The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 1-3 February 2019
February is here and with it the first weekend of the month, meaning that the island’s network of museums run by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria will open their doors for free to visitors, the main shopping area of Triana in Las Palmas will also be hosting a range of extra activities on Sunday.
There is rock music galore in the capital, henna art and african food in San Fernando and the most beautiful mountain village of Tejeda are celebrating their almond blossom festivities all weekend.
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This years main almond blossom festivities in Tejeda will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
The 48th edition of Fiestas del Almendro en Flor Tejeda, one of the most popular winter season festivities on Gran Canaria, is a most wonderful event to visit at this time of year. This will mark the last traditional celebration of the almond trees blossoming up in the mountains… until next year.
Saturday, “Dia de Turista”. This day has been dedicated for foreign tourists and for everyone who wants to come and enjoy all that this village, officially one the most beautiful villages in Spain, has to offer.
Starting from 10:30 on the main street, an Artisanal fair with food tastings of traditional Canarian tapas, and very affordable prices of €1 per item, as well as performances from various folk music groups throughout the day, including the most famous of all Los Gofiones.
10:00 to 16:00 at Municipal Park Exhibition of animals: Hens, black pigs, sheep, goats and donkey walks.
10:30 to 13:30 at Plaza de Ntra. Sra. Del Socorro Popular games for all ages.
11:00 to 12:00 – Top floor of the new parking area; Traditional Sports Exhibition: Canarian wrestling at the Battle Club of Tinamar, Demonstration of Salto del Pastor, (shepherds’ leap) Demonstrating the traditional way shepherds used to use a large pole to travel quickly across mountain terrain, and there will be the traditional martial art of stick fighting.
12:30 Plaza Ntra. Sra. Del Socorro: Musical performance of the group Timple and Other Small Guitars of the World.
16:30 from Cruz Blanca to Plaza Ntra. Sra. Del Socorro ; street parade with Gran Canaria band.
20:30 – 22:30 the famous Los Gofiones play at the Alfredo Kraus Cultural Centre in the heart of Tejeda.
SUNDAY 3 February
From 10:00am the village of Tejeda, will celebrate a broad sample of Canarian traditions and culture. Artisans, folkloric groups, ventorrillos, selling typical produce of the area, all of the villagers will meet from the early hours of the day to set up an authentic backdrop to welcome the most important element of the festivities: the people who visit. The day will be enlivened by folkloric groups.
From 10:00 to 16:00 at Municipal Park Exhibition of animals: Hens, canary black pigs, sheep, goats and donkey walks
From 10:30 to 13:30 at Plaza de Ntra. Sra. Del Socorro Popular games for all ages
From 11:00 to 12:00 – Top floor of the new car park; Traditional Sports Exhibition: Canarian wrestling at the Battle Club of Tinamar, Demonstration of Salto del Pastor, shepherds leap and stick fighting.
12:00 at the church : Solemn Eucharist. Offerings of the produce of the earth and the accompaniment of the music group “Aires del Nublo”.
and at 14:30 Musical performance by ‘Beletén‘ at Plaza de Ntra. Sra. Del Socorro
Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria’s newest commercial centre, The Market, has opened this week, with a range of inaugural special offers. In the Spar Natural, that is at the heart of this new eco-oriented leisure and fresh produce outlet, there will be free drinks and cocktails tastings of a range of brands, between 3pm & 8pm, for you to go and try while you explore the new facilities.
Two musical attractions this Saturday at the popular craft brewery, Echarle Huevos: Cervecería Artesanal, on the edge of Vegueta, the original old quarter of Las Palmas, promising to delight.
Live music from Tenerifean singer song writer Beatriz Martín at 21:30 promising “Harmony and debauchery for the night.” FREE to enter, but part of a “Taquilla Inversa” which is a reverse ticket… that means that you the audience decide during or after the gig whether or not you want to reward the artist by paying a ticket fee.
Followed by a trip down the two tone memory lane with Train to Skasville promising to bring you all of the greatest Ska party hits and more with 3 Djs set to make you dance to the best of the music SKA, REGGAE and ROCKSTEADY: Xavi Bo Maye, Jimmy Wilde and Sabandija Boss Sound.
PROMISING DANCE CRAZE ALL NIGHT!
Saturday 2 February, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Cactus |Tributo Pixies – The Paper Club – Free Entry
The band Cactus pay tribute to infamous American alt rock group Pixies, this Saturday, in The Paper Club
After the concert, a night full of alternative music hits with Diego Hernández and PoliSHound; and all free to enter.
The doors open at 23:00 to host the sounds of one of the most influential alternative rock groups of the 20th century, influencing especially the Seattle grunge bands of the early 90s, with Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana, having always confessed to being a fan.
On Saturday, the traditional #LaAldea Market, Accessories and Craft Fair returns, organised by the Town Council of La Aldea de San Nicolás. Open from 09:00-14:00
Agricultural products, crafts and accessories, the opportunity to visit the Living Museums of the La Aldea Cultural Community Development Project . In addition, the little ones can enjoy workshops related to Día de La Paz and a play area.
One of the most popular night clubs in the south, the open air club Aqua has been a choice of the chic late night crowd for many years due to its beach front position, glamorous clientele and fun atmosphere. They assure us they are still fashionable, and this Saturday present their Golden Party, sponsored by Ballentines.
If you are looking for a big club atmosphere, overlooking the sandy beaches of Meloneras, then this may just be the place.
20:00 – 22:00
This extraordinary little restaurant, Afrika, hidden away in the Ronda shopping Centre offer a fantastic night, where the aromas and flavors of Ethiopia are joined by the art of henna.
A taste of outstanding Ethiopian cuisine, during which a talented henna artist, Nekane Axpe, will create a tattoo for all clients who request it, free of charge.
The Island Government Cabildo de Gran Canaria’s network of museums open their doors every first weekend of the month for FREE visits.. The history of Gran Canaria is on display in an extensive network of museums where the thousand ingredients that made the island a conclave of different cultures are all mixed together.
Pre-hispanic mummies, ancient ships and contemporary art. Great writers, painters and musicians. Architecture, indigenous ceramics, sculpture and an ocean of history.
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.
For a more extensive list of Gran Canaria museums click this link to check out the main tourist board pages
Triana celebrates the ‘First Open Weekend’ of February with various free workshops for the little ones in the family.
The Business Association of Zona Triana takes up the Open Weekend initiative after the Christmas holidays with a program of activities focused on the youngest members of the household.
Workshops include: in las
musical crocodiles 11:00-14:00 (at Triana 20).
animal agamographers – optical art formed by hidden images- 11:00-14:00 (Triana, 60) and much more besides aimed at providing that the little ones their own entertainment space while their parents enjoy the shops during the sales period.
In addition there will be face-painting workshops and body details 11:00-14:00 (Calle Travieso with Calle Cano) , where the most daring of children will be painted as some of their favourite characters.