Feria de Mataderos

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A local festival of food, art and dance, which takes place every Sunday and on holidays.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina213 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
You have seen some of the most popular places in Buenos Aires [BA]; the Casa Rosada, the Congreso, Teatro Colon, the museum of fine arts and Puerto Madero, you have had Merienda at Café Tortoni and you have seen a Tango show or two. Now it is time to get closer to the culture, the tradition and the soul of Buenos Aires. It is time to see some of its less known [to the tourists] but equally fascinating venues of Argentinean culture. La Feria de Mataderos [the fair at Mataderos] is one such venue; unique because it is an excellent example of that culture.
It is located in the Barrio [neighbourhood] of Mataderos at the west most side of BA. “Mataderos” means slaughterhouses and comes from the cattle rancher live stock market that used to be in that area.
I prefer to take the bus [#92] to the fair. It is an hour trip starting from Recoleta [beside the faculty of law]. Because the fair is on Sundays [March to December from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm], you have a good chance of finding a seat on the bus. Try to sit at the rear of the bus as the seats are higher and offer a better view.
The bus cuts across BA from East to West. Along the route you go through seven neighborhoods; perhaps the most interesting of which, and ones that deserve separate visits, are Almagro and Caballito. Among the many interesting sites along the bus route, two are worth mentioning. The first is in Caballito; “El Parque Centinario” [on Avenida Angel Gallardo] houses the very interesting Rivadavia museum of natural sciences and has a huge market on Sundays. The second site is the infamous Olimpo clandestine detention centre used during the military dictatorship. You can schedule a visit to this site which is now a “space for remembrance”. The Olimpo is located in the barrio “Velez Sarsfield” on Avenida Ramon Falcón between Avenida Olivera and Lacarra. As the bus makes a U turn from Ave. Rivadavia on to Ave. Ramon Falcón and crosses Ave. Olivera, look to your right to see the notorious centre. On the way back from Mataderos, the bus goes through Ave. Olivera and looking to your right there is another view of the centre.
Finally the bus travels on Ave. Directorio all the way to Ave. Lisandro de la Torre in Mataderos. This is where you get off the bus.
When you leave the bus look to your left to experience an explosion of colours, music, smell that is La Feria de Mataderos. The fair was established in 1986 on the grounds of the old ranchers live stock market, as part of the government efforts to promote the Argentinean culture and tradition. The old ranchers market has moved to San Vicente. The remaining old headquarters, now part of the fair, house the museum of “Criollos de los Corrales”. If you plan to visit the museum, you should check if they are open or come during the week along with those scholars who visit the museum for research purposes.
Cross Ave. Directorio and enter the fair grounds. Walking along Ave. Lisandro de la Torre, you are in the first area of the fair, among endless lines of artisan stands offering crafts of all kinds. When you come to Ave. de los Corrales [perpendicular to, and ending at Ave. Lisandro] you will see to your left the old market façade, its headquarters, the museum and the statue of the “herdsman” by Sarniguet. Ave. Lisandro is usually blocked from that point on and more artisan stands continue. It is estimated that there are about 500 stands on the grounds.
Continue on Ave. Lisandro and you enter the second area of the fair; the festival show where folk dances and traditional folk music shows are performed all day. Each Sunday, there is a theme for the festival.
Continuing on, you enter the third area beyond the artisan stands, where gauchos [cowboys] hold races, horse training, ring picking and many other Gaucho game shows. We did not spend much time there, even though it is quite interesting, because we had just seen an excellent show in a “Hacienda” outside BA, which I will write about in a future report.
As you turn around and walk back, the food stands will be on your right all the way back to Ave. Directorio. You can taste typical traditional Argentinean dishes; empanadas, locros, grilled meat and sausages.
As you approach Ave. Directorio you will see on the right a huge play area with all sorts of traditional children games and animal rides.
My wife and I spent about three and half hours without noticing it. We made a final quick pass at the craft stands and my wife bought a very nice and reasonably priced leather purse.
After a quick look, we located the # 92 bus stop, on Ave. Lisandro de la Torre just before you reach Ave. Directorio. One hour later we arrived at the Recoleta design centre, cut across the park, stopped at Biela for one last Café con leche before going home.
This fair is a must see because it is a unique example of Argentinean tradition and culture. It is the most comprehensive fair I have seen in BA. The Argentinean Secretariat of cultural affairs clearly expended a significant effort over the past thirty years to successfully revive the Argentinean culture that offered during the military dictatorship, through this and other cultural projects all over BA and Argentina.
Written July 22, 2014
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Roy H
Buenos Aires551 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
Many visitors to Buenos Aires only learn about the popular tourist markets of San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta. But for a genuine Argentine experience, be sure to visit the Feria de Mataderos to see the gauchos---Argentine cowboys---and friends, who come from the countryside with their displays of horsemanship, handicrafts, live music, folk dancing, and delicious foods at the Feria de Mataderos
This is one of the best-kept secrets in Buenos Aires, a weekly event that takes place during the spring, fall, and winter months on Sundays, from about 11am and until around 8pm---during January there is no Feria at all, and then in February and March they hold a down-sized version on Saturdays nights, from 6pm.
All the fun of the gaucho fair takes place in one of the poorest sectors of the capital. Mataderos is where cattle were traditionally brought in from around the country, slaughtered, and then shipped out as meat to other parts of the capital. The name Mataderos literally means slaughterhouses. Here you will find an interesting mix of cultures including gauchos, porteños, and migrant workers from Bolivia and Paraguay. The fair represents this colorful combination of traditions, dancing and artwork.
To get to the fair from other parts of Buenos Aires is about a 45-minute-plus adventurous bus ride on one of the following colectivos: 55, 63, 80, 92, 117, 126, 141, 155, and 180. Of these, the 55 and the 92 are the ones that bring you closest, with the others you may have to walk a little bit. Just ask the bus driver to let you off at the fair (if you are following your map, with the 55 and 92 buses, the exact intersection you need to get off at is Av. Directorio and Av. Lisandro de la Torre).

Spend a few hours taking in the gaucho culture by watching the locals perform their folk dances known as zambas, accompanied by live musicians on a nearby outdoor stage. The dancers wear traditional Argentine costumes from the countryside, often in bright colors. While the men break into rhythmic step dances, which is similar to tap dancing with gaucho boots, and it is very impressive.

With the live band playing folk music on accordions, traditional bombo legüero drums, folk guitars, and vocals, this is a true fiesta, a street party.

Some of the best local Argentine food specialities are available at the outdoor parillas and vendor's booths. Try the BBQ beef or chorizo (sausage) on a bun, fresh fruits, empanadas, and more! Plus the market vendors offer a wide selection of cheeses, meats, wines, pickles, and local produce at low prices. There are also many inexpensive restaurants---most with outdoor seating---offering up delicious Argentine regional treats such as locro, asado, tamales, and torta frita.

Check out the local handicrafts and often these will be some of the best deals in Buenos Aires including leather goods, stone and silver jewelry, novelties and good-luck charms molded from clay or other natural materials, key chains, wind chimes, and unique items that make great souvenirs or gifts. Usually the price the seller gives you is what you are expected to pay, although if your Spanish is good bargaining is a possibility.
Written February 18, 2014
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bruxelles17 contributions
We visited the Feria de Matadoros today with some doubts as to whether it was a worthwhile use of time to travel so far. I reasoned that if it was disappointing we could always go back to San Telmo that we enjoyed on our first Sunday in BsAS. Our fears were even re-enforced as we entered the first part of the Feria and we could easily have turned back. But we persisted and were really glad that we did. At the heart of the Feria there was a band playing on a small stage with people dancing. Not professionals. no one hustling for money or to invite you to their restaurant as in La Boca but just local people enjoying themselves. The fair is quite extensive with lots of small stalls selling all sorts of locally produced goods at reasonable prices. We only saw one stall selling hats in complete contrast to markets in town! This is a great place to go to buy presents and gifts that are not mass produced for tourists. Leather bags, knives, jewelery, knitwear, wooden items, even orchids - and hats! There is something for everyone.
A small part at the centre is the focus for food but there are also many restaurants and bars around the square. At one of the stalls (the furthest from the stage when we were there) we had the best Empanadas that we have tasted.
To get there, go on the metro to Plaza Vineyes at the end of line E and take a 10 minute taxi ride. We came back by bus that is quite easy as the destinations are clear (we took line 92 to Tribunales de Retiro) and got out in Plaza San Martin. It is a long way and going to the Feria by bus might be difficult unless you can speak enough spanish to be sure when to get out.
It takes about 40 minutes either way from the centre of town.
A great Sunday trip out.
Written November 23, 2008
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Sao Paulo, Brazil1 contribution
I went to Bs As last August and I have heard about this fair before. This time I had time to go there and check to my self. It´s a great place to go and spent a day. Autentic argentinean program, much better than San Telmo.
If you are in Bs As or planning to go there, try to keep Sunday as a free day and go there. From center of the city it´s not more than 40 minutes by subway and then a taxi. Take the subway and go to Plaza de Los Virreyes station and from there take a taxi (no more than 10 minutes) to the fair. All drivers know the place.
Written September 15, 2008
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Sydney, Australia29 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Official website and even our hotel concierge said it's wonderful and runs every Sunday, but then we got all the way out there to find out it does NOT run for all of January and runs Saturday nights ONLY in February returning back to normal hours in March. It's far away and not the greatest neighbourhood so make sure it's on before you head out there!
Written January 10, 2016
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Liverpool, England139 contributions
Sep 2011 • Friends
The Feria de Mataderos is a huge celebration of Argentinian folklore and crafts that takes place most Sundays of the year (this does depend on the season and also on the weather -- on rainy days it's most definitely off!) in the Mataderos district of Buenos Aires, bordering on Provincia de Buenos Aires. An enormous stage is set up outside what used to be the municipal matadero, or slaughterhouse, and that is the setting for dancers, singers and musicians from all regions of The Argentine. There is ample space in front of the stage for the public to view the proceedings, and also to dance if they so wish (there is plenty of audience participation here!). In addition, for streets around, artisans sell their wares made from wood, wool, cow horn, etc., as well as excellent quality foodstuffs. Neighbourhood restaurants are pretty 'local' and serve asado and locro made with offal, for example. Snacks and drinks are also available from street stalls.

Getting here is very easy: buses from the city centre stop nearby, or you can take the Subte to Carabobo and from there get the bus (or a taxi, which is of course much, much cheaper than taking a taxi from the centre of the city). Also, if you do come by Subte, remember that this is the line that has the historic trains running along it, so you might be lucky enough to catch one that is made of varnished wood and has a mirrored interior. The times I have visited I have seen a few small groups of tourists appear, and then vanish quite quickly, presumably because their time at the Feria was limited by a tour. My advice would be to come by taxi or public transport and to stay at least half a day: arrive mid-morning, wander around and shop, eat your lunch, listen to the music, and then get your bus back to the centre. This is not an event that can be appreciated with a quick visit.

For me, attending this Feria was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Going from my apartment and my life in Barrio Norte (Recoleta) to Mataderos was like travelling to another country. The place, the people, the environment (all so radically different from everything I know about Buenos Aires) all fascinate -- and definitely in a positive way. I highly recommend a visit to this place. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Spanish -- you'll make yourself understood. You need to see the Feria and savour its many flavours. I wouldn't say it's at all dangerous; sure, hold onto your belongings as you would in your home town or village, but I wouldn't say that there will be more delinquents here than in any other residential part of a city. Many of my porteño friends come here regularly and have never experienced any problems whatsoever.

If you need a toilet while at the Feria, there are some (very primitive but very clean!) ones inside the gaucho association that is up the street if you stand with your back to the stage and the matadero building. The gaucho association is on the left, past the restaurants, and charges a very small fee to use the bathroom. They also have empanadas, locro, beers, etc. and plenty of dancing, sometimes to live music.

Also, don't forget that stallholders won't be able to accept credit cards, so you need to take cash with you to make payment.

Written January 4, 2012
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico201 contributions
The Feria de Mataderos runs every weekend year round and is the best of its type in Argentina. The food, crafts, gaucho competitions and, especially, music. It is treasured by Argentines and not a creation for tourists. But for the tourist who wants to experience a real slice of Argentine culture, this is the event to attend. There is no admission charge and it's well worth either the taxi ride (20 minutes from center city) or bus (45 minutes).
Written December 9, 2009
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Floris R
4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We visited the market on a sunday in august and it does take some effort to get there, it's more on the outskirts of the city. We took the SUBE and then a bus to get closish but still had to walk about 15min to get there, while it is not located in, what seems the best neighbourhood, we didn't have any problems or had any moments of not feeling safe. The market is pretty big and buzzing, you can find anything from the flea market to artisanal sausage, cheese, souvenirs and great beers. We had a great time seeing locals dance, try out street food and some great local beers, coming from a belgian that means a lot. It's nothing spectacular but you can definitely spend half a day there and have a great deal of fun. Just know that whilst it is called feria de matadores, the matadores are only there one sunday every month so don't go expecting to see the cowboys.
Written October 9, 2018
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Michigan299 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Working Class neighborhood of Mataderos holds a weekly Sunday fair from early March to early December, apparently suspending the event during the summer months of January and February. There is a large electronic stage errected in the square, streets are blocked off and there is Argentine Guacho folk singing and dancing on srage and later dancing among the general population in the srreet. Craft booths galore occupy much of the rest of two intersecting thoroughfares. These sell a wide assortment of homemade food products ( honey, dulce de leche, herbs, cheese, meat and wine ) and decorative wood, iron, and leather goods. There is also a flea market area adjacent with the usual assortment of used product: clothing and kitcheware and novelties. Besides street food, there are also several fine Parrilla dining options with all things grilled meat. Come to look, buy, listen, dance, drink, eat....repeat! We did! Oh, and about getting to Barrio Mataderos: A bus runs, about an hour from central Buenos Aires to the distant neighborhood, but, at most, only onehalf hour by taxi; approximate taxifare should run 300 to 400 Pesos ( currently about 15 to 17 USD ).
Written April 2, 2018
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Buenos Aires, Argentina96 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
The Feria de Mataderos is an amazing off the beaten track experience. One of the best and most authentic fairs that we have been to. Its about a 30 minute cab ride from our hotel in Palermo, but its all city streets and not that expensive to get there, The stands are amazing with not only the best empanadas I have ever had, but the best parilla at a fair ever! The music was so much fun and everyone there was so happy. You can wheel and deal with the vendors and get things for incredibly great prices. Leather and silver are all over the place as well. I suggest not to eat lunch and have it here at all of the different stands. The Feria is definitely one of the highlights in BA to see. A must see!
Written December 1, 2013
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