Mataderos Fair

Mataderos Fair

6500 Avenida de los Corrales, Buenos Aires,

This weekly street fair is where Porteños go to discover their country’s rural roots without leaving the city. Started in 1986 in the distinctly blue-collar stockyards neighborhood of Mataderos (the local soccer team, in homage to the U.S.’s meat center, is named Nueva Chicago), the fair features gauchos in horse-riding competitions, folk dancing, and artisans selling traditional woolen ponchos, gaucho knives, and canned country foods, all under a haze of delicious smoke rising from steak and sausage cooking in halved oil drum grills. It would all seem hokey if Argentina didn’t have such a proud gaucho culture, real cowboys and all.


Insider Tip: Time your visit to coincide with the horse-riding competitions—they’re usually held around 2 p.m.


Free admission

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