The last weekend of February and the weather forecast is not looking very promising, unless you are a gardener in hope of a pre-spring boost to your patch . A rainy weekend across Gran Canaria is expected so bear in mind that any outdoor events could get postponed or cancelled if the rain predictions become a reality. The month of March also brings a lot of events so stay tuned for things to come. The weekend offers Carnival celebrations in Las Palmas and Playa de Arinaga. The mountain village and municipality of Artenara is celebrating their patronal saint’s festivities in honour of San Matias. Las Palmas Opera Season of  has started this week, for those in search of high culture, and offering performances of some amazing works.

Upcoming Bank holidays on Gran Canaria: 

Tuesday, 1 March is Martes de Carnaval, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Mardi gras and also a local bank holiday in:
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arucas, Firgas, Moya, Santa Brígida, Santa María de Guía, Tedeja, Teror, Valleseco

Thursday, 3 March is a Local Bank Holiday in Agüimes – Carnival Thursday


Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecasts rain on Gran Canaria for Friday to the north and for the whole island from Saturday. The weather at this time of year can be quite changeable, and hard to predict, even just a short distance inland from the usually much sunnier coastal weather on the south.


Gran Canaria Weather: As temperatures rise, Calima departs, and a little rain to follow, particularly on the north, by the weekend


*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***






25 February – 20 March, Las Palmas
Carnival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The capital, Las Palmas starts its rescheduled 2022 Carnival celebrations with traditional stage events this weekend. The galas and traditional contests take place between 25 February and 20 March. Other street events have been postponed until Summer 2022. The theme chosen and voted on back in February 2021 for this year’s festivities is “La Tierra“, The Planet Earth

The Carnival of ‘La Tierra’ celebrates staged galas and contests from February 25 to March 20 on set built in Parque Santa Catalina. Entry to the area is possible only with a ticket  available on the Carnival website and Most events are free of charge 

Program for this weekend

On Friday at 21:00, the Pregón, the official announcement of the Start of Carnival celebrations at 21:00 
On Saturday at 19:00, the presentation of all the candidates and the draw for order of participation. Later the Adult Fancy dress contest at 21:00
On Sunday at 11:00 children’s Murgas and comparsas and later at 20:00 Grand Dame Gala

See the full program HERE! 


Saturday 26 February, Playa de Arinaga in Agüimes
Carnival Playa de Arinaga 2022

Carnival celebration of Playa de Arinaga in the municipality of Agüimes takes place this Saturday.

There is a fun play area set up for children at the Plaza Playa de Arinaga between 11:00-14:00.
At 12:00 a parade through the pedestrian area, from Avenida de los Pescadores to Caseta del Muelle to Avenida Polizón
At 13:00, a Carnival family costume competition at Plaza Playa de Arinaga







25.2.-1.3, Las Palmas 
CC Las Arenas Carnival fun for kids 

The big shopping centre in the capital, Las Arenas, is saying goodbye to February to welcome March, and Carnival, in style, offering frivolity this weekend for the littlest ones in the house, with Play Club Las Arenas on the Terrace Floor, planta terraza 

Schedule for the shows 

On Friday at 19:00  – Juggling Show by The friend Che Pedro
On Saturday at 19:00 –  Acrobatics Show by El Gran Chispita
On Sunday at 19:00 – Show Clown by Cousin Giusepe Salchichone
On Monday at 19:00 – Puppet show by The boys from Sesame Street
On Tuesday at 13:00 – Magic show by Gaffapastti & Mr. Tie

26.2.- 1.3., Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria 
Mogan Mall Carnival Fountain shows

The Mogan Mall shopping centre in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria are also getting into Carnival mood with their special fountain show between Saturday, 26 February and Tuesday, 1 March.  A show to enjoy with including themed carnivalesque visuals to the rhythm of the music. Every night from 20:00

And then on Carnival Tuesday, 1 March, there will also be a batucada, rhythmic group with drums parading at the Mall at 18:00.





24-27 February, Artenara
Fiesta de San Matías

The highest altitude mountain village on the island, Artenara is celebrating their Patronal Festivities in honour of San Matias, 24-27 February 2022. The main day of the festivities is always the last Sunday in February. Saint Matias the Apóstol has been the Patron Saint of Artenara since the 17th century and was named the Patron of the Pinares de Gran Canaria in 1996

On Sunday, the main day of festivities includes a VIP reception at the House Consistorial from 11:30. Then a solemn eucharist at 12:00 followed by reading of the Proclamation of the Pine Forests by Mrs. Inés Jiménez Martín, 2nd Vice President and Director of the Environment for the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, on Alameda Mayor Severiano Luján Cabrera, at 13:00.
at 13:30 an homage ceremony in recognition of work carried out for the Environment.

Even though popular events like the usual romeria and religious procession will not take place this year, it is an amazing time to visit this mountain village, as Artenara celebrates the festivities of San Matias. There are several gorgeous sights to see, like the Mirador de Atalaya at the entrance to the village, as well as the majestic sculpture entitled the ‘Heart of Jesus’, the church of San Matías, the Santiago aranda house museum and much more. 

22 February – 25 June, Las Palmas
Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The 55th edition of the Opera season in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria started this week on Tuesday 22 February in Pérez Galdós Theatre.

The 2022 Program:

February 22, 24 and 26 – Puccini : Manon Lescaut
March 22, 24 and 26 – Donizetti : Don Pasquale
April 26, 28 and 30 – Verdi : Un Ballo in Maschera
May 24, 25 and 28 – Verdi : Ernani
June 21, 23 and 25 – Offenbach : Les Contes D’Hoffmann

Ticket prices are from €15- €100 and can be purchased from the Opera Las Palmas website, or from the ticket office in Las Palmas ACO, Calle San Fransisco 6. Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 & 17:00-20:00.





25-27 February, Vecindario – Santa Lucía
Gran Canaria Media Maratón Alcalde Camilo Sánchez

The XIV edition of the Gran Canaria Memorial Half Marathon “Alcalde Camilo Sánchez” 2022 edition this weekend 2022.

More than 1,600 people participating and will fill the streets of Vecindario from Friday to Sunday to celebrate this race, a hallmark of the municipality.
This event brings together athletes from 40 different nationalities and from the different islands.

The popular Vecindario race returns with feature events like The Queen competition, a 21-kilometre Half Marathon, in addition to two races of 5 and 10.5 kilometres, as well as the popular Fiesta de la Fruta walk. The children’s races will be divided by age groups.

All the distances and races start from the official arch of the event in front of the Santa Lucía Municipal Sports Pavilion located at Avda. de Las Tirajanas S/N Vecindario.

On Friday, ‘Caminata de la FrutaThe Fruit Walk 17:30-21:00
On Saturday, the childrens’ races between 09:30 -13:00 and later the 5km race 17:30-19:00
On Sunday, the main Day, at 09:30 Start s21 km race and the 10,5 km race





Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.

On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet dart and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;
El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.

On Saturday in Arguineguín, a second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be found and discovered.

On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.

On this Sunday also the biweekly Farmers and Handicraft Fair of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria in the urban park from 09:00-15:00  


Saturday 26 February, Vecindario
Mercado Agrícola de Vecindario

The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market in Vecindario still takes place on the main street at the Plaza de Los Algodoneros (next to the Hotel Avenida de Canarias ) 🍉🌼🥔🥑🍌  Get the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers and much more, straight from the local farmers and producers.

From 08:30 – 13:30 Plaza de Los Algodoneros


“It is also the perfect opportunity to explore the kilometres-long main street of this neighbourhood, Avenida de Canarias.”







Live Music from 22:00 

On Friday Dan & Tess
On Saturday Chris Mooney
On Sunday Gary Lithgow





Pub Durty Nellys

In Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria. Live music at 22:00 

On Friday – Fiona and John
On Saturday- John
On Sunday – Fiona and John




The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.

Friday  Nirvana Bar in Arguineguín, Ancora Centre at 21:00
Saturday Rockabella in Playa del Inglés 18:0021:00 and later in The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30
Sunday The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, show starts at 22:30


























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