It’s a long weekend ahead for many on Gran Canaria, with the National Day falling on a Thursday many will have taken the Friday off as well to get a long “puente” bridge weekend.

Many in the English speaking community will be donning their training shoes to join in with the big charity fund raising weekend and the Walk against Cancer, Caminata contra El Cancer.

Looks like it will be nice and hot as well as yet another heatwave blesses us … once again with  temperatures soaring into the 30˚Cs and higher.

Here are few selected events happening throughout this weekend on our little Atlantic rock.


13-14 October, Las Palmas

VI Festival de Tunas

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has the pleasure of inviting you to the VI Tunas Festival “City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria”,  held on 13 and 14 October 2017 , in the capital.

On Friday at 19:30 Competition Rounds in Pueblo Canario.

On Saturday at 12:00 Parade on the main street of Triana and at 18:30 festival performances in the San Telmo park


14-28 October, Gáldar

Gran Canaria Fronton King 2017

On Saturday “The Gran Canaria Fronton King Pro” starts, the best bodyboarding competition in the world. In this annual competition, the very best international riders participate and it is one of the scoring events within the APBWorld Tour. The best riders in the world against the beast of Gáldar!

On Saturday & Sunday, the Frontón King Festival in El Agujero. Concerts by Los Salvapantallas, Última Llave and Rejos Chili Clipper, presentation of the best bodyboarders in the world, a play area, water inflatables, a surf simulator, sports clinics, batucada, capoeira, various workshops, bodyboard world championships and much more


14 October, Maspalomas

IV Walk against cancer – Raising funds for the local Breast Cancer Association –

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and  following on from The Long Walk, and last week’s Pink Run in Las Palmas, the 4th annual solidarity walk from the entrance of Parque Sur in Maspalomas to The Faro lighthouse (via Riu Palace Meloneras) is taking place this Saturday starting at 17:30.

This community walk gets more popular every year, so why not miss the main rush and get yourself to the park from 14.00h onwards where there will be T-shirts available for purchase, along with raffle tickets for the prize draw which takes place at the lighthouse at the end of the walk, along with many opportunities to donate in exchange for balloons, water, ribbon pins etc.

There will be stickers available for the back of your t-shirts where you can write your own personal message and each balloon will come with a tag for you to send up a message to a loved one or just simply write a personal note on there for solidarity to the cause.


Saturday 14 October, Puerto Rico, Mogán

II Crono escalada subida a cortadores

Sports event : An evening bicycle race on Saturday from Puerto Rico,  starting at 19:00  from the pier area next to the Hotel Marina Suites in Puerto Rico.

So there might be some traffic and the area buzzing with people with their bicycles in the area.

Its a single test of 12 km with uphill climbs.


Sunday 15 October, Puerto Rico, Mogán

Farmer’s market and handicrafts

Every fortnight, on a Sunday, in an ideal setting surrounded by palm trees and to the sound of typical Canarian music, early in the morning there is a farmers and crafts market.

Locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheese, sweets and so much more. This weekend also  the new market season starts, so there are also tastings of typical Canarian delights.

The market is open from 08:30-14:30


Sunday 15 October, Las Palmas

Swing by the sea (International Swing Festival of Canary Islands)

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria gives way to dance in many European cities: Swing is a very urban dance style with styles ranging from lindy hop, charleston or balboa.

The capital hosts this week, during the long weekend Puente del Pilar, between October 12 and 15, the second edition of the Mojo Swing Festival, which brings together over a hundred participants from different parts of Europe, under slogans such as ” Swing, Surf and more! ” .

The Festival closes on Sunday, with Swing by the Sea-event where participants are literally dancing the afternoon away on Las Canteras Beach, at Calle Prudencio Morales from 17:00 – 19:00 and at 19:00 Splash Out!

(All in the water with the sunset!)