It’s the last weekend of April and also a long “puente” weekend ahead with Monday being a bank holiday in Spain to celebrate Fiesta del Trabajo, MayDay. Governmental buildings and offices will be closed. There are some wonderful events and festivities to explore and to enjoy, like the famous Cheese Fair in Guía and Agrotasarte fair taking place in … well in Tasarte =).
There is also beach volley ball tournament played on a new El Perchel beach in Arguineguín and rally, primarily on gravel, in Santa Lucía. Patron saint festivities in Teror and Cruce de Arinaga and many other neighbourhoods around Gran Canaria. There will be Patron Saint festivities to enjoy throughtout the spring and summer in plenty.
4-6 May • Rally Islas Canarias
4-14 May • Maspalomas PRIDE
5-7 May • Feria de Abril – April Fair in Holidayworld Maspalomas
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
11-21 May • Fiestas de El Tablero
19-24 May • Fiestas Maria Auxiliadora in Motor Grande, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
Upcoming bank holidays:
Monday 1 May Public Holiday in Spain, Día del Trabajo, MayDay
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***
WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE WEEKEND: FABULOUS
#WeekendTips 28-30 April & 1 May 2023
Cheese Festival Santa María de Guía, Sunday 30 April
🧀 The ancient town of Santa María de Guía celebrates Fiesta del Queso, the Cheese Festival in the historic centre of Guía, Plaza Grande this Sunday, 30 April, and in Montaña Alta on 7 May 2023.
🧀 This 2023 edition of the Guía Cheese Festival enhances its splendor after being declared this year a Festival of Tourist Interest in the Canary Islands
The Festival of the Cheese of Guía counts every year with two editions. Traditionally, the first one is celebrated in the town on the last Sunday of April and the second takes place in the district of Montaña Alta every first Sunday of May.
On Sunday, 30 April
In addition to the Traditional Gastronomy and Crafts Fair where you can buy the best local and Kilometer Zero products, you can enjoy musical performances by the folkloric groups ‘Los Incansables’ (at 11:00), ‘Noroeste Guiense’ (at 12:30) and in this very special year, there will be ‘Los Sabandeños’ in Plaza Grande de Guía (at 13:30).
Also on this day, starting at 11:00, Casa de la Cultura will host the celebration of the XXIV Insular Cheese Tasting ‘Queso de Flor de Guía’, of which prizes will be awarded the following Sunday in Montaña Alta.
Likewise, in Casa de la Cultura, there will be again delicacies that the students and teachers of the different training cycles of the IES Noroeste de Guía de Cocina y Restauration, Catering and Bakery Services, confectionery and confectionery and Restaurant Services Department.
AGROTASARTE, Sunday 30 April
The 3rd Agrotasarte Fair will be held this Sunday, from 09:00 to 14:00, and will feature a sample of agricultural and artisan products, workshops, children’s entertainment, and performances by Son del Caney and the Parranda El Mejunje. For this event, special schedules will be enabled on various routes of the Global buses.
Where: Tasarte Football field
•Market between 09:00-14:00
•Children’s entertainment between 11:00-14:00
•workshops at 11:00
•Music performance “Son del Caney” at 11:30
•Music performance “El Mejunje” a Canarian traditional music group at 12:30.
Special Bus lines, including:
From Puerto de Mogán – Tasarte at 09:40 – 11.40 – 13:40
Tasarte – Puerto de Mogán 10:40 – 12:40 – 14:40
Mujeres con Narices in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 29-30 April (women clowns and circus )
An event in Auditorio José Antonio Ramos at Parque Doramas, which allows visualizing and empowering women in this wonderful and magical profession of the clown and the circus.
at 12:00 Ilusion spectacle
at 18:30 Spectacle Ara
at 19:30 Grand Circus spectacle
at 20:30 Gala with various artists
at 12:00 Spectacle: Magig dreams of a clown
at 18:30 Wooooow !
at 19:15 The 6th edition of the International Meeting” of Mujeres con Narices 2023. Price for the best spectacle by the public.
at 19:30 Invited artist: “A Taste of Vaudeville”
Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz in Teror, 28 April - 7 May
Teror is celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph and the Holy Cross, Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz between 28 April – 7 May 2023. The traditional Burning of the Boat and the Castle, a fire, light, and sound spectacle, is definitely the highlight of the festivities and will take place on May 6.
•Friday, 28 April
Decorating Plaza del Pino and Cruz Verde with garlands made of flowers and aspen tree leaves. Teror begins the Festival of San José and the Holy Cross at 10:00, with the traditional arbor of the Green Cross and the raising of the festoons to the Basilica
•Sunday 30 April,
The Festival of San José and La Santa Cruz opens with the traditional Pregón, reading of the proclamation in Teror Auditorium, at 20:00 (Free tickets for the event are now available at tureservaonline.es)
After the Pregón, the ‘Eighties Night’ Noche Ochentera at Plaza de Sintes starts at 22:00 with DJ Richard Santana-Diskozina, Gus Jackson show, and the unforgettable FM DJ’s Carlos Santomé and Iván Santana.
as a tradition of the González family, from El Álamo, the bower of the Cruz de la Hoya Alta with aspen leaves, heather and palm trees is carried out, both the original one that is preserved in the patio of the Episcopal Palace as the one located on the Hoya Alta mountain. From Casco de Teror to Hoya Alta at 16:00
Fiestas San Jose Obrero in Cruce de Arinaga 14 April - 5 May
San José Obrero : “Cruce de Arinaga” is one of the most populated areas in the municipality and celebrates its main festival called “San José Obrero”. This is a neighborhood created by the confluence of people who settled in this part of the island to work in agriculture. The festivity remembers its identity and its traditional elements during these festivals. With its “Romería”, an offering to San José Obrero, and the Livestock Fair, the festivities of San José Obrero celebrate sharecropping and herding, one of the most important events in the municipality.
Saint Joseph Carpenter, the husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ
On Friday, 28 April on Plaza Primero de Mayo
17:00-20:00 Traditional games
and starting at 20:00 music which will continue til late.
On Saturday, 29 April on Plaza Primero de Mayo
11:00 – 14:00 playpark and Children’s dance with Los Musicpop
Concert by Los 600 at 18:00 and Muelle Viejo at 19:30
Late night party with music starts at 23:00
at 21:00 Noche Joven in recinto ferial de Agüimes (the Fairground), where the less veteran public will congregate to attend the long-awaited Youth Night. The event will feature performances by seven emerging artists from the local scene: Niickzzy, Javyh, Young P, Mandy Hernández, Mirror, Rakom and Alexis Sosa, who will be joined as special guests by two more than established figures: the DJ, producer and singer Ray Castellano and the star host of the musical formula radio in Spain, Óscar Martínez.
On Sunday, 30 April on Plaza Primero de Mayo
11:00-14:00 play area for kids and in the evening at 23:00 verbena, parrrty with Paco Guedes, Armonía Show and Start Music
On Monday, 1 May:
at 08:00 Livestock Fair
at 10:30 flower offering on Calle Doramas junction with Calle Artemi Semidan
at 11:00 church service, followed by a religious procession with the images of San José Obrero and Nuestra Señora de la Medalla Milagrosa.
at 20:00 on Plaza Primero de Mayo music ‘Cantador Sinfónico’ with Ciro Corujo, Pedro Manuel Afonso and Manolo Estupiñan.
Gravel Rally Santa Lucía de Tirajana, 28-29 April
The 2023 season in the land modality will begin in the Canary Islands in a big way at the end of April. Santa Lucía de Tirajana-Gran Canaria Rally de Tierra will be the first event of the year with some 60 teams, which will also be accompanied by the first slalom, as is customary with the Tirajana event. The organisation of the CD. Evesport has already prepared the appointment for April 28 and 29, with headquarters in Vecindario of this municipality in the southeast of Gran Canaria, which continues to be the main sponsor and promoter of the event, together with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and its Department of Sports.
Work has been going on to improve the surface of the timed sections, with various machines doing this work so that the tracks are ready for Saturday, April 29. On Friday 28 and always in Vecindario (fairground) there will be the verifications and the departure ceremony (19:30), one more year in the nearby Plaza de San Borondón, next to the Sitio Ibérico Restaurant, one of the collaborators of the organisation.
The event cannot publicise its route, but given the few possibilities that exist, it will again be focused on the Tirajana-Pozo Izquierdo and Bahía Feliz ravines, routes that will remain closed until the day of their celebration, since they have been adapted for the rally.
The rally is made up of eight timed sections -three different-, which will take place between 10:00-18:00 on Saturday, April 29, with lengths between 9.5 and 6.2 km. The route book totals 176 km, of which 61 correspond to specials, which represents 34% of the route, with verifications of the vehicles at the Recinto Ferial de Vecindario (the headquarters) on the afternoon of Friday, April 28, plus the departure ceremony starting at 19:30 from the Plaza San Borondón.
This will be the first scoring round of the new Canary Islands Land Rally Championship (FCA) and also of the Las Palmas Championship (FALP).
Together and as has been done in previous years, one of the timed sections will be the setting for the first Slalom of Santa Lucía de Tirajana 2023, the Gran Canaria Island Championship, where, in addition to passenger cars, car-crosses and quads will be able to participate.
Beach Volleyball Tournaments in El Perchel Beach, Arguineguín 29 April - 1 May
There are hopes that the El Perchel beach will become a benchmark space for beach volleyball lovers, as is already the case with Anfi del Mar, where players and the public create a festive atmosphere that invites recreation and a boost for businesses in the area.
On Saturday, April 29, there will be the XII Beach Volleyball Tournament. It will compete in pairs, male and female.
On Sunday, April 30, the Costa Mogán Beach Volleyball Tournament will take place in a mixed 4×4 modality, with GQM Detail as the sole sponsor.
On Monday, May 1, the Costa Mogán Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held in a mixed modality, with Ristorante Il Gusto as a sponsor.
'Schamann Market' in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 29-30 April
Schamann Market on this Saturday and Sunday in Parque de Don Benito, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The first Market of this year arrives in the Schamann commercial area with music, food trucks, children’s activities, a variety of brands, etc. Take advantage and buy your gift for Mother’s Day
Opening hours: 10:30-21:00
Arucas Market 29 April
MERCADO AGRÍCOLA DE ARUCAS. This market takes place every fortnight in the facilities of the Cabildo’s Experimental Agricultural Farm, located just off the exit to Arucas from the GC-2, on the north coast of Gran Canaria.
Visit and enjoy a market day with the best producers on the island 👨🏼🌾. There will be vegetable pâté, fruit 🍎, vegetables, cheese, honey 🍯 and much more
The market comprises some 65 exhibitors (farmers and ranchers) who market their products directly to the consumer, with the aim of lowering the costs.
Click here to the map location.
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 very popular biweekly farmers’ Market, ‘Mercado Agrícola y ganadero de San Fernando‘ will be held in the parking area next to the football Stadium and the municipal offices from 08:00 – 14:00. A chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown food and value-added produce directly from growers or producers — an authentic retail experience.
Live music this weekend
The Department of Culture of the Ingenio Town Council launches `Ingenio is Music´, a meeting with Canarian musical creators that brings us closer to their artistic proposals in three thematic nights of concerts that will be held in La Caja del Parque del Buen Suceso de Carrizal.
All concerts take place at Parque del Buen Suceso in Carrizal, starting at 21:00, and are free admission.
• Friday, 28 April – ‘Ingenio es Raíz’
Mojito con Morena | Hirahi Afonso | Paco Perera
LPA EN VIVO IN LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
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 -> Raices
Firday: El Aparte at 20:00 -> Mártin Vallejo “Espectáculo Musical”
This Saturday, April 29, the popular group ‘Los 600’ joins the presentation of the new show by ‘Son Caché’ in Agaete
Plaza de Agaete:
Los 600 at 21:00
Son Caché at 23:00
THE 19th HOLE MELONERAS
Bar & Grill in the shopping centre Varadero in Meloneras. Live Music every night from 22:00
The Champions, a husband and wife – guitar/vocal duo playing 50’s/60’s Rock N Roll/Rockabilly and much more
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: UB40 Special
LPA International Jazz Day - Fee concerts to enjoy in Las Palmas on 1 May
Maratón de Jazz on Monday, in Auditorio José Antonio Ramos in Parque Doramas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The concert is between 17:00-2030 and is free entry. This is part of the concerts and gigs taking place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to celebrate International Jazz Day (April 30), the world’s largest celebration of jazz. Declared in 2011 by UNESCO.
17:00-17:45 – Bill Evans Tribute
18:00- 18:45 – Girl in Trouble Band
19:00-19:30 – Joven Borondón Big Band
19:30 -20:30 – Gran Canaria Big Band and guests
LUIS SÁNZHEZ QUINTET IN Fábrica la Isleta ON MONDAY 1 MAY, at 21:00.
Luis Sánchez, composer, and pianist, brings a concert of original pieces in a quintet format. A musical journey accompanied by short stories or scenes that accompany each composition and give the music a very visual quality, added to the spontaneity provided by improvised music during each piece.
Luis Sánchez – Pianist and composer
José Vera Bello – Saxophonist
Kervin Barreto – Trumpeter
Gaspar Nogales – Double bass player
Ruben Bueno – Drums
The concert is free until seats completed
This is part of the concerts and gigs taking place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to celebrate International Jazz Day (April 30), the world’s largest celebration of jazz. Declared in 2011 by UNESCO.