An oldie but a goodie, there is nowhere better to experience the true culture of Argentina than at the Festival de Tradicion in the rural enclave of San Antonio de Areco in Buenos Aires province. Home to the much-revered gaucho, or Argentine cowboy, this two-day festival in November celebrates the best of Argentine country life, with horse shows, parades and meat aplenty on offer for your enjoyment.
In February, get ready for the tense spectacle of the ATP Tennis World Tour, which comes to the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club’s clay courts for seven days in summer. A host of international stars will be present at the event both on and off the court, and each game will be a battle of wits and skill as the men’s doubles and singles championships get underway. Be sure to get your ticket in advance.
A truly South American festival, Carnaval takes over the country in January and February. Performances, street theatre, dance parties, live music and lots of buena onda are on offer for your enjoyment in tiny towns and big cities all across Argentina. If you are looking for the real deal Carnaval experience, head to Gualeguaychu a few hours north of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s definitive Carnaval capital.
2017 saw Buenos Aires named as the first partner city in the Art Basel Cities initiative, a program intended to expand Art Basel’s global reach by connecting with particular cities that display a unique artistic and cultural heritage. 2018 will see Art Basel organise a week of art-related programming in Buenos Aires in September and there will be a host of carefully curated exhibitions, installations, events and talks held by the creme de la creme of the Argentine art world and directed by Cecilia Alemani, director of High Line Art in New York and the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Unmissable if you are into art and culture.
October will see the southern part of Buenos Aires transformed into the Olympic Village, ready to host and house the hundreds of young athletes that will descend on the Argentine capital to partake in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Sport climbing, karate, roller sports and dance sports will all be added to the roster of games being held. If you can’t wait for the next summer Olympics in 2020, get yourself to Buenos Aires in 2018.
Every year, glitz and glamour reign supreme in November at the Polo Championships in Buenos Aires, the international Mecca of polo. Head to the so-called Cathedral of Polo in Palermo and mingle with the high society as you sip rose and fan yourself against the spring heat. Marvel at the elegance of the players, because it is not easy to hit that tiny ball from the top of a moving, mighty steed.
Tango is the beating heart of Argentina, and many international students of tango come to Buenos Aires in August to see the pros battle it out in the Tango World Championships. There are a host of events all over the city for the duration of the two week affair, and you can take classes with some of the best teachers in the world, who return to the motherland from trips teaching abroad to compete with other top dancers.