It’s a hot hot hot July weekend ahead with the first of the true summer heatwaves hitting the archipelago. This weekend there are excellent options and varied events to go, see and experience. In particular on the south of the island there is the festivities in honour of our lady del Carmen, patron saint of sailors, there is a mud party, free performances, a big pets fair, a summer night party as well as markets to offer all sorts of local produce for the coming weekend on Gran Canaria.

Remember that the summer “rebajas” are in full swing in the main commercial centre shops as well so take advantage of these summer sales. Football and a World cup in Russia have taken the final eight to the quarter finals so expect many bars full of people watching the games … especially on Saturday for the much anticipated England – Sweden match.

6-7 July, Las Palmas  

TEMUDAS, the 22nd edition of the theatre, dance and music Festival 5 July – 4 August 2018 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. During the festival there are a wide range of extraordinary free outdoor performances and concerts. This is what’s happening this coming weekend:

On Friday : La Tal : The Incredible Box
at 20:30 at Plaza del Pilar Nuevo.
Duration: 50 min. Free entry. (From Barcelona) 

When The Incredible Box premiered over 150 years ago, it was an outstanding success. But, what would happen if the same show was repeated for decades and decades? The Incredible Box, the greatest show of all time would become… the most bizarre, absurd, ridiculous and extravagant show of all time. Its director ―the founder’s great-grandson― and two eccentric assistants will attempt to maintain its wonder, but that won’t stop them from being three characters walking on thin ice. Some parts of the original costumes, stage design and spirit may endure, but the current singers lose their voices, the acrobats lose their reflections, the actors their memories… an utter fantasy filled with delight awaits you!

On Friday and Saturday: Teatro Kdo / fireworks : La Maleta at 22:00 at Plaza de Santa Ana. Duration 60 min.. Free Entry 

The show La Maleta [The Suitcase], co-produced by the companies Teatro KDO and Fireworks under the direction of José Pedro Hernández, with Yanely Hernández acting as assistant director, was written by Enrique and Yeray Bazo, while Julio Nieto executes its exquisite stage design. It has as its root Pedro Lezcano’s most famous poem, one of the 20th century’s most important Canarian intellectuals. Under his influence, a gigantic suitcase will serve as the stage for the different spaces where the show takes place, stunningly changing during the performance and giving room to a totally original staging.

In this visual setting, seven characters, who are victims of forced emigration, tell their realities in search of freedom via a cross-disciplinary performance combining theater, dance, acrobatics and music.

6-8 July, Arguineguín, Mogán
Fiestas del Carmen

Festivities in honour of ‘La Virgen del Carmen’, the patron saint of sailors starts this Friday in Arguineguín.  The program includes a wide variety of religious, traditional, cultural and festive events for everyone.

On Friday
t 18:00 the opening of the photographic exhibition in the David Silva municipal sport complex
20:00 Petanque tournament
20:30 Artisans at Plaza de las Marañuelas
21:30 Gala. The election of Miss & Mr “Costa Mogán” at Plaza de las Marañuelas
23:30 After party at Plaza del Mercadillo and “Chiringos de Musica” Djs at Calle Jose Manuel Santana.

On Saturday 16:00 Petanque tournament and
at 19:00  the main Romeria, the pilgrimage offering to Virgen del Carmen. Departure from Avenida del Muelle to Plaza Pérez Galdós. followed by traditional Taifa dancing at the square.
At 23:30 after party at Plaza del Mercadillo with music and  “Chiringos de Musica” at Calle José Manuel Santana with DJs

On Sunday 12:00-19:00 Aquatic playpark at Plaza de las Marañuelas and  in the evening at 21:00 a concert by “Afortunadas”

6-8 July, Tejeda
The Tejeda swimming pool

The swimming pool in the extraordinary and beautiful little village of Tejeda has opened ponce again for the summer season and is open all summer. The pool is located up in the mountains with some awesome views and is the highest public pool on the island. With the hot weekend ahead, its  important to know all the best places to cool down.

The pool is open from Monday to Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-20:00.

Come to Tejeda to take a dip! Normal entry €4. Sunbeds and sunbrellas rental €1.80 each

6-8 July, Las Palmas LPA COMIC Festival

The second edition of the Las Palmas comic festival in the shopping centre El Muelle in Las Palmas.

Authors, shops, contests, stands, games, activities, a whole world of comics to enjoy.

Free entrance.


6-7 July, Las Palmas 
Animundo, Feria del Animal de Compañía 

The first edition of a new event “Animundo” at INFECAR and it’s all about companion animals, pets to the likes of you and me.

Promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, and organised by the Canary Islands Trade Show Institution (INFECAR), the event, open both days from 10:30 to 20:00, aims to promote animal health, care, welfare along with responsible and respectful keeping of pets, offering products and services for pets in the same space, a seminar area for talks, workshops and dog shows among others. In no case is there any sale of animals!

In the same space you will find veterinarian clinics, animal protection charities, dog groomers, pet shops, and  many others from the world of petcare on Gran Canaria.

There will be dogs looking for homes also and you can meet them. Legitimate adoptions from the Island’s main animal shelter, the ‘Albergue de Bañaderos’.  Friday and Saturday at 11:30. 13:00 and at 17:00 at the Cabildo de Gran Canaria stand next to the adoption “catwalk” area.

Entry price for adult : €2 and entry price for dogs €1

The entrance for dogs can only be purchased at the INFECAR ticket offices, after checking that the dog has complied with the control requirements established in the rules of access and participation of the Fair. Free entry for under 12 year olds,  accredited unemployed, accredited Pensioners and Retirees and accredited persons with disabilities.

Saturday 7 July, Playa del Ingles 
Summer Activities : Tai Chi Chuan & Chi Kung

Once again, this summer, the town council of San Bartlomé de Tirajana has organised free activities during the coming summer months.

Every Saturday, starting this weekend, there is a free Tai Chi class in Chuan (Yang Style) and Chi Kung (Various Styles), in Playa del Inglés. In collaboration with The Canary Association of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung, directed by the Sifu Jordi Moya Pizarro.

Where : Playa del Ingles, Plaza publica CC Anexo II, by the taxi stand ( meeting point )
When : Every Saturday ( in July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25 )
Time : 09:00-10:00
Monitors: Jose Ramírez and Carmen Romano

Saturday 7 July, Tablero, San Bartolome de Tirajana
III Sueño de una noche de verano

The 3rd edition of Summers’ night dream event is happening on Saturday in the lovely local neighbourhood of El Tablero, just on the other side of main southern highway GC-1, opposite of Sonnenland.  The event, on La Plaza de la Iglesia de El Tablero, ( the church square ) is from 18:00 to 02:00 and will feature a children’s play area, live music and a beer fair.

The children’s ludoparque will be operational for three hours, from 18:00 21 to 21:00.  The Canarian craft beer fair, which this year is being organized for the second time, with the participation of manufacturers from Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The brewers of Nao, Tacota, Viva, Vagamundo, Jaira, Drago, Galotia Brewing, Alto Palato and Larrancadilla have confirmed their presence. All this will be spiced up with some musical ambience and at 22:00 in the evening, there will be a concert from “Los 600”


Saturday 7 July, La Aldea 
Summergete 2018

The open commercial area, ZCA Aldea in the westernmost municipality of Gran Canaria  is celebrating their “Summergete” event from 09:00-14:00 with a market on Calle Real from 09:00-14:00, Intercultural workshops on Calle Real, bouncy castles on Calle Matias Vega from 11:00-14:00 and beer tasting at 12:00 Municipal Culture centre including other activities.

Saturday 7 July, La Atalaya, Santa Brigida 
Fiestas del Barro

The 27th edition of the Clay/mud Festival in the neighbourhood of La Atalaya (meaning Watchtower in English) and on Saturday the Traida del barro, ‘bringing of the mud’

From 09:00  the morning starts with a pig roast on Calle Cura Navarro.

From 10:00 to 14;30 the Insular Ceramic Market with artisans from Santa Brigida, Ingenio, Telde, Valsequillo, Las Palmas, Galdar and Omar, and a guest craftsman from Tenerife.

The little ones can enjoy the Arbol de Fuego workshop built with clay. Barro in Plaza de la Iglesia.

From 12:30 pm: Batucada, musical performances in la calle La Picota y Cura Navarro con Afroson, Son del Suroeste, Street parade
14:30 Local lunch with pork or roasted chicken.
16:00 ascent of the mud with Isleña band.
17:30 Gran Embarrá con la Charanga La Aldea, literally a mud party and at 19:00 Shower and warm broth in the Annex Solar of the old health center.

Sunday 8 July. Puerto Rico, Mogán
Mercadillo Agrícola y Artesanal de Puerto Rico

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