It’s another fun weekend ahead, and I am not just talking about the weather. On Friday, the Maspalomas International Carnival starts with festivities planned between 2-11 March. This is also the first weekend of the month so Gran Canaria’s network of museums will open their doors for free visits, perhaps the very best idea for a rainy day. The capital´s main shopping district, Triana in Las Palmas, will be offering various activities for the children and plenty of bargains in stores as part of the Open Weekend Sunday.
The thrilling weather forecast predicts some rain on Saturday is not looking great for the majority of the weekend so a few events have already been postponed. It is highly recommendable that you double check for any changes particularly from outdoor events organisers.
2-4 MARCH, MASPALOMAS
Maspalomas start their Carnival festivities this Friday and celebrations planned until 11 of March. This year’s theme is medieval so there will be a wide range of costumes on display all week, from peasant tunics, to armoured knights, medieval princesses and village milk maids. Google may be your best friend if you don’t have an outfit yet. But like always … absolutely anything goes when its Carnival season. All main events happen on the stage at the shopping centre Yumbo.
Friday starts with the official Carnival float on display for both tourists and residents, beginning this huge annual event at 10:30, where it leavs from San Fernando municipal market, calling all to join in the Carnival festivities. In the evening the opening Gala of the Maspalomas International Carnival is scheduled to start in the Yumbo at 21:00
Saturday The Queen’s Gala at 21:00. The election of the Medieval Carnival Queen will compare 13 young contestants
Sunday, the Grand Children’s Carnival starts from 17:00 on Avenida Estados Unidos by the Yumbo mini golf, with bouncy castles, workshops and many more surprises later in the evening, the Children’s Queen’s Gala at 19:00 starring 13 young girls aspiring to be elected to progress from medieval princess to Queen for this year.
2-4 MARCH, TELDE
CARNIVAL IN TELDE
Telde are finishing up their main events for this year’s Carnival festivities. Their theme has been Jungle.
Friday, The Drag Queen Gala at 21:00
Saturday, the main Parade starts from 17:30 at the Ramblas Pedro Lezcano travelling an urban route through the old neighbourhoods of San Juan and San Gregorio, all the way to the municipal market place. After the parade a night of serious party from 22:00.
On Sunday the day will start with the IX edition of the now infamous High Heel Race, a circuit organised in Poeta Pablo Neruda street at 11am, there will be satirical song (in Spanish) with the Murgas gathering at 12:00 and in the afternoon the final act of Carnival the Burning of the Sardine at 17:00
2-4 MARCH, VEGA DE SAN MATEO
VII FERIA INSTITUCIONAL DE CANARIAS DE PRODUCTOS DE LA TIERRA
*** POSTPONED DUE TO THE WEATHER ***
This VII Institutional Fair is aimed at promoting the sale and tasting of a wide range of quality and variety of produce processed and made in the Canary Islands.
Products such as preserves, honeys, sausages, cheeses, coffee, oil, legumes, gofio in its various varieties, millet and wheat, country olives, jams, breads, wines, rums, ciders, sweets, pastries, biscuits, quesadillas, almogrote, chocolate, salt … and a whole host of produce representative of the different islands and municipalities.
The fair was planned to be held in the Vega de San Mateo and include countless initiatives and activities
On Friday 12:30-20:30, Saturday 09:00-20:30 and on Sunday 09:00-15:30
2-4 MARCH, Pueblo de Mogan
LA KARPA CARNAVAL, MOGAN CASCO
Mogán Casco, otherwise known as Pueblo de Mogán, is still in Carnival festivity mode and there are fiestas during the weekend.
Friday, a Carnival Gala in Parque Nicolas Quesada starting at 21:00.
Saturday is the night Carnival party with street parades starting at 21:30 , concert by “Los 600” at 22:30 followed by a late night fiesta.
Sunday, its all about the youngest ones in the community with the Children’s costume party at 17:00
SATURDAY 2 MARCH, EL TABLERO
The little southern El Tablero shopping centre are also in the carnival mood this year and have planned a medieval carnival celebration including processions with music, colour, clowns, jugglers, dragons etc.
Saturday starting from 18:00
3-4 MARCH, GRAN CANARIA
MUSEOS EN FINDE
The Cabildo’s network of museums open their doors again this the weekend for FREE visits, as they do every first weekend of the month.
Casa de Colón in Las Palmas: Saturday 10:00-18.00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00
Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo Tomás Morales in Moya : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo León y Castillo in Telde : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Casa-Museo Antonio Padrón. Centro de Arte Indigenista, in Gáldar : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada in Gáldar : Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00, last visit 16:30, limited spaces.
3-4 MARCH, SANTA MARIA DE GUIA
“DIAS DE CELEBRACIÓN” FERIA
Guía celebrates their 4th “Days of celebration” annual fair, which gathers at the municipal pavilion with a significant number of companies participating all linked to the celebration of weddings, birthdays, first communions and other events.
The Fair will be held at the municipal pavilion , from 11:00 to 21:00 on Saturday and from 11:00 to 15:00 on Sunday
In addition to a large number of stands from companies specialising in this sector, the fair will feature an extensive program of parallel activities to enjoy as a family. Over two days this fun and commercial event invites you to enjoy various musical performances, children’s shows and fashion shows.
Snack tastings that will be offered to attendeesby many of the participating companies.
SUNDAY, 4 MARCH, TRIANA, LAS PALMAS
TRIANA, FIN DE SEMANA ABIERTO
the Triana Commercial Zone Las Palmas Open Weekend returns for one more month, with an organised program of events to boost Sunday opening for the First Open Weekend.
The activities planned aim to offer leisure and fun to the little ones along with bargains for you less little ones.
Number 102 Calle Triana, hosts 2 workshops; Fishing and Fun Science.
Carnival face painting at Triana 56,
Chess workshop atTriana 20,
and a craft workshop on Eurekakids toystore on Triana 35.
For the adults, at number 13 Calle Torres, the Shack Bar will host an exhibition of vinyl and second-hand clothes (11:00 – 18:00 ), and some musical performances (13:00 – 18:00) .