A gorgeous hot, sultry July weekend ahead on Gran Canaria with heatwave warning 34˚+ in the shade, and many lovely events going on around the island. Summer’s here to stay!
It`s the main festive weekend in the southern fishing town of Arguineguin with the Virgen del Carmen celebrations and hundreds of boats on the water, free concerts and performances at the Heineken Jazz festival and the Temudas theatre, music and dance festival. The famous water Festival in Teror, with their Romeria pilgrimage offering on Saturday, as well as up in the old northern capital of Gáldar the Fiesta de Mayores de Santiago. The world windsurfing competition comes to end this weekend in Pozo Izquierdo and there are free stretching sessions as well as Tai-chi on offer in the south.
14-16 July, Arguineguin, Mogán
Fiesta del Carmen
Friday 14 July : Bajada de la Rama, the lowering of the branch (a colloquial add on to many traditional festivities here on the island, incorporating pre-christian traditions of lowering a tree branch to the sea as an offering, to bring rain). The departure from Plazade Pino Seco is at 18:30. In the evening musical performances at the Plaza de las Marañuelas starting at 23:00
Saturday 15 July : activities for children between 11:00-14:00 at Plaza de las Marañuelas.
The Eucharist and procession with statues from the main church to Marañuelas beach at 20:00, followed by fireworks at midnight and a big party afterwards with live music performances.
Sunday 16 July : Dia de nuestra Senora del Carmen. The main day of sea-faring celebration.
Eucharist mass at 10:30 followed by the famous maritime procession, where the main boat carries a statue of the Virgen del Carmen round the coast to Puerto de Mogán and back again accompanied by hundreds of boats and partiers.
Meanwhile in Puerto de Mogan : Mass at Plaza Dr. Pedro Betancor León at 20:00 in , followed by a land procession. And at the fishing harbour a seafood gastronomy fair and music.
Places to watch the procession, from Arguineguin harbour, all the way along the south west coast to the beautiful Puerto de Mogan.
Festival de Aqua
As part of the Water Festival program, on Saturday, the traditional Romeria Pilgrimage in Honor of San Isidro Labrador (the labourer) with the participation of the carts, wagons, folk groups and dance groups of the municipality. The route starts from the Castañero Gordo at 18:30 and travels to Plaza de Sintes (in front of the auditorium ). After the pilgrimage some traditional taifa dancing and at 23:00 a fireworks display at the same plaza.
On Sunday, Baile de Mercadillo at Plaza de Sintes at 11:00. Cattle fair at Yánez Matos ground, next to the bus stop from 08:00-14:00.
Mass in honour of San Isidro Labrador in the famous old church Basílica del Pino at 13:00 and afterwards the best of the cattle fair will be present at the procession on Calle Real and Plaza Ntra Sra. del Pino starting at 14:00.
Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival, PWA World Windsurfing Tour Gran Canaria at Pozo Izquierdo beach. With the best of the best in the world present for the competition, the event also features workshops, children’s activities, beach cleaning, live music, the best dj’s and other great surprises. The main hub and nerve centre will be the 700 square metre tent installed on the beach.
Its the final weekend:
Friday : start of the competition at 10:00 ( weather permitting ) at 16:00 Childrens’ activities : bouncy castles and workshops and at 23:00 its party time with some live concerts.
On Saturday, start of the competition from 10:00 ( weather permitting ) at 11:30 childrens’ activities: closing ceremony at 20:00 and after a party with concerts . On Sunday at 12:00 beach cleaning.
Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & más Heineken
The 26th edition of the Jazz festival is happening at the same time on several Canary Islands. As well as performances and clubs night on Gran Canaria there are also free public outside concerts.
On Saturday in Santa Brigida at Parque Municipal de Santa Brigida ( Calle la Nueva 13 ) starting at 21:00 ‘Ella at 100‘ The Latin side of Ella Fitzgerald, Ivan Lins & Band
Agüimes is having their 3rd edition of the night of wines in the picturesque and historic centre, Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in front of the church. The wine night is held from 20:00 to 01:00 with eleven island wineries as well as ten local food establishments. Visitors can enjoy a glass of wine for 1 or 2 euros accompanied by a skewer of tasty local food for the same price in the 21 stalls which will be erected in the square.
The 21st edition of this unique Theatre, Music and Dance festival is the meeting point for various world class artists and starts in earnest this weekend. The festival runs from 6 July – 5 August also features many free outdoor performances for the public in Plaza de Santa Ana and Plaza del Pilar Nuevo in Las Palmas.
On Friday, a multidisciplinary show by DAVID MORENO & CÍA: ESENCIA (ESPAÑA)( 40 minutes ) , starting at 22:00 at Plaza de Santa. it will be spectacular.
Fiestas Mayores de Santiago 2017
Saturday, Romeria, the Traditional pilgrimage offering to Santiago de los Caballeros de Gáldar (James of the Knights of Gáldar). Starting at 18:00 on the streets in the Historic Quarter. The tour will begin in the Bajada de Las Guayarminas, continuing through the streets Cápitan Quesada and Plaza de Santiago. followed by the offerings at Plaza de Santiago, traditional Taifa dancing and music.
We are Taichi
Every Saturday during the Summer months of June, July, August and September 2017, Master Kim Kyoung Bo and the town hall of SBT offer free outdoor Tai chi and meditation classes in Playa del Inglés as part of their summer activities.
Where : Public Square of C.C.Anexo II, by the main Taxi stop, in Playa del Inglés.
Time : 10:30 to 11:30
Master Kim Kyoung Bo, Taichi World Champion Chen style (year 2005) and Chikun World Champion (year 1997)
A Walk in the park – Official Sunday Training The Long Walk 2017
FREE, Easy & Fun. 1 hour session in the sunshine in Parque Sur, just next the climbing wall.12:00-13:00. Birdsong, blue skies and the fresh smell of grass. Yoga style stretching for muscles and joints. Any age, any condition, any fitness level. Every body benefits from a little help to move in the right ways
Lilly Rikhter is a personal fitness trainer based on Gran Canaria who works with people at all levels to help them get the best out of their bodies. Her session happens every Sunday throughout the year, and over the next three months she invites anyone looking for better mobility, more supple joints or who simply wants to help their body to feel great, to come join us in a training session thats easy enough for complete beginners and thorough enough to make a real difference in any bodies’ life.
With a special focus on helping to prepare participants for the biggest charity walk on Gran Canaria – The Long Walk 2017
Mercado Artesanal de julio
On Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00 a craft market in Agaete, on the beautiful northwestern coast of the island. The market is held on Calle Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves in the coastal district, close to the ferry harbour.
The day will also offer musical moments thanks to the performance of the soloist ‘Miguel’ and the group ‘Son of Caney’ who will share their best songs starting at 13:00.
This craft market is organized by the Department of Crafts of the Town of Agaete and has the collaboration of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, through the Foundation for Ethnography and Development of Canarian Craft (Fedac).