The last weekend of July is coming up with plenty of delightful events all around the island, here are some of our highlights. In the south its all about live Soul music on the beach in San Agustín and for Mogán its the last full weekend of the annual Virgen del Carmen festivities. The annual Puerto Rico sea fishing competition, free outdoor concerts and much more on offer by way of summer activities.
Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2017
San Agustín beach will once again play host to the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival this weekend, in a three day event marking the 100th birthday of the legendary soul singer and epic performance artist Rufus Thomas, whose image graces this years main poster. You can read our full article here and find our full program guide here
On Friday 19:30 Sergio Palmer DJ set, 20:30 Earl Thomas, 22:00 Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, 22:30 Vaneese & Carla Thomas ( tribute to Rufus Thomas ) 23:30 Scott Sharrard, 00:00 Vasti Jackson ( tribute to Johnnie Taylor )
On Saturday 19:30 Jaime Falcón DJ, 20:30 Banadú, 22:00 Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, 22:30 Barbara Blue, 23:15 Wee Willie Walker, 23:55 Terrie Odabi, 00:35 Gran Final
On Sunday 12:30 Street procession with music; Baton rouge Dixieland on Avenida San Agustin, from El Cápitan to the stage, Banadú workshop.
When there is a big event like this one going on it also means some traffic changes in the area. The GLOBAL bus company will reinforce bus routes 1, 5, 25, 30 and 36 over the weekend to facilitate the smooth transit of the thousands of attendees.
Fiestas del Carmen 2017
Festivities for the patron saint of Sailors, Virgen del Carmen, come to on end this weekend in Puerto de Mogán.
On Friday there is a concert at 22:30 at Plaza de las Gañanias by Araguaney and Yeray Rodrigúez followed by a after party at the same place.
On Saturday starting at 12:00 Bajada de la Rama, lowering the branch with the Gran Canaria music band at Plaza Dr Pedro Betancor León and at 22:00 Traditional dancing. at 22:30 fiesta time at Plaza de las Gañanias followed by fireworks at midnight.
On Sunday at 10:30 Eucharist at Plaza Dr Pedro Betancor León (previously/also know as Plaza de Sol ) followed by the maritime procession with the image of Virgen to Arguineguin and back.
(it will be interesting to see what happens after the previous maritime procession from Arguineguín didn’t get very far this year)
XXXII Concurso de Pesca de Puerto Rico
The longest running deep sea fishing championship in the Canaries celebrates its thirty-second edition in the waters off the coast of Mogán. The event will have international participants and is based in the Puerto Rico sports harbour, Puerto Base.
The competition is to be held over two days, on Friday and Saturday and has 30-40 vessels participating, representing between 200 and 300 sports fishermen. Fishing time is from 09:30 to 16:30 approximately. Gran Canaria is a privileged spot because it is one of the few places in Europe where you can fish for the coveted Blue Marlin, almost all the year around. These fish, can reach 500 kilos.
As in previous editions, the Gran Canaria Fishing Club promotes responsible fishing. In this way, during the tournament they will enhance the practice of marking and release of any catch, especially any specimens that are less than the weight allowed for sustainable fishing.
Thanks to a communication system established between the boats, the spectators will be able to follow the development of the championship live from the marina in Puerto Rico, keeping track of the trophies and catches that are being achieved throughout the competition.
Fiesta inauguration Hostel Rural Juncalillo
Something different on offer!
A new rural hostel in Juncacillo are having their opening party on Saturday. Starting at 18:00 with a special evening including raffles, dancing and much more.
The 21st edition of this unique Theatre, Music and Dance festival is the meeting point for various world class artists continues this weekend. The festival which has been running from 6 July – 5 August will also feature many free outdoor performances for the public
On Saturday at 22:00 in Plza de Santa Ana a free outdoor concert ( 80 min.) by B.S.M. de Música de LPGC: Celebration
Celebration is a show based on the music of the 80’s and the events that marked a decade. The Municipal Symphonic Band of Music of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria join the voices of the members of ‘Swing Star’.
Museum and wine
On Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings a chance to see the Finca Condal Museum in Juan Grande.
A walk through 5 centuries of Gran Canaria history, through a beautiful traditional farm house and hermitage aristocratic Bodega Vega Grande, try the delicious cabernet sauvignon 2009. On Saturdays Tapas with the Michelin star Gourmet Chef Angel Palacios.
Resident discounts, free parking. Entry is via the the little church from 12:00-16:00. First tour at 10:30 and the second at 12:00
Rugby Playa Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Beach rugby tournament going on on Saturday on Playa de las Alcaravaneras, just next to the yacht club in Las Palmas.
From 11:00-20:00 with categories for Male, Female and Youth
Telde Young Beach Festival
The ‘Telde Young Beach Festival’ floods the beach of La Garita on Saturday with different activities. The initiative, included in their summer campaign; aimed at the young population and open to all, starting from 18.00 offers concerts in addition to a beach volleyball tournament and various workshops including dancing, acrobatic, juggling, balancing balls and aerial acrobatics during the performances.
Mundo Munchitos 2017: Diversión en Familia
Free outdoor fun day for the whole family with munchitos from 10:00-15:00 in Parque Doramas.
Individual and group games, futons, jumps, zig zags, balance games, minicars, scooters, face painting, MunchiTattoos, crafts, shop badges and pins, football, basketball, badminton, ping pong and a free space for the toddlers, with geometric figures “the Foam giants”, slides, rockers, pool balls, sensory games and much more.
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 that’s 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
25 July – 27 August : Las Fiestas de Las Nieves, Agaete , program here
4 August “Bajada de La Rama”
12 August Romeria
28 July – 13 August : Fiestas de las Nieves Lomo Magullo, in Telde program here