When to go to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires's weather, climate, festivals and public holidays

By: Time Out editors

The seasons

The southern hemisphere's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere's:

Spring Sept-Nov
Summer Dec-Feb
Autumn Mar-May
Winter June-Aug

Weather & climate

The proximity to the River Plate and sea-level location make the city humid, so the summer heat and winter chill are felt more acutely.

You’ll hear plenty about a local obsession: sensación térmica (thermal sensation). This isn’t the real temperature, but how hot it feels; so prepare yourself for a summer day and being told that it is 44ºC (111ºF)!

Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit – gorgeous weather and lots going on. At any time of year, be prepared for rain; heavy storms or a day or so of solid downpour are common. For meteorological information within BA, phone 4514 4253.

Average high to low temeratures:

January 30.4ºC (87ºF)-20.4ºC (69ºF)
February 28ºC (84ºF)-19.4ºC (67ºF)
March 26.4ºC (80ºF)-17ºC (63ºF)
April 22.7ºC (73ºF)-13.7ºC (57ºF)
May 19ºC (66ºF)-10.3ºC (51ºF)
June 15.6ºC (60ºF)-7.6ºC (46ºF)
July 14.9ºC (59ºF)-7.4ºC (45ºF)
August 17.3ºC (63ºF)-8.9ºC (48ºF)
September 18.9ºC (66ºF)-9.9ºC (50ºF)
October 22.5ºC (73ºF)-13ºC (55ºF)
November 25.3ºC (78ºF)-15.9ºC (61ºF)
December 28.1ºC (83ºF)-18.4ºC (65ºF)

Festivals & events

Buenos Aires has a packed calendar of cultural fixtures: highlights include the twice yearly Fashion Buenos Aires in March and September, the ten-day showcase for international non-Hollywood films, Festival International de Cine Indepeniente in April, the Buenos Aires Tango Festival (the world's most important tango festival) in August, and the Argentinian Polo Open in November and December.

See all festivals & events in Buenos Aires

Public holidays

The following feriados, or public holidays, are fixed from year to year:

New Year’s Day 1 January
Jueves Santo Thursday before Easter
Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
Labour Day 1 May
May Revolution Day 25 May
Independence Day 9 July
Day of the Immaculate Conception 8 December
Christmas 25 December

For the following, the day of the holiday moves to the Monday before if it falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, or to the Monday following if it falls Thursday to Sunday:

Falklands/Malvinas War Veterans Day 2 April
Flag Day 20 June
San Martín Memorial Day 17 August
Columbus Day 12 October

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While every effort and care has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this guide, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors it may contain. Before you go out of your way, we strongly advise you to phone ahead and check the particulars.