July 6 is Fundación de la Ciudad, the anniversary of Córdoba ’s 1572 founding. From early to mid-September, the Feria del Libro reinforces the city’s intellectual history and status as a regional publishing center.
Córdoba’s primary high-culture performing arts center is the Teatro del Libertador San Martín (Avenida Vélez Sarsfield 365, tel. 0351/433-2320, www.teatrodellibertador.com ).
Commercial cinemas include the multiscreen Hoyts Patio Olmos (Avenida Vélez Sarsfield 361, tel. 0351/446-2444), Cine Gran Rex (Avenida General Paz 174, tel. 0351/424-8709), and the three-screen Cinerama (Avenida Colón 345, tel. 0351/422-0866). The Cine Club Municipal Hugo del Carril (Bulevar San Juan 49, tel. 0351/433-2463, www.cineclubmunicipal.org.ar ), which reprises older films, occupies the Sociedad Italiana’s former headquarters.
Most but not all of the bar scene is in and around the Nueva Córdoba  area. There are exceptions, though, like El Ateneo’s literary wine bar La Imprenta (Avenida General Paz 156, tel. 0351/428-4371, www.cafeyletras.com.ar ), and the less pretentious, highly popular Alfonsina (Duarte Quirós 66, 0351/427-2847), which is also a good spot for simple regional cuisine.
El Arrabal (Belgrano 899, tel. 0351/460-2990, www.elarrabal.com.ar ) showcases tango in a nightclub ambience with a long wooden bar and a small elevated stage. There’s a live orchestra Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, followed by a participatory milonga (which also takes place, following classes, every night except Sunday). It’s also a pretty good place for lunch or dinner, with a diverse regional menu, moderate prices, and exceptional service.