An expat Californian building a new life via the tango in Buenos Aires since 2003, including information on learning the tango and where to dance it in Buenos Aires.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Great news! The Sunday Feria de Mataderos, Feria de las Artesanías y Tradiciones Populares Argentinas, is open again after the traditional four month summer break!
It's a fantastic way to spend a beautiful afternoon--free music and entertainment, good Argentine food, handmade crafts that actually are artful, booths selling Argentine delicacies from all around the country.
Plus, gauchos and horses!
You can dance folklore and maybe some tangos at the fair, but you can always saunter over to the nearby Club Chicago, Lisandro de la Torre 2319, (named for the slaughter houses of that city, because Mataderos used to have that in common with the U.S. Chicago) and attend the crowded "baile" of tango, folklore, and tropical rhythms. (Not a place to go on your own hoping to get dances. Everyone pretty much knows everyone else, and there's no cabeceo or codigos.) You can dance in Chicago from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.!!
Click on the photo to go to the Mataderos official website.
Just remember that it's canceled in case of rain.
This is the best of all tourist attractions in Buenos Aires, and even better, it's really not that touristy--lots of locals and out of town Argentines enjoying a day at the fair.
If you'd prefer not to go alone or want to experience the fair through the eyes of a porteño, a Day at the Gaucho Fair is an excursion that Ruben and I provide. Email for details. Or check my previous post on Mataderos here.