It’s the first weekend of August which means museums are open for free visits as well as a full day of activities whilst shopping at Triana in Las Palmas this coming Sunday. Outdoor movie nights in Parque Sur de Maspalomas and a Craft Fair starting at the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse. The patron saint celebrations are joined by a pop/rock festival in Arucas to the north and the football season’s start is heralded by a match at the stadium de Maspalomas. A sweltering weekend packed full of events once again on our beautiful subtropical island of Gran Canaria.
5-7 August, Parque Sur, Maspalomas
Summer movie nights in Parque Sur de Maspalomas
Movies are shown in the park again this summer starting at 21:15. The movies are usually dubbed in Spanish but nevertheless offers a lovely fee experience to anyone looking to enjoy some outdoor movie time, brushing up on their Spanish and spending a beautiful summer’s evening in the park. You non-spanish speakers may well be rather surprised by how well you do, even with only a few choice words of the local lingo.
Thursday’s film is ”The New Testament’ (113 minutes), a comedy directed by Jaco Van Dormael.
On Friday ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ (USA, 2015), directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth will be screened. This adventure film, 121 minutes, is inspired by the true story that Herman Melville who wrote the famous story ‘Moby Dick’. It’s worth noting that not only was this film shot on La Palma island, just to the west of us, but the original Mody Dick film was shot here in Las Palmas port.
On Saturday “Catch the flag ‘(Spain, 2015), an animated film in 3D, 97 minutes, directed by Enrique Gato scripted by Jordi Gasull, Javier Barreira and Neil Landau. Received a Goya and Gaudí Platinum awards for best animated film of 2015.
9th Handcraft Fair Faro de Maspalomas
From 5 to 15 August 2016, you can enjoy the summer arts and crafts fair, organised by FEDAC-Artesanía-Cabildo de Gran Canaria. Stands with artisans representing various traditional crafts, numerous parallel activities, an exhibition of old photographs from the Canary Islands’ photographic archive.
Enjoy the summer in a different way. Next to the Maspalomas lighthouse from 17:00-23:00
On-going festivities of ‘Fiestas Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves’ (Our Lady of The Snows)
You can see the full program here
On Saturday starting at 12:00 the Solemn Eucharist and the procession with the image of the Virgin of Las Nieves. Entertainment, live music and blues in the evening starting at 21:00 at Plaza de la Constitución.
Next weekend on Sat. 13th will be the main Romeria (pilgrimage street party).
FiestoRON A unique pop/rock in the Canary Islands, with more than 22 hours of concerts over 2 days.
The chance to experience a Spanish music festival on Gran Canaria. See the full program poster with map here.
On Friday opening at 19:00 with tributes to Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Dire Straits and Jamiroquai and on Saturday 14:00 with popular Spanish bands.
Tickets available to purchase online and in different location as well as on entry (fee might be slightly higher at the door)
On going festivities of ‘Fiestas de San Lorenzo’
The village of San Lorenzo is located in a beautiful valley, located in the highest part of Las Palmas, bordering Santa Brigida and Teror.
On Saturday, ‘Romeria’ the pilgrimage offering to the Patron Saint starting at 18:00 from Calle Hermanos Alvarez (El Ebro) to the main square.
You can see the full program ( in Spanish ) here
Dont forget the ‘Fuegos de San Lorenzo’ which is happening on Tuesday 9 August, a 3o minute firework spectacular at 01:00 and before that, starting at 21:30 Lax and Overbooking bands performing on the main square of San Lorenzo
On going Festivities of ‘Fiestas de la Virgen‘
During the weekend its all about historic cars and children’s entertainment.
You can see the full program ( in Spanish ) here .
A Few Highlights ; On Saturday from 09:30-12:00 Lomo Guillen – Parque de las Huertas “II Clasica de la Ciudad” with old and historic cars attending. Starting at 17:00 at Plaza Grande children’s activities and at 18:00 streets around the church will host a small scale street procession entertaining the smallest of the family.
The 31st International Football Tournament
The three-way football tournament over the coming weekend between UD Las Palmas, Club Sport Marítimo from Funchal and Cagliari Calcio, an Italian football club based in Cagliari, Sardinia.
The first match will be UD Las Palmas- C.S Maritimo, on Friday at 20.30.
Tickets available on match day but as always with a lovely long queue.
Museos en finde …
This first weekend of the month you can visit free the following museums of Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Museums: Casa de Colón, Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00
Casa-Museo Perez Galdos, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00-19.00
Casa-Museo Tomas Morales, (in Moya), Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00-19.00
Casa-Museo León y Castillo , ( in Telde), Saturday 10:00-22:00 and Sunday 10:00-19:00
Casa-Museo Antonio Padron -Indian Art Centre (Gáldar) Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00-19.00
Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada (in Gáldar) Saturday, from 10:30-19:30 and Sunday, from 11:00-19.00. First visit on Saturday at 10:30 and Sundays at 11:00. Last guided tour on Saturday at 18:00 and Sunday at 17:30. Limited capacity.
Fin de Semana Abierto
Calle Mayor de Triana is celebrated this Sunday, a new edition of Open Weekend, with shops and stores open and full summer sales going on. Live music, extensive shopping, vintage motorcycle exhibition and a display of drones.
35 classic motorcycles on display, 11:00-18:00 on Triana and surrounding areas like San Pedro, Plaza Carrasco and Plaza de Las Ranas. On Triana, at number 12 there is an exhibition of drones , from 11:00-14:00 (in front of Bazar Tirma). Traditional Craft & culture Market in Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, from 10:00-14:00 hours, with a folk performance scheduled at 12:15.
A Walk In The Park with Lilly Rikhter “Summer Time”
Every Sunday at during Summer at 11.00 in Parque Sur, a free fitness hour.
This Sunday you can start to do something good for yourself! Come and join !