The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 15-17 February 2019
What a weekend ahead on Gran Canaria with some of the biggest events of the year happening at the same time. Are you ready? More than a month of Carnival begins Friday, the Gran Canaria Me Gusta food and gastronomy Fair, a new music festival in Mogán and the last event of the almond blossom season among many others.
The weather is looking to cool down a bit back towards normal winter temperatures on the rock after a sweltering week of desert winds and there is the chance we may even get a few drops of rain! Blessed be the winter on Gran Canaria… always surprising.
The 6th edition of the “Gran Canaria Me Gusta”fair between 15-17 February is at INFECAR in Las Palmas.
#GranCanaria I like – fair features exhibitions, tastings and the sale of agricultural produce, livestock and fisheries, ecological organic produce, traditional crafts, culture, folklore, sports, activities and of course tourism.
Opening hours: On Friday and Saturday 11:00-20:00 and on Sunday 11:00-17:00
Entry fee: On Friday €1,00. Saturday and Sunday €2,50
Carnival season 2019 on Gran Canaria starts this Friday from the capital with the biggest Carnival celebrations to be found on this island. You can see the full article and program here.
Following the month long celebrations in the capital, the carnival party spirit then spreads to the rest of the island, down to Maspalomas and on to Mogán and throughout every major town until the celebrations finally give way to the flowers and new crops of Springtime…
20:00 Parade to announce the starting of the Carnival. Half an hour before the official beginning, a street parade will pass from Triana to Vegueta areas, from Cairasco to Santa Ana square. Carnival Parades display all the magic, colour, and joy of these traditional celebrations marking the end of winter and the imminent arrival of Spring…
20:30 Pregón, opening ceremony at Plaza de Santa Ana . The official opening of the carnival festivities, a spectacle in which the crowd are both the masters of ceremonies and the protagonists of an event that sets the tone for the rest of the celebrations. Murgas and comparsas and the candidates for Carnival Queen all take part in the opening ceremony. The event is preceded by a parade that livens up the streets with festival batucadas and carnival rhythms.
19:00 Contest of children’s troupes. Children are the future of Carnival. This contest is some of the evidence. Children put on a broad display of rhythm and choreography, and also add energy and enthusiasm, as they present the acts they have worked on for a whole year. Parque Santa Catalina. Free admission until capacity is reached.
11:00 Children’s costume Festival. The mainstage at Parque Santa Catalina is festooned in lights and colour for a day on which families and kids play the leading role. Ingenuity, fantasy and a great deal of imagination are the ingredients for an event open to all children who have previously enrolled. Free admission until capacity is reached.
20:00 Gala of the Grand Dame. Grand Dame Gala. All ages are represented on the throne of Carnival, the Grand Dame, or Great Lady, is chosen among the most senior of our citizens to be candidates for the crown. Free admission until capacity is reached. Parque Santa Catalina.
A new festival ‘Puerto Música’ held 15-17 February 2019 in the municipality Mogán. A weekend that will fill Playa de Mogán with concerts of various musical styles and will feature a vintage market, vintage dance workshops, children’s activities and an exhibition of vintage cars.
Concert on Friday, Vintage Day on Saturday starting at 11:00 . See our article and program here !
The Garden centre in Mogán, just after the main exit from the GC1 highway, are holding their 2nd open day event, enlivened by a concert from the Mogán Big band, face painting activity for the kids, as well as finger food, something to nibble in the beautiful surroundings of greenery and colour.; plants, trees, flowers, pots and so much more.
Free entrance, from 11:00-14:30
Perfect opportunity to admire and maybe get some plants whilst enjoying some entertainment.
Saturday 16 February, Las Palmas
#Musicando concert series continues and this time with a musical approach to Portugal.
This Saturday at Parque Doramas a night of bolero and fado “Una noche de bolero y fado” with Olga Cerpa and Mestisay with Joana Amendoeira Fado. An artistic proposal that will allow you to enjoy two great voices of the popular songs from this part of the Atlantic and of two eternal musical genres.
Concert starts at 21:00 and is free entry until capacity full.
The eighth edition of “El Almendro en Flor”, Almond in flower and Farmer’s Fair, will cause Tunte dress up for the festivities.
On the main Day 17th of February, starting at 09:00 am, there will be tastings and presentation of Tirajana products, like apricots, plums, almonds, chilli peppers and wine. The Farmer’s Fair will also have an artisan section, which will be available to visitors with 23 stands and located in the vicinity of Plaza de Santiago, one of them displaying produce from the island of El Hierro.
Another of the novelties highlighted in this edition will be the presentation of a promotional video called Apricot Tirajana, on Sunday at 11:45 in the Cultural Center Pancho Guerra. Bodegas Tunte and Las Tirajanas wineries will also present wines from their new harvest.
Extra Buses from Maspalomas
The special Global bus service number 18 will add services to the official departures that it makes daily from the Maspalomas Lighthouse towards Tunte at 09.30 and at 15.00, with return journeys from Tunte to Maspalomas at 12:30 and at 18:00 , the Sunday also includes an extra service at 10:30 and a return at 14:30.
Interested in attending the 1st Footvolley Tournament at Anfi del Mar?
This interesting mixture sport footvolley, where a volleyball is kicked around like a soccer ball with no hands and over the net.
10 couples include participants from Paraguay, Brazil, Israel and Spain who will compete from 9:00 am on the beach of Anfi del Mar this Sunday, to take on the tournament organised by Beach Volleyball Salitre and Club Volleyball 7 Islands with the collaboration of the Mogán City Council.
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