10 Things to Do in Buenos Aires in March

Buenos Aires in March welcomes autumn with its cool weather and ochre-colored landscapes. Discover all the outdoor activities that the city has for you.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Buenos Aires in March

Ateneo, Buenos Aires | ©Camila Raso

Buenos Aires is a city of architectural and social contrasts, which during your stay will offer you a great cultural richness. In addition, you will discover many natural spaces with beautiful landscapes and a quiet atmosphere to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

During your visit in March, you will find many things to do in Buenos Aires and, thus, take advantage of the good weather of the season. You can celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, St. Patrick's Day and International Women's Day. You can also visit the Palermo Neighborhood Woods, the Ecological Reserve, among other destinations that I will tell you about in a moment.

1. Be part of the women's day activities at Plaza San Martín in Buenos Aires

San Martin Square| ©José Luis Lara
San Martin Square| ©José Luis Lara

In case you travel to Buenos Aires during the first week of March, specifically on March 8, you will have the opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day at Plaza San Martin.

This natural lung is located 28 minutes by car from downtown. In addition to participating in the commemoration, you can visit this square which is an essential stop on your way through the Argentine capital, it is even incorporated into the route of the bus tours in Buenos Aires with free stops.

Throughout the day, you will find a series of workshops related to the gender perspective and focused on human rights, sexuality and the female body, violence, social economy, breastfeeding, among other topics. You will also find sports and recreational activities for the youngest members of the family.

Information of interest

  • Price: all workshops and activities on the occasion of International Women's Day are free of charge.
  • Hours: from noon until approximately 8:00 pm.

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2. Experience Irish traditions and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Buenos Aires

St. Patrick's Day| ©A.C. Amigos Diplomáticos
St. Patrick's Day| ©A.C. Amigos Diplomáticos

The best time to go to Buenos Aires and experience the Irish culture is certainly in mid-March. You can dress in green and head to Av. de Mayo to enjoy the traditional St. Patrick's Day parade, with street concerts and many other festive activities.

From noon until approximately 7:00 pm, you will find a flea market with more than 50 stalls. You can buy handicrafts and try traditional dishes such as lamb stew, accompanied by beer. In addition, you will discover part of the Irish customs, history and culture.

You can also visit some bars such as The Kilkenny, located in Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear 399, or Sláinte Irish Pub in Avenida San Martín at 6066, among others. This way, you will experience the city's nightlife with authentic Irish music and craft beers.

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3. Celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival in Buenos Aires Chinatown

Chinatown| ©Pilar F
Chinatown| ©Pilar F

If your visit to Buenos Aires coincides with the autumn equinox, that is, in mid-March, and you are interested in oriental culture, then you should visit Chinatown , where you can enjoy dances, food, street shows and much more.

When you arrive, you will see the arch of approximately 11 meters high, decorated with dragons in high relief. In addition, you will be amazed by the celebratory atmosphere, red lanterns, talismans and mythical Fu lions at the entrances of houses and stores (tea houses, restaurants, supermarkets, manga and anime stores).

During the festival, you will discover a series of activities to enjoy. For example, the martial arts exhibitions or the awaited dance with the dragon and the lion, which go through all the streets of the neighborhood to the rhythm of the lively Chinese music.

There are also the gastronomic markets, ideal to undertake one of the best gastronomic tours in Buenos Aires. You can try the traditional moon cake with a cup of tea, a plate of river snails, duck or crab with wine fermented from osmanthus flowers.

4. Stroll through the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve and discover all the natural treasures it holds

Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve| ©Miguel Martinez
Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve| ©Miguel Martinez

The Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve is another must-see during your visit to Buenos Aires in March. The weather is quite cool in this month that marks the beginning of autumn, being ideal for walking the trails of this natural lung without worrying about suffering a sunstroke.

In the park you will see amazing landscapes, marked trails, a variety of natural environments, such as groves, artificial lakes, pastures, and fauna such as mammals, birds and reptiles. In addition, you will contemplate a privileged panoramic view of the Rio de La Plata.

During the tour, you will find some areas for you to rest or have a picnic. This while you relax and breathe fresh air, watching the leaves fall from the trees and the quiet autumn landscape of the season.

Information of interest

  • Price: admission to the park is free.
  • Hours: the reserve is open from Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 am to 6:00 pm). It is closed on Mondays, except on holidays.
  • Address: Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez, 1550.

5. Visit the Bosques del barrio Palermo in Buenos Aires

Palermo Forests by Bike| ©Turismo Buenos Aire
Palermo Forests by Bike| ©Turismo Buenos Aire

Among the best things to do in Palermo Buenos Aires during the month of March, a visit to Tres de Febrero Park stands out. Thanks to the beginning of autumn, the leaves of its trees acquire a yellow, reddish and orange hue, giving you a warm and cozy scenery.

In this great natural lung, popularly known as the Palermo Woods, you will discover lakes and groves with more than 170 species of birds. In addition, you can visit the Rose Garden, which has dozens of varieties of rose bushes. Some gardens within the park have free admission, while others require a fee to enter, if you wish.

The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden will make you feel like you have traveled to Japanese soil. In this green lung, about a 12-minute drive from the city center, you'll find bonsai, kokedamas, azaleas, and more. There are also traditional oriental-style ponds with koi fish, a nursery, a tea house and a sushi restaurant.

  • Price: the entrance fee is around 42€ per person. Admission is free for children under 12, seniors over 65, disabled and residents.
  • Hours: daily from 10:00 am to 6:45 pm.

The Carlos Thays Botanical Garden

The Botanical, as this park is known, is an area of approximately seven thousand hectares, located 16 minutes by car from downtown Buenos Aires. In it you will find three gardens divided into Oriental, Roman and French, with an average of 4,000 plant species.

  • Price: admission is free.
  • Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.

6. Get to know the city of Buenos Aires on a guided walking tour

Caminito| ©Comunicación Ciudad
Caminito| ©Comunicación Ciudad

The weather in March starts to get cooler due to the beginning of autumn, making it quite convenient to join one of the best tours in Buenos Aires, in order to get to know the city on foot with a local guide. An opportunity in which you will be able to move around quietly without sweltering due to the exhausting sun.

This tour is usually done using the city's public transportation, i.e. bus and subway. In this way, it is possible to travel from one neighborhood to another quickly and, thus, make the walking tour in each destination.

Some of the places usually visited are:

  • San Telmo neighborhood, considered one of the oldest in Buenos Aires. You will enjoy a bohemian atmosphere, stop at the local market dating back to 1897 and at Plaza Dorrego.
  • La Boca neighborhood, where you will stroll along its picturesque Caminito street and in front of the Boca Juniors stadium.
  • The Puerto Madero neighborhood, with its skyscrapers, the Women's Bridge and at the other end of it, the Cathedral, the City Hall, the Casa Rosada, among other places of interest.
  • The 9 de Julio Avenue, with a monumental obelisk, considered one of the main symbols of the city.

Information of interest

  • Price: the tour has a cost of around 77€ per person.
  • Duration: generally, the activity lasts five hours.

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7. Embark on a closed circuit bike tour in the parks of Buenos Aires city

Getting to know buenos aires by bike| ©Dirceu S. Oliveira
Getting to know buenos aires by bike| ©Dirceu S. Oliveira

If you are a cycling enthusiast and you are in the city in March, then you should embark on a bike tour in a local park. You will enjoy the cool weather of this autumnal month while pedaling freely along beautiful ochre yellow trails. You might also find some bike tours in Buenos Aires that take place within these natural spaces.

Manuel Belgrano Park

Approximately 11 minutes drive away from downtown Buenos Aires, you will find Manuel Belgrano Park. This is a place with a 1200-meter track, where you will be able to move freely. In addition, you will find several descents and ascents ideal for professionals or amateurs.

  • Price: the average price of this activity starts at 10€ per cyclist (daytime) and 14€ (nighttime). There is also a reduced price of around 7€ for children (9 to 12 years old).
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Location: Salguero 3450.

Sarmiento Park

Sarmiento Park is located approximately 19 minutes by car from downtown. There, you will find a bike path of about 3,000 meters and a BMX freestyle track. Also, if you attend at 5:00 pm every Friday, or every weekend morning, you can join a training group.

  • Price: Admission is free from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, access costs approximately €8 (adults) and around €6 (children from 9 to 12 years old).
  • Hours: The park is open every day of the week (8:00 to 19:00 hours).
  • Address: Av. Dr. Ricardo Balbín 4750.

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8. Come to Plaza Intendente Alvear in Recoleta and relax under the shade of its trees

France Square| ©Gustavo Roldan
France Square| ©Gustavo Roldan

Plaza Intendente Alvear, or Plaza Francia, is a must-see destination during your stay in the city in March. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the sunlight amidst a cool atmosphere, characteristic of the beginning of autumn. In addition, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without leaving it.

In this square you will be surrounded by trees, palms and bushes. You can lie on the grass, have a picnic and relax while watching the leaves fall from the trees, which stain the ground with their ocher colors. And, if you are in Buenos Aires with children, they will have a nice space to run around outdoors.

Also, if you visit this small natural lung during the weekend, you will find the Intendente Alvear Craft Fair, considered one of the best things to do in Recoleta Buenos Aires. You will see clothing, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, handicrafts, leather goods, books, candles, sweet and savory foods, among others.

Information of interest

  • Price: admission to both the square and the Craft Fair is free.
  • Hours: the square is open 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, the Craft Fair is open from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 hours.
  • Address: Recoleta neighborhood. Pueyrredón Av., C1113 Buenos Aires.

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9. Take a panoramic boat ride and be amazed by the magical autumn sunset

La Plata River| ©lizmendez1
La Plata River| ©lizmendez1

Taking a panoramic boat ride is another way to explore the city in March. You will have the opportunity to contemplate a magical sunset over the waters of the Rio de la Plata. You will be amazed by the contrast of autumn colors that gradually cover the sea, the sky and the city during the sunset.

This is undoubtedly an ideal activity if you do not know what to do in Buenos Aires at night. You will board a boat in Puerto Madero and from its platform you will see how the sky turns red as the sun sets on the horizon.

You will have a general view of the city, being able to identify some skyscrapers and buildings. In addition, you will observe some green areas, including the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.

Information of interest

  • Price: the price of the tour starts at 27€ per person.
  • Duration: the activity usually has a maximum duration of one hour.
  • Advantages: you will enjoy a different panoramic view of the city.

10. Take a photographic tour of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero| ©Hernán Piñera
Puerto Madero| ©Hernán Piñera

The neighborhood of Puerto Madero is a place with contrasts that are really attractive to the camera lens. This, especially in March, because the tone of the natural light is much warmer, allowing you to get different perspectives of the skyscrapers, the river, the luxurious yachts anchored to the dock, etc.

You can do this activity by joining a tour guided by an expert who will teach you some tricks to get professional images. Or, take a self-guided tour through this sophisticated harbor district, located a 38-minute walk from the city center.

Some of the places included in the itinerary are usually the following:

  • The Women's Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava and inspired by the Argentine tango.
  • The Sarmiento Frigate. A ship with more than 100 years old and a museum inside.
  • The promenade, with a pier of more than three kilometers and a privileged view of the La Plata River.
  • The residential towers with an American architectural style among which stands out the skyscraper Alvear Tower, considered among the 10 best buildings in Buenos Aires, because it is the tallest in the city.

Information of interest

  • Price: the price of the guided photographic tour starts at 80€ per person.
  • Duration: if you want to take the guided tour, it will have a maximum duration of two hours. However, if you do the tour on your own, there is no time limit.

Temperatures in Buenos Aires in March

Obelisk of Buenos Aires| ©leonardo samrani
Obelisk of Buenos Aires| ©leonardo samrani

In the city of Buenos Aires during the month of March temperatures usually range between a maximum of 26ºC and a minimum of 20ºC, registering a drop of 3ºC daily. In fact, you will rarely see the thermometer exceed 30ºC or register less than 20ºC.

Throughout this month the temperatures in Buenos Aires are characterized by being a little changeable, as it is the beginning of the autumn season. You will enjoy a slightly cooler environment and a maximum of eight days of rain.

What to pack to visit Buenos Aires in March?

Luggage| ©tookapic
Luggage| ©tookapic

If you plan to visit Buenos Aires in March, then you will need to pack mid-season clothes: jeans, dresses, skirts and short-sleeved shirts. All this, without forgetting to have a light woven coat at hand, as the nights could be a bit cold.

In addition, you should bring a raincoat for rainy days, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses, necessary for sunny afternoons. Regarding shoes; these should preferably be closed-toed and comfortable.