Carnival in Uruguay is uniquely different to anywhere else in the world. And what’s really special for a visitor is that it is still an event primarily for the locals. Here are Montevideo carnival 2019 dates:

Carnival tablados

Carnival tablados are on across the city from January 25 for the next 40 nights (longer if there’s rain). Tablados are nightly shows featuring four to seven carnival groups. So you can expect to be able to attend a tablado in Montevideo until early March. Some tablado line-ups are better than others. Check out this page (in Spanish) to see what’s on tonight.

For tablado recommendations in English, visit the Guru’Guay Facebook page. We post the day’s recommended tablado on request. Just write to us via Facebook 24-48 hours in advance and we’ll be happy to help. Just a little service we love to provide to help you get the most out of your time here.

Carnival parades

January 24   Desfile inaugural, the Inaugural Carnival Parade (down 18 de Julio Avenue) from 8.30pm

February 7 and 8   Las Llamadas, the amazing Llamadas Parade (down Isla de Flores street between Barrio Sur and Palermo).

Essential reading on Carnival in Uruguay

What to see in Montevideo’s carnival

6 reasons why you mustn’t miss carnival while you’re in Uruguay

To really understand what it’s all about, hit carnival parades, shows and carnival rehearsals with “The Carnival Whisperer”

Download the best-selling The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo for your tablet for under ten dollars for loads more of the background into why Uruguayan carnival unique. Or order it from Amazon.

All about Candombe, a uniquely Uruguayan musical rhythm

More useful stuff about the carnival in Uruguay 2019:

Our Discover Uruguay group is a great place to ask other questions get more great information about carnival and other things to do while you’re in Uruguay. Also, don’t miss our top picks (hotels, experiences, restos, that we love and have discovered over our 20 years living in Uruguay).

Photos: Simone Mul-Baker

Source for dates: Intendencia de Montevideo