Entertainment and Events
Occupying a large tent with long tables, the informal parrilla El Quincho (Avenida Pujol and Pampir) is less notable for its food than for its live chamamé, the accordion-based Mesopotamian music that resembles Tex-Mex conjunto. The menu is not for single diners or drinkers, or vegetarians—beef slabs only, no half bottles of wine, and beer by the liter. Still, prices are more than reasonable. It’s open Friday–Sunday only.
Named for the city’s founder, the Teatro Oficial Juan de Vera (San Juan 637, tel. 03783/42-7743, www.teatrovera.gov.ar) is the site for high-culture events such as classical music concerts and live theater.
Huge crowds, including performing comparsas (troupes) from nearby provinces—and even from Brazil and Paraguay—descend on Corrientes for the Carnaval Correntino, whose celebrations take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the summer carnival season.
At the confluence of the Paraná and Paraguay Rivers, 35 kilometers northeast of Corrientes, the town of Paso de la Patria draws an international sportfishing crowd to mid-August’s Fiesta Internacional del Dorado, with prizes for capturing the largest specimen of the Paraná’s favorite fighting fish. Peak season is July–September; closed season runs early October–early March. For details, contact Paso de la Patria’s Dirección de Turismo (25 de Mayo 450, tel. 03783/49-4993).
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition