If you are traveling in Uruguay during the summer you can not miss the best festival of the country. The Carnival in Uruguay is considered to be the longest in the world, with approximately 35 days; since mid of January at the beginning of March. It is characterized by combining  African with European traditions.

Carnival in Uruguay during the summer

The Carnival in Uruguay is characterized by the shows of murgas, comedians and parades that take place both in the “tablados” and in the “Teatro de Verano” (Rambla Wilson s/n, esq. Cachón) where they celebrated the official contest.

The murga shows are the most public convened during the Carnival. They are distinguished by their choral singing and rhythm. The murgas narrates the most important events of the year with sarcasm and irony of politicals and famous. The murga is recognized internationally and it is one of the most important cultural hallmarks of Uruguay.

Although the Uruguayan Carnival takes place during the summer and it has a special charm during these months it is also true that it manifests itself throughout the year in theaters or music halls with ropes of drums of candomble that play in the streets of all neighbourhoods of the city. We recommend also to understand many of these cultural manifestations and its importance in the country to make a visit to the Carnival Museum located in Montevideo.

Useful information about the Carnival in Uruguay (Summer 2017)


Carnival of the promises

  • Date: From 2 to 16 January, 2017.
  • Place:Rambla Wilson s/n, esq. Cachón

Inaugural Parade of the Carnival 2017

  • Date: January 19, 8:30 pm.
  • Place: Avda. 18 de Julio
  • Tickets from UY $140.

Samba schools parade 2017

  • Date: January 20, 2017,  8: 30 pm.
  • Place:  Av. 18 de Julio.
  • Tickets from UY$200.

Carnival groups contest 2017

  • Date: From Monday, January 23.
  • Place: Teatro de Verano “Ramón Collazo”.

Parade of “Llamadas” 2017

  • Date: February 9 and 10, 8:30 pm.
  • Tickets from UY$170.


  • Tickets for different parades of the Uruguayan Carnival 2017 can be purchased through the abitab network.

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