A gorgeous, sunny March weekend ahead on Gran Canaria as the Carnival celebrations reach Maspalomas and the weather forecast is simply perfect. There are carnival parades to enjoy in Telde, Santa Lucía and La Aldea. The Southeast Fair is happening in Carrizal, Ingenio this weekend and Artenara celebrate their monthly market.
There is still time to enjoy the Spring Artisans’ fair by the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse. Whatever your plans may be, it is a glorious weekend for any activity on the island. The central summits inland are also blooming with almond blossoms all across the hillsides.
16-25 March • Carnival Carrizal 2023
17 March • St. Patrick’s Day ☘
23-26 March • Costa Mogán Carnival 2023
24-26 March • ENORTE 2023 in Arucas
31 March- 2 April X • Feria Institucional de Productos de la Tierra in Vega de San Mateo
15-16 April • Km.0 Fair Gran Canaria in Telde
21-23 April • Gran Canaria Me Gusta -fair 2023 INFECAR
*** Check out the regular listings and markets and a range of other events, including more about the carnivals on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***
The weather forecast from AEMET is looking fabulous for this weekend all around the island. Sunday, at the moment, looks to be the hottest day with expected temperatures reaching over 30º celsius, in the shade, so, in real terms, it’s going to be a really hot one in full direct sunlight. (Don’t forget your sun cream!)
Slightly cloudy or clear, except for intervals of high clouds moving from west to east throughout the day. Minimum temperatures with few changes and maximum temperatures slightly rising, which could be more pronounced in the eastern islands. 30 ºC will be reached or exceeded locally in the south and west-facing midlands of the higher relief islands, as well as in inland areas of Fuerteventura. Northeast winds, decreasing slightly in the afternoon. At the summits, light winds from the south.
#WeekendTips 10-12 March 2023
MASPALOMAS INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL 9-19 MARCH
The Maspalomas Carnival is celebrated between 9-19 March, Carnaval Internacional de Maspalomas de 2023.
The Theme for this year is Ritmos Latinos, Latin Rhythms, selected by popular vote.
Read more about the Maspalomas Carnival HERE!
Carnival in the south started on Thursday, March 09, at 20:30 with the Opening Show of the Carnival 2023 and the election of the Great Lady Gala on stage in the main square of the shopping centre Yumbo.
Dedicated to seductive silver surfers, grannies-with-go, elder states-ladies and streaking-hot-mamas-with-attitude; this lovely event celebrates women of lasting substance and standing in the local community who have been nominated for their representative kindness and lingering beauty.
On Friday, 10 March:
The election of the Carnival child Queen on the main square of the shopping centre Yumbo at 19:00.
Mogollón “party” starts at 23:00
On Saturday, 11 March:
the Carnival Queen Gala at 21:00 on stage in the main square of the shopping centre Yumbo.
The contest features much of the glamour, colour and magic of Carnival. Candidates compete in extravagant costumes, sponsored by major enterprises and commercial centers from across the island, hoping to be selected as this year’s Carnival Queen.
Mogollón “party” starts at 23:00
On Sunday, 12 March:
The Carnival Troupe Show at 21:00 at Yumbo Shopping centre.
*** CARNiVAL PARADE NEXT SATURDAY, THE 18TH OF MARCH, STARTING AT 17:00***
SANTA LUCÍA CARNIVAL - CLOSING WEEKEND
- The municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana is celebrating Carnival between 2-12 March 2023.
The allegory for the festivities is “Carnival of cartoons”, “Un carnaval de dibujos animados”
Friday 10 March:
-Drag Paradise Night in Teatro Victor Jara at 21:00 (tickets €3, entrees.es)
-Tropical Night party at Plaza de San Rafael from 21:00 with a concert by Tonny Tun Tun at 23:00 and at 01:00 El Combo Dominicano.
Saturday 11 March:
Carnival parade at 19:00 in Vecindario. Route from El Cruce Sardina to El Doctoral.
Carnival party at Plaza de San Rafael: at 22:00 Línea DJ. at 23:30 Banda larga. at 02:00 La Mekánica by Tamarindos.
The concentration of the Carnival floats at the Recinto ferial de Vecindario 22:00-03:30.
Sunday 12 March:
Funeral of the Sardina in Barranquillo de Pozo Izquierdo. at 12:00 burning of the Sardine, followed by a concert at 12:30 by La Trova and at 14:00 Aseres.
TELDE CARNIVAL - CLOSING WEEKEND
- Telde celebrates Carnival from 3-12 March 2023.
The allegory for the festivities is ‘Bollywood’, chosen for the 2020 Carnival that was not celebrated.
Friday 10 March – Audiorio Parque Urbano de San Juan
at 21:00 Drag Queen Gala
at 23:30 concert by Aseres
Saturday 11 March:
at 11:00 lively street parades on Avda. de la Constitucíon (the open commercial area of San Gregorio)
at 17:30 The Carnival Parade start from Ramblas de Pedro Lezcano Montalvo.
After the parade mogollón, a party enlivened by Leyenda Joven and DJ Promaster at Auditorio Parque Urbano de San Juan
Sunday 12 March – Auditorio Parque Urbano de San Juan
at 11:00 high heel race
at 12:00 Murgas meeting
at15:00 Daytime Carnival
at 20:00 Funeral of the Sardine
Friday 10 March:
Carnival Gala at 21:00 -> Plaza de Sintes
Saturday 11 March:
-Family Carnival. Starting at 13:00 -> Plaza de Sintes
-High heel race at 17:00 Calle Real de la Plaza
Friday 24 March:
Children’s Carnival from 17:00 -> Plaza de Sintes
Saturday 25 March:
Drag Queen Gala at 20:00 -> Plaza de Sintes
SANTA MARIA DE GUÍA CARNiVAL 10-11 MARCH
♦ School Parade in the morning, with hundreds of schoolchildren from the municipality will return this year to fill the streets of the city centre with colour and bustle.
♦ Later in the evening, a night of humour starting at 20:00 at Plaza Grande with performances from murgas groups ACR Los Chismosos and La Chirichota as well as Daniel Calero, followed by a party with El Combo Dominicano.
♦ The parade starts at 12:00 from the beginning of Avenida Lomo Guillén to Plaza Grande through a wide tour of the different streets of the open commercial area of the town, accompanied by different troupes and music bands.
♦ Once at Plaza Grande, the great party of this day will continue with the music of La Mekanyca by Tamarindos, Aseres, Ulises Acosta, Los 600, Óscar Martínez, Tonny Bob and the Puerto Rican Tonny Tun Tun in what will be a great festive day.
Family Carnival Day in Vega de San Mateo Sunday 12 March
at 10:30 Drag spectacle
at 11:00 concert by Los 600
at 12:30 concert by Los Salvapantallas
Carnival pancakes and chocolate, train for the little ones, bouncy castles, face painting, cotton candy, clown, and popcorn… all free!
** Carnival festivities and the usual weekend market to enjoy in San Mateo.
PLAYA DE MOGÁN NEIGHBOURHOOD CARNIVAL 11-12 MARCH
On Saturday 11 March: Lively little street parade starting at 19:00, from Avenida Los Marrero, next to the Municipal Gymnasium, and will culminate in Plaza Doctor Pedro Betancor León. Party will continue at the square with Paco Guedes and a DJ.
Sunday 12 March: Children’s carnival from 17:00 at plaza Doctor Pedro Betancor León.
CARNIVAL PARADE IN LA ALDEA - SATURDAY 11 MARCH
The procession of masks and carnival costumes, which will be accompanied by floats, is scheduled to arrive at the Plaza Proyecto Desarrollo Comunitario around 22:00. During the journey, attendees will be able to enjoy and dance to the music, wearing the most original costumes, many of which will surely revolve around the theme of this year’s Carnival, Olympus, accompanied by batucadas and comparsas.
There will be traffic restrictions in the streets through which it will run, affecting the streets of María Eugenia Márquez , Román Rodríguez Rodríguez, Calle Real and Alfonso XIII.
19TH SOUTHEAST FAIR IN CARRIZAL 10-12 MARCH
“Enjoy the gastronomy and crafts of Ingenio, Agüimes, and Santa Lucía. Music, exhibitions, workshops, traditional games, activities for the little ones, and much more.”
Friday: La Trova at 20:00, Los 600 at 21:30
On Saturday: Los Cochineros at 12:00, Los Savandeños at 20:00, Coplas de Mujer con “El Colorao” at 21:30, Los Salvapantallas at 22:30
Sunday: Yeray Rodríguez at 10:30, Los Gofiones at 12:00, Vocal7 at 13:30
THE 12TH SOUTHERN SPRINGTIME ARTISANS FAIR - CLOSING WEEKEND
The last chance, this weekend, to visit the 12ª Feria de Artesanía Primavera Sur‘. The artisan fair is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00. The perfect opportunity to see works by some of the best artisans and craftspeople of the Canary Islands; ceramics, wood, metal, leather, textiles, glass and recycled materials among others in a magnificent combination of traditional materials and modern design.
The artisans fair by FEDAC, the Foundation for Ethnography and Craft Development of the Canary Islands, set once again in the idyllic surroundings of The Lighthouse of Maspalomas.
ARTENARA MARKET - SATURDAY 11 MARKET
The island’s highest altitude mountain village, Artenara, holds an agricultural and farmers’ market on Saturday, 11 March 2023 from 11:00-15:00 in the picturesque Plaza de San Matias.
It really is a lovely car ride to go to see some of the most impossibly beautiful places on Gran Canaria and a trip up to the summits.
This market, Mercado Agrícola y Ganadero is held on the second Saturday of every month.
MARKETS IN THE SOUTH OF GRAN CANARIA
• On Saturday, the Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, located now in a new venue at Parque Europeo in Playa del Inglés, while the municipal market is being re-built. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;
El Mercadillo de Maspalomas is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
• On Saturday in Arguineguín, a small second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range pre-loved treasures.
• On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, ****The second-hand market now takes place in the Ciudad deportiva de Maspalomas, next to football field 2 and close to Pepe Chiringo and Parque Sur de Maspalomas.
• This Sunday, the biweekly little farmers’ and Artisan Market of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria. The market is in the little park between the main road and the entrance of the Angry Birds Activity park.
Live music this weekend
The cellist, vocalist and composer Ana Carla Maza will open the “Musicando” concerts taking place in march with «Bahía»
A beautiful mix of classical cello and voice inspired by Son cubano, samba, bossa nova, tango, jazz and chanson, which will allow you to travel to the Havana neighbourhood where the artist grew up.
The new work in quartet format of Cuban music will sound this Saturday, starting at 21:00 in the heart of “Musicando”, the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium in Doramas Park.
Free entry until full capacity is reached.
These are the ‘LPA en Vivo‘, (‘LPA Live’) concerts and shows scheduled for the month of March in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These gigs are part of another program of “LPA En Vivo”, a project to boost the cultural offer in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria venues and support artists.
All gigs are free entry until capacity is reached.
Friday 10 March in Motown at 22:00 -> Cinzia Mares
Friday 10 March in Moma Club at 21:30 -> The Polen / Javi La Fábrica “Dj Set”
Saturday 4 March at Imaginario Drinks & Music at 21:30 -> The Queen of Limerick
THE 19th HOLE MELONERAS
Bar & Grill in the shopping centre Varadero in Meloneras. Live Music every night from 22:00
The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.
On Saturday at ROCKABELLA in Playa del Inglés at 18:00-21:00 and later at THE SHAMROCK BAR at 22:30
On Sunday at THE SHAMROCK BAR in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30
Friday at Altamar Hotel with Celine Dion Tribute 21:00-21:45
Saturday at Ricky’s Cabaret Bar with Celine Dion Tribute 22:00-22:45
Sunday at Barbacoa Danish Church with Rock N Roll Show 11:00-12:00
BARBACOA SHOW BAR – EUROPA CENTRE IN PUERTO RICO DE GRAN CANARIA
Drinks, Food, Children’s play area, piano bar, sports, and much more. and not forgetting the Sunday Roast Dinner from 1pm to 6pm.
Open every day from 08:00-02:00
On Friday: ABBA Gold Tribute
On Saturday: Tom Jone & UB40 Tribute
On Sunday: The Champions Rock’n Roll Show
Barbacoa Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge Alex Buta from 21:00, Friday to Sunday