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What to do in December as a Spanish Student in Buenos Aires

As the end of the year and the holidays approach, Buenos Aires will be getting warmer, which means more outdoor activities.  If you are staying here through Christmas and New Years, these events will really help you experience everything that is going on for the rest of 2010.

Festivals

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (Dec. 3 – Dec -8 )

Location: Eight different locations in the city

Cost – Varies (some events are free and some concerts have a small cost)

International Tango Day (Dec. 11)
Location – Various (Gran Milonga Nacional – Ave. De Mayo)

With shows and concerts throughout the city, one of the most exciting is the Gran Milonga Nacional where the street of Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires gets turned into one big tango dance hall.

Fiesta Nacional del Gaucho (Dec. 11 – Dec. 13)

Location – General Madariaga (in the Province of Buenos Aires). Celebrate everything there is about the traditional Argentine Gaucho just south of Buenos Aires for this annual festival. Horse shows, hand-made crafts and great food accompany all the exciting customs and traditions that is the world of a gaucho.

Cost – Free

Events

Argentine Polo Open (Nov. 13 – Dec. 4 Only on weekends)

Location – Hipodromo (corner of Avenida Libertador and Avenida Dorrego)

Haven´t seen a polo game yet?  Make sure to head over to the Hipodromo to get a first-hand experience before the Argentine Polo Opens ends.

Cost: Varies depending on seat

Casa Vela HIV/AIDS Fundraiser (Dec. 5 @ 4pm)

Location – Parque Patricios (Ave. Casero and La Rioja)

Come support Casa Vela, a non-profit organization focused on promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education, at their annual 2K walk.

Cost: A t-shirt is $35 pesos

Feria de Artesanías (Dec. 7 – Dec. 12 @ 3pm – 10pm)

Location: La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704)

This is the largest artisan fair in the country where the over 50,000 visitors can browse (and buy) hand-made goods by over 500 artists.  If you enjoy the regular ferias in the plazas of the city, this is the mother-load.

Cost – $15 pesos to enter

Nuestra Feria de Diseño (Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 @ 2pm – 9pm)

Location: Universidad de Palermo (Ecuador 933)

Design students from the Universidad de Palermo will be showing off their collections and everything will be for sale!  This is a chance to get one-of-a-kind pieces and support local students.

Cost: Free entrance

10 Años 10 Cortos. Una década de gran cine (Dec. 7 @6:30pm)

Location: Biblioteca Nacional (Aguero 2502)

Organized by the magazine Babia, the Biblioteca Nacional will present the 10 best Argentine short films of the last 10 years.  Plus, you can check out the Biblioteca Nacional, which is a sight in itself.

Cost: Free

Marta Minujín Exposition (Nov. 26 – Feb. 7)

Location – MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) – Avda. Figueroa Alcorta 3415

The MALBA is finishing 2010 with an exposition of Marta Minujín, an Argentine pop artist.  It will show over 100 pieces of her work from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a must see.

Cost – $20 pesos to enter ($8 on Wednesdays)

Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Dec. 2 @8:30pm)

Location – Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

See the last performance of the year of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.  Seats go quickly, so buy yours now!

Cost – Varies depending on seats

Concerts

Here are just some of the artists who will be playing in Buenos Aires during this month:

The Wailers – 1/12

Yes – 3/12

Daddy Yankee – 4/12

Panic at the Disco! – 8/12

Stone Temple Pilots – 9/12

Armin van Buuren – 10/12 & 11/12

*For purchasing tickets, check out TicketPortal or Ticketek

For things to do during Christmas and New Years, we will be exploring that in depth later on in the month, so check back soon!