Festivals in Argentina

April 5th, 2010 Posted in culture, entertainment, travel

Written by Shanie

Here is a detailed list of the festivals throughout Argentina.

January

Fiesta Nacional de la Fruta Fina

The National Festival of Fine Fruit, celebrated in early January, is held in El Hoyo, twelve kilometers outside of El Bolsón, Patagonia. Products created in El Bolsón, El Hoyo and the surrounding Patagonian areas are presented in all types of flavors and concoctions. Strawberries, plums, raspberries, blackberries, etc are available for tasting. The fruits are offered in many different varieties, including fresh berries, liquors, wines and desserts. National musical acts and shows help entertain the spectators. There is also a woman crowned the Queen of Fine Fruit at the end of the festival.

Fiesta Provincial del Asado

Located in Cholila, Chubut, Patagonia, this celebration of barbecues is held in late January. This is the former home to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The spirits of these legends is played tribute to in the largest and most revered grilling celebration in all of Argentina. It is a three day celebration, involving live music, competitions, as well as an eating frenzy of all things considered barbecue-able. There is also a contest for the crown of Señorita de la Asado (Miss Barbecue).

Fiesta Nacional de Folklore

The largest National Folklore Festival in Argentina is located in Cosquin, near the city of Córdoba. It began in 1961, created by the local business community to help promote the importance of historical music and customs and create a feeling of national identity, while at the same time encouraging interaction with other nationalities. The festival is a product of continuing the belief that Argentina is a product of her folklore and the prosperity of the country hinges on paying tribute to these traditions. The festival is witness to some of the most popular musicians and dancing acts of Argentina.

February

Fiesta Nacional del Trekking

The National Festival of Trekking is held in El Chaltén, the Argentine hiking capital, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz. This celebration is usually held in the first week of February (though for 2008, it begins on February 28th) and is attended by all nationalities. It is filled with competitive events of all types, conditions, lengths and terrains. There are even mountain bike races included. One of the most popular contests is the rivalry of who can chop through a tree trunk the fastest. The different contentions are spiced up by live music from local bands. Another aspect to the festival is the education of the beautiful trail systems, rivers, forests, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains of the area. The event coordinators believe in showing the importance of the natural habitat to the entire family.

Fiesta Nacional del Tren a Vapor

The festival of the Vapor Train, located in El Maiten, Patagonia, is a historical celebration in mid February. The old Patagonian express and the enjoyment of days when crossing the Patagonian steppe was done only by locomotive, is the main focal point of this festivity. Activities include trips on the train, horse rides, as well as music and dance shows. There is also local cuisine, drinks and artesian crafts available. A Queen of the Trencito (little train) will also be chosen at the end of the celebration.

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia

The National Festival of the Grape Harvest is Mendoza province’s largest celebratory event. It varies in times, depending on where in the province you are, but for the capital city it begins in late February and flows into early March. Activities range from parades, concerts, folkloric events, wine tastings and large barbecues. The festival culminates with the crowning of the festival’s queen, something that is highly sought after and aspired for for many months in advance.

Fiesta del Bosque y su Entorno

The festival of the Forest and its Environment is one of the most important festivals in the Lago Puelo region of Patagonia. Celebrated in the middle of February, the main objective of the celebration is to help educate the importance of ecological diversity in the flora and fauna and how to help protect the national forests. The main events are located in the Hilda de Castro (Hilda’s Fort) located in the main plaza of Villa Lago Puelo. Artists and their crafts, as well as sporting events help entertain the participants. There is also the election of the Queen of the Forest. This is considered to be the best festival in the El Bolsón area.

La Fiesta Nacional de la Manzana

The National Festival of the Apple is one of the largest celebratory events in the Neuqúen province. Located in General Roca, in the high valley of the Black River, this celebration cumulates the harvest of the juicy red fruit. It is a four day spectacle, with delicious food, live music, dancing, and activities. Such major music acts as Kinky and Chayanne have been known to partake in the celebration.

Gualeguaychú Carnival

The Gualeguaychú Carnival, in the Entre Rios province near Buenos Aires, is the largest celebration of Carnival in Argentina. It occurs during January, February, and sometimes beginning of March, depending on when it is held in Brazil. The celebration occurs for nine Saturdays in a row. The city has created a corsodrom (the carnival center) that seats 38,000 people. Groups of people join forces to create teams that put on amazing, intricate spectacles that are presented before the crowd in the five hundred meter walkway built especially for that purpose. The different groups fight for the title of “Kings of the Carnival” by way of judges and the audience’s participation. Each group creates a mini-show with a song, decorations, costumes, and a moving platform. The most elaborate and best choreographed team wins.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival

Though there are various celebrations of Argentina’s most famous dance, the Buenos Aires Festival is the largest and most entertaining. It begins in late February and extends into early March. The festivities occupy many theaters and cultural centers of the city. It is a nine day extravaganza of live music, dance shows, exhibitions, free classes, and outside dance clubs (the city closes down Avenida Corrientes for an evening of open-air dancing). Over two hundred thousand participants come from all over the world to get their tango groove on. Check out www.festivaldetango.com.ar for more information.

March

Fiesta Provincial del Rafting

The rafting celebration of Chubut, Patagonia is held March 6th through 8th. It is an affair not to be missed if passionate about playing on the rapids. There are multiple levels of excursions offered through the rivers of Andes Mountains. There is also camping and local cuisine available.

El Bolson Fiesta Municipal de las Bellezas de Puerto Patriada

This local celebration is conducted to give homage to the beautiful area. Located on the cost of Lake Epuyén, in El Hoyo, outside of El Bolsón, this is a favorite for the locals. There are many different small contests during the celebratory days of March third and fourth. There are also plays, live music and local foods to be shared. A queen and princess are also chosen to represent the beautiful area for the year.

Tilcara Carnival Festival

The small town of Tilcara, located in the Northwest province of Salta, enjoys a March celebration of Carnival. This festival is considered to be a time when the villagers thank Mother Earth for her productivity and a reason for the more subdued people to let down their guard. The celebration begins with a devil-like doll decorated in cornhusks and flowers emerging from the earth. This creature is a symbolic representation of fertility. The locals offer cigarettes and alcohol to the earth to help ensure productive crops. The people try to entice the devil creature with fireworks, confetti, foaming spray and talc powder. Once the “beast” is brought out in the open it is thrown around by the young boys of the town. The youths are followed by a musical and dancing parade that travels through the streets. The procession ends at the town hall. The celebration of music, food and dance continues into the morning hours, and then for another nine days. With each day of partying a gift is offered to Pachamama (Mother Earth), hoping that this will help ensure a future of plentiful crops.

April

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

The International Festival of Independent Films is located in Buenos Aires. It runs from middle to late April. It is a favorite ten day event that offers the viewing of non-Hollywood films from all over the world. Located in many different cinemas throughout the city, it appeals to many local and international actors and directors. For more information, check out www.bafilmfest.com.

May

ArteBA

This festival is considered to be one of Buenos Aires’ largest week long events celebrating the arts. It usually begins on May 25th, also a national day of importance because of the Argentine Revolution of 1810. Galleries from the city and around the world gather, along with publishers and artists, to appreciate artistic talents. For more information, go to www.arteba.com.

Fiesta Nacional de la Rosa Mosqueta

This festival, brought about to celebrate the wild Rosa Mosqueta (Rose Hip) plant, occurs in the El Bolsón area on May 3rd. The plant which is used in many ways, including desserts, jams and healing creams, is most known for its oil. The oil that is contained within the hip of the flower has many healing properties. The oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acid) that the human body is incapable of producing itself. When this oil is applied to the skin it helps with the prostaglandin protein which helps create new cells, defend against sun-exposure and aid in the build-up of new tissue.

June

Fiesta Nacional de la Noche Más Larga del Mundo

In true Argentine fashion, this is a festival celebrating the longest night of the year. Located in Ushuaia, the farthest southern city in the world, people from around the globe come to celebrate the hours of nocturnal darkness. Argentineans are known for their love for staying up late and this is an example of their pleasure for a time when most countries are deep in slumber. The celebration begins on June 20th, also national Flag Day, and continues for another nine days. The festivities begin with a torch light parade, followed by an impressive fireworks display. Some of the country’s largest musical acts delve out their best tunes to help inspire the partiers to stay up all night.

July

Dia de Independencia

July 9th is Argentina’s day of independence. The anniversary for the declaration of independence from Spain in 1816 is appreciated throughout the country. The main center of the celebration is in the town of Tucumán, where there are parades, church services and dancing to show appreciation. In Buenos Aires the main area of appreciation is along the Avenida de Mayo, where cafés show their nationalism by serving chocolate churros for breakfast. The president of the country also shows his/her support by walking to the main church near the Casa Rosada (the pink house, Argentina’s equivalent to the White House) for the main service.

Marcha del 26 de Julio

This Buenos Aires celebration for the mother of Argentina, Evita, is held every year on the 26th of July. The most endeared woman of the country is shown appreciation by torchlight parades that travel through the city center and vigils by her graveside in the Recoleta cemetery.

August

Fiesta Nacional de la Nieve

This festival of the snow, held in Bariloche, Patagonia, is a fourteen day celebration held in late August. It is considered to be the most important winter celebration in Argentina. It not only involves the locals of Bariloche, but also people from around the world. The celebration commences with a torchlight parade on the ski area, Cerro Catedral. There are also fun competitions to entertain the entire family, such as a snowshoe race downhill. On the last night of festivities there is a large fireworks display.

Fiesta Nacional del Montañés

The national festival of the mountains, beginning the first half of August, is held in San Martin de los Andes in the province of Neuquén. A celebration that began in 1981, it is now considered San Martin’s biggest winter festival. The entire community joins in the festivities, which include cross country races and tree trunk cutting contests.

Ushuaia Sled Dog Race

This annual event is held in mid August. Competitors line up to race their well-bred dogs across the snowy, wintery landscape of the end of the earth. The course brings the racers in close proximity to the crowds, allowing for a fun spectacle of hound strength.

September

Tetratlón Chapelco

This serious competition, held in San Martin de los Andes, is one of the main events on the Argentinean sporting calendar. It consists of sixty kilometers, or thirty seven miles, of skiing, mountain biking and kayaking, with a small running finish to the end. Check out www.interpatagonia.com in the agenda section for more information.

Fiesta del Inmigrante

The festival of the immigrant, in Buenos Aires, occurs the weekend closest to September 4th. The main celebration is located in the Museo de la Inmigración (museum of immigrants) on Avenida Antártida Argentina 1355. This is a congregation of the many ethnic groups that create Argentina. The various flavors, music, dance and examples of the sacrifices made by historical persons are available to appreciate and teach the people of today. Go to www.fiestadelinmigrante.com.ar for more information.

Festival Latin Americano de Video Rosario

Located in the main city of Rosario, this is an important celebration for the B film industry and is a way for little-known directors and actors to have their works seen by the public. The main events occur from September 7th through the 16th. It also celebrates the making of videos though workshops, conferences and seminars.

Fiesta del Inmigrante, Oberá, Misiones

This festival of immigrants, which began in 1980, is located in the town of Oberá, within the Misiones province. Created by the fourteen neighboring villages of Oberá, the people decided to create this festival to share the different foods and customs of the Argentine melting pot of nationalities. The festival begins September 4th and lasts for ten days. Such activities as traditional dancing, music and cuisine are brought together into a collective community.

Encuentro Internacional de Escultura en Madera-Piedra-Cerro de Rosario

The International Meeting of Rosario’s Wood, Stone, and Iron Sculpture is an important festival within the city of Rosario, located in the province of Santa Fe. It began in 1993 and is held during the months of September and October. The local artists congregate to show their workmanship in the different modalities. At the end of the festival the best pieces of art are selected for a special art expo that travels around the country.

October

Oktoberfest

The city of Villa General Belgrano holds its own celebration of German beer and goods. It began in 1964 and was given the national title of the best Argentine beer festival in 1972. The festivities are during the first two weeks of October. Besides different lagers, there are delectable pastries, chocolate cake, such as the Selva Negra, and goulash to be enjoyed.

Semana Musical Llao Llao

The Musical Week of Llao Llao is an Argentine festival in celebration of classical music. It started in 1993 because the communities of Argentina wanted to bring first rate musical entertainment beyond the city of Buenos Aires. They decided on the area of Southern Argentina and found the beautiful venue of the Hotel Llao Llao, outside of Bariloche, to be the perfect place for the socializing and artistic event. Held annually in the beginning of October, the 350 seats offer a chance to see various different sounds of Argentine musicianship. Each concert has its own tone and is presented by the musical director, Professor Abel López Iturbe. With intellect and humor, he gives the technical and historical background of the sounds found at each concert. Visit www.semanamusical.com.ar for more information.

Fiesta de la Cerveza Artesanal

In a continuation of the traditional Oktoberfest, this is the first festival of homemade brews in the Patagonian area. Celebrated in El Bolsón, the festivities began in 2005. There are many breweries in the El Bolsón area that offer many different tastes and style of beers. There is also music, dancing and food to accompany the various cervezas.

November

Encuento y Fiesta Nacional de Colectividades

A festival that began in 1985, this celebration of communities began to observe the diverse cultures that create Argentina to be the melting pot that it is today. There are booths, tents, and performances created for this purpose. It is considered the most important festival in the entire Rosario province. Since the beginning, the locals consider November to be the imaginary month where the earth returns to a united five continents. This is expressed through music, dancing, costumes, local artist’s wares and foods representative of the different cultures. The celebration lasts for ten nights and over a half of a million people travel to the Parque Nacional a la Bandera (National Park of the Flag) to enjoy the cultural differences of the world. There is a Queen of the Communities that is elected at the end of the celebration.

Marcha del Orgullo Gay

The Buenos Aires Gay Parade is held in the Plaza de Mayo every first Saturday of November. Buenos Aires’ growing gay pride parade brings together all types of people, regardless of their sexual orientation, to fight for human rights. The parade concludes with a celebration of differences in a festive manner. Visit www.marchadelorgullo.org.ar for more information.

Maratón de Buenos Aires

This annual November run has joggers taking over Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world. The finish line is the Obelisco. Contact www.maratondebuenosaire.com for more information.

December

Festival Buen Dia

The Good Day Festival is located in Buenos Aires in the Plaza Palermo Viejo, on the corner of streets Costa Rica and Armenia. It occurs in late December and is a youthful mix of fashion, shopping, electronic music and drinks. The open-air party begins at noon and concludes at midnight. Check out www.festivalbuendia.com for more information.

El Bolsón Jazz Festival

This jazz festival located in El Bolsón begins on the first of December and continues till the 10th. It is an accumulation of seminars, clinics, concerts, and dance festivities celebrating the sounds of jazz. The small town of El Bolsón is taken over by music lovers of all nationalities that enjoy the auditory sensations of jazz.

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