The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 1-3 June 2018
Whoop whoop! June is here and the Summer season 2018 is just getting started with a very busy first weekend of the month offering an opulent selection of events to go and see and to experience all around Gran Canaria.
Not only is there a big Beer festival and a rally happening but also this Sunday is a special religious day with Corpus Christi celebrated in major towns and villages around the island, many of which will decorate their streets using colourful “carpets” of salt and dyed sawdust, flowers, and by building small altars. Communities have their own traditions when it comes to Corpus Christi. One of the most famous displays will be in Arucas, near the north coast of the island.
San Fernando’s patron saint’s festivities come to an end this weekend. There are plenty of events planned. See the full program here.
On Friday, traditional games starting at 18:30 in San Fernando park.
At 21:00 the grand concert with popular music groups like “Los Lola”, DJ Jonay will combine with the 3rd edition of the Wine & tapas fair in the Plaza de San Fernando, followed by an after party at midnight.
On Saturday, the 6th Island folk music festival starts at 21:00 in Parque de San Fernando and there will be fireworks afterwards. Later on more music and late night partying.
On Sunday, a mass in the morning at 09:00 at the church followed by an exhibition of classic cars at 10:30 in Plaza de San Fernando. Another mass will be celebrated at 11:30 and there will also be a foam party for the kids at midday in the Plaza de San Fernando.
At 19:00 a new addition, the 1st choreography festival will be held in Plaza de San Fernando, with the 3rd mass at 19:30 followed at 21:00 be a Gala event with very talented young people performing on the main stage in the Plaza de San Fernando.
On Friday, the proclamation for the local festivities and the IX Memorial for Juan José Rodríguez Sánchez, will feature music performances starting at 21:00 in Parque Nicolás Quesada.
On Saturday, in the main Romeria, pilgrimage will be offered to San Antonio El Chico, (Saint Anthony, the boy) during which numerous old fashioned carts, street party parrandas and various groupings of locals all dressed in traditional costume will participate.
Starting at 19:00. It is important to remember that all people who attend this pilgrimage “respect the tradition and go properly dressed in traditional clothing.”
Basically this is an indication that people who do not wear traditional clothing may well be required to stay outside the margins defined for the route of the pilgrimage. So if you want to join in, try to make an effort to look like you enjoy canary islands’ traditions. Otherwise, you are welcome to watch and have a drink while you do…
After the romeria, there will be traditional “taifa” dancing in the Parque Nicolás Quesada, followed by a night of festivities in Plaza Sarmiento y Coto at midnight.
On Sunday, Corpus Christi celebrations from 09:00 with the elaboration of colourful carpets and altars. Mass at 19:30 which will be followed by a religious procession.
See more information about the festivities here.
On Friday, a Drag queen Gala show starts the weekend at 21:00 on the municipal car park, followed by a street party into the night.
On Saturday, a fiesta for children at 11:00. Later the holy Eucharist and a religious procession at 19:30.
On Sunday, Día de Corpus, starting at 08:00. The streets of the town will be decorated with salt carpets and later at 18:00 a holy mass followed by a religious procession.
On Friday evening at 21:15 TC1 San Lorenzo Show section
On Saturday the different stages are TC2 Parador de Tejeda- Los Marteles at 09:30, TC3 Los Cernícalos – San Mateo at 10:30, TC4 Parador de Tejeda- Los Marteles at 12:15, TC5 Los Cernicalos – San Mateo 13:15 , TC6 Parador de Tejeda-Ayacata at 16:00 and TC7 Tejeda – Medardo 101 at 16:50.
And when there is a rally going on it also means road closures and traffic restriction in the area for the duration of the various stages.
The Island Government Cabildo de Gran Canaria’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.
Santa Brigida in the northeastern inland part of the island is celebrating festivities in honour of San Antonio de Padua. This beautiful old town was where the British aristocrats and merchants of the 18th and 19th century first came to visit on health holidays, making it one of the first tourism destination on Gran Canaria.
On Saturday the 6th edition of their Beer festival in Recinto Ferial, starts at 12:00 with music performances from “Los Lola” and many other surprises. At 20:00 there will be a concert of Irish and American folk music by the group Nashua Falls at the Culture Centre, and at 22:00 the party will take to the Fairgrounds with the ‘Sin Escala’ Band and continue with music and DJs.
On Sunday, starting at 10:00 a grastronomy and artisanal fair in calle Nueva enlivened by Canarian folk music groups from 11:00
From 10:00-21:00 at Parque Municipal.
Like each and every first weekend of the month, the old commercial area of Triana is open for business this Sunday alive with various activities.
This First Sunday of June coincides with the Las Palmas Book Fair, so Triana, 102, will have bookmark making workshop will teach the designing and producing your very own personalised bookmark.
– Calle Torres 13, the Shack Bar will host an exhibition of vinyl and second-hand clothes (11:00-18:00), and a musical performance (13:00-18:00).
– Calle Triana 20, the La Caja de Canarias Foundation (11:00-14:00) will have a chess workshop in which children can learn and practice new moves in this old strategy game.
– Calle Triana 56, The Business Association of Triana has planned a face painting workshop for kids to decorate their faces with fun motifs and symbols. ( 11:00-14:00)
– Calle Tirana 35, a craft recycling workshop for children, the workshop is run by the Eurekakids toy store ( 11:00-14:00)
from 07:00 to 16:00 the streets of Arucas surrounding the church will be decorated with handmade salt, flower and leaf carpets.
At 18:00 a mass at the church and at 20:00 the main religious procession.
Saturday 2 June, Las Palmas
Las Canteras will be the primary nerve centre, on June 2, for World Environment Day, an event that will last until June 5 contemplating various new activities, workshops and locations.
On Saturday the March for the Environment at 11:00 from outside of Alfredo Kraus Jardines del Atlantico to Plaza de Saulo Toron, where there will be workshops, music and animation from 12:00 to 14:30.
It might be a ticketed event but its Beer, Food and Live Bands at the back of Parque Santa Catalina.
On Friday, Advance tickets €18, or at the box office from €22 *Over 18 year olds only
20:30 Mujercitas Rock,
22:00 Rosendo Mercado,
On Saturday Advance tickets Adults €10, at the ticket office €12, children €2. *Under 18 years until 22:00
14.30 Banda Cabana,
16.00 Muyayo Rif,
20.00 La Pegatina,
22.30 La Sra. Tomasa,
00.00 La Regadera
On Sunday Advance tickets Adults €3, at the box office €4, Children €2
14.00 Los Lolas,
16.30 Los Salvapantallas,