Buenos Aires Carnival Information 2023: Discover the Murga Porteña

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Carnival in Buenos Aires is a grand fiesta that takes place every year throughout the month of February.

See this neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to find out where you can catch your colorful local murga, or carnival dance troupe, take to the streets.

There is typically a big central end-of-carnival party in downtown Buenos Aires on the official carnival holidays the last day in February.

After a break during the pandemic and 35 troupes performing on Avenida de Mayo in 2022, this year the Government of the City of Buenos Aires reported that only 11 corsos will be permitted.

Mugueros are angry about the reduced Carnaval celebration and are mobilizing to try and reinstate the festivities as they took place last year.

So the reduced Buenos Aires’ carnival on Avenida de Mayo will feature under a dozens parades, or corsos unless the groups successfully lobby to change this.

Dozens of murgas will perform in different neighborhoods throughout the city though.

A murga or dance troop on the streets of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Murgas in Carnival 2023

Some of the colorfully-named murgas who will delight onlookers with their songs and flashy Carnival moves his year include:

Colorfully Named Murgas of Buenos Aires

  • Resaca Murguera (Murguera Hangover)
  • Alucinados de Parque Patricios (Hallucinating of Parque Patricios)
  • Los Duendes de Caballito (the Goblins of Caballito),
  • Los Elegidos del Dios Momo (The Buffoons Chosen by God),
  • Los Mimados de la Paternal (The Pampered of Paternal),
  • Los Fantoches de Villa Urquiza (The Braggarts of Villa Urquiza)
  • Los Verdes de Monserrat (The Perverts of Monserrat).
Carnival in the neighborhoods (flyer in Spanish)
Carnival in the neighborhoods is the way it’s meant to be for mugueros -courtesy of Carnaval Porteño

Neighborhood Carnival Information 2023

Times: — Every weekend of February starting on the first weekend of February.

From Saturday, February 4, 2023, Buenos Aires celebrates its carnival with different corsos throughout neighborhoods of the city on the weekends.

The parades begin at 4:00 p.m. with ‘criticas’ and shows with dancing and bands

In the case of rain, the closing event of the Carnival on Avenida de Mayo will be rescheduled for the following weekend

Carnival Holiday Weekend Closing Party

The smaller than normal end of the Carnival season party will take place on the Carnival weekend, Avenida de Mayo starting near the Plaza de Mayo and taking up the street up to the intersection of 9 de Julio.

Closing party: will be on Monday, February 20 and Tuesday February 21, Av. de Mayo from 4 —10pm.

First two weekends of Carnival locations

  • Plaza Unidad Latinoamericana, Palermo
  • Plaza Unidad Nacional, Lugano
  • Plaza Richieri, Devoto
  • Polideportivo Colegiales
  • Polideportivo Barracas

Second Half of February Carnival 

  • Anfiteatro de Parque Lezama 
  • Playón de San Lorenzo, Boedo
  • Parque España, Barracas
  • Plaza Irlanda, Caballito 
  • Anfiteatro de Mataderos 
  • Avenida Balbín & Ramallo,  Saavedra.

Buenos Aires Carnival Tips:

A child with a motorcycle helmet sprays foam from a can on the streets of Buenos Aires during Carnival celebrations

• Wearing easily stained garments such as silk to carnival is NOT recommended because kids run around spraying foam indiscriminately. Watch your eyes but don’t worry about street clothes as the ‘carnival snow’ generally dissolves quickly.

• Be careful with expensive cameras as well because non-local carnival visitors are big targets to be ‘foamed’ by mischievous youth.

For additional Carnival information call: 4342-8199 or see the City of Buenos Aires website Carnival Information.