The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 28-30 June 2018
It’s the last weekend of June and the Summer has officially arrived. It is also a weekend that follows some of the islands biggest celebrations, with San Juan last week, so there will be a little lull in large institutional festivities before the Virgen del Carmen season gets going in July along with many other big events for the summer here on Gran Canaria.
AEMET’s weather predictions suggest some cloud cover across the island in coming days, mostly lovely, warm summer weather, with clear skies up at the summits (over 1500m), so perhaps a great weekend to get up to the top of the island and experience our famous Mar de Nubes over which you might clearly sea Tenerife and even some of the other islands floating in a sea of clouds.
This weekend there is still loads to do with an Apricot fiesta up in Fataga, Rugby on the beach in Playa del Inglés and a battle re-enactment up near Santa Brigida, with plenty more happing for you to go and see and enjoy.
The wonderful mountain market town of Teror celebrates the feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday, characterized by traditional carpets of salt and sawdust that blanket the streets of the old town centre through which a procession takes place at around 19:00, after a church service. Celebrated as a holiday in the municipality, some thirty or so “alfombras“, or carpets, will be on display from Friday morning through the streets of the Real de la Plaza, Calle Nueva, Diputación, Iglesia Chica, Obispo Marquina and Plaza del Pino.
The following Friday the Feast of the Sacred Heart will also be celebrated with great devotion in the nearby town of Arbejales and in the Casco de Teror. Beautiful carpets made of leaves, flowers, pigments and salts are created by the townspeople in this celebration, constituting a classic images of the streets of the historic centre through which the procession runs. The day of the Sacred Heart is a festive holiday in the municipality.
The Agaete Valley have been celebrating their festivities in honour of San Pedro, which come to an end this weekend.
On Friday, the Guayedra Band leaves from the Plaza de San Pedro at 10:00 in search of La Rama (branches) in the la Era del Molino where, from 10.30, the romeros (or pilgrims) will join the Papaguëvos (large papier-mâché characters paraded through the streets), the Banda de Guayedra and the Banda of Agaete for their “Bajada de la Rama” pilgrim’s procession in honour of San Pedro. Music and festivities continue at the Plaza de San Pedro from 22:00 with midnight fireworks to follow.
Saturday, principal day of the festivities, includes a solemn Eucharist and procession of the image of San Pedro through the streets of El Valle accompanied by the Guayedra Music Group. At midnight fireworks
The picturesque village of Fataga in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, have been celebrating their wonderful apricot festival.
This Saturday evening the Gran Romeria pilgrimage offering processes through the streets of this most beautiful little mountain village (just 25 minutes drive from Maspalomas). Celebrations start at 19:00 with Canarian folk dancing and music, and of course full traditional costume, in the main church square into the early hours of Sunday morning. WELL WORTH A VISIT!
This is one to see for all fans of the game.
The 9th Beach Rugby tournament on Playa del Inglés beach just next to the Anexo II. Watch, cheer or even just sunbathe with a beer or two as large, muscular men play with odd shaped balls on the beach….. 🏉🏉🏉!
There will also be women’s teams, junior teams, youth teams & senior teams competing.
All the action is on Saturday 10:30-18:00
On the morning following San Juan 1599 the people of the Atlantic colony town of Las Palmas awoke to find Dutch vice admiral Pieter van der Does and an invasion fleet of more than 70 ships occupying the harbour, ready to land on Gran Canaria and take the capital. While the scant militia forces, of less than a thousand men did what they could to defend the city, on the fifth attempt the invasion fleet of more than 8000 men managed to land. The two day battle however allowed enough time for the the townspeople to escape inland, with just the belongings that could be carried, taking refuge up near Monte Lentiscal, very close to the town of Santa Brígida, where the island council rejected the opportunity to surrender to the far superior Flemmish force and the islanders instead prepared for battle on the hilly woodland known as El Batan. Their subsequent victory against the the dutch invasion is celebrated every year as one of the most pivotal moments in Gran Canaria history.
On Saturday, June 29 we will commemorate this historic event in Parque Santa Brígida. Starting at 11:00.
Various activities of historical and playful character will take place in the Municipal Park, next to the main Mercadillo.
This popular night time mountain running race is in its 6th year. Around 1,100 participants will gather on the beach of Las Marañuelas in Arguineguín to enjoy an authentic sports festival competing in the categories of 8, 14, 24 and 42 kilometres. You can expect some crowds and road closures throughout the event.
On Friday 28 June, Festival at the pier with music and a “runners” fair where you can pick up the numbers and enjoy nutrition and food stalls, buy equipment or learn about the test. 16:00-21:00 at the port of Arguineguin. At 20:30 Children and ultracapacity race. On Saturday, the race starts at 16:00 with different distances at different times
The 42 km marathon will have a starting point in Veneguera from where 70 participants will make their way back to Arguineguin cross country.
As a novelty there is also an extreme 12 meters high “Psico bloc” climbing wall which features a fall into the water and uses no harness or other safety material
Las Palmas celebrate Gay Pride between 14-30 June. With the motto “Mayores sin armarios”, Pride commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Revolt in New York that kick started the LGBT liberation movement, as well as the 40th anniversary of the first Orgullo rally in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the 25th anniversary of the Gamá Collective.
Pride in Las Palmas is definitely more political than the big street party most English speakers know in the south, more about information and culture and less just about party party, but still with plenty to do and see.
On Friday, from 19:00-21:00 at Parque Santa Catalina: speed dating and the traditional high heels race, DJs, performances, transformism and Drags
On Saturday, Gay march from the new starting point Plaza Manuel Becerra, in La Isleta at 19:00. From 21:00 on the stage in Santa Catalina, the reading of the manifesto of the Pride 2019 followed by a spectacular show, DJs, performances, transformations and Drags.
The museum network of Cabildo de Gran Canaria have made some changes to their normal first weekend of the month with free entry – activity.
There is also free admission ( on all the opening days ) in to the following house museums of Cabildo de Gran Canaria. – Casa-Museo Antonio Padrón. C Arte Indigenista. – Casa-Museo León y Castillo. Cabildo de Gran Canaria – Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós. Cabildo de Gran Canaria – Casa-Museo Tomás Morales. Cabildo de Gran Canaria
28-30 June, XXII COPA AUDI, Show jumping competition at the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas.
On Friday 12:30-19:30, Saturday 09:30-19:30 and on Sunday 09:30- 19:30
28-29 June LPA Cómic Festival, First floor at the shopping center La Ballena, Las Palmas
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