadEasily one hundred festivals light up the region annually making it impossible to look at them all. Here are eight that most visitors don’t want to miss.

Ciudanza

March 16–19, Plaza Mitre, Buenos Aires

Showcasing the art of dance in urban landscapes, this festival seeks to inspire the original link between the city’s architecture and artists. Choreographers join dance groups for this event to bring modern dance to the public as cityscapes serve as the medium. Beautiful and inspiring yet innovative, this event has created strong connections to Buenos Aires for everyone who has seen it.

Plaza Mitre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ciudanza | © Argentina Travel Blog

Ciudanza | © Argentina Travel Blog

Lollapalooza Argentina

March 31–April 1, Hipodromo de San Isidro, Buenos Aires

Latin America’s answer to the original USA Lollapalooza, ‘El Lolla‘ is more than just rock and metal bands. Featured is electronic dance music, DJs, folk artists, indie pop musicians and more. This year’s event features acts as wide ranging as Metallica, The 1975, Tove Lo and Duran Duran, and many, many more.

Hipodromo de San Isidro, Av. Márquez 504, 1642 San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lollapalooza Argentina 2015 | © Buenos Aires en Foco/BsAsEnFoco

Lollapalooza Argentina 2015 | © Buenos Aires en Foco/BsAsEnFoco

Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial

August 2017, dates tbc, multiple locations, Buenos Aires

Tango’s evolution from bordellos to high-society ballrooms shows that sexuality isn’t contained by class — everyone has passion. Every August, Buenos Aires celebrates that passion during the Tango Festival in front of a half-million spectators. The festival’s artistic director, Gustavo Mozzi says, ‘Tango is growing, evolving and expanding. The more the festival is in harmony with the booming exhibition, the more it turns into a vital space.’

Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial, 1032-1036 Avenida Corrientes Buenos Aires, Argentina

Festivales de Buenos Aires | © Adán Jones/BuenosAires.gob.ar

Festivales de Buenos Aires | © Adán Jones/BuenosAires.gob.ar

Guitar Experience

Date and venue tbc

Created in 2009 by Maycown Reichembach, a tribute to the electric guitar was birthed. The festival, which features four shows each night, highlights performers from Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. The international, multi-genre festival is hosted by Buenos Aires’ Culture Secretary and is a meeting point for guitarists and fans of guitar-based music.

Guitar Experience | © Guitar Incredible/Stratocaster

Guitar Experience | © Guitar Incredible/Stratocaster

Creamfields

Date and venue tbc

Creamfields Buenos Aires was the first Creamfields to be organized outside of its birthplace of Liverpool, UK. The move to Buenos Aires was viewed as risky, but over 18,000 people came to the debut in 2001, with attendances peaking at 120,000 in 2012. The festival celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2015, and over the years attendees have enjoyed the music of DJs as well as big names such as Carl Cox, Prodigy, Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta, Underworld, Chemical Brothers and others.

Creamfields | © Rave Jungle/Creamfields

Creamfields | © Rave Jungle/Creamfields

Personal Fest

January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, various locations

Held annually since 2004, Personal Fest is named after its primary sponsor, Personal Communications. Initially held in Puerto Madero on the riverfront, it switched to Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires in 2006. About 50,000 people attend each year, with this year’s program held over five weekends from the end of this month.

Personal Fest | © Gribbin/Taringa

Personal Fest | © Gribbin/Taringa

Moonpark

Dates and venues tbc

Held three times each year, Moonpark is considered by many observers to be the best dance and electronic music festival in the country. Among recent performers are Nick Warren, John Digweed, Sasha Herman Cattaneo and Luke Fair.

Moonpark | © Sasha/YouTube

Moonpark | © Sasha/YouTube

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival Internacional

Dates and venues tbc

Outdoor stages, nightclubs, and arenas are all open for well-known jazz performers throughout the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival Internacional. Continued over a jazz-filled week, festival attendees become immersed in all things jazz such as seminars, jam sessions, movie screenings and master sessions, so everyone gets an extensive jazz adventure. The festival occupies multiple venues and attracts about 100,000 each year.

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival Internacional | © Delfina Oliver/Delfinaoliver.com

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival Internacional | © Delfina Oliver/Delfinaoliver.com

At the time of writing, many festivals don’t have dates and venues confirmed. Please visit Buenos Aires Festivals 2017 & 2018 Calendar for the latest information.