Like most art fairs in the world some of the best things happen outside of the main fair Zona Maco. For me I love to use those days surrounding the main weekend enjoying the multitude of events that happen in parallel spaces. During Maco there is also an emerging fair called Material Art Fair which tends to focus on younger and emerging artists. It's a good one for discovering work artists that you may not know.
Here are a few places I would check out during Maco week!
Situated right in the heart of Centro Historico Casa Vecina is a really amazing place to find work that most likely will not be in art fairs. It focuses on a diverse range of contemporary work with focus on the city and community building. They have a little exhibition space that I've seen some of the most interesting work like an exhibition about the neighborhood that intricately creates and decorates monster trucks with a white mud.
This collective space is pretty incredible. It holds a lot of different kinds of events from music shows, to bike repair, to exhibitions, to fashion shows. Located right next la Merced market the crew that runs this space is a sweet and eclectic group of artists, designers, and architects committed to their neighborhood and their city. Check their website to make sure something is happening before heading over.
This space is a residency/exhibition/research center in San Rafael. It is housed in this incredible old mansion from the turn of the century. This is a good place to see work by local and international artists who generally tend to be younger and are taking pretty interesting creative risks.