It is going to be an extraordinary first weekend of May with so many celebrations and events taking place. There is the Wine, Cheese and Honey Fair in San Fernando de Maspalomas, the annual flower exhibition in the streets of Gáldar, a Cheese fair in Montaña Alta de Guía, Maspalomas PRIDE, Hot Beach fashion in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a Sevillian “April Fair” in HolidayWorld, Maspalomas, and the 47th Rally Islas Canarias, just to name few.
♥ Mother’s Day is celebrated in Spain this Sunday.
• The Canary Awards, Dinner with The Stars, is on Sunday overlooking Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria from the Hotel Rio Piedras rooftop Sky Bar
• In the skies above, the Eta Acuaridas meteor shower, caused by dust from Halley’s Comet, is at its maximum this weekend with a huge increase in the number of meteors that may be seen per hour. Look out for shooting stars coming from the constellation of Aquarius. It is said, that the best time to see shooting starts is just before dawn. This is possible only if the weather permits!
• Great Britain’s King Charles III’s Coronation takes place on Saturday, 6 May at Westminster Abbey in London. Many bars/restaurants will have the event on big screens here on Gran Canaria, especially in the tourist resorts in the south.
7-14 May • Fiestas en Honor a Nuestra Señora de Fátima, San Mateo
8-20 May • Jazz Festival Puerto de Mogán
12-14 May • LPA Motown – INFECAR
11-21 May • Fiestas de El Tablero
19-24 May • Fiestas Maria Auxiliadora in Motor Grande, Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
Upcoming bank holidays:
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
After some gorgeous sunny days on Gran Canaria, this weekend could most probably bring something a little more unstable, in terms of weather, on Saturday, butis expected to only affect the north and northeast side of the island and the summits.
It’s always amazing to witness how fast the weather can change as well as the weather forecasts, in just a single day, so always best to wait and see when we don’t have our usual blue sky predictions.
On Saturday and Sunday: winds of up to 35 km/h are expected on the northern coasts and some rain to the north coast and northeast and on the summits
The southern part of the island should remain nice, warm, and mostly sunny with highs of 27º C, in the shade, throughout the weekend.
AEMET forecast for this weekend:
#WeekendTips 5-7 May 2023
Regional Wine, Cheese and Honey Fair in San Fernando de Maspalomas 6-7 May
The 11th edition of the Regional Wine, Cheese and Honey Fair of The Canary Islands, Feria Regional de Vino, Queso y Miel de Canarias, is celebrated this Saturday and Sunday. This year the fair takes place in San Fernando de Maspalomas in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
Institutional stands, commercial brands, tastings, farmers, producers, activities, music and much more.
The fair will take place in the parking area next to the football Stadium and the municipal offices
On Saturday from 11:00-20:00
On Sunday from 10:00-17:00
Gáldar in Flower 3-24 May ????
More than 11,000 plants and flowers will give colour to the historic centre of Gáldar until 24 May, in the 3rd edition of the exhibition ‘Gáldar en Flor’. Geraniums, begonias, sunflowers, daisies, lavenders, rosemary and a wide selection of plants will decorate the route along Calle Capitán Quesada and around Plaza de Santiago accompanied by artistic compositions and fantasies that always surprise the visitor.
This is the III edition of this exhibition, the spring edition of the ‘Flower Week’ which is traditionally held in December, and takes advantage of the great variety available during that time to give colour to the historic centre of the municipality. The Department of Parks and Gardens of the Gáldar City Council, directed by Carmen Pilar Mendoza Ramos, organises this exhibition featuring plants and flowers grown at Viveros Godoy, S.L, Poinsettias de Canarias S.L., Viveros Gáldar, S.L., and in the municipal nursery itself of the Gáldar Town Hall.
Cheese Fair in Montaña Alta, Guía - 7 May
The ancient town of Santa Maria de Guía celebrates its second edition of its Fiesta del Queso, the Cheese Festival in Montaña Alta this Sunday, 7 May 2023. Opens at 10:00
The Festival of the Cheese of Guía every year has 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. The Santa María de Guía Cheese Festival was declared, in 2023, a Festival of Tourist Interest in the Canary Island.
Enjoy a great Traditional Gastronomy and Artisanal Fair with cheese tastings, local produce, and traditional food prepared by the residents of the neighbourhood.
There will be a performance by the AF Estrella y Guía at 11:00, the celebration of the Meeting of Canarian and Colombian versers at 12:30 directed by Yeray Rodríguez and the performance of Los Gofiones at 13:30 in the Plaza de Montaña Alta.
Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz in Teror - closing weekend
Teror has been celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph and the Holy Cross, Fiesta de San José y la Santa Cruz and the festivities will come to an end this Sunday.
*** The traditional Burning of the Boat and the Castle, a fire, light, and sound spectacle, the highlight of the festivities has been postponed until 16 June due to adverse weather conditions expected for this Saturday.***
Saturday: POSTPONED TO 16 JUNE
• An afternoon of Traditional Games for the whole family between 17:00-20:00 on Alameda Pío XII
• The show recalls the pirate attacks on the island in the past presenting an overture with the concert by Besay Pérez, at 21:00.
At around 22:30, the pyro-musical show of the Boat and the Castle, by Pyrotechnics El Pilar, by Benjamín Dávila Sosa and the participation of Timaginas Teatro. The night close with the Verbena de la Cruz by La Mekánica by Tamarindos and DJ Promaster.
The ‘Burning of the Ship and the Castle’ is an artisanal pyrotechnic exhibition of fire, colour and noise unique to the Canary Islands, which has been maintained for several generations through the Dávila family, recalling the pirate attacks on the island and the Defence of the Cross. The pyrotechnic show takes about three months of preparation and includes a display of moving figures to which fire and colour effects are applied, which vary each year. The protagonists are the Cross, the Ship and the Castle.
Sunday, May 7, Feast of the Cross:
Starting at 12:00, the main day of the religious festivity will be celebrated, with a mass sung in the Basilica del Pino by the folkloric group ‘Camino Viejo del Hoyo’, and a subsequent procession of San José and the Santa Cruz on Calle Real de la Plaza, accompanied by the Teror Music Band, directed by Óscar Sánchez Benítez.
Maspalomas Gay Pride 4-15 May
Maspalomas PRIDE between 4-15 May 2023. These events are free to attend and take place at the centre plaza in the shopping centre Yumbo in Playa del Inglés unless otherwise stated. The main parade will be on Saturday, 13 May.
at 17:00 The inauguration of a photo exhibition “SOLO UN HOMBRE” at Centro de Información Turística Yumbo, Yumbo tourist information centre
at 22:00 Gio Box (Italia) • at 22:30 The Gangsters Duo (Reino Unido) • at 23:00 Glitter Girls (España) • at 23:30 Free Vogue (España)
PRIDE PARTY DJ’s at 00:00 San Keryton (Brasil) • at 02:00 Diego Delgado (Venezuela)
at 22:00 Rubén Dizá (Gran Canaria) • at 22:30 Javy Martín (Gran Canaria) • at 23:00 Jia Miles (Gran Canaria) • at 23:30 Rainbow Gospel Choir (Gran Canaria)
TOGETHER PARTY LISBOA at 00:00 MCDJ (Portugal) • at 02:00 José Lagares (España)
at 00:00 Jose Lagares (España) • at 02:00 Iván Pequeño (España)
April Fair in HolidayWorld Maspalomas 5-7 May
The second edition of ‘Feria de Abril” in the HolidayWorld Maspalomas and Mercado del NOMAD between 5-7 May 2023.
In this edition, there will be a lot of Sevillian dancing, a lighting gala, rebujitos (a common drink in Andalusia that mixes Sherry with a soft drink, usually lemonade or lemon-lime soda), many guest artists and a lot of art. Olé!
"Summerland Gran Canaria Moda Cálida, Vive el Verano" in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 5-7 May
The fifth fashion show “Summerland Gran Canaria Moda Cálida, Vive el Verano”, which this year will be held at the sports pier of the capital between 5-7 May 2023, will bring together 34 designers, most of them new, who will have the opportunity to show their swimsuit collections and accessories.
The event will have a program of activities that includes a catwalk area, exhibitors area, children’s area, and picnic area.
????The participating firms, some of them already established and others of emerging talents, will show men’s and women’s swimwear, intimates, and bathroom accessories, as well as children’s clothing for boys and girls, from the collections that are already in stores. They will do it on the fashion catwalk – which will have a capacity of 200 people.
On Friday between 17:00-20:00, and on Saturday at 17:00 and then at 20:00 the rest.
On Saturday children’s fashion between 12:30-14:00
???? Right at the entrance of the event, to give the best possible visibility to the brands, the true protagonists of Summerland, there will be the exhibitors, open between 12:00 and 21:00 on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. For this space, there have been 34 brands as exhibitors, eight of which belong to the Moda Cálida program.
In this 2023 edition there will be a special day dedicated to children, on Saturday, in which children’s parades will be combined with other activities, specially designed for them and supervised by monitors, promoting teamwork and camaraderie.
???? As for the picnic area, this edition recovers the original format, very summery, with three food trucks, a cocktail bar and a vermouth point. In addition, there will be music that will be heard throughout the area, between opening and closing hours, giving the event a summer atmosphere. The hours of this area will be Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00.
???? Performances by Vanessa Lemoine on Friday at 21:00, followed by Tony Dj at 22:30. The latter will also play on Saturday at 15:00 and a concert by Aseres on Sunday at 16:30.
•In addition, on Sunday at 12:30 an initiative is scheduled by the Noelia Torres Dance Studio, with a master of ceremonies and professional dancers.
Mogán Young Fest 5-7 May
•The perfect weekend to take any kids who are interested in games and comics to the southern fishing-cum-tourist town of Arguineguín.
•Plaza Pérez Galdós, in Arguineguín, will become a large recreational and cultural park hosting the 5th Mogán Young Fest and the Mogán Book Fair 2023 between 5-7 May 2023.
•Opening hours: On Friday 17:00-20:00, On Saturday 10:00-21:00 and on Sunday 10:00-20:00
Mogán Young Fest will have its Manga Festival with more than 50 stalls for creators and merchandising, competitions, Cosplay areas, drawing and illustration courses, talks with cartoonists, etc.
The largest gamer area on the island will be located in the square on those days, with approximately 160 gaming devices available. Among these PS5, PS4 and Xbox, also having an E-Sport area, another for retro and arcade games and one for Virtual Reality.
There will be a workshop on drones, terrestrial robots, computer training and computer recycling as well as an exclusive tent for hama workshops and another with drawing workshops ‘Wednesday Addams’ and Tim Burton characters, horror stories, DC or Marvel digital creation, fanzine, to learn how to draw a manga character and for creating video game characters.
Mogán Young Fest will have a space for workshops on lettering, the creation of bookmarks, Neko ears, drawing of superheroes, making sushi with sweets, Cosplay, paper-craft as well as the creation of wands and potions. There will also be the so-called ‘Japanese Zone’, where origami workshops, Japanese painting and calligraphy and introduction to Japanese will be given.
On the other hand, initiation activities and Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments will be held for Pokemon, Magic and Digimon, as well as a K-Pop and Cosplay contest. Information on how to register for those interested in participating will be announced soon.
Added to all this are many types of table games available such as ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, Ramdon Play and karaoke. But also master classes in modern dance with the choreographer, dancer and writer Yurena Molina and also a dancer Mery Sosa. In addition, there will be a meeting and book signing with the youtuber Indy, who has more than 1.21 million followers on her channel ‘El mundo de Indy’.
Within the framework of the Mogán 2023 Book Fair, several bookstores on the island will be present and presentations of youth books by Canarian authors will be held.
The 47th Rally Islas Canarias 4-6 May
The 47th Rally Islas Canarias with a total of 13 special tests and close to 200 km timed. The #GranCanaria Stadium and the Gran Canaria Arena remain the headquarters of this international event. This is a scoring event for the FIA European Rally Championship and the Supercampeonato de España,
On Friday, May 5. The first stage hosts three special tests that will be repeated twice. They have distances between 10 and 20 km, to complete a day with just over 90 km of timed route.
The second and final stage on Saturday, May 6, is the toughest, at least it will be in terms of mileage since it will be the longest with close to 100 km against the clock. Three other special tests, to be repeated twice as the previous day, make up the group of sections for this day, one of them close to 30 km.
“Remember, when there is a rally going on it also means road closures during the stages”
La Aldea Market 6 May *** POSTPONED
The Market is postponed due to the weather forecast for strong wind.
On Saturday, a new edition of the monthly La Aldea de San Nicolás municipal market “Mercadillo y muestra de artesanía y complemento” with local produce, artisans and music. The island’s westernmost village-market is held in the open commercial area, offering a day full of activities, which this May will celebrate Mother’s Day.
From 09:00 to 14:00, neighbours and visitors will be able to enjoy all the craft and accessory stalls that participate in the village market every first Saturday of the month.
The day will also count, starting at 11:00 with children’s entertainment for the little ones, storytellers, and a gymkhana. Two workshops will also be held, one on tattoos and the other on making brooches, a perfect gift for mom.
Finally, a magic show has been scheduled, which will complete this festive day.
Agricultural Market Vecindario 6 May
The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market 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.”
Markets in the south of Gran Canaria
• 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, 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
“MUSICANDO” LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Taburiente, a music group returns to Doramas park this Saturday, 6 May to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary.
A very special appointment in which the group will review its extensive musical career with an update on its most recognized compositions, including songs that will trace a journey from its creation to the present day.
Concert start at 21:00 Free entry until full capacity is reached
“LPA en VIVO” LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
These are the ‘LPA en Vivo‘, (‘LPA Live’) concerts and shows scheduled for the month of MAY 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.
Music venues: Fabrica La Isleta, Talleres Palermo, Motown Bar Cerveceria, El Aparte, Malecón de la Habana, Moma Club, and Imaginario Drinks&Music
All gigs are free entry until capacity is reached.
Friday 5 May – Motown at 22:00 -> Stardust
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
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 Tribute