The Canary Weekend Tips 10-12 March ’17

A hot ‘scorchio’ weekend ahead and also a very busy one with so many events, especially Carnival going on.

In Maspalomas, the Carnival celebrations are coming to an end with “Tourist Day” along the beach on Friday, the Big Parade on Saturday (major road closures in the area) and of course then the final beach party and the “Burial of the Sardine” happening on Sunday.  Agaete on the north-west coast are having a chill out weekend and the mountain municipality Artenara are inviting all comers to discover them. Remember to check our Gran Canaria Carnival season 2017 guide for more information of other Carnival events happening around Gran Canaria.

If you lean more towards a beach weekend, with hot, hot winds blowing in off the Sahara, there is plenty to choose from on Gran Canaria with nearly 60 kilometers of beaches along 236 kilometers of coastline. Twelve of the beaches have blue flags for quality and services; Las Canteras in Las Palmas, El Puertillo and Los Charcones in Arucas. In San Bartolomé de Tirajana; San Agustín beach, Maspalomas, Meloneras and El Inglés. In Telde; Hoya del Pozo, Melenara and Salinetas and in Mogán; Amadores and Playa de Mogán.

10-12 March, Maspalomas 

Maspalomas International Carnival 

On Friday, The Tourist Day on Maspalomas beach – Playa del Inglés starting at 12:00 with the Rescue of the Sardine. The Procession starts from the charca de Maspalomas pond and travels along Maspalomas beach until it reaches CC Anexo II in Playa del Ingles. On Calle Dunas in Anexo II entertainment and music.

In the evening from 21:00 the tourist show on stage in CC Yumbo. With some amazing performances and acts including the outstanding team from Garbo’s Unforgettable and of course candidates and winners from this year’s Carnival Queen, Drag Queen, Childrens and Great Lady galas and many more. Afterwards a big Carnival night party “Mogollón” from 23:00

On Saturday, its time for the Maspalomas Carnival parade, starting at 17:00. With the winners of the Drag, Queen, Children and Great Ladies’ Galas, lots of carnival floats, cars, music and dance groups and thousands upon thousands of parade people dressed to impressed. This always means major road closures in the area. After the parade a big Carnival night party “Mogollón” at 22:00

On Sunday starting at 14:00, the funeral procession for the partied out Sardine. It commences from the Centro Insular de Turismo de Playa del Ingles and continues via Avenida de Alféreces Provicionales ( to the beach ) until it reaches the stage at Anexo II ( Calle Dunas ) . Beach party from 14:00-20:00 with music and dancing in Anexo I. Reading the Sardines last will at 20:o0 and the burial burning of the Sardine and fireworks spectacle at 20:30 which will officially close the celebrations of this year Maspalomas Carnival.

10-12 March, Agaete 

Agaete chillout, relájate

**** Sunday chillout day cancelled due to the wind ****

‘Agaete Chill Out’, a window to relaxation. Agaete is having a chill out weekend in the beautiful north-west of Gran Canaria. An event throughout the weekend at the Port of Las Nieves with main objective to boost and enhance the open shopping area and give you a thousand reasons to relax in this gorgeous port town away from all the tourist mayhem of the south. Music, food, wine, cocktails, massages, tastings and activities for the whole family. Friday starts at 09:30 and will feature tastings of local produce and in the evening tastings of craft beer among other good stuff.

Saturday and Sunday tastings of wine, cheese, honey and oil as well as coffee grown in Agaete, the only place in Europe producing coffee. There will be areas of relaxation with the presence of specialists; cocktail workshops; an introduction totango dance; music concerts and family activities with storytelling, magicians and jugglers.

Check out the full program here 

11-12 March, Artenara 

‘Descubre Artenara’ 

Saturday and Sunday is all about discovering the highest village on Gran Canaria, Artenara, in the western mountains and to enjoy the many offerings of this municipality on Gran Canaria. Traditional Craft Workshops, food tastings of typical local produce, an agricultural bazaar, folklore performances, exhibits of traditional games, archaeological heritage, farm animals and children’s activities.

Recommended places to visit includes the Church of San Matías or the Museo Etnográfico for
Cave houses, the different viewpoints and the hermitage of the Virgen de la Cuevita.

On Saturday 11:00-16:30 and on Sunday 10:30-14:30. On Sunday a closure concert from 14:30

Saturday 11 March, Arucas 

Carnival event 

On Saturday, Arucas is celebrating their Daytime Carnival starting at 11:00 with Childrens Carnival workshop at Calle Francisco Gouríe, at 13:00 Carnival for teens with DJ’s at Plaza de la Constitucíon. Street processions at 14:00 in the old part of town, followed by two concerts at 17:00 & 19:00 at Calle Léon y Castillo. In the evening from 21:00 60s and 70s themed Carnival party at Plaza de San Juan.

Saturday 11 March, La Aldea 

Carnival event

On Saturday, a Children’s Day Carnival with bouncycastles, costumes and masks workshop, mini disco and animation as well as the election of the Children’s Queen of La Aldea, the westernmost municipality on Gran Canaria from 11:00-14:00 on Calle Real

Sunday 12 March, Arbejales, Teror 

Carnival event

The small neighbourhood of Arbejales in Teror celebrates  its Family Carnival Day on Sunday in the Plaza de Arbejales, starting from 12:30, with a Caribbean Carnival music parade and dancing. There will also be a face painting workshop, carnival dance, a tasting of traditional Carnival tortillas and various music and dance performances.

Experience Carnival celebrations local style and get to know a lesser visited place on GC.

Sunday 12 March, San Fernando, SBT

Rastro y mercado agricola 

The very popular second hand market in San Fernando, by the town hall and main stadium. In the morning, bargains and treasures to be found.

This Sunday, like every second Sunday, the farmers market is in San Fernando, just next to the second hand market

( Next weekend the farmers market is once more in Puerto Rico )


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