Another wonderful April weekend ahead with multiple fairs to attend, a few tasty ones too, like Valsequillo Strawberry fair and Gran Canaria Me Gusta. It is also going to busy with multiple sporting events happening, which also means some road closures and traffic restrictions, especially for the Mogán Challenge Gran Canaria triathlon, closing the GC-500 coastal road from Anfi to Taurito on Saturday and a rally in Tejeda. The weather forecast looks a bit unstable, especially on Saturday, but at this time of the year, particularly in the mountains, you always have to just wait and see. There are plenty of markets to visit and explore around the island. Many book fairs are taking place this weekend too, including one in San Fernando de Maspalomas featured in this #WeekendTips. The patron saint festivities for the little coastal neighbourhood of El Pajar will also enjoy their closing weekend of celebrations.
30 April • Agrotasarte
30 April • Cheese Festival Santa Maria de Guía
1 May • Maratón de Jazz – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
4-6 May • Rally Islas Canarias 2023
4-14 May • Maspalomas PRIDE
6-7 May • Regional Wine, Cheese and Honey Fair of The Canary Islands – San Fernando de Maspalomas
8-20 May • Jazz Festival in Puerto de Mogán
Upcoming bank holidays:
Monday, 1 May Public Holiday in Spain – MayDay, Fiesta del Trabajo
Saturday 13 May Local bank holiday in Vega de San Mateo: Festividad en honor a la Virgen de Fátima.
Monday, 15 May Local bank holiday in Gáldar: Feast of San Isidro Labrador
Monday, 29 May Local bank holiday in Valleseco: Fiesta del Patrón del Municipio – San Vicente Ferrer
Tuesday, May 30 Public Holiday in the Canary Islands – Canary Islands Day, Día de Canarias
*** Check out the regular listings and markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***
A bit of unstable weather is in the forecast for this weekend. Daytime highs of 24ºC in the shade are predicted for Mogán and lows of 18ºC in Tejeda.
A little bit of rain, cloud cover, and sunshine, are all possible scenarios for this upcoming weekend on Gran Canaria.
Lots of people of English descent celebrate this day, as do Russians, Ethiopians, Catalans and Aragonese in Spain, among many others, but, who was Saint George really?
Not much is known about the real Saint George, except that he was not in the slightest English (it may surprise some of you to hear). Also known as George of Lydda, he was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origin, born in what is now modern-day Turkey, and member of the elite Praetorian Guard, for the Roman emperor Diocletian. Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family, and, according to tradition, was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalomartyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades.
In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. His memorial, Saint George’s Day, is traditionally celebrated on 23 April.
Historically, the countries of England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Catalonia and Aragon in Spain, and Moscow in Russia have claimed George as their patron saint, as have several other regions, cities, universities, professions and organisations. The bones of Saint George are buried in the Church of Saint George, Lod, adjacent to Lod’s El-Khidr Mosque (dedicated to Muslim prophet Al-Khidr, often associated with Saint George) in what was Palestine, now part of the modern-day Israeli state.
#WeekendTips 21-23 April 2023
'Gran Canaria Me Gusta'-Fair 2023 at INFECAR 21-23 April
The 10th edition of ‘Gran Canaria I Like it’-fair at INFECAR in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this weekend.
“#GranCanariaMeGusta” – 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. A wide variety of wonderful things that Gran Canaria has to offer and much more…
Friday and Saturday 09:30 – 19:30 and on Sunday 09:30 – 16:00
Ticket price: €1,50
Online tickets available from HERE! and you can also pay at the entrance.
Saturday: Game cover dúo Con-Trastes at 14:00 and Salvapantallas at 18:00
Sunday: La Trova at 13:00 and Zaida Jiménez at 14:00
4 Food Trucks and 3 Huts: Location: Hall/Pabellón 5
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday from 12:00-19:30 and on Sunday from 12:00-16:00
Cafetería Boanva: Location: Hall/Pabellón 7 Alto
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday from 09:30-19:30 and on Sunday from 09:30 – 16:00
Strawberry Fair in Valsequillo on Sunday, 23 April
The Fair begins at 09:00, with more than thirty stands of strawberry producers and other strawberry-related products such as strawberry Mojitos, crepes, strawberry bread, ice cream, sweets and even cosmetics made with strawberries will cover the surroundings of Plaza Tifariti with their products.
At 10:00, the gastronomic activity begins, in fact, the La Dulce Tentación de Telde pastry shop will perform a demonstration of a cake made with local strawberries. At 11:30, the Best Chef of the Canary Islands, Richard Díaz, from the Sorondongo restaurant, will hold a show cooking with strawberries as the protagonist. The Association of Bartenders of Gran Canaria, for its part, will offer a master class in cocktails with strawberries. And chef Daniel Castro will put the finishing touch to the cooking demonstrations with the preparation of strawberry butter, a prawn and strawberry tartare, and a cheese fritter with strawberry aioli. Some show cookings that will be in Tifariti Square and that can be followed through a screen that will be located in the same square so that attendees do not miss any detail.
But the Fair does not end here. The little ones in the house will have guaranteed fun all day with a series of cooking workshops and strawberry crafts, such as the 3D workshop and strawberry mask making. An edition in which the Dessert Contest will not be missing. More than twenty applications have already been received for the Dessert Contest, aimed at amateur pastry chefs, which will have the Valsequillo strawberry as its main ingredient and which includes three prizes of €100, €150, and €200. The most interesting thing is that the attending public will be able to witness both the dessert tasting by the jury, which will assess creativity, presentation, and enhancement of the product, as well as the awards ceremony for the winners.
Numerous stands with the best products from the area’s strawberry producers, as well as strawberries with cream, sweets, milkshakes, and ice creams made from Valsequillo strawberries, will delight visitors, who will be able to taste them for free since the farmers have put 1000 kilos of strawberries for the occasion.
In addition, there will be guided visits to the strawberry farms in the area, which on this occasion will be organised as walks that will depart from the Tourist Office, located in the town centre, starting at 10:00. The last edition in 2019 broke all records, bringing together more than 15,000 people, and this time it is expected to reach that figure again.
Animation, children’s activities and live music will make the VIII Valsequillo Strawberry Fair a day for the whole family. The morning will begin at 10:00 with an open day at the Benito Pérez Galdós Municipal Library. Throughout the morning there will be workshops and entertainment activities in the Plaza de San Miguel.
At 11:00 there will be a children’s show “My way: Badabadum” at the Teatro Cronista Oficial Jacinto Suárez Martel. At 12:00 noon, the Library will host Pedro Pérez’s storyteller titled “Cuenterreando”. One morning the music will be in charge of “Los Salvapantallas” who will offer a concert at 13:00 in the town.
XV Ruta de Tapas Villa de Moya, 21-22 April 2023
On Friday and Saturday, enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of Villa de Moya from Restaurante La Costa, Restaurante Sibora, Bar Restaurant La Norteñita, Cafetería Treinta y Una Delicias, Bar Casa Juana, Tasca La Trastienda Quesos y Vinos, Restaurante Cafetería Los Tilos, Tasca La Relojería Quesos y Vinos, Bar Restaurante Bamboo and Bar El Palomo.
For €3.50 enjoy your tapa and your favorite drink (wine, beer, water, or soft drink).
Having trouble getting around? There is a free bus service from 13:00 to 22:30 from El Pagador to Fontanales.
Book Fair in San Fernando de Maspalomas on Friday 21 April
There is a Book Fair to enjoy on Friday at Plaza del Camellero (the statue of a camel and a man), in front of the Cultura centre of Maspalomas.
The Department of Culture and Historical Heritage of San Bartolomé de Tirajana will start ‘Book Month 2023’, with Feria del Libro and continues with a month full of activities.
The 2023 Book Fair, entitled Un Mar de Cuentos, Ocean of Stories, includes concerts, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, gymkhanas, and many more surprises.
Opening hours: from 09:00-13:00 and then again from 17:00-20:00
Patron Saint Festivities of Santa Águeda in El Pajar - closing weekend
On Friday: Futbito (five-a-side football) Vejas Glorias at 18:00 and then a theatre show at 21:00 and a party night with “Grupo Arena” and “Leyenda Joven”
Saturday 22 April:
at 10:00 Gymgana (group exercise fun) by the beach
at 11:00 la Tángara tournament (version of hopscotch)
at 17:00 A big birthday party “Pajarero” for all the kids with bouncy castles, clown, show at 17:00.
at 22:00 fiesta with music, followed by a fireworks show at midnight.
Sunday 23 April: Banda Isleña, a music group touring the streets of the village at 11:30.
at 12:30 The big barbecue with fish, gofio and mojo Picón.
at 15:00 Verbena del Solajero, party with live music and the festivities will end at midnight.
Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria - Triathlon on Saturday 22 April
The Challenge Mogán Gran Canaria triathlon sporting event will take place this Saturday and will have 3 different triathlon (swim, cycling, run) races. The start and finish will be at ANFI.
– Half Distance individual -> 1,9km – 90km – 21,1km
– Half Distance relay -> 1,9km – 90km – 21,1km
– Short Distance individual ->1.9 km – 42 km – 12 km
⛔️ This also means restricted access to various locations, as well as road closures on GC-500 during this major annual event. The restrictions take place between 06:00 and 14:00.
The GC-500 highway will be closed to vehicle traffic between the little square of La Verga ravine – Anfi del Mar area, kilometre 30.7 – and the Taurito ravine, kilometre 42.8. ⛔️
Get more detailed information about the road closures HERE!
Subida de Tejeda - Rally - 22 April
The 20th edition of ‘Subida de Tejeda’ on Saturday 22 April 2023.
This is a scoring event for the regional mountain championship, in addition to the provincial championship and its trophies, the distance of 4,930 km will be repeated as it was done in previous editions, starting at pk 3.45 of the GC-156 and goal at pk 24.8 of the GC-15.
“When there is a rally going on it also means road closures during the event”
⛔️ On Saturday, there will be road closures at the entrance and exit from the municipality through Cruz de Tejeda and through the “old road”.
Entre Cortijos Guía - running race on Saturday, 22 April
The 12th edition of “Entre Cortijos”, a trail running competition in Santa Maria de Guía this Saturday.
Runners reserved in less than four hours all the 800 places available for the two modalities of this mountain race that is held in the beautiful landscapes of the Santa María de Guía midlands.
-The short 15-kilometer race in one of the most beautiful landscapes of the archipelago with a route starting and finishing in the town of Montaña Alta.
-The long modality, of 26 kilometers and 1,670 meters of positive elevation gain has an enormous following in the Canary Islands.
The race runs through the farmhouses where the exquisite Flor de Guía cheese is made, the only one with a designation of origin on Gran Canaria. This is an important sporting event, which helps to energize the municipality in the midlands, in addition to generating economy and tourism with the presence of hundreds of participants who have been coming to Montaña Alta for weeks before to train.
Cronoescalada La Aldea - cycling race on Sunday, 23 April
The 3rd edition of La Aldea Time Trial, ‘Cronoescalada‘ takes place this Sunday. This is a demanding cycling race that will cover more than 15 km and runs through unique places in the municipality, with a cumulative climb of 1,311 meters, and has become a focal point for both locals and visitors s well as international cyclists.
Plaza La Alameda will be the starting point for the 79 participants, of the time trial to reach the finish point in Artenara, at the Molino de Acusa, starting with the first participant at 09:30 and with a difference of thirty seconds or one minute between the participants.
After the start at La Alameda, the race continues along Calle Real, Calle Cura Vicente, continuing on the GC-210 without turning off until reaching the finish line at Molino de Acusa in the municipality of Artenara. Once the participants reach the finish line, they will descend again to La Aldea de San Nicolás, La Alameda, where the trophies will be delivered.
⛔️ ROAD CLOSURES :
The Department of Traffic and Sports reports that the start will be made from La Alameda, cyclists will go through Calle Real to Cura Vicente road and from there to the intersection of Molino de Agua. This area will be closed to traffic from 09:00 until the last corridor passes, which is estimated at around 10:30.
The section that runs along the GC-210, from the Molino de Agua junction to the Molino de Acusa (PK +34.0 to PK +18) will remain completely closed to traffic between 09:00 and 11:30. In addition, parking is prohibited on Calle Real at the corner with Calle Herrería and up to the intersection with Calle Cura Vicente, as well as on that road.
ESPAL 2023 & Agricultural market of 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
At the same time, enjoy the last day of ESPAL 2023, the 32nd edition of the Solidarity Meeting with the Peoples of Africa and Latin America on the pedestrian area of Avenida de Canarias and Plaza de Los Algodoneros from 10:00-00:30. There will be concerts, book presentations, solidarity book fair, food around the world, dance, and much more.
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.
Live music this weekend
This is a cycle of concerts in the José Antonio Ramos auditorium in Parque Doramas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and offers free outdoor concerts (a total of ten) which are open for all to enjoy. Music starts at 21:00. Free entry until seats are full.
On this Saturday: Mayte Martín.
“Tatuajes”, the latest project by Mayte Martín. In a quartet format (voice, piano, double bass, and drums), the concert will allow you to enjoy a repertoire that includes songs such as ‘Lucía’, ‘I remember you Amanda’ or ‘El breve espacio en que no estás’. The emotional journey that this reunion with eternal songs houses gives this experience, founded on the homage to those who gave life to these great works, an exquisite aroma full of nuances and color.
These are the ‘LPA en Vivo‘, (‘LPA Live’) concerts and shows scheduled for the month of April 2023 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: Motown at 22:00 -> FranQiTown / Ana Cabrera – “Recordando a Silvio”
Friday: El Aparte. at 20:00 -> Mártin Vallejo “Espectáculo Musical”
Saturday: Imaginario Drinks & Music at 21:30 -> The Super Owls
Saturday – Kern Solo ‘Amy & Friends’ – THE PUB in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:00
Sunday – Valhall Bar (Børge Birthday Bash) in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 14:00
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
This weekend: Entertainment from 9pm
On Friday: ABBA Gold Tribute
On Saturday: Tom Jone
On Sunday: Jay Man Soul