Of all the exciting things that there are to do in Buenos Aires on the weekends, the ferias (street fairs) are one thing that absolutely cannot be missed. There 3 main ones, and at these popular street fairs, local artisans, designers, and vendors gather together to sell their one-of-a-kind wares. Each feria has its own unique offerings, so here’s a rundown of what you can expect at each one:
Feria de San Telmo (San Telmo Antique Market) – This feria is only on Sundays, but is an all-day event beginning at 11am that is held on Calle Defensa, which will be blocked for pedestrian traffic only, in the historic neighborhood of San Telmo. It begins at Plaza de Mayo and goes all the way down to the famous Plaza Dorrego. While it has many offerings of accessories and souvenirs, it is best known for being an antique fair. Another great thing about San Telmo that can’t be missed is the street performers, which range from musicians and tango dancers to human statues. If you get the munchies while you’re there, be sure to stop at one of the street vendors for an empanada or pan relleno (stuffed bread)!
Feria Recoleta – This feria is held on both Saturday and Sunday each weekend in Plaza Francia, right next to the Cementerio de Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery). It’s mostly home to artisan creations and handmade crafts, such as jewelry, accessories, mates, clothing, and many little knick-knacks, many of which make great gifts and souvenirs. There are also food vendors with a variety of treats, from caramel apples to choripan in case you get hungry. On nice days it’s a great place to sit on the grass, soak up the sun, and, if you’re lucky, enjoy some live music! Street performers provide great entertainment at this feria as well. And while you’re in the neighborhood, you can also check out the Centro Cultural de Recoleta, which always have different contemporary art exhibitions going on and they are free entry for everyone!
Feria de Plaza Serrano (Palermo Soho) – Home to fashionistas, this feria is actually open in the afternoons Wednesday-Sunday, although the weekend has the biggest turnout and is the best time to go. The fair actually goes beyond and has been growing and branching off from the not-very-big Plaza Serrano into all the neighboring streets. Numerous independent designers and vendors even take up big loft spaces nearby, tightly packed one next to each other, showcasing and selling their creations. It’s a great place to treasure hunt and find one-of-a-kind pieces, from clothing to jewelry and other accessories. This trendy area of the city is also full of cafes, bars, and boliches, so it’s a hip place to be day or night!