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Annual Events in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires Tango Festival (February): In late February and early March more than 150 performers gather to give nearly 100 free shows and concerts at this festival also featuring finals of the Metropolitan Ballroom Tango Championship.
Marathon for Women (March): Popular among fitness buffs, this annual marathon coincides with the March International Women's Day. Runners cover 8,000 meters, starting at the University of Buenos Aires Law Faculty Building.
Buenos Aires Book Festival (April): The Buenos Aires Book Festival, stretching over three weeks, draws more than a million book lovers to the La Rural Exhibition Complex.
Feria de Galerias de Arte (May): Founded in 1991 and taking place each May at the Predio Ferial de Palermo, the Feria de Galerias de Arte (also known as ARTE BA) showcases Argentine painters, sculptors, graphics experts, photographers and videographers.
FIA World Rally Championship (July): The Argentine leg of the World Rally Championship, with some of the roughest terrain on the circuit, attracts more than a million spectators each year.
Snow Carnival (August): August brings an exodus from the city to prime Argentine ski resorts, and one highlight of the new season is Snow Carnival, with torch lit ski parades, ski-jumping and other contests, plus coronation of the snow queen.
World Tango Festival (October): A week-long tango celebration features nightly performances along with workshops taught by the masters.
International Guitar Festival (October): Since 1995, the IGT has attracted artists worldwide specializing in different genres performing free for the public
Argentine Open Championship (November): Polo fans flock to the world-class Argentine Open Championship, running late November through early December. Polo seasons are March through May and September through December at the Campo Argenti no de Polo.
Buenos Aires Gay Pride Weekend (November): In early November, Gay Pride weekend marks 1969s formation of the city's first ever gay assembly. Now thousands participate in the flamboyant parade with floats and drag queens, starting at Plaza de Mayo, progressing to Plaza Congresso and ending at Avenida de Mayo.
National Tango Day (December): Tango reigns on the Dec. 11 birthday of tango great Carlos Gardel, packed with related events.
Polo Argentine Open (December: As the world's fifth oldest polo competition, this tournament first played in 1893 is a highlight of the polo circuit, unfolding at Camp Argentino de Polo en Palermo.
Lonely Planet: World's Best Festival's - Buenos Aires Tango Festival
Buenos Aires and tango are about as inseparable as, well, a pair of tango dancers. In celebration of its sultry and mysterious dance, the Argentine capital stages this annual festival, with events spread out across the city. Dancers and musicians perform at various intimate venues, and it offers a great way to see some of the best tanguistas from around the world do their thing. Once you've been inspired, there's plenty of opportunity to discover tango for yourself. There are free classes for beginners throughout the 10 days of the festival, with thousands of wannabe Gardels stumbling through their first tango steps. To take part, simply turn up – you'll find a schedule of classes on the festival website. There are also classes for more advanced tanguistas; for these you must register through the website. There's a database of dancers seeking partners on the website if you need someone to swing.