Music Festivals in Argentina

Rock, Jazz, Folkloric, Classical, and more

There are many music festivals in Argentina.
Photo courtesy of Skye Brannon.

South America is a music loving continent. It's evident by the great variety enjoyed in every country and the many music festivals held every year. Whether you're into the complex compositions of an orchestra, electronic vibe of dance music, or smooth sounds of jazz - there is a festival in Argentina for you. Check out this article on concert venues to get insight into where some of these festivals are held.

  • Buenos Aires Jazz Festival- You can see a jazz show any night of the week in small and hip venues across the city. However, during the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, your options multiply. In the 2010 version of the festival there were 150 artists and 35 thousand spectators in 60 shows and other activities carried out in 7 venues. The festival organizers strive to make jazz accessible to the public, encourage collaboration between Jazz musicians, and stoke excitement for jazz that will last throughout the year.
    Last or Upcoming Show: November 21-26 2012
  • Creamfields Buenos Aires- Creamfields is a music and dance festival that began in the UK in 1998 and has since spread internationally. Buenos Aires began hosting a version of Creamfields in November of 2001 and drew 18,000 spectators. Since then, the dance festival has grown in popularity, breaking attendance records in its most recent event which drew 50,000. The 2011 event has a line up including David Guetta, John Digweed, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Pete Tong, and many more.
    Upcoming Show: November 10, 2012
  • Cosquín Folk Festival- The Cosquín Folk Festival is one of the most important folk music festivals in Latin America. Held in the city of Cosquín, located in Cordoba Province, the festival lasts 9 days in the second half of January. The festival has a long history, its first instance occurring in 1961. In 2001, a new stadium was completed giving Cosquín one of the largest stages in Latin America. In total, the amphitheater has a capacity of nearly 10,000 spectators. Some major names in folklore music have performed at the Cosquín Folk Festival including Mercedes Sosa, León Gieco, Víctor Heredia, Eduardo Falú, Los Chalchaleros, Los Fronterizos, Los Cantores del Alba, Los Cuatro de Córdoba, Los Tucu Tucu, Los de Salta, Julia Elena Dávalos, Ramona Galarza, María Ofelia, Soledad Pastorutti, Argentino Luna, Gustavo Leguizamón, Antonio Tormo, and many other talents.
    Upcoming Show: Check Website.
  • Cosquin Rock- Surely inspired by the Cosquín Folk Festival, Cosquín Rock has been held annually since 2001, in the Cordoba Province city of Cosquín. International rock bands, typically from Spanish speaking countries, perform at the three day festival on a main stage and two secondary stages. Past performers include Andrew Tosh, Gondwana, Ratos de Porao, Hereford, Babasónicos, Attaque 77 , Las Pelotas, Rata Blanca, Kapanga, Intoxicados, Las Pastillas del Abuelo, Callejeros, Carajo, Almafuerte, La 25, Los Pericos and Deep Purple.
    Upcoming Show: February 9, 10, 11 2013
  • Pepsi Music Festival- Formerly called "Quilmes Rock" the Pepsi Music Festival changed its name to reflect its major sponsor, you guess it, Pepsi. Running since 2003, the Pepsi Music Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Buenos Aires, running three days and attracting over 200,000 people. The most recent line up included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jauria, Las pelotas, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol, Primal Scream, Jarabe de Palo and others.
    Past Show: 2012 - Oct 18-21st
  • Personal Fest- Also named after its sponsor, the cell phone company Personal, this music festival boasts big names and large crowds. Held since 2004, the music festival has drawn over 55,000 to one event. The festival line up draws big name international bands and singers including Babasonicos, Catupecu Machu, Kevin Johansen, The Strokes, Beady Eye, Goldfrapp, Broken Social Scene, White Lies, Toro y Moi, INXS, Sonic Youth, and more.
    Upcoming Show: 2012 - December 1st and 2nd
  • Semana Musical Llao Llao- Semana Musical Llao Llao is a classical music festival held in the Llao Llao Hotel near Bariloche. Bariloche is located in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The festival has a very informative and well done website in which travelers can see the line up and book package deals to stay at the hotel during the festival. The beautiful hotel is located in the foothills of the Andes, a perfect backdrop for the elegant classical music heard at the festival.
    Upcoming Show: 2012 - November 3rd -11th
  • Gualeguaychu Carnival (Carnival del Pais)- Truly a spectacle to see, the Gualeguaychu Carnival is full of rhythm and dancing. Similar to Carnaval in Rio, the float-parade that takes part in a place specially designed for the carnival called the corsodromo. Every Saturday of January, February and the 1st Saturday of March an audience of about 40,000 people each night flock to see the costumes and competition. Five dance teams compete for a portion of the ticket sales from the event, so the dancers have skin in the game. They've actually show a lot of that skin, too!
    Upcoming Show: 2012 - Every Saturday of January, February and the 1st Saturday of March
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