The Canary Weekend Tips 5-7 May’17

First weekend in May ahead with plenty of events, fiestas and groovy happenings to choose from, whether you prefer the capital, the mountains, the deep south or somewhere in between.  Not forgetting Tall ships in the port!

It’s the first weekend of month, so shopping area Triana celebrate their regular “open weekend” event as well as the Cabildo’s network of museums throwing open their doors for free visits.

There are fast cars travelling between the capital and the mountains in the 41st Ralley Islas Canarias and all along the roads to the summits, so expect road closures. Mesa y Lopez commercial area in Las Palmas are having a festival as well as there being a spring bazaar at the “British Church” Holy Trinity.

The final climax of the very first Canary Awards is on in Puerto Rico this Saturday, with everyone invited to celebrate more than 60 local companies and individuals, and the announcement of the final winners in the public vote.

Pilgrimage offerings and a Cheese Festival as well the bi monthly artisanal fair in the North-Western port town of Agaete and (believe it or not) much more besides…

Remember, that Sunday 7 May is Mothers’ Day in Spain (as should be every day)   

4-6 May, Las Palmas 

Mesa y Lopez Festival 

From Thursday to Saturday, the commercial zone of Mesa y Lopez  is having a festival, under the slogan ‘The best offers are on the street”, and its all about end of line shopping at bargain prices accompanied by musical performances, children’s workshops, cat walks, makeup workshops, artisans, gastronomy and various types of cuisine.

The boulevards of Avda. de Mesa and López will be transformed in to a large StreetFair with a large range companies from different sectors.

4-6 May, Gran Canaria

Ralley Islas Canarias

The 41st Ralley Islas Canarias is on with a broad range of national and international champions participating.

With the biggest rally on Gran Canaria you can certainly expect road closures across the North and East of the island and up around the summits, San Mateo, Artenara, Moya and Tejeda as well as some special arrangements in the capital at the Parque Santa Catalina and for the special trials routes on Friday in the neighbourhood of San Juan .

Main trials are driven on Friday and Saturday .

On Thursday  free practice runs and all the main activity moves to Santa Catalina park, where at 17:00 the first 15 drivers are choosen and placed in their starting positions for the rally, followed by a pre rally press conference and autograph signing at the Podium Zone. It will be in this place where the 41 Rally Islas Canarias ERC 2017 will officially start at 20:30 with the Ceremonial Departure at 20:30

On Friday the first driver will start the first leg at 10:28 and the day will end around 18:10

On Saturday the racing commences at 09:30 and continues to the end around 17:57

Trophies will be presented at Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas  at 18:20 on Saturday

5-7 May, Teror 

La Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz

The Feast of St. Joseph and the Holy Cross in Teror is this weekend as well as the 145th anniversary of the Teror market.

On Friday the Festival of the Corsario opens at 17:30 in the historic centre and surroundings of the Plaza de Sintes.

An afternoon filled with activities for children and adults, street processions and music.

The Feast of the Corsario will bring to the festival a new playful act, where you are invited to attend in the costume of privateers commemorating the many historical attacks on the island by pirates . Dress code : Pirates HAaarrrrrrRRRR!

On Saturday a concert by Vocal Siete at 21:00, followed by the burning of  ship and castle at 22:30 as well as a traditional pyrotechnic show

Burning of the ship and Castle, a handmade exhibition of fire, colour and noise with 15 moving figures, a tradition  which has been maintained for several generations through the family of Dávila, remembering the pirate attacks on the island and the defending of the Cross.

On Sunday, the main day of the Feast of the Cross in Teror, with a celebration of Mass in the Basilica del Pino at 13:00, and later a procession of St. Joseph and the Holy Cross, from 13:30, through the streets of the Casco de Teror.

On the same day the Sunday market of Teror is celebrating their 145th anniversary, with a program of activities and with live music, performances and an exhibition of photos of different times in the history. from 10:30-14:30…

so a really good day to visit this beautiful mountain market town, encompassing so much history and authentically beautiful Canarian architecture..

5-7 May from 12:00 a beer festival, with activities and music is also being celebrated at Alameda Pio XII

5-7 May Maspalomas 

Yumbo Pride event

Busy days ahead in Maspalomas and especially in the Shopping Centre Yumbo. The pop-up kiosks will be all around the square, but certainly better to spend your money in the permanent local bars around the square if you are going down to join in.

Free shows are offered in the evenings on a main stage, but there are many great bars to hang out in, and fabulous shows from the likes of Sparkles and Ricky’s who remain as the year-round super stars of the Yumbo performance scene, along with all those who welcome punters of every flavour throughout the year..

On Friday starting from 22:00 a “Welcome Gala” (Yumbo Square)  Hosted by Fruela and artists of the evening include the very, VERY talented Asa Ashton and José Saavedra among others . On Saturday 22:00 a Night of tributes On Sunday at 22:00 the weirdly named “Wapo Be Your Self” show, a night of DJ’s (Yumbo Square)

6 – 7 May, Las Palmas Trianas 

Fin de Semana Abierto – A Special Mother’s day edition 

The Triana shopping area celebrates Mother’s Day, with a new Open Weekend event,  a full activity and leisure program scheduled for every first weekend of the month with live outdoor concerts, street shows and children’s workshops, along with special offers on the museums in the area of the old quarter.

In the Triana Main Street, a Shak Bar Market (Calle Torres corner of Calle Cano), with musical performances. Children’s workshops at the height of Triana 56, 60, 88 and 102. And at Triana 20 a La Piña Millo show. (?!)

In the heart of the old quarter, Vegueta, at Plaza del Pilar Nuevo from 10:00-14:00 pm traditional artisanal and culture market, with folkloric performances at 11: 00 as well as children’s activities.

Museo de la Ciudad and el Mar del Castillo de Mata offer free entry for residents and reduced and discount entry for non-residents. The museum is hosting the exhibition The Years of Light, about the influence of British culture in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

You can also enjoy free guided tours to the historic Town Hall Square of Santa Ana, the traditional seat of the plenary sessions of the Town Hall, from 10:00 to 14:00.

6-7 May, Gran Canaria 

Museos en finde …

As with every first weekend of each month, the island network of museums run by the island council, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, will open their doors for free visits.

Museums: Casa de Colón, (in Las Palmas) Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00
Casa-Museo Perez Galdos, (in Las Palmas) 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 (in 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.

Saturday, 6 May, Puerto Rico, Mogán

The Canary Awards 2017 – At J&J on top of the Hotel Rio Piedras

The winners of the public vote for The Canary Awards 2017 will be announced. May 6th, with the stars, in the heart of Puerto Rico, at an exclusive little-known rooftop venue. An intimate dinner and awards show, recognising excellence on Gran Canaria. It will be a night to remember, celebrating all the nominees who were put forward by the public!

Dinner tickets include a drink on entry, the awards show, entertainment and a choice of dishes on the night – with drinks packages starting at just 5€. Dinner Tickets start at 35€ and are on sale now at:…/

Literally thousands upon thousands of votes have already been cast for nominees shortlisted into 12 categories. All those nominated and shortlisted are truly winners already, but the public vote will decide who walks away with this year’s prizes. Event from 19:00-22:00 . The doors open at 6.30pm on the night, with the warm up welcome drink from 7pm and the awards starting by 8pm

Saturday 6 May, Las Palmas 

The British Church in Las Palmas – Spring Bazaar 

A real taste of the British Springtime and touch of country village fayre, this Saturday morning, in Las Palmas at the Trinity church from 11:00-16:00.

The British Church‘ Spring Bazaar, where you will find lovely ladies serving tea and scones and previously loved bric-a-brac as well as Hot Sausages and BBQ burgers from team MarioKing & McBramwells.

Not forgetting the white elephant tombola bar (everyone’s a winner), great handicrafts and artistic endeavours, jumble, books, home cooking and a whole garden filled with laughter!

Well worth the opportunity to connect with the long established British community of Las Palmas and all the other English speaking communities coming together to raise funds for this this more than 100 year old institution.

Saturday 6 May, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Aldea Blanca 

Romería de Aldea Blanca

As part of the Patronal feast in honor of Our Lady of Fatima happening in the neighbourhood of Aldea Blanca between 5 -14  May, there is a traditional Romería (pilgrimage offering) happening on Saturday with departure at 18:30

Saturday 6 May, Galdár

Romería San Isidro de Galdár 

The pilgrimage offering to the patron of farmers gathers together a few hundred people in the streets around San Isidro, located in the municipality of Galdár, in the north-west corner of Gran Canaria.

A chance to see a real local festivity, which might be small in size but big in atmosphere with carts, folk groups and neighbours participating.

Procession starts at 17:00 and will finish at Plaza de San Isidro where produce of the land are given as offerings and later dontaed to charities. The evening will be concluded with traditional Taifa dancing.

Sunday 7 May, Santa Maria de Guía

Feria de gastronomía tradicional y artesanía

Traditional gastronomy and artisan fair on Sunday, part of the Santa María de Guía Cheese Festival.

The fair starting at 10:00 at Piedra de Molina in Montaña Alta, the plaza in front of the church.  This is the place where it all got started 40 years ago.

At noon in the surroundings of the town square there will be tastings of local cuisines and of course the star product, cheese. Live music, good local food and artisans.

A lovely way to get to know a small but lovely neighbourhood and some real Gran Canaria.

Sunday 7 May, Agaete 

El Mercado Artesanal, El Puerto de Las Nieves

The Port of Las Nieves returns to be the scene of artisanal products from 11:00-16:00 on Calle Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves, enlivened with music from 13:00 from the group Mariachi de mi Tierra.

The street is closed to traffic, so it will be pedestrianised from 09:00-17:00.

The road to Puerto de Las Nieves will be two-way to facilitate access to the car parks, entrance by the GC-172 towards the Old Pier.

The Artisan Market, takes place in the municipality every other Sunday and is organized by the Town hall of Agaete Villa and has a collaboration with the Cabildo of Gran Canaria through the Foundation for Ethnography and Development of Canaria Craft (Fedac).

Sunday 7 May, Las Palmas

La Rendez Vouz of The Tall Ships Races

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria prepares to receive the tall ships for a rendez vouz of  The Tall Ships Races.
The ships will begin to arrive in the city this weekend. The Port of Las Palmas has already confirmed that on Saturday 6 May the ‘el sagres’ will dock at the pier of Santa Catalina.
On Sunday this spectacular ship can be visited by citizens, in a special event from 11:00-14:00 for the arrival of the regatta, with children’s activities, group visits and music

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