January 25 Desfile inaugural, the Inaugural Carnival Parade (down 18 de Julio Avenue) from 8.30pm
January 29 Tabladosstart across the city for the next 40 nights. Tablados are nightly shows featuring anything between 4 and 7 of carnival groups.
February 8 and 9Las Llamadas, the amazing Llamadas Parade (down Isla de Flores street between Barrio Sur and Palermo)
The dates of carnival change each year, but what is guaranteed in Montevideo is that from the first day it’s going to go on for FORTY nights – longer if it rains. You can expect to catch a carnival show up until and including early March.
In December and up to the start of carnival, you can go and see carnival groups rehearsing. These rehearsals (ensayos, in Spanish) take place in public spaces or in community centres and usually go on from 8pm till midnight. Check this page for Montevideo carnival rehearsal locations.
The legendary murga Falta y Resto rehearsing (above) at a trade union centre near the Palacio Legislativo. This year they are raising expectations (and some machista hackles) by aiming at gender parity amongst performers. Murga has been a traditionally men-only carnival musical form.