Another lovely May weekend ahead with some amazing events going on including the FIMAR Sea Fair in Las Palmas including free boat rides around the port, Romeria festivities and fiestas, the big gay parade in Maspalomas and the first ever tomato fair being held in La Aldea.
This Sunday, many countries celebrate Mothers Day (though Spain did it last week!) and our local La Liga football team UD Las Palmas is playing FC Barcelona at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Stadium, so expect some exciting action in The Saint’s next report…
FIMAR, the international sea fair
The International Sea Fair begins this Friday in Las Palmas. The fair includes 91 companies and 124 exhibiting stands spread around Plaza de Canarias and the surroundings of the Santa Catalina Pier. This seventh edition is dedicated to artisanal fishing and nineteenth century navigation. Lots of things to do for all ages including aquatic activities, food, music, exhibitions, boat visits and boat sales, swimwear and much more related to the sea during the weekend.
Puertos De Las Palmas return to offer visitors the chance to enjoy the bay of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from the sea.
On Friday, from 11:00-19.00 ‘blue bird’ will be doing the route between the pier of Santa Catalina and the marina. On Saturday from 10:30-19.00 and Sunday from 10:30-15:00. The activity is totally free and you don’t need to pre-register.
See our article about the event here
Fiestas El Tablero
The local El Tablero community, on the other side of GC-1 from Maspalomas, are celebrating their summer fiesta festivities between 11-21 May.
On Friday, the children’s street procession, starts from the parking lot of I.E.S Tablero at 18:30, travelling through the main streets of El Tablero to the main Plaza, in front of the church. At 20:30 a gala and election of child farmers. Evening ends with a concert from ‘Ochentur’ and night of DJ’s starting at 23:00
On Saturday at 12:00, foam party for children to enjoy at Plaza de El Tablero.
At 18:00 starts the pilgrimage offering in honour of the holy Trinity. The romeria procession starts from the Pabellón Municipal and travels through the town to the Plaza followed by a party at the Plaza late into the night.
On Sunday a classic car exhibition from 10:00-15:00 on Avenida de las Américas near the Plaza.
At 17:00 a big children’s community birthday party at the Plaza. At 20:00 local dance and sports schools performing.
I Feria del Tomato
The first ever edition of the Tomato Fair in La Aldea de San Nicolás, the westernmost municipality on the island of Gran Canaria. The fair is to be held in Plaza Alameda (in front of the church) and on Calle Real with 2000 kilos of tomato to be used during the day of which 500kg are to be utilised in various culinary experiences and rest to be given to people at the fair. From 09:00-15:00
Global bus number 38 goes from Puerto de Mogán bus station
Saturday 13 May, Aldea Blanca, San Bartolomé de Tirajana
I mercado Artisanal
Aldea Blanca is having their first edition of an artisanal market at Plaza Publica de Aldea Blanca from 10:00-14:00
Big Gay Parade
Lots of floats, people and glitter in Maspalomas on Saturday with the Gay Parade starting at 17:00
Parade route : Roundabout Plaza de Fuerteventura on Avda. Gran Canaria, towards Avdla. de Tírajana, continue through this way passing the Plaza Agaete roundabout, passing roundabouts of Plaza Teror, Plaza Arucas, Plaza Telde, continuing along Avenida de Tirajana until the intersection of Avda Gran Canaria, entering Ava de España to the main entrance of shopping center Yumbo.
Between 10:00 on Saturday to Sunday morning at 08:00 big road closures, prohibited parking and traffic restriction in Maspalomas and the parade route.
Fiestas Patronales María Auxiliadora
Motor Grande and Puerto Rico are celebrating their Festivities in honour of María Auxiliadora (Mary the Helper) 2017 from Saturday 13 to Wednesday 24 May. The Puerto Rico Neighbourhood Association has organised the festivities program with the collaboration of the town hall of Mogán.
On Sunday there is a foam party at 13:00 as well as the ‘Bajada de la Rama (lowering of the branch – a curiosity left over from the pre-castillian, pre-christian original native Canarios who would make an offering of branches to the sea in the hope of rainfall) the procession starting at 16:00 from Plaza Motor Grande down to the beach and at 21:00 a concert from the group ‘Las Afortunadas’
Events at Motor Grande Plaza