From stupendous carnivals to foot-tapping dance festivals, Buenos Aires has a number of festivals and events running throughout the year.
If you are planning to book tickets for a holiday in the capital city, remember to check out the delightful events you can witness. Have a look at our picks from the top annual events in Buenos Aires.
Feast of the Epiphany (January)
The Feast of Epiphany, celebrated on the 6th of January, is a post-Christmas celebration which signifies the visit of the biblical “Three Wise Men” who are said to come with gifts for children and leave the gifts inside the left shoe of the kids who have been good, while the bad ones get chunks of coal. For adults, it is a day of feasting and celebrations, where they invite guests for food and drinks.
Carnaval Porteño (February)
Carnaval Porteño is an annual event marked by city parades with music, dance and lots of celebrations. The carnival is not as large as the Rio one, yet it is almost equally enjoyable. During the festival, more than 100 murgas (street bands) entertain bystanders across various neighbourhoods in small gated areas. The flourish of colours and the extravagant costumes worn by the participants, complete with drums and cymbals is quite a spectacle.
Dia de la Independencia (July)
On the 9th of July, Buenos Aires celebrates Dia de la Independencia, a national and public holiday for the Argentineans. On this day, in 1816, the nation attained independence from Spain. Commemorations take place in various places in the city and there are lots of festivals and parades. People visit the cafés in and around Avenida de Mayo for hot chocolate with churros.
Festival Y Mundial de Tango (August)
Festival Y Mundial de Tango is a celebration of the vibrant music and dance culture of Argentina. It is an international event, wherein thousands of people from various countries come to be a part of the festival. Films related to Tango, dance shows, live orchestras and various dance parties are held during this two week affair. After the conclusion of the event, the world championship is held, which features various art forms, ranging from backstreet bordellos to ballroom performances.
International Buenos Aires Jazz Festival (November)
International Buenos Aires Jazz Festival is one of the most hip ‘n’ happening dance festivals held in Buenos Aires. From classic bebop to Nuevo tango and swing, the six day festival features various artists from across the globe, including top musicians from Argentina. Most of the events are held around La Boca and Centro Cultural Recoleta. You can also enrol for dance classes, workshops and music clinics during the festival.