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Although Argentina is less prone to wild festivals than other South American countries, there are several fiestas that might be worth planning your trip around. Aside from the ones listed here, nearly every town in Argentina has its own fiesta.

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JANUARY: FESTIVAL NACIONAL DEL FOLKLORE

Near the city of Córdoba, the town of Cosquín hosts the National Festival of Folk Music during the last week of January. It’s the country’s largest and best known folklórico (folk music) festival. 

FEBRUARY–MARCH: CARNAVAL

Though not as rockin’ in Argentina as it is in Brazil, this celebration is rowdy in the northeast, especially in Gualeguaychú and Corrientes. In the northwest (particularly Quebrada de Humahuaca) there’s more emphasis on traditional music and dancing. Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, also has a good Carnaval.

FIESTA NACIONAL DE LA VENDIMIA

Mendoza city’s National Wine Harvest Festival kicks off with parades, folkloric events and a royal coronation – all in honor of Mendoza’s intoxicating beverage.

MAY: DÍA DE VIRGEN DE LUJÁN

Thousands of devout believers make a 65km pilgrimage to the pampas town of Luján in honor of the Virgin Mary; other large pilgrimages to Luján take place in early October, early August, late September and on December 8.

 JULY–AUGUST: EXPOSICIÓN RURAL

Get a glimpse of Argentina’s obsession with its cattle and other livestock – horses, sheep, chickens etc. Gauchos do their thing, farm machinery is on display and there are plenty of meaty things to eat.

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FESTIVAL Y MUNDIAL DE TANGO

Buenos Aires’ best tango dancers perform at venues throughout the city during the two week Tango Festival. There’s also a world-class competition and plenty of classes and workshops.

SEPTEMBER: SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC CONFERENCE

This is Buenos Aires’ biggest electronic music party. It features the who’s who of the electronic world, with networking conferences held during the day and 50,000 party-goers at night.

OCTOBER: FIESTA NACIONAL DE LA CERVEZA/OKTOBERFEST

Join the swillers and oompah bands at Argentina’s National Beer Festival, Villa General Belgrano’s Oktoberfest in the Central Sierras.

EISTEDDFOD

This lively Welsh festival, featuring plentiful grub and choral singing, takes place in the Patagonian towns of Trelew and Trevelin. It’s a great one for inducing those ‘wait-am-I-really-in- South-America?’ moments.

NOVEMBER: DÍA DE LA TRADICIÓN

The Day of Traditional Culture festival kicks off with a salute to the gaucho and is especially significant in San Antonio de Areco, the most classically gaucho of towns. However, it is also important – and decidedly less touristy – in the mountain town of San José de Jáchal, in San Juan.

MARCHA DEL ORGULLO GAY

Buenos Aires’ Gay Pride Parade draws thousands of gay, lesbian and transgendered citizens, as well as their supporters, who march (with the music up loud!) from Plaza de Mayo to the Congreso.

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