Take a trip to the Holy land
Easter is the perfect excuse for a trip to Tierra Santa – or Holy land – the world’s original religious theme park. A recreation of Jerusalem complete with a Wailing Wall and recreations of scenes from Jesus’s life, the park organizes special activities for Easter weekend. Visitors can take part in hourly reenactments of the Last Supper on Easter Thursday, and, on Good Friday, can even help carry Jesus’ cross in a reenactment of the crucifixion. On weekends and public holidays, the ticket office is open from 12noon until 8pm. Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 5790. More information here.
Check out Pope Francis's old haunts
Easter also provides a chance to hit the trail of Argentina’s Pope Francis. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the pope was previously bishop of Buenos Aires, and even worked briefly as a nightclub bouncer in the city before entering the priesthood. Free tours of his old haunts, including the neighbourhood of Flores where he grew up, take place on Thursday April 13, Good Friday (April 14), Saturday April 15 and Easter Sunday (April 16) at 9am and 3pm. Tours are in Spanish, but information sheets are available in English. For more details see here. The three-hour tours start and finish at the Basilica of San José de Flores at Rivadavia 6950. Register at ba.tours
Visit the Teatro Colón
Daily guided tours of the Colon Theatre continue throughout Easter, including the public holidays Thursday April 13 and Friday April 14. Discover the secrets of the theatre’s more than 100 years of history in one of these 50-minute visits, which begin every 15 minutes from 9am until 5pm. More information here.
Experience Shen Yun 2017
China's best known dance and classical music company takes spectators on a journey into Chinese culture with this impressive spectacle at the Teatro Ópera (Avenida Corrientes 860). In town until April 23. More information
Experience the passion and nostalgia of Argentine tango at one of the city’s milongas, many of which host special events with live orchestras and shows over the Easter weekend.
Commemorate the legendary Frank Sinatra
All week, the Centro Cultural Borges (Viamonte and San Martín), is holding an exhibition to mark the 35th anniversary of Sinatra's visit to Buenos Aires, with rarely seen photographs of his stay in Argentina. More information
And the more recent legend of Amy Winehouse
To remember a more contemporary voice, head to Uriarte 1271 on Saturday April 15 to catch Amy - I Go Back to Black, the internationally acclaimed Amy Winehouse tribute that comprises ten members of Amy's own band plus singer Marilia Camposs, resurrecting her 2006 line-up. More information
The long Easter weekend is opportunity to eat out for many Porteños and restaurants in the city’s many gastro hubs will be packed to the rafters. It’s traditional to eat fish at Easter, so as well as the city’s usual rich gastronomic offering, look out for limited runs of tuna, salmon, cod and seafood empanadas, as well as the seasonal cake rosca de pascua, a crown-shaped cake topped with glacé cherries and custardy cream. And if you're after healthy and organic food, Buenos Aires Market, the city's biggest event for healthy fare, will be in the Belgrano neighbourhood on Friday and Saturday (April 14 and 15) in Plaza Parques Nacionales Argentinos (Sucre and Av. Figueroa Alcorta)
Religious holiday or not, Porteños love to shop and many of the independent boutiques in Palermo, and the discount designer outlets in Villa Crespo (particulary in Calle Aguirre), remain open on the public holidays. More information here.
For more ideas for what to do in the city, check our suggested itineraries for self-guided tours of Buenos Aires