It’s the last weekend of March already and Spring is here; winter is behind us and the summer weather is already hotting up on Gran Canaria. The hillsides are in full bloom, particularly up in the mountain summits; it’s Carnival Weekend in Arguineguín and the last of the carnival festivities for this year are happening around the island. With summer just around the corner, clocks Spring forward this Saturday and Sunday night when 1am becomes 2am 🕐. On the north of the island, one of the biggest seasonal trade fairs is happening, gathering produce and people from 11 municipalities, ENORTE will be celebrated in the historic Rum capital of the island, Arucas, this weekend. There are always plenty of markets to visit and explore around the island. Easter is almost upon us and the first of several religious processions and representation acts and street plays can be enjoyed this Friday in Tamaraceite. The World Wide initiative for “Earth Hour” is also celebrated this Saturday on Gran Canaria so you will see goverment buildings, monuments and public spaces turning off their lights for one hour between 20:30 & 21:30. An opportunity for an hour of candle-lit reflection on just how much energy we all burn up with our lights blazing. A glorious weekend ahead indeed! Hello Spring!
31 March-1 April • X Feria Institucional de Productos de la Tierra – Vega de San Mateo
13-23 April • Fiestas Santa Águeda 2023 – El Pajar
15-16 April • Km.0 Fair Gran Canaria – Telde
21-23 April • Gran Canaria Me Gusta -fair 2023 INFECAR
12-14 May • FIMAR, the International Sea Fair 2023 – Las Palmas
Upcoming bank holidays:
Thursday, 6 April Public Holiday in The Canary Islands – Holy Thursday, Jueves Santo
Friday, 7 April Public Holiday in Spain – Good Friday, Viernes Santo
*** Check out the regular listings and markets and a range of other events, including carnivals on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***
A glorious calima-infused weekend is forecast with warm temperatures expected around the island. Local weather forecasts are always taken in the shade so in full sunshine it’s going to be hot hot hot.
#WeekendTips 24-26 March 2023
ENORTE FAIR IN ARUCAS 24-26 MARCH
The 21st Business Fair of the North of Gran Canaria, one of the biggest fairs of its type on the island, in the historic town of Arucas is being held this weekend. Around 100 stalls with some of the best businesses on the north from various fields will be there including new technologies, renewable energies, auto industry players, household goods, textiles and food, handicrafts, events and service organisations, among many others. Various activities are planned too, with concerts, complementary to the fair, bringing together the eleven municipalities that make up the Commonwealth of the North; Agaete, Artenara, Arucas, Firgas, Gáldar, La Aldea de San Nicolás, Moya, Santa María de Guía, Tejeda, Teror and Valleseco.
On Friday 17:00-20:00
On Saturday 10:00-20:00
On Sunday 10:00-15:00
It will be the seventh occasion the municipality of Arucas has played host to ENORTE since the fair started in 2002.
BEACH CLEAN EL PAJAR WITH OCEAN4LIFE - 26 MARCH
With the support of Century 21 Dream Homes and Puerto Rico Diving the beach clean takes place on the south of the island, on the hidden little neighbourhood beach of El Pajar.
Snorkelling and beach clean helpers needed.
You can sign up on the day. The meeting point is the beach next to the famous restaurant Bar Playa El Boya.
Make a difference
Just two hours of your time
Sunday 10:00 to 12:00
'TELDE CAMBIA LA HORA' 25 MARCH
This year a Saturday of activities and concerts.
There will be a children’s play area, a big inflatable, sports play area and go-karts for the more adventurous. The kids will surely have a great time!
And the food! You will be able to taste the most delicious dishes from the local gastronomy. From traditional foods to the latest trends in fast food, something for everyone! But the music will be what lights up the party! Starting at 20:00 you can dance and sing to the rhythm of three different groups Paramales, A Tribute to the Crazy Song, and Meraki.
• Between 11:00-14:00 and 16:00-19: there are activities for kids which are divided into six different areas in the main open commercial area of San Gregorio.
These include a play area for the smallest ones on Calle Andrés Manjón, a large inflatable on Plaza San Gregorio, small karts on Calle Jaime Balmes and large karts on Calle Argentina, as well as a play area for kids on Gutiérrez Armario and on Calle Poeta Fernando González, a sports area.
• A lively little street parade at 12:00
• Music performances in the evening 20:00 t0 01:00:
at 20:00 Paramales on Avenida de la Constitucion, and then at 22:00 Tribute canto del loco calle Poeta Fernando Gonzalez and at 23:30 Meraki at Plaza de San Gregorio.
THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PASION OF CHRIST IN TAMARACEITE 24 MARCH
The representation of The Passion of Christ, ‘La pasión de Cristo‘ will meet this Friday in Tamaraceite. Almost a hundred residents of the Tamaraceite-San Lorenzo-Tenoya District of the capital of Gran Canaria will represent The Passion of Christ this Friday at 20:00, in Parque Tamaraceite Sur, in front of commercial centre Alisios.
A theatrical performance organised by the Tasate Cultural Association, with the collaboration of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, on which they have been working since the end of January.
Eleven scenes distributed throughout the capital park will give life to this christian biblical story, from the entrance of the messiah into Jerusalem on a donkey, through to the Last Supper, Pilate’s house, the Crucifixion, and the tomb.
A staging that, in addition to being faithful to the Gospel of Saint John, will have some different nuances and surprises.
It should be remembered that in this act all the participants are amateurs, none of them is an actor or actress by profession, and there is great enthusiasm and desire after so many hours of preparation, recording, and rehearsals.
CARNIVAL COSTA MOGÁN IN ARGUINEGUÍN 23-26 MARCH
The epicentre of the Costa Mogán Carnival is, as usual, the Plaza Negra aka Plaza del Mercadillo.
Thursday 23 March: Gala del Pueblo at 20:00
The People’s Gala will include performances by the Mogán Artistic Schools, ACEDANCE dance academy, the Ana Vega Ballet, the Mogán Occupational Centre, the Municipal Sports Schools, murga group Los Lengüetudos and few more.
Friday 24 March: Drag Queen Gala at 21:00
One of the most anticipated events each year, the Drag Gala, is hosted by Amor Romeira. Nine drag queens will compete for the throne and the night is enlivened by performances from Soraya Arnelas, Sofía Cristo and Tutto Durán. The evening will continue with Grupo Arena and DJ Sofia Cristo.
Saturday 25 March:
🎭 The first edition of the Costa Mogán High Heels Race is being held in the morning at 11:00 on José Manuel Santana García street, next to El Perchel beach.
🎭 The Carnival Parade at 19:00. This lovely little parade will include comparsas, batucadas, carnival groups, eight floats and, of course, the partying public. The route is from Calle Damasco and will end in Plaza Negra.
🎭 Mogollón de Carnaval at 22:30. Carnival party with Armonía Show, Leyenda Joven and DJ Nichel B.
Sunday 26 March:
🎭 Carnaval en familia at 10:30
On the last day of the 3-day Costa Mogán Carnival, the party will start early with the ‘Family Carnival’ at Plaza Pérez Galdós. There will be a costume catwalk, workshops, a mini-disco, animated characters, chocolate and Carnival tortillas.
🎭 Carnaval de Dia ‘La Bajeta’ at 14:00
The ‘La Bajeta’ Day Carnival will also be held in Plaza Negra with performances by Los 600, Los Aseres, Tribute to Elvis Crespo and DJ Maxi.
🎭 Entierro de la Sardina at 20:00
Burial of the Sardine will be watched by the entire carnival family in the company of Charanga Archipiélago and, later, the murga Los Legañosos will participate in the funeral procession, which will leave Plaza Negra at 20:30 towards Las Marañuelas beach. There it will be burned and the carnival will end, until next year.
A separate carnival fiesta in Ingenio, Carnival Carrizal is celebrated between 16-25 March. The allegory for the festivities, which is also considered as a festival of tourist interest, is “Carnivals of the World”. This weekend will see the ever popular Drag Gala on Friday, the Great Parade, the cremation of the Sardine, fireworks, and the big Verbena street party.
Friday 24 March:
The Drag Queen Gala at 20:30 Plaza de la Jurada
Saturday 25 March:
The Carnival Parade at 18:00, from Plaza de la Jurada to Burrero beach followed by Burning of the Sardine and fireworks at 23:00.
The party continues until early morning (5am)
The popular carnival parade will also mean parking restrictions and road closures in the area.
The parade will leave from Avenida de Canarias
Teror has celebrated Carnival over 2 festive weekends. The theme for this year’s festivities is “Tambores de África”, Drums of Africa. The last two days of festivities this Friday and Sunday will end the celebrations this year.
Friday 24 March:
Children’s Carnival from 17:00 at Plaza de Sintes
face painting, and carnival sweets and at 18:00 starts the carnaval gala aimed for the little ones
Saturday 25 March:
Drag Queen Gala at 20:00 at Plaza de Sintes
Friday 24 March:
🎭 The Carnival Parade of the schools CEIP José Sánchez y Sánchez, CEIP Ana María Betancor Estupiñán and CEIP El Risco in the Plaza de la Constitución and the performance of the different school courses starting at 10.00.
🎭 The Duel of the Sardine at 21:00 in the Cultural Center of the Villa
🎭 at 22:30 in the Plaza de la Constitución ‘Night of the Duel’ with Aseres, Rosario 8 and Dj.
Saturday 25 March:
🎭 The Funeral of the Sardina parade from 18:30 and to end the carnival festivities this year, the grand festival with D’Music, Grupo Bomba (Fuerteventura) and La Sabrosa from Tenerife.
MORE CARNIVAL EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
Children’s contest at 18:00 and then adults at 19:00
and not forgetting the special carnival fountain show this Friday and Saturday at 20:00.
The Department of Culture and Historical Heritage, in collaboration with the Santiago el Chico Association, has organized a very entertaining afternoon where there will be recreational activities at 18:00, the burning of the Sardine at 20:00, there will also be a small snack with Carnival Tortillas and chocolate, a performance titled Dance Singing and, to end, the performance of the group Mojo Con Son.
With the Carnival of Tunte, the month of Carnival activities that the Department of Culture and Historical Heritage has brought to the different towns and neighborhoods of the municipality is over.
Between 11:00-13:00 Plaza del Socorro face painting and inflatables with El Gato Animaciones, participate in the Batucada Percussion Workshop Badakatun who visit us from the beautiful island, La Palma.
At 13:00 in La Vaguada, enjoy the performance of the Chirimurga del Timple, who once again visit us to present their new show, laughter is guaranteed.
Between 16:30-18:30 dancing with the group Qué Chimba! in La Vaguada.
At 20:30 Cheer up with the Parade from Cruz Blanca (the gas station) to La Vaguada with the Batucada Badakatun and the Comparsa Yoruba.
A popular festival from 22:00 to 03:00 will end the carnival day together with Grupo Arena and Discotheques Móviles Línea DJs.
TRAIL CIRCULAR EXTREMA VILLA DE MOYA 25 MARCH
A special and demanding test but suitable for all levels. For the most advantaged, there is the Circular with its 32 kilometers, then there is the average of 24 kilometers and the mini of 12 kilometers. In addition, for those who seek to enjoy the test in a more relaxed way, there is a hiking route. The 32-kilometre Circular event counts as part of the Canary Islands Trail Running Championship organized by the Canary Islands Athletics Federation. This is how the test will be a decisive appointment before the preparation of the Canarian team that will travel to compete in the Absolute Championship of Spain for Autonomies.
The start is from Calle Paseo Doramas, estimated: at 08:00 the EXTREME CIRCULAR (32 km); at 08:00 the EXTREME CIRCULAR (32 km); at 09:00 the CIRCULAR HALF (24 km); and at 10:15 the MINI CIRCULAR (12Km)
This trail running competition will kick off on Friday with the Circular Kids in which all the schoolchildren of the municipality will participate.
Vecindario Agricultural Market Saturday 25 March
The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market, Mercado Agrícola in Vecindario 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 at the same time”
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 Parque Europeo in Playa del Inglés, while the municipal market place 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 little biweekly farmers’ and artisan market of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria. The market takes place in the little park in front of the entry to Angry Birds Activity park in the morning.
'HAPPY PIANO DAY' LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA - 25 MARCH
The capital city celebrates the festival of the piano with about 40 musical sessions and a final triple concert. The talented pianists, including professionals, students, and spontaneous musicians, together with other musicians will celebrate “Happy Piano Day” in nine spaces in the city, aboard a bus and on an interactive keyboard. Except for public transport, access to all points is free until full capacity is reached.
The event starts at 11:30 on Saturday, on the stairs of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, with an opening session that will mark the start of the program simultaneously in the rest of the locations.
The main stage is on Plaza diputado Eduardo Suárez Morales in La Puntilla.
Music from 12:00-14:00 and then from 16:00-19:00.
At 19:15, the ‘Happy Piano day’ will close with a triple closing concert by JapoSpain, by Satomi Morimoto and María Dolores Gaitán, the OFGC Youth Choir and Nauzet Mederos and, by Lastly, the Cuban pianist Roberto Carcassés and the voice of Virginia Guantanamera.
Paseo de las Canteras, on Plaza Arquitecto Miguel Martín Fernandes, the corner with Alfredo L- Jones and Tomás Miller. From 12:00-14:00 and then from 16:00-19:00
Plaza de España Avenida José Mesa y Lopez from 16:00-20:00
Plaza de Canarias (at the park of Parque Santa Catalina). From 11:00-13:0 and then from 17:00-19:00.
Parque San Telmo. From 12:00-14:00 and then from 16:00-19:00
Plaza de los Juegos Olímicos de México, Altavista From 12:00-14:00 and then from 16:00-19:00
Plaza Hurtado de Mendoza, Plaza de las ranas. From 12:00-14:00 and then 16:00-19:00
Play piano yourself:
on Calle Triana, at the hight of numbers 70 – 72, an interactive keyboard will also be installed to bring the instrument closer to the youngest members of the family in a didactic way to the rhythm marked by their own footsteps. 12:00-14:00 and then 16:00-19:00
Bus (line 17) route: Auditorio and Theatre between 12:00-13:00. A piano is placed on the bus for the travellers to use.
LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND
These are the last events for 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 24 March in Motown at 22:00 -> Carlitos Brownie
Friday 24 March in El Aparte at 20:00 -> Elsa Arroyo “Los Andares de Lulú”
Saturday 25 March at Imaginario Drinks & Music at 21:30 -> This Kingdom
«Una noche entre boleros. Mujeres con alma» Saturday, 25 March
The José Antonio Ramos Auditorium will host «One night among boleros. Women with soul. A show sung and told through the bolero, with a literary text by the producer and musical director of the project Misael Pérez. Ángeles Pérez, Dunia Pérez and María Pérez are in charge of putting their voices in this love story narrated by the actress Argelia Quesada that addresses the memories of a past love collected in a diary. Four musicians from the Canary Islands will accompany you live on this trip that will allow the public to sing, laugh, cry and enjoy
Starts at 21:00 in the heart of “Musicando”, the José Antonio Ramos Auditorium in Doramas Park.
Free entry until full capacity is reached.
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
MULLIGANS IN PLAYA DEL INGLES
The lively Gastro Bar in Playa del Inglés. Live music every night, great food and a wide selection of beers.
Open every day from 10:00-02:00
Friday: Kevin O´Sullivan and Dave & Cotsy
Saturday Kevin O´Sullivan and The Champions
Sunday: Hits 4 Life and Dave & Cotsy
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