Wine Tasting (La Cava, Jufre 201, Buenos Aires) – Argentina, along with neighboring Chile, are major South American wine-producing countries. Naturally, one should come here to sample the country’s vintages. La Cava holds monthly tastings (costing a reasonable 50 pesos to participate). Food items, such as leek-and-mushroom empanadas, are also served.
Teatro Opera Citi (Av. Corrientes 860, Buenos Aires) – located near the Teatro Gran Rex, this is also a prominent Art-Deco style movie and theater house. Nowadays, this 2,000-seat theater is being used for Broadway-style shows like “Beauty & the Beast” and “The Phantom of the Opera”, as well as live musical shows, such as Ringo Starr. Those w: www.operaciti-teatro.com.ar
Teatro Gran Rex (Av. Corrientes 857, Buenos Aires) – this Art Deco-style theater was opened in 1937 (which was the largest movie house in South America at the time). With a seating capacity of 3,500 spectators, nowadays various rock, pop and other genres of musicians hold concerts here (in particular, those who want a smaller, more intimate audience). See its website for upcoming events: http://teatro-granrex.com.ar
Tango Dance Lessons (Complejo Tango, Av. Belgrano 2608, Buenos Aires) – a Tango dance school is located here. Along with the dance lessons, there’s also a Tando dinner show (including wine). Since dance partners constantly change everyone is guaranteed a chance to learn (as well as getting a chance to immerse oneself in Argentine culture). TripAdvisor.com has given this dance school a high rating (especially by its traveling customers). Check the Complejo’s website for updated pricing and other details: www.complejotango.com.ar
South American Music Conference (Hipodromo Argentino del Palermo, Av. Del Libertador 4101, Palermo, Buenos Aires) – this is Buenos Aires’ answer to the famed “Winter Music Conference” mega-House & Trance music event in Miami. This one-day event in October has an impressive line-up of international and regional House, Electro and Trance music DJs, such as Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Darren Emerson, BT, Riva Starr, Kevin Saunderson, Erick Morillo, Richie Hawtin, ATB, Pete Tong, Benny Benassi, Way Out West, Sven Vath, and many others. Dance music fans can go to its website for info on its next event: www.samcfestival.com/
Partido de la Costa (beach destination) – this is a lengthy popular beach destination for Buenos Aires residents during its warmer months (consisting of a string of seaside towns). This beach destination, which faces the Atlantic Ocean, is located 3 ½ hours south of Buenos Aires (reachable via route “RP 11”). With attractions like Sea World, a water park, and prices lower than in other areas along the coast, it has a relaxed vibe but with plenty of things to do. Partido de la Costa extends from San Clemente del Tuyú down to Costa Esmeralda, and has an assortment of bigger towns and smaller seaside resorts.
Mar de Plata (beach destination) – located about 4 hours outside of Buenos Aires, this popular warm weather destination and beachside town (nicknamed “Mardel”) is reachable via Route 2. There are 30 miles of beach coastline, with various distinctive beaches – ranging from the family-friendly La Perla beach, to Playa Varresse (for suffers) and Bristol (which attracts college kids). Along with the beaches, there is also nightlife, theatre, people-watching, and even a casino, so visitors can never be too bored.
Luna Park (Av. Madero 420, San Nicolás, Buenos Aires) – despite its amusement park-sounding name, this is an 8,280-seat arena near Puerto Madero, that typically holds medium-sized concerts. Musical acts such as Duran Duran, AC/DC, James Blunt, John Mayer, Laura Pausini, and others have performed there. See its website for upcoming events: www.lunapark.com.ar
Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo (Av. Del Libertador 4101, Palermo, Buenos Aires) – for those who love horses, as well as those who gamble on horse races, this is the place to be in Buenos Aires. As the building’s façade implies, this is a historic building that was founded in 1876 (as the first race track in Buenos Aires) – reflecting the high regard that horses had (and still have) in Argentine culture. There’s also a casino on-site. For visitors in Buenos Aires in November, the major horse racing event here there is the Gran Premio Nacional. See its website for more info: www.palermo.com.ar
Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Parque Tres de Febrero, Av. Sarmiento y Belisario Roldon, Buenos Aires) – this planetarium was opened in 1968. Given its location within the Parque Tres de Febrero, it’s hard to miss (looking like a spaceship or giant egg cup to many passersby). Inside the giant dome there is an auditorium displaying the night sky and it seats a few hundred for regular shows. There is also a large telescope for a more hands-on stargazing experience. The planetarium offers a wealth of fun and educational free activities including the night sky show, astronomy courses, and interaction with visiting scientists. Check its website for upcoming events (including pricing and schedules): www.planetario.gov.ar