The magic of Buenos Aires lasts all year long. This non-stop, fast-paced city has something to offer at any time of year, and a packed calendar of cultural events brings a different festival to the city almost every month.
When is the best time to visit Buenos Aires? That depends on whether you prefer sticky summer heat, cooler winter temperatures or the pleasant in-between days of fall and spring. (Just remember that Argentina’s summer is the northern hemisphere’s winter.)
The calendar is busy year-round, and there’s always something going on in this multicultural port city, from tango competitions and rock concerts to spirited celebrations of gaucho (cowboy) culture. Note that things can get busy around Christmas and New Year, coinciding with school holidays and some of the warmest summer weather.
To get a visceral sense of how Buenos Aires changes with the seasons, listen to Ástor Piazzolla’s Estaciones Porteñas, a series of tangos that celebrate summer, fall, winter and spring in this beguiling city, then read on for tips on the top times to come.
December to February is the best time for sunseekers
The southern hemisphere summer in Buenos Aires is hot, with average daytime high temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F). And as any porteño (Buenos Aires resident) will tell you, the humidity makes it feel even hotter. Long hot spells are often broken by dramatic thunderstorms and several days of rain. As this is the high season for tourism, hotels are busy with high prices to match. If your budget permits, consider booking a hotel with a pool – nothing beats cooling off in the water after a day of sightseeing on sticky summer days in Buenos Aires.
March to May and September to November are the most pleasant times to explore
Most people find fall (March to May) and spring (September to November) are the most pleasant times to visit Buenos Aires. The weather is generally mild, with average temperatures around 22°C (72°F), and a mix of sunny and rainy days. Hotel occupancy rates are usually at their lowest between April and June, making this the best time to find discounted rates.